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


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