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September 25-27

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“I first want to thank you dearly… I am happy to say that as of today I have new title, and I got a $15,000 salary bump… OHMYGOODNESS! I cannot be thankful enough.” ~ Past workshop participant

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Alaska Women’s Summit – Past Speakers

US SENATOR LISA MURKOWSKI

United States Senator, Alaska

Senator Lisa Murkowski is a great role model for Alaskan women. She is the first Alaskan-born Senator and only the sixth United States Senator to serve our state. Lisa is a third-generation Alaskan, born in Ketchikan and raised in towns across the state: Wrangell, Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage.

Only the 33rd woman to serve in the United States Senate since its founding in 1789, Senator Murkowski has assumed leadership roles quickly. She is the senior Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she is the ranking Republican of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee. Senator Murkowski is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee – the first Alaskan to serve on that panel – and also is a senior member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Senator Murkowski is married to Verne Martell and they have two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family in the Alaska outdoors.

SENATOR LESIL MCGUIRE

Alaska State Senator, District K

Senator Lesil McGuire grew up with those she now represents in the Legislature. With this life-long perspective, she truly understands the concerns of the people in District K in Southwest Anchorage, Alaska.

Senator McGuire graduated from Willamette University with an undergraduate degree in Speech Communication and Political Science. Following her undergraduate studies, Senator McGuire went on to work in Washington D.C. for two years as a legislative and press aide for United States Senator Ted Stevens. She subsequently obtained her Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law while clerking in the United States Attorney’s Office in Oregon. Her law degree was put to use when she came back to Alaska and worked for the firm of Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot.

When the seat in her district opened up, she took advantage of the opportunity to help her community in a unique way and decided to run for the Alaska State House. At age 29 she was elected by an overwhelming 64% of her district. In 2006, she was elected to the Senate, once again winning her election by a large margin, earning 66% of the votes. Having served in the Legislature for 12 years, Senator McGuire has dedicated her life to improving

Senator McGuire currently serves as the Chair of Senate Rules well as a member on the Senate Resources and Judiciary Committees. She is also the co-Chair of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission. Senator McGuire actively continues to expand her involvement in national legislative leadership organizations as well. She was honored to be selected for such prestigious recognitions as the Vice-President and President-elect of Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER), where she is currently co-chair of the Arctic Caucus and Chair of the Council of State Governments-WEST in 2007/08. She has also served as Chair of the Committee on the Future of Western Legislatures for CSG-West.

JANET WEISS

Regional President, Alaska BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.

Janet Weiss was named president BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. February 2013. In this role she is responsible for BP’s oil and gas exploration, development and production activities in Alaska, as well as its interests in the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

During her 27-year career, she has held various engineering and leadership positions in Alaska, North America Gas, and several global roles, including assignments as Performance Unit Leader of GOM Shelf and Performance Unit Leader of Western Wyoming. Most recently, Janet served as Vice President – Resources for BP Alaska since October 2010.

Janet started her career in Alaska as a process engineer then moved into reservoir engineering. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Oklahoma State University (OSU).

Janet serves on the Alaska Oil and Gas Association Board of Directors, the United Way Board of Directors and on the University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor’s Board of Visitors. Janet is also on the BP America Inc. Board of Directors. In addition, she is heavily involved in Habitat for Humanity.

She is married to Troy and has two children, Jessica and Stormy.

FIRST LADY SANDY PARNELL

Since becoming First Lady of Alaska in 2009, Sandy Parnell has worked alongside the Governor to promote the Choose Respect Initiative to end the epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska. She has raised awareness of the hidden crime of sex trafficking and she has testified before the Legislature in favor of laws to bring to justice those who engage in human and sex trafficking. Alaska’s children are a top priority for the First Lady, who promotes literacy and enjoys reading to students across the state. The First Lady serves as the honorary chair of the Alaska Children’s Trust.

Mrs. Parnell and Governor Parnell met while students at Pacific Lutheran University, where she graduated in 1984. They married in 1987, have two adult daughters and a son-in-law, as well as a yellow lab, Annie. They make their home in Juneau.

