Portland Networking – Stone Barn Brandyworks Event – 11.09.17

Thursday, November 9, 2017

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Women In Environment (WIE) and Stone Barn Brandyworks invite you to join them for an intimate evening at the Stone Barn Brandyworks tasting room and production facility on November 9, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This event will include networking with 25 of your fellow WIE members, two drinks featuring Stone Barn Brandyworks’ delicious spirits, select tasting, light hors d’oeuvres, and a tour of the Stone Barn Brandyworks operation.

We hope to see you there! RSVP/Event Cost – RSVP by November 6, 2017. Registration for this event is capped at 25 people.

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The cost per person is $30, which is payable in advance of the event by check or Venmo. Checks should be made out to Women in Environment and sent to Women in Environment PO Box 8301, Portland, OR 97207. For payment by Venmo please contact Teresa Jacobs at teresa.jacobs@portofportland.com.

Stone Barn Brandyworks http://www.stonebarnbrandyworks.com/ produces craft distilled, regional fruit brandies, seasonal liqueurs, and single barrel whiskeys.

Location:Stone Barn Brandyworks, 3315 SE 19th Avenue, Suite B, Portland, Oregon 97202

Parking/Transit – You are welcome to park in the Hunter Davisson parking lot, the HVAC business across Pershing Street from Stone Barn.  There is plenty of room in their lot, or there is also on street parking.

Directions – Approaching from the west – head east on SE Powell Blvd., after the railroad overpass, make a right onto SE 20th Street, (the street before the light on 21st) then your next right onto SE Pershing, and then we are down one block at 19th and Pershing. Approaching from the east – head west on SE Powell Blvd, then make a left at the traffic light onto SE 21st Ave.  Make your first right onto SE Layfayette, then your next right onto SE 20th, and then a left onto Pershing, (the street after Haig) and we are down one block.


WIE North Seattle Fall Networking – 10.26.17

Join WIE for a special Halloween themed networking event (costumes are encouraged and don’t forget to bring business cards).  A bar tab will be open to attendees and once it’s gone, it’ll be a no host bar.  Due to venue restrictions attendance will be limited to 35 people, so please RSVP!

Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Outlander Brewery and Pub, 225 North 36th Street, Seattle, WA 98103

Parking: Street parking is available

Transit: Several bus lines stop at the Fremont Bridge or 36th and Phinney, both walking distance to Outlander

RSVP here

This event is sponsored by Aspect Consulting.

This is one of four fall networking opportunities for WIE, so if you can’t make this one, please check out one of the other great events!!


Join WIE for Duwamish Alive! – 10.21.17

Women in Environment will be working at Herring’s House Park again this year as part of the fall Duwamish Alive! event with Seattle Parks, the Green Seattle Partnership, and Earth Corps.

This wonderful volunteer opportunity will be on Saturday October 21st from 10am-2pm rain or shine.

We’ll plant trees and shrubs and do other work needed to maintain this area which is vital to the habitat restoration efforts on the Duwamish River. Tools and snacks will be provided.

Please join us for as little or as much time as you can devote and invite your family and friends of any gender; the more hands the merrier!!

Learn more about Herring’s House Park here: http://www.duwamishalive.org/duwamish-sites/herrings-house-park/

If you have any questions or to RSVP, please contact Kathy Minsch at Kathy.Minsch@seattle.gov

WIE/AWG-PNW South Sound Networking and Education Event – 10.26.17

Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

We are excited to announce the first Women in Environment (WIE)/Association of Women Geoscientists Pacific NW Chapter (AWG-PNW) Networking/Education South Sound event. For the Education portion of the event we are pleased to have the 2017 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Ed Harvey, Chief of the U.S National Park Service Water Resources Division. The title of his talk is Water Resource Stewardship in the U.S. National Park Service. You can find an abstract of his talk here. We are truly honored to have this nationally recognized distinguished lecturer come to our first South Sound event. Following the lecture, we will have a Networking event. While the Education portion of the event will be capped at 60 people, the Networking portion will be opened up to additional attendees. RSVPs for the full event (Education+Networking) come with drink tickets.

Schedule Details:

5:00 to 5:30 PM Registration

5:30 to 6:30 PM Lecture

6:30 to 7:30 PM Networking/Food and Drinks

Location Information: The Social Bar and Grill is located at 1715 Dock Street, Tacoma, WA 98402.

Free parking is available in the parking garage underneath the restaurant (look for parking spaces designated for The Social Bar and Grill). Paid parking is available on Dock Street or in the parking garage at the Museum of Glass (just down the street).

