20 WOMEN TO KNOW ABOUT

20 WOMEN TO KNOW ABOUT

I was getting ready to graduate from high school when Title IX passed which states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

What a journey since then and we’re still working to move forward. And, through my 20 years at C+F, there have been amazing women that I’ve watched, learned from, and admired. There are many more than on this list, but 20 years means a list of 20 women. –Betti

I was getting ready to graduate from high school when Title IX passed which states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

What a journey since then and we’re still working to move forward. And, through my 20 years at C+F, there have been amazing women that I’ve watched, learned from, and admired. There are many more than on this list, but 20 years means a list of 20 women. –Betti

1. Sally Jewell

Former CEO of REI, former Secretary of the Interior, a valued client and my 9th grade biology partner. Her belief in the preservation and benefits of the outdoors are inspiring. She always said she gives one third of her time to work, one third to family, and one third to serving her community. I can only hope to do that.

2. Chris Gregoire

Former governor of Washington State, CEO of Challenge Seattle, a valued client, and the governor who appointed me to the Western Washington University Board. Sitting with Chris and talking about the future of Seattle, how to bring our region together for good, and politics and gender issues has been an honor.

Challenge Seattle
Incredible Works Here

3. Margaret Meister

President and CEO of Symetra and engaged citizen. I’ve watched Margaret since we began working with Symetra in 2005. She’s smart, strategic, and speaks her mind with confidence and clarity. She is the first female CEO in the company’s 60-year history. “Only 4% of local publicly traded companies in the Northwest have female CEOs. And among all companies in the Puget Sound region, just 18 percent of CEOs hired last year were women,” according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Symetra
Bellevue-based Symetra appoints its first female CEO

4. Dr. Julie Park

Program director for Seattle Children’s Hematology/Oncology Education.
Julie Park and I volunteered in our kids’ classroom throughout elementary school every Thursday morning. We were destined to be friends when we worked together competitively to solve a puzzle before our children did. OK, it may have been third grade, and our kids may have beat us in solving it.

Then I find out that Julie Park is THE Dr. Julie Park of Seattle Children’s, renowned researcher and clinician in treating pediatric cancer. And, now she’s a client, a very important client for our advertising campaigns.

Whatever I can do to help Julie, her team, and everyone at Children’s in their efforts, I’m all in. For now, It Starts With Yes for Seattle Children’s to transform children’s health for generations to come. “With your generous support, we can envision a day when we can say yes to hope, care and cure for every child.”

5. Atsuko Tamura

President of Oiselle. Atsuko was our client at REI who moved from VP Finance to VP Marketing in 2003. She hired C+F as her AOR and we got a front-row seat of Atsuko in action. She quickly showed her inspirational and team-building leadership skills, rallying REI around customer-focused marketing. Highly creative, brilliant in business, unafraid to take risks, open to ideas, and hilarious. A perfect client.

Oiselle’s Sally Bergesen and Atsuko Tamura run with apparel ‘by and for women athletes’

6. Tani Ikeda

Film director and activist. Definitely someone to watch. She’s taken on sexual assault and healing. And is executive director and co-founder of imMEDIAte Justice, “a nonprofit that connects with young women from underserved communities and allows them to tell stories through film.” Every time I’m with Tani, I’m inspired by her energy and dedication to her beliefs.

Strong women in front of the camera inspire the filmmaker behind it

7. Courtney Sale

Seattle Children’s Theatre is fortunate to have Courtney Sale on their team. I’m so inspired when I hear her say, “Theatre is a mechanism in which we create a passionate and engaged society. No matter what age, everyone deserves beauty, complexity, ritual and hope. When we offer those ideas to young people, the people in our communities who have the bulk of their lives ahead of them, we signal boost the ways in which we want to see real change in the world.”

The Journal of Ben Uchida, which just completed its run in March, and upcoming shows that Courtney has planned should continue to open our eyes and challenge our minds in embracing the arts. Keep going Courtney. C+F is proud to support you.

8. Karen Lee

CEO of Pioneer Industries. West Point graduate, UW-educated lawyer, UW student Regent, WWU Trustee and former Chair, former PSE executive, former commissioner of the WA State Employment Security Department, and now CEO of Pioneer Services. I’m in awe of her impressive resume.

Pioneer Services is a nonprofit that more people should know about: “We (at Pioneer) are a social enterprise that provides individuals with criminal histories the opportunity to lead healthy, productive lives.” An important mission and they know how to do it.

And, to add to my awe, Karen is the warmest, friendliest, most down-to-earth, high achiever that I may have ever met.

