OverviewGather and reconnect at the Women’s Leadership Summit! Join your colleagues for a celebration as we invest in restoring connections and welcome new and future leaders into the pack. On the hunt for new insights to apply to your career? Prepare to be equipped with new leadership tools and confidence to lead and energize those around you. At this popular conference you'll hear inspiring advice from renowned speakers from around the country.
Come celebrate with us as we empower women and empower others at this very special day of learning. Whether you participate in person or via webcast, there is a place for you!
This event is designed to equip you with new leadership tools and provide you with inspiration to lead and empower others.
Current and future leaders.
Empower women and others, give inspiration to current and future leaders and provide takeaways to apply to your career. Provide a space to connect with other professional women and promote gender diversity.
Thursday, June 2
Are you comfortable promoting yourself and the impact you bring to your employer and teams? Are you waiting on your manager and others to talk about the impact and the value you bring? Many women struggle with the idea of self-promotion – they’d rather say we than I. Self-promotion is a critical key component to be recognized for your contribution and to gain sponsorship for opportunities. Get comfortable with self-promotion and learn how to leverage your value and communicate your impact.
The session will cover:
- How to leverage your value and creates opportunities
- Understand why exposure is the key to long-term career success
- Identity how you overshadow your expertise in your introductions
- Stop apologizing and start using “I”… because you made it happen!
- Design a communication strategy that works for you.
There is a lot of talk about resilience and its impact on many areas of our lives. Resilience is the ability to regulate your emotions and behaviors so you can respond mindfully, as opposed to reacting instinctively. It’s important that you, as a leader, know and understand how to build your emotional resilience in order to better serve your family, community, and organization. Resilience enables you to contribute from an inspired, productive, and regenerative place. Our ability to understand what makes us come alive, connect in meaningful ways with others, then offering to contribute in ways that are fulfilling is key. It’s time to reengage and reframe how to be and offer our best selves.
Leaders share stories and lessons learned on how their teams navigated through the pandemic and how they are creating positive forward momentum.
Explore styling for work with a professional image consultant. Learn styling tips to help reduce in-person meeting anxiety while staying true to yourself.
Your CPA credential can take you to places that you haven’t imagined. Discover alternative career paths during this candid discussion with CPA leaders. Find inspiration on how you can create a career path that fits your unique gifts.
Where and how we work has changed, but your mindset needs to catch up. It’s time to embrace that newfound flexibility. Maybe you’ve turned down co-working with a friend or working from home or your local cafe more, or maybe you’ve been putting off visiting family or jet-setting to your dream vacation because leaving your desk leaves you with a feeling of guilt. We’ll explore traditional messages we’ve all received about work and how to update old habits.
Amy Banovich is the office managing partner for KPMG’s Seattle office and is an audit partner specializing in the healthcare, health insurance, and not-for-profit industries with over 25 years of experience. Amy has served on KPMG’s national Women’s Advisory Board and as a leader in several initiatives to help elevate women in their careers. For many years, Amy led the KPMG Network of Women (KNOW) chapter in the Seattle office. KNOW is a national KPMG program with a mission to increase the retention and advancement of women through networking, mentoring, and career/leadership development. Amy has mentored KPMG women professionals on how to develop their golf game and their business relationships through various KPMG events and programs.
During her two and a half years on the board of Special Olympics USA Games, Amy contributed to the successful development and execution of the Games. Amy has a deep commitment to inclusion and diversity and served on the board’s City of Inclusion Committee which focused on promoting the Special Olympics theme of inclusion during and after the Games for the city of Seattle. Amy also serves on the Seattle Sports Commission Board where she assists the commission with women’s leadership initiatives. She has been active in ensuring the continuation of the Women’s Leadership Breakfast, an annual event where women leaders share how sports helped drive and develop them to become the leaders they are today. In addition, Amy has served and is currently serving as a cohort leader for the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit that is focused on increasing the number of women nationally in the C-suite. In this role, Amy met throughout the year with next generation women leaders to stimulate, establish and accelerate strong long-term relationships that will inspire and empower the next generation of female C-Suite leaders.
Amy also serves as the lead KPMG member of Women Corporate Directors (WCD) Seattle chapter. The WCD focuses on increasing boardroom diversity and advancing leading practices in corporate governance.
Amy currently serves on the Seattle Foundation board, Seattle Sports Commission Board, the board of the Junior Achievement of Washington, the audit committee of the Seattle Art Museum and the American Cancer Society CEOs Against Cancer Pacific Northwest.
Bruce Pflaumer owner of Michael Bruce Image Consulting offers experience and expertise of more than 25 years in the apparel industry including, buying, merchandising, apparel design and development, and brand building. His experience, combined with extraordinary talents, makes him an expert and one of the best in the field of style and image consulting, working with both men and women of all ages.