BRIGADIER GENERAL CATHERINE F. JORGENSEN

Commander of the Alaska Land Component Command

Brigadier General Catherine F. Jorgensen is currently serving as the Commander of the Alaska Land Component Command and also serves as the Director of the Joint Staff, Alaska National Guard and as the Chief of Staff for the Alaska Army National Guard. Brigadier General Jorgensen is responsible for providing National Guard Soldiers who are fully prepared to protect Alaska from any threat, disaster, or emergency. Brigadier General Jorgensen is also responsible for ensuring that Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers are ready to deploy worldwide and accomplish military missions in support of the national defense strategy.

Brigadier General Jorgensen received her commission in 1985 after graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the Reserve Officer Training Program at the University of Alabama, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree. Upon completion of the Adjutant General Basic Course, she was assigned to the 2nd Support Command at Nellingen, Germany. There she managed the Enlisted Assignments Branch, followed by the Administrative Services Division. She finished her Germany tour as the Officer/Warrant Officer Assignment Branch Chief then went on to complete the Adjutant General Advanced Course at Fort Harrison, Indiana. Brigadier General Jorgensen was then assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. At Fort Bragg, she was the Chief of Officer Management for the 1st Corps Support Command, after which she served as Commander of the 19th Replacement Detachment. Following Fort Bragg, she was assigned to Dugway Proving Ground, Utah where her duties included serving as the Post Protocol Officer, Assistant Operations Officer and culminated as the Installation Executive Officer. Brigadier General Jorgensen arrived in Anchorage in June 1993 for her final active duty assignment as the Operations Officer for the Anchorage Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). She left active duty in 1996 and served in the Army Reserves in Maryland. Just prior to joining the Alaska National Guard, Brigadier General Jorgensen served with the 412th Engineer Brigade out of Mississippi with duty in Heidelberg, Germany. In September 2000, she joined the Alaska Army National Guard. Her assignments with the Alaska National Guard include Military Personnel Officer, Assistant Chief of Staff, Deputy Human Resource Officer, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, J1/Human Resource Officer, and Brigade Commander.

She is married to COL (Ret) Brad Jorgensen and together they have three children Bradley (25), Roger (18) and Catherine (16). Bradley and his wife Sheila are currently stationed in Germany where he is serving with the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Roger is a freshman at Colorado State University and Catherine is a junior at Chugiak High School.

REP. CHARISSE MILLETT

Alaska House of Representatives

Rep. Charisse Millett is a lifelong Alaskan who was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in November 2008. She is serving her third term representing Anchorage’s lower Hillside area.

Creating solutions for urban and rural Alaska has been a primary focus of her public service career. She is serving her fourth year as the Co-chair of the House Special Committee on Energy. The centerpiece of the committee’s work was the State Energy Policy (House Bill 306). The State Energy Policy serves as a roadmap for Alaska’s future energy infrastructure and development.

Rep. Millett also successfully pressured the federal Bureau of Land Management to clean up dozens of old, abandoned oil and gas wells drilled by the federal government in Alaska’s arctic region. She sponsored a series of legislative resolutions that attracted the attention of Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski. The senator secured additional federal funding to accelerate remediation work starting this summer. Rep. Millett is also a tireless advocate for responsible oil and gas exploration and production in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Alaska’s outer continental shelf.

This year she successfully passed two bills for Alaskans with disabilities. HB 210 creates a statewide policy on the restraint and seclusion of students in schools and HB 211 which makes Alaska an Employment First State.

K.D. (KAREN) HAGEDORN

Alaska Production Manager for ExxonMobil

Karen is the Alaska Production Manager for ExxonMobil. She received her B.S. degree from the University of Texas at Austin and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, all in Petroleum Engineering. In 2006, Karen was honored as a Gilbreth Lecturer, named after the first woman member, by the National Academy of Engineering. Karen has served on the advisory boards of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Texas, Austin Petroleum Engineering Departments, and the University of Texas Women in Engineering Program Advisory Committee.

GAIL EVANS

Former CNN Executive and Best-Selling Author

Gail Evans is the best-selling author of Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman: What Men Know About Success that Women Need to Learn. The book was listed for several months on the New York Times, BusinessWeek, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has appeared on The Today Show and Larry King Live, and in USA Today and The New York Times.