9. Sue Sharpe

Executive Director, Chuckanut Health Foundation. There are those rare people you come across in life who do good in the world and do it in a quiet, confident, and focused manner. They make it look easy, but you know it’s not. That’s powerful. That’s Sue. The current chair of WWU Board of Trustees, she led the presidential search that successfully resulted in the hiring of President Sabah Randhawa. She can get me to do almost anything, including flying home from my Hawaii vacation to attend president interviews as well as well as making sure I stay through my entire second term on the WWU Board. I’m a better executive from watching Sue in action.

Chuckanut Health Foundation

10. Cyndie Shepard

The energy Cyndie Shepard brought to the role of first lady at WWU was palpable. As a teacher, advocate, and leader, Cyndie brought Compass 2 Campus to WWU—”the mentoring initiative for the state of Washington at Western Washington University, designed to increase opportunities toward higher education by providing mentoring for 5th—12th grade students from traditionally underrepresented and diverse backgrounds in Whatcom and Skagit counties.” Praised locally, regionally, and nationally, this program continues in WWU’s Woodring College of Education. It was a privilege to watch this program be conceived, approved, and then grow and thrive. Thank you Cyndie for all the elementary and middle schoolers in Whatcom and Skagit who can now see themselves with a college degree.

11. Virginia Anderson

I’ve gotten to know Virginia in many of her capacities: mother, business executive, activist, opinion leader, friend. She was president of Safeco Foundation when C+F had the opportunity to work with her. Highly collaborative and an idea machine. Your projects are always better when you’re guided by her. I go to Virginia when I need inspiration, ideas, and opinions. She has them all and I love her for it.

12. Mimi Gan

Filmmaker and community volunteer. She’s been a C+F partner on our work with Seattle Children’s, Goodwill, and Expedia. She’s been a board member supporting our work for the Wing Luke Museum and Seattle Children’s Theatre. A tireless community volunteer, she’s politically active and always busy with a project. How she accomplishes so much is beyond me. All while being one of the nicest people on the planet. C+F is fortunate to have Mimi Gan in our corner. I’m fortunate to have her as a good friend.

13. Rita Brogan

I learned a lot about running an agency by watching Rita Brogan. When Jim and I started C+F, we partnered with Rita’s public relations agency, PRR, to pitch the Sound Transit account. We got the account together and since then I’ve had a ringside seat to watch Rita in action. She continued to grow PRR, turn it over to new management, and today continues to make an impact on communities through her consulting. I find myself hoping that I can emulate her going forward. (The good news is to emulate her means traveling a lot more and becoming a much better chef.)

14. Carla Corkern

Former CEO of Talyst, secretary for Girl Scouts of Western Washington. Carla Corkern commands a room. I got to know her when she was a member of our Vistage group. When Carla talked, we listened. She was the one we all looked to for a first response in discussions. (And, trust me, the room was made up of a group of type As–mostly white, male type As.)

The Girl Scouts benefit from her volunteer efforts and expertise. And she was a trustee for the board at Seattle Girls’ School. Carla is a leader, a mentor, and definitely a woman to admire. I certainly do.

15. The women of the Seattle Children’s team

Seattle Children’s is a long-time client whose work I’m proud to represent. Their efforts are led by CMO, Katharine Fitzgerald, as well as her team which has many strong, capable, dedicated women: Stacey Kryman, Kathi Elliott, Kelly Campbell, Allison Broadgate, Kathy Porada and Sabrina Urquhart. All women I’m proud to work with.

16. The women of the Holland America Line team

It’s a privilege to have a client who is dedicated to the belief that travel can “open minds, build connections, and inspire a shared humanity.” Through our work with Holland America Line, we work with a cadre of strong, talented women such as Beth Bodensteiner (Sr. VP), Mary Beth Wressell (VP), Linda Springmann (VP), Sally Andrews (VP), Eva Jenner (VP), Sharon Honjiyo (Sr. Director), Tanya Morrell (Sr. Director), Denella Ri’chard (Sr. Director), Kim Leaming (Director), and many others. We appreciate the opportunity and admire this guiding purpose.

Why We Sail

17. Chiyo Ishikawa & Maryann Jordan

Highlighting our work with the Seattle Art Museum were the amazing women there who are so dedicated to the arts. Chiyo Ishikawa, deputy director for Art at SAM, and Maryann Jordan, COO at The Shed (NY), were leading the way. Cara Egan and Calandra Childers were always there as well. Incredibly creative. Hard working. Gracious.
Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou was one of the most inspiring exhibits for me and definitely appropriate for this list.

