Join us at our annual Connect + Reflect!

Build cross-racial connections & amplify your impact

June 10-13, 2024


Tacoma, WA

2024 Connect + Reflect

Planting the Seeds of Powerbuilding

An Invitation-Only Retreat

Connect + Reflect is a space where our ever-expanding network of values-aligned donors can gather to build power and strategize about ways to advance racial justice.

This event is for donors who:

  • Identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a person of color.

  • Have the capacity to invest at least $50,000 annually personally, or have the authority at your organization to move at least $50,000.

  • Possess a deep desire to advance racial equity and racial justice.

If this describes you, we hope to see you in Tacoma. Experience the joy, community, solidarity, and power of being together.

What to Expect at Connect + Reflect

“It was a special and historic gathering for so many reasons. A week later, and I am still buzzing with excitement and hope. Just knowing this community exists is giving me a boost to think and dream bigger… I’m fired up to take my work to the next level!”

Connect + Reflect Attendee

Connect, reflect, and strategize with the DOCN community.

Experience the joy of being in person with values-aligned peers.

Participate in powerful, radical conversations.

Build solidarity with fellow donors of color.

Discover ways to create meaningful change.

Conversations to Cultivate Change

Join us for unforgettable conversations certain to inspire you to cultivate change. 

Space for Discussion, Connection, and Celebration

The venues for this retreat have been carefully selected to deliver the best of natural beauty and luxurious comfort. 

MAIN Venue

Silver Cloud Hotel Tacoma at Point Ruston Waterfront

Enjoy our Connect + Reflect programs and accommodations at retreat home this year, the Silver Cloud Hotel Tacoma at Point Ruston Waterfront. Take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the Puget Sound waterfront along with the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. 

Don’t worry about booking your room. Your registration includes single- or double-room accommodations. Concierge booking service included.

All you need to do is register for the retreat and we’ll take care of the rest.  

Garden PARTY Venue

Thornewood Manor

Prepare to be enchanted when you arrive at Thornewood Historic Manor for our garden party. Nestled on four acres on the American Lake in Lakewood, WA, this breathtaking scene will provide fertile grounds for memories that will last a lifetime.

Accessibility at the Event

We’re working to provide an equitable and accessible experience for everyone. You’ll find several retreat-wide accommodations and we’ll gladly review requests for additional accommodations as needed.

Audio & Visual Accommodations:

To ensure everyone can fully participate and enjoy our event, we're committed to providing top-tier accommodations that enhance our attendees’ experience. Should you encounter any technical issues or require assistance, our team is on hand to provide prompt assistance and ensure that your audio and visual experience remains seamless throughout the event.

Accessible Hotel Rooms:

Accessible hotel rooms that are available offer accessibility features and accommodations tailored to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities, ensuring comfort and convenience during their stay. You can indicate this request during your registration.

Business Center Desk Height: 29 inches 
Business Center Desk Width: 60 inches 
Under Business Center Desk Clearance: 24 inches 
Common Area Restrooms: ADA compliant
Brochure Rack: 42 inches

On-site Accessible Bathroom:

Additional restroom facilities at Thornewood Castle include accessibility bathrooms, providing accessibility features for guests with disabilities to ensure comfort and convenience throughout the event.

No Scent Spaces:

No scent spaces are environments intentionally free from fragrances and strong scents, promoting inclusivity and accommodating individuals with scent sensitivities or allergies.


We've partnered with A List Nanny Services to offer on-site childcare and activities by background checked highly qualified professionals during retreat programming. Need a more 1:1 touch? Get in touch with us to arrange a private nanny through KP Palisoc at

If you registered a child under 13 years old during your registration process, you're all set for childcare during the retreat conference, and we'll provide additional info in a separate email before the gathering! Connect + Reflect is family friendly, and families are welcome at all meals and sessions!

Frequently Asked Questions about Connect + Reflect

What is the dress code for the event?

Come as you are! We know that Connect + Reflect is an opportunity to network and connect, and we expect lots of photos! Members in the past have chosen to dress to impress for our seated dinner held the evening of Wednesday, June 12th.

Is parking available at the venue?

Parking is available at the SilverCloud Hotel; limited parking is available at Thornewood Castle. Provided shuttle service is highly recommended. Ridesharing services are available at your own expense.

Silvercloud Hotel provides secure valet parking with unlimited in and out privileges ($38 nightly charge, $49 nightly charge for oversized vehicles). Availability is limited for vehicles over 7 feet tall. EV charging is available.

Will there be transportation provided to and from the event?