Evans’ career is vast, beginning in government and culminating in her role as the Executive Vice President of CNN. Evans began working with CNN at its inception in 1980 and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 1996. In September 2000, she was named to Executive Vice President of Domestic Networks for the CNN Newsgroup, where she was responsible for program and talent development of all domestic networks overseeing national and international talk shows and the Network Guest Bookings Department, which schedules about 25,000 guests each year. She served as an appointed member of the CNN Executive Committee and is past chairperson of the CNN programming task force.

In addition, Evans developed three of CNN’s most popular programs: TalkBack Live, television’s first interactive live talk show; Burden of Proof, the first daily legal talk show on network television; and CNN & Company, the news talk show featuring a panel of female experts debating the top stories of the day. Evans retired from CNN in the summer of 2001 and remains a consultant to the company.

LEIGH NEWMAN

Author Deputy and Books Editor of Oprah.com

Leigh Newman is an incredibly talented Alaskan author. Her memoir Still Points North (Dial Press, 2013, Shorefast Editions 2014 ) was a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle John Leonard Prize. Currently, she serves as the Books Editor for Oprah.com and teaches creative writing at New York University. Her fiction, essays and book reviews have appeared in Vogue, Real Simple, O The Oprah Magazine, One Story, Tin House, The New York Times, The Sunday Book Review, Bookforum, Condé Nast Brides, Condé Nast Concierge, Travel Holiday, Ski, and Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel

SHANNON RUDISILL

Director of the Office of Child Care

Shannon Rudisill is Director of the Office of Child Care (OCC, formerly the Child Care Bureau [CCB]), where she has focused on raising the bar on quality in child care across the country, particularly for low-income children. From 2000 to 2007, Rudisill served as director of the Division of Technical Assistance at the CCB. As TA Director, she initiated new projects in the areas of infant and toddler care, the social and emotional development of young children, and school readiness. In addition, she built bridges between these early childhood programs and programs at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to that, she was Special Assistant to ACF Assistant Secretary Olivia Golden and worked extensively on the Clinton Administration’s child care initiative.

During her tenure as OCC director, Rudisill has promoted child care policies and practices that are child-focused, family-friendly and fair to providers. Her accomplishments include putting forward a reform agenda for reauthorization, overhauling the state, territory and tribal child care planning process, and restructuring the OCC TA network. This work has resulted in a CCDF program concentrated on improving health and safety in child care programs, strong professional development and workforce initiatives, quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) that set standards of excellence for child care providers, and a subsidy system that balances the importance of program integrity with child care access for vulnerable families. Rudisill also works closely with the Department of Education to build a high-quality, integrated early learning system through the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge. She is a graduate of Duke University and has a Master of social work degree from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.

VANESSA O’BRIEN

Mountaineer & Business Leader

Vanessa O’Brien is a world record-holding British-American climber and arctic explorer whose extensive international business experience affords her a unique take on the world. Having moved to live on her own at the age of 16, O’Brien developed a sense of responsibility early on. Determined to rise to the top, she worked extra hard “climbing” the corporate ladder, not knowing that the worst recession in living memory would lead her to face her biggest challenge yet: climbing Mt. Everest.

Despite having no mountaineering experience at all, and after only two years of training, O’Brien went on to set the women’s speed record for completing the “Explorer’s Grand Slam” – reaching the geographic North and South poles, as well as reaching the top of the highest peak on each continent – in eleven months. In March 2013, she became the fastest woman to climb the seven summits, doing so in only ten months and being one of only 54 women in the world to accomplish such a feat.

O’Brien’s focus, enthusiasm, energy, commitment, and persistence were critical to her success in the business world. She became the first person ever sponsored by GE for an executive MBA after she won their prestigious Pinnacle Award for outstanding achievement. This led to senior executive roles in finance, strategic planning, and business development in some of the world’s leading institutions including Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Bank of America, and GE Capital.

Using the metaphor of climbing, Vanessa O’Brien takes audiences on an audio and visual tour of some of the most challenging and remote places on the planet. In her customized presentations, she explores the importance of overcoming adversity by having a purpose through short-term goals. She illustrates how preparation, teamwork, staying focused to avoid risks, and applying a success-oriented mindset differentiate the winners from the losers – not just on the mountain but in business and in life.

