LWT Regional Leaders



Eliza Arai Carrington


Principal, AC Connect Consulting

SEA Chapter: Social Committee Co-Chair

Eliza is a racial equity and community engagement strategist with experience in the public, non-profit and private sectors. She combines demonstrated program development, project
management and evaluation expertise with a critically-informed drive for equity, inclusion and social justice. As a multi-racial, South Seattle native she also brings deep appreciation for the diversity of our region into her strengths-based approach to workforce development.

“Since joining LWT WILpower in 2016, I have become a more self-trusting leader through the
mentorship and support I have received from the entire LWT crew of speakers and participants. LWT has been an incredible vehicle for breaking outside my everyday bubble and stretching both personally and professionally alongside similarly daring and motivated individuals.”



Shara Barkovich


Sr. Partner Development Manager, Amazon Web Services

SEA Chapter: Co-chair of Volunteer Committee and 2019 Ring Leader

Shara is a Sr. Partner Development Manager responsible for helping consulting partners build solutions and their AWS practices through focus on technical capabilities, sales, GTM and strategy.  Shara is a 2018 graduate of LWT and became a Ring leader and Co-chair for the Volunteer Committee continuing these roles in 2020 and really enjoys the networking and speaker sessions of LWT which have positively impacted her career overall.  Passionate about mentorship, Shara seeks mentors to continue personal/professional development and enjoys helping others reach their goals.  She is from Pittsburgh, PA (Penn State Alumni) and has lived in Seattle for 14 years and is an avid lover of her family, animals, art, the outdoors, and being active whether running in the rain, skiing in the Rockies, or paddle boarding and hanging out with sea lions in the Puget sound.


Michelle Eatherton

Head of Partner Programs, R3

Member of LWT Board (SEA Chapter Representative), LWT Board 

I heard about LWT as it was getting off the ground in Seattle through a mass email sent out to a women’s leadership interest group at my former employer (Amazon).  I was intrigued to be part of something that was in “build” mode and after participating in WILpower my first year, as well as taking on an immediate local leadership role to organize the Ring groups, I was hooked!  After encouraging many of my colleagues to check out the WILpower program year after year, we were able to bring Amazon on as a sponsor.  I have enjoyed watching cohorts of women go through the program each year and building relationships with so many of them that choose to stay involved long after the program ends.  The energy you get from investing in yourself is indescribable – I encourage everyone to take that time a few hours a month to learn, push yourself and ultimately to grow.  LWT and WILpower offers that opportunity and more!  I am excited to be part of the LWT Board and to continue our growth in Seattle.



Angeline Loong


Attorney and Fellow of Information Privacy

SEA Chapter: Social Committee Co-Chair and 2018 Ring Leader

Angeline has over a decade of experience as a corporate and commercial transactions attorney.  As in-house counsel, she negotiated a wide variety of technical, commercial and marketing agreements in the US, Europe and Canada.  She is now a privacy compliance expert at Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence and Research Group.


"I have been so impressed by the caliber of the speakers and their content.  I replay the catch phrases of my favorite speakers whenever I need a rallying cry!  I am excited to be a part of the WILpower Seattle Leadership Team and look forward to sharing my enthusiasm with the 2018 class!"


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Susan Seah


Co-founder, CounselGS LLP

LWT SEA: Advisor

Susan Seah, co-founder of the boutique corporate and technology law firm, CounselGS LLP (also known as Gardiner Seah LLP) in Seattle and Chicago, helped to successfully launch the Leading Women in Technology and its WILpower program in Seattle in 2016. Prior to starting her own firm in 2009, Susan has worked in the corporate and securities department for one of the largest law firms in the country and has also been on the front lines as General Counsel and Associate General Counsel for both privately held and publicly traded technology companies.

Susan's personal accomplishments include being an Ironman triathlete, ultra-marathon runner, body-building competitor, social extrovert and most importantly, tiger mommy to her very cute beagle, Koa.



Miki Usyak


VP Business Marketing, Edelman

SEA Chapter: Marketing and Sponsorship Committee Co-Chair and 2018 Ring Leader

Miki is a Vice President in Edelman’s Business Marketing practice and a seasoned B2B marketer with extensive experience leading multi-channel global and national marketing programs. Prior to Edelman, Miki was at Seattle-based digital marketing start-up New Engen where she built their marketing function from the ground up. She’s been involved with LWT for several years. After completing the 2017 WILPower San Francisco program, Miki stayed active in LWT as a ringleader and marketing/sponsorship committee co-chair of the Seattle chapter. Miki grew up in Tokyo, Japan, and is fluent in Japanese. She lives in Seattle after stints in San Francisco and Chicago. She received her BA from Northwestern University.
“It’s so great to be back in the Northwest and to be able to continue my participation in WILPower here in Seattle. I’m looking forward to giving back to an organization and community which has had such a positive impact on my professional and personal life this past year."



