Progress Minded Community Conversations

Pathways Forward is a free, virtual, educational, roundtable discussion series designed to pave a path forward by engaging the community in conversations with local experts, leaders, and YWCA staff members.

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YWCA Spokane is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, standing up for social justice, helping families, and strengthening communities. With our Pathways Forward discussions we work to engage the community in learning about current issues affecting our work and mission, and empower everyone to make change.

In 2021 our series is focused on recovering from serious issues brought on by the collective experience of a global pandemic. Our first event in March focused on the “Shecession” and economic recovery for women after record job loss, our July event focused on helping children and caregivers recover from the unique traumas of the pandemic, and our October event will focus on addressing the alarming increase in domestic violence that’s been seen here in Spokane and around the world over the past 18 months.

Join us for our October Pathways Forward event on Wednesday, October 19!

Previous discussions

Domestic Violence Action and Awareness in Spokane

Spokane County consistently has the highest rates of domestic violence (DV) in Washington state. Over the past 18 months, the stress and isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and other world events have only served to worsen the situation and increase the need for change. On October 27th during this year’s domestic violence action month, YWCA Spokane hosted the third progress minded conversation about domestic violence in our community and the role we can each play in responding to it.


Kids, Caregivers, Covid & Trauma: A Road to Recovery

Interruptions to schooling, missed significant life events, and changes in routine have all taken their toll on kid’s and caregiver’s mental health this past year. On July 28th YWCA Spokane engaged the community with key Spokane experts and YWCA staff in a progress-minded conversation about helping children and families recover from trauma.

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Spokane’s Shecession: Women’s Empowerment and Economic Advancement

On March 31, 2021, the YWCA held our first Pathways Forward event engaging with the community, key Spokane experts, and YWCA staff in progress minded conversation about women’s empowerment and economic advancement as we look towards America’s recovery from the 2020 “shecession” brought about by the global Covid-19 pandemic.

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Thank You To Our Key Partners

This educational series would not be possible without the support of our valued 2021 Partners; our Mission Partners: Kalispel Tribe of Indians, MultiCare, Numerica Credit Union, Providence Health Care, and Hamilton Studio; our 2021 Freedom Partners: Northwest Farm Credit Services, Inland Imaging, and Garco Construction; our 2021 Innovation Partners: McAloon Law PLLC, and Itron; our 2021 Equity Partners: Moss Adams, and Stone Group of Companies; and our July Pathways Forward Event Sponsor: Horizon Credit Union

If you or your organization would like to make an incredible impact in the Spokane community this year or in the future, consider joining YWCA Spokane as a partner today.


2021 Mission Partners



2021 Freedom Partners

2021 Innovation Partners

  • McAloon Law PLLC
  • Itron

2021 Equity Partners

  • Moss Adams
  • Stone Group of Companies