LWT Regional Leaders
Head of Marketing, New Engen, Inc.
SEA Chapter: Marketing and Sponsorship Committee Co-Chair and 2018 Ringleader
Miki is B2B marketer who recently returned to Seattle after living and working in San Francisco for 12 years. Currently a partner success executive at digital marketing startup New Engen, Miki has also held marketing roles at Deloitte, KPMG and law firm Dorsey & Whitney. A 2017 WILPower San Francisco participant, she is thrilled to stay actively involved through the Seattle chapter.
“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."
Head of Global Partner Funding, Amazon Web Services
SEA Chapter: Core Leadership Team, Rings Program Chair and 2018 Ringleader
Michelle works for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and is currently the Head of Global Partner Funding in the AWS partner organization. She has been involved with LWT since it's inception in 2016 and is heavily involved in the Rings portion of the WILpower program. She grew up in Wisconsin (UW-Madison graduate) and now resides in Seattle, WA with her husband and three children.
Founder, Laura Espriu Consulting
SEA Chapter: Alumni Committee Co-Chair
Laura is a women’s advocate by heart. She is the founder of Laura Espriu Consulting and the creator of the Dare with Grace™ program, designed to help women to boost their confidence by connecting with their strengths. She is also working as a Senior Global Consultant for IMPACT Group where she provides Executive Women for the Women In Leadership program to executive women from different companies and countries and was recently named Director of Women of ALPFA. She is part of the Leadership Team for Lean In Seattle Chapter and the creator of the Latinas in Seattle Circle. Prior to that, she was working in New York at Beck Global Consulting, a startup focused on coaching where she was responsible for leading the company's strategy and the women’s initiatives. In Mexico, she worked for leading companies such as American Express, Dannon and Televisa, among others. Laura has a BA in Psychology, a Masters in Human Resources Management and two Executive Coaching International Certifications. One as an Executive Coach and the other one as Trainer for Executive Coaches. Laura has worked as a Consultant, Coach, Speaker and Trainer for leading organizations such as Columbia University, Accenture, Chopt Creative Salad Company, Mitsubishi Electric, U.S. Mexico Foundation, Ellevate-Invest in Women and Savvy Ladies, among others.
In her free time she enjoys practicing hot yoga and tea tasting.
Business Program Manager, Terex Corporation
SEA Chapter: Social Committee Co-Chair
Michelle is a Business Program Manager for Terex Corporation in Redmond, WA. She has over 7 years of experience in Sales Operations and Business Program Management. Prior to that, she worked as a Chemical Engineer for 4 years. She is a University of Washington graduate and currently resides in the Seattle area with her husband. She was a participant of the 2017 WilPower Seattle Program and she really enjoyed the various speakers who presented at the program and have gained valuable leadership skills from all the workshops. She is excited to be a part of the LWT team for 2018.
Attorney and Fellow of Information Privacy
SEA Chapter: Social Committee Co-Chair and 2018 Ringleader
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!"
Deborah "Deb" Middleton
Owner, The Middleton Group
SEA Chapter: Core Leadership Team, Community Committee Co-Chair and 2018 Ringleader
Deb is the owner of The Middleton Group, a boutique executive retained search firm based in the greater Seattle area and working nationally.
"I have been involved with the Seattle LWT group for two years now, graduating from and being a Ring leader for the 2016 class. I was a Ring leader again in 2017, as well as heading up the Community Committee, a new direction for the Seattle group. I look forward to once again leading a group of women in a Ring group in 2018 and to being a co-chair with the Community Committee. I am also helping with expanding the membership in the Seattle group. LWT has been a wonderful place to sharpen my skills, pick up new ideas, meet new people and expand my network with supportive relationships. One of my joys in life is to help women empower themselves, watching them grow and succeed in their lives. LWT is a great place to participate in this."