Maria Wald


Partner Development Manager, Amazon Web Services

SEA Chapter: Social Committee Co-Chair and 2018 Ring Leader

Maria works at Amazon Web Services (AWS) managing the development, sales, and success of a global partner. She has been in sales and sales management for 20 years.  She started working with LWT in 2018 and is a co-chair of the social committee to foster relationships amongst the members.  Maria and her husband live in Seattle and are active in the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.


Penny Williams


VP, Marketing, Blue Canoe

SEA Chapter: Core Leadership Team, Leadership Events Committee Co-Chair

Penny is Vice President of Marketing at Blue Canoe, which increases business productivity by improving the pronunciation and business communication of non-native English speaking employees. She is a lifelong learner, including from all of the stellar LWT Wilpower presenters as well as the vast experiences of its members. She is a veteran of marketing at tech companies such as Outreach and Trulia. At home, she is married and has a young daughter.

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Allison Glasunow


Associate Attorney, Perkins Coie

SEA Chapter: Core Leadership Team, Leadership Events Committee Co-Chair

Life science matters are a major focus of her patent practice. Allison has practice depth in immunotherapy, genetics and genomics, stem cells, cancer therapies, cardiovascular therapies, clinical and research diagnostics, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, among others.

Allison’s graduate research at the University of Washington School of Medicine focused on cellular behavior and genetics underlying cardiovascular disease. As a Ph.D. candidate, Allison was an American Heart Association Fellow and recognized several times for excellence in cardiovascular research. As a post-doctoral Ph.D. fellow at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Allison developed a set of molecular tools useful for cancer immunotherapies, and in particular, chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) modified T cells. She has published several research articles and presented her work before dozens of audiences in the United States and internationally.


Makda Tesfa-George


Partner Development Manager, Amazon Web Services

SEA Chapter: Community Committee Co-Chair

Makda Tesfa-George is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Development Manager for SI Partners. She supports partner adoption of the AWS platform, GTM strategies, and alignment to our programs. She is passionate about food, family, and traveling to places with sunshine. Makda graduated from the LWT program in 2018, and is now co-chair to the community committee. Makda holds a Psychology degree from the University of Washington (Go Huskies!).


Jenny Holmes


Head of Managed Consulting Partners – North America, Amazon Web Services

SEA Chapter: Ring Leader

Jenny works for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and is currently the Head of Managed Consulting Partners in the AWS partner organization. She graduated from the LWT WILpower program in 2018 and is now a Ring Leader. Jenny has 20 years of Strategic Partner Sales and Channel Management experience in the software industry.  She is a Seattle native and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Washington State University.


Anna Minzel


Partner Development Manager, Amazon Web Services

SEA Chapter: 2020 Ring Leader

Anna works for Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a Partner Development Manager.  She has been in the role for almost 2 years, with previous experience in Outside Sales for 13 years.  She graduated from the LWT WILpower program in 2019 and is now a 2020 RingLeader.  She is from Issaquah and holds a Business Marketing Degree from Pacific Lutheran University.


New York

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Ksenia Takhistova


Co-Chair, Director and Legal Counsel at CME Inc.

Member of LWT Board (New York Chapter Representative)


Ksenia is a scientist and engineer turned IP lawyer. An accomplished attorney advising clients on legal issues in intellectual property, technology, and data privacy, she uses her scientific expertise and legal experience to protect clients' valuable inventions and technological breakthroughs from theft, and to develop licensing frameworks for facilitating technology transfer, for both in-bound and out-bound licensing.

She is currently a Co-chair, Director, and General Counsel at CME Inc., a non-profit organization operating to advance sustainable industry innovation and STEM globally. She spent over twelve years in private practice, doing intellectual property licensing, litigation, and transactional work at a premier IP boutique and an international AmLaw100 law firm. She has been recognized as a Rising Star in Intellectual Property Litigation by New York Super Lawyers in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

She has two M.S. degrees--in Applied Math/ Mechanical Engineering from Moscow State University, and Chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. She spent seven years as a graduate researcher at those institutions, performing experimental, and numerical studies of biologically-active fluid flows in microchannels, and creating analytical models and numerical solutions for pressure-driven multiphase multicomponent flows in porous media. She published several scientific papers and numerous legal analysis pieces, and speaks frequently on IP law issues


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Lindsey Worth


Co-founder and Health of Professional Services, Redgrave Data

NYC Chapter: NYC Advisor

Lindsey left legal practice in 2012 to move into technology consulting. She now advises attorneys and investigators on the advanced AI and analytics tools she only dreamed of in government and private practice.