Female Artists Exhibition: ‘Elles: SAM-Singular Works By Seminal Women Artists’ At The Seattle Art Museum

18. The women of Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee isn’t a well-known sport, but I admire its commitment to the Spirit of the Game, which places the responsibility for fair play on the player. It’s a long way of saying no referees. But yes, it’s still a competitve sport. Watch the top plays by the women’s college championships in 2017 and you’ll know.

And, the sport is collectively pushing toward equity and inclusion in a big way. Follow the women’s voices on Twitter: @gwenambler, @rohresheadband, @renakawabata, and many others. I will be on the sidelines rooting for you and on the frontlines to help out when you need it.

The Crosswind Tour 2018
Aria Ultimate
The Sky is Red

19. Women on the Sidelines

I’ve spent many hours, in many places, in all kinds of weather, watching soccer and Ultimate Frisbee (sports parents know what I mean). You get to know the parents on the sidelines, and I’ve been fortunate to meet incredible women successfully balancing work and family lives. Karen Lee, CEO of Pioneer Human Services, is one I’ve talked about already.
Donna Lou and Elaine Werffeli are two ex-Microsoft women in tech from the early days (circa 1980s). Donna, a first-generation college graduate, worked at Microsoft for eight years and at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in its infancy. She’s now a community volunteer serving on boards for the Wing Luke Museum, Washington Women’s Foundation, Team Read, College Access Now and the Seattle Foundation. (She also brings delicious, homemade pulled-pork sandwiches to Ultimate games for the players’ enjoyment.) Elaine Werffeli is a 25-year Microsoft veteran, now co-founder of Ecuiti, a data analytics company. She’s also an active angel investor, offering her time to mentor other start-ups as they begin their tech journeys. Her energy is always inspiring to watch.
These three women have daughters currently attending Stanford, Harvard and Dartmouth. With role models like these women, I’m confident their daughters will follow in their footsteps of success.

20. The Women of C+F

I’m cheating a bit on the 20 women when I include all the 23 women I get to work with at C+F, but it’s so appropriate to include every one. They’re my teachers. My motivation. My support. We’ve been having important conversations lately about #metoo, #timesup, 3%, 100% Talent, and all the other discussions important to gender diversity, equity and inclusion. Thank you for your openness, your expertise, and your trust. I am changed by you every day.

20 WOMEN TO KNOW ABOUT

20 WOMEN TO KNOW ABOUT

I was getting ready to graduate from high school when Title IX passed which states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

What a journey since then and we’re still working to move forward. And, through my 20 years at C+F, there have been amazing women that I’ve watched, learned from, and admired. There are many more than on this list, but 20 years means a list of 20 women. –Betti

I was getting ready to graduate from high school when Title IX passed which states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

What a journey since then and we’re still working to move forward. And, through my 20 years at C+F, there have been amazing women that I’ve watched, learned from, and admired. There are many more than on this list, but 20 years means a list of 20 women. –Betti

1. Sally Jewell

Former CEO of REI, former Secretary of the Interior, a valued client and my 9th grade biology partner. Her belief in the preservation and benefits of the outdoors are inspiring. She always said she gives one third of her time to work, one third to family, and one third to serving her community. I can only hope to do that.

2. Chris Gregoire

Former governor of Washington State, CEO of Challenge Seattle, a valued client, and the governor who appointed me to the Western Washington University Board. Sitting with Chris and talking about the future of Seattle, how to bring our region together for good, and politics and gender issues has been an honor.

Challenge Seattle
Incredible Works Here

3. Margaret Meister

President and CEO of Symetra and engaged citizen. I’ve watched Margaret since we began working with Symetra in 2005. She’s smart, strategic, and speaks her mind with confidence and clarity. She is the first female CEO in the company’s 60-year history. “Only 4% of local publicly traded companies in the Northwest have female CEOs. And among all companies in the Puget Sound region, just 18 percent of CEOs hired last year were women,” according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Symetra
Bellevue-based Symetra appoints its first female CEO

4. Dr. Julie Park

Program director for Seattle Children’s Hematology/Oncology Education.
Julie Park and I volunteered in our kids’ classroom throughout elementary school every Thursday morning. We were destined to be friends when we worked together competitively to solve a puzzle before our children did. OK, it may have been third grade, and our kids may have beat us in solving it.

Then I find out that Julie Park is THE Dr. Julie Park of Seattle Children’s, renowned researcher and clinician in treating pediatric cancer. And, now she’s a client, a very important client for our advertising campaigns.

