Women's Leadership Summit 2020

Tuesday, June 2 8:00am - 5:00pm

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Lynnwood Convention Center

3711 196th St SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036

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8 Credits

Member Price $350.00

Non-Member Price $450.00


The 2020 Women’s Leadership Summit is designed to empower the WHOLE leader.  Today’s leader knows that they must continue to invest in themselves, developing new skills and practicing self-care.  This engaging, interactive and inspiring conference offers fresh ideas, interesting stories and relevant takeaways for leaders in all stages of their careers. Connect and build your community with other smart and savvy professionals and leaders.  This must-attend conference is a unique opportunity to gain insight from other women leading the way in your professional community. WLS, empower the whole leader


  • Leadership
  • Fraud
  • Technology
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Communication



Designed For

Individuals interested in continuing to grow their leadership skills and build their professional network.


Gain new insights and skills in leadership, including emotional intelligence, communication, and best practices in diversity and inclusion. Connect and build your community with other smart and savvy professional leaders.




Printed materials are not available for this conference. A PDF of the materials will be sent out prior to the conference.

Are you interested in sponsoring this conference? Contact Roo Mulligan at rmulligan@wscpa.org for more information.

Tuesday, June 2

General Session

8:00am - 8:10am Welcome and Announcements

General Session

8:10am - 9:25am Today's Pink Collar Criminal

Embezzlement is the crime that every business owner, government agency, PTA, and youth sports league worries about. Protecting assets is a top priority. The loss of money is devastating. However, what is worse is the loss of time which is unrecoverable and the loss of trust which takes the biggest toll. When embezzlement happens it is often committed by a long-term, trusted employee. They have worked side by side with you for potentially years or even decades. Often, they are part of the family. These embezzlers live amongst us. This crime is the relatable crime because most everyone knows some business or person who has been affected by embezzlement. Join renowned Pink Collar Crime expert Kelly Paxton to understand this growing demographic. This topic is Kelly’s most widely requested due to the recent increase in embezzlement and fraud. Kelly will show you what to look for in your business to make sure your most trusted employee is not a Pink Collar Criminal. This session will explore: What is the difference between White Collar Crime and Pink Collar Crime? Why is Pink Collar Crime growing? Who is the “typical” Pink Collar Criminal? How to identify “pink flags” Tips and tricks for investigating and interviewing a Pink Collar Criminal and more.

General Session

9:25am - 10:20am Boost Your Margin and Say Goodbye to Stressful Living

When people ask how you’re doing, do you find yourself seizing on the inside and answering with a curt response of “busy!?” We live in a 24/7, immediate satisfaction, get it done yesterday kind of world. Are you tired of being tired? Andrea will show you how to say good-bye to busy stressful living and welcome you into a space filled with greater margin, energy and ease. We will uncover through practical, fun and interactive exercise where your personal time budget is out of balance. In these exercises you will gain clarity about your own personal journey on where to start and how to prioritize and create more time in what feels like a packed-out life. As a science nerd, Andrea will educate, inspire and empower you on why your personal choices matter and how they influence your genetic expression. Your families health history doesn’t need to be your future. It’s not impossible to create change. It is possible to create more balanced and healthy life!

General Session

10:20am - 10:35am Break

General Session

10:35am - 11:25am The Future is Firebrand

Millions of women are trying to navigate the workplace every day. Mikaela Kiner interviewed thirteen Female Firebrands - women who are whole people, dealing with work, family, balance, confidence, and the need to stay motivated and strong. These role models are not only successful in their careers, they are doing good in the world, and making a difference for all women. Mikaela will talk about why women are judged more harshly than their male peers, and the benefits women bring to the workplace. She’ll share tools you can use when you’re talked over, or labeled as too aggressive. Mikaela will describe what’s at the root of female rivalry, and how we can choose collaborative competition instead. Why is she an optimist? Her conversations with younger women, the #NextGen shows how much they’re already learned from the women who came before them.

Breakout Session

11:25am - 12:15pm Concurrent Session A01 | Using Emotional Intelligence to Break Down Gender Biases

A relatively new area of psychology, Emotional Intelligence (EI), is taking the business world by storm. As more and more technological advances replace humans in the daily grind, different skills such as EI are crucial for success. The changing business world has opened up the conversation on EI, but how does this increased awareness of EI shake things up? Leave your biases behind as we explore how an increase in EI can challenge existing gender biases.

11:25am - 12:15pm Concurrent Session A02 | Be Your Best Self - How to Avoid Burnout and Brain Fog

Are you tired, weary, stressed and having a hard time concentrating or focusing? We all desire to show up and give the best version of ourselves, but it can be hard if we are struggling with burnout and brain fog. Andrea will show you where you might be sabotaging yourself and expose areas of your life that are draining your brain and energy. Together we will explore areas you might not have considered including nutrition, mindset and priorities. Andrea will equip you with simple practical tips and tools for easy implementation. As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Andrea has coached hundreds of clients into new habits, patterns and lifestyle choices that promote a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.

