Thursday, February 15, 2018
5:30 PM

Seattle Marriott Waterfront
2100 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA

The reduced Event Valet Parking rate is $29.
Street parking is available and additional public parking lots are located in the vicinity.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. We are no longer able to seat additional guests. 


Host a VIP Table for Ten
| $2150
(includes premium table placement and attendance at the
Honoree Reception with Keynote Speaker Jennifer Brown)

Host a Table for 10 | $1650
Individual Tickets | $165

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The GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards honor businesses and business leaders who are successful, exemplify the highest standards of their profession, promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, demonstrate leadership and invest time and resources into their community.

“We are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people.”
– Barack Obama

We flourish as a community. We value our local and independent businesses, support our nonprofits, and come together to recognize, value, and celebrate the strength we have when we all work together. Together We Rise.


Welcome and Special Remarks by
Governor Jay Inslee.

Hosted by emcee Gary Tucker,
Pacific Northwest Ballet.


Honoree Reception
(award recipients and VIP Table guests)


Registration and Champagne Reception


Dinner and Program


Mixed Green Salad, crispy garbanzo beans, dried cranberries, feta cheese, champagne vinaigrette

Main Course
Pan Seared Top Sirloin, horseradish Yukon mashed potato, charred broccolini, peppercorn demi-glace
- or - 
Pineapple Glazed Salmon, herb-roasted fingerling potatoes, mushroom pepper ragu, smoked tomato beurre blanc
- or - 
Roasted cauliflower wedge, black bean cassoulet, roasted red pepper coulis

Hot fudge sundae with raspberry compote


Business of the Year
Precision Garage Door Service, Kevin Spratt and Kurt Sarchet, Owners

Business Leader of the Year 
Peter Shalit MD, Peter Shalit MD and Associates

New Business of the Year
Diverse City LLC, Cheryl Ingram, Owner

Corporate Leader of the Year
René Neidhart, General Manager, Renaissance Seattle Hotel

Community Leader of the Year
Aleksa Manila, Founder, Pride ASIA

Green/Sustainable Business of the Year
Fremont Brewing, Sara Nelson, Owner

Nonprofit of the Year
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, Christine Charbonneau, CEO

Special Recognition: Voice of Social Justice
Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General


The Seattle Marriott Waterfront is extending a discount for the evening's attendees.
Click here to reserve your room, or call (800) 228-9290 and ask for the " GSBA Business and Humanitarian Awards Dinner Room Block." This offer expires January 31.


Jennifer Brown photo_blueJennifer Brown is an award-winning entrepreneur, dynamic speaker and diversity and inclusion expert. She is the founder, president and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC), a strategic leadership and diversity consulting firm that coaches business leaders worldwide on critical issues of talent and workplace strategy. Brown is a passionate advocate for social equality who helps businesses foster healthier, more productive workplace cultures. Her book Inclusion: Diversity, the New Workplace & the Will to Change (2016) inspires leadership to embrace the opportunity that diversity represents and empower advocates to drive change that resonates in today’s world.

Learn more about Jennifer on the GSBA Blog.


Business of the Year
Marination, Roz Edison, Co-owner
TomboyX, Fran Dunaway and Naomi Gonzalez, Co-Founders

Business Leader of the Year
Kate Beck, Mortgage Consultant, HomeStreet Bank
Dani Cone, Owner, Cone & Steiner General
Michael Scott, Attorney, Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S

New Business of the Year
Aluel Cellars, Alex Oh and Samuel Hilbert, Owners
House of Ruff, CJ Tomlinson and Crystal Jacobson, Owners
The Riveter, Amy Nelson, CEO
Wag N' Wash Natural Food & Bakery - Seattle/Queen Anne, Bill Wolfe and Andrew Held, Owners

Corporate Leader of the Year
James Hing, Category Manager, Global Sourcing and Supplier Relations - Supplier Diversity, Starbucks Coffee Company
Shaunta Hyde, Managing Director, Community Relations, Alaska Airlines

Community Leader of the Year
Monisha Harrell, Equal Rights Washington, Chair
Seth Kirby, Oasis Youth Center, Executive Director

Green/Sustainable Business of the Year
InterChange Media Art Productions, Jenny Ting and Michelle Gomes, Co-Owners
Soaring Heart Natural Beds, Michael Schaefer, President

Nonprofit of the Year
Ethnic Coalitions of the Chambers of Commerce, Martha Lee, President
Gender Justice League, Danni Askini, Executive Director
Q Youth Resources, Maggie Rich, President

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