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September Breakfast

 Megan Karch


"Maintaining a Culture of Success

Featuring Megan Karch, CEO, FareStart


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When: September 15, 2016 -  7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Where:  Women's University Club

Fifteen years ago, Megan Karch became the CEO of FareStart, an organization that addresses homelessness, joblessness, poverty, and hunger in our community with job skills training programs in the food service industry. Each year, FareStart serves approximately 800,000 meals to homeless shelters, daycare centers, and other organizations in the Seattle area. Through Megan’s leadership, FareStart has increased the number of individuals served by 400%, grown business revenues from $800,000 to $4,000,000, and has started a national expansion. In 2015 alone, 246 individuals graduated from FareStart’s culinary training program, with 91% of adult graduates achieving employment within 90 days.

Join us for breakfast as Megan takes us into the chef’s kitchen, giving us a glimpse into how the organizational culture at FareStart has enabled its phenomenal growth through clearly articulated and deeply understood organizational values that are supported and driven by the community. She will highlight the key questions to ask when building the culture of your business, for example:

  • What feeds your culture and what puts up a wall?
  • What is your role and the role of your team in maintaining the culture?

How do you demonstrate it every day?

Cool fact: Megan’s first job was working in a freezer at a Stouffer’s food plant.

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What's New


September 15 - Megan Karch, CEO of FareStart, transforming the lives of homeless and at-risk youth and adults through innovative training programs that offer pathways to employment.

September 21 - Members (and Guests) Happy Hour @Black Bottle, 5pm – 8:30pm.

October 11 - WBE October Evening Event featuring Stephanie Coontz, Professor of History and Family Studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia WA, Director of research and public education at the Council on Contemporary Families and the author of The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap. Learn More



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Photos taken by Ingrid Pape-Sheldon
Professional Photographer and Volunteer for WBE


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