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Spring WIBLI symposium to feature Seattle Storm, “The Mommy Penalty” and “Confident Communication”

June 16 event will also debut the new, joint 100% Talent Initiative
SEATTLE – Empowering women in business and leadership is necessary to sustain a healthy and vibrant community. That is why the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, along with a selection of our region’s top business stakeholders and leaders, created the Women in Business & Leadership Initiative (WIBLI). Back for its second year, WIBLI’s Spring Symposium will take place on Tue, June 16, from noon to 2:30 at the Washington Athletic Club in downtown Seattle.

Tomorrow’s event will feature a packed agenda with keynote speaker Alisha Valavanis, President & General Manager of the Seattle Storm; an interactive discussion with Christy Johnson, Founder of Artemis Connection, and Anna Steffeney, Co-Founder of LeaveLogic about how to combat “The Mommy Penalty”; and a skill building work shop titled “Confident Communication” with Jenn Morgan, Brand Management Expert and Co-Founder of Radically Distinct.

Chamber president and CEO Maud Daudon and Women’s Funding Alliance Executive Director Liz Vivian will roll out a new, joint initiative called 100% Talent—a gender equity initiative for King County. A voluntary, employer-led initiative, 100% Talent builds off the momentum of WIBLI and is informed and inspired by similar proactive efforts in Boston, San Francisco and the United Kingdom.

“King County leads the way in opportunity and innovation,” said Daudon. “With 100% Talent, we are aiming to shine a positive light on businesses tackling the gender wage gap effectively. While the focus is on women's pay equity, the initiative is about being inclusive of all people to achieve greater workforce equity.”

“Closing gender equity gaps in our region has profound benefits for women and their families, the strength of our regional economy, and quality of life in King County,” said Vivian. “It’s time to take best practices to scale and fully engage our business and philanthropic partners to create lasting solutions.” 

WIBLI is committed to achieving a three-pronged goal: creating mutually beneficial relationships for women in the Puget Sound region; inspiring women in all levels of their careers to take tangible steps toward career growth, including mentorships; and providing tools, access, and resources related to resolving issues women face along their career path.

Symposium tickets are: $85 for members and $95 for non-nembers, and $950 for corporate table with 10 premium seats. Click here to register or contact Harry Cheema 206-389-7215.


About The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Metropolitan (Seattle Metro) Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse network of influential business leaders in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization of 2,200 businesses representing a regional workforce of approximately 700,000 people. For more information, visit 

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