Thought Leadership Speaker Series

The Thought Leadership Speaker Series was launched to inspire our community to engage and learn more about topics relevant to children and families’ social, emotional and behavioral health and well-being.

Washburn Center will host four individual presentations between October 2017 to September 2018.The series aims to spark conversation and deliver impactful insights on topics instrumental to the healthy development of a child and the support of their caregiver.

Save the 2018 dates for the Thought Leadership Speaker Series: Let’s Talk


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Dr. Megan R. Gunnar, Ph.D.
Regents Professors and Distinguished McKnight University Professor; Director (Chair), Institute of Child Development University of Minnesota

“Adverse Experiences and Brain Development: Vulnerability and Resilience”

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Dr. William D. Allen, Ph.D., LMFT
Owner, Healing Bonds; President, National Council on Family Relations (NCFR); Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota and University of St. Thomas

“Family: how and where relationships are learned…”

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Dr. Anne R. Gearity, Ph.D., LICSW
Mental health clinician; author of Washburn Center’s Developmental Repair; community consultant; clinical faculty, University of Minnesota, department of psychiatry

“Development: easier for some, harder for others and always needing company”  

We invite you to join us as we explore ways to keep our children and communities strong.

Golf, Wine and Brew Celebration

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It was a great day supporting children’s mental health with more than 200 individuals and volunteers joining us at the  2017 Golf, Wine and Brew Celebration. The event netted $205,000 to help children receive therapeutic services to live healthier lives.

The day-long celebration kicked-off with the 32ND annual Helping Hands for Kids Golf Tournament at the Minikahda Club. While the tournament was cut short due to inclement weather, the event continued on with the Wine and Brew celebration highlighting local brewers, select wines, comedian Bill Arnold and a story of transformation from Evie.

Thank you to the many generous sponsors, donors and volunteers that helped make this event a success!

View Evie’s Transformational Story


2017 Golf, Wine and Brew Celebration Photos


High Liner Foods
Frederickson & Byron
Cargill Agriculture Supply Chain
BMO Capital
Cargill Starches & Sweeteners NA (2)
Cargill Risk Management (2)
Cargill MBU (2)
SKS Consulting Psychologists
RBC Capital Markets
Cargill Industrial Solutions (3)
Cargill GEOS (2)
Piper Jaffray
JNBA Financial Advisors (2)
Cargill Foodservice
Cargill Edible Oil Solutions (2)
Evie Ukelele (4)
Brent Marmo Table (5)
Brent Marmo Table (3)
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Healthy Kids – Healthy Communities

The mental health of our community’s children impacts us all. See how Washburn Center is a vital Twin Cities resource that creates brighter futures for children struggling with learning disorders, depression, anxiety or trauma. Tour our therapeutic classrooms and ask questions of Washburn Center’s new CEO, Tom Steinmetz, during this free, one-hour introduction.

Date and Time:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – noon – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 12, 2018 – noon – 1:00 p.m.

Where: 1100 Glenwood Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Please note: the tour is not appropriate for children. If you are interested in our services for your child/ren please contact us at 612.871.1454.

Healthy Kids - Healthy Communities Tour Sign-up


Washburn Games

Come play soccer, lacrosse, karate, football, yoga and more at the Washburn Games, a noncompetitive sports sampler for children ages 4 – 12.

Kids can discover their favorite sport (before parents sign them up for a season they don’t like) and give back to the community.

All participants receive a t-shirt, medal, goodie bag & the joy of helping others. Plus, there’s a chance to win amazing prizes, including a $1,000 educational scholarship!

The eighth annual Washburn Games
Sunday, September 24, 2017
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Bryn Mawr Meadows, 601 Morgan Ave. S., Minneapolis
$10 minimum donation per child will be collected when you register online
(Registration at the event will be $15 per child)