Daring Women

May 10th, 2018
Seattle Business magazine's inaugural Daring Women
 
Location: Block 41, 115 Bell St, Seattle, WA 98121
 
DARING WOMEN 
 
On May 10, the most fearless females in Seattle came together to talk innovation, growth, inspiration and leadership. Women from across all industries shared their stories on the challenges and triumphs in business and life. The half-day conference featured interactive panel discussions and talks from women executives on diversity and inclusion, owning your leadership style, cultivating balanced culture, challenging standards and more. The day concluded with a power hour cocktail party where a sold-out audience of 370 attendees came together to build a community of daring women.
Check out the highlight reel below!
 
CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE PHOTOS HERE
 
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2018 SPEAKER LINEUP
 
 
Shaunta Hyde, Managing Director, Community Relations, Alaska Airlines
Shaunta Hyde is managing director of community relations at Alaska Airlines. A Pacific Northwest aviation professional, she leads community relations, charitable giving and sustainability efforts in the continental United States, collaborating with civic leaders and organizations that affect Alaska Airlines. Prior to joining Alaska Airlines, Shaunta was the director of global aviation policy for The Boeing Company, and manager of Government Affairs where she worked 12 years developing strategies to shape national and
international public policy to support aviation growth and business goals.
Prior to joining Boeing in 2002, she worked for The Metropolitan King
County Council and served as a government relations manager for the
King County Executive.
 
Kim Vu, Seattle Market Executive, Local Markets Organization, Bank of America
As the Market Executive for the greater Puget Sound region in Washington, Kim is responsible for the Bank’s local business strategy and community engagement. Kim has been with Bank of America for three years. She is an alum of the Bank’s multicultural women’s leadership program, aimed at investing in the advancement of high potential women leaders of color and currently serves on Bank of America’s Diversity + Inclusion Council. Prior to her arrival to Bank of America, Kim served a dual role as Vice President of Community Investment and Social Impact at the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) and Executive Director of the Northwest Credit Union Foundation. Preceding the NWCUA, Kim ran Tech CU’s private banking team in the Silicon Valley. Her success in building the private banking division and overseeing the growth of a $600M portfolio, landed her in the role of Vice President of Social Impact, Innovation and Community Relationships, where she developed Tech CU’s comprehensive corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy, targeted on enterprise-wide community and cross line of business integration.

Alisha Valavanis, President & General Manager, Seattle Storm
Alisha Valavanis is currently the President & General Manager of the Seattle Storm. In this role, Valavanis oversees all Storm business and basketball operations, in addition to Force10 Sports Management, a business specializing in sales and promotion of athletic events for women and girls in the Seattle DMA. This business is owned by Force10 Enterprise, the ownership group of the Seattle Storm. A native of Valparaiso, Ind., Valavanis came to the Storm with a strong involvement in women’s basketball, both as a former player and coach, uniquely blending with her experience in athletics business operations.
 
Erin Lantz, VP & GM of Mortgages, Zillow Group; Board Member, Washington Federal, TrueCar

Erin is the VP & GM of Mortgages at Zillow Group, (NASDAQ:Z). Under her leadership since mid-2010, she has built one of Zillow Group’s fastest growing and most profitable businesses. Just prior to Zillow, Erin was Senior Vice President at Bank of America where she led the Direct-to-Consumer purchase home loan business.  Before entering the mortgage industry, she worked at the Boston Consulting Group.  She also serves on the board of directors of Washington Federal (NASDAQ: WAFD) and TrueCar (NASDAQ: TRUE). She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated summa cum laude and phi beta kappa and a MBA from Harvard Business School. 

 
Adriane Brown, Board of Directors, Raytheon, eBay, Allergan, Washington Research Foundation/WRF Capital
Adriane Brown brings over 30 years of leadership experience gained across a variety of industries, serving a number of global customer. Ms. Brown served as president and chief operating officer for Intellectual Ventures (IV) from January 2010 through July 2017. During her tenure at IV, the team delivered more than $3B in revenue, spun out 14 companies and joint ventures closed more than 50 retail customers, and established Global Good and Research, which is changing the game in global health and development.

 
Molly Moon, Owner, Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream
Molly Moon Neitzel is the owner of Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream, which she started in 2008 with the desire to create a vibrant, welcoming community gathering place for all Seattleites to share and enjoy delicious ice cream. Molly built her business to embody her political values, and has advocated for progressive business practices and worker rights on the local, state and national level. She has dedicated herself to building a company that is a leader in labor practices. With eight shops in the Seattle area, Molly Moon's has been listed in food publications including Food & Wine and Bon Apetit for making and scooping some of the nation’s most delectable ice cream, all with the objective of making the world better one scoop at a time.
 
