About

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 Future

The Women’s Business Exchange has had 40 great years of raising women up: Finding inspiration with and from each other; Building many fulfilling relationships to stand the tests of time; Learning and growing along the way. What a fabulous journey it has been for so many women coming and going through its doors all these years.

And at this time, WBE finds itself in continual need of greater sustainable resources: namely, volunteers to give of their time and talent, sponsors and members to fund its operating costs.

Through our recent survey, we learned that there is still interest in the heart of what WBE has provided—great speakers aside wise, authentic members/attendees. However, we also learned that the additional resources WBE is so in need of and has been asking for over the years (volunteers and sponsors) were not forthcoming. So, it is with a heavy heart that the WBE Board has decided to close this 40-year chapter in November, 2019.

We are so grateful to all the members, present and past, and board members, present and past, for all that you have invested. We are also so grateful to the many speakers and workshop presenters who have shared their professional and personal inspiration and skills with us. You have all been of valuable service to the countless women who have grown by your presence.

If you find yourself with questions or feedback, please reach out to any of our current board members—we would be happy to connect with you.

And if you are inspired to participate in Creating A New Chapter for WBE, please reach out to Cheryl Clemans directly, cheryl.clemans@gmail.com for information on an exploratory meeting scheduled for early 2020.

Sometimes an ending is exactly what a new beginning is waiting for. – Piper Lauri Salogga