Transforming the Future of Women in Business


WBE is devoted to supporting professional women and business owners to achieve their desired success. Our members, board chairs, keynote speakers, and class facilitators share one vision: Let’s Raise Each Other Up! Women embracing our power of leadership in business and civic life. Women positively transforming the future of work and community. Women inspired to reach for and achieve their full purpose and potential. Originally founded in 1979 on these same values, 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 support working women to 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 both practical and compassionate models of success—empowered to bring their whole, intelligent and intuitive selves into their careers and businesses. Four decades later, WBE continues to offer professional women safe harbor; authentic, meaningful relationships; fresh perspectives; and the opportunity for inspired professional and personal growth. We believe that our mission at WBE—To Raise Each Other Up—is as critical and relevant today, as it has always been.

WBE speakers are exemplary models of success. Recognized, respected professional leaders and innovators within the business community, their industry, or in their area of expertise. Our speakers 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 are not typically employed as public speakers. Instead, they are experts, leaders, 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: Piper Lauri Salogga or Tonya Peck at