Creating Your Grapevine: The Importance of Community
time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
location: 999 3rd avenue, seattle
Creating community at work and in your personal life is the most valuable thing you can do – whether you are starting your career or building your tribe. Personal connections are vital to a full and successful life whether you are 20 or 60. Come hear from four successful women who will share their stories about community:
How they built community
How it has formed their career success
How they build authentic connections
And, finally, the power and importance of community
Hear from the co-creators and a board member of GrapeVine and CRUSH and learn how to build and transform community in all aspects of your life.
From communications to coffee, hospitality to holistic travel, Joanie Parsons is always looking for ways to connect people, ideas and opportunities.
Joanie started her own marketing firm, Parsons + Company, because she wanted to have a lot of fun while working with great clients who shared her commitment to making the world a better place—and also bring her dogs to work every day. Parsons + Co specializes in building and guiding lifestyle brands, with an emphasis on companies with an environmental focus. Her clients have included Filson, GRAYL Filters, Essentia Water, Montinore Estates winery, Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce and many others.
Joanie also co-founded trücup, a low-acid coffee that’s a delicious, healthier option for people who love coffee but struggle with stomach issues such as GERD and acid reflux. Most recently, Joanie co-created Grapevine and CRUSH, powerful communities that combine events, insights and inspiration to help women focus, flourish and achieve a sensational, successful and satisfying life in business, family and relationships.
She serves on several boards including: One Eighty Foundation, PCC Farmland Trust and TRIBUTE - an online mentoring platform for women.
Monica is a community activist and passionate about making a difference in her downtown Seattle community. She is co-founder and creator of GrapeVine, CRUSH and Revel Retreats and has more than 25 years of experience in international real estate, project management and LEED certification. Monica's past board activity includes being Chair of the Downtown Residents Council, Regional Board of YPO, the American Institute of Architects in Seattle and Urban Land Institute's Executive Committee.. She was an advisory member of University of Washington's certificate program in commercial real estate and guest lecturer. She's been LEED accredited since 2005 and was a faculty member for theUnited States Green Building Council's LEED program.
Barbie is the Executive Director of the One Eighty Foundation, serving as the strategic and inspirational leader to the Board of Directors, company employees, sponsors and funding agencies to achieve strategic and mission goals. With a deep understanding of operational and business development programs, she is committed to creating opportunities for better lives.
Prior to OEF, Barbie was the Chief of Staff and Director of Global Operations for Lou Tice at the Pacific Institute where she was responsible for aligning corporate strategies with global and domestic business development initiatives to ensure attainment of sales goals and high profit margins. Barbie directed multimillion-dollar operational budgets and a team of 20+ professionals including Project Managers, Sales Staff, and Marketing professionals.
Barbie is an active member of the Philanthropist Forum, is an advisor for the Corporate Giving Network, and is a proud 14-year member of the Seattle #4 Rotary where she serves on the Board of Trustees and the Membership Committee. Previously she served on the boards of Vital Voices Northwest Council, Teens in Public Service, the Seattle Police Foundation, Ronald McDonald House of Western Washington, the Hi-Liners, Highline Medical Foundation and Providence Senior & Community Services – O’Trees.
Susan Long-Walsh is a natural connector with a passion for helping others do what’s good that makes the workplace and our society stronger and more equitable. An accomplished leader in Talent Acquisition & Inclusion at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, her deep commitment and actions consistently support global diversity, inclusion, equity and retention in the workplace. Additionally, Susan serves as Chair for the Gates Black Philanthropic Partnership; is on the committee for Women Connect and is co-founder of Women of Color Connect.
A firm believer in empowering girls, women and people of color, Susan currently is on the following boards: Forest Ridge High School, StolenYouth and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Community of Practice, Seattle. She mentors many and volunteers’ countless hours in her community. In 2012 Susan received the Women of Power: Future Builders Honor from the Women of Color Empowered. In 2015 she was showcased on Black Enterprise “Women of Power” TV Segment. In 2016, she was nominated for a Women in Business & Leadership Initiative Female Leader of the Year Award, a program of the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce designed to connect, educate and inspire women. Susan continues to speak at numerous events with the goal being to provide tools others can put to immediate use!
