Our speaker line-up is still growing, but already full of women that will change your perspective, offer understanding and generally blow your mind!
CEO | Coach | Author
Shandel is an executive coach with a proven track record of assisting business professionals realize their personal and professional goals. She is the CEO and founder of The Shandel Group (formerly known as True Life Coaching). She has worked with all types of business professionals from entrepreneurs to employees of Fortune 500 firms. For over a decade, Shandel has coached entrepreneurs, executives, professionals, and business owners toward:
- defining and executing their mission
- strengthening their communication
- upgrading their personal operating system
Clients learn skills that stretch beyond the office walls to bring fulfillment and success to all areas of life. Shandel believes that seeking clarity on the right thing, the right way while staying focused on relationships leads to faster growth that breeds long-lasting results.
Speaker | Author | Trainer | Activator
Debra Trappen (tray-pen) lives to FIRE PEOPLE UP and is compelled to ignite passion, infuse purpose, and inspire progress!
She founded d11 to serve growth-minded leaders. Debra starts at the core by helping them uncover the BEST version of themselves – who they are, what talents and activities fuel them and their purpose, and who they are meant to serve. This translates into a life, brand, business culture, and attitude that all shine online to attract ideal connections, grow influence and can be leveraged to design a life and business that fires you up!
A sought-after speaker, educator, and author, Debra’s been spotlighted and interviewed on several platforms, publications, and media outlets, including Maverick CEO, Agent Caffeine, The Inspired Woman Project, The Money Hour, Mobile Agent TV, RETechCampus and Homes.com.
When she is not idea-storming her next adventure, reading-writing-recording in her studio, or sprinkling moxie from the stage – you will find her walking her pups, editing photos on her iPhone, watching Sci-Fi, or wine tasting with her husband for her passion project WomenOnWine.TV!
Founder | CEO
As the visionary behind DRY, Sharelle Klaus has always had a passion for the culinary world and celebrating each part of a meal – including the beverage. After having four children, she didn’t want to let a lack of wine or cocktails stop her from creating a great pairing. Klaus recognized an absence of exciting and fun, yet sophisticated non-alcoholic options in the market, and became determined to create the first line of sparkling drinks that was worthy of gourmet meal pairing and premium mixology. She believed savory and sweet flavors more commonly used in cuisine could offer exciting compliments to her favorite meals – for example, Lavender with chocolate, Rhubarb with smoked meats, or Juniper Berry with oysters. In 2005, Klaus crafted the first batches of DRY in her home kitchen using real, high-quality culinary ingredients.
Klaus brings nearly two decades of entrepreneurial, financial and technology industry experience to her role as CEO at DRY, and oversees all marketing, strategic planning and innovation for the brand. With guidance from some of the Pacific Northwest’s leading chefs and a savvy corporate team, Klaus pioneered a new category of sparkling beverages, fearlessly leading DRY’s aggressive growth in a male dominated industry, making it the fastest growing carbonated soft drink in the U.S. (according to Jan. 2015 SPINS data). Prior to founding DRY, Klaus worked as a consultant for Infrastructure Management Group and Price Waterhouse. She also served as president of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, where she drove strategic development of programs, events and fundraising for the organization’s 250+ Seattle-area members.
With a keen appreciation for humor and wit, Klaus is an avid supporter of entrepreneurship and frequently speaks at professional conferences, workshops, and the University of Washington Business School, where she also participates as a judge for the Foster School’s well-known business plan competitions. She has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the SPU Business School, the Board of Directors at the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Board of the Seattle Lung Force. Klaus graduated from Seattle Pacific University with an undergraduate degree in political science, and currently resides in Seattle, Washington where she lives with her four children and German Shepard, Lennox.
Dr. Matt, along with his wife Dr. Ama have a thriving medical practice, Angove Family Medicine in Centralia, WA.
Dr. Matt received his medical training at Bastyr University the premier medical school for natural health training and one of only five fully accredited naturopathic doctorate schools.
He did his undergraduate studies at Oral Robert’s University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Health & Exercise Science with pre-medicine emphasis. Before transferring to Oral Robert’s after his sophomore year he attended Warner Pacific College where along with nutrition studies also played basketball and ran for the cross country team.