GLORIA O’NEILL

President & Chief Executive Officer
Cook Inlet Tribal Council

Serving as President and CEO of Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) since 1998, Gloria O’Neill has led the organization’s growth in becoming one of the major social service providers in Alaska. Through rigorous attention to community-based results, Ms. O’Neill has established CITC’s national reputation as a leading innovator of effective and replicable approaches to overcoming disparities in education, employment, family preservation and substance dependency. CITC provides nearly 50 essential programs serving more than 12,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people each year.

Ms. O’Neill currently serves as a member of the University of Alaska Board of Regents. She is also a member of the Alaskan Command Civilian Advisory Board. In her role of President and CEO of CITC Enterprises Inc. (CEI), Ms. O’Neill serves as Executive Chair and board member of E-Line Ventures, LLC.

At the national level, Ms. O’Neill was appointed by former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to serve on the Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC), and is a former member of the Department of the Interior Tribal/Interior Budget Council and the Race and Ethnicity Advisory Committee of the U.S. Census Bureau. Ms. O’Neill also served as a Board member of the National CASA Association, and is a Fellow of the Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellowship Program.

Ms. O’Neill earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Alaska Pacific University, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Originally from Soldotna, Alaska, Ms. O’Neill is of Yup’ik and Irish descent.

CHARLOTTE EQRAQ BROWER

Mayor
North Slope Borough

Charlotte Brower has served as Mayor of the North Slope Borough since November 2011. Prior to her election, she was the Director of Human Resources for the North Slope Borough. Her career in the public service has also included election to the North Slope Borough Assembly, the North Slope Borough School District Board of Educations, and appointments to the Ilisagvik College Board of Trustees and the Alaska Rural Law Enforcement & Justice Commission. She has also served as the Barrow Magistrate for the Alaska Court System.

Mayor Brower is a graduate of Chemawa High School and she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Management from Alaska Pacific University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration degree.

She has been married to her husband Eugene, President of the Barrow Whaling Captains Association, for the last 40 years. They have six children and 23 grandchildren.

SHANNON O’LEARY

Director of the Office of Child Care

Shannon O’Leary is an institutional investor and business manager, with extensive experience working with ultra-high net worth families and business owners. Ms. O’Leary launched 5S Holdings in early 2013. 5S Holdings and its affiliates assist clients in navigating the challenges and changes associated with the shifting global opportunity set, growth, ownership transition, and generational succession.

Ms. O’Leary also serves as the Director of Investments at a Minnesota-based wealth advisory firm, where she manages the investment, compliance and corporate governance functions for the firm. Ms. O’Leary led the creation of an investment department, development and implementation of captive investment strategies, technology and compliance upgrade and software implementation. Ms. O’Leary provided guidance and leadership in the business’ recent ownership transition and restructuring, and she is an owner of the firm.

Ms. O’Leary previously served as a senior investment professional and strategic advisor at one of the largest family offices in the United States. During her tenure there, Ms. O’Leary served as a key family resource in the preservation and creation of family wealth. Ms. O’Leary also provided oversight and guidance to a number of related entities, including public and private foundations and closely held businesses.

Ms. O’Leary began her career as an investment analyst with Dearborn Partners in Chicago.

MEGHAN JOHNSON

Director of Learn & Grow: Alaska Quality Improvement System

Meghan Johnson is the Director of Learn & Grow: Alaska Quality Improvement System. She has over 20 years of experience working with infants and toddlers, families, educators and children with special needs. Prior to accepting the Learn & Grow Director position, she served as the training coordinator for the State Early Intervention/Infant Learning Program where she developed a comprehensive system for professional development. She holds a M.S. in Early Intervention from the University of Oregon and a post graduate certificate in Infant Mental Health from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and serves on the Alaska Infant Mental Health Board.

ABBE HENSLEY

Executive Director of Best Beginnings
Cook Inlet Tribal Council

Abbe Hensley has been involved with early learning, education, and family engagement issues for many years.

She is the founding executive director of Best Beginnings, a statewide public-private partnership that mobilizes people and resources to ensure all Alaska children begin school ready to succeed. She sits on the Alaska Early Childhood Coordinating Council, and serves on advisory groups for the Nutaqsiivik Nurse-Family Partnership, the Providence Nurse-Family Partnership, the Center for Alaska Education Policy Research, and the UAA College of Education, among others. She holds leadership positions with 90% by 2020: Cradle to Career and ARISE, two Anchorage community-based initiatives focused on improving educational outcomes.