Bruce’s greatest satisfaction comes from helping his clients gain confidence and self-esteem, as well as helping professionals to be better prepared to meet the demands of their careers. His clients consist of national television personalities, professional athletes, and Fortune 1000 CEO’s. Bruce, and his team of style experts enjoy working with professionals at different stages in their careers, as well as educating and empowering everyday people in the art of style
Courtney Hirata, CPA, MPAcc, is the Vice President and Global Head of Sales Operations and Strategy at SAP Concur. She has been with SAP Concur since 2014. In her current role, she oversees an organization of analysts and leaders that operationally structures and supports the SAP Concur Distribution organization and provides strategic consultation and insights through data analysis. Her prior work experience includes leading the SAP Concur SMB Sales Strategy and Operations team, various roles in the SAP Concur accounting and finance departments, and 4+ years in public accounting at Clark Nuber. Courtney is a current board member for the WSCPA and Jubilee Reach. Courtney enjoys staying active, rooting for her University of Washington Huskies, and having new adventures and experiences with her husband Karstin and their 9-month old daughter, Charis.
Jeannine K Brown is the founder and Managing Director of Everyday Lead headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an award-winning leader and thought leader.
Jeannine is a highly sought-after speaker and brings insightful prospective and laughter to challenging topics. She has an active role and voice to champion the importance of diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion among individuals, cultures and systems.
Jeannine is an active advocate for increasing women and multicultural professionals to corporate executive leadership roles. She works closely with clients, delivering solutions to increase retention, decrease attrition cost, attract new talent, and create competitive advantages through the power of inclusion.
Jeannine designs transformational leadership content and DEI content. She is called upon to design leadership and career accelerator programs for women and Black professionals.
Jennifer Bowers is the Vice President of Tax at Fortive Corporation and is an active member of TEI Seattle Chapter.
Kimberly Scott, CAE, is the WSCPA President & CEO since 2017. She joined the WSCPA in 2000 and has served in various senior leadership roles throughout the organization. From 2009 to 2022, she also served as executive director of the Washington CPA Foundation. While holding the role as WSCPA’s vice president of government and member relations, she led the organization’s advocacy efforts with the successful drafting and passage of multiple bills through the Washington State legislature, including a bill that brought $3.3 million to the Washington CPA Foundation. The Foundation now provides over $500,000 in accounting scholarships each year.
She holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential. She is a graduate of Leadership Eastside’s Adaptive Leadership and Executive Insight programs. She also earned her certificate in DEI in the Workplace from the University of South Florida. Kimberly is an active volunteer and has served on many boards, including Chair of the Human Services Commission in her city, Leadership Eastside Board, WSAE Board, ACAP board, and others. She currently serves as the Board Chair for HomewardPet, a no kill pet shelter. She also serves on the AICPAs Women’s Initiatives Executive committee, and the WSAEs DEI Task Force.
During her more than 25 year career, Leslie has been an executive in financial, sales, and operational roles and has actively participated in local industry and civic organizations. She has contributed to companies’ successes by leading strategy development and business planning efforts, establishing management systems for pricing and profitability, and implementing financial, sales and operational metrics to measure performance and efficiency. She has also delivered strong and sustainable financial, operating, sales and service gains through expertise in financial management, operations management, sales management, business process management, systems design, implementation, and standardization. Her experience also includes M&A integration.
Leslie is a Senior Vice President and Division Sales Executive for Wells Fargo Commercial Bank in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Leslie was a Partner at Tatum, a management consulting firm; Chief Operating Officer for MCM, a privately held benefits consulting and insurance brokerage firm, and Vice President of Finance and Administration for DaVita Village Health, a disease management and start-up health insurance company. Leslie also held several executive positions with Safeco, a Fortune 500 personal and commercial lines insurer and Safeco Life & Investments (now Symetra Financial). Leslie began her career at Coopers & Lybrand.
Leslie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Finance from Colorado State University. Leslie is a licensed CPA.
Leslie serves on the board of Financial Executives International for Washington State and Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics Advisory Board. She also serves as a Mentor for Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics Mentor Program. She is Past President and Nominating Committee Chair of Financial Executives International Washington State, Past President of Campfire Puget Sound Council and a Past Board Member of the Seattle Police Foundation and Lake Hills Soccer Club.
Lynnette has served as CFO-Treasurer of Ben Bridge Jeweler since March 2016, and oversees the following functions: Accounting/Finance, Treasury, In-House Consumer Credit, IT, Inventory Control, Facilities and Loss Prevention. Prior to joining Ben Bridge Jeweler, Lynnette was an Audit Partner at Deloitte. Her career at Deloitte spanned 24 years and specialized in the retail, distribution, and service industries, serving many well-known PNW companies.
Lynnette has also served on multiple corporate and non-profit boards over the years. Currently, Lynnette serves on the Audit Advisory Committee at the University of Washington, a committee that advises the University Board of Regents regarding Accounting and Internal Control matters.
Lynnette received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and is a certified public accountant in the State of Washington.
