Monthly Archives: October 2014

Sustainability Panel

Sustainability Panel

October 29th, 2014

WIB is looking forward to our next meeting with an awesome panel of women! We will be hearing from the following three professionals about sustainability in business. Join us on November 4th; it’s sure to be a treat!

1. Mountain Rose Herbs – Alyssa Lawless, Chief Sustainability Officer
Mountain Rose Herbs offers high quality organic bulk herbs, gourmet spices, loose leaf teas, essential oils, herbal extracts, and natural body care ingredients. Their extensive selection includes certified organic, fair trade, ethically wild harvested, & Kosher certified botanical products.

2. Glory Bee Foods – Shandy Buckley, Sustainability Supervisor
GloryBee started in the family garage of Dick and Pat Turanski in 1975 with a dream of providing natural, healthy ingredients for the people of their town. Dick describes those early days as “a simple family honey stand, farming honey in the backyard and processing it in the back of the garage–the deep freeze even doubled as the sales counter”. Over thirty years later, they are providing the highest quality organic and natural ingredients with the same spirit as those first years of business.

3. Good Company (Sustainability Consulting) – Kelly Hoell, Associate
Good Company is a sustainability consulting firm that helps clients measure, manage and market their sustainability performance. Their clients share their mission of making sustainability work and value both critical and creative thinking for their operations, their projects and their new ventures. Since 2001, Good Company has helped over seventy organizations in the public and private sectors improve their triple bottom line. Typically their customers are focused on long-term management of large resources and those that serve that mission. They are proud of the work their clients do and are proud of the work they do for them. They are humble enough to know that their work is never done and seek constantly to improve our methods to serve our mission


“Nike: Kris Young” Meeting

October 21st, 2014

We just finished up our second professional meeting of the term! If you couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed.

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Texas applications are due TONIGHT at midnight. Seattle applications are due November 4th by midnight. (Get the application by clicking on the appropriate slide on the main page.) Please fill it out and send to Kelly. Also, please pay your membership dues and buy a sweatshirt! 🙂

Our guest tonight was Kris Young, Senior Business Director of Footwear and Equipment Buying at Nike. She is currently in charge of 198 stores and over a billion dollars. We asked her to share a little about her journey that led her to Nike. Kris graduated from Otterbein University in Ohio with the intention of being an English teacher, and she did teach for a while in Colorado. She moved to DC and started to work for Pier One Imports. She found that, like teaching, her strengths of training and motivating people helped her as a manager. She was then recruited to work for the Discovery Channel, and eventually recruited to work at Nike.

Her advice? Find a mentor. Ultimately it is the people who invest in you that help you get to where you want to go. Seek those people out.

“I am not a functional expert. Take the time to learn from others.” – Kris Young

Kris also answered all kinds of questions from those in attendance, here are some of my favorite sound bites.

  • “You can’t really choose a wrong path.” Every choice you make will lead you somewhere. You don’t know where that might be. Remember, Kris started out as an English teacher!
  • “Be transparent with people.” Transparency breeds humility. When you are transparent, you learn better and you lead better.
  • “There’s a difference between passion and emotion. Be passionate. Don’t be emotional.” Women often forget that there’s a difference. People will respect you for passion. They will dismiss you for emotion.

Next Meeting: Sustainability! Hope to see you there!

“Internship Insights”

“Internship Insights” Meeting

October 7th, 2014

Big things are happening at WIB! We just finished our first meeting of the year with over 50 women in attendance! If you couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed.

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WIB is turning 10 years old! In celebration, we’ve planned many events, site visits, and amazing speakers for our professional meetings. We have a Pizza Social coming up on Sunday, October 12th, a volunteer event on Friday, October 17th, and site visits to Seattle and Austin on the horizon! Applications will go out tonight! Don’t miss it! Also, don’t forget to pay your member dues!

We heard from a variety of people tonight about involvement opportunities and internships. Clarice Wilsey (Senior Career Counselor, and Courtney Ball (Career Advisor, from the Career Center spoke about the resources they provide as well as tips and tricks to getting an internship. See the slides they shared here! The Career Center’s calendar of events is on our Resources page!

We also had some visitors from UOIG, John Roskos and Tyler Markgraff, to encourage women to apply! The investment group is a fantastic group for anyone interested in finance. For more information, visit their website:

For the second half of the meeting we heard from four lovely ladies who worked at various internships over the summer. Kelly Weiss, our Vice President, worked in California as a Future Sales Leader Intern for Pepsi Co./Frito Lay. Casey Livesay, our VP of Marketing, worked in Portland as a Communications Intern for the Technology Brand Operations Department at Nike. Lizeth Marin, our Contact Management Coordinator, worked in Portland as a Management Intern in the Individualist and Dresses Departments in Nordstrom. Taylor Dyer, an Senior Accounting Major, worked in Portland as an Audit Intern at PwC. We learned that there’s a variety of ways to get an internship, but ultimately, if you get the opportunity, take it! Internships are invaluable experience. As Casey said, “You might not always get your dream internship but you can always work towards it.” To sum it up:

Remember your goals, expand your network, prepare yourself for success in interviews, and write hand-written thank you notes!

Looking forward to a great year ahead! 🙂

WIB in Print!

WIB in Print!

October 5th, 2014

daily emerald

Check out the article, “Women in Business club provides an Encouraging Environment for Future Leaders”, published by Daily Emerald on Thursday about WIB! It includes quotes from our VP of Communications, Kelsey Martin, and our Vice President, Kelly Weiss. Click here to read! What a great way to kick off the year and let people know about the great club that we are!

Hope to see you all on Tuesday!