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About WLC '20

Women leaders bring valuable and unique perspectives to businesses in all industries. Join the Women's Leadership Conference to learn from successful business leaders as they discuss issues women face in business today and how to prepare for future success.

Our interactive four-part virtual conference, Presented by Symetra, brings local and internationally recognized women leaders together to share their insights on some of the most important subjects facing women in the workforce today.

Meet the Moderator

Dr Fariba Alamdari

Dr Fariba Alamdari

Retired Corporate Vice President, Boeing

Dr Fariba Alamdari has 30 years of executive leadership experience in the global aviation and aerospace industries. Fariba retired as a Corporate Vice President from The Boeing Company in July 2019. 

Prior to Boeing, Fariba served as Chairman of UK Cranfield University’s Department of Air Transport, and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Manufacturing and Science.

Fariba is a strong advocate of diversity, and is a frequent speaker on the importance of diversity, and taking full responsibility for diversity and inclusion efforts. 

Fariba has received several awards for her leadership, promotion of diversity and impact on the global aviation industry, including: “Woman of the Year” by Air Transport News, "Ellis Island Medal of Honor“ from The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO), "Leadership Award” from the Centre for Women & Democracy, the “Professional Achievement Award” from, Career Communication Group, Women of Color.


Session 1 - September 29
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Now more than ever, companies need leaders who are inclusive, genuine and connected to their employees.

MOD Pizza co-founder, Ally Svenson, will guide us through her experience starting one of Seattle's most successful restaurants.

As chief purpose officer, Ally helps guide and protect MOD’s people-first culture. MOD recently earned a spot on the Fortune 2019 “Change the World” list, for its purpose-led culture and commitment to provide opportunities to individuals with barriers to employment.


Ally Svenson

Co Founder, MOD Pizza

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Suzanne Williams

Fmr. Chief Negotiator, Scotland Yard

Session 2 - October 20
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Negotiations in business and in life are rarely about dominating your opponent. Rather, skilled negotiators look for the win-win.

The best negotiators do not listen to respond – they listen to understand.

Former Chief Hostage Negotiator for Scotland Yard, Suzanne Williams will share her experience leading some of the most high profile and dangerous hostage negotiations in the world.

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Session 3 - November 3
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


The best investment anyone can make is in themselves.

Mental and financial wellness go hand-in-hand. One inevitably impacts the other both positively and negatively.

The Partners Group's, Chase Sterling will share her years of experience mentoring organizations on employee and personal wellbeing. Key Private Bank's Senior Vice President and Regional Investment Consultant, Jennie Tyndall, and Senior Vice President and Regional Family Wealth Strategist, Lisa Clifford, will help lay the foundations for financial health.


Chase Sterling

Wellness Expert, The Partners Group

Jennie Tyndall

Senior Vice President, Key Private Bank

Lisa Clifford

Senior Vice President, Key Private Bank

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Session 4 - November 10
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Put them all together.  Our final session concludes the program with a Workshop where we take what we have learned and expand on it.

Racquel Russell will show us her path as she rose to her current Leadership role at Zillow Group; and, Elaina Herber, President of Ascend Hospitality Group, will wrap the conference up directing a workshop for building your unstoppable toolkit.


Racquel Russell

Vice President, Zillow


Elaina Herber

President & CEO, Ascend Hospitality

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Full Conference

$40 Member / $60 Non-member

Per Session

$15 Member / $20 Non-member

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