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Nikki Adame-Winningham


Environmental Corporate Counsel at Pfizer

NYC Chapter: Co-Director of Operations

Nikki is an attorney in Pfizer Inc.’s Environmental Law Group. She provides legal counsel and enforcement defense on complex environmental, health and safety transactional, permitting, and compliance matters to manufacturing, logistics, R&D, and commercial facilities worldwide. She also provides legal and policy support for environmental sustainability disclosures and green claims. Prior to joining Pfizer, Nikki was an environmental attorney in private practice. She joined WILpower in 2019 as a participant, and she joined the New York Leadership Team in 2020.


Sheila Mortazavi


Partner, Haug Partners LLP

NYC Chapter: Director of Sponsorship

Sheila is a patent litigator and the co-founder of the NY Chapter, and she is passionate about science, law, and leveling the playing field for women in the workplace.  She advises companies, both large and small, on how to identify, protect, and monetize their intellectual property assets, helps clients defend against charges of patent infringement, and advises clients on the transfer and licensing of intellectual property rights. Sheila was encouraged to start the NY chapter of the WILpower program back in 2014, after a lot of discussions with friends and peers about the challenges that women face in the workplace, regardless of whether the workplace happens to involve law, engineering, finance, or another field, and the need for a networking forum to discuss and address some of these challenges and the need for constructive tools that anyone can put into practice.  "The response has been incredible, and the phenomenal women that have participated in the program over the last few years have been truly impressive.  To those considering joining the program, I say just do it.  Sign up, actively participate, put what you learn into practice, and volunteer in some manner to pay it forward. To succeed, you must invest in yourself, and the end results are well worth it." 

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Linda Le

Director of Client Services, FRONTEO 
NYC Chapter: Co-Director of Special Events

As the Director of Project Management for FRONTEO, Ms. Le heads a global team to handle complex US and cross border matters by ensuring client satisfaction from the Project Management Team with their services. She has more than ten years of experience in eDiscovery, specializing in corporate clients, building client relations, and repeat business. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance & Operations, with a minor in Economics from University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Linda has been involved in LWT since 2017.

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Natalie Fitzpatrick

Global Policy (Emerging Markets), Pfizer

NYC Chapter: Director of Rings

“A colleague referred me to LWT several years ago when I first moved to New York City. It was perfect timing. LWT gave me an opportunity to grow my professional network and develop my leadership skills, as I navigated a challenging new role 10,000 miles from home. After finishing the WILpower program, I stayed on as a Ring Leader to support women going through the program and haven’t looked back! The monthly workshops are fantastic—energizing and chocked full of practical tips and tools—but what really keeps me engaged are the amazing women that I get to meet each year through the Rings. Rings are designed to give WILpower women space to come together to discuss the lessons learned from the sessions, expand their networks and practice new skills in a safe place. Time and time again, graduates tell us that Rings were critical to their success in the program. I’m thrilled to be able to support this incredible program as member of the LWT Board.”

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Helene Boigard

Senior Scientist, Pfizer

Co-Director of Special Events & Ring Leader 2022

“I am a Senior Scientist with over a decade of experience. In 2019 I was nominated to join the WILpower program and I'm grateful for the opportunity. The WILpower program has helped me develop leadership skills outside of my everyday role. I enjoyed the community so much that I decided to become a Ring Leader in 2021. It was such a rewarding experience that I decided to return to the role in 2022. I value connecting with my peers and I enjoy facilitating these connections among others. In addition to being a Ring Leader this year, I have also decided to co-lead our special events. I look forward to helping the cohort build valuable relationships and networks.”

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Kristen Tinebra Olliges

Senior Trademark Specialist, Pfizer

Secretary & Ring Leader 2022

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Anika Reynolds

Coordinator, Legal Strategy & Operations, Pfizerr

Co-Director of Operations

Anika Reynolds is a Coordinator within the Strategy & Operations department of Pfizer’s Legal Division. In that role, she serves as a liaison between the company and Outside Counsel firms to ensure the firms are compliant to Pfizer’s standards of excellence while servicing an array of matters. She joined WILpower in 2020 and has served as Ring Leader in since 2021. She loves to eat, dance, and has recently falling in love with working out.