About this event

Hosted by Third Act’s Lead Advisor, Akaya Windwood, this session will feature Tamara Chao (Vice President, Strategy & Impact at Women Donors Network), Michael Johnson (President at IllumiNative), Bill McKibben (Author, Educator, Founder of Third Act & 350.org).

In intergenerational movement building, it is important to understand that everyone has a role. And one of the best ways to understand the role of people over 60 in this feat to safeguard democracy and help stop climate change is to examine our approach to working with youth activists and how we show up as elders. You can re-watch some of our previous conversations by visiting the link here.

Akaya Windwood

Akaya Windwood facilitates transformation. She advises, trains, and consults on how change happens individually, organizationally, and societally. She is on faculty for the Just Economy Institute, is founder of the New Universal, which centers human wisdom in the wisdom of brown womxn, and is Lead Advisor at Third Act. Akaya was President of Rockwood Leadership Institute for many years, and directs the Thriving Roots Fund, which supports young womxn’s finance and philanthropic learning and leadership based in generosity and interconnectedness.

Tamara Chao

Tamara Chao (she/her) is the Vice President for Learning & Impact for WDN, leading strategy development for member engagement, programming, and collective impact. Prior to joining WDN, Tamara was the Director of Strategy and Partnerships for a start-up social enterprise focused on poverty alleviation and digital financial service provision. She brings experience working in the public and international development sectors, previously serving as a political officer with the U.S. Department of State in Myanmar and as a project manager with Chemonics International managing alternative agriculture and economic growth programs in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Her early domestic policy research work at the Center for American Progress focused on human rights and national service as a tool for workforce development.

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson is President for IllumiNative, empowering Native communities by highlighting contemporary Native perspectives, stories, and challenges to promote justice, equity, and self-determination. Michael brings decades of experience engaging with key stakeholders in Indian Country and beyond to create lasting relationships built on impact, success, respect and reciprocity. A champion of Tribal self-determination, Michael has supported positive educational, health related, economic, as well as policy and litigation outcomes for Native communities around the country. Michael is citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota and a relative of the White Earth Nation where his grandfather is an enrolled member.

Bill McKibben

Bill is founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 to work on climate and racial justice. He founded the first global grassroots climate campaign, 350.org, and serves as the Schumann Distinguished Professor in Residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. In 2014, he was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel,’ in the Swedish Parliament. He’s also won the Gandhi Peace Award, and honorary degrees from 19 colleges and universities.