Past Events 

The Power of Personal Projects

October 16, 2019

time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

location: Melrose market studios

Have you ever lost yourself in a project? When hours fly by and suddenly it is past midnight? Personal projects or hobbies can enhance life to a new level. Create more energy than you’ve ever had before. And also make you more creative from the inside out.

Hear from four powerful women who have found strength in personal projects -- from being engaged in community to the power of the creative eye. Come hear from women that are driven by their personal projects – what worked, what didn’t and how to bring this energy into your life.


Robin Layton has produced countless notable photographs and earned a place among the world’s top photographers. By age 24, she was honored by LIFE magazine as one of the eight most talented photographers in America. Her photo story on runaway teens in downtown Seattle was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. After an award-winning career at five newspapers, Robin embarked on a freelance career that has taken her on assignments around the world. Along the way, she has photographed everyone from prom queens to actual kings, street people to presidents, and personalities from Jennifer Aniston to Oprah Winfrey. She has taken her photographic images in imaginative new directions, including multi-media projects, video art, wall coverings and even designer-quality, hand-woven rugs created in Nepal from her images. Robin’s work illuminates the life within that moment. She compels you to take a second look, a new view of the world around us.

Harini Gokul is a global technology leader, an investor, civic volunteer and an advocate for advancement of women in the workplace. She is a cloud industry leader and has 20+ years of experience driving global business strategy and customer transformation for technology companies including Microsoft and IBM. Harini sponsors and invests in organizations and communities to accelerate the advancement of women in technology. She is an investor in the Female Founders Alliance and on the advisory board of Future of Us, an initiative dedicated to accelerating the advancement of women of color. Harini is an international speaker, focusing on diversity, equity and innovation in the 4th Industrial Revolution. As part of her mission to contribute to civic life, Harini is running for city council in Medina, WA.

Jacqueline Smith is senior Digital Strategist at the Gates Ventures in Kirkland, WA, leading digital communication strategy for a variety of projects relating to energy, public health, and U.S. education. Her work has helped define digital strategy and partnerships for global brands like Nike, Jordan Brand, and adidas in the U.S., Western Europe and Latin America. In her spare time, Jacqueline serves on the board for What’s Next Washington as a communications strategy lead. What’s Next Washington is a Seattle-based nonprofit made up of formerly incarcerated individuals and their allies, working together to improve the ability to reintegrate into society.

Lendy Hensley is an entrepreneur. In 2001, she founded City Catering Company with a desire to pair seasonal and fresh food with warm professional service and a sleek urban style. After many years as a closet painter, she co-founded the Seattle Artist League. The League is a community-based art school that offers classes in painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture for adults and children. As a long time Seattle resident, Lendy enjoys the waterways in and around Seattle from her boat and her paddle board.

Leading Ladies: Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda…

September 16, 2019

time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

location: Melrose market studios

Join us for an interactive panel of dynamic executives who've created successful careers at Xbox, Microsoft, Seattle Foundation, KOMO and beyond. We’ll be chatting about all the things — insights, strategies, lessons learned, and what they would tell their 26-year-old selves about what they woulda, coulda, shouda...


Catherine Gluckstein is chief of staff for Xbox. Prior to that, she was co-founder and president of SumAll, a venture-backed SaaS data analytics platform. She led fundraising, strategy, PR and partnerships, raising over $14 million and building the platform from zero to more than 200,000 organizations in three years. As vice president of corporate development at iStockphoto & Getty Images, Gluckstein was responsible for developing international markets, driving corporate strategy, and mergers and acquisitions. She also led Getty Images’ joint venture with Time Inc to launch, and served as a board member and CFO. Earlier in her career, Gluckstein was the vice president of audiobooks for Barnes & Noble/, and joined Reuters in London as an international management trainee before progressing through international product and program management roles. Gluckstein started her career as a broadcast journalist working for the BBC and Reuters Television.

Janene Drafs joined Fisher Broadcasting in 1986 as a KOMO-TV sales and marketing assistant and today is general manager of the Sinclair Broadcast Group in Seattle. Her career with Fisher evolved through the years as she held titles that included senior account executive, director of business solutions, local sales manager, vice president and station manager and finally VP/GM, as of 2012. She is the first female GM in the history of KOMO-TV and played a pivotal role in launching the Univision affiliate in Seattle. As GM, she oversees KOMO-TV, the ABC affiliate in Seattle, and radio stations KPLZ, KOMO AM/FM and KVI. She is recognized as a strong leader, and a team player, with an eye for finding and developing talent.

