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Pathway Foundation Annual Conference 2020:
Community Empowerment

September 27th, 2020
Online Event
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT

Join us at the Pathway Foundation’s 2020 Annual Conference on September 27th, 2020 as we discuss and learn about civic engagement, as well as the college admission process.

Guest Speaker: Robert Rose

Robert Rose has been the owner of Brant Photographers, in Bellevue since 1985, following in his father’s footsteps. He has also been a member of Bellevue Rotary Club since 1985. As a Rotary exchange student to Calcutta, India in 1974-1975 when he was 16 years old, Rob experienced the good and the bad, rich and poor in a developing country.

In 1997, Rob read an article about the impoverished lives of children living in Nepal. He made a phone call to volunteer his photographic expertise to help out a nonprofit organization based in California that was providing assistance to children in Nepal. That one call started a cascade of events that has led to a volunteer odyssey spanning twenty-three years and impacting thousands. With that in mind, Rob’s keynote topic for our Pathways Civic Engagement conference is, ‘On the Turn of a Dime’: how a single, serendipitous phone call changed his life-path, leading him toward helping others, having a positive impact and leaving a lasting legacy.

In 2006 Rob and his spouse Gina formed The Rose International Fund for Children ( a non-profit organization dedicated to ‘Lifting Those Left Behind’ to expand and enhance their work helping children and adults with disabilities in Nepal. Rob has initiated many humanitarian grant projects in Nepal including a major Rotary initiative to help uplift people with disabilities throughout the country who had long suffered from neglect and discrimination. In our own area, Rob initiated and helped organize, ‘Inspiration Playground’ in the Downtown Bellevue Park. An inclusive, all-ability playground whose goal is to get people with and without disabilities together in an outdoor play environment. This was a partner project between the City of Bellevue and Bellevue Rotary Club.

Pathway Foundation Annual Conference 2019:
Road to College and Beyond

August 2nd
Bellevue City Hall
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM PDT

Join us at the Pathway Foundation’s 2019 Annual Conference on August 2nd as we discuss how the Mayoral Internship under Councilmember Conrad Lee helps boost civic engagement and prepare highschool students for college and beyond.

Guest Speaker: Eric Liu

Our 2019 annual conference keynote speaker is Eric Liu. Eric Liu is the founder and CEO of Citizen University, White House speechwriter and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton, and author of several books such as “You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen” and “A Chinaman’s Chance.” For more information about Eric Liu, click here.
Meeting Agenda:
6:00 – 6:30 Registration
6:30 – 6:40 Intro by Conrad Lee
6:40 – 7:25 Keynote and Q&A Eric Liu
7:25 – 7:55 College and Career by Karen Roper
7:55 – 8:40 Bellevue School District Community Engagement Discussion
  • Moderator: Mr. Conrad Lee
  • Panelists:
    • Mr. Huaxia Zhao, member of BSD Equity Advisor Group
    • Ms. Jennifer Wang, president of PTSA at Bellevue High School
    • Ms. Francine Wiest, member of BSD Board
    • Dr. Ivan Duran, BSD Superintendent
8:40 – 9:25 Intern Panel
  • Moderator: Sam Lai
  • Project leader for Pathway Foundation Digital Platform, Blog Media, PATH Awareness, American Creed and High School Civic Club Network (including Bellevue High, Newport High, Interlake High, Redmond High)
9:25 – 9:30 Closing by Conrad Lee

2018 Annual Conference Recording:
If you would like to see our video for Pathway Foundation’s 2018 Summer Conference: “Road to College and Beyond”, please click here.

Location: Room 1E-126 Council Chamber at Bellevue City Hall

Parking: free at City Hall – Look for P2 parking lot on 112th street