Joan Melendez

Founder and President Joan Melendez leads the team at Xcelrate UDI. She is a passionate advocate for the safety of patients and for innovation in healthcare. Xcelrate UDI is a medical device barcode scanning solution that goes beyond compliance to improve patient safety at the point of care. Where did…

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Olga Sagan

Olga Sagan is the sole owner of the nationally renowned Piroshky Piroshky. Founded in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, Piroshky Piroshky has offered hand-crafted pies to loyal fans since 1992. She was named U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2020 Washington Small Business Person of the Year, and founded Catch22Delivery in…

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Andrew Hughes

From Poulsbo, Washington, Andrew pursued the path that checked all the boxes that aligned with the socially acceptable narrative of success- from what he studied, his career, and his relationships. When failure found Andrew and the world he had constructed began to the crumble, he discovered that the foundations of…

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Aaron Burnett

Read consistently and learn constantly.   Aaron Burnett is CEO and founder of Wheelhouse Digital Marketing Group, a fast-growing digital marketing agency recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the best places to work in the United States and by both Seattle Magazine and the Puget Sound Business Journal as…

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Val Kiossovski

Involve everyone and brainstorm for new ideas. When everyone is contributing and involved, they take ownership and embrace the idea.   Val Kiossovski is a native of Bulgaria. He lived his life as a musician doing odd jobs, as any emerging artist, under communist rule. At the age of twenty-seven,…

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Erin Papworth

Integrate your intuition with your intellect and you will be a force in all you do   Erin Papworth spent thirteen years working in women’s development and behavioral science internationally. She led multi-million dollar programs across 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and successfully advocated for country-level health policy change to…

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Thor Kallestad

Stop and create time and space for your head frequently, in order to really think, and come up with meaningful insights.   Thor is a former Schlumberger Anadrill Field Engineer. He has worked extensively on the North Slope, in the North Sea and offshore Africa, in addition to numerous other…

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Geniuslink

Based out of Seattle, Washington, Geniuslink is an intelligent link management service that empowers creators squeeze more revenue out of every affiliate link they share. The software makes localizing, tracking, and managing smart links dead simple, so their customers can earn more without added work. Established in early 2009, Geniuslink…

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Katherine Dee

Generate happiness for your employees as well as clients and make them feel highly valued and loyal   Katherine Dee is a Physician and the owner of Glow MediSpa. She is a native New Yorker who moved to the pacific northwest after touring the country as a young adult. She…

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Michael Gaston

Stop trying to win every argument. Ask yourself what you really want out of the exchange, and then do whatever it takes to get that result.   Michael Gaston is the CEO and founder of Cut, a studio that produces short-form videos that drive fandom and deep engagement. With more…

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