Michelle Purnell-Hepburn is the newly selected Managing Director, Controller and Accounting, for the Seattle Foundation, a non-profit that manages nearly $1 billion in philanthropic investments. Michelle has worked in the accounting and finance fields since 1982 in both the high-tech industry as well as credit unions. Michelle has served on numerous non-profit boards, and most recently served on the Advisory Board of Capitol Hill Housing to preserve the legacy and site of Liberty Bank of Seattle, which was founded by her parents.

Linda Norman is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel for the Gaming business at Microsoft. Linda manages the team that provides legal and regulatory advice for gaming, including the Xbox console, games and entertainment titles, the Xbox Live and Gaming subscription services, and the Mixer interactive streaming service. Linda serves on the Senior Leadership teams for Gaming and Corporate, External, & Legal Affairs. Linda started her career as a litigation attorney and has worked on numerous high-profile cases for Microsoft.


Rachel Hart is an editor, strategist, content creator and overall creative type who specializes in building media brands from scratch and reimagining and refreshing established institutions. For 20 years, Rachel was editorial director and VP of Content for Tiger Oak Media, where she was in charge of the editorial operations of the print and digital platforms of award-winning magazines including Seattle Magazine, Seattle Business, Seattle Bride, Oregon Bride, and California Wedding Day, Seattle Luxury Living (for Chinese newcomers), and other titles nationwide.

A Summer Soirée

july 23, 2019

time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm

location: West edge Tower

It’s that moment of the year to celebrate GrapeVine and toast what we have created together—a community of fabulous women! No agenda, no speaker, just plain fun on top of one of Seattle’s most beautiful downtown apartment buildings – West Edge Tower. 

Leave the business cards at home and come as you are – your amazing, brilliant self.

Oh, and there will be a couple of surprises along the way! Summer is here so come celebrate with us!

*Tickets include Montinore Estate wine and heavy apps

Our Plates. Our Planet

June 10, 2019

time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

location: CHateau Ste. Michelle Winery, woodinville

Join author Anna Lappé (Diet for a Hot Planet; Hope’s Edge), GrapeVine, and PCC Farmland Trust at Chateau Ste Michelle winery for a dialogue about the intersection of our food system and climate change. Featuring a panel of local women leaders in the food + farms space, this evening event promises to deliver Grapevine’s signature blend of inspiration and information – a remarkable opportunity to listen to outstanding speakers and support and challenge each other.


Anna Lappé, Author and Advocate for Food Justice and Sustainability

Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author, a respected advocate for food justice and sustainability, and an advisor to funders investing in food system transformation. A recipient of the James Beard Leadership Award, Anna is the co-author or author of three books and the contributing author to more than a dozen others. Anna’s work has been translated internationally and featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Gourmet, Oprah Magazine, among many other outlets. A frequent public speaker, her popular TEDx talks have been watched nearly one million times. 

Anna’s most recent book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It, was named by Booklist and Kirkus as one of the best environmental book’s of the year and has been optioned for a television series. Anna is also the co-author of Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen and Hope’s Edge, which chronicles grassroots solutions to hunger around the world. 

Anna is the founder or co-founder of three national organizations, including the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund, which she launched with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé. She currently co-directs Real Food Media, which uses storytelling, media strategy and communications collaborations to reveal the true cost of industrial agriculture and the power of just and sustainable food systems to create healthy, thriving communities. 

Donna Moodie, Owner of Marjorie Restaurant

Born in Jamaica and raised in Chicago, Donna found her way into her mother’s kitchen at an early age. What left the biggest impression wasn’t just the food, but her mother’s gracious hospitality – always hosting dinner parties with a diverse collection of guests, always finding room for one more at the table, with the standard of perfection being the comfort and pleasure of those around her. In the 1990s, Donna moved to Seattle and opened two hit restaurants both incorporating globetrotting menus with a mix of sophistication and funky charm. In 2003, Marjorie opened, paying tribute to her mother and the lifelong affair with hospitality Donna gained from her.