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Thank you to our Event Sponsors:







Thank you to our 2017 Corporate Sponsors:


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Seattle Eastside Fall Networking Event – 10.18.17

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

You are invited to join us at our 2017 Fall Networking Event in Bellevue! Share ideas and form relationships with your community. We encourage meeting new people (bring those business cards) and developing new relationships. This free event is fun and engaging. Delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

We are meeting at CH2M’s Office in Bellevue, WA:  1100 112th Ave NE, #400, Bellevue, WA 98004.  Please note that carpooling and transit are recommended!

Parking: Parking is available at the CH2M building. Park under the South Building. Parking is $6 and up depending on duration.

Transit: Bellevue Transit Center is within walking distance three blocks south of CH2M building

RSVP here

This is one of four fall events offered by Seattle Branch of WIE.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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Portland Autumn Networking Event – Save the Date! 10.25.17

October 25, 2017

5:30 to 7:00 pm

Stoel Rives LLP

760 SW 9th Ave, Suite 3000

Portland, OR 97204


Seattle Area Autumn Networking Events – Save the Dates!

2017 Fall Save the Date


Seattle Fall Networking Events:

Women in Environment is holding several Networking Events this fall throughout the Greater Seattle Area. These are opportunities to reach out to our members who live and work both in Seattle and outlying areas. Each event will have separate invitations as they get closer. In the meantime, mark your calendars!!


October 18th – CH2M Offices: 1100 112th Avenue NE, Suite 500 in Bellevue

Duwamish Alive Volunteer Event

October 21st– Herring’s House Park: 4570 West Marginal Way SW in Seattle

South Sound

October 26th – The Social Bar and Grill: 1715 Dock Street in Tacoma. This will be a joint networking and education event with the Association of Women Geoscientists.

North Seattle

October 26th – Outlander Brewery and Pub: 225 N 36th Street in Fremont

Seattle Education Event: Planning for a Secure Financial Future – 09.21.17

wie-financial seminar header-01On September 21st, we welcome local financial advisors, Alexa Meyer and Alyssa Jarman, for a Financial Planning seminar: “Planning for a Secure Financial Future”. Alexa and Alyssa are part of the Women’s Resource Group, a community outreach program that empowers women through financial education. They equip them to make smart financial decisions for themselves and their families by promoting financial literacy through seminars, lunch-and-learns, or interactive discussions. They are passionate about the topic of how to manage finances in conjunction with family and business. They have been invited to speak at corporations such as Microsoft and Amazon, as well as community organizations like Junior League and Washington Women Lawyers to bring education to women across King County.  At this lunch-and-learn you will:

  • Gain insights on key financial topics that impact you and your family’s life, including retirement planning, insurance myths, and college funding
  • Learn how you can take control of your financial future through your company benefits and other tools at your disposal
  • Be equipped with information that will help you make better financial decisions no matter what life throws your way!

Schedule Details:

  • 11:30 – 12:00pm        Registration and Lunch
  • 12:00 – 1:00pm     Presentation & Discussion

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Thursday, September 21st from 11:30 to 1:00pm (PDT)

Anchor QEA 8th+Olive Building Main Floor Conference Room 720 Olive Way  Seattle, WA 98101

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Parking:  Paid parking at the 8th+Olive building is pricey.  We recommend using the Pacific Place lot or street parking which are less expensive.

The main floor conference room is located on the first floor just past the elevators on your right.

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Portland Education Event: High Stakes Conversations – How to Communicate Confidently – 10.04.17

Please join Women in Environment for the third event in the 2017 Krista Koehl Professional Development Series, a panel discussion on High Stakes Conversations – How to Communicate Confidently.  

 During this event, a panel of three remarkable leaders in environmental science, law, and management will discuss what can be gained when we proactively engage in the challenging conversations of our daily lives. Drawing from a wealth of experience, the panelists will share their strategies, tips, and lessons learned for succeeding in high stakes conversations as they respond to questions from the moderator and members of the audience. Have you ever felt anxious before entering a manager’s office? Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I better communicate my needs?” Do you question whether your communication style is respected and trusted by your peers? Are you looking for ways to become a more effective advocate for yourself and the people and issues you support? Do not miss this event!

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PDT

Pearl Legal Group, PC 529 Southwest 3rd Avenue #600 Portland, OR 97204

Lunch will be provided thanks to our generous event sponsor, Pearl Legal Group, PC.

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The Panelists are:

Christine Chin Ryan, Synergy Consulting, Inc., President

Christine founded Synergy Consulting, Inc., in 1988. Synergy Consulting provides comprehensive information technology software solutions to federal, commercial, and not for profit enterprises, including the Bonneville Power Administration and NW Power and Conservation Council. Christine oversees or is directly responsible for all aspects of business planning and decision-making, including marketing, financial management, personnel management, proposal writing, quality assurance, and business contract management. She is personally involved with all projects, from the selection of team members to technical project requirements, database design, testing, and system implementation. Successful Synergy projects include the custom programming of the regional Conservation and Energy Efficiency e–Commerce systems and the Pacific Northwest Hydropower Database and Analysis System.

