Activate You Workshop Speakers


Workshop Schedule


9:45 – 10:30

Personal Branding Workshop – Ashley Seffernick, Delightful Communications

Tapping into Your Inner Wisdom – Gretchen Remmers, Tara Mohr’s Playing Big

Fear and Belonging – Judy Lee, Judy Lee Photography & Carol Gavhane, Asha Blooms

10:45 – 11:30

Navigating the Salary Negotiation – Tori Dunlap, Her First 100K

Explore Your Money Mindset – Rachel Brooks and Sylvia Raskin, The Prosperity Agenda

How to Say No and Feel Good About It – Jennifer Malocha, Wuhoo Coaching

1:15 – 2:00

Empowering Techniques for Self-Care – Clem LaFrades, Self-Care and Empowerment Coach

Taking up Space: Civic and Community Leadership – The Seattle CityClub: Featuring Andrea Caupain, Byrd Barr Place and LaTashia Treise, Seattle Works

We All Have a TED Talk Within Us – Erin Loman Jeck

Workshop Speakers


Rachel Brooks

Rachel Brooks is Managing Director of the Innovation Marketplace at The Prosperity Agenda. TPA collaborates with partners nationally to design and test programs, services, and products that honor the lived experiences of families impacted by poverty. Our designs enable partner organizations to expand how their relationships and practices build an experience of financial equity, dignity, security, and choice. Rachel brings over 20 years of experience in social innovation and technology to her role. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Public Administration at Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Throughout her international experience, from Adobe and Microsoft to her founding leadership at Echo Mobile, Rachel has led the development of system-changing new products, services, markets, and networks.

Andrea Caupain Sanderson

For 19 years, Andrea Caupain Sanderson has worked passionately to make a positive impact on issues of racial equity and poverty. As Byrd Barr Place’s chief executive officer since 2008, she has built a strong foundation for future growth by effectively leading the organization through critical change and innovation. She is currently engaging in the complex work of building more equitable, vibrant local economies.  Through her work with Byrd Barr Place, she is supporting new approaches to services that benefit low-income people in our region.  She also advocates diligently to put disadvantaged people, equity, and communities of color at the center of a movement to advance intergenerational well-being in Washington state.  Andrea brings a strong sense of leadership and vision to Byrd Barr Place, an agency with a long legacy serving the community and providing lifeline services to the poor. Prior to Byrd Barr Place, she worked for four years for the Washington State Governor’s Commission on African-American Affairs, providing analysis and development on strategic legislative projects. Her work has also involved legislative casework for the Washington State House of Representatives. She has an MPA and a bachelor’s degree from Evergreen State College.

Tori Dunlap

Tori Dunlap is a millennial money and career expert. After saving $100,000 at age 25, Tori founded Her First $100K to fight financial inequality by giving women actionable resources to better their money.

A Plutus award winner, her work has been featured in Good Morning America, New York Magazine, Forbes, CNBC, and more.

Carol Gavhane

Carol Gavhane is co-founder of Asha Blooms, a handcrafted purposeful jewelry company dedicated to inspiring and uplifting women. Each piece of jewelry is tied to an intention to help women see themselves for who they already are – whole, complete, and powerful. She launched her business after her walk with secondary infertility, which also drove her written contribution to a published anthology called She’s Got This.

Erin Loman Jeck

Erin Loman Jeck has over ten years of experience as an executive communications consultant, specializing in leadership development and interpersonal communication. She is the CEO of Transformational Speakers Agency, an executive and TEDx speaking coach. Her lens on leadership empowers clients to positively impact their executive performance, effectively lead teams, and engage in transparent communication. She has extensive experience coaching high-level decision-makers as they manage and communicate change.

