Meet Our 2019 Women to Watch

Women to Watch is all about empowerment, inspiration, and challenging yourself to go after the life you want.

Women to Watch is all about empowerment, inspiration, and challenging yourself to go after the life you want.

Our Women to Watch speakers couldn’t be more different, but you’ll find they share a common thread — discovery. Each of their stories are about — discovering a career in which the world feels physically brighter, discovering happiness, discovering a healthier life.

Join us on April 18th at Hyatt Regency Bellevue for an amazing evening of smart, successful, savvy women. You won’t want to miss this exclusive opportunity to learn from leaders about embracing strengths, making your own success, and transforming the way you live.

Without further ado, meet our 2019 Women to Watch!

Lindsay Angelo

Lindsay Angelo, a growth and innovation strategist who rose to the challenge of launching her own consulting firm after a career at Lululemon.

“There’s this scene from the Wizard of Oz where the house is flying, and the picture is in black and white, and then the house crashes down. Dorothy opens the door, and she enters this new world of technicolor. I make that analogy because that’s been the world of entrepreneurship for me. It’s allowed me to view the world in this new and beautiful world of technicolor.”

Genoveva Mercado

Lindsay Mercado

Genoveva Mercado, who carved out her Design Specialist position at Slalom and is taking on her interior design career with newly-found confidence.

“The more I did, the more I fell in love. This wasn’t a temporary passion. This is what I’ve been meaning to do. I just didn’t know how to do it. I didn’t finish my college degree. I don’t have a history in design, but I used to lock myself in my room and play Sims. I’m playing real-life Sims now, and people say I have a made-up job, but it’s so true. I made this job up, and it’s working.”

Danielle Kartes

Danielle Kartes is spreading the gospel of good food and loving where you’re at in life right now. 

“There’s no pinnacle. I think that’s very important, and I want women to know that when you tell yourself, ‘I’ll be happy if,’ or ‘If I can just get here, then I can relax and breathe a little bit.’ If you get rid of those mindsets, you can get back to a place of: Life is good right now.”

Amber Kelley

Amber Kelley, a child cooking star who wants to reframe how we talk about careers with kids.

“I remember I used to get really nervous if my passions changed. What if all of a sudden I wanted to be a neurosurgeon? That would never happen. But what if all of a sudden cooking falls off the radar, then I lost my identity. I’m (supposed) to be the cooking girl. I don’t think anyone should feel like that. You don’t have to be restrained to one career or one hobby.”

Kari Gran

Kari Gran, who founded Kari Gran Skin Care after leaving her 20-year career as a real estate agent in Seattle.

“I wasn’t a doctor, but it was a serious 24/7 job, and it’s highly emotional. Everyone thinks you just show up and write the contract, but that’s the easy part. It got to where I had this income I never thought in a million years I would make, and it was that situation where I was miserable. I had to figure out a Plan B.”

 

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