20th Anniversary Convention

Thursday, August 4

10:00 am -   2:00 pm  | Network Staff Meeting (Staff and Affiliates Only)

Degrees of Change Office, 1102 Commerce St Ste 400

Gathering of college, affiliate and national office staff to share learnings and best practices.

  3:00 pm -   5:00 pm  | Scholar + Staff Check-In

Marriott, Lobby

Scholars,staff, and VIP guests, check in to pick up your name badge, reusable water bottle and hotel key (if applicable). Be sure to wear your name badge to all convention events.

  6:00 pm -   8:00 pm  | 20th Anniversary Celebration + Fundraiser Banquet

Marriott, Chambers Bay Ballrooms

Please dress in business casual clothing (slacks, shirt, skirt, or blouse – no jackets, ties, or suits are required).

  • Gathering
    Community guests + Act Six graduates gather in the Third Floor Foyer and Act Six scholars gather in the ballroom
  • “Trees”
    Christian Paige
    Poet. Speaker. Educator.
    Trinity Lutheran Cadre 2, ’15
    First Act Six Emmy Nominee
  • Welcome
    Marquise Dixon
    Chief Program Officer + Act Six National Director, Degrees of Change
    First Act Six Minneapolis-St Paul Site Director
  • Act Six at 20 Years
    Dr. Tim Herron
    Chief Executive Officer, Degrees of Change
    Act Six Founder
  • Graduate Impact
    Michelle Y. Bess
    Senior Vice President of People, OppFi
    Whitworth University Cadre 3, ’09
    First Act Six Corporate Vice President
    First Act Six Graduate Board Chair, Degrees of Change
  • Dinner + Video
    Raygen Samone
    Documentary Photographer, Raygen Samone LLC
    Bethel University Cadre 1, ’18
    First Act Six Minneapolis-St Paul Class
  • Keynote
    Lauren Taylor
    Principal, Manitou Park Elementary
    Whitworth University Cadre 1, ’07
    First Act Six Public School Principal
  • Opportunity to Invest
    Michelle Y. Bess
  • Scholar Commitments
    Act Six Scholars
  • Closing
    Marquise Dixon

  8:30 pm - 9:30 pm  | Group Activities

Tollefson Plaza

Change quickly into comfortable clothes and ideally closed toes shoes and meet outside the hotel in Tollefson Plaza for some group games. Have fun and meet new people.

Things to do at Hotel + Downtown

  • Use the pool + hot tub on the fourth floor
  • Walk across the Chihuly Bridge of Glass to Thea Foss Waterway
  • Foss Waterfront Museum and water access (705 Dock St, Tacoma) around 11th and Dock st
  • Tacoma Center YMCA 1144 Market St
  • Bubbles Tea Shop on Pacific Ave
  • Starbucks on Pacific Ave
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory on 13th and Pacific Ave
  • The Fish Peddler Dock St and E 15th st
  • THEKOI Japanese Cuisine, Commerce and 17th street
  • Campfire Coffee S 17th st and Market St

10:00 pm -   7:00 am  |  Quiet Hours at Hotel


At the hotel, you can continue your conversations quietly or call it a night, but remember you are not the only guests. Please be courteous to each other and other paying guests. You are representing yourself, your college and Act Six. Be sure you get the rest you need to be ready to fully engage in tomorrow’s sessions.

20th Anniversary Convention 7

*Important Act Six Update*Read the Press Release