Some of our past Mentorship EDGE mentors include:
As CMO and a member of the SAP Concur executive leadership team, Kim leads multi-national marketing teams responsible for omni-channel product marketing, digital, brand, communications, customer success, demand generation and market-expansion. Kim has a long history with SAP Concur, recently rejoining as vice president of global marketing centers of excellence, and from 2008 to 2013, she served as vice president of corporate marketing for Concur. Kim is passionate about breast cancer awareness and prevention, and actively serves as a board member and volunteer for the Susan G. Komen Puget Sound organization.
Lewis Carpenter is the Chief Marketing Officer for Auth0. As CMO, he is responsible for all marketing operations for the company. Lewis brings over 20 years of experience in building and leading successful companies.
Yi Ping (Y.P.) Chan
Y.P. has over 20 years of experience in business turnaround & restructuring, entrepreneurship, investment, JV & acquisitions and executive education in Greater China and the United States. He was the CEO of a small public U.S. company. Y.P. obtained his MBA and MSEE degrees from Columbia University.
President and CEO
Richard "Rich" Fabian joined FUJIFILM SonoSite in January 2017, bringing more than 20 years of Healthcare leadership experience. As President and Chief Operating Officer, Rich leads all aspects of the global business. Prior to joining FUJIFILM SonoSite, Rich served with Philips Healthcare for 15 years where he held various executive leadership roles, including Vice President of Sales and Marketing for North America, Vice President and General Manager of a Global Business Unit, and Vice President of Marketing for Imaging Systems. He built high performing teams that consistently delivered strong business results. Rich earned his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan.
Director, Management Consulting
Tony Gepner is the Director of Management Consulting for the CORTAC Group, overseeing all consulting services for clients in the Seattle area/western U.S. His expertise is in leadership, process reengineering and program management. He is a certified Lean /Six Sigma Blackbelt, and most importantly, an alumni of the UW Bothell MBA program (2005).
Director, Trading West
The Energy Authority
Scott Gleason manages all Northwest real-time trading and California ISO (CAISO) Schedule Coordinator activities that the Energy Authority conducts on behalf of its clients in the WECC. Mr. Gleason is also responsible for their energy and schedule loading. He leads daily and real-time optimization of clients' generating portfolios, which include over 600 MW of wind and solar power from Harvest Wind, White Creek Wind, Nine Canyon Wind, Combine Wills Wind, Five Points Solar and Giffen Solar Facilities.
Mr. Gleason joined TEA in 2006 an as Energy Trader executing real-time transitions. In 2008, he became Technical Coordinator, managing projects for both day-ahead and real-time power activities before being promoted to Manager of Power Management.
Prior to working for TEA, Mr. Gleason was a Fire Controlman for 10 years in the United States Navy. He holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pheonix.
President & Co-Owner
A passionate entrepreneur and leader, Thomas Goos is the President and Co-Owner of Image Source, a nationally recognized branded merchandise agency. Thomas’ key responsibilities include strategic direction, overseeing daily operations and financials as well as major client relations and supplier partnerships. With 19+ years of branded merchandise experience, Thomas is a true industry leader and expert.
Thomas is a founder and partner of Reciprocity Road, an industry buying group comprised of eight elite branded merchandise agencies. He is a Past-Chairman of the board for the branded merchandise industry’s national trade association, Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). Thomas is a former two-term President of the Northwest Promotional Marketing Association (NWPMA), a regional industry association. He was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal’s award program, 40 Under Forty. Thomas is an industry thought leader who is regularly featured in promotional products media and magazines.
Thomas has a B.A. in Marketing and Management from the University of Washington Bothell. He is a passionate endurance athlete who competes in triathlon, duathlon as well as cycling and running events. Thomas has competed in several national championships in both triathlon and duathlon and recently qualified as a member of Team USA for the Duathlon World Championships in Denmark in 2018. Thomas’ passion for real estate and cars is only rivaled by his tenacity for any competitive game or sport.
Founder & CEO
An inspirational and proven leader, Brian is the Founder & CEO of Image Source, based in Kirkland WA, and a 25 year promotional marketing industry veteran who leads by example. Known by clients and suppliers alike for his vibrant personality, Brian is a big thinker who lives by the motto “anything is possible” and is a positive influence on everyone he meets.
