WBE Executive Board
WBE is managed by its all-volunteer Board of Directors and Executive Board. The Executive Board is made up of multiple Committee Chair positions who handle the day-to-day management of WBE. Serving for a two-year term, the Chairs manage their individual committees and “Board Assists,” directing vital activities that include program development, speaker selection, breakfast registration and logistics, volunteers, and marketing communications.
Only WBE members are eligible to apply. Candidates are invited to submit their applications for open Executive Board positions during the fall recruitment period.
WBE Board of Directors
Karen Howlett, Board of Directors Chair 2008 – Present
As Chair of the Board of the Women’s Business Exchange, Karen serves on the Board of Directors providing oversight of the organization’s foundational structure, finances and strategy. Karen’s involvement in WBE Board related positions began in 2008 and includes serving as Treasurer from 2008-present. Karen owns, operates, and leads all aspects of day-to-day business for a small steel company that provides fabricated and stock steel and metal materials to contractors and erectors, primarily in the construction industry. Her expertise includes generating profitable revenue, managing cash flow, supervising employees, controlling expenses, and growing the business.
Madhu K. Singh, Immediate Past President, Board of Directors Treasurer 2011 – Present
Madhu K. Singh, Chief Legal Officer of the Foundry Law Group. An entrepreneur to the core, Madhu draws from her firsthand experience and strong community roots to help our clients build strategic legal frameworks for success.
Nikki Rausch, Board of Directors Secretary 2013 – Present
Nikki has been a member of WBE for over three years and was a part of the executive board for two years, serving at the Social Media Chair in 2013 and the VP of Membership in 2014. Nikki is now a part of the Board of Directors. Nikki is an author and founder of Sales Maven, where she teaches business owners selling and communication skills.
Naomi Kakiuchi, Board of Directors Founder’s Chair 1995 – Present
Naomi has a long history with WBE. Her past roles include both President and Chair of the Board of Directors. As Program Director Naomi serves on the Board of Directors, bringing top-level business leaders to inspire WBE’s monthly breakfast and outside classes and programs. Naomi Kakiuchi is President of NuCulinary, a culinary education company with a mission of sharing food and culture to bring people together. NuCulinary specializes in creating interactive cooking classes, parties, corporate wellness education, and teambuilding events that offer a balanced blend of food, history, nutrition, and fun.
WBE Executive Board
Inderjeet Ramgotra, President 2013 – Present
Inderjeet Ramgotra guides her patients to radiant health and relief from pain. As an acupuncturist and herbalist, she provides hands on healing to relieve pain, help you feel better and get more out of life. Inderjeet treats women’s health issues such as menstrual and menopause problems, infertility issues and much more. Acupuncture is a natural way of helping the body heal itself without relying on drugs or surgery. She practices gentle acupuncture, with none of the pain you might associate with needles. Inderjeet has helped hundreds of people live pain free with increased vitality and improved health.
Cheryl Clemans, Marketing Co-Chair 2015 – Present
Cheryl is a multi-faceted Marketing specialist proficient at collaborating with multiple stakeholders to determine audience interest and develop strategic go-to-market communication plans that align with your company’s business priorities and initiatives delivering results-oriented growth.
Amber Landry-Miller, Operations and Volunteer Management Chair 2015 – Present
Amber is a recent college graduate of Western Washington University with her degree in Cultural Studies. Amber was introduced to WBE at the age of 14 and when she entered the workforce she quickly became a member and shared her commitment that young women have access to powerful and supportive women’s networking groups just like WBE. She currently works as a Customer Service Specialist with TrueBlue Inc. specializing in staffing for events and disaster/restoration companies.
Mona Das, Membership Co-Chair 2016 – Present
Mona Das has been running her own mortgage business for the past thirteen years. She has been awarded the 5 Star Mortgage professional award consecutively since its inception. Mona announced her candidacy for Congress representing the 8th District, and hopes to be the Democratic contender opposing incumbent Dave Reichart in the 2018 election. You can support Mona at electmona.com.
In 2012, Mona graduated from Pinchot University with an MBA in Sustainable Business, where she serves on the Board of Trustees and as their Evangelista. MOXY Mortgage, led by Mona Das, NMLS #298152, is your local, women-run sustainable lending source, serving Washington, Oregon, Colorado and California.
Shoba Sriaiyer, Programs Co-Chair 2015 – Present
Shoba Sriaiyer is our new Curriculum Chair. Her eclectic business experience in the major financial markets of Tokyo and New York, her multilingual ability, her interests ranging from basketball to classical Indian dancing to dogs to financial markets and writing make for a very interesting source of ideas to draw from.
Vicki Legman, Speaker Chair 2014 – Present
For 27 years, though high energy training events, Vicki Legman has been helping organizations, teams and individuals increase effectiveness, build business relationships, communicate clearly and strengthen teams.
Jessica Breeden, Marketing Co-Chair 2017 – Present
Jessica is a brand identity designer who develops visual and storytelling strategy for online marketing and print campaigns. Specializing in social media and authentic online connections, she guides passionate small businesses to find the vision they are proud to share with the world. Fueled by an obsession with minimalism and simplicity, this brand girl can organize, plan, and launch projects effectively, with style.
Zainab Hussain, Programs Co-Chair 2017 – Present
Zainab is an intellectual property and data privacy attorney at Foundry Law Group. She thrives on the opportunity to work with innovative startups and growth businesses, to manage, protect, and leverage their intellectual assets.
Libby Fender, Sponsorship Co-Chair 2017 – Present
Libby Fender is a Wealth Strategist, serving the greater Seattle and Bellevue communities. An entrepreneur at heart, she is at her happiest when teaching business leaders how to design, improve and manage their internal financial systems.
Sara Keogh, Sponsorship Co-Chair 2016 – Present
Sara Keogh is the Branch Office Administrator for a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in the Shoreline community. Prior to working with Edward Jones, Sara worked for nine years as a Business Development & Marketing Manager for a Seattle-area law firm.
Sarah Lyu, Membership Co-Chair 2017 – Present
Sarah is a Manager at Beautycounter, an industry-disrupting leader in the safer beauty movement. Beautycounter creates safer, high-performing products for the whole family, because no one should have to sacrifice their health to look beautiful. Beautycounter has banned the use of 1,500 questionable or harmful ingredients that will never ever be used when making their products, all while ensuring their products perform and that they are as indulgent as any other luxe brand in the market. In addition to their commitment to safer beauty, Beautycounter is a certified B Corporation, putting people and planet ahead of profits. Watch this short video to learn more about Beautycounter.