Another fantastic year of Thriving Together is in the books for GSBA. The Annual Meeting & Holiday Luncheon is our time to thank you, our membership, volunteers, and Board of Directors for making 2019 a fantastic year for the entire GSBA community. It's also our time to officially announce the recipients of the 39th Annual Business & Humanitarian Awards.
We'll honor those who've shattered glass ceilings and discuss the essential work still left for our communities with our featured panel, Changing Power Dynamics, a conversation between womxn CEO's of the Puget Sound including Margaret Meister (President & CEO of Symetra)
, Phyllis Campbell (Chair, Pacific Northwest JP Morgan Chase & Co.)
, Sharelle Klaus (CEO of Dry Soda Co.)
, and moderated by Maria Chavez Wilcox (CEO of YWCA Seattle/King/Snohomish)
At the top of the event, please join us for our Holiday Expo, featuring GSBA Member businesses and sponsors.
Our Changing Power Dynamics Panelists
Maria Chavez Wilcox
CEO of YWCA Seattle/King/Snohomish
As CEO of YWCA of Seattle/King/Snohomish, Wilcox oversees all operations at the second largest YWCA association in the United States, which serves over 11,000 people in the region each year. She currently serves on the YWCA National Advisory Board, the YWCA Regional Membership as a Chair, and the Women's Funding Alliance, and has been a member of the International Women’s Forum, Seattle Downtown Association, NAFE, Seattle Rotary, Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Chair of Seattle University's Nonprofit School of Management. Maria graduated from Boston University with her Master's degree in Administration and Bachelor of Science in Education, with an additional certificate from the Nonprofit Management Institute at Harvard University.
Chair, Pacific Northwest for JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Phyllis Campbell is the Chairwoman for the Pacific Northwest region for JPMorgan Chase & Co. Previously she served as the president and CEO of The Seattle Foundation - the largest community foundation in Washington. Phyllis is an independent director for Alaska Air Group and chairs the Nominating Committee. She previously served on the Nordstrom board of directors. She currently serves on the Diversity Advisory Board of Toyota. Phyllis is chair of the board of the US-Japan Council, as well as a member of the global advisory board of Women Corporate Directors. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Nominating/Governance Advisory Council.
President & CEO of Symetra
Margaret Meister joined Symetra in 1988 as an actuarial student. She was appointed chief actuary in 2004 and chief financial officer (CFO) in February 2006, assuming responsibility for the company’s financial strategy and operations. She became president and chief executive officer in February 2018. As a member of the company’s executive leadership team, Margaret played a principal role in Symetra’s initial public offering in 2010, as well as its successful acquisition by Sumitomo Life in 2016. In addition to her responsibilities as CFO, she served as chief information officer from 2014 to 2016, leading the Information Technology department during the transition of the company’s data center. She also has had responsibility for Symetra’s brand strategy development through her oversight of the company’s marketing, advertising and communications programs.
CEO of Dry Soda Co.
Fifteen year ago, Sharelle Klaus saw a real need. She loved the culinary world, but also the connection a good meal creates. Having a meal and a drink had always been the perfect way to celebrate and connect. But after having four children and deciding to lay off wine and cocktails, she felt left out at the table and the toast!
Recognizing the absence of interesting non-alcoholic options, Sharelle created the first line of less-sweet botanical bubbly beverages that were worthy of meal pairing and premium non-alcoholic mixology. In 2005, Klaus crafted the first batches of DRY Sparkling in her home kitchen and officially launched DRY a few months later. Today, as the pioneer of a new category of sparkling, booze-free beverages, Sharelle believes in the power of social drinking of all and making sure that everyone feels seen and is included in the fun!
10:45 - 11:45 AM | Holiday Expo featuring GSBA sponsors
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM | Luncheon Program & Changing Power Dynamics panel
Pea and Arugula Salad (GF, Vegetarian)
Green apples, snap peas, almond, honey and stone mustard dressing
Lemon Tarragon Chicken (GF, NF)
Herbed mashed potatoes, watercress and radish salad, balsamic reduction
Gemista (GF, NF, Vegan)
Stuffed tomatoes and bell peppers filled with eggplant and rice, topped with lemon caper artichokes, accompanied by cannellini bean and roasted garlic puree
Pomegranate Earl Grey Entremet (NF)
Pomegranate mousse, chocolate glacage, earl grey sable cookie
Mango Coconut Mousse (Vegan, GF)
Mango gelee, coconut mousse, fresh mango
If you would like to showcase your business by donating a raffle item, contact us.