Prior to joining Best Beginnings in 2006, Abbe spent five years as the director of outreach services for the PBS Ready To Learn Service, funded by the US Department of Education. This was a nationwide effort proven to help parents and early childhood educators increase young children’s early literacy skills and prepare them for success in school.

Abbe served on the State Board of Education and State Medical Board, as Alaska PTA president, and as National PTA Vice President for Leadership, along with other volunteer activities in Anchorage and Kotzebue.

She and her husband, Willie, have four children. Happily, they have all returned to Alaska to raise their own families.

She is committed to seeing that not only their eleven grandchildren but all Alaska children are ready for school, set for life.

ALICE N. ROGOFF

Publisher and Owner of Alaska Dispatch Publishing

Ms. Rogoff is publisher and owner of Alaska Dispatch Publishing, which produces the leading journalism site adn.com and the printed newspaper, Alaska Dispatch News.

From 1985 to 1997, Ms. Rogoff was chief financial officer of U.S. News & World Report. She also worked at the Washington Post Co. as assistant to publisher Donald Graham. Ms. Rogoff was the creator of the National Weekly Edition of the Washington Post.

From 1978 to 1980, Ms. Rogoff served in the administration of President Jimmy Carter as special assistant to the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

She holds a master of business administration from Harvard Business School.

Alice became majority owner of Alaska Dispatch in 2009, at which time she moved the organization moved into a hangar located along Anchorage’s Merrill Field Airport, where Rogoff, a licensed pilot, also houses her Cessna 206. During the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Rogoff serves as “chief pilot” for Alaska Dispatch reporters covering the race. Her mission is to create a sustainable and high-quality news source for Alaskans.

JEANINE ST. JOHN

Vice President of Lynden Logistics

Jeanine St. John is Vice President of Lynden Logistics, one of the Lynden family of multimodal transportation & logistics companies, providing service to/from & within Alaska, the Lower 48 and throughout the globe.

Jeanine has been with Lynden since 1994. Previously, she was Logistics Manager at BP Exploration, having spent 14 years with BP.

Jeanine is engaged in the community, supporting Alaska’s economic health through participation with The Resource Development Council – Executive Board, Alaska Chamber, Alaska Support Industry Alliance, and most recently was Executive Director of Keep Alaska Competitive Coalition. She is also active in civic and charitable organizations, including Junior Iditarod, Red Cross, YWCA, and is particularly honored to be the chairman for the Armed Services YMCA’s Salute to the Military, where outstanding members of the Armed Services are recognized for their dedication, honor and service to our country.

Jeanine has lived in Alaska for 34 years, has been married to Al for 32 years, and has 2 wonderful sons, 2 terrific daughters-in-law, 2 adorable grandsons, and a granddaughter on the way!

STEPHANIE BERGLUND

Chief Executive Officer of Alaska’s
Child Care Resource and Referral Network

Stephanie Berglund is the Chief Executive Officer of thread, Alaska’s Child Care Resource and Referral Network. She is responsible for overseeing the statewide thread network, and helping to advance and improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of early care and education in Alaska. She has experience working on social public policy, creating innovating partnerships, and improving the quality of services in Alaska. Ms. Berglund holds additional leadership positions around advancing early care and education. Her leadership positions include member of the Alaska Early Childhood Coordinating Council, member of the Alaska Association for the Education of Young Children Board of Directors, Public Policy Committee member for Child Care Aware of America, and the United Way 90% by 2020 leadership steering committee. In 2011, she was named one of Anchorage’s top 40 under 40. Ms. Berglund lives in Anchorage with her husband and 9-year-old daughter. She is deeply committed to improving the quality of life for children and families in Alaska.

DR. SUZANNE (SUE) PERLES

CEO of Girl Scouts of Alaska

Dr. Suzanne (Sue) Perles is CEO of Girl Scouts of Alaska (GSAK). She brings a wealth of relevant experience to her role, having served in high-level management roles and on board of directors, for both the private and non-profit sector organizations. Sue has also been very involved in youth programs, having founded, raised funds for, and managed volunteers for the Southern California Children’s Speed Skating School, an after-school program giving local children from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn an Olympic sport. Sue was a national ranked speed skater and has been a volunteer coach and referee.

