February 27, 2018 | Four Seasons Hotel Seattle | 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.



Featuring Guest Speakers and Conservation Leadership Award Honorees

Dr. K. Ullas Karanth and Dr. Krithi K. Karanth


Guy C. Phinney Corporate Leadership Award Honoree

Microsoft Corporation


Thrive Leadership Awards is an awards dinner and fundraiser that brings together close to 300 Puget Sound region business and community leaders, as well as conservation leaders and local philanthropists, giving them an “inside glimpse” in to what makes Woodland Park Zoo a valued community asset. During this exciting evening (February 27, 2018) at the Four Seasons Seattle, Woodland Park Zoo will honor the local and international leaders who help make our wildlife conservation mission possible. Dr. K. Ullas Karanth and Dr. Krithi K. Karanth, our keynote speakers and 2018 Conservation Leadership Award honorees, have dedicated their lives to wildlife conservation in complementary ways. Originally trained as an engineer, Dr. K. Ullas Karanth changed careers to pursue his passion for wildlife. A pioneer in rigorous ecological studies of tigers and developing camera trap surveys, Karanth has also combined his science with pragmatic conservation solutions to create more space for wild nature to thrive in crowded India. Dr. Krithi K. Karanth’s research in India encompasses the complex human dimensions of wildlife conservation, including mammal extinctions, tourism trends, human-wildlife conflicts, and resource and land use change around Indian parks. This father-daughter force is blazing a path for conservation professionals the world over.






Thrive Day 2

Woodland Park Zoo’s young professionals network, Network for Nature (NFN), is hosting Thrive Day 2 on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Hyatt Olive 8. The event includes a networking reception and a lightning talk featuring Woodland Park Zoo's 2018 Conservation Leadership Award honorees K. Ullas Karanth, PhD and Krithi K. Karanth, PhD. The lightning talk will be paired with a panel of leading experts shedding light on how technology and conservation are coming together to save species.

Find out More about Thrive Day 2


Why Attend / Support Thrive?

Thrive Leadership Awards is a key fundraiser for Woodland Park Zoo. All funds contributed at the event will support our zoo wildlife conservationists and save species in the wild.

We deeply appreciate your support of Woodland Park Zoo and Thrive Leadership Awards. Enjoy the video from the 2017 Thrive Leadership Awards dinner below. We look forward to seeing you soon at the zoo!






Unable to attend Thrive but want to support your zoo? Gifts of all sizes make a difference!

Research reveals that people are healthier, happier, and perhaps even smarter and more creative when they are connected to nature. Simply put, nature makes us more human.

Woodland Park Zoo offers 92 lush green acres, buzzing with the energy of more than 300 animal species from around the planet, right here in the heart of our booming city.

As Seattle evolves as a dynamic, urban center, we need your help to ensure our zoo remains an oasis for nature play and rediscovering our humanity by connecting with animals that share our planet. Your support enables Woodland Park Zoo to lead more than 1.3 million visitors each year on a journey that inspires a lifelong love of animals, makes science come alive and helps people take conservation action. Thank you!



Your support enables Woodland Park Zoo to lead more than 1.3 million visitors each year on a journey that inspires a lifelong love of animals, makes science come alive and helps people take conservation action. As part of your sponsorship, you can bring your brand to the zoo’s 1.1+ BILLION total media reach, 150,000 Facebook fans, and 29 million YouTube video views (a number that makes Woodland Park Zoo the most viewed zoo in North America). Woodland Park Zoo also has the largest membership base among Puget Sound museum and cultural attractions with more than 40,500 members. Through Thrive Leadership Awards sponsorship, your company can align its corporate social responsibility goals and receive many other benefits such as:

  • Your company logo / name included on event collateral, including save-the-date and invitation mailing sent to over 3,000 community and philanthropic leaders in the Puget Sound Region.

  • Sponsor logo / name recognition integrated into signage and video screens at Thrive Leadership Awards.

  • Sponsor company logos / names included in event advertisements, including two in MyZoo quarterly membership magazine (40,000 print readership).

  • Company logo / name recognition integrated strategically in social media event promotion, earned media materials and e-newsletters to our membership base.

  • Company invitation to join us for the big event, which is attended by close to 300 regional business leaders, philanthropists and community “movers-and-shakers.” This is a fantastic opportunity to network with some of our region’s most influential community members.

  • An invite for your company’s employees to Woodland Park Zoo with a complimentary zoo membership for event sponsors, special invites to Wild at Heart donor events, and complimentary admission tickets to share with your employees or clients!

  • Tickets to the hottest summer concert series in town, ZooTunes.

  • Several sponsorship levels include VIP animal encounters which bring you eye-to-eye with the zoo’s most iconic residents.



See list of traditional Thrive sponsorship benefits

For more information regarding sponsorship, please contact:
Bridget Dolan, Thrive Manager     |     206.548.2422     |

Thrive Sponsors