Celebrating Self: Upgrading How You Live, Love & Lead
time: 5:30 - 8:00pm
location: The cobb building, Seattle
Why do you get so reactive and triggered around certain people or in certain situations and end up saying or doing the same old thing that you regret later? And what can you do about it? In this intimate gathering of women, we will explore these questions with Suzanne and experiment with simple practices that can profoundly upgrade how you live, love and lead. Suzanne Anderson, psychologist, leadership coach and co-author of the award-winning book, The Way of the Mysterial Woman: Upgrading How You Live, Love and Lead.
time: 5:30 - 9:00pm
location: Melrose market studios, 1532 minor ave, seattle
What you focus on expands, which is why we’re launching into 2019 with an evening devoted to happiness — but this isn’t all blue skies and buttercups. We’ve gathered the best and brightest minds to share some truths and science on happiness, and as always, conversation will be key.
Can one really cultivate happiness habits?
Could the words Good Morning actually hold the key to a happier way of being?
Can movement actually improve the mind?
Can mindfulness transform us?
Here’s a biggie - what exactly is happiness and could defining it make it easier to attain?
Laura Musikanski is executive director of the Happiness Alliance (happycounts.org), a nonprofit providing tools and resources for a happiness revolution, including the Happiness Index. Laura is also co-founder of the Happiness Roundtable, a project convening grassroots happiness movement leadership, and Planet Happiness, a project bringing the Happiness Index to World Heritage Sites to address issues of over tourism and sustainability.
Laura is co-author of the Happiness Policy Handbook, due for publication in Fall 2019 by New Society Publishing. She has conduced professional trainings for the happiness movement leadership since 2006. Laura is a lawyer who holds an MBA and certificates in environmental management from the University of Washington, where she also taught sustainability reporting for the MBA program.
Tabitha Kirkland, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and lecturer at the University of Washington and a registered yoga teacher. In her university class on happiness, students learn both the scientific research supporting happiness habits as well as practical activities that have been shown to have a positive impact. Her other favorite teaching topics include social psychology, emotion, and the psychology of human-computer interaction. Off campus, she can be found hiking and skiing in the many mountains of the Pacific Northwest.
Katie is a counselor, coach and meditation teacher based in Bellevue, WA. Prior to her private practice, Katie held numerous leadership positions within the network technology space. Her approach is compassionate, straight forward; based on biology and soul. Her work supports her clients in developing a deeper knowing of their authentic nature, past fear and confusion to a fuller way of living.
Jenifer is a skilled transformational consultant who brings a broad range of expertise and tools to guide her clients through the process of change. She is a gifted instructor and group facilitator who shares tangible life skills that transform lives. The tools she shares are simple yet powerful, and can be applied daily and in every type of relationship and situation. Jenifer empowers her clients with experiential learning, inspiring healthy life transformations, new perspectives and a more peaceful life experience.
Jenifer has extensive experience serving individuals, families and organizations. Having owned her own business for over 15 years, she has a robust list of clients ranging in age, cultural background, and profession. Jenifer is passionate about learning and helping others grow. She has a deep and strong belief in the resilience of the human spirit, and the power we each have of creating change. Her passion and finely tuned skills are believable and contagious, making learning with her fun and productive.
Ghambari speaks about the power behind the words, "Good Morning." How that impacts his life and the lives of the thousands of individuals who walk through his Seattle coffee shop on a daily basis. Ali Ghambari is a successful entrepreneur who has discovered a different way to approach business. In a saturated coffee market, Ghambari has been extremely successful at growing his business over the last 25 years to 11 locations around the Northwest region. Cherry Street Coffee is home to the current international barista champion and his business serves thousands of customers everyday.