Erin’s approach to speaking is distinctive and powerful. She works one-on-one with leaders to expand their sphere of influence through a strong personal brand, presence, and powerful communication.  She utilizes the Psychology of Connection to illustrate how leaders can unlock any audience’s trust and rapport, leaving them feeling not only better about themselves, but also challenged to adopt her client’s new ideas or perspectives. Industry leaders seek Erin out to learn how to be more dynamic with their influence, especially in the C-Suite of organizations.

Erin works with senior leaders at companies including Microsoft, Boeing, Expedia, Amazon, Google, SAP, and more.  Erin has helped CEO’s pitch their startups, craft their company stories, and get funded.

Judy Lee

Judy Lee is a Women’s Portrait Photographer who creates spaces for women to reconnect with their true selves, through transformative portrait experiences and events, so they can live with more authenticity, intention, and purpose. She is also a WomanSpeak leader and guides women to find their authentic voices so they can learn to trust themselves and speak their truth. 


Jennifer Malocha

Jennifer Malocha is a nationally quoted Certified Horse Assisted Life Coach, Author, Reiki and Shamanic Healer, Inspirational Storyteller and Founder of Wuhoo Coaching. Jennifer is on a mission to enable individuals dealing with grief, trauma and negative relationships to heal, by empowering them to redefine their stories, heal their mind and body, and reclaim their identity. Her high impact keynotes, workshops, and retreats have already empowered hundreds of women and men across the nation with the tools to release deep trauma, establish healthy boundaries without anger, create more life balance and to live a life they love. Her ultimate vision is to use her gifts and experiences to spread world peace amongst humanity on a global scale.

Sylvia Raskin

Sylvia Raskin is the Program Development Manager of the Innovation Lab at The Prosperity Agenda. TPA collaborates with partners nationally to design and test programs, services, and products that honor the lived experiences of families impacted by poverty. Our designs enable partner organizations to expand how their relationships and practices build an experience of financial equity, dignity, security, and choice. Sylvia brings over 10 years of experience in participatory education to her role. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a passion for youth development. She has written curricula and facilitated trainings with over 20,000 young people and adults as a Learning and Development Trainer for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. Sylvia co-founded Immediate Justice and completed her Master of Business Administration in Sustainable Business at Presidio Graduate School.

Ashley Seffernick

With a core belief that personal branding is for everyone, it is Ashley’s goal to help others uncover and amplify their brand to achieve their professional goals. In today’s digital world your brand is out there whether or not you own it! A powerful personal brand is an important asset to individuals and companies regardless of industry, role, career stage, etc. With 15 years’ experience in learning and development formerly at Microsoft and now Delightful Communications, Ashley facilitates learning experiences that are designed to offer individuals both the art and science of Personal Branding, to ultimately help you become more discoverable, shareable and memorable.  Learn more.

LaTashia Treise (she/her)

LaTashia is the Senior Program Manager for Leadership Development at Seattle Works. She has over 11 years of experience working with non-profits in many roles and capacities with a fiery passion for the sector. LaTashia has lived in Lynwood since 2016 but grew up in a rural town in the Midwest where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Buena Vista University in Psychology, Human Services, and a minor in Sociology. After graduating, she worked at a local youth shelter working with families and teens teaching behavioral health intervention skills for at-risk teens. This is where her passion for serving others blossomed. LaTashia is also a certified Zumba instructor and taught classes at the YMCA and Curves. LaTashia has an 8-year-old son and loves to inspire civic engagement in him early on by taking him to various community opportunities.  She also loves to sing/act and has performed in theater shows in college and at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center in Seattle, most recently, as Etta James in “Dark Diva’s”.  LaTashia enjoys volunteering in the community including clean up, community events, mentoring youth, and all things field trips and classroom help at her son’s school. LaTashia’s mixed raced identity growing up in a predominately white space has fostered her passion for social justice, self-knowledge, and healing for her community.  Email LaTashia for all things volunteer leadership, undoing institutional racism, and maintaining a positive attitude wherever you go! You can reach LaTashia by emailing – laTashia[at]seattleworks[org]






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