Womxn Entrepreneurs & Community Impact

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Womxn Entrepreneurs & Community Impact

June 24 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Join us for an interactive conversation with powerhouse womxn entrepreneurs who are doing incredible work to give back to our community. We’ll be discussing their career journey, what philanthropy means to them and how COVID-19 has impacted their work.

We’ve been reflecting on the violence, pain and racism that has been present not only in the last couple weeks, but historically, systemically, and institutionally. Our conversation at this event will evolve based on current issues and the intersectionality of the panelists’ work.

Speakers include Laura Clise (Founder, Intentionalist), Sage Ke’Alohilani Quiamno (Co-founder, Future for Us) and Nourah Yonous (Founder, African Women Business Alliance). This panel will be moderated by Rebekah Bastian (Founder, Own Trail).

Leave inspired and ready to take action. Those who sign up to become an Emerging Leaders 365 donor or a Change Maker during this event will receive a free book written by one of these great womxn authors: Mikaela Kiner, Lisa Fain or Rebekah Bastian.

This event is brought to you in partnership with United Way of King County the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center.

The Panelists:
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Laura Clise: Founder & CEO, Intentionalist

Laura Clise is the founder and CEO of Intentionalist, an online platform and guide to small businesses and the diverse people behind them. Intentionalist makes it easy to support more connected, inclusive communities through everyday decisions about where we eat, drink and shop. Prior to Intentionalist, Laura held a variety of executive roles leading sustainability, corporate responsibility, supplier diversity, and external communications at AREVA, Plum Creek, and Weyerhaeuser.

Laura is an Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow and the recipient of an Exceptional Individual Achievement Award from the Human Rights Campaign. She is an alumna of Carleton College and the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Laura serves on the board of directors for IslandWood and Athlete Ally, and can sing and/or order chocolate ice cream in Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Cambodian, Hebrew, and Turkish.

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Sage Ke’Alohilani Quiamno: Co-founder, Future for Us

Sage Ke’alohilani Quiamno, a native Hawaiian, is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and changemaker. As co-founder of Future For Us, a platform dedicated to advancing of womxn of color through community, culture, and career development, Sage has galvanized a nationwide movement to build a future of work reaching new levels of growth through diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Starting her career in pay equity, she provided 4,000+ women with the tools and resources they need to advocate for themselves at work and, as a result, negotiate $500K in salary increases and secure 150 promotions. Sage is an amplifier, advocating for womxn of color at work in top publications and organizations – from Forbes, NPR and GeekWire to SXSW, the Women’s March, Microsoft, Starbucks, and more. She has gathered a groundswell of support and recognition recent accolades include Rising Star Awards from Seattle’s National Organization for Women and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, KUOW Radio’s Boss Tactician Award, University of Washington’s Community Leadership Award, and a nomination for Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2020. She was recognized as one of Seattle’s Most Influential People of 2019 by Seattle Magazine.


Nourah Yonous: Founder, African Women Business Alliance

Nourah Yonous hails from Somaliland and grew up in Tanzania with roots deeply embedded in social justice work; particularly in gender/racial equity and cross cultural-multifaceted-intersectional grassroots community development. Nourah is currently a Founder and Executive Director at African Women Business Alliance- (AWBA), grassroots, strength-based, data-focused, holistic and culturally responsive platform for/by black women diaspora for an inclusive economy. Nourah also founded and is a CEO of a new social business platform, Breathe Bridge Bloom LLC, focusing on supporting and raising the vibration of our energy for oneness with our mother earth and ecosystem. Nourah is also author of Unlearning Patriarchal Bondage: The World Through The Lens of An Afrikan Womxn. Launching this Summer 2020.

In local grassroots Seattle work, Nourah has worked with various CBOs- as a former Education Organizer at OneAmerica, Capacity-Building Program Manager at Nonprofit Assistance Center, Development Director at East African Community Services, and a Community Leadership Institute Fellow at Puget Sound Sage. Nourah is currently serving as a Climate and Community Resilience Task Force for King County; and is a 2019 Cohort for Public Program at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Discovery Center, where she has the privilege and honor to co-create public awareness programs that foster inclusion and bring forth the values and voices of the local community.

About the Moderator:
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Rebekah Bastian, Panel Moderator

Rebekah Bastian is an entrepreneur, writer, artist, tech executive, mentor, wife, mother and aerial acrobat. After 15 years at Zillow, with roles including vice president of product and vice president of community and culture, Rebekah is now CEO & Co-founder of OwnTrail.

Rebekah built OwnTrail with the goal creating a self-guided mentorship and coaching platform built from a collection of women’s life paths. Through micro acts of mentorship, women can inspire each other and create solidarity around our shared experiences. The result is a powerful tool for understanding the many paths to and from the major milestones in our lives, helping a diverse range of women see people that look like them in places they aspire to, and embracing the fact that there is no one right path. In line with this theme, Rebekah published her first book, Blaze Your Own Trail, in February 2020 with Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Rebekah serves on the Board of Directors of Bellwether Housing and the Advisory Board for the University of Washington School of Mechanical Engineering. She is also an advisor to technology startups, a respected thought leader and community partner. She writes articles in multiple publications including Forbes.com and is a frequent speaker at conferences and community events. She has been recognized in the Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40, the Inman 33 People Changing the Real Estate Industry and the Female Founders Alliance Champion Awards. Rebekah earned her Masters of Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington.

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