CO-LEADS

Alicia Redmond |    Contact Alicia    Alicia brings skills in product strategy, operations, and leadership development with demonstrated experience working in technology and engineering. Alicia works at Microsoft as a product manager focused on innovations in learning. She credits her Lean In Circle (together since 2013) with helping her identify her unique leadership strengths and feel comfortable demonstrating them in her life.

Alicia Redmond | Contact Alicia

Alicia brings skills in product strategy, operations, and leadership development with demonstrated experience working in technology and engineering. Alicia works at Microsoft as a product manager focused on innovations in learning. She credits her Lean In Circle (together since 2013) with helping her identify her unique leadership strengths and feel comfortable demonstrating them in her life.

Ashlea Elliott |    Contact Ashlea    Ashlea is a subject matter expert in gender dynamics, leadership, inclusion, human rights, and inequalities across cultures. She has spoken in Congress and the United Nations to promote the the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and has trained leaders from 140+ countries. She Owns  Ashlea A Elliott Consulting  which provides subject matter expertise, customized capacity building workshops, and Diversity and Inclusion Strategy to clients. She is currently accepting new clients. Ashlea has been a part of Lean In Seattle for four years and serves as a Co-Lead. She designed and implemented the Inclusion & Diversity Strategy which resulted in the organization being named the most strategically diverse and inclusive chapter in the world. Her free time is spent traveling the world with her wife, leading a 100-country peace-building team, advocating for resources to end Malaria.

Ashlea Elliott | Contact Ashlea

Ashlea is a subject matter expert in gender dynamics, leadership, inclusion, human rights, and inequalities across cultures. She has spoken in Congress and the United Nations to promote the the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and has trained leaders from 140+ countries. She Owns Ashlea A Elliott Consulting which provides subject matter expertise, customized capacity building workshops, and Diversity and Inclusion Strategy to clients. She is currently accepting new clients. Ashlea has been a part of Lean In Seattle for four years and serves as a Co-Lead. She designed and implemented the Inclusion & Diversity Strategy which resulted in the organization being named the most strategically diverse and inclusive chapter in the world. Her free time is spent traveling the world with her wife, leading a 100-country peace-building team, advocating for resources to end Malaria.

 

STRATEGY TEAM

Laura Espriu |    Contact Laura    Laura is a women’s advocate by heart. She is the founder of  Laura Espriu Coaching & Consulting  and the creator of the Dare with Grace™ program, designed to help women boost their confidence by connecting with their strengths. She is currently working at T-Mobile in the Executive Development team where she helps to increase the representation of female and underrepresented groups at executive levels. She is also the founder of the Latinas in Seattle Circle and is on a mission of helping other Latinas to raise their game by embracing their culture. Within Lean In Seattle Chapter, she helps to run the D&I strategy for the chapter and acts as the liaison with Lean In HQ. In her free time she enjoys exploring the world and trying food from different countries with her husband.

Laura Espriu | Contact Laura

Laura is a women’s advocate by heart. She is the founder of Laura Espriu Coaching & Consulting and the creator of the Dare with Grace™ program, designed to help women boost their confidence by connecting with their strengths. She is currently working at T-Mobile in the Executive Development team where she helps to increase the representation of female and underrepresented groups at executive levels. She is also the founder of the Latinas in Seattle Circle and is on a mission of helping other Latinas to raise their game by embracing their culture. Within Lean In Seattle Chapter, she helps to run the D&I strategy for the chapter and acts as the liaison with Lean In HQ. In her free time she enjoys exploring the world and trying food from different countries with her husband.

Anna Briant |    Contact Anna    Anna is a passionate leader in the technology industry. Women’s advocate, aspiring chef, swimmer, and French cultural enthusiast are a few ways to describe her passions. Anna works at SAP Concur as a Data Analyst, visualizing data in Tableau for sales executive, interpreting data trends using SQL, and building machine learning models. For Lean In Seattle, Anna drives overall strategy of the chapter including leading operational planning, recruiting & on boarding new members, and facilitating team communication as a Chapter and Strategy Lead.

Anna Briant | Contact Anna

Anna is a passionate leader in the technology industry. Women’s advocate, aspiring chef, swimmer, and French cultural enthusiast are a few ways to describe her passions. Anna works at SAP Concur as a Data Analyst, visualizing data in Tableau for sales executive, interpreting data trends using SQL, and building machine learning models. For Lean In Seattle, Anna drives overall strategy of the chapter including leading operational planning, recruiting & on boarding new members, and facilitating team communication as a Chapter and Strategy Lead.

 
Elis (Fernandez) Salamone |    Contact Elis    Elis was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Connecticut by her single mom. In 2014 she retired from the military after 27 years of service (Army, Army Reserves, Air Force), two deployments, and 7 assignments. Elis has two Master's degrees and serves the Native American community as a Medical Practice Manager/Nurse Practitioner for the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority. She is an administrator for the Lean In Women Veterans Facebook page with over 2600 members and an active leader in the Lean In Seattle chapter. Elis lives outside Tacoma, WA with her son. She’s an avid traveler, interior design/photography enthusiast and social media contributor.

Elis (Fernandez) Salamone | Contact Elis

Elis was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Connecticut by her single mom. In 2014 she retired from the military after 27 years of service (Army, Army Reserves, Air Force), two deployments, and 7 assignments. Elis has two Master's degrees and serves the Native American community as a Medical Practice Manager/Nurse Practitioner for the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority. She is an administrator for the Lean In Women Veterans Facebook page with over 2600 members and an active leader in the Lean In Seattle chapter. Elis lives outside Tacoma, WA with her son. She’s an avid traveler, interior design/photography enthusiast and social media contributor.