General Session

12:15pm - 1:35pm Lunch Presentation: The Compassion Project

The Compassion 2020 program originated from an acknowledgement that the current decade has not been a particularly compassionate one — and a belief that the global collective action problems of the future will require practical, compassionate leadership. The goal of the program, established through a partnership between the Association of Washington Generals and the Office of the Lt. Governor, is to cultivate compassionate leadership in Washington state. The program included a trip to meet with the Dalai Lama in November of 2019, as well as the ongoing implementation of concrete compassion projects in communities throughout the state. Chaired by Lt. Governor Habib, the delegation was made up of community leaders and six exceptional high school students from Washington state named as “Compassion Scholars.” The program included a unique opportunity for dialogue with the Dalai Lama in which the Compassion 2020 delegation had a 90-minute in-person interview to discuss major global issues. All Washingtonians were invited to participate in the conversation by submitting their questions and watching the livestream video of the interview. Six official Compassion Watch Parties took place live, hosted by universities, colleges, and community centers all over the state. Compassion 2020 delegates also toured Dharamsala, India, where they learned about the practical ways in which a compassion-based ethics system has been woven into educational and service organizations in the area.

Breakout Session

1:35pm - 2:25pm Concurrent Session B01 | TBA

1:35pm - 2:25pm Concurrent Session B02 | Why Honest People Steal

You hire good people and you pay them good wages. Why would they steal? Human behavior is incredibly complex and we can never know all the motivations behind bad behavior. Most business owners don’t have a degree in psychology, sociology, or criminology. This presentation will have you looking at risk differently and change your ideas of how honest people behave and why they might steal from you. Attend Honest People Steal and learn that: Prevention is cheaper and much more important than recovering after the fact. Optimism bias affects most successful business owners. Businesses of all sizes and types are victims—you are not alone. Money can be replaced but trust is much more difficult to regain.

General Session

2:25pm - 2:35pm Break

General Session

2:35pm - 3:35pm Inclusive Leadership

There are so many components to Building The Whole Leader. One of them, given the heated spotlight on inclusion and diversity today, is inclusive leadership. Get insights into why this is important and understand the shadow your leadership creates and how that impacts your career. Through this experiential workshop and discussion, learn about insider outsider dynamics and what we can collectively do not only to create an inclusive environment for all, but become the leader that is needed for the future.

General Session

3:35pm - 4:00pm Networking Break

General Session

4:00pm - 5:00pm The Future of Leadership : Automation, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence

We all live in a world of volatility. Only change that’s constant is change. We have to learn and adapt to our environment. The tools and technologies that we have available today can solve our problems. In the imagination age, we can collectively imagine and create the future we want to inhabit. For that, we need to understand what is already available today and how can we leverage these technologies to solve our pain points. Let’s understand and demystify together all these buzz words like Data Science, Machine Learning, BOTS, IoT’s, and Artificial Intelligence and let our imagination pick few scenarios from our professions. We are accountants, Finance Professionals, Certified Professional Accountants, CFO’s, Partners, and leaders sitting in this room. If we would not take the plunge to understand these, who would. On this Women’s day, let’s make a commitment to keep learning and let’s start from today. In this session, first i will let our audience understand about these technologies and impact of them on our work. After that, I will walk them through real life examples that our people can relate to and increase their understanding and have exponential impact in their professional lives.

General Session

5:00pm - 5:10pm Closing Remarks

General Session

5:10pm - 6:30pm Evening Networking Reception



Kelly Paxton

Kelly Paxton has more than 13 years of law enforcement experience. Kelly is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Private Investigator and Social Media Intelligence Analyst.

Ms. Paxton started her career in law enforcement as a Special Agent for US Customs Office of Investigations in 1993. Ms. Paxton was recruited by US Customs for her expertise in finance. She worked white collar fraud, money laundering and narcotics cases. She also was responsible for the district’s undercover operations and financial reporting of these operations. Kelly worked as a contract investigator doing over 1000 security background investigations for the Office of Personnel Management and Department of Homeland Security.

Kelly has worked in the public and private sector. Most recently she worked as an investigator for Nike. Her investigations include embezzlement, conflict of interest, intellectual property, Open Source Intelligence and fraud. Kelly is also the proud owner of pinkcollarcrime.com, a passion of hers about embezzlers in the workplace.

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Andrea Dahlman

Andrea is a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Certified Restorative Wellness Practitioner and Certified BioIndividual Nutrition Practitioner. She has been trained to do functional evaluations, nutritional assessments, review and assess lab work for nutritional balancing in order to make nutritional recommendations to balance body chemistry and achieve optimal wellness.

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Shinder Dhillon

Shinder is the VP of Inclusion and Diversity for Fortive. She has responsibility for creating and leading the I&D strategy across Fortive’s global Operating Companies in partnership with business leaders and HR. With nearly two decades of experience in the field of I&D in varies industries in Europe and US, She understands the complexity and challenges that are in play while companies are on their journey to build an inclusive and diverse organization,that benefits all of us.

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Non-Member Price $450.00

Member Price $350.00