Brian’s passion and focus at Image Source is helping clients build brand equity and drive performance. He is also very engaged in business development, building partnerships, mentoring sales teams, recruiting great people, sales and motivational speaking, and keeping innovation and differentiation alive at Image Source.
Brian’s career has often been recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal, being named one of their Forty Under 40 entrepreneurs and business leaders, and under his leadership, Image Source was honored as one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in the state of Washington. Image Source has also been recognized as one of the Top 100 branded merchandise agencies nationally, and was previously honored by Seattle Business Magazine, Puget Sound Business Journal, Counselor, and PPB Magazine as one of Washington’s, and our industry’s, Best Places to Work.
Brian’s focus and success can be attributed to his four pillars in life: Family, Faith, Health and Business. A 1989 School of Business graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, Brian maintains an extremely active lifestyle. This includes hiking, biking, running, dog walks and his daily 5:30 am fitness classes. Brian resides in Kirkland, WA and his son Austin is a junior at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, and his daughter Bailey is a freshman at University of Oregon in Eugene, OR.
Founder & CEO
Simplicity Consulting, Inc.
Lisa is Founder and CEO of Simplicity Consulting, a marketing talent agency servicing Fortune 1000 companies. In 2011, Inc. It has been listed on Inc. 500/5000 as one of America's fastest growing private companies for three consecutive years.
Senior Director, Business Development (Western Region Head)
Ganesh Iyer, is Senior Director, Business Development (Western Region Head) at Crown Bioscience, a premier drug discovery services company focusing on oncology, inflammation and metabolic diseases. He has more than a decade of experience in life sciences business development and prior to that in research and development. He has worked in small start-ups as well as large organizations (e.g. Microsoft) and this has given him a very diverse experience that is helpful in adapting to the current constantly changing work environment. His current focus is to expand Crown's portfolio and set the company on a more strategic growth plan. Outside of work, Ganesh enjoys theater and film, trying out different cuisines and cultural experiences and walking his dog at Marymoor.
Business & Marketing Operations Program Manager
Ash is a driven, entrepreneurial, professional with a passion for optimizing processes and a thirst for interesting challenges. She has a breadth of professional experience across sales, marketing, consulting, business operations, program management and software engineering working locally and globally with startups, small businesses, non-profits and large corporations. She is an alumnus of the 2017 MBA program where she served as the President of the MBA Association and founded the Pacific Northwest MBA Conference. She is currently working as a Business and Marketing Operations Project manager at Microsoft.
Maloney Aerospace Advisors
Jay Maloney is president of Maloney Aerospace Advisors. MAA provides strategic and tactical solution development and implementation to airlines, MROs, marine, theme parks, heavy machinery and other industries.
Jay is a 30 year aerospace veteran. He began his career in aviation and aerospace when, at the age of 16, he obtained his private pilot's license. Jay worked as a licensed airframe and power plant mechanic while attending Parks Aeronautical College. After graduation, Jay instructed at the college before accepting a position at Continental Airlines in Pilot Training. His career then took him to the Pacific Northwest working for Alaska Airlines, where he rose to the position of Director of Engineering.
Jay’s next journey took him to Boeing. As a Boeing executive, he co-founded a new line of aftermarket services for Boeing Commercial Services. These service offerings set in motion the lifecycle services programs that transitioned into Boeing Global Services. At Boeing, he was instrumental in architecting new program offerings and new services platforms while providing leadership and oversight of integrated teams consisting of sales, contracts, legal, marketing and supplier management. After 17 years of dedicated service, Jay retired from Boeing in 2017.
Phillip "Flip" Morse
SVP, Corporate Resources
Flip Morse is Senior Vice President at Nintendo of America Inc. He oversees all Human Resource functions. Flip is very active in charitable causes, currently serving as board president of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Puget Sound Affiliate.
Director, Sales and Incubation, Consumer and Device Sales
Molly O’Donnell is Director of Partner Marketing, New Device Categories, Microsoft. Here she helps to identify, operationalize and scale new device categories and teams. Molly is responsible for creating a product GTM and campaign strategies for new device offerings, with the goal of taking them from incubation to mainstream adoption -- ultimately providing growth, innovation and new revenue streams for the company.
