Southwest Seattle Business and Professional Women

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Celebrating Over 50 Years in Washington


Angelo's Italian Restaurant
601 SW 153rd
Burien, WA 98166
Phone number: 206.244.3555
Networking begins at 5:30 p.m and the meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.

“Breaking the Grape Ceiling: A Woman in Wine in a Man’s World”

Leigh McMillan is a co-owner of and winemaker at Welcome Road Winery. Welcome Road is an award-winning, boutique winery known for their Syrah and Bordeaux-style blends. Leigh started making wine in 2011, after studying viticulture and enology at Washington State University. She also works as Head of Marketing for ReachNow, which is a new premium car sharing service in the Seattle area. Leigh and co-owner Kristen Dorrity were inspired to start a winery after visits to wine country throughout France and eastern Washington. Their winery is named Welcome Road after a road near Mount Baker where they have a cabin.

Leigh will discuss her experience as a woman in the world of winemaking and we’ll have the opportunity to taste “Wine as Adventurous as You Are.” You won't want to miss this interesting and fun event.

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 22 2017, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Location: Welcome Road Winery - 3804 California Ave SW Seattle, WA 98116


Parking: Free on-street parking near the winery.

Menu: We will sample 5 different types of wine and enjoy appetizers from the Husky Deli.

Parking: Free on-street parking near the winery.

Menu: We will sample 5 different types of wine and enjoy appetizers from the Husky Deli.


April Program

museum-rendering300x150 Join us at our April Program meeting when we will learn all about the New Highline Heritage Museum, now under construction. Cyndi Upthegrove, Managing Trustee, of the Highline Historical Society will share a slide show about the new Museum, what it will include and some exciting new exhibits to watch for.

Cyndi Upthegrove is here as a representative of the Highline Historical Society, a 501 c3 non-profit headquartered in Burien. She is the Society’s Managing Trustee and, as such, has responsibility for all aspects of the organization’s operations as well as having oversight of their capital building campaign. She does this as a volunteer.

With the exception of a professional Curator and a part-time Programs Administrator, the Society has an entirely volunteer staff. Cyndi came to the Society after retiring as President of KC Enterprises, Inc., an international marketing and fundraising consulting firm headquartered in Seattle.

Date and Time: Saturday, April 01 2017, 8:00am - 5:00pm

The Sharehouse is a furniture bank for families and individuals who are transitioning from homelessness into permanent housing. It is the only program of its kind in King County.

sharehouse-crockpot-fbMoving a family or individual into an empty apartment after a period of homelessness does not take them very far from homelessness. Moving into is expensive and stressful for anyone, but especially for those who have experienced homelessness. Our program makes it possible for clients to establish a safe and secure new household, while also helping restore their dignity and self-sufficiency. The Sharehouse helps turn housing into homes by providing the most basic necessities such as beds, linens, and dishes.

Last year, working with approximately 50 member agencies throughout King County, we helped 2,342 people (including 954 children under 18) establish 1,166 new households. In doing so, we also kept more than 20,000 items donated by community members and local businesses out of our area landfills.

The basic necessities provided by the Sharehouse are critically important for families and individuals who are working hard to reclaim their lives. As one recipient said, “I wanted to tell you that you make a positive difference in people’s lives. I can’t express enough how this has helped us in rebuilding and giving more a sense of home. So here’s a big thank you from my heart to your efforts and resilience to change the world one needy person at a time.”

Member agencies report that families and individuals who have utilized the Sharehouse are twice as likely to be in stable housing after two years. As a staffer from one of our member agencies remarked, “Thank you for your support and tremendous patience with me, my clients, and their interpreters. Your staff went above and beyond what was expected. I appreciate all the work your team does in making this service available!”

Here is the list from the Sharehouse of what they would like to help out the folks who come to them.


BPW/WA Foundation Annual Meeting

Date and Time: SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017 Noon – 3:00 pm. (before 1:00 p.m.)

Location: SEIU Local 6, Airport Way S., Seattle

Phone: 206-200-8552



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