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Mona Das            

Former Washington State Senator; Leadership & Women's Empowerment Speaker

Mona Das is a powerful force for environmental justice, racial equity, housing affordability, and economic fairness in Washington. Born to Indian parents who immigrated to the United States when she was 8 months old and only six dollars in their pockets, Das’s lived experience drives her to dismantle barriers for marginalized people in every aspect of her work and life. Driven by a strong public service ethic and desire to create an equitable and sustainable society, Das ran for State Senate in 2018, and against all odds, WON!

Through her successful campaign and election for Washington State Senate, Das experienced first-hand what it’s like to be a marginalized voice shouting to be heard in the echo-chamber of the traditional, political elite. Along her journey, she met a handful of other courageous BIPOC women who, like her, were challenging the status quo. Thus in 2022, she decided not to run for office as she felt called to create greater change from outside of the system. Bad Ass Women Doing Kick Ass Shit (BAWDKAS) was born as a coming together of these women to share their unique, but similar, narratives. The film has won numerous awards including two Telly Awards, an Impact Docs Award, and an award from the Accolade Global Film Competition.

Das has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, an MBA in sustainable business and attended the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. For the last 20 years, she has owned and operated MOXY Money LLC, which consults on fundraising techniques, regardless of whether you’re a non-profit, first time candidate or experienced elected official.

As a Washington State Senator, Das was a leader in environmental policy, affordable housing, community building, and equitable representation movements. One of her biggest successes during her term as State Senator was championing and passing Senate Bill 5022, which bans the manufacture, sale and distribution of certain expanded polystyrene products and single-use plastics in Washington state. Not surprisingly, Das loves spending time outdoors and traveling, having visited 37 countries. Most of all, she is a proud auntie to two nephews.

Speech Topics

How to Live and Love Your Authentic Self

In this talk, Das shares hard-won lessons for stepping outside of others’ expectations, finding your specific magic, and being bold in the face of No. Das will MONAvate you to make your dreams a reality.

Diversity Matters

Das will use corporate case studies to show that diversifying your staff in a conscious and meaningful way is a proven growth strategy available to all businesses.

Women & Leadership

In 'Women & Leadership,' Das will use corporate case studies to show that promoting women into leadership in a conscious and meaningful way is a proven growth strategy for business.

Building Your ESG Plan

Traditional MBAs have not prepared our existing corporate leaders for Wall Street’s choice to measure Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance (ESG). In this talk, Das will walk you through the factors to consider and steps to take to design and implement your company’s ESG plan, and explore why it will benefit your bottom line.

The Future is Brown

This keynote explores the possibility of a Representative Democracy. From where minorities stand now, to how we got here, and where we wish to go, we’ll plot a course into a future where all people experience full governmental representation.

How to Make FUNdraising Your Superpower

This keynote is a first-hand account from a master-networker. Whether raising funds for a local or global campaign, Das’ techniques will make you hate fundraising less, like it a little more, and substantially increase your results.

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Building Unlikely Partnerships

In today’s polarized culture, talking effectively to ‘the other side’ is a necessary skill for moving any agenda forward. In 'Building Unlikely Partnerships' Das draws on her experience creating and passing legislation in the Washington State Senate to help you learn how to get buy-in from the non-believers.

Purpose in Business

Americans are increasingly buying their values and putting their money where their commitments live. In '+Purpose,' Das will discuss the quadruple bottom line of People, Planet, Profit and Purpose, and how purpose-driven companies are changing the American conversation and business landscape.

Representation: Why It Matters

Das will share her stories of being a small, brown girl in a father-led household, and what it has meant to see other women and brown women succeed and to become a leader herself. Her dream is to inspire the next generation of women leaders.

Plastic Free Future

Keynote drawing on Das’ experience passing anti-plastics legislation in the Washington State Senate and working with the Department of Ecology. She’ll share the inside stories of how she got her environmental bills passed, and the lessons learned in the process.

Living Our Sustainable Future

An interactive discussion that covers current environmental concerns and the solutions that available agrivoltaic technologies present. Together, we’ll create a shared vision of a future worth causing, and the personal to corporate actions that we can take NOW.

Women’s Empowerment

'When Women Rule' envisions the future of women in leadership. We’ll discuss how we got where we are, and why it is now absolutely necessary for women to step into leadership roles on the local, national and world stages.

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Bill to ramp up recycling a top priority for green coalition in 2022 ...
Jan 18, 2022 ... Mona Das, D-Kent, a sponsor of the bill, which seeks to reinvigorate Washington's struggling efforts to keep more waste products out of landfills and ...

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