Originally from Boston, Mass., Sue lived in Fairbanks as a teenager. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University where she has served on the Board of Trustees, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and was the first female Rhodes Scholar from Alaska, earning her doctorate from Oxford University in economics.

Sue has been CEO of GSAK since October 2012. “The members of the board of Girl Scouts of Alaska consider Sue Perles to be an inspiring leader, excellent communicator, and superb manager,” said Jane Angvik, former GSAK board chair and current Camp Signing Hills capital campaign chair. “She is very able to oversee the human and financial assets of Girl Scouts, to expand community investment in Girl Scout programs, and to oversee the construction of new educational facilities. Sue’s education is rich, her professional experience has been successful, and her volunteer endeavors are diverse.”

About GSAK:

GSAK is the proven leadership development program for girls in grades K-12. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills and cooperation with others. With the help of more than 1,500 adult volunteers, GSAK serves nearly 6,000 girls from Bethel to Ketchikan. For information, visit girlscoutsalaska.org.

Mission: Building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

DIANE KAPLAN

President and CEO
Rasmuson Foundation

In 2001, Diane Kaplan was named president of the Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the Pacific Northwest. She began administering the Foundation in 1995. From 1994-2001, Diane’s consulting company provided management and government relations services to philanthropic and nonprofit organizations and Native corporations and tribes. She was previously president and chief executive officer of Alaska’s 28-station public radio network. Diane earned a degree in communications and women’s studies from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating summa cum laude. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She attended executive management programs at the Wharton School, Stanford University and UC Berkeley.

Diane was appointed by Governors Murkowski, Palin and Parnell to the Alaska Children’s Trust and currently serves as its Chair. Diane is a member of the board of the Alaska Community Foundation and a founding board member of United States Artists. She is an advisory board member of the Anchorage Schools Foundation, University of Alaska Honors College, Philanthropy Northwest and a member of the National Center for Family Philanthropy Issues Advisory Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Anchorage Rotary Club. In 2014, Diane received the Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council. She was awarded the Ted Stevens Award from First Alaskans Institute in 2013. Diane received the Distinguished Grantmaker Award, the highest honor awarded by the Council on Foundations, in 2007. In 2006, she received the Denali Award from the Alaska Federation of Natives, the highest honor given to a non-Native person. Her community contributions have been recognized by the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, YWCA, and Anchorage Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Society.

TINA PIDGEON

General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs GCI

Tina plays an instrumental role in GCI’s growth and development by guiding the company’s strategy and negotiations on new business ventures. She leads a department that is responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s regulatory, legal and governmental strategies, and manages all contract negotiations and litigation.

Tina previously served as GCI’s vice president of federal regulatory affairs in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the company in 2003, she practiced law with the firm Drinker Biddle, representing telecommunications companies before the FCC and state regulatory commissions. In recognition of her leadership and achievements, Multichannel News named her to their 2013 “Women to Watch” list of cable industry executives. She is a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications and an active participant in its mentoring program, as well as the Federal Communications Bar Association, and Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers.

Tina, her husband Tim Fitzpatrick, and their daughters Paige and Jillian reside in Anchorage. She enjoys exploring playgrounds with her family; reading books that makes her think, cringe, and cry; and sharing good dinners with friends.

Tina received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.

DIANNE BLUMER

Commissioner

Commissioner Dianne Blumer is dedicated to ensuring an Alaska workforce ready to meet the business and industry demands of the state, in an environment of opportunity that provides good jobs.

Blumer, a life-long Alaskan, was appointed by Gov. Sean Parnell in 2012. For more than 20 years she has served the State of Alaska, including leadership positions as director of the Division of Personnel and Labor Relations and deputy director of the Child Support Services Division. She also served as a special assistant to Governor Parnell, advising on regulation and policy for three Departments: Administration, Revenue and Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

Blumer is co-chair of the Alaska Prisoner Re-entry Task Force, and serves on the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Board of Directors and the Alaska Workforce Investment Board.

DEBBIE REINWAND

President/CEO Bradley Reid + Associates

An Alaskan since 1968, Debbie came to our great state when her father accepted a teaching position at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Her family later moved to Juneau where they all became involved in public policy.

