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Wednesday, December 12
11:00am - 1:30pm
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

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From education to public safety, let’s hear from our newest leaders in important positions, and how they will address some of today’s greatest challenges. This panel is historic and the first time these diverse influential leaders have been on the same stage together!

Come early to visit the booths and meet our 2018 sponsors. The Annual Meeting & Holiday Luncheon is a time to thank our outgoing board members, meet your new leadership, celebrate our 2018 accomplishments, and learn about our goals for 2019. 

Always uplifting and thought provoking, festive and fun, GSBA’s Annual Meeting & Holiday Luncheon always sells out. Reserve your table or seat today!


Fresh rolls and butter

Castelfranco Salad-Caraway vinaigrette, shaved carrots, dried cranberries, crispy shallots ( VEGAN, VEGETARIAN )

Harissa Braised Beef Short Rib-smashed potatoes, Peporonata, wilted greens (GLUTEN FREE, NUT FREE)
Wild Mushroom and Chickpea Ragout-Herbed polenta (VEGAN,VEGETARIAN, NUT FREE)

Coconut Cream Cake-Sponge cake, coconut cream, coconut flake, chocolate


Individual - Member | $75.00
Individual - Nonmember | $85.00
Student | $50.00

Tables - Seating is "open seating" for this event and is first come, first serve. If you would like purchase a table to ensure your group is seated together, please call 206.363.9188, or email

Promote your business in front of 300+ business leaders by donating an item for the Business Card Drawing. Contact us if you would like to donate.

Special Remarks By:
Jenny Durkin
Seattle Mayor | Jenny Durkan
Mayor Jenny Durkan is Seattle’s 56th mayor, being the first woman elected to the office since the 1920s and the city’s second openly LGBTQ elected mayor. Durkan served as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, appointed by President Barack Obama, from October 2009 through September 2014. Shortly after taking office, Mayor Durkan formed Seattle’s first Small Business Advisory Council, and is also a staunch advocate affordable and accessible continued education for all Seattle residents.

Our panel features some of the most impressive and bold leaders of three important agencies in our region. 

Panel Moderator:
Sally Clark | UW Director of Regional and Community Relations, and former Seattle City Councilmember.
Sally Clark served on the Seattle City Council from 2006 to 2015. Clark served as the Chair of the committee on Housing Affordability, Human Services, and Economic Resiliency. She also served as the Chair of the Select Committee on Minimum Wage and Income Inequality. Clark was also a member of the Energy Committee and Education and Governance Committee. During her time on Council, Sally has served as the Council President and as the Chair of the Committee on the Built Environment.

Prior to joining the city council, Clark was director of community resources at the Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and Northwest Association for Housing Affordability. She held several legislative aide positions, as well as neighborhood development posts, from 1997 to 2004.

As UW’s director of regional and community relations, Clark leads the University’s effort to link with surrounding neighborhoods, civic groups, and local government.


Seattle Police Chief | Carmen Best
Carmen Best has served with the Seattle Police Department for 26 years, and was confirmed as Chief of Police on August 13 of this year.

Prior to her current post, Best served at nearly every level of the Department, rising through the ranks of police officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, commander, and deputy chief. As Deputy Chief, Best oversaw the Patrol Operations, Investigations, and Special Operations Bureaus, as well as the Community Outreach section.

Best has completed the Senior Management Institute for Police, the FBI National Academy, and the Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Academy. In 2016, Best completed the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute.

In 2015, she received the "Newsmaker of the Year" award from the Seattle Black Press.

King County Sheriff | 
Mitzi Johanknecht

Mitzi Johanknecht has served her community for 33 years and is an experienced, progressive law enforcement leader. She began her law enforcement career with the King County Sheriff’s Office on January 8th, 1985, and through her history of dedication and hard work, along with a strong sense of honor and respect she worked her way up through the ranks and was elected to the position of Sheriff on November 7, 2017. 

She has served in leadership roles in every division in the Sheriff’s Office. As a deputy, she was the first to work with a multi-disciplinary team in King County housing. She collaborated with other agencies, community groups and residents to build relationships and trust, promoting public safety. Mitzi was the first woman to command TAC-30, the King County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team.

Mitzi and her wife, Maureen, live in West Seattle. She volunteers on the board of Companis, a local non-profit, and does production assistant work for the Seattle Men’s and Women’s Choruses.

Seattle School Superintendent | Denise Juneau
Denise Juneau became Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools on July 1, 2018. She leads Washington state’s largest K-12 school district, a vibrant and diverse community of over 53,000 scholars.

Denise received her bachelor's degree in English from Montana State University where she continued her education and earned a master's in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After teaching and working at the state education agency, Denise set her sights on the legal profession and received her juris doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law.

Denise is an enrolled member of the Mandan Hidatsa Tribes, a descendant of the Blackfeet Tribe, and the Tlingit and Haida Tribes. In 2008, she became the first American Indian woman in the country ever elected to an executive statewide office.


11:00 - 11:50 am | Mini Business Expo

12:00 pm | Program Begins

  • Welcome
  • Awards & Recognition
  • Annual Meeting Called to Order
  • Special Remarks: Mayor Jenny Durkan

12:30 - 1:00 pm | Panel: New Voices of Leadership

1:00 - 1:15 pm | Q&A & Prize Drawing

The morning will begin with a mini BUSINESS EXPO, where 30 GSBA member businesses will show you the best they have to offer, followed immediately by lunch, and conclude with a captivating panel of diverse and influential Women in Leadership.

We will give heartfelt thanks to our departing board members, and welcome the incoming board members to the GSBA Leadership Team. 

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