Whatever I can do to help Julie, her team, and everyone at Children’s in their efforts, I’m all in. For now, It Starts With Yes for Seattle Children’s to transform children’s health for generations to come. “With your generous support, we can envision a day when we can say yes to hope, care and cure for every child.”

5. Atsuko Tamura

President of Oiselle. Atsuko was our client at REI who moved from VP Finance to VP Marketing in 2003. She hired C+F as her AOR and we got a front-row seat of Atsuko in action. She quickly showed her inspirational and team-building leadership skills, rallying REI around customer-focused marketing. Highly creative, brilliant in business, unafraid to take risks, open to ideas, and hilarious. A perfect client.

Oiselle’s Sally Bergesen and Atsuko Tamura run with apparel ‘by and for women athletes’

6. Tani Ikeda

Film director and activist. Definitely someone to watch. She’s taken on sexual assault and healing. And is executive director and co-founder of imMEDIAte Justice, “a nonprofit that connects with young women from underserved communities and allows them to tell stories through film.” Every time I’m with Tani, I’m inspired by her energy and dedication to her beliefs.

Strong women in front of the camera inspire the filmmaker behind it

7. Courtney Sale

Seattle Children’s Theatre is fortunate to have Courtney Sale on their team. I’m so inspired when I hear her say, “Theatre is a mechanism in which we create a passionate and engaged society. No matter what age, everyone deserves beauty, complexity, ritual and hope. When we offer those ideas to young people, the people in our communities who have the bulk of their lives ahead of them, we signal boost the ways in which we want to see real change in the world.”

The Journal of Ben Uchida, which just completed its run in March, and upcoming shows that Courtney has planned should continue to open our eyes and challenge our minds in embracing the arts. Keep going Courtney. C+F is proud to support you.

8. Karen Lee

CEO of Pioneer Industries. West Point graduate, UW-educated lawyer, UW student Regent, WWU Trustee and former Chair, former PSE executive, former commissioner of the WA State Employment Security Department, and now CEO of Pioneer Services. I’m in awe of her impressive resume.

Pioneer Services is a nonprofit that more people should know about: “We (at Pioneer) are a social enterprise that provides individuals with criminal histories the opportunity to lead healthy, productive lives.” An important mission and they know how to do it.

And, to add to my awe, Karen is the warmest, friendliest, most down-to-earth, high achiever that I may have ever met.

9. Sue Sharpe

Executive Director, Chuckanut Health Foundation. There are those rare people you come across in life who do good in the world and do it in a quiet, confident, and focused manner. They make it look easy, but you know it’s not. That’s powerful. That’s Sue. The current chair of WWU Board of Trustees, she led the presidential search that successfully resulted in the hiring of President Sabah Randhawa. She can get me to do almost anything, including flying home from my Hawaii vacation to attend president interviews as well as well as making sure I stay through my entire second term on the WWU Board. I’m a better executive from watching Sue in action.

Chuckanut Health Foundation

10. Cyndie Shepard

The energy Cyndie Shepard brought to the role of first lady at WWU was palpable. As a teacher, advocate, and leader, Cyndie brought Compass 2 Campus to WWU—”the mentoring initiative for the state of Washington at Western Washington University, designed to increase opportunities toward higher education by providing mentoring for 5th—12th grade students from traditionally underrepresented and diverse backgrounds in Whatcom and Skagit counties.” Praised locally, regionally, and nationally, this program continues in WWU’s Woodring College of Education. It was a privilege to watch this program be conceived, approved, and then grow and thrive. Thank you Cyndie for all the elementary and middle schoolers in Whatcom and Skagit who can now see themselves with a college degree.

11. Virginia Anderson

I’ve gotten to know Virginia in many of her capacities: mother, business executive, activist, opinion leader, friend. She was president of Safeco Foundation when C+F had the opportunity to work with her. Highly collaborative and an idea machine. Your projects are always better when you’re guided by her. I go to Virginia when I need inspiration, ideas, and opinions. She has them all and I love her for it.

12. Mimi Gan

Filmmaker and community volunteer. She’s been a C+F partner on our work with Seattle Children’s, Goodwill, and Expedia. She’s been a board member supporting our work for the Wing Luke Museum and Seattle Children’s Theatre. A tireless community volunteer, she’s politically active and always busy with a project. How she accomplishes so much is beyond me. All while being one of the nicest people on the planet. C+F is fortunate to have Mimi Gan in our corner. I’m fortunate to have her as a good friend.

