Join us for a morning of inspiration, encouragement and motivation as the Seattle Sports Commission and AT&T present the fourth annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast on Thursday, October 26 at the Westin Seattle Hotel. Engage in the conversation as panelists discuss how their involvement in sports helped drive and develop them to become the leaders they are today.
Registration details to come.
Colleen McAleer makes a difference as the President of the Washington Business Alliance working with businesses, nonprofits, and policymakers to advance bipartisan problem solving. She also made history when she became the first female Commissioner in the 91-year history of the Port of Port Angeles.
Prior to her work at the Port, Colleen served in the military and led a successful commercial real estate practice. She was also a collegiate cheerleader at the Florida Institute of Technology.
Carrianne Smith is a leader in the Pacific Northwest hospitality industry. In her current role as Area Director of Sales and Marketing at Sheraton, she supports eight Starwood hotels in Alberta, B.C., Washington and Oregon. Recognized as a leader throughout her career, Carrianne has earned two nominations for Sales Leader of the Year for Starwood Hotels and Resorts of Northwest, and seven nominations for Sales Team of the Year, winning that honor in 2008.
She competed at a high level since childhood as a figure skater for the Peoria and Rockford, IL Figure Skating Clubs and as a member of the United States Figure Skating Association.
Frances Traisman oversees all aspects of Mariners ticket sales in her role as the Vice President of Sales, a position she’s held for the last nine years of her 21-year tenure with the Mariners. She also works closely with Major League Baseball on online initiatives, and currently serves as a member of the league’s committee exploring utilization of technology to enhance the fan experience.
Frances developed a competitive mindset as a gymnast and cheerleader in high school.
Alisha Valavanis oversees all business and basketball operations as the President & General Manager of the Seattle Storm. She also oversees Force10 Sports Management Agency, a business specializing in sales and promotion of athletic events for women and girls in the Seattle DMA.
Her current role draws on her extensive athletic background that includes a four-year basketball career at Chico State where she graduated as the team’s all-time leader in 3-pointers. She transitioned into coaching for her alma mater, spent time as a WNBA scout and served as Assistant Athletics Director of Development at UC Berkeley prior to joining the Storm.
Learn about panelists from past years.