Women in Business

Past Events

We are proud to promote events that focus on women's issues. The Women in Business group brings together a diverse group of successful women in business for a discussion, reception and opportunity to network and exchange ideas.

Also the women attorneys of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt regularly speak on legal issues at the request of clients and referral contacts. Topics include: employment law, trademarks and copyrights, contract law and the top ten business challenges faced by women.

Keeping Your Poker Face

On June 4, the Seattle office was transformed into a ladies-only poker room. Jill D. Schmid, Ph.D, shared gender-specific tips on keeping a poker face during negotiations and demonstrating power through body language. Those tips were out to the test with a few rounds of Texas Hold'em. Each table was staffed with a professional dealer to teach the fundamentals and share strategic tips.


On August 22, 2013, a special showing of the award winning film MissRepresentation was held, followed by a panel discussion of the representation of women in the media. Representatives from The Center for Women, Politics & Policy at Portland State University were in attendance sharing information about the Dignity Kit program.

Next in the City

On April 25, 2013, three of Seattle's most influential leaders identified and discussed key issues on Seattle's horizon. Panels were: Maud Daudon, President and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Kate Joncas, President and CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association and Diane Douglas, Executive of Seattle CityClub.

Portland's Rising Star in the Entertainment Industry and the Women who Make it Shine Brightly

On September 26, 2012, accomplished local women in the entertainment industry shared the ‎secret to Portland's rising star. Local, national and international movie, television, and gaming ‎productions turn to these preeminent women who keep Portland's star bright.‎

You Have the Right to Remain Stylish

On April 19, 2012, Kat Griffin, blogger and editor-in-chief of, presented the art ‎of defining and transitioning your professional style. A former attorney who once clicked her ‎heels on Wall Street, Kat learned the fashionable fine line between frumpy professional and ‎professionally inappropriate the hard way. She now helps women find their professional fashion ‎stride with Corporette, a nationally-recognized fashion and lifestyle blog for "overachieving ‎chicks."‎

Sip. Taste. Mingle.

On April 14, 2011, local culinary legend and director of TASTE at the Seattle Art Museum ‎Danielle Custer guided attendees on an interactive food and wine pairing to find that "bliss ‎moment" that occurs when pairing the perfect sip with the perfect bite. ‎

Facets of Going Green

On November 17, 2010, we had a panel discussion on several facets of going green. We discussed stategic sustainabilty with Regina Hauser, Executive Director, the Natural Step, tailoring and implementing green initiatives for an organization with Bonnie Gariepy, Intel Oregon Facilities and Services Site Manager, and volunteering to preserve Oregon's environment with Melissa McDonald, Executive Director, SOLV.

Sip. Taste. Mingle.

On October 21, 2010, we held a fun and interactive Wine 101 workshop with Seattle magazine wine writer and cookbook author Shannon Borg. Shannon provided insight on wine tasting and cheese pairings, showcasing outstanding wines and cheese 
made by Washington women.

Evolution of the Arts - Its Changing Role in Our Region

On November 12, 2009, we explored the changing role of the arts as it strengthens our economy, educates our citizens, and contributes to the well-being of our region. The panelists were: Virginia Willard, Business for Culture & the Arts, Elaine Calder, Oregon Symphony, and Donna Huntsman, former Board Chair of Portland Center Stage.

Keeping the Libations Flowing in a Parched Economy

On November 13, 2008, we explored the weak dollar, shrinking credit, and consumer jitters that have put the squeeze on our Northwest party with three three distinguished panelists: Diane Paulson, Cascade Peak Spirits, Maria Ponzi Fogelstrom, Ponzi Vineyards, and Karen Sheley, Widmer Brothers Brewing Company.


On October 9, 2008, the women attorneys of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt hosted a special evening at glassybaby. Lee Rhodes, owner and creative force behind glassybaby, spoke about the successes and challenges she has faced as a woman business owner. It was a time to visit with old friends, meet new ones, exchange ideas with other women in business while watching glassblowers create and display their one-of-a-kind art.

SakeOne Tour and Tasting

On May 22, 2008, a charter bus transported our guests to Forest Grove, Oregon for a tour and tasting of SakéOne.

Reduce Your Footprint (not your shoe size)

On October 18, 2007, the City of Portland's Office of Sustainable Development and business owners who have implemented sustainability programs presented ways to green your company. We also explored succession planning and the family owned business with presentations by Jennifer Kreosfky-Rodgers, Harley-Davidson - Columbia Motorcycle and Katherine VanZanten, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.

Community Service

We care deeply about our community. Some recent examples include partnering with Dress for Success-Seattle to co-sponsor various fundraisers for the organization. Attendees at our Women in Business events have also been able to support Dress for Success and women in the Puget Sound area by donating new and gently used items. We have coordinated the annual donation drive of formal wear to benefit low income high school students for Ruby Room. Recently, we supported Washington Women in Need through a portion of the proceeds of all sales at our glassybaby event.