Director of Customer Success, Luum
SEA Chapter: Alumni Committee Co-Chair
Naomi is Director of Customer Success for the enterprise mobility platform, Luum. Luum empowers employers to track, manage, and influence employee commute behavior. Naomi works with large tech companies and hospitals to launch Luum and re-energize their employee's commute. Naomi joined LWT in 2017 having recently moved to Seattle and looking to build her network. By leveraging the leadership skills she learned on the program, Naomi was successfully able to take her career to the next level.
Co-founder, CounselGS LLP
Member of LWT Board (Seattle Chapter Representative)
SEA Chapter: Chair, Core Leadership Team
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.
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.
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.
Supervisor - IS Development, Expeditors
SEA Chapter: Community Committee Co-Chair
Tanya is Development Supervisor at Expeditors, a global logistics provider based in Seattle. She worked as UX Designer for over 10 years before taking the leap in persuing leadership opportunities. Creating great experiences through software design is what helps her get up in the morning. She particitpated in the 2018 WILPower program and was a member of the Community Committee. The LWT experience opened her to a great network of women around Seattle. She is married and has a young son.
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!).
Head of Managed Consulting Partners – North America, Amazon Web Services
SEA Chapter: 2018 Ringleader
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 2019 Ringleader. 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.
IT Manager, Kind County
SEA Chapter: 2019 Ringleader
Casey is a long-time employee with King County, working as an IT Manager. She is a strong supporter of the mission of King County Government and the role it plays in providing a safety net for KC constituents. Casey has participated in LWT since 2017 and is excited to be part of the leadership team moving forward!! Casey is passionate about achieving equality for women, environmental protection and animal welfare. Other interests include; mindfulness and meditation classes, reading historical fiction, walking Green Lake and last (but definitely not least!), her cat, Eli!
Co-Founder - Zibbli
NYC Chapter: Director of Communications and Growth
Alexandra (Alex) Charnas is co-founder of Zibbli where she is responsible for revenue growth and customer acquisition. Additionally, Alex serves as the NYC Chapter Lead for Female Founders Alliance. Prior to Zibbli, Alex worked to help launch and grow two marketplace startups: Porch.com and empowr.com.
"I was drawn to WILpower because I am passionate about women building women up and reaching equity in the workplace. I support and promote WILpower because the program helped me tactically to improve my professional development and leadership skills."
Hilary Dinkelspiel Dona
Attorney, Goldberg Segalla
NYC Chapter: Director of Rings and Alumni
Hilary advises Boards, C-level executives, and HR professionals on a broad array of employment-related matters, including day-to-day human resources counseling, recruiting and hiring, disciplinary issues, internal investigations, workplace accommodations, employee classifications, handbook policies and procedures, leaves of absences, discrimination and harassment complaints, terminations, and workforce reductions. In addition, she represents and defends employers throughout all aspects of litigation before both state and federal courts and agencies, involving claims based on discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, and equal pay. She also provides strategic and creative solutions to resolve disputes and counsels employers on preventative litigation strategies.
"WILpower was truly an eye-opening experience for me. I learned how to advocate for myself and the importance of building a network. I acquired skills and strategies to approach challenging conversations professionally and developed the confidence to have those conversations. As a young professional, it was an empowering experience for me, and it has provided me with an amazing opportunity to meet and forge relationships with other women who are making strides in their own careers. Each year, I find it remarkable and inspiring to see how the program impacts the women who participate. Participating in WILpower was one of the best investments in my career, and as a member of the WILpower New York Leadership Team, I look forward to working with all of the women who have decided to make that same investment. "
Director, US Data Privacy Counsel, Novartis
NYC Chapter: Director of Strategy and Special Events
Lauren is a privacy expert, attorney, and engineer. At Novartis, she focuses on digital privacy, advising the business on everything from digital marketing campaigns to data analytics and AI. Previously, Lauren served as General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer to a big-data company, litigated high-stakes privacy and security class actions in the private sector, led antitrust investigations into technology companies at the U.S. Department of Justice, and co-founded a wireless location tracking company. Lauren’s specialty is helping data-rich companies develop innovative solutions to privacy challenges by bridging the gap between technologists and lawyers; however, when she is not working, she can be found painting, performing, and designing beautiful spaces. She joined WILpower in 2016 as a participant, and she joined the New York Leadership Team in 2017.