Christine is a passionate advocate for small businesses and diverse communities. She is active in the political arena, currently serving as the Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon Budget Committee, and a Member of the City of Portland Small Business Minority Evaluator Program. She is the past Chair of the Governor’s Small Business Council and Oregon Small Business for Responsible Leadership and past Vice-chair of the Portland Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission. Christine was elected as an Oregon Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2004 and 2016. She organized “Hillary Clinton for President” campaigns within the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (APPI) and Small Business Communities and served as the Oregon State Organizer for The Women’s March on Washington in 2017.

Joan Snyder, Stoel Rives, LLP, Partner

Joan is a partner with Stoel Rives, LLP, where she concentrates her practice in the areas of environmental and natural resources law, environmental and natural resources insurance coverage, and health and safety law. Joan regularly advises clients on all aspects of state and federal cleanups, including the defense of natural resource damages claims. She also has extensive experience in the environmental aspects of real estate and business transactions, including negotiating protective contractual terms, obtaining prospective purchaser agreements that limit liability, and advising clients on disclosure obligations.

Joan previously served as the Practice Group Leader of Stoel Rives’ Environmental Land Use and Natural Resources group and on the firm’s Executive and Compensation Committees. She also served as the Chair of the Oregon Business Association Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Chair of the Environmental & Natural Resources Section of the Oregon State Bar, and Board Chair of the Classroom Law Project, a non-profit organization that works to prepare youth to become active, engaged, and informed participants in a democratic society.

Joan earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Delaware in 1978 and completed graduate studies in Environmental Engineering at Drexel University prior to earning her Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1984.

Leah Feldon, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Deputy Director

Leah Feldon entered public service at DEQ in the Office of Compliance and Enforcement in 2005 and became manager of that office in 2009. The work she performed, and later supervised, exposed her to the operation of key elements of the land, air, and water programs. Since 2009, Leah has held short-term positions within DEQ as Acting Eastern Region Administrator, Acting Eastern Region Solid and Hazardous Waste Manager, and a one-year rotation as the Air Operations Manager, in which she managed staff working on regulatory and policy work in air permitting, diesel, and greenhouse gas issues. In May 2016, she was appointed Special Advisor to the Director for Cleaner Air Oregon, an initiative by Governor Kate Brown to overhaul industrial air toxics regulations. On September 6, 2016, DEQ’s Environmental Quality Commission confirmed Leah as the Deputy Director.

Leah has served on several non-profit boards and was a founding member of three. Most recently, from 2009 to 2016, she served on the board for Women in Environment. She earned her JD degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2004 and her Bachelor of Arts from University of Dayton in Ohio in 2000.

The panel will be moderated by Jennifer Gates, Pearl Legal Group, PC, Attorney and Shareholder

Jennifer focuses her practice on environmental litigation, including cleanup disputes, natural resource damage claims, real estate transactions gone awry, and permit and other regulatory violations. She also advises clients on RCRA and Clean Water Act permit compliance. Jennifer provides efficient, cost effective, and responsive service when helping clients identify a strategy to resolve environmental issues and provides well-reasoned counsel regarding the risks and benefits of litigation. Prior to joining Pearl Legal Group in February 2016, Jennifer litigated environmental and business disputes as a partner at a Portland firm after practicing in Washington D.C. for four years.

Jennifer has served as a member of the Oregon Council on Court Procedures since 2010 and previously served on and chaired the Oregon State Bar’s Judicial Administration Committee. She earned a JD and a Master of Arts in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Iowa in 2001.

Outside of the office, Jennifer enjoys rowing with a crew on the Willamette River and backpacking with her family.


Thanks to Pearl Legal Group for hosting this event!

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WIE Visioning

WIE board members, along with a number of WIE’s founding mothers, had the amazing opportunity to spend two Saturdays in July participating in visioning sessions. Though these sessions, WIE has begun to hone the WIE mission, develop organizational goals, and conceptualize WIE’s strategy moving forward

We are incredibly thankful to Jennifer Haury who facilitated our fruitful discussions and to the Athena Place for allowing us to use their beautiful retreat center.

Please consider using All Angles Consulting for your process improvement, systems design, and leadership coaching needs. Also, the Athena Place is available for family reunions, weddings, and team building events. Both of these women-run businesses are supporters of WIE’s mission.

Wie at The Athena Place

Wie at the Athena Place