Prior to her current role she was the Chief of Staff for Microsoft’s Global Consumer Channels Group (CCG). In this Chief of Staff role, Molly served as a key communications manager, business advisor and people counselor for Jude Buckley, Corporate Vice President of the CCG global group. The CCG group consists of more than 1200 people located in 40+ countries who are in charge of marketing and selling our consumer products --Xbox, Surface, Office, Windows and Lumia Phones - to consumers around the world. CCG’s mission is to inspire consumers to choose, buy and love to use Microsoft’s products and services.
Before serving in the Chief of Staff role, Molly directed consumer influencer marketing/PR communications campaigns designed to help excite, recruit and activate fans for Microsoft’s consumer brands, namely Xbox and Windows Phones.
Molly’s awards include:
- Microsoft Circle of Excellence, and Chairman’s Award
- Obsession Award for Leadership Excellence
- Spotlight Awards: Creative Collaboration; Living the Culture
The Kavi Group
Cem is currently a Management Consultant with the Kavi group. Cem has advised clients in the private sector for 20+ years and provided consulting services in operations management, risk management, business continuity, process improvement, and project management. He has led the design, implementation, maintenance and administration of business continuity programs in the U.S. and internationally. His business continuity experience includes performing risk assessments and business impact analyses; developing recovery strategies; creating business continuity, disaster recovery, emergency response and crisis management plans; designing testing and maintenance programs; conducting exercises including walkthroughs and full-scale simulations; conducting maturity assessments and internal audits; and implementing training and awareness programs.
Cem was a Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Manager for 9 years at a large bank holding company specializing in credit cards, home and auto-loans, brokerage transaction, banking and savings products. He drove all departments to identify risks and vulnerabilities within processes, work flow and data access; worked with subject matter architects and experts to promote recoverability in architecture and design alternatives; provided project leadership between technology groups and other business functions, emphasizing regular and direct communication; and conducted quarterly testing of remote recovery functions for staff and Critical IT systems. Cem is a certified Red Cross Provider and a certified business continuity professional (CBCP) via DRII since 2007. He holds a MBA from Eastern Washington University. Cem is fluent in English and Swedish and is conversant in German.
Sr. Vice President & Business Head - Pacific Northwest
USA Global Head - Strategic Technology Business
Pritam is the business head of the Pacific Northwest region with P&L responsibility and is the global head of the Strategic Technology Business for the company. He is currently focused on transformational growth trajectory for the company in our region. Prior to joining Tech Mahindra, he has held leadership roles in Cable & Wireless, Tata Teleservices and Data Access - PCCW. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering in Computer Science from University of Pune, Masters in Marketing Management from University of Pune and a program for leadership and management from Indian Institute of Management - Calcutta (IIM-C). Pritam is devoted to diversity and inclusion with a particular interest in supporting women leaders in technology. He serves on the advisory board of several educational institutions in India.
Founder and CEO
Swift HR Solutions
“Shannon’s specialty is taking dumb, distracted entrepreneurs by the hand and showing them how to put the human systems in place to build a real company. A company that has health benefits, a comp system, a 401k, awesome recruiting, and, most importantly — values.”
Rich Barton, Chairman & CEO, Zillow.com
Shannon Swift is the CEO of Swift HR Solutions, Inc., a provider of strategic HR services and products for early stage companies. Shannon has more than twenty years of human resources experience, combined with successful executive level management and business development roles. Prior to starting Swift HR Solutions in 2004, she held executive HR roles at GoAhead Software, Nastech Pharmaceutical, and Health Team Northwest, formerly Home Health Care of Washington. She has also held senior level business development roles in outsourcing firms TriNet VCO and PMSI.
Shannon’s passion and expertise is in facilitating effective growth/building capacity in organizations. She has extensive experience in growing human resource infrastructure from start up or early-stage to mid-size, mid-stage organizations. Shannon also opened, developed, and managed TriNet VCO’s first successful branch office (in Bellevue, Washington), after which she added managing four other branch offices around the country. She works effectively with executive teams and boards of directors to ensure that all HR efforts and results are aligned with corporate values and organizational objectives.
