Seattle Female Leaders Discuss Their Paths to Success
On September 5th, Zulily was proud to partner with Reign FC for a thought leadership event, celebrating and highlighting leadership skills from Seattle leaders, including women in STEM, sports and business. This discussion was led by Kelly Wolf, with Celia Jiménez Delgado, Kat Khosrowyar, Jana Krinsky and Angela Dunleavy-Stowell. Our panel addressed a variety of topics, including mentorship, leadership, impostor syndrome, advocacy and unconventional advice. Following the discussion and audience Q&A, attendees had the opportunity to meet Celia Jiménez Delgado, Bev Yanez. Morgan Andrews, Bethany Balcer, Lauren Barnes, Michelle Betos, Darian Jenkins, Megan Oyster, Taylor Smith and Morgan Proffitt of Reign FC! Attendees were also able to take a professional headshot, courtesy of Zulily’s hardworking studio team. We’d like to thank all who were able to attend, as well as the Zulily staff whose efforts made this event a success.
“As you grow in your career, you are being sought for your leadership and critical thinking skills, and for your ability to diagnose and solve problems, not regurgitate facts.” – Kelly Wolf, VP of People at Zulily
“I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for my mentors. We need to push more, take more risk to support each other and come together as a community. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, we all need to work together.” – Kat Khosrowyar, Head Coach at Reign Academy, former Head Coach of Iran’s national soccer team, Chemical Engineer
“I am not a developer, but currently mentor a female developer. She drives the topic, and I act as a sounding board. Working on a predominately male team, she needed a different confidante to work through issues, approach, development ideas and career path goals.” – Jana Krinsky, Director of Studio at Zulily
“During meetings, I sometimes tell myself, ‘should I be here? I’m in over my head.’ And I sort of have to call bull**** on myself. I think we all need to do that.” – Angela Dunleavy-Stowell, CEO at FareStart, Co-Founder at Ethan Stowell Restaurants
“When you have confidence in yourself, when you think ‘I’m going to own it, this is going to happen because I’m going to make it happen,’ it matters. As women, we can’t use apologetic language like ‘Sorry, whenever you have a second, I would like to speak to you’ — we don’t need to be sorry for doing our jobs. Women need to start changing those sentences to, ‘when would be a good time to talk about this project?’ and treating people as your equal, not as someone who’s above you.” – Celia Jiménez Delgado, right wing-back for Reign FC + Spain’s national soccer team, Aerospace Engineer
“We all have to find our courage. Because if you want to grow and be in a leadership role, that’s going to be a requirement. I think identifying that early in your career is a great way to avoid some pitfalls, down the road.” – Angela Dunleavy-Stowell, CEO at FareStart, Co-Founder at Ethan Stowell Restaurants
Thanks to Celia Jiménez Delgado, Kat Khosrowyar, Jana Krinsky, Angela Dunleavy-Stowell and Kelly Wolf for this engaging panel! We’d also like to give a big thanks to FareStart, Reign FC and Reign Academy for supporting this event. This would not have been possible without the many volunteers from Zulily as well as all the attendees for making the night a success!
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