It is his great pleasure to help people reach beyond their diagnosis and experience a life of energy and youthfulness free of disease. The experience of chronic health and chronic disease are a direct reflection of one’s daily habits compounded over time.
MARIETTE “PETE” LUCHINI
CPA | MAcct | MBA | Financial Advisor | Business Owner
Pete is a partner at the thriving accounting and financial services firm of Cordell, Neher & Company, PLLC in Wenatchee, Washington. She has worked in accounting for 13 years, developing skills to assist her clients on their path to success. Her areas of expertise include tax planning and preparation for individuals, partnerships, and corporations, financial statement services, valuation services, IRS representation, and retirement planning. She works with all types of businesses, including construction, hospitality, agriculture, healthcare, and not-for-profit organizations. Pete has a passion for finding workable solutions and thinks tax planning is fun. She and her husband also own a grocery store in Manson, Washington, a community they are proud to be a part of.
Pete has six children, ranging in age from one to 12, making having kids nearly a hobby. She enjoys watching them grow more than anything. Pete loves to travel and spend time with her family. She is known for her practicality and intrepid manner. Prior to graduate school at the University of Montana, Pete attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, meeting her husband in the nearby town of North Pole. She holds a fondness for the Pacific Northwest, homemade tamales, and a good game of Scrabble.
Attorney at Law | Principal JDSA Law
Kristin Ferrera is a principal at the law firm of Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward P.S. in Wenatchee, Washington and has been practicing law since 2008. Kristin’s law practice focuses on complex civil litigation and employment law. Kristin has broad experience assisting clients in disputes involving employment discrimination and wrongful termination, Native American law, civil rights, corporate litigation, and contract disputes. In addition to her litigation practice, Kristin also assists clients with everyday employment matters, including agricultural employment law, employee handbooks and company policies, wage and hour law, family and medical leave, disability accommodations, workplace discrimination and harassment, employment agreements, severance agreements, employee discipline and termination, employee and manager trainings, internal investigations, and best employment practices.
Kristin was born and raised in Snohomish, Washington. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a minor in Mandarin Chinese language from Western Washington University, Kristin spent two years in Gallup, New Mexico, including a year as a fifth grade teacher, and in Beijing, China where she taught English at the Beijing International Studies University. It is those experiences that drove Kristin to pursue a career in law. Now Kristin spends her time between work and raising her two young daughters who have already taught her more about the basic virtues in life than she could have ever imagined.
Kristin will be discussing the complexities of employment and human resources law as well as sharing her experiences as an ever-evolving leader both at work and at home.
Cori Bautista is a Wenatchee Valley Native who returned to Wenatchee in 2002 after attending the University of California. She started her career with a local mortgage broker, then went on to work in other areas of banking including as a loan processor and underwriter and a Real Estate Loan Representative. In 2011, Cori was recruited to work for Banner Bank where she continues to work as Real Estate Loan Officer, AVP, specializing in construction, purchase, and first time homebuyer financing. She received the Rising Star Award, and has been recognized as “Banner’s Best” in 2015 & 2016.
Cori has been a member of the Junior Service League of Wenatchee since its inception in 2008, acting as president from 2012 to 2014. Cori is passionate about mentoring and growing women in leadership, while helping to meet community needs and has devoted countless hours over the years to JSLW projects like the Diaper Drive, Baskets of Blessings, Coats for Kids, Gift of Empowerment, Toiletry Drive, Touch a Truck, Meals at Grace House & Solomon’s Porch. In 2014, JSLW awarded Cori the Cornerstone of the Community Award presented by the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce. The Women’s Resource Center recognized Cori as “Woman of the Year” in 2015 for her dedication and service to the community.
Cori is active on many community boards of directors including the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation, National Association of Professional Mortgage Women and the Pybus Public Market Charitable Foundation. She was recognized by the Wenatchee World in 2011 as one of 35 of the “Best and Brightest Business People under 35” years old.
Cori enjoys spending time at the river with her Labs, Roxi & Zoie, and Scottie Dog, Dusty. Traveling is a passion of Cori’s, with her family and friends at the heart all of her adventures near and far. While her native Hawaiian heritage takes her to the islands to visit her family often, her most recent epic adventure aboard was sailing the Greek Isles and the Coast of Turkey with friends last year. Also having frequented the stage in her younger years, she also enjoys supporting music and the performing arts in Wenatchee.