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August Breakfast

 Jessica Tonani


"Embrace the Path That Finds You”

Featuring Jessica Tonani, CEO, Verda Bio

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When: August 11, 2016 -  7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Where:  Women's University Club

Great career moves do no not always come labeled as the perfect choice. Sometimes they arrive when you need to get an extra credit at school and join a research lab or are sitting in a building lobby after being told there is not a job available. Jessica Tonani took a simple approach to finding her career path and allowed herself to explore and take risks—sometimes for the simple reason that she did not always know where she wanted to go—embracing what was in front of her. This openness to unexpected opportunities and the ability to think on her feet and adapt propelled her to the position of CEO in her own biotechnology firm and a leading consultant in the same industry.

Join us for breakfast as Jessica takes us on her journey, a little like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and learn tips she gained from:

  • Conducting business analysis, development, and strategy for Fortune 500 biotechnology companies.
  • Allowing her life to evolve.
  • Finding the humor and lessons in what otherwise seemed like chaos.
  • Helping found and sell two multi-million dollar companies.

Cool fact: Jessica helps kids with science fair projects such as making bacteria glow in the dark.

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What's New


July 27 - Members (and Guests) Happy Hour @Salty’s in West Seattle, 5pm – 8pm.

August 11 - Jessica Tonani, CEO of Verda Bio, a Seattle biotech company. Jessica is a scientist who has battled for legal change to allow scientific research into marijuana for standardization and product consistency for medical use.

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.

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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