Dr. Deborah Smith, Boeing
Dr. Deborah Smith is a Senior Manager for Boeing Health Services based in Renton, WA . This position has responsibility for NW Regional Clinical Health Service Delivery, Hearing Conservation, and NW OHE delivery including Fall Protection Weight and Vision Screenings. Dr. Smith is the Enterprise Medical Director for Post Offer Medical Screening and for Global Occupational Health. Dr. Smith is responsible for the design and implementation of the Boeing Industrial Athlete Program, a program designed to impact significant cost drivers associated with workplace musculoskeletal issues. Dr. Smith lives in Seattle, WA and hobbies include swimming, kayaking, and sailing.
Global Head of Talent, Learning & Diversity
Personal Systems, 3D Print, CTO/HP Labs
Christopher is the primary in-business talent management advisor: working with the business/region HRBP leads and Personal Systems,3D Print & CTO/HP Labs leaders to identify talent and organization (team and individual) performance requirements and execute solutions. He drives core Talent strategies, initiatives, programs and processes. He serves as the voice of the business back to the broader Talent, Diversity and Learning team and “go-to” resource for all talent and organizational performance solutions.
Christopher has his BFA from Webster University, He advises the Building Innovative Leaders program in partnership with Stanford Executive Education. He designed the Growing Innovative Leaders program in partnership with National Taiwan University EMBA School. He is a Six Sigma Green Belt, is a certified Neuro-leadership Institute Facilitator and a frequent panelist and lecturer at Golden Gate University. Christopher has been awarded the 2016 Leading the Way Award- HP, 2013 Outie Award- Best Regional Affiliate- Seattle, the Spirit of Starbucks Award, the 2012 Brandon Hall Award- Best Learning Team, the Bank of America Award of Excellence (2007 and 2008) and The Communicator Award- Corporate Learning in 2006.
Pete Subkoviak is the Senior Health Care Campaign Coordinator at SEIU 775 in Seattle, Washington, where he directs the Washingtonians for a Responsible Future campaign, which aims create the nation’s first public insurance benefit for long-term care covering Washington’s 4.5 million worker and retiree populations. He is also actively engaged in issues such as campaign finance reform, the 21st century economy, Millennial Generation, and LGBT rights..
Kelly Keller, PwC, Seattle Office Managing Partner
Kelly has a global perspective and a network of relationships within PwC from her years working with multinational companies. She focuses on communication, relationship building and the early identification and management of difficult and emerging issues and significant transactions.
Background and Relevant Experiences
Kelly is the Seattle office Managing Partner for PwC. She joined PwC’s San Jose Office in 1992 and has worked in PwC’s Portland & Washington, DC offices during her tenure with the firm.
Kelly’s primary focus has traditionally been on large multi-national growth companies but has extensive experience working with emerging companies. With these companies she has extensive experience with 33 and 34 act filing documents and has provided guidance on significant business and technical matters to management and the Audit Committee.
She has worked across industries including retail and consumer, technology and industrial products. In addition, she has consulted on large mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.
Kelly is also responsible for the delivery of non-audit services in the US and rest of world for a large multi-national company. She assists in the executing of designing and monitoring control frameworks over business and IT controls. She provides advice in the areas of enterprise risk management and corporate governance including emerging SEC and PCAOB matters.
Kelly also worked in PwC’s Transaction Services group where she focused on buy and sell side due diligence for technology and consumer service industries. She has significant experience dealing with technical matters surrounding revenue recognition, lease accounting, equity accounting and IFRS and SEC reporting matters.
Current Professional and Community Affiliations
University of Washington Foster School of Business Board
University of Washington Accounting Development Fund
Seattle Chamber of Commerce – Board of Trustees
GSBA Corporate Advisory Board
Open Window School – Finance Board and Treasurer
Bachelors of Science in Accounting, Santa Clara University
Director of Under-18 Housing and Shelter Services
Emma York-Jones' devotion to working with youth and young adults stems from her time in the Peace Corps in Tanzania, where she served after completing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology at Roanoke College. Upon her return, she took the opportunity to move from North Carolina to the more liberal Seattle. Once settled, Emma began working for YouthCare as a Youth Counselor at Isis House; at the time the only Transitional Living Program for LGBTQ Homeless Youth in the Northwest. In the past eight years, she has been a case manager and program manager for several housing programs at YouthCare. Emma is currently the Director of Under-18 Housing and Shelter Services. She works with YouthCare staff to improve the care provided to all young people and leads an initiative to specifically improve services to LGBTQ youth. Aside from working at YouthCare, Emma and her wife are raising their two young sons, they enjoy traveling and attending soccer games as a family.
