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Can We Talk? – How to Get Your Seat at the Table AND Get Heard

August 21, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

$40 – $60

Question: What happens when there is diversity without inclusion? Or, getting more to the point, what happens when women are brought into an organization but struggle to get a seat at the table? And even when they do, they don’t get heard?

Answer: Not much. Or, more aptly, more of the same.

Here’s the truth – If the only thing an organization is focused on is upping the number of women they employ or promote, they’re simply playing a numbers game. The entire objective becomes a process through which they get to check all the right boxes. So a woman might get recognition through a promotion, or even a raise. But, she may lack the clout, respect, and support needed to be viewed as a serious player within her organization.

Join us for a candid discussion on what happens when companies focus singularly on diversifying its workforce without building and encouraging an inclusive environment that supports and ensures success. (Hint – it would be like going for a 10 mile hike with your hiking boots on, but no socks!) Come and hear about what it takes for a woman to go from being an employee, to becoming a manager, to being a leader with a strong voice at the table.

Our panel will share their experiences and insights about:

What they did that made the difference for them.
What inclusion looks and sounds like.
How to handle the issue of “unconscious bias” or blatant discrimination based on gender.
Subtle ways in which women are minimized or disempowered, and what to do about it.
How to create a workplace in which women are empowered.
And …

What women need to know, and do, to make sure their voices are fully heard — and, what men can do to ensure women’s voices get heard.
This program is not about finger pointing or placing blame. It’s about taking a direct look at what’s going on, and having honest, constructive dialogue about how to move forward. Join us, and let your voice and presence become a part of the force that moves us toward greater gender equity!


Rebekah Bastian, Vice President of Community & Culture, Zillow Group
Chief Carmen Best, Seattle Police Department
Charu Jain, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Alaska Air Group


Vanna Novak, Founder & CEO, Speak to Persuade

WTCSE cannot issue refunds, however can facilitate a name change on registration to allow for the transfer of tickets.

WTCSE Members
– Early Bird until August 31: $40
– On or after September 1: $50

– Early Bird until August 31: $50
– On or after September 1: $60


August 21, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$40 – $60
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2200 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121 United States
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