Shannon holds a B.A. in Psychology, with a business supplement, from the University of Washington, and has achieved life time certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She is past president and a current member of the Lake Washington Human Resources Association (LWHRA), a chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and was named Chapter “Member of the Year” in 2002. Shannon is a member of Entrepreneur Organization (EO) and currently serves on the Seattle Chapter Board. She is also a current Board member of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) and served on the Board of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network (NWEN) from 2007 – 2013, where she was Chair of the organization from 2009 – 2011. Shannon was recognized as one of the 2009 “100 Top Women in Seattle Tech” by Tech Flash, and was also honored with the “Best Service Provider to Start Ups” award by Seattle 2.0. Shannon is a frequent public speaker on various human resources issues and “best practices”.
Director of Auditing
A CPA, Tom is the shareholder in charge of Clark Nuber’s audit and assurance department. His leadership, efficiency, project management skills and keen ability to present profit opportunities to small businesses make him an invaluable asset to his clients.
Jason William Therrell
Senior Vice President - Wealth Management, Portfolio Manager
Jason joined UBS in 2015, but his wealth management career started more than twenty years ago with Merrill Lynch in 1996. A lot has changed during that time, but one thing that has remained the same is Jason's commitment to helping his clients grow and protect their wealth. He partners with them in many aspects of their financial lives and takes his role as an investment advisor very seriously. Jason takes great pride in navigating each client through the best and worst economic times.
Tax Principal in Charge - Seattle
Ken has served as a trusted advisor to private businesses, their owners, and high net-worth individuals for over 28 years, providing tax, accounting and advisory services, with an emphasis in transactions within and between flow-through entities and owners.
Founder & President
Wright Wealth Management
Rob is Founder and President of Wright Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor serving clients throughout the Pacific Northwest, California and Arizona. He has 28 years of experience, and has held previous positions with Charles Schwab & Co., including Managing Director for Schwab Private Client Services and Branch Manager in Bellevue, WA. Rob is both alumni and an Adjunct Faculty member of the University of Washington Bothell School of Business, where he teaches Investments and Corporate Finance and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Business Administration with concentrations in both Finance and International Business.
Port of Seattle
Tay Yoshitani lead the Port of Seattle as its CEO from 2007 to 2014. During his time he He carried out policies set by the Port Commission. He lead the Port’s operating divisions, including the 6th largest container port in the nation, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which welcomed more than 32.8 million passengers in 2011.
From 2004 to 2007, Yoshitani served as Senior Advisor to the National Association of Waterfront Employers, providing industry expertise on port security and environmental issues. From 2001 to 2004, as Executive Director of the Port of Oakland, he led a significant expansion of both the seaport and airport, overseeing environmental permitting and planning that enabled the airport expansion to use “green building” technology. He served as Oakland’s Deputy Executive Director from 1998 to 2001. He is credited with creating the first master plan at the Maryland Port Administration, where he served as Executive Director from 1995 to 1998. As Deputy Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles, 1989 to 1995, he oversaw the creation of the West Coast’s largest dry bulk export terminal.
Yoshitani is a U.S. Army veteran and Bachelor of Science graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He earned his MBA at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He serves on the National Center for APEC Board and on the boards of Seattle civic and trade-related organizations.
Daniella Young is an organizational behavior and culture strategy consultant, and a renowned international speaker and leadership development coach. She helps CEOs and business leaders develop and employ an intentional growth culture strategy in their organizations. She gets very granular with her clients on how to strategize and execute a culture strategy, as well as how to employ tools, tactics and checkpoints along the way, so that they don’t get off track. Daniella has unparalleled insights into Organizational Behavior from real world experience.
Daniella is the host of the cavnessHR Culture podcast, where she interviews stand out leaders across industries and sectors to learn their best shared secrets for cultivating culture and developing the leaders of tomorrow.
Daniella helps to run Bunker Labs Seattle, a non-profit that helps veterans and military spouses start and grow their businesses.
Daniella is a published author, TEDx speaker, combat veteran, Army wife and mom, and has worked extensively with transitioning veterans and military spouses.