We are proud to announce the third annual Women in Business & Leadership Initiative Awards, honoring organizations and individuals who are advancing WIBLI values and making significant impact towards advancing gender equity in our region's workplaces and communities.
We received a wide variety of nominations in our awards categories below. Winners will be announced at our Awards Ceremony on July 18.
WIBLI Rising Star Finalists
Ashlea Elliott, Lean-In Seattle
Kim Veale, Seattle Storm
Kate Freels, ZGF Architects
WIBLI Female Leader of the Year Finalists
Hon. Tana Senn, Washington State Representative
Trisha Tyler, Mercer
Pallavi Wahi, K & L Gates
WIBLI Business of the Year Finalists
The Swing Shift
Female Founders Alliance
In addition to the awards, we are honored to announce Seattle Police Interim Chief Carmen Best as our keynote speaker this year.
Chief Carmen Best
Interim Chief of the Seattle Police Department
Chief Best has served with the Seattle Police Department for 26 years, and is the first African-American woman to lead the department. During her tenure as Interim Chief she has emphasized a focus on building community trust, public service, honor, and professionalism, along with business efficiency and data-driven policies and practices. Chief Best will talk about her career path, overcoming obstacles, and her leadership style and how it has evolved over time.
Register to attend
the event to support WIBLI Award finalists and connect with fellow WIBLI supporters in the community, or purchase a table
to get your company engaged in WIBLI and gender equity advancement in the Seattle region.
About our Women in Leadership & Business Initiative program
Women in Business and Leadership Initiative events and programs inspire, educate, and connect Seattle-area women at all levels of their careers. Through our events, we aim to empower Seattle-area professionals to create significant change for themselves, their workplaces and their communities around gender equity issues, including closing our region’s gender wage gap.