2023 Annual Dinner: Measurable, Meaningful, Positive Change

Join us after hours in the Crystal Ballroom at the WAC for a cocktail hour, dinner, and discussion.

We'll be conversing with Toni Hoover, AB '81, AM '84, GSA '86, Director of Global Health Strategy at the Gates Foundation, and Becky Frank, AB '95, Chief of Staff at the Gates Foundation, on their mission to create a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life.

Event program:  The Harvard Club of Seattle will review the year's programs, honor our Volunteer of the Year, and elect board members and officers.  Toni Hoover and Becky Frank will give us a bit of background about growing up and where they came from, their experience at Harvard, their work at the Gates Foundation, and how Harvard affected their thinking and mindset.  A panel discussion with open Q&A featuring Toni Hoover, Becky Frank, and Kelly Charlton (club president) will follow.


2023 Annual Dinner: Measurable, Meaningful, Positive Change

Thursday, June 15, 2023

6:00pm - 10:00pm PT


Washington Athletic Club

Crystal Ballroom

1325 6th Ave

Seattle, WA 98101


Limited to 120 alumni and guests.


CLICK HERE or BELOW to buy tickets


If you are having trouble with your Harvard Key or if you prefer to pay by check, please email us.


Tickets         Price
President's Circle       $400 (link)
VIP Circle with Toni Hoover       $400 (link)
VIP Circle with Becky Frank       $400 (link)
Crimson and Benefactor Members          $0 (link)
Club Member       $175 (link)
Non-Member       $225 (link)
Recent Grad Member ('19 - '23)       $125 (link)
Current Student       $125 (link)
Donate a Student Ticket       $125 (link)
Corporate Sponsor        Please contact us 


No refunds after Thursday, June 8, 2023.  Limited availability after catering deadline of Friday, June 9, 2023 at 12:00pm.



Membership must expire AFTER June 30, 2023 to be eligible for up to four tickets at the member price.  Limit of two complimentary tickets for Crimson and Benefactor members.  Cost over $90 is considered a donation.  The Harvard Club of Seattle is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations may be tax deductible.

VIP Circle:  Sit at a VIP table with Toni Hoover, or Becky Frank.

President's Circle:  Sit at the President's table with HCS Board Members.

Become a member HERE



If you or your organization would like to help underwrite this event, please contact Kelly Charlton, President of the Harvard Club.

The Harvard Club of Seattle is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations may be tax deductible.


Ticket donations:  If you would like to purchase a ticket that will be donated to a worthy student or 2023 grad, please click here.


Event schedule:

6:00 - 7:00 pm | Networking reception / No-host bar / Passed gourmet appetizers

7:00 - 8:00 pm | Dinner followed by a short Harvard Club of Seattle program including election of officers and board members

7:30 - 8:30 pm | Toni Hoover and Becky Frank on the Gates Foundation mission to create a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life.

8:30 - 10:00 pm | Networking



No-host bar at the reception, plus passed gourmet appetizers.


  • Baby Spinach Salad - Baby spinach, herb focaccia crouton crisp, Humboldt Fog goat cheese, and raspberry-olive oil emulsion
  • Achiote Grilled Salmon - Chayote slaw, wild mushroom, chipotle aioli, togarashi bok choy, ponzu
  • or Polenta-Stuffed Red Pepper - Vegetarian, gluten free, aged white sharp cheddar cheese, corn, and rosemary polenta stuffed red peppers, with grilled asparagus
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake - Gluten free
  • Wines from Knudsen Vineyards, an alumni owned family vineyard in the Dundee Hills AVA, Oregon for more than 50 years.
  • If you have dietary restrictions, please inform us in the comment box or by email no later than Friday, June 9, 2023, at 12:00pm


Dress Code:  Business


Accessibility:  The Washington Athletic Club is accesible.


Parking or Public Transporation:

The Washington Athletic Club offers complimentary parking in the WAC garage after 5:00pm

There are many public transportations options to the WAC in Downtown Seattle.


Questions?  Please contact Kelly Charlton, President, Harvard Club of Seattle.


Problems with your Harvard Key?  Please contact us.


Knudsen Vineyards is an iconic vineyard in the heart of the acclaimed Dundee Hills AVA overlooking the fertile Willamette Valley, majestic Mt. Hood and the North Cascade mountain range.  The Knudsen family has grown grapes and made wine there for more than 50 years.  Thank you to Page Knudsen, MBA '83, for her sponsorship of this year's annual dinner.


If you or your organization would like to help sponsor this event, please contact Kelly Charlton, President of the Harvard Club.

The Harvard Club of Seattle is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations may be tax deductible.

Speaker Biographies

Toni Hoover, Director of Global Health Strategy, Gates Foundation Toni Hoover, AB '81, AM '84, GSA '86  is Chief of Staff and Director, Strategy Planning & Management for the Global Health Division at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she has served since 2012.  Toni is passionate about improving global health for millions of people around the world and has led collaborations with governments, non-profits, and for-profits to measure and achieve this goal.  Toni has a successful history of leadership in philanthropy and pharmaceutical research and development, and works collaboratively with Foundations, Nonprofit Organizations, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, Management, Nonprofit Boards.  Prior to her current role, Toni was at Pfizer and its legacy organization for almost 25 years and served as Senior Vice President Research & Development and Site Director of Pfizer’s largest R & D Laboratories in Groton, CT.  She currently serves on the board of directors for Sonoma Biotherapeutics and is a member of the board of trustees for the Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle), University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle), and the Joyce Theater (NYC).  Toni earned her AB in 1981 with a concentration in Psychology and Social Relations while living in Currier House.  She was a member of the Kuumba Singers, a founding member of Expressions Dance Company, and a cheerleader.


Becky Frank, Director and Chief of Staff, Gates Foundation Becky Frank, AB '95, UC Berkeley, MBA, MPH  is the Director for the Office of the CEO and Chief of Staff for Mark Suzman, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  She and her team are responsible for supporting the internal and external engagement of the CEO and co-chairs, engaging the foundation’s senior leadership teams, helping to advance the foundation’s priorities, as well as overseeing the foundation’s local programming in Seattle, location of our headquarter office.  Becky has been with the foundation for eight years, supporting the Enteric & Diarrheal Disease and Pneumonia Program Strategy Teams for four years, and then shifting to lead the strategy and program operations for the foundation’s work in India, prior to serving as the Chief of Staff for the Global Policy & Advocacy division.  Prior to that, she was at McKesson Corporation – a global health care services company - where she worked in Corporate Strategy for ten years.  In this capacity, she was a member of the leadership team for the company’s Specialty Health business unit, leading their strategy and business development activities which included multiple acquisitions, development of new business opportunities, and engagement with public policy efforts.  Becky has a Master in Business Administration and a Master in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed her undergraduate degree in Biological Anthropology at Harvard.  She started her career as a teaching intern in Lima, Peru, followed by several years as a management consultant in San Francisco with a focus on supporting U.S. based organizations in developing international market entry plans.  Outside of work, she enjoys travel, reading, sports, exploring the outdoors, and time with her family.


Kelly Charlton, President, Harvard Club of Seattle Kelly Charlton, CSS '82  is President of the Harvard Club of Seattle.  He enjoys consulting at the intersection of business, finance, technology, team building, and communication.  Kelly also enjoys collaborating with and investing in startups offering research, analysis, and guidance on a wide range of business topics, challenges, and opportunities to contribute to the mission and success of the team and company.  And he enjoys being outdoors year round in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, camping, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, and sailing.  Kelly earned a CSS in 1982 in Business Administration and Management from Harvard Extension School while working full time at Fidelity Investments.


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