Debbie became a political reporter for two Alaska newspapers, while her father became chief of staff to a governor, and later a US senator before opening a lobbying business. Her mother was a state labor analyst, and her sister joined their father in the lobbying arena.

Nearly 20 years ago, after serving as executive director of two pro-development organizations – the Resource Development Council and the pro-ANWR organization Arctic Power, Debbie joined the state’s largest marketing firm, Bradley Reid + Associates.

At Bradley Reid, she and her business partner, also a “reformed” journalist from the television side of the aisle, have continued to grow the business in new and exciting directions. The company generally eschews political candidates and applies their expertise to issues campaigns, but in 2010, when Sen. Lisa Murkowski lost a primary battle to Tea Party radical Joe Miller, Debbie and John turned to the Senator and offered their help.

They were successful in securing the election of the first write-in candidate for a US Senate seat in more than 50 years.

Bradley Reid represents many state leaders including ConocoPhillips, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, Alaska Tourism, the Alaska Permanent Fund, CIRI Alaska Tourism, and Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union.

KARINNE WIEBOLD

Economist, DOLWD, Research and Analysis

Karinne Wiebold is an economist with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development in Juneau, where her work is regularly featured in the Alaska Economic Trends magazine. Prior to joining the State of Alaska, she worked in housing and community development in Colorado. In Boise, Idaho, Karinne covered the Idaho Legislature as a reporter for NPR News91 and interned with the Idaho Department of Commerce and Labor.

She was born and raised in Fairbanks with her four younger sisters and after a nice long period in the Lower 48, she is delighted to be back in Alaska where she belongs. Karinne enjoys the good life in Southeast Alaska kayaking, hiking, fishing, and picking berries. You can contact her at karinne.wiebold@alaska.gov.

LYNN BARRETT

Alaska Representative for DIRTT (Doing It Right This Time) Environmental Solutions

Lynn Barrett is the Alaska Representative for DIRTT (Doing It Right This Time) Environmental Solutions. DIRTT is the largest manufacture of pre-fab modular interior construction in North America. Lynn is a second generation Alaskan who practiced commercial interior design for more than 25 years. It was during this time that she became passionate about sustainable design and interior construction. In 2006 Lynn joined the DIRTT Team and began to modernize the Alaskan construction industry. The DIRTT Solution is a sustainable approach to building out interiors. Previously unimagined mass-custom modular solutions now offer speed, design performance and environmental sustainability for the built environment.

Lynn is Past President of the Alaska Chapter-USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), Past President of the Alaska Chapter- ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), served 3 years as a board member for the Cascadia Green Building Council, and is currently a board member of the NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction). Lynn enjoys sharing her passion and educating people on the many benefits of sustainable design and construction.

HILARY A. MORGAN

CEO of the YWCA Alaska

Hilary A. Morgan is the CEO of the YWCA Alaska. She is nationally recognized as a leader in the fields of homelessness, housing, diversity and women’s issues. No stranger to the for-profit world Morgan spent her younger years on Wall Street and founded Resourceful Results, LLC, a program and systems architecture company specializing in transformational solutions to persistent social justice challenges with clients in New York, Washington, DC and Alaska.

Among her numerous awards and achievements are a Rockefeller Next Generation Leadership Fellowship, the Mayor’s Award for Public Service (Anchorage, AK), the Citizen of the Year Award by the National Social Workers Association and the YWCA/BP Alaska Woman of Achievement award. Morgan is also the author of Nuts and Bolts of Effective Task Force Development: An Analysis of a Community Task Force on Homelessness and producer of Homeward Bound, A Way to a Better Life.

PATTI BOZZO

Vice President / Alaska Commercial Real Estate

Patti Bozzo leads a team of five commercial real estate industry specialists and business associates focused on meeting the specialized financial needs of Alaska developers and contractors.

Bozzo has been with Wells Fargo for 24 years, joining the company as a teller in Northern California. She has been helping Alaska business customers succeed financially for the last 13 years as a business relationship manager and commercial real estate industry specialist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University in Sacramento.

Bozzo is actively involved in the community, serving as a board member for Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, Aleutian Financial Incorporated, and YWCA Alaska. She also serves as a housing committee member for the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation’s Live. Work. Play. initiative.

