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    We are meant to parent in community!

    Join us at this year's PEPS Benefit Luncheon as we gather in person to celebrate community and connection and collectively raise critical funds in support of families.

    Tuesday, May 7, 2024
    Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion

    • 11 am Social Hour: Mimosas, Boba & Coffee | Sponsor & Partner Booths | Pictures & Prizes
    • 11:45 - 1 pm Seated Lunch and Program: Food & Fun | Inspiration & Impact | Generosity & Giving
    • Featuring Keynote Speaker Kat Vellos: Kat Vellos is the go-to source for guidance about cultivating meaningful friendships and healthy workplace colleagueships. She’s a speaker and author of the book, We Should Get Together: The Secret to Cultivating Better Friendships. Kat’s writing is read in over 100 countries, and she’s been interviewed by The New York Times, NPR, and many more.

    Babes-in-arms are welcome, and free childcare is available for children ages 18 months-5 years at the Seattle Children's Theatre and provided by Bright Horizons. Registration is needed to participate in event childcare. Click here for more details and to sign up. 

    There is no cost to attend the Benefit Luncheon, but guests will be asked to make a personally meaningful donation during the program. Gifts of  $300 to $1,499 and Sustainer Circle commitments ($1,500+/year for 3 years) will be matched up to a total of $100,000 thanks to generous friends of PEPS. Donations allow PEPS to create inclusive community and authentic connection for parents in our area, expand our programs, work with our partner organizations to offer parent peer-support to under-resourced families, and advocate for parents and families in our region who are facing the most disparities.

    Register - Host - Challenge - Sponsor!

    • Register as a guest and tell your friends. We will seat you together!
    • Join us as a  and invite your friends and family! 
    • Give early towards our Giving Challenge, which encourages others to give by matching gifts of $300 to $1,499 and Sustainer Circle commitments ($1,500+/year for 3 years) up to a total of $100,000.
    • Spread the word about your business or new venture and join us as an Event Sponsor!

    Meet our Keynote Speaker 

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    Kat Vellos is a trusted expert on the power of cultivating meaningful friendships. She’s a speaker and author of the book, We Should Get Together: The Secret to Cultivating Better Friendships. She’s also the creator of the Better than Small Talk conversation cards and the Better Conversations Calendar. Her work helps people transform disconnection and platonic longing into authentic connection and belonging.

    In her former career as a user experience designer at Slack and Pandora, she helped millions of people find music they love and enjoy work a lot more. While working full-time at both of those iconic companies, Kat spent her free time researching and writing her debut book We Should Get Together: The Secret to Cultivating Better Friendships. She couldn’t stop herself from writing this book because the thirty-something friendship desert is real and she refused to take “how about we meet up in six weeks” for an answer. So she used her UX research-n-design superpowers to explore the question “how might we design a better experience of adult friendship and simultaneously put a sizable dent in the loneliness epidemic?” Thousands of readers use her book to improve their friendships every day. Kat’s writing is read in over 100 countries and she’s been interviewed by The New York Times, NPR, Communication Arts, The Good Life Project, and many more. While she loved making software more user-friendly (and the unlimited kombucha was a lovely perk), she’s a lot happier now making life more friendly for the people and teams who use her advice to cultivate fulfilling friendships and colleagueships.  Kat welcomes booking inquiries for paid speaking engagements. She also welcomes tacos, puns, and puns involving tacos.

    Meet Our Emcees


    Fred Northup, Jr. (he/him) is a nationally-recognized fundraising auctioneer, emcee, and comedy improviser.  For 10 years, Fred performed as a company member of Seattle's famed TheatreSports comedy improv group. He has entertained thousands at major events for Starbucks, Microsoft, Boeing,, Zillow, BECU, and many more. In addition to his work on stage and on camera, Fred is the co-inventor of RainGlobes, the globe that rains! Visit him online at

    When not entertaining the masses, Fred can be found in Seattle entertaining his wife, Ashley, and their two children. Oh, and Fred is also a PEPS dad!

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     Christine Chang (she/her) is originally from Taiwan and with her father's job as a diplomat, has lived in Indonesia, Germany, Taiwan, D.C., and Atlanta. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Cornell University. Upon graduation, Christine relocated to New York City - which holds the title of the place she's lived in the longest - where she managed a sales team at Expedia. Through her work, Christine traveled to Seattle many times and became convinced it was the best place to start a family. She is currently a Regional Vice President at Tableau leading a sales team in the Tech vertical. 

    Christine participated in PEPS in 2022 with her then newborn daughter, Margot, and was blown away by the amazing connection, support and camaraderie the group provided. Because of the many countries Christine has lived in, she especially values diversity and helping children and adults have the tools and understanding to have thoughtful and open discussions around inclusion and diversity. 

    In her free time, Christine enjoys being active with her family, yoga, reading, and discovering all the beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer. 

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