Mary Hable's primary role is in research and curriculum development for Precision Nutrition. She additionally works as a movement and nutrition coach out of Métier Seattle, and in freelance consulting through Noise and Signal. Prior to freelance, she worked for five years in Corporate Environmental Sustainability, with Kohl's Department Stores and Brooks Running. She holds a degree in Applied Economics from the University of MN.
Holiday Make and Take
time: 5:30 - 8:00pm
location: blue ribbon cooking school - 2501 fairview ave e, seattle
Gather your girlfriends for a very special evening! Come celebrate the holidays with a festive bubbly toast, delicious appetizers and a fun filled gift-making workshop! Join us at Blue Ribbon Cooking School to learn tips and tricks for creating tasty treats for the holidays. Then, get hands-on and whip up your own four delectable packaged gifts - ready to give to your friends and colleagues or serve at your next holiday party!
What you'll go home with:
Orange Cranberry Scones
Savory Chevre Pesto Palmiers
The SLOW Movement: A More Meaningful Approach
TIME: 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: Atlas workbase - 500 mercer st, seattle
What is the Slow Movement, and how does it apply to food, fashion, flowers and lifestyle?
The Slow Movement is a cultural revolution against the sense of hurry and craziness generated by a desire to do more and have more. The Slow Movement is about making conscious choices. What would happen if more people adopted this way of thinking and living?
Explore this concept and hear from amazing women making conscious choices about how they live their lives—and share their commitment to this important movement.
JEN DOAK - Proprietress of Brimmer and Heeltap
Owner of Seattle restaurant, Brimmer and Heeltap, Jen sees the importance of knowing where their products come from, how they are taken care of and the sustainable practices behind them. They source a small scale from their property for their bar and kitchen with an emphasis on pantry up products like housemade syrups, tinctures, cheeses, and pickles. Their service team goes above and beyond to listen to the needs of their guests, fostering individual relationships, one at a time. Their business is all about community and giving people the space to just be. As the name commemorates two British drinking terms, Brimmer & Heeltap seeks to celebrate the moments that exist between the first sip of one's drink down to the last drops lingering at the bottom of the glass.
DEBRA PRINZING - MODERATOR - Founder of Slow Flowers
Debra is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and leading advocate for American Grown Flowers. Through her many Slow Flowers-branded projects, she has convened a national conversation that stimulates consumers and professionals alike to make conscious choices about their floral purchases. Debra is the producer of SlowFlowers.com, the online directory to American grown farms, florists, shops and studios who supply domestic and local flowers.
JILL DONNELLY - Owner/Buyer of Baby & Company
Buyer and Sales Manager for Baby & Company, Jill has dedicated herself to The Slow Fashion Movement which is most easily understood by the comprehension of its negative opposite. Fast fashion is just that: fast actions without consideration for environmental or human rights within the process of making. Since its first breath of air in 1976, Baby & Company has been working to create its own breed of magic. B&C chooses not to play the fashion game but to uphold the authentic spirit.
LILAH HORWITZ - Creative Lead at EILEEN FISHER Renew
Lilah comes from a background in sustainable fashion design. After graduating from Parsons School of Design in New York, she launched her own independent label, making one-of-a-kind garments from vintage textiles. She came to EILEEN FISHER Renew in 2014. With one foot in the visual brand-creative and one in Resewn garment design, Lilah works to highlight the exciting story and pioneering techniques of the EILEEN FISHER circular design program.
Empower Your Financial Well-Being
TIME: 5:30 - 7:30PM
LOCATION: NBBJ - 223 YALE AVE N, SEATTLE
Are you looking to shift your relationship with money? Do you want tips and tactics to stop worrying about your financial situation and start living your life? If so, please join us on September 18th!
Change your relationship with finance by finally understanding the basics of money and discover the freedom of learning to distinguish between the essentials and the excess in all areas of your life. Get ready to learn about the subject of money with a goal of helping you incorporate financial well-being into your overall definition of total well-being.
