Women to Watch: A night of femininity and fun

The second annual South Sound Women to Watch event was a night of celebrating our struggles and the nuances that make us unique.

Approximately 200 guests attended the Tacoma event, hosted at TREE, an eco-chic furniture company that offered an intimate and cozy setting. It was like being welcomed into a very posh home and enjoying a glass of wine and bites with your coolest girlfriends.

South Sound magazine organized the event and featured all five of the uplifting speakers within the pages of the magazine prior to bringing them out on stage. Lisa Patterson, editor-in-chief of South Sound magazine, introduced the night.

“What we do in making South Sound magazine isn’t just for us,” she said. “It isn’t just a job. It’s a labor of love, and we do it all for you: the community.”

The speakers featured were Deneen Grant, the founder of Progressive Leadership Group who refused to give into self-doubt; Emily Welborn, a stroke survivor who learned to embrace her post-stroke-self; Kim Archer, a talented singer/song writer with a passion for bringing people together; Susan Russell Hall, a talented artist who took up running in her 50s and has since completed more than 20 marathons; and Brooke Fox, co-host of MOViN’ 92.5’s Brooke and Jubal in the Morning who is dedicated to being her authentic self in the age of social media.

The overarching message of the night was one of female empowerment and celebration.

“I think that we as leaders, as women especially, have a great opportunity to lead in ways women lead – with love, with compassion, with forethought, with intention,” Archer said.

The inspiring messages and personal stories from these speakers had guests leaving the event with a smile on their faces and renewed energy to conquer their own goals.

A special thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible: Presenting Sponsor Kitsap Bank, TREE, The Doty Group, Northwest Public Broadcasting, Thurston EDC, Cascade Eye and Skin Centers, YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, Anthem Coffee & Tea, and MadCap Marketing + Creative. Thank you to our partner, Hardcastle AV. Also, thanks to Verbovski Photography, Spencer Kabelac Productions, and Pacific Grill.

If there are any exceptional women in your life you’d like to see as a speaker at next year’s Women to Watch event, please send suggestions to Assistant Editor Shelby Rowe Moyer at shelby@premiermedia.net. We hope to see you there next year.

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