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Leading Ladies: Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda...

What if you didn’t have to make all the mistakes? What if you could skip some missteps and glean a bit of wisdom from some damn impressive women?

Join us for an interactive panel of dynamic executives who've created successful careers at Xbox, MS, 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 if they could travel back in time. We’re looking forward to a rich and relevant conversation!  



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 over 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, but 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
As 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.

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Wine and appetizers will be served.

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