Mikaela Kiner is an experienced HR/people operations professional, founder/CEO, and executive coach. In 2015, Mikaela founded Reverb, a leading provider of flexible People Operations services for startups and fast-growing companies in the Pacific Northwest. Reverb’s purpose is to help companies create healthy, inclusive culture that engages and inspires employees. The firm works with companies such as Juno Therapeutics, Wizards of the Coast, and Microsoft, as well as many early stage startups. Mikaela believes that people can have fun and be productive at work every day, as long as they’re happy, challenged, and feel a sense of belonging. Craving balance in her own life, Mikaela created Reverb to work with companies who need just-in-time HR help. In line with her mission, the Reverb team has the flexibility to do meaningful work while enjoying time outside of work for themselves and their families. Prior to founding Reverb, Mikaela held HR leadership roles at Northwest companies including Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, PopCap Games, and Redfin. In addition to living for three years in India, she’s worked with leaders throughout Europe and Asia. Mikaela enjoys coaching leaders at all levels and working with mission-driven organizations. Mikaela holds a master’s degree in HR with a Certificate in Organizational Development from the New School for Social Research. She’s a certified executive coach with a credential from the International Coaching Federation, and a certified practitioner of Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead™ curriculum.
Pamela Forgrieve wears many stylish hats for Michael Bruce Image Consulting. She is a Certified Image Consultant, Certified Wardrobe and Bridal Stylist and also has the role of Director of Operations & Logistics. Her many years of experience in the corporate world and the retail industry and her style savvy allows her the ability to listen, understand, empathize and help clients to find their personal brand identity that’s authentic to them.
Growing up in a large family as Kelly Nelson did — with more than 50 first cousins alone — requires certain people and negotiation skills. Understanding what moves or motivates people. Supporting one another in achieving goals. Navigating among distinct personalities and multiple generations. And managing sometimes-difficult family dynamics.
Over time, you get really good at it.
Given Kelly’s love of her Mexican-American family, and a natural empathy combined with a head for business, it’s not surprising that she chose to focus her career in support of families. Affluent multi-generational families. Family offices. Family businesses.
As Bader Martin’s managing principal and a principal in its tax practice and high net worth practice, Kelly works collaboratively with clients and their advisors on multi-generational wealth planning. She provides them with a range of services, including strategic tax and estate planning, retirement planning, family office, family meeting facilitation, business and fiduciary tax compliance, succession planning and business consulting, to name a few.
She demonstrates a rare ability to develop and maintain an overall plan for the family while preserving harmony among family members and across the generations.
Rebecca Pomering is the Chief Practice Officer of Moss Adams. As Chief Practice Officer, Rebecca oversees the Firm’s client service and growth strategies. She is responsible for implementation and growth of the Firm’s national industry practices, as well as the Firmwide marketing and business development functions.
Rebecca joined the Firm in 1997 and spent 11 years as a management consultant, providing consulting services to wealth management firms across the country on business strategy and management. In 2008, Rebecca was named CEO of Moss Adams Wealth Advisors, a division of Moss Adams LLP, to lead the Firm’s integrated delivery of wealth management services. In this role, she was responsible for strategic planning, sales and marketing, team development, and mergers and acquisitions for the wealth management group, as well as the group’s integration with the overall Firm.
Rebecca has co-authored two books on business management and is a frequent speaker on a broad range of leadership and management topics. She is a founding advisory board member of the Moss Adams Forum W initiative and is involved in a number of community organizations. She has been recognized on InvestmentNews’s Women to Watch (2015), Wealth Manager’s 50 Top Women in Wealth (2009-2011), and Accounting Today’s 100 Most Influential People in Accounting (2008) lists.
Stacy Heller, as Brand Consultant for the company, her primary focus has been brand identity. By marrying the mission of Michael Bruce Image Consulting with the right messaging, Stacy has helped shape the company’s brand voice and creative vision. She believes showing up authentically personally and professionally is the epitome of great style.
Being a curious and creative learner has set Valerie Hope apart as an accomplished leadership coach and professional speaker. Since having traveled to 30 countries and having lived with 400 host families, she learned that life is the best teacher and the human being living it, as the star pupil. For the past 25 years, Valerie has been called to inspire and activate global leaders to become more conscious, connected, and creative. As her coaching clients and audience members gain clarity of purpose, become bold and authentic in their self-expression, they tout fulfilling careers, more meaningful relationships, and experience a sense of aliveness. Her group workshops and one-on-one sessions are designed to go beyond concepts and data points, to shine a light on what has heart and meaning. She’s honed her coaching and speaking craft throughout the Americas and Europe through work in and for major companies and organizations such as Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Up With People, Etsy, Salesforce.com, University of California at Berkeley, and Anheuser Busch. She is a native Spanish speaker from the Republic of Panama. These days, you can find Valerie expressing her playful side on the tennis court, on the improv stage, and singing in a community choir. This former military brat calls Dallas home and she has the cowboy boots to prove it. Her passion has made her a subject matter expert on leadership topics such as: • Purpose-Driven Leadership • Inclusive Relationship-Building • Authentic Communication
Varonica Ragan, CPA, CGMA is the Associate Director Controller of Moss Adams LLP overseeing Accounting, Treasury, FP&A, and part of the Business Combination team. Prior to her current position, she spent 7 years with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and 8 years in public accounting specializing in the Financial Services Industry. She also served as the Director of Finance and Compliance for a registered investment advisor. Varonica has served on a board of a publicly traded company and currently serves on several not-for-profit boards and committees. Varonica received her bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and spends her time outside of work running long distances and watching her teenagers participate in various sports.
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