"I joined the LWT Leadership Team because I am committed to closing the gender-based leadership gap. I have been active in women’s leadership for many years, and what sets WILpower apart is that it offers up strategies and solutions to help each woman chart a course towards greater leadership roles, provides opportunities for each woman to practice stepping out of her comfort zone, and gives her the tools to take her career trajectory into her own hands. I am grateful to contribute to this group of talented women."
COO & Co-Founder, CloudInsyte
Member of LWT Board (New York Chapter Representative)
Kate Huber is the COO and co-founder of CloudInsyte, where she's responsible for the daily operations and development of the company's technical team. Kate is fueling her new venture with over six years experience in a healthcare tech startup, CipherHealth, overseeing their core product and dev ops operations. Kate serves as the New York Chapter Representative for the LWT Board. She also serves as the Website and Technology Co-Director for the Mama Mare Breast Cancer Foundation. She holds a B.S in Nutritional Science from the University of Delaware.
“While my start-up career experience was transformational for me as a new employee in the workforce, it also meant that I was very much on my own when it came to learning the skill set that was not taught in a classroom. As a female in a then male-dominated company, I was hungry to develop my skills around projecting credibility, tactful communication and negotiation skills. As a member of the inaugural WILpower NYC program, I am grateful to have honed my professional skills and to have the opportunity to continue to grow my network through the program. In my leadership role with the LWT team, it is a thrill to be paying it forward to each new WILpower class!”
Senior Corporate Counsel – Pfizer Essential Health, Pfizer Inc.
NYC Chapter Director of Community Outreach
Michelle serves as the general counsel of Pfizer’s $1 billion generics business, Greenstone LLC, where she provides strategic and business advice on issues impacting generic launches, marketing and day-to-day operations in a heavily regulated environment. In addition, Michelle is the product counsel for PVC, part of Pfizer’s Women’s Health portfolio, and she supports large-scale alliance contracting and ex-US marketing for the company’s Essential Health business.
"I enrolled in WILpower because I wanted to dedicate time each month to thoughtful engagement with my career and its trajectory, and I was so inspired by the program that I joined its leadership team. There is something truly special – and, in today’s world, essential – about finding support in a group of like-minded, professional women.
Whether you are looking for a career jump-start, an opportunity to network with other young professionals, or a broader support system in New York City, WILpower has so much to offer. I am excited to be part of the WILpower New York Leadership Team, and I look forward to working with the amazing group of participants in the program in 2018."
Partner, Andrews Kurth Kenyon 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 and protect their intellectual property assets, and helps clients defend against charges of patent infringement.
“I first heard about this organization while attending a ChIPs event in the Bay area in early 2014. That day, as we were discussing the importance of having women share their experiences, to learn from each other, and to help each other advance in their professional careers, I was encouraged to start the NY chapter of the WILpower program, and I decided to go for it in 2015. I’d had conversations with friends and peers in NYC and DC about the challenges that we as women all 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 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 yourselves and the end results are well worth it. Plus, we have a lot of fun in the process!”
Corporate Counsel – Patents, Pfizer Inc.
NYC Chapter: Director of Operations
Karen counsels clients on patent risks and opportunities for various pharmaceutical products. Prior to joining Pfizer, Karen was a patent litigator in private practice. She was also a community health Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo before law school.
"I was a member of the 2015 inaugural WILpower program in New York. WILpower gave me a new outlook to approaching my career, especially at a time when I felt stuck professionally and didn't know what my next steps would be. I learned how to be proactive and advocate for myself in ways that do not come naturally to me. I love being on the NYC Leadership Team because it gives me opportunity to bring WILpower to other women.
We've been successful at growing WILpower in New York the last two years, and I look forward to establishing a larger and deeper presence in New York. We have a lot of great ideas for strengthening the WILpower network in New York and we hope to implement some of them in the coming year.
I've met many amazing women through WILpower—women who work across different industries and at different stages in their careers—and I look forward to meeting many more as we work to expand WILpower in New York."