13. Rita Brogan

I learned a lot about running an agency by watching Rita Brogan. When Jim and I started C+F, we partnered with Rita’s public relations agency, PRR, to pitch the Sound Transit account. We got the account together and since then I’ve had a ringside seat to watch Rita in action. She continued to grow PRR, turn it over to new management, and today continues to make an impact on communities through her consulting. I find myself hoping that I can emulate her going forward. (The good news is to emulate her means traveling a lot more and becoming a much better chef.)

14. Carla Corkern

Former CEO of Talyst, secretary for Girl Scouts of Western Washington. Carla Corkern commands a room. I got to know her when she was a member of our Vistage group. When Carla talked, we listened. She was the one we all looked to for a first response in discussions. (And, trust me, the room was made up of a group of type As–mostly white, male type As.)

The Girl Scouts benefit from her volunteer efforts and expertise. And she was a trustee for the board at Seattle Girls’ School. Carla is a leader, a mentor, and definitely a woman to admire. I certainly do.

15. The women of the Seattle Children’s team

Seattle Children’s is a long-time client whose work I’m proud to represent. Their efforts are led by CMO, Katharine Fitzgerald, as well as her team which has many strong, capable, dedicated women: Stacey Kryman, Kathi Elliott, Kelly Campbell, Allison Broadgate, Kathy Porada and Sabrina Urquhart. All women I’m proud to work with.

16. The women of the Holland America Line team

It’s a privilege to have a client who is dedicated to the belief that travel can “open minds, build connections, and inspire a shared humanity.” Through our work with Holland America Line, we work with a cadre of strong, talented women such as Beth Bodensteiner (Sr. VP), Mary Beth Wressell (VP), Linda Springmann (VP), Sally Andrews (VP), Eva Jenner (VP), Sharon Honjiyo (Sr. Director), Tanya Morrell (Sr. Director), Denella Ri’chard (Sr. Director), Kim Leaming (Director), and many others. We appreciate the opportunity and admire this guiding purpose.

Why We Sail

17. Chiyo Ishikawa & Maryann Jordan

Highlighting our work with the Seattle Art Museum were the amazing women there who are so dedicated to the arts. Chiyo Ishikawa, deputy director for Art at SAM, and Maryann Jordan, COO at The Shed (NY), were leading the way. Cara Egan and Calandra Childers were always there as well. Incredibly creative. Hard working. Gracious.
Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou was one of the most inspiring exhibits for me and definitely appropriate for this list.

Female Artists Exhibition: ‘Elles: SAM-Singular Works By Seminal Women Artists’ At The Seattle Art Museum

18. The women of Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee isn’t a well-known sport, but I admire its commitment to the Spirit of the Game, which places the responsibility for fair play on the player. It’s a long way of saying no referees. But yes, it’s still a competitve sport. Watch the top plays by the women’s college championships in 2017 and you’ll know.

And, the sport is collectively pushing toward equity and inclusion in a big way. Follow the women’s voices on Twitter: @gwenambler, @rohresheadband, @renakawabata, and many others. I will be on the sidelines rooting for you and on the frontlines to help out when you need it.

The Crosswind Tour 2018
Aria Ultimate
The Sky is Red

19. Women on the Sidelines

I’ve spent many hours, in many places, in all kinds of weather, watching soccer and Ultimate Frisbee (sports parents know what I mean). You get to know the parents on the sidelines, and I’ve been fortunate to meet incredible women successfully balancing work and family lives. Karen Lee, CEO of Pioneer Human Services, is one I’ve talked about already.
Donna Lou and Elaine Werffeli are two ex-Microsoft women in tech from the early days (circa 1980s). Donna, a first-generation college graduate, worked at Microsoft for eight years and at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in its infancy. She’s now a community volunteer serving on boards for the Wing Luke Museum, Washington Women’s Foundation, Team Read, College Access Now and the Seattle Foundation. (She also brings delicious, homemade pulled-pork sandwiches to Ultimate games for the players’ enjoyment.) Elaine Werffeli is a 25-year Microsoft veteran, now co-founder of Ecuiti, a data analytics company. She’s also an active angel investor, offering her time to mentor other start-ups as they begin their tech journeys. Her energy is always inspiring to watch.
These three women have daughters currently attending Stanford, Harvard and Dartmouth. With role models like these women, I’m confident their daughters will follow in their footsteps of success.

20. The Women of C+F

I’m cheating a bit on the 20 women when I include all the 23 women I get to work with at C+F, but it’s so appropriate to include every one. They’re my teachers. My motivation. My support. We’ve been having important conversations lately about #metoo, #timesup, 3%, 100% Talent, and all the other discussions important to gender diversity, equity and inclusion. Thank you for your openness, your expertise, and your trust. I am changed by you every day.