Shweta Patira |    Contact Shweta    Shweta is a leader in the technology industry, has worked on cutting edge tech for 10+ years and is currently a Director of Engineering at Coupang. She is a constant learner - a scuba-diver, a mixologist, a professional makeup artist, a graphics designer in the making, and most recently an aspiring marathoner! Shweta has lived in Asia, the Middle-East and America and has seen first-hand the role patriarchy, race, gender, and intersectionality play in holding humans back. She leads the Data Analytics & Win Celebration Team.

Shweta Patira | Contact Shweta

Shweta is a leader in the technology industry, has worked on cutting edge tech for 10+ years and is currently a Director of Engineering at Coupang. She is a constant learner - a scuba-diver, a mixologist, a professional makeup artist, a graphics designer in the making, and most recently an aspiring marathoner! Shweta has lived in Asia, the Middle-East and America and has seen first-hand the role patriarchy, race, gender, and intersectionality play in holding humans back. She leads the Data Analytics & Win Celebration Team.

 

LONG-TIME CONTRIBUTORS

Shellie Willis |    Contact Shellie    Shellie Willis is the Director of Quality Assurance and Certification at Workforce Central, the public workforce development council serving employers and job seekers in Tacoma and Pierce County. Previously, Shellie served as Workforce Central’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, where she oversaw veteran employment strategies. Shellie is also the Founder of “ Redefining You Foundation ,” a non-profit organization that supports, empowers and transforms the mindsets of transitioning servicewomen, women veterans, and military spouses to redefine their lifestyles and perspectives following military service. She is a Retired Master Sergeant and 25 year veteran of the US Army and holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Maryland.

Shellie Willis | Contact Shellie

Shellie Willis is the Director of Quality Assurance and Certification at Workforce Central, the public workforce development council serving employers and job seekers in Tacoma and Pierce County. Previously, Shellie served as Workforce Central’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, where she oversaw veteran employment strategies. Shellie is also the Founder of “Redefining You Foundation,” a non-profit organization that supports, empowers and transforms the mindsets of transitioning servicewomen, women veterans, and military spouses to redefine their lifestyles and perspectives following military service. She is a Retired Master Sergeant and 25 year veteran of the US Army and holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Maryland.

Di Whitman |    Contact Di    Di is a management consultant with experience in business analysis, data analytics, and information systems. She volunteers as head of mentorship curriculum development for Thriving Elements, a non-profit program for underrepresented female high school students interested in studying and entering careers in STEM. She is also passionate about Asian American identity, particularly for adult immigrants and 1.5 generation immigrants from China. For Lean In Seattle, Di leads the Social Inclusion team and contributes organizational vision for the chapter.

Di Whitman | Contact Di

Di is a management consultant with experience in business analysis, data analytics, and information systems. She volunteers as head of mentorship curriculum development for Thriving Elements, a non-profit program for underrepresented female high school students interested in studying and entering careers in STEM. She is also passionate about Asian American identity, particularly for adult immigrants and 1.5 generation immigrants from China. For Lean In Seattle, Di leads the Social Inclusion team and contributes organizational vision for the chapter.

 
Nadezda Zavitaeva |    Contact Nadia    Nadezda (Nadia) has served as the Official Photographer for Lean In Seattle for two years. She brings a wealth of photography expertise to the team, and has demonstrated her capacity to capture moments of engagement, dialogue and inclusion over and over. Nadia captures moments of connection and inclusion in our community that have been shared around the world. She is the Owner of  Vivid Photo Art  and is accepting new clients at this time.

Nadezda Zavitaeva | Contact Nadia

Nadezda (Nadia) has served as the Official Photographer for Lean In Seattle for two years. She brings a wealth of photography expertise to the team, and has demonstrated her capacity to capture moments of engagement, dialogue and inclusion over and over. Nadia captures moments of connection and inclusion in our community that have been shared around the world. She is the Owner of Vivid Photo Art and is accepting new clients at this time.

Christine Owner |    Contact Christine    Christine is a marketing and communications professional who helps people and businesses reimagine their future. A warm and professional storyteller, she provides transformational counsel to people in all stages of life and across the business spectrum. In her financial services career, Christine proved a high-wattage generator of ideas at firms such as Silicon Valley Bank, Barclays Global Investors, Visa, and Charles Schwab. Her roles included global leadership of marketing and communications programs as well as coach and mentor to junior staff. Her passion is working with women to make success a self-fulfilling phenomenon. For Lean In Seattle, her focus is on women’s advancement and empowerment, specifically teaching negotiation skills for career promotions and compensation increases.

Christine Owner | Contact Christine

Christine is a marketing and communications professional who helps people and businesses reimagine their future. A warm and professional storyteller, she provides transformational counsel to people in all stages of life and across the business spectrum. In her financial services career, Christine proved a high-wattage generator of ideas at firms such as Silicon Valley Bank, Barclays Global Investors, Visa, and Charles Schwab. Her roles included global leadership of marketing and communications programs as well as coach and mentor to junior staff. Her passion is working with women to make success a self-fulfilling phenomenon. For Lean In Seattle, her focus is on women’s advancement and empowerment, specifically teaching negotiation skills for career promotions and compensation increases.

 

LEGACY CHAPTER LEADS