Yes, shuttle transportation will be provided to and from the hotel and venue. See shuttle transportation schedule a week prior to the event. We highly recommend that attendees utilize the provided shuttle service to navigate between the venues. Ridesharing services are available at your own expense.

Can I bring a plus one/guest?

Children and youth: Yes! Each attendee will need to complete a registration form. If youth (13-18) are attending, registration costs are $900. If younger children are attending, registration costs are free. See above for more information on childcare.
Non-member guests: reach out to Dolores Garay, Membership Director.

Can I bring my children to the event?

Yes. Childcare will be provided at the host hotel, Silvercloud Hotel. Children and youth are invited to be our programming venue, Thornewood Castle, although childcare will not be provided. See above for more information on childcare.

Can I bring my pet to the event?

Programming for Connect + Reflect will take place at both our host hotel, the Silver Cloud Hotel Tacoma at Point Ruston Waterfront, and Thornewood Castle with shuttle services between the two venues. Both venues have pet-free policies, so please leave your pets at home for this event. If you are bringing a service animal, please indicate this on your registration form.

I have accessibility questions!

Learn more about the onsite accommodations.  If you have additional accessibility questions that aren’t covered below, please contact KP Palisoc at .  

How can I sponsor?
Can I receive a refund if I'm unable to attend the conference retreat?

In case your plans change, here is a reminder of the Substitution & Cancellation Policies agreed to within registration:

Substitution Policy: If you register but cannot attend Connect + Reflect, you may designate another attendee who meets the criteria of DOCN membership to take your place at no additional charge.  All substitution requests must be submitted by the original attendee via email to and must be complete by May 31, 2024. Since we cannot guarantee on-site substitutions, please contact us prior to any travel.

Cancellation Policy: All cancellation requests must be made by sending an email to ​​​​​​​If you cancel your registration on or before May 9th, you will receive a full refund of your registration fee. minus a 10% processing fee. If you cancel your registration between May 10 and May 31, 50% of your registration will be refunded. After June 1, no refunds will be provided.

What are the COVID-19 protocols at the retreat?

Donors of Color Network prioritizes the health and safety of our guests, staff, and the staff of the spaces in which we convene. As we navigate the next phase of the pandemic, we must do our best to create a culture of care. That means we ask that our in-person attendees do their part to keep us all safe.As part of this commitment, we have put together the following guidelines for those attending Connect + Reflect to curate an event that is as accessible and safe as possible.

‍We will be in regular contact with guests about any COVID-19 protocols that may arise as conditions change. 

Donors of Color Network will require in-house COVID-19 testing on arrival in order for you to receive your name badge and conference materials. We encourage you to test before traveling, as you will not be admitted to the conference with a positive test. All participants will be provided COVID-19 rapid tests for the duration of the event, and we invite you to continue testing daily prior to joining the day’s activities.

Donors of Color Network asks that all attendees wear a mask unless eating, drinking, actively presenting, or you are outdoors. Please use a N95, KN95, or KN94 mask that covers your nose and mouth whenever indoors (including hotel common spaces like halls, elevators, and stairwells). If you need a mask, they will be available at the Hospitality Desk.Due to differing abilities in wearing masks for long periods, if you cannot keep a mask on for health reasons, please distance yourself from others and communicate to the conference staff so we are aware of your needs.

Physical Distancing & Consent 
Donors of Color Network will be utilizing Green/Yellow/Red lanyards/stickers to help indicate preferences with physical proximity. We additionally recommend asking for consent before any physical touch. 

Be Proactive
Stay home when appropriate: If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, feel sick or unwell, or have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend.

Feeling Unwell
If you feel unwell or test positive for COVID-19 at any point while in Tacoma, or during the three days after you leave Connect + Reflect, please notify our Event Team as soon as you receive the result. Email with the subject line “Feeling Unwell” and please include details on when you started feeling unwell and/or tested positive. Your personal information will be kept confidential. Do not attend the remaining sessions in-person. We recommend monitoring your symptoms closely and seeking medical care if necessary.

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

For questions regarding Membership, please contact Dolores Garay, DOCN Membership Director at For questions regarding retreat logistics, please contact KP Palisoc, DOCN Event Manager at

Are you ready to experience joy, power, and solidarity with your DOCN member community?

You'll be directed to your member portal to register.

Not yet a DOCN member?

Gratitude to Our Sponsors

We’d like to express our sincere gratitude to our sponsors for investing in our vision to create this important event.

Interested in sponsoring this retreat? Explore sponsorship opportunities.