GRACE GREENE

Totem Ocean Trailer Express
General Manager Alaska operations

Greene brings over 15 years of professional experience managing a wide range of activities from complex oil and gas exploration logistics, aviation operations and safety in remote Arctic Alaska, to business development and consulting. Most recently, Greene was responsible for leading all aviation logistics operations in the Alaska Venture for the Shell Exploration and Production Company.

Greene received her bachelor’s degree in Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy and served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a helicopter pilot and Aircraft Commander. During her service she held various leadership roles in Operations and Logistics as well as Director of Safety and Standardization.

MAVER CAREY

President/CEO the Kuskokwim Corporation

Maver Carey, a shareholder of TKC, has been with the company for twenty years (since 1994), serving in a variety of positions before becoming President/CEO in 2003. She also oversees and serves on the Kuskokwim Educational Foundation board of directors, a non-profit scholarship foundation benefiting shareholders and residents of the Kuskokwim region.

She has built TKC’s revenue from $1.6M revenue stream in 2004 to over $96M through diversifying TKC’s portfolio with business acquisitions, forming partnerships, hiring and overseeing the right management team, establishing 8(a) government contracting companies and operating companies. TKC went from overseeing a $9M stock and bond portfolio and 4 real estate property partnerships to forming 2 subsidiary holding companies and 7 operating subsidiary operations throughout the U.S. over the course of 11 years.

Raised in Fairbanks and Anchorage, Maver Carey is of Yup’ik Eskimo and Athabascan Indian descent, with family ties to Aniak. She is a 1985 graduate of Robert Service High School and a 1990 graduate of Gonzaga, University in Spokane Washington.

She is a Leadership Anchorage graduate, was selected as Top 40 under 40, an Athena Society Award winner in 2011, Rotarian of the Year for Anchorage Gateway Rotary in 2014 and is the current President Elect.

REP. CATHY MUÑOZ

House of Representatives – District 31

Personal: Born in Juneau, June 23, 1964; married (Juan); two children (Mercedes and Matthew); Member, Holy Trinity Church.

Education: Juneau-Douglas High School graduate 1982; Bachelor of Arts in political science, University of the Pacific, 1986.

Political/Government: House of Representatives (2009 to present); House Finance Committee member; Chair, Finance Subcommittee for University of Alaska; Chair, Finance Subcommittee for Department of Environmental Conservation; chairwoman, House Community and Regional Affairs Committee; member of the House Resources, Transportation, and Economic Trade and Tourism committees. Member of the Finance Subcommittees for the departments of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Education and Early Development, and Labor and Workforce Development. Appointed to The Council of State Governments, International Committee; CSG-West, Fiscal Affairs Committee; and, National Council of State Legislatures, Labor and Economic Development Committee. Three terms, City and Borough of Juneau Assembly, chairwoman, Finance Committee, Human Resources Committee; liaison to the Juneau School Board; Juneau Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, the Trails Working Group; Affordable Housing Commission.

Business/Professional: Small business owner; member, Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau, Juneau Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army Advisory Board.

TAMIAH LIEBERSBACH

Women’s Economic Empowerment Center Coordinator
YWCA Alaska

Tamiah Liebersbach is an economist with YWCA Alaska and runs their Women’s Economic Empowerment Center. In her role, she oversees training and counseling targeting barriers faced by women in the areas of financial management, small business development, and career enhancement. Tamiah teaches courses in these 3 focus areas that are offered through the Women’s Economic Empowerment Center. She also directs YWCA Alaska’s Gender Pay Gap Initiative, whose goal is to eliminate the gender pay gap in Alaska by 2025.

Tamiah is a lifelong Alaskan. She earned bachelor’s degrees in international economics and international banking and finance from Franklin University Switzerland and a master’s of science in development economics from the London School of Economics. Before joining YWCA Alaska, Tamiah ran a small Swiss non-profit that supported sustainable agriculture and micro-business training for women in Malawi and Zambia.

Some of Our Past Participants:

Janet Weiss
President, BP Alaska

Sophie Minich
CEO, CIRI

Katherine Gottleib
CEO, Southcentral

Karen Hagedorn
Alaska Production Manager, ExxonMobil

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