board of directors

The Inc's Board is comprised of individuals with a diverse set of skills and backgrounds who all share the same vision of achieving gender equity in entrepreneurship, in the workplace and home. 

Motivated by their own personal experiences of struggling to balance careers, starting new businesses and raising young children and seeing so many working parents particularly other talented mothers face similar challenges, The Inc.'s Board is taking action to create a a new, supportive model for parents to work, launch businesses, network with their young children nearby in quality, flexible, affordable care all under one roof. Let's Meet the Board!

 

Eva Monsen, Board President and Founding Board Member

Eva is a data engineering consultant, business owner, wife, mom of two and an important bridge between The Inc. and the Seattle tech community. After coming close to burning out of the tech industry, she pivoted and started her consulting business. This transformative career shift allowed her to continue to do the work she loves while also remaining flexible for her family.

Through her own experience, Eva realized that career changes can be surprising and challenging (especially as a mom). She believe that The Inc. helps women move through these career transitions more smoothly by offering a supportive environment and career resources. Eva looks to share her experience along with her tech expertise and knowledge of consulting and small business ownership with The Inc. community.

 

Leo Lam, Treasurer and Founding Board Member

Leo is a technologist turned business development executive. He has over 20 years of experience in diverse industries, from the hard sciences to consumer products and fashion in both technical and business roles. The consulting firm he founded has helped Fortune 10 companies and many startups strategize and launch innovative products and services. He was a faculty in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington and he frequently guest lectures at the Foster School of Business in Entrepreneurship. As an active Angel investor, he coaches and mentors many founders, and he is a proud investor in two successful women-led companies in Seattle.
 
Having seen the difficulties that women face in the tech and business world first-hand, Leo believes that diversity creates opportunities, and leveling the playing field is important for both the women and the overall health of the economy. He believes the mission of The Inc. will empower talented women to embrace both motherhood and a fulfilling professional life.

Leo enjoys photography and lives with his wife and fur babies.

 

Melissa Imboden, Board Secretary

Melissa is a marketer-turned bookkeeper for a nonprofit tech company. As one of The Inc.'s first members, Melissa uses the coworking + playschool hub to balance work deadlines and caring for her 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son and connect with other like-minded parents since she is a recent transplant to Seattle. She believes that having a good career and being a good mom doesn't have to be mutually exclusive and feels that The Inc. understands and shares her perspective. She champions The Inc.'s mission through outreach efforts via community events, The Inc.'s newsletter and online channels.

 

June Nho Ivers, Board Member

June is a Seattle-based producer from Los Angeles via Chicago and mom of two who makes video content for peopledocumentaries, or big companies. She has heard the many struggles women face in their careers whether it's on the playground with other moms sharing their frustrations of trying to reenter the workforce after raising their children to late nights discussions with other talented female creatives and executives in the film/tv industry about how to break from industry standards and change the perception of women on camera.

June believes that if you want to make the world a better place for your kids, you need to work together with your community today. She is doing just that by contributing her production expertise to The Inc. and helping with The Inc.'s Playschool needs.

 

Stephanie Rogan, J.D., Board Member  

Stephanie is a licensed attorney, wife and mom of two who also has a background in Recruiting and Human Resources. As a Seattle transplant, Stephanie found that The Inc. was an ideal opportunity for her to network and share resources, sharpen her legal skills and help pioneer a new way to work and live that positively impacts the local Seattle economy - all while still maintaining her parental lead role in her family.

Stephanie has contributed to The Inc. by assisting with legal research, contract review, networking and pitching in the 2017 SVP Fast Pitch competition where she helped The Inc. earn a semifinalist finish. After welcoming her second in November 2017, Stephanie plans to focus on fundraising and organizational structure in 2018.

 

Sarah Beaumont Hines, Board Member + The Inc.'s Executive Director Operations  

Sarah is The Inc.'s Executive Director of Operations and a project management consultant. With a Masters in Social Entrepreneurship and her experience in Corporate HR Operations, Sarah has found the perfect opportunity with The Inc. to combine her professional experience with motherhood. Not only does Sarah work hard to create a unique space like The Inc. for other parents, but she also uses it for herself and her toddler.

Sarah has been a coworking advocate in Seattle since 2012. Over the years, she has consulted and supported other Seattle coworking spaces during their early stages and has been involved with the Women’s Business Incubator since its earlier iterations. She looks forward to shaping the future of The Inc.

 

Marlene Mejia Weiss, Board Member + The Inc.'s Executive Director Outreach

Marlene is The Inc.'s Executive Director of Outreach, a marketing/PR freelancer, wife and mom of two boys. With a background in sports marketing and licensed consumer products, Marlene didn't start cultivating her entrepreneurial spirit until her six year stint as a full-time parent. Using her previous work experience, updated skills in digital marketing and mothering “know-how” for fostering adaptability and managing chaos, she embarked on a career onramp in 2014 that included marketing projects for early stage startups and small businesses.

She realized during this time that like her other women were struggling to balance work and motherhood so she joined the The Inc.'s Board in 2016 to work on a solution. Since then, she has realized her passion for social entrepreneurship and community-building and has enjoyed supporting parents and children at The Inc.

 

Julie Fry, Board Member

Julie's passion has always been small business, building community and hosting and planning events.  After 15 years in the consumer products industry, she wanted a career that allowed her to spend more time with her young kids, so she combined those passions and created Business Among Moms (BAM). BAM provides support, education and networking through live and online events for women. Julie loves family adventures near and far with her husband Brian, and kids Maggie and Adam.
 

Kate Holmes Thompson, Board Member

Kate is a leadership and career coach, working with people to get what they want in their lives. She's particularly passionate about coaching parents to create time for themselves, work, relationships, families, and their ambitions. Prior to becoming a coach, Kate was a nonprofit consultant and led marketing teams in the food and beverage industry. When she became a self-employed working parent of two, Kate experienced the challenges of finding childcare that flexed with her needs, and felt the isolation of working from home. At The Inc., she found a community of ambitious and caring working parents that understood the daily game of caring for kids and fulfilling on professional aspirations. Kate joined the Board of The Inc. because she stands for making high quality childcare accessible and is passionate about supporting the success of working parents through new models. Kate lives in North Seattle with her husband and two young boys. 

ADVISORY BOARD

Marnee Chua, Visionary + Co-Founder 

Marnee is The Inc.'s (formerly Women's Business Incubator) Visionary + Co-Founder, Executive Director of Clarion West Writers Workshop, Co-Founder + President of Works Progress, wife and mom of two boys. She is a professional fundraiser by training and experience and has worked with non-profit organizations, educational institutions and start-up boards.

Marnee believe that women (including moms!) are valuable members of our workforce and have a lot to bring to the business world. She thinks that children need to see their moms as important members of our society, no matter where they are or what they are doing.

Marnee has been a strong coworking with childcare advocate since 2012 and remains persistent in her pursuit of sharing how this model can add value to our society and help women in need.

 

Miriam Yoon, Inc. Member + The Inc.'s Playschool Program Manager

Elise Gooi, Inc. Member + The Inc.'s Playschool Program Advisor

Ela Compton, Inc. Member + Brand Design Expert, Owner of Brand New Idea

Brooke Smith O'Connor, Inc. Member + Independent Graphic Designer