Named "The Millennial Money Whisperer" by Money Magazine in April, Vicki Robin is the author of 20+ year old cult classic book YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE. While travelling and living in rural communities as much by her wits and as little by money as possible, she questioned the dependency we have on money and buying stuff. She feels free-er now, more open, and less "agenda-ed" thanks to all of her adventures when she was younger. Vicki is excited to share with us how to gain control of our money and finally begin to make a life, rather than just a living.
Manisha Thakor, Founder of MoneyZen and Vice President of Financial Education at Brighton Jones, is a 25 year veteran of the financial services industry and a nationally recognized financial literacy advocate for women. She puts her Harvard MBA, CFP, and CFA to work by empowering women and helping them joyfully claim their financial power with simple yet transformative tactical steps. She learned early on in her life that "a man is not a financial plan" and wants all women to enjoy the world of choices that open up when you are financially self-sufficient.
Champagne Summer Social
TIME: 5:30 - 8PM
LOCATION: WESTEDGE APARTMENTS
Join us for a special gathering of GrapeVine and CRUSH women! This social event is all about building friendships and a sense of community. GrapeVine continues to provide new perspectives, personal insights and communal elevation.
The event will be held at the top of the new and beautiful WestEdge Apartments at 2nd & Pike, overlooking the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. It will be a night to be spoiled with champagne, heavy appetizers from Tuxedos & Tennis Shoes Catering, and great conversation. Cheers to you all and GrapeVine’s growth!
5:30 - 8:00 pm
Summer BBQs, picnics and parties often call for great cocktails, appetizers, and comfortable and stylish summer fashion. Want some new ideas? Join us for GrapeVine’s Summer Sizzle event on June 19th to learn from the experts on how to add some “sizzle” to your summer. We’ll gather on the shores of Lake Union for an evening of fabulous food from Honey! I’m Home! Catering, summer fashion tips from a top Nordstrom stylist, fun summer travel tips and a whole lot more. Sign up here!
Gwendolyn is Seattle Magazine's senior editor. With a passion for music and a liberal arts degree, she started her career in journalism as a music blogger in the early 2000s. She is the former music editor of Seattle Weekly, the former content manager of ARTISTdirect and has contributed to various blogs, journals, magazines and newspapers over the years. A New York state native, Gwen has lived in Seattle for over a decade and loves learning about her adopted hometown. Among the stories on seattlemag.com, you'll find interviews with innovators like David Byrne and winemakers like Charles Smith, along with other pieces exploring the various corners of Seattle's arts and culture scene.
Justin is a highly creative individual with big vision for his business. As a VIP stylist at Nordstrom, Justin maintains a very active clientele and is highly sought after within the community. He has a strong pulse on fashion and shares it with his customers in an inspiring way. He actively shares knowledge and inspires others to grow. Justin has been with Nordstrom for over 10 years.
Beth is the owner, ringmaster and all around OCD bossy boss of the ever-evolving family that is Honey! I’m Home! Catering. She began cooking for lucky Seattleites from a tiny building in Ballard in 1995. Since then, Beth and her amazing team – including Chef Weeze Nelligan – have prepared delicious, custom crafted food for individuals, families, corporations, and, when lucky - women’s networking groups. Honey! I’m Home! Catering prides itself on designing menus using the best locally sourced, healthy ingredients they can gather.
Britt Thorson - Moderator
Britt Thorson is the Managing Editor of Seattle Refined, and has been with the brand since its inception in 2014. Started as KOMO News’ lifestyle website, Refined has since grown into a daily television show on KOMO News! Britt manages the digital, social and promotional aspects of Refined, and is a regularly contributor on the television show.
GrapeVine's Inaugural Eastside Event
Live Well! be well!
5:30 - 8:00 PM
Take care of your Body, Mind & Spirit by joining us on May 17th! Learn from a fabulous panel of experts to help you lead a healthy and happy lifestyle. We will be discussing the newest trends in health science, fitness and mindfulness to better understand your wellness like never before!
