"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." – Helen Keller
Motivated by their own personal experiences of struