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Whitworth’s Women’s Leadership Network Launches in Seattle

June 14, 2019
The women of Whitworth elevate the university’s excellence in countless ways. In response, the Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) was created in 2019 to unite today’s leaders with those of tomorrow, empowering women to be catalysts of change in their businesses and communities, and to promote professional and personal growth.

The WLN had an incredible launch in January in Spokane and is excited to bring its mission and purpose to Seattle on Thursday, June 27th, where dozens of successful alumnae who hold positions in America’s top companies like Amazon, Boeing, Starbucks and Chase will gather for an evening of collaboration to discuss how best to lead, mentor and give to Whitworth’s future female business leaders.

Whitworth aluma and WLN co-chair Barbara Richter '77 will speak about the importance of the WLN. Richter spent 35 years with Proctor & Gamble and retired as the center of excellence leader, managing the healthcare and education segments in the U.S. and Canada for P&G Professional.

“Through a variety of activities and regional programming, the WLN will create and nurture a dynamic and diverse network of female leaders with ties to Whitworth,” says Richter. “Whether you are a current student or recent graduate; an emerging leader in your organization or retired; or an educator, pastor or business executive, there is a place for you in the WLN.”

Julie Taylor, wife of Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor and special assistant to the board of trustees, will also address the group.

Co-chair Shelly O’Quinn, ’97, chief executive officer of the Innovia Foundation, had this to say about the WLN. “As a Whitworth alum and leader in government and community development, I feel so fortunate to be a part of Whitworth’s Women’s Leadership Network. This network will provide an opportunity for women to come together and share their vast knowledge and expertise with one another. We will be able to professionally support each other and provide mentorship to America’s emerging female leaders.”

To register for the event and for more information about the Women’s Leadership Network please click here.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Stacey Smith, associate vice president, institutional advancement, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4388 or

Danika Hatcher, assistant director of development, alumni & parent relations, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4761 or