Anna Chotzen, Business & Marketing Manager at Viva Farms 

Anna has 10 years of experience working domestically and internationally as an advocate for small-scale farmers and champion of sustainable and equitable food systems. Before coming to Viva Farms, she managed the local foods program at the International Rescue Committee, a refugee resettlement agency in Phoenix, AZ. As Viva Farms’ Business & Marketing Manager, she oversees the sales and marketing programs, as well as the development and implementation of Viva’s business training program. She holds a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Lisa Pawlek Jaguzny, Executive Director at Oxbow Farm & Education Center 

For more than two decades, Lisa has led campaigns to protect our country’s most iconic landscapes— from Puget Sound to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She came to Oxbow in 2018 with a deep commitment to harnessing the power of place in building grassroots movements.  As Executive Director, Lisa leads the charge in accelerating Oxbow’s  impact on farming, land  care  and restoration, and environmental education.  Previously, Lisa served as CEO of the Campion Foundation for nearly 10 years during which time she created the Campion Advocacy Fund, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit focused on protecting public lands and ending homelessness. Lisa is a lifelong gardener, skier, sailor, and glampacker.  She is a graduate of Trinity College (CT), has served on a number of conservation boards, and is the mother of two teenage activists. 

Hilary Aten, Conservation Director at PCC Farmland Trust 

Hilary joined PCC Farmland Trust in 2011, working on many facets of our farmland conservation program, including real estate transactions, conservation planning, and management of public grants for acquisitions. Hilary has been involved in land conservation and watershed protection since 2004, working with a range of local, county, federal, and international conservation initiatives. Prior to her work at the Farmland Trust, Hilary focused on coordination of community-based conservation programs, including watershed restoration projects, natural resource management, and planning (operational and financial) for long-term management of protected conservation lands. Hilary holds a B.A. in Political Science, and a MPA from the University of Texas-Austin. 

Her long-term interest is in supporting local livelihoods that mutually benefit from protecting our region’s unique valuable natural resources, and she sees saving local organic farmland forever as critical to that future. 

Tracey Baker, Ranch Manager at Gleason Ranch

Tracey Gleason Baker is a 5th Generation owner and rancher of The Gleason Ranch located on the beautiful Satsop River in Brady, Washington. 

Tracey’s philosophy of ranching is holistic and sustainable, for the betterment of the cattle, people and land. The cattle are born, raised humanely and grass finished on the ranch. They receive no growth hormones, bi-products or grain. Antibiotics are administered only in necessity of the animal’s health and then removed from the beef program. Tracey is involved with the cattle in every aspect from “farm to table” ensuring her standards of humane treatment are followed which results in a healthy, happy animal and quality product. Tracey is passionate about raising cattle with respect and honor. Providing lush pastures, clean water, minerals, shelter and humane handling practices are a few key elements that are implemented. Her passion continues in educating the consumer and public with these key elements.

Tracey is currently providing The Gleason Ranch beef to local restaurants in the Seattle area, Seahawks and local private buyers.

Women in Wine: From the Vineyard to the Glass

MAY 14, 2019

time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

location: one eighty, 999 3rd Ave, Seattle

Join us for our 2nd annual Women in Wine event with Washington State Wine Commission and Ellevate.

This year's panel will cover everything from the vineyard to the glass. These local women have done it all from winery management to winemaking and distribution.

The State of Washington is the 2nd largest premium wine producer in the United States, with over 900+ wineries, of which ~7% have female winemakers. While women are still a minority in the industry, our State is proud to have women making an impact on this global industry across all fields ranging from viticulture to winemaking to being a winery owner or a sommelier. 


Hilary Sjolund

Acclaimed winemaker, Hillary Sjolund, found her passion for wine while attending UC Davis and working at wineries in both California and Washington. Intent on making her own Washington wines, she started her own winery brand, Sonoris Wines, in 2011 using grapes from the Red Mountain AVA and other select vineyards throughout the Columbia Valley. In addition to launching her own brand, Hillary continues to work as a winemaker for Charlie Hoppes at Wine Boss, a custom crush facility in Richland, WA where she also produces Sonoris. She is responsible for fermentation management of 40,000 cases of wine annually, representing over 20 Washington wine brands. Hillary also consults for several independent producers in WA state.

