Transforming the Future of Women in Business

WBE is devoted to helping working women achieve more career, entrepreneurial, and business success. Our members, board chairs, keynote speakers, and class facilitators share one vision: to transform the future of women in business through education and the modeling of leadership so that today’s professional women are inspired to reach for and achieve their full professional potential. Originally founded in 1979, WBE is Seattle’s longest-running professional women’s networking organization.


Our History

WBE was founded in 1979 by Donna Nunn as a means to help working women develop better business and management skills at a time when women were still new to the professional workforce. Her approach—as unique then as it is now—was based on the belief that women are most successful when inspired by models of success and when empowered to bring their whole selves into their careers or businesses. Three decades later, WBE continues to offer working women safe harbor, friendship, fresh perspectives, and the opportunity for business and professional growth. We believe that our work at WBE—and the success of working women in America—is as critical and relevant today, as it has always been.


WBE speakers are leaders and models of success.  They are recognized, respected professional leaders and innovators within the business community, their industry, or in their area of expertise who are willing to impart their knowledge, insights, and personal stories to inspire and educate our audiences.

Our Speakers

  • Have a track record of speaking publicly in established professional or public forums—but they are not typically employed as public speakers. Instead, they’re experts, leaders, or other professionals who are comfortable and capable in the spotlight.
  • Provide knowledge, wisdom,  fresh perspectives or new ideas that will bring us closer to our vision of  “Transforming the future of women in business.”
  • Are willing to speak honestly, from the heart  (and without compensation), about what they know and what they’ve experienced in both their personal and professional lives.

Contact our speaker committee: Vicki Legman, Speakers Co-Chair 206.779.9535

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