Eastside Business Woman Named Finalist in 15th Annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business

Seattle, WA – Oct. 4 – Whitney DeBerry is a Finalist for Employee of the Year – Business category in the 15th Annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business. Ms. DeBerry, Digital Marketing Manager at Tresemer Group of Kirkland, WA, will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award winner.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards. Continue reading “Eastside Business Woman Named Finalist in 15th Annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business”

Sexism Battling Strategies For Millennials

Over the last several decades, women have made strides in the corporate world, in many cases launching their own enterprises and some taking the helm at Fortune 500 companies.

Sexism Battling Strategies For Millennials

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Despite such progress, sexism remains a significant hurdle in business, says Phuong Uyen Tran, a Vietnamese business executive and author of Competing with Giants: How One Family-Owned Company Took on the Multinationals and Won (www.competingwithgiants.net).
“Sexist attitudes are certainly well entrenched in Asia,” says Tran, who is deputy CEO of THP Beverage Group, the leading Vietnamese beverage company founded by her father.

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Home-Cooked Food Sale Legalization

The California Senate’s voted on August 28, 2018, to pass AB 626, which would allow the sale of meals prepared in home kitchens and improve public health safeguards around the existing informal food economy, would benefit many of California’s entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, especially women, immigrants and people or color.

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Without the fear of fines, AB 626 would permit thousands of existing home cooks to openly access business education and training on safe food handling practices. Small-scale microenterprises are an important tool for those who want to grow their business but don’t have access to sufficient capital to enter the commercial food industry. What’s more, this bill would protect consumers by ensuring public officials have access to the kitchens where the food is prepared and protect their rights to use existing public health reporting mechanisms if concerns arise.

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Gail Benzler Joins Seattle Tennis and Education Foundation as Executive Director

Seattle Tennis and Education (STEF) is proud to announce Gail Benzler as its Executive Director. STEF, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 2017, provides athletic conditioning, tennis training and educational enrichment to under-resourced youth in Seattle. STEF recognizes that not every child and not every family has access to quality schools, a top education and opportunities to play lifetime sports like tennis. STEF aims to help level the playing field for kids across the Seattle area. Benzler is a longtime Bellevue resident and the organization has plans to expand to the Eastside in 2019.

Seattle Tennis and Education Foundation

Seattle Tennis and Education (STEF) has announced that Gail Benzler has been named its Executive Director. STEF, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 2017, provides athletic conditioning, tennis training and educational enrichment to under-resourced youth in Seattle. STEF recognizes that not every child and not every family has access to quality schools, a top education and opportunities to play lifetime sports like tennis. STEF aims to help level the playing field for kids across the Seattle area. Benzler is a longtime Bellevue resident and the organization has plans to expand to the Eastside in 2019.

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Women Entrepreneurs $4 Million Global Competition

Women Entrepreneurs $4 Million Global Competition is initiated by M12, Microsoft Corp.’s venture fund, in collaboration with the EQT Ventures fund and SVB Financial Group, on Thursday, July 26, 2018 announced the Female Founders Competition, seeking to accelerate funding for top women-led startups focused on enterprise technology solutions. Two winners will share $4 million in venture funding, as well as access to technology resources, mentoring and more.

Women Entrepreneurs $4 Million Global Competition

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Women entrepreneurs receive a disproportionately small amount of venture funding, with only 2.2 percent of the total invested in 2017 going to women-founded startups. Studies have shown that investing in companies founded by women delivers significantly higher returns than the market average. By shining a light on this highly talented, but underfunded group of entrepreneurs, M12 and its partners seek to not only fund innovative female entrepreneurs, but to spotlight the funding gap that exists and the benefits of more equitable distribution of capital.
“We formed M12 to make smart bets on innovative people and their ideas, and the Female Founders Competition is an extension of that mandate,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of Business Development at Microsoft. “This isn’t about checking a box; it’s an opportunity to remind the VC community that investing in women is more than just good values, it’s good business.”
“The EQT Ventures team is all about backing founders with the ambition, drive and vision to build a global success story,” said Alastair Mitchell, partner and investment advisor at EQT Ventures. “This competition reflects this and offers women entrepreneurs a great platform from which to launch their business, providing them with access to capital and mentorship. It also raises awareness of the funding gap between male and female founders, and the EQT Ventures team wants to play an active role in bridging that gap.”
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Debra Montgomery joins Union Bank Private Mortgage Division as Pacific Northwest Region Manager

Debra Montgomery Joins Union Bank as Managing Director

SEATTLE, July 10, 2018 – Union Bank today announced that Debra Montgomery has joined the bank as Managing Director, Pacific Northwest Region Manager for the Private Mortgage Division of Union Bank Home Loans. Montgomery will manage the team of Private Mortgage consultants who specialize in offering home lending products and services to the bank’s Private Bank clients and prospects. She is based in the Bellevue office and reports to William (Bill) Bilicki, Private Mortgage Division Executive.

