Daring Women

**Due to recent news about COVID-19, the requirements set forth by the King County Public Health Department and recommendations by the federal government and CDC, Seattle Business magazine will postpone the Manufacturing Awards event slated for May 19. We will announce the new date as soon as possible and will let you know as soon as we do.**
Seattle Business magazine's Daring Women
Location: Block 41, 115 Bell St, Seattle, WA 98121

On May 19, the most fearless females in Seattle will come together to talk innovation, growth, inspiration and leadership, where women from across all industries will share stories on the challenges and triumphs in business and life. The half-day conference will feature interactive panel discussions and talks by executives on diversity and inclusion, owning your leadership style, cultivating a balanced culture, the power of mentorship, and more. The day will conclude with a Power Hour cocktail party, helping build authentic connections and a community of Daring Women.

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Cocktail Hour will feature:

-Raven & Rue Headshot station
-GlamSnaps Photobooth, sponsored by Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
-Icecream scoops by Acme Icecream
-Braid bar by Chromatique Salon
-Cupcakes by Trophy Cupcakes
And more!


Dona Sarkar, Chief #NinjaCat (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

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.

Claire Verity, Chief Executive Officer, 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.

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.

Amy Fletcher, Senior Director, Customer Experience Lead, West Monroe Partners

Amy Fletcher is a senior director with West Monroe Partners and leader of the firm’s Seattle Customer Experience practice. She has nearly 20 years of global management and technology consulting experience across various industries.

Amy Fletcher helps organizations design and implement customer-centric solutions that enhance stakeholder experiences and enable business strategies. To each challenge, she brings an uncommon blend of business consulting and technology expertise that includes customer experience strategy, user experience/interface design, product/program management, business process improvement, and customer relationship management.

Angela Dunleavy-Stowell, CEO, Farestart

While many people know her for her business accomplishments, Angela has been supporting and leading nonprofit efforts for many years. She sits on the board of the United Way of King County and co-chaired its $40 million 2017-2018 annual fundraising campaign. In 2012, Angela co-founded Eat Run Hope, a 5K and culinary event that benefitted the Fetal Health Foundation. She has also volunteered and raised money for numerous organizations such as Amara, Russell Wilson’s WhyNotYou Foundation, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Pike Place Foundation and other local charities and schools.

In 2013, Angela was named one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.” She’s also part of their “40 Under 40” Hall of Fame. She and Ethan Stowell received the 2016 Richard Melman Innovator of the Year Award. She has been honored as one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2017 “Women of Influence” and was named one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Seattle” by Seattle Met Magazine.

Sage Ke'alohilani Quiamno, Co-founder, Future for Us

Sage Ke’alohilani Quiamno is the co-founder of Future for Us, an initiative dedicated to accelerating the advancement of women of color through community, culture & career development. Sage is also a passionate pay equal advocate and diversity, equity and inclusion champion. She has provided over 4,000+ women with salary negotiation tools and resources they need to advocate for themselves at work. Last year she spoke 75x at events, workshops and conferences, helped women negotiate $500K in salary increases and positioned more than 150 women for promotions. 

Aparna Rae, Director & Co-founder, Moving Beyond, Co-founder, Future for Us

Aparna Rae works across public and private sections at the intersection of diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), and program strategy, evaluation and organizational design. She been a presenter on the intersection of DEI with program design and evaluation at The American Evaluation Association, SOCAP, as well a number of Greater Seattle Area organizations, including Equal Pay Today / Equal Rights Advocates, Ladies Get Paid, WASBA, Legal Fund of Washington, Seattle University and more. She has been featured in Forbes, The Seattle Times, Seattle Magazine and more.

Marilyn Strickland, President & CEO, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Marilyn Strickland is the president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Recognized by leaders throughout the Seattle metro area for her principled, collaborative, and forward-thinking style, Strickland champions a regional approach to address our most pressing issues, including housing affordability, transportation, and economic opportunity. She is the first person of color and second woman to hold this role in the 136-year history of the organization.

Venus Rekow, Founder, Neural Shifts

Venus Rekow is the founder of Neural Shifts, a consulting firm specialized in designing Diverse, Inclusive & Equitable organizations. Venus supports global D&I teams to increase their impact by conducting D&I assessments, designing & implementing effective diversity and inclusion programs & using analytics to achieve business results. She is known for her ability to translate research insights from Neuroscience & Behavioral economics into practical business strategies. Venus earned an M.S. in Organizational Development from Seattle University, completed coursework for an M.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Oberta, Spain. She is a certified executive coach from the Neurooleadership Institute.

Jennifer Wong, Head of Marketing, Convoy

Jennifer is a transformative leader who fosters innovation within her team and leads with integrity and by example. Her enthusiasm, dedication and willingness to adapt in order to tackle whatever is thrown her way, are qualities that make her a stand-out leader in the marketing community.

Jennifer was raised in an entrepreneurial world and developed her love of technology and marketing through her always on, always connected lifestyle. She loves experimenting with new technologies and exploring ways they influence how people interact with each other and the world.

Megan Ferland, CEO, Girl Scouts of Western Washington

Megan Ferland is a change management specialist with decades of success in redefining, developing and enhancing organizational structure in non-profit organizations. With a leadership style that combines a big picture strategic focus with authenticity and approachability, she has the ability to guide personal and professional dynamics for advantageous outcomes. Areas of expertise include strategic business development, growing profitability, fundraising, and improving organizational culture and communication.

As CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Washington, she is responsible for the oversight of a 17-county council, operating five offices and seven camps with a membership of over 25,000 girls and more than 12,000 adult volunteers.

Graciela Gomez Cowger, Chief Executive Officer, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Graciela Gomez Cowger practiced as an intellectual property attorney for over 20 years, helping individuals and companies protect innovations in technology and healthcare and build enduring brands. As an IP lawyer, she experienced the rapid rate of change in technology and the ever-increasing flow of data and information. We have never been more interconnected than we are now. She is passionate about finding strategies to help clients adapt to the ways that these rapid changes impact the markets in which they operate. 

Before joining Schwabe, Graciela served as managing partner at StoFoCo LLP, a firm she founded and managed with two other partners. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she was a design and manufacturing engineer for Hewlett-Packard Co. in San Diego. That experience instilled a lifelong interest in innovation and process efficiencies and metrics. 

Cynthia Tee, Senior Director of Engineering, Nordstrom

Combining her love of fashion and technology, Cynthia is Senior Director of Engineering at Nordstrom where she is responsible for services that power checkout, payments, and order management. With a passion for building inclusion and belonging in our tech industry, she is a trained facilitator for the Ally Skills Workshop which she conducts throughout Seattle through Diverse City, LLC. Cynthia also serves as advisor to the WiT Regatta and IGNITE Worldwide.  

Through the years, Cynthia has been a software developer, partner group program manager, and VP of product across many domains: operating systems, marketplaces, consumer apps, and platforms. In 2015, she became the Executive Director of Ada Developers Academy, a tuition-free, nonprofit software development training program for women, trans and non-binary people that partners with companies to increase their pipeline for diversity.

Jean Craciun, Founder, The Diversity Center of Washington

Founder Jean Craciun is a nationally recognized moderator/facilitator. She has decades of experience helping groups and individuals get to that next level in team building and group dynamics, emotional intelligence, social justice, and community engagement.

Jean is a sociologist and feminist. She spent 30 years as an activist mentored by renowned Gloria Steinem and Congresswoman Bella Abzug. Jean served as Vice President of The National Women’s Political Caucus in the 90s and noted in November 2018, “we could only dream of the election cycle we just witnessed with women starting to take their rightful place in the politics that impacts our daily lives.” 

LaNesha DeBardelaben, Executive Director, Northwest African American Museum

LaNesha DeBardelaben lives by the motto “to whom much is given, much is required.” As a Michigan-native, she relocated to Seattle in December 2017 upon her appointment as Executive Director of the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) in Seattle. Under LaNesha’s strategic leadership, NAAM is repositioning itself for accelerated growth, community and regional engagement, and national accreditation.  Since she has been at the helm, NAAM has seen a nearly 40% increase in attendance; has initiated new impactful partnerships, and has expanded educational programming as well grown earned and contributed income.  NAAM is currently one of only 15 museums in the country as a finalist for the nation’s highest and most prestigious award – the 2019 National Medal for Museum Service Award, nominated by Congressman Adam Smith.  

Megan McNally, Founder, The FBomb Breakfast Club and Legal Officer, Foundry Law Group

Megan McNally is a Seattle based business lawyer and strategic advisor with a passion for anyone out to level the playing field. Her own startup, Diana SportsTV, failed, leaving sports fans without access to the world’s greatest collection of women’s pro, semi-pro, and collegiate sports. Along the way, she built a thriving 2,300-member support community for fellow female founders - The FBomb Breakfast Club. In 2018 Seattle Magazine named her one of the city’s Most Influential People, the Female Founders Alliance awarded her its first Advocate Award, and FBomb was recognized as a finalist for Geekwire’s Newcomer of the Year. Previously, Megan spent two decades as a leader, consultant, educator, and public speaker in the philanthropic sector.

Gina Phillips, VP & General Manager, Northwest, WeWork

Gina Phillips currently leads the business for WeWork in the Northwest US and Canada as VP + General Manager. Since launching the Seattle market for WeWork in 2013, Gina has launched multiple new markets and grown a dynamic region undergoing hypergrowth. Known for scaling high-performance, culturally-aligned teams and driving brand visibility, her focus is always on effectively leading teams through change and growing powerful performance in others. In 2018, Gina was named Real Estate Executive of the Year by the Puget Sound Business Journal. 

Gina is committed to connecting communities with access to opportunity and delights in creating win-win scenarios, which drove her to found Seattle Startup Week in 2013 and served her well while on the board of Women in Tech. She is a member of Global Shapers, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, and plays competitive ultimate frisbee at the national and international levels.

Laura MacNeil, Head of Pacific Northwest Region, Business Banking, Wells Fargo

Laura’s career has spanned 26 years of experience in financial services; she has expertise lending to manufacturers, distributors, and nonprofit, healthcare, and other specialty groups. She has worked on multiple capital markets transactions, including mezzanine debt, bond issuance, private placement, and senior debt.

Laura’s career has spanned 26 years of experience in financial services; she has expertise lending to manufacturers, distributors, and nonprofit, healthcare, and other specialty groups. She has worked on multiple capital markets transactions, including mezzanine debt, bond issuance, private placement, and senior debt. 

For event sponsorship information, contact Publisher Shirley Eclipse at shirley.eclipse@tigeroak.com

For speaker inquiries, ticket info, and any other general inquiries, contact Tanya Norton at tanya.norton@tigeroak.com

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Block 41
Block 41
115 Bell St.
Seattle, WA 98121
United States