Moorea Seal, Moorea Seal, CEO of Moorea Seal, Inc and Author of The 52 Lists Project Series
Moorea Seal is a Seattle based author, designer and retailer, best known for her best selling book series, The 52 Lists Project and 52 Lists for Happiness. Driven by the desire to create spaces for people to explore their identity, inside and out, Moorea founded her online fashion and lifestyle retail site in 2013, the Seattle storefront in 2014, and began writing self care focused books in 2015. With over 450,000 copies of her books sold, and accolades as far reaching as Oprah, Moorea’s mission to inspire and empower people through self care, be it list making or style inspired living, has taken the globe by storm. 
 
 
Claire Verity, CEO in PNW states, UnitedHealthcare
Claire is a 20-year veteran of UnitedHealthcare most recently from Business Development and Sales Communications where she has served for the last six years as National Vice President. Her most notable recent accomplishments include the successful leadership of a strategic sales alliance that earned revenue of $224 million and an IOI of $16 million, as well as her Executive Business Sponsorship for the Go to Market Program where – through collaboration with the sales leadership teams, Health Plan CEOs and national/regional leaders – she was a key contributor to the successful migration of 12.5 million members to OptumRx. 
 
Leslie Feinzaig, Founder & CEO, Female Founders Alliance, Venture Kits LLC
Leslie Feinzaig is a tech executive and entrepreneur on a mission to democratize entrepreneurship. Leslie is Founder & CEO of the Female Founders Alliance S.P.C., a private network of female venture-scale startup founders. Our mission is to accelerate the success of female-led startups by connecting every founder and incentivizing them to actively support and amplify their peers. FFA has grown in a short period of time to hundreds of members and chapters in both coasts, and is geared up for international expansion in 2018.
 
Sara Nelson, Owner, Fremont Brewing Company
Sara Nelson is Co-Owner/Founder of Fremont Brewing which was launched in 2008 and is now the third largest independently owned craft brewery in Washington. She leads Fremont’s community engagement, government affairs, and sustainability programs which emphasize water conservation, zero waste, and growing the market for local, sustainably produced ingredients. 
 
Jessie Woolley-Wilson, Chair, CEO and President, DreamBox Learning
Throughout her life and career, Jessie Woolley-Wilson has been driven by a singular belief that all children need and deserve high-quality learning opportunities, regardless of who they are or where they live. She believes that by supporting great teaching and learning, everyone wins: kids, families, communities and the world. Jessie has worked in the education technology space for nearly 20 years to support school and district leaders to improve learning and life outcomes for K-12 students. Jessie joined DreamBox Learning® in 2010 as Chair, President and CEO. The startup software company had pioneered Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ in 2006 and began partnering with schools soon after Jessie joined. DreamBox currently serves nearly 2.2 million K-8 students, approximately 80,000 teachers and provided over 255 million math lessons in the 2015-2016 school year across the U.S. and Canada.
 
MJ DePalma, Sr. Global Engagement Strategist, Microsoft Advertising
MJ DePalma is the Sr. Global Engagement Strategist for Bing Ads at Microsoft and a huge voice for equality, diversity and inclusion throughout Microsoft and the world. MJ believes one clear way to press for progress is “making the choir bigger” since preaching to the choir goes only so far… unless that choir grows! MJ leads with abundant enthusiasm, vulnerability, and light. She inspires business and personal transformation through living authentically and creating an unstoppable momentum in the world around her. Her career spans twenty years in sales, marketing and advertising with her most coveted source of inspiration - connecting with others through the expression of the authentic self.  
Dona Sarkar, Head of Windows Insider Program, Microsoft
Dona Sarkar wishes she'd been born as a cat so she could have had nine lives. Failing that, she's decided to live 9 lives in this one...and help others do the same. She's the engineering leader of the Windows Insider Program at Microsoft; a multi-published author; a fashion designer; co-founder of Fibonacci Sequins (a style blog devoted to showcasing awesome people in STEM); a public speaker…but her favorite job is being a mentor and coach to thousands of amazing humans who want to #DoTheThing. She was recently named one of Fast Company’s Most Productive People (despite her tremendously chaotic life).

For more info on how to #DoTheThing: http://amzn.to/2BTY8QM

 
Susan Stelter, Co-founder, Chief People Officer, West Monroe Partners
Susan Stelter is a co-founder of West Monroe Partners and the firm’s chief people officer. In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing key functions that shape the firm’s fast-growing workforce of more than 950 business consultants and deep technologists. Susan has more than 25 years of experience as a consultant and professional services leader. A member of the founding group of West Monroe Partners, Susan has contributed to developing virtually every aspect of the firm’s operations. In particular, she has played a key role in shaping and nurturing the firm’s distinctive, award-winning people-centric culture. 
 