Dr. Jennifer Lovejoy, PhD
Dr. Samara Serotkin, Psy.D.
Women in Wine
May 8, 2018
We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Ellevate for the next GrapeVine event: Women In Wine. Join us for an extraordinary evening of wine tasting and hear from some of the top women in wine in Washington. Did you know that with more than 900+ wineries in Washington that less than seven percent are female? We are proud to have women making an impact on this global industry across all fields ranging from viticulture to wine making to being a winery owner or a sommelier. Join us for a panel discussion to learn more about this industry and the stories of how women are growing in influence across multiple facets of the industry.
Sadie Drury – Seven Hills Vineyards
Rachel Horn – AniChe Cellars
Beth Hickey – Advanced Sommelier
Lacey Lybeck – Sagemoor Vineyards
Jayne Cain, Moderator – Washington State Wine Commission
Money Divas: What If Lehman Brothers Had Been Lehman Sisters?
April 24, 2018
Come join us for a lively panel discussion around the magical transformations that occur when women take full ownership of the historically unprecedented amount of wealth they are earning and stewarding on a global basis. A recent New York Times Op-Ed stated: “Money is Power. And Women Need More of Both.” We agree. And that’s because money can be used in a mindful, conscious, proactive way to create the kinds of seismic shifts — from arresting climate change to increasing gender parity — that can transform communities, countries, and ultimately our planet. These are not grandiose ideas. Our panelists will be sharing specific stories and examples of how women are bringing their feminine fierceness to the world of finance in a way that is inspiring and inclusive. This will not be your typical money meeting! We will be talking about the power of the purse in a way that is meaty, practical, heartfelt… and even a bit irreverent.
Tama Smith - Moderator
Love, Lust & Longevity
February 21, 2018
“An outstanding love doesn’t come from two half-fulfilled people coming together to make one whole, complete life. Outstanding love comes from two whole people coming together to share and enhance their already full and beautiful lives.” ~Pia Scade
Whether you are dating, newly divorced or married, this GrapeVine will ignite you to live with vitality and energy—within your relationship and within YOURSELF!
Come hear these dynamic women during the month of love:
Living with Passion in 2018
January 23, 2018
How do you find your passion? Stop thinking about it and start following your heart! Join us on January 23rd and start the new year with inspiring stories, laughter, and an amazing community of women. Come hear from panelists who are following their hearts in a variety of ways—after all, there are many ways to incorporate enthusiasm and energy into everyday life!
Liz Dunn – Founder of Dunn + Hobbes and developer/owner of Melrose Market, Chophouse Row, and many other transformative projects in Capitol Hill.
Lendy Hensley – Owner of City Catering and Founder of Seattle Artist League.
Michel Spruance – Owner of Be Luminous Yoga and Co-Founder of Space Between.
Patty Fleischmann – A licensed marriage and family therapist and Co-Founder of Stolen Youth.
Holiday Party: Giving, Gratitude & Grace
November 28th, 2017
Join GrapeVine for a festive evening of conversation and fun—just in time to get you into the holiday spirit! Find out how to give new meaning to the holidays, festive ideas for gifts and giving, craft a tasty holiday drink and so much more. Kick off this joyful season with us and get all kinds of fresh ideas.
Our evening will include:
In the season of giving…what is the real gift? Hear from Annie Brandt of the Frihet Group who will show us how to express our thoughts with gifts timely sent or a kind word beautifully delivered.
Everything you want to know about holiday manners and etiquette with Arden Clise. Arden is a Business Etiquette Trainer, Speaker and Coach, as well as the author of Spinach in Your Boss’s Teeth: Essential Etiquette for Professional Success.
Always pondering the perfect gift for your assistant, mother-in-law, partner-who-has-everything? Our expert gift buyer will share their favorite items.
Learn to make (and taste) Festive Cocktails from Heritage Distilling.
