Month: October 2013

League Members Touched by YWCA Meeting & Service Shift

By Steph Burg

On the night of Oct. 17, 20 ladies from the Junior League of Seattle gathered at the East Cherry branch of the YWCA in Seattle for an annual nonprofit meeting. Though the goals of the meeting were to share general League announcements, hear a bit from one of the members of the nonprofit, and complete a community service shift, the night turned out to be much more significant for many of the women.

Nichelle Hilton, Divisional Resources Coordinator for the YWCA in the region, spoke on the many different programs offered. From emergency housing to after school programs, food banks to domestic violence programs, social justice initiatives to young parent classes, this branch of the YWCA has so many ways volunteers can get involved.

Members of the League were surprised to find out how much need the YWCA has, especially around the holiday trifecta of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. From things as simple as providing candy, pumpkins and costumes so that children can participate in trick-or-treating regardless of their housing situation or family income levels, to providing full Thanksgiving Day baskets, helping to lead holiday cookie decorating, and providing brand new gifts from Santa to place under a tree, the community comes together at the YWCA to play a large role in improving the lives of thousands of Seattle area families.

Some of the stories Nichelle told of people helped by the YWCA were so touching and empowering that members were brought to tears. Before leaving, everyone worked together to build snack bags to hand out to children visiting the YWCA with their parents. Overall, the meeting was a great success, and everyone left committed to strengthening their own outreach goals.

For a service shift, League members put together snack bags for children who visit the YWCA with their parents.
For a service shift, League members put together snack bags for children who visit the YWCA with their parents.

Downtown Seattle Rocked the Runway

Yoana Baraschi tweed jacket and legging, from the Finerie.

By Olivia Burley

On Sept. 18, Pacific Place transformed into fashion show headquarters for Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway – with the event’s net proceeds benefiting the Junior League of Seattle.

We were welcomed with a sign to reserve our seats along the runway (a wonderful benefit for fashion show veterans!) and then feasted on mouthwatering delicacies including mini milkshakes from Johnny Rockets, chowder from Pike Place Chowder, as well as other fantastic goodies from Gordon Biersch, il Fornaio, and Mexico Cantina y Cocina. The bar included Peroni beer, O Wines, and signature cocktails featuring Sparkling ICE beverages and Proximo Spirits.

In our seats, we tapped our toes to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” as the fabulous models marched past us in what are sure to be some of the hottest looks for the fall and winter seasons. Retailers who dressed models for the show included Nordstrom, Barney’s New York, Free People, Macy’s, Mario’s, Columbia Sportswear as well as several others.

There was a decidedly Seattle-slant to the fashion selections, with wearable looks rather than fashions that needed to stay on the runway. What trends should we be on the lookout for?

  • Leather: skirts, dresses, pants, vests, embellishments

  • Oversize outerwear: flowing parkas, jackets, and scarves

  • Printed tights and leggings: everything from animal prints to graphic statements

  • Pops of color: particularly vibrant purple, yellow, and orange

  • Blazers: a variety of styles

Attendees went home with a swag bag packed full of incredible goodies to keep rocking the looks after we got home.

Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway was presented by Seattle Met and Pacific Place. Northwest Cadillac Dealer Group, Roche Bobois, Peroni, and STAR 101.5 were the event sponsors.

Reality star & marketing professional to speak at Fall Training

The Junior League of Seattle is honored to welcome two special guest speakers to the November 9th Fall Training event for members: Desiree Hartsock and Whitney Keyes.

About Desiree

Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 4.42.45 PMWe are thrilled to have new Seattleite Desiree Hartsock as one of the keynote speakers. Before Desiree met her fiancé Chris Siegfried on a reality TV dating show, graced the covers of national magazines, and our televisions, she was busy designing wedding dresses and helping brides find the perfect gown as a bridal stylist. With almost 8+ years of stylist experience, Desiree loves sharing her advice, fashion trends, stories and DIY projects on her successful blog,

Not only is she an inspiration to working women, she can add published author to her repertoire. She and fiancé Chris are co-authors of the popular and widely reviewed collection of poetry, Diamonds and Hearts. With over 300K followers on Instagram (@hartsdesire4), and an active Twitter (@OfficialDesHartsock) following, Desiree has captured the heart of many fans with her personal story of finding love and following your heart.

Desiree will share her personal story of finding love, career, and personal success, proving that as women, we really can have it all! Chris and Desiree will be selling/signing their book during this training, so bring your questions and pens! Questions? Please email Leann Sanders at or Brooke Hannaford at

About Whitney

Whitney Keyes is an international speaker, marketing expert and professor of strategic communications. For over 20 years, she has helped organizations and individuals to be more successful. Whitney has worked as a senior Microsoft manager, a strategic advisor for American Express and a marketing consultant to thousands of businesses around the world. She has also worked for the U.S. Department of State to empower women entrepreneurs in Malaysia, Kenya and Namibia. She’s the author of the book, “Propel: Five ways to amp up your marketing and accelerate business.”

While at Microsoft, Whitney managed global marketing campaigns, including the launch of Office 2000, an $8 billion business, and helped create the company’s primary philanthropy program, Unlimited Potential. Prior to that, she worked for the City of Tacoma helping over 500 small businesses stay in business and also managed her family’s retail store for many years.

Today, Whitney serves as a fellow for the Center for Strategic Communications at Seattle University and guest lectures for the University of Washington and other academic institutions. She manages a consulting practice, delivers keynotes and facilitates workshops for national organizations including the Small Business Administration. Whitney writes for business publications and produces content for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Biz Bite Blog. She also co-produced and hosted over 50 episodes of, a weekly online talk show for women. Whitney lives in Seattle, Washington, and can be reached through her website at