Betti Fujikado, CEO & Co-founder, copacino + fujikado
Betti Fujikado is CEO/Co-Founder of Copacino+Fujikado LLC. C+F celebrated its 20th anniversary this year with clients such as Seattle Mariners, Seattle Children’s, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Holland America Line, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Premera Blue Cross, Symetra Financial, Amica, among others. They combine consulting, creativity and commerce “to do great work, make a difference and have fun” while doing it. Betti has held positions from CFO, COO, and President for a number of private and publicly held companies in a variety of industries.  She began her career at Price Waterhouse Coopers after graduating from the University of Washington. She’s a current Trustee at Western Washington University. And, to round out her higher education commitment (and to be fair), Washington State University is a client. She’s business obsessed, always thinks in pictures, and is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion at the agency and in her life. 
 
Lydia Frank, VP Content Strategy, Payscale
For more than a decade, VP of Content Strategy Lydia Frank has led a team of content creators and researchers at PayScale.com, a compensation data and software company, who work to understand all of the various factors that impact compensation and provide guidance to both employees and employers on how to have more effective pay conversations. In addition, she has contributed content around salary negotiation, gender equity and compensation best practices to various publications over the years (Harvard Business Review, Money, Fortune, TechCrunch) and is regularly cited in the media as a compensation and negotiation subject matter expert (e.g. USA Today, Forbes, Quartz, CNBC, CBS News, NBC News, HuffPo, Fast Company, MarketWatch, The Atlantic, Business Insider, Inc, CNNMoney, US News & World Report, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times). She also regularly speaks to both consumer and business audiences on similar subjects.
 
Palvi Mehta, CFO, ExtraHop Networks
Palvi Mehta is the CFO of ExtraHop Networks and is responsible for managing the company's financial strategy and operations as well as overseeing and implementing all financial reporting, forecasting, accounting, tax functions, and corporate operations. Palvi has more than 15 years of experience in the wireless, technology, and manufacturing industries. She is a senior financial and operating executive with experience in taking companies from startup to significant revenue growth. In these roles, Palvi has guided financial growth and strategic development, executed mergers and acquisitions, raised capital and debt, and implemented various business and operational systems. 
 
Patty Bedient, Board of Directors, Alaska Air Group, Suncor Energy, Park Hotels and Resorts, Overlake Hospital and Medical Center, Oregon State University Board of Trustees, Deans Advisory Board
Patricia Bedient (also known as Patty) retired in 2016 as Executive Vice President and CFO of Weyerhaeuser Company. Ms. Bedient is the lead independent director for Alaska Air Group.  She also serves on the board of directors for Suncor Energy where she Chairs the Audit Committee and Park Hotels and Resorts. She Chairs the Board of Trustees of Overlake Hospital Medical Center and also serves on the governing board of Oregon State University and the advisory board for the Foster School of business at the University of Washington.
 
Amy Horn,  Head of Customer Engagement, Amazon Web Services
Amy is 20 years into a career working with words, with jobs including Copy Chief at The Stranger and Manager of Marketing and Social Media for Amazon's Student Prime program. She made the leap to tech in 2015 when she joined the Amazon Web Services marketing organization, where she currently leads a global team of storytellers. Her workplace passions include employee engagement, productivity, wellness, and personal empowerment. She's also a belly dance teacher and rides with the all-women motorcycle club Rainier Ravens.
 
 
Jonna Bell, Head of Marketing, The Riveter

A growth hacker and challenge wrangler, she comes from the industries of hospitality, new technology, e-commerce, higher education, and design. Clients have included Northeastern University, Visa, Microsoft, and startups in cleantech, space travel, and cancer research. Raised between the urban pace of Baltimore and rural expanses of Idaho, Jonna’s youth was a kaleidoscope of uncommon adventures that shaped a unique perspective on risk, disruption, and engagement. Over the course of her career, Jonna has navigated the corporate ladders of being the youngest, and, many times, the only woman at the table. She now blends her experiences and inherent skills into what she's passionately obsessed with: Women succeeding, and providing access to ensure the path is clearer for their success. The Riveter is Jonna’s second startup in social impact and disruption, the first was in fitness apparel, manufacturing, and social responsibility. Jonna also sits on the advisory boards of startups in both technology and social and frequently hosts events that gather women through story-telling.

 
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Price: 
$65
Block 41
115 Bell St.
Seattle, WA 98121
United States