Festive Appetizers will be provided by Foodz Catering and we’ll be giving away door prizes!
One Eighty Foundation
“WHEN THE SEASONS SHIFT, EVEN THE SUBTLE BEGINNING, THE SCENT OF A PROMISED CHANGE, I FEEL SOMETHING STIR INSIDE ME. HOPEFULNESS? GRATITUDE? OPENNESS? WHATEVER IT IS, IT'S WELCOME.”
CRUSH Inaugural Event
CRUSH's inaugural event will feature women who are breaking the mold and leading the way in their chosen field. Confirmed speakers are the following:
Liz Dunn, Owner of Dunn & Hobbs, she is a developer of mixed-use projects in Seattle’s urban village neighborhoods. Her inventive projects on Capitol Hill include Melrose Market and, most recently, Chophouse Row.
Janene Drafs, General Manager of Sinclair Broadcasting Group (KOMO TV, KOMO News, Star 101.5, KVI Radio, Univision Seattle), and is the first female General Manager in the history of KOMO TV.
Megan Wagstaff, Owner of Lady Yum, the macaroon and mischief shop that has people falling in love with the company’s sweet treats and fun atmosphere.
Danielle Trivisonno Hawley, Chief Creative Officer - America for POSSIBLE. Danielle rose from copywriter to one of the most visible positions in advertising.
The Empowerment Project
The Empowerment Project is the incredible journey of a crew of female filmmakers driving across America to encourage, empower, and inspire the next generation of strong women to go after their career ambitions.
In celebration of the all-female focus in front of and behind the camera, the filmmakers turned the cameras on themselves, capturing their transformational journey.
The film challenges the audience to ask themselves, "What would you do if you knew you would succeed?
Planned Parenthood CEO Conversation & Update
Join us on June 20th to hear the two CEOs of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, Alaska, Hawaii and Idaho, Chris Charbonneau and Elaine Rose, share insights, strategies, anecdotes and stories from the crazy ride it's been in the new world order of the Trump Administration and beyond.
Chris Charbonneau CEO of the healthcare side and Elaine Rose CEO of the PAC side will be speaking and taking questions.
We have changed the location of the June 20th Grapevine event to 10 Degrees, a terrific new event space on Capitol Hill.
Speaker: Dr. Suman Jayadev
Hear from neurologist and scientist Dr. Suman Jayadev, to learn about the breathtakingly cool discoveries in treating Alzheimer’s Disease.
Around the world, research scientists are pursuing effective ways to prevent, delay or treat Alzheimer’s disease. The UW Medicine’s Memory & Brain Wellness Center is embarking on a targeted “precision medicine” approach to this condition. Come learn more about preventing, delaying and treating this devastating disease and the promising strategies Dr. Jayadev and her colleagues are developing.
Our venue this month is the stylish Cloud Room, located in Liz Dunn’s Chophouse Row on Capitol Hill. There will be appetizers provided and a cash bar to purchase wine and cocktails.
To learn more about Dr. Jayadey follow the link.
The Journey of Not Knowing:
Speaker: Julie Benezet
HOW 21ST CENTURY LEADERS CAN CHART A COURSE WHERE THERE IS NONE
The Journey of Not Knowing by former Amazon executive Julie Benezet provides a new approach to leadership that accepts the scariness of the unknown as a powerful source of motivation rather than a deterrent to building a company’s better future.
Julie’s talk will inspire everyone to see uncertainty as an adventure—and an opportunity to search for new and better possibilities for yourself and/or your organization.
Articulating Your Value: How to Refine Your Messaging
Speaker Marilyn richards will speak about how We all find ourselves in situations where we need to describe our work and clearly state our value.
And yet, we struggle. We say too much or too little, leaving our audience with a murky impression, or worse yet, no impression at all. Marilyn will discuss common traps and mistakes we make in talking about our work, describe the elements needed to build an effective message, and illustrate what is the most important part of a good "what I do" statement.