Jamie Peha

Jamie Peha has worked in the wine, food, and hospitality industries since obtaining her degree from WSU in 1978. Jamie has a solid track record of growing events, she helped to build Taste Washington into a nationally recognized three-day event and grew the Seattle Wine and Food Experience into a profitable, two-day event that she later sold to Seattle Magazine. Most recently, Jamie has grown the Auction of Washington Wines (AWW) Private Barrel auction from eight lots five years ago netting $32,000, to raising over $250,000 last year. This deep business and wine industry experience has led Jamie to her current role as the interim Executive Director for AWW, which was recently named in the top three wine charity auctions in the U.S. by Wine Spectator.

Lisa Kendall

Founder of Kendall Farms, Lisa Kendall was born and raised in Washington. Her father is one of the state's original wine grape growers. In 2004, life threw Lisa some unexpected lemons. She did what she does best. She decided to make lemonade, not just any, but the best lemonade (hypothetically speaking). Other local farmers and wineries started hearing about this new idea she had come up with and wanted her help selling their grapes and wine too. 16 years later she has grown her small roadside lemonade stand (again hypothetical) into an international, multimillion dollar, woman owned business. Today the business is still run by Lisa and her daughter Carra Elliott.

Alexandra LaFontaine

Alexandra LaFontaine, who joined Ste. Michelle Wine Estates in 2003, is the International Trade Relations Manager. Focused on overseeing the Export Porgrams for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, she wears many "hats" and also manages marketing and planning efforts for the more than 70 countries to which SMWE exports to. Her and the Exports team's efforts make the wines of Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Crest one of America's best distributed American brands around the world. 

Tiffany Stetson

Beginning her career twenty years ago in retail management, Tiffany eventually decided to follow her passion for the Washington wine industry. With a clear vision toward success, the past seven years spent in her position as general manager of direct consumer operations for one of the largest wineries in Washington State has resulted in increased sales, conversion of customers to club members, and elevating the winery into a multi-brand operation. She was instrumental in opening two additional satellite locations making the Goose Ridge the first in the state with four tasting rooms.

Girls Just Wanna Have FUN-damental Rights

April 18, 2019

time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

location: Melrose Market studios, seattle

Learn more about what’s moving right here in Washington that will protect women and reproductive rights.

At this event, we will discuss how these unconstitutional and discriminatory practices cut American human rights in half, roll back a centuries-old fight for women’s rights in the United States, and directly affect women across the country. We will also discuss the bills currently in process right here in Washington that will protect women and the access to healthcare that they deserve.

HIStory 101

Right now, across the United States, human rights are under attack. The Trump Administration has proposed a new “gag” rule that would restrict American women from receiving the reproductive health that they are entitled to through the Title X program. Additionally, states across the country are passing draconian abortion bans, keying up a fight at the Supreme Court.

Girl Power, Seattle Style

Now’s the time ladies. Come learn how we can all pitch in and help.


Christine Charbonneau

Christine Charbonneau is the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands (PPGNHI) and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK): a 77 million dollar, 45 health center organization covering Alaska, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Hawaii and Western Washington. 

Chris has been a Planned Parenthood leader for 37 years, 28 of them as CEO. Beginning as a volunteer in the Seattle Health Center in 1982, she expanded her volunteer commitment to include community education and public policy activism.  In 1987, she became the COO of Planned Parenthood Seattle-King County (PPSKC) and after five years under the leadership of Lee Minto, the PPSKC Board selected her as CEO in 1993. In 1996, Chris led the merger of three Planned Parenthood organizations to become Planned Parenthood of Western Washington; in 2008 she led another merger of three organizations to become Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest. In 2015, Chris led the merger with Hawaii to become the current PPGHNI. In early 2019, she led the formation of a strategic alliance with Indiana and Kentucky.  

Treasure Mackley

Treasure Mackley is the Vice President of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii where she directs the advocacy, electoral and organizing strategy in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho and Washington, as well as providing strategic guidance to Planned Parenthood Advocates of Kentucky and Indiana. Over the past six years, she has led the team that has built one of the strongest organizing programs in the country that engages young people in the fight for reproductive freedom and social justice. 

In 2012, Treasure was proud to serve on the Governance Board of Washington United for Marriage, the first ever campaign to secure marriage equality by popular vote. Prior to joining Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii, Treasure served as the Executive Director for SEIU Washington State Council from 2010 to 2012. Treasure moved to Washington State in 2010 after spending eleven years in Oregon managing several statewide campaigns, including electing Secretary of State Kate Brown and successfully defeating two dangerous anti-education ballot measures. Treasure has a long history of working in women’s reproductive rights, having served as the Political & Field Director for NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon from 2002 to 2007 and serving in 2006 as Political Director for the campaign to defeat a parental notification initiative. Just prior to leaving Oregon, she served as the State Director for Organizing for America during the fight to pass the Affordable Care Act. Raised in Salt Lake City, Treasure graduated with a degree in Philosophy from the University of Portland and has called the Pacific Northwest home for over fifteen years. 