“Union Bank is committed to growing its mortgage portfolio, which is now the sixth largest in the nation,” said Bilicki. “That’s why we are so excited to welcome Debra to our Private Mortgage Division. Her successful industry track record, proven leadership capabilities and deep knowledge of the Pacific Northwest market make her ideally suited to lead our Pacific Northwest Private Mortgage team, deepen our client relationships and grow our presence in the region.”

Montgomery has more than 15 years of experience in the mortgage industry. Continue reading “Debra Montgomery joins Union Bank Private Mortgage Division as Pacific Northwest Region Manager”

Debra Montgomery New Pacific NW Region Manager at Union Bank

Debra Montgomery Union Bank Union Bank recently announced that Debra Montgomery has joined the bank as Managing Director, Pacific Northwest Region Manager for the Private Mortgage Division of Union Bank Home Loans. Montgomery will manage the team of Private Mortgage consultants who specialize in offering home lending products and services to the bank’s Private Bank clients and prospects. She is based in the Bellevue office and reports to William (Bill) Bilicki, Private Mortgage Division Executive.

“Union Bank is committed to growing its mortgage portfolio, which is now the sixth largest in the nation,” said Bilicki. “That’s why we are so excited to welcome Debra to our Private Mortgage Division. Her successful industry track record, proven leadership capabilities and deep knowledge of the Pacific Northwest market make her ideally suited to lead our Pacific Northwest Private Mortgage team, deepen our client relationships and grow our presence in the region.”

Montgomery has more than 15 years of experience in the mortgage industry.  Continue reading “Debra Montgomery New Pacific NW Region Manager at Union Bank”

Debra Montgomery joins Union Bank Private Mortgage Division as Pacific Northwest Region Manager

Debra Montgomery headshotDebra Montgomery is New Managing Director for Union Bank

SEATTLE, July 10, 2018 – Union Bank today announced that Debra Montgomery has joined the bank as Managing Director, Pacific Northwest Region Manager for the Private Mortgage Division of Union Bank Home Loans. Montgomery will manage the team of Private Mortgage consultants who specialize in offering home lending products and services to the bank’s Private Bank clients and prospects. She is based in the Bellevue office and reports to William (Bill) Bilicki, Private Mortgage Division Executive.
“Union Bank is committed to growing its mortgage portfolio, which is now the sixth largest in the nation,” said Bilicki. “That’s why we are so excited to welcome Debra to our Private Mortgage Division. Her successful industry track record, proven leadership capabilities and deep knowledge of the Pacific Northwest market make her ideally suited to lead our Pacific Northwest Private Mortgage team, deepen our client relationships and grow our presence in the region.”
Montgomery has more than 15 years of experience in the mortgage industry. Continue reading “Debra Montgomery joins Union Bank Private Mortgage Division as Pacific Northwest Region Manager”

When Stymied By Corporate World, Women Soar As Entrepreneurs

On the Brink by Andi SimonWomen Entrepreneurship on The Rise!

When corporate America’s legendary glass ceiling blocks their road to success, some women decide to take a different route.

Their solution: Become their own boss.  Women in Business rule the world.

 “In so many cases when women start out in the corporate world, they find their talents and insights are undervalued,” says Andi Simon, a corporate anthropologist and author of On the Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business to New Heights  

“They become frustrated, and the answer for them is to cut loose from their current situation and embark on their own journey of entrepreneurship.”  Continue reading “When Stymied By Corporate World, Women Soar As Entrepreneurs”

Bethany Payton-O’Brien Joins Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Law Firm As Partner

Bethany-Payton-OBrienTully Rinckey PLLC has announced that Bethany L. Payton-O’Brien has joined the firm’s San Diego, C.A. office as Partner. As a Partner at Tully Rinckey PLLC, she focuses her practice on security clearance representation and military law, including litigation, dispute resolution, criminal law and administrative law. She can represent clients before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, as well as military review boards and trial courts.

“I am honored to join the Tully Rinckey team and look forward to continuing my expertise in military law to help those in need of my legal services. If you are a serviceman or servicewoman facing a disciplinary hearing or a military legal matter, you can count on my sound and experienced legal representation,” said Payton-O’Brien. Continue reading “Bethany Payton-O’Brien Joins Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Law Firm As Partner”