Stephanie Stanfield is the Lead Health & Insurance Implementation Specialist and Diversity focal for The Boeing Company’s Health & Insurance Operations team. She’s native to the Pacific Northwest, born on Whidbey Island – and pining to retire there one day. Her 19 years in Human Resources have largely been focused in Employee Benefits, where she’s engaged her passion for optimizing and simplifying processes and tools for employees and their families to get the information they want and need about the programs available to them. As the proud mother of a son in the LGBTQ community, she’s particularly honored to be working for Boeing – a company that truly “walks the walk” in its commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion.
HRC - Workplace Equality Program Manager
Lana joined the Workplace team in November 2016. As the Workplace Equality Program Manager, she is responsible for the oversight and coordination of the daily activities for the annual Corporate Equality Index, Buying for Workplace Equality Guide, and Equidad MX survey. In this role, she provides companies with the resources they need to improve non-discrimination policies, benefits and other practices that are essential for businesses to retain talent and customers, and remain committed to equality in the workplace. Williams brings her background in communications and management to support her work in advocating for LGBTQ workplace equality. Williams recently graduated from The New School in New York City with a MS in Nonprofit Management and holds a BA in Communication from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
Dylin Webster - SAP Concur
Dylin Webster serves as SAP Concur’s Senior Director of Client Success and is a founding member of the Pride@Sap Pacific Northwest Chapter. As a leader in the emerging space of Customer Success, Dylin has been at the forefront of building teams and operations to drive customer engagement and retention and has been leveraged as a thought leader in the technology industry, speaking at conferences and guiding organizations on their customer retention initiatives.
Dylin has been involved in social and environmental justice from a young age, founding their High School’s inaugural Gay Straight Alliance in 1997 and chairing environmental and human rights organizations while at Smith College, where they graduated with degrees in political theory and women’s and gender studies. Dylin resides in Seattle with their wife, Shannon, and spunky two year old daughter, Mabel.
Cheryl Ingram PhD - Diverse City LLC
Cheryl Ingram PhD is the CEO and Founder of Diverse City LLC a diversity and inclusion consulting company.
For 15 years, her transformative leadership, vision, and passion has created pathways for companies to build sustainable diversity and inclusion strategies and practices. In 3 ½ years Cheryl earned her Doctorate of Education with a specialization in Multicultural Studies. She has also earned a Master of Arts in Education, and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies.
Her ability to work fiercely and diligently has lead to her small business accomplishing major milestones in a short period of time. Recently Diverse City LLC was selected as a finalist in the Greater Seattle Business Associations, New Business of the Year Award after just four months of being in business. In just 8 months, she has secured 5 partnerships that approach multiples axes to address inequities that exist within companies as we all higher education and nonprofit institutions.
In relation to her passionate career Cheryl works adamantly within her community. One of her passions is serving on the Board of Directors for Un-loop a national technical training program that addresses recidivism in prisons throughout Washington State.
Ginger Chien, AT&T
Ginger Chien is a device architect at AT&T Mobility. She is responsible for defining technical requirements for mobile devices in the areas of security, protocols, and new features and guides the integration of these evolving technologies into new devices. From 2012 to 2016 she presented technical sessions at the AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas in which she shared upcoming smartphone and internet-of-things technologies, wireless developments, and new architecture concepts. She has also worked on other technologies at AT&T dating all the way back to modems and traditional pagers. Prior to that she taught college-level electrical engineering and signal processing courses to working adults seeking new career opportunities in engineering, and was a software and simulation engineer applying modeling and simulation technology to problems as diverse as underground tunneling and commercial airplane manufacturing.
Ginger has an M.S. degree from Princeton University and a B.S. from the University of Washington, both in electrical engineering with emphasis on communications theory and signal processing. She spends a lot of time these days musing about social implications of technology, the pace of technology change having passed the inflection point of generational comprehension, and the reintegration of traditional collaborative communications and social purpose into a prevailing culture of competition and scarcity. She has also created and marketed a magnetic toy that sits on many science teachers’ desks, engineered an articulated mechanism in a package the size of a tennis ball that fans real peacock feathers for a costume, and is an inventor on 36 technology and business process patents.