Creating Your Grapevine: The Importance of Community

march 12, 2019

time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

location: one eighty, 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.  


Joanie Parsons

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 Smith

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 Seifert

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

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 SchoolStolenYouth 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

Feb 12, 2019

time: 5:30 - 8:00 pm

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.

Spotlight: Happiness

Jan 15, 2019

time: 5:30 - 9:00 pm

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

Laura Musikanski is executive director of the Happiness Alliance (, 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

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 Swartz

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 Fuqua

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.

Ali Ghambari

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

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

dec 10, 2018

time: 5:30 - 8:00 pm

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

  • Pear Chutney

  • Lavender Shortbread

The SLOW Movement: A More Meaningful Approach

OCT 24, 2018

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, 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 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

SEPT 18, 2018

TIME: 5:30 - 7:30 PM


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.

Vicki Robin
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
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

AUG 14, 2018

TIME: 5:30 - 8:00 PM


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!

Summer Sizzle

June 19, 2018

Time: 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 Elliott
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, 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 Leggett
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 Young
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!

May 17, 2018

TIME: 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

Mindy Pedersen 

Dr. Samara Serotkin, Psy.D. 

Meeghan Black 

Women in Wine

May 8, 2018

TIME: 6:00 -8:00 pm

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

Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM

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.


Donna Morton

Vicki Robin

Tama Smith - Moderator

Manisha Thakor



Love, Lust & Longevity 

February 21, 2018

Time: 5:30 - 8:00 pm

“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

time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM

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

Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Location: wework holyoke building, seattle

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!



Heritage Distilling

Foodz Catering

One Eighty Foundation

WeWork Holyoke




Staying Healthy, Confident and Sexy in Midlife

Oct 24, 2017

Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Location: The cobb building, seattle

Join GrapeVine and a panel of experts for an evening of insight, a little humor and quick tips for taking charge of your health! As women 40+, our bodies are in for some changes, and finding the right information to be our best, most vibrant selves can be challenging. Feeling strong, sexy and downright confident look good on you, so join us for an honest discussion of the things that often go unsaid.


Jill Angelo

Jill is the Founder & CEO of genneve, a healthcare management solution for women in midlife. Jill is a tech-exec-turned-women’s healthcare advocate, having spent 20 years in the tech industry. Named as one of Inc. Magazine’s 2016 Most Impressive Women Entrepreneurs, Jill is a driving force for bringing effective health solutions, information and resources to women in the most vibrant years of their lives.

Nicole Negron

A women’s health advocate, educator, and community leader with a passion for brain health, empowering women, and all things nutrition. Nicole is a Certified Women’s Health and Nutrition Specialist and is on a mission to bring female brain chemistry and hormonal health to the forefront of everyday conversation.

Arianna Staruch

Dr. Staruch is associate dean for academics in the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University. Her clinical interests include women’s health, metabolic syndrome, fibromyalgia, allergies and immune disorders.

Our moderator for the evening is Liz Tinkham, a former Senior Managing Director with Accenture, and is known as an inspiring leader, speaking frequently on the topic of leadership.

CRUSH Inaugural Event

Sep 27, 2017

Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Location: The cloud room, seattle

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, 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

Sep 20, 2017

Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Location: one eighty foundation, seattle

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?

A Summer Champagne Social

july 18, 2017

Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Location: downtown seattle

Join us for a special gathering of GrapeVine 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 on a monthly basis.

Monica Smith is hosting the event at her beautiful downtown condo, overlooking the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. It will be a night to be spoiled with champagne, heavy appetizers from Tom Douglas Catering and great conversation—all the while thinking, drinking & linking. 

Cheers to you all and GrapeVine’s beginnings!

Planned Parenthood CEO Conversation & Update

June 20, 2017

Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Location: 10 degrees, seattle

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. 

Brain Health

may 10, 2017

Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Location: the cloud room, seattle

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


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

march 28, 2017

Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Location: seattle

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.