Spring Forward with Women Leaders 2017

Many regions struggle with issues of equity, diversity and inclusion and the Pacific Northwest is no different. However, public and private organizations within the Puget Sound area —including community organizations, residents, businesses, local governments, and philanthropic groups—are committed to addressing these challenges head-on, and with as much creativity and urgency as they can muster.

The Spring Forward with Women Leaders event series stems from our region's collective commitment to do better when it comes to gender pay equity, diversity and inclusion in leadership. This event series focuses on those challenges in STEM-based fields and the fields of technology, health care, entrepreneurship and investing.

To see some of the artifacts from last's year's series, visit the 2016 series landing page.

2017 Program

March 23Presentation of WA State Preliminary Numbers from Workforce Study, with Keynote and Pipeline Success Stories
@ CoMotion
4545 Roosevelt Ave NE
University District
5:30-7:30pm

As leadership in Washington, D.C. changes, many questions have emerged regarding how the new administration will prioritize advancing a more diverse workforce. What is the status of the White House Office of Women and Girls? Will the new administration continue to fund research and development projects? What is the future of the Affordable Care Act and women’s health? And how can our voices in Washington state be heard while these decisions are being made?

Please join us as we hear from our D.C. insiders about the future of diversity in the workplace. We will also be joined by Maura Little, Governor Inslee’s Life Science and Global Health Sector Lead, who will share preliminary results of a federally funded state workforce project that seeks to advance diversity here at home.  

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March 30Mentoring & Male Allies
@ Cambia Grove
1800 9th Ave, 2nd Floor
Downtown Seattle
4:30-6:30pm

Empowering women in leadership will require everyone at the table, including males. How do you develop male allies effectively, or even become one yourself? Join this panel discussion followed by a speed mentoring peer-advisory circle. Imagine sharing what's keeping you up at night with up to six smart leaders, getting their feedback and coaching them through their challenges. Get energized by making meaningful connections and interactions to forward a future of gender equity in leadership.

Moderator - Emma Mayberry (Seattle Chamber)

Panelists:

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April 6How to Become an Executive Leader
@ CoMotion
4545 Roosevelt Ave NE
University District
5:30-7:30pm

Our region has systematically struggled with issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion—especially in the flourishing entrepreneurial community that we have established over the past few years. In an attempt to continue combatting this disparity, CoMotion Labs has partnered with other Puget Sound based organizations for an event on nurturing leadership as part of “Spring Forward with Women Leaders.” Our panel on April 6 will highlight the opportunities and challenges for women in leadership in technical/STEM-based fields, entrepreneurship, and investing. We will have networking for the first and last 30 minutes with a 1-hour panel discussion in between.

Moderator – Rebecca Lovell (City of Seattle)

Panelists:

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April 27Series Wrap Party, with Social & Networking Hours
@ Cambia Grove
1800 9th Ave, 2nd Floor
Downtown Seattle
5:30-7:30pm

We'll celebrate Year 2 of the Spring Forward with Women Leaders series with some fun speed networking opportunities. At the conclusion of the event, we'll also let everyone know the ways we identified to help attendees from all events keep the conversations, connections and work going throughout the year.

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Series Sponsors

Spring Forward with Women Leaders is presented with generous support from:

Series Partners

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