She currently volunteers for LEAGUE (the AT&T LGBTQ employee resource group) and PFLAG. As an individual, as part of panels, and as an AT&T representative she frequently speaks to corporations, senior citizen groups, schools, and churches on diversity and inclusion best-practices and her transgender experience. She finds much of her personal joy speaking on personal growth topics, sharing tales of life at open microphone storytelling nights, and watching a certain rural Washington town light up year after year when her transgender rock band [http://thenastyhabits.com] comes to play.
Travis M. Mears, Director of Development & Scholarship Programs, Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA)
Travis has served as the Director of Development & Scholarship Programs at the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) since 2016. GSBA is the largest LGBT and allied chamber of commerce in the United States with over 1200 members. In addition to business development and advocacy on behalf of business and civil rights, GSBA sponsors a Scholarship program, which since 1990, has awarded over $2.7 million to 500+ LGBTQ and allied students in Washington State. GSBA is also the sponsor of Travel Gay Seattle an LGBT Tourism Initiative created to increase revenue in the state of Washington by raising the national visibility of our region as a welcoming, progressive state and a top LGBT Tourist destination.
Shawnteal is a Youth Program Assistant at Seattle Goodwill’s Job Training & Education Center. She starting as a participant in one of their youth programs in 2014. Over the years and with the help and training from staff at Seattle Goodwill, Shawnteal is now working full time in her current role. Growing up in a family of six children and a single mother the struggle got real. As a child, Shawnteal had difficult family issues that often plagued her life. One issue that plagued her the most was her sexuality as a kid.
“You are taught that boys are supposed to like girls and girls are supposed to like boys. So you can imagine hard it was for me to know I was gay but never fully act on it. I am a twin, and she is also gay. My twin was the first to come out to our family in part because she didn’t care what they thought about her. Me on the other hand, I was anxious. When I told my mom she said she already knew and that she didn’t like the fact that I like girls only but she would accept it either way because I was her child and that she loved me. By her saying those things, I learned that your mother always knows and that no matter what choices I make in my life my mother would be there for me. This stayed with me throughout my life. Now in my current role with the youth program I make it a point to let youth know that it’s ok to be yourself and that when you’re here with us, you’re safe and you should never hide who you are. There is always going to be people that come into your life who are not going to accept you. What really matters is how you conduct yourself in those situations. As long as you know who you are and what you’re about, everything else does not matter.”
Isabel Porras - Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Isabel joined the Out & Equal staff in February 2016 as Associate Director of Research. She holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Smith College and is a PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies at the University of California, Davis. Isabel’s deep commitment to LGBT equality and intersectional feminism inform both her research and teaching. As an Instructor of Women’s and Gender Studies at UC Davis, Isabel taught various courses, including Introduction to Queer Theory, Introduction to Feminist Theory, and Theory and History of Sexualities. Isabel is an experienced public speaker and has presented at academic conferences in Colombia, Brazil and across the United States.
Curve Magazine's Most Powerful Women in Media 2017.
National Diversity Council's 2016 LGBT Leadership Award Recipient.
Named one of GO Magazine's Red Hot Entrepreneurs of 2014.
Award-winning journalist Sarah Toce has interviewed and profiled many of the world’s
most influential players ranging from high-level politicians to A-list celebrities, health
experts, and key civil rights advocates. Her diversified portfolio has runs the gamut
between local, national and international news coverage and features.
Sarah currently serves on the Family Equality Council's West Coast Advisory Committee.
She is also the founder and producer of Seattle Women's Pride.
Sarah is the founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of Seattle’s only lesbian newspaper – The Seattle Lesbian. In its first year alone, The Seattle Lesbian reached a threshold of one million readers on a global scale. In 2012, the Seattle Lesbian was a distinguished recipient of the McCormick Foundation's New Media Women Entrepreneurs Award.
Sarah's work is regularly featured in Huffington Post, Curve magazine, Windy City Times, and other respected national publications.
In 2012, Sarah contributed to the book, Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America. Recently, she reported on the Windy City Times’ AIDS @ 30 series, which won the prestigious Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club, and was nominated for a national Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Award.
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Online News Association (ONA), National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), and the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA).
Director, Employee Benefits
T-Mobile US, Inc.
Kate joined T-Mobile’s Benefits team in 2012 and has served in various benefits roles over the past 5 years. Today as Director of Employee Benefits she is leads the team responsible for enterprise-wide benefits programs for all 50k+ U.S. employees. Her scope includes the overall strategy, management, and delivery of benefits programs including Health and Well-Being, Financial and Retirement Savings, Tuition and Adoption Assistance, Voluntary programs, and more. Kate and her team are relentlessly committed to delivering Un-carrier benefits programs that resonate with T-Mobile’s brand and continue to make T-Mobile an employer of choice.
Prior to her time at T-Mobile Kate led the benefits function at Eddie Bauer, where she worked for 7 years. Kate is a member of the Fidelity Workforce Ideation Lab, a West Coast client advisory committee.
Global Trade Compliance at F5 Networks, co-chair of F5 Pride
Trinity Downing is a Technical Designer for Boeing Commercial airplanes. Trinity is a Subject Matter Expert in Uni-Graphics NX2 and CATIA V5 (CADD systems). She is a disabled U. S. Army combat veteran. She has an AA degree in manufacturing design.
She has been in the aerospace industry for the last 12 years. She got her career started with Jet Engines and is currently lending her services to airplane design. Trinity lives in Marysville, WA and hobbies are hunting, camping, and fishing.
Ms. Stewart is the President /CEO of Sound Community Bank. Originally chartered as a Credit Union, the bank has completed numerous charter conversions and is now publically traded on NASDAQ.
Active in the industry, Ms. Stewart was one of 14 bankers selected to serve on the inaugural FDIC Community Bank Advisory Board. Subsequently she was appointed to the inaugural CFPB Community Banker’s advisory Board. She is active in trade associations, serving two terms as Chair of the WBA and she chaired the ABA flagship Governmental Affairs Committee. In 2017 she was one of nine community Bankers invited to the White House for a listening session with the President.
Ms. Stewart has twice been recognized in the Most Powerful Women in Banking’s women to watch category. In 2016 she also earned the prestigious Woman of Influence award from the Puget Sound Business Journal. She is a frequent speaker and teacher. Community volunteering includes serving as Chair of the Woodland Park Zoo, volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for cancer research. Laurie loves to sew baby quilts for every new parent and grandparent at the bank.
Kaycee Kiesz - T-Mobile
Kaycee Kiesz prides herself as being a “master-connector”, who possesses a wealth of social economic value by nurturing long-term, authentic relationships with a wide variety of people, external agencies and community outreach organizations.
Kaycee is energized by finding common ground and connecting with others on social economic and equity issues. She is recognized for being a collaborative project & program manager who has the ability to add context, link people to common goals, and bridge silos motivating others to act. She has contributed to a wide array of Employee Engagement Programs that have increased diverse pipelines, developed diverse bench, and succession.
Kaycee’s diverse background of experience includes, working in Corporate Responsibility, Inclusion & Equity, Retail Operations, Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, and Diverse Supplier Relations. She has a keen knack for seeing the big picture, identifying key players and connecting the dots to accomplish the most challenging team initiatives.
Alyssa Jarvis - Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Alyssa is the Corporate Engagement Manager for Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. She starting working for Out & Equal in 2015 and is responsible for creating strategic partnerships with corporations and government agencies. Before joining the Out & Equal team, Alyssa studied Nonprofit Management at Indiana University. In her free time, Alyssa likes to go for long hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area and make plans for her next international travel adventure.
Leanne Plancic, Retirement Planning Specialist of AXA Advisors, is one of the top-tiered Elite Producers at AXA Advisors. She has spent the last 9 years empowering her clients to create custom Financial Game Plans to keep them on track towards financial success. She is passionate about being a resource to when it comes to LGBT Financial Planning. Despite achieving marriage equality, there are still many financial planning considerations important for LGBT families. She serves on AXA’s national LGBT Advisory Committee and is a board member for National Association of Women MBAs.
Shannon Scott - United Equality Consulting
While working with some of the largest organizations in the U.S. Shannon has established herself as a powerful, engaging and influential speaker. Shannon’s lived experience as a transgender woman provides additional insight into the importance and value of equality. Having served over a decade in the U.S. military, Shannon will present the reliability, dedication and professionalism you would expect from a speaker of this caliber. You will find that Shannon's leadership abilities are impressive and draw on past and current experience as a leader in Toastmasters International, Basic Rights Oregon and The Human Rights Campaign. As an LGBTQ activist Shannon serves the community through volunteer work with several local and national organizations. Shannon also serves on the National Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign.
Through education and inspiration, Shannon will deliver the positive change that you are seeking.
Ryan Van Dyk - SAP