Event: The Business Value of Being a Parent

August 22, 2017 at The Riveter in Seattle

by | Aug 6, 2017 | Events, Uncategorized |

Women have made huge progress towards equal opportunity in the last 70 years.  However, when a woman chooses to step away from her career to spend time with her children, we still automatically believe they become 1950’s homemakers.  Why?  If women have been raised to think differently about their role in the world, wouldn’t the way they approach everything change?  Even the way they approach parenting?

Over more than a decade of watching parents from both inside and outside my career in professional development, I interviewed hundreds of parents and spent years teaching executives how to be better leaders.  During this time, I noticed some interesting connections between the skills we develop naturally as a parent, and the skills we need in order to be great leaders.

One question stood out above the rest: Is it possible that time spent with your children could be some of the most valuable business development training experience you could invest in to be valuable in the future?  What if it were?  How would that change the world of business?


Come join us for a glass of wine and to hear the thoughts of a panel of rockin’ female CEO’s and the Director of the UW Foster School of Business’ Center of Entrepreneurship (a guy!) as I ask them about the true value of time spent as a parent.  Yup…they are all parents too!


  • Julia Freeland, Founder, REvolve YOU


  • Amy Nelson, CEO The Riveter
  • Kristen Hamilton, CEO Koru
  • Christy Johnson, CEO Artemis Connection, UW Adjunct Faculty
  • Rob Adams, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, UW Foster School of Business
  • Holly MacNaughton, relaunched mom (to Amazon), ex-military “trailing spouse”

Men and women encouraged to join!  Although the primary motivation for this talk is to challenge old stereotypes about women, this is not just a woman’s issue.  This isn’t just a parent issue either.  This is an ALL of us issue.

6 – 6:30pm – Networking, wine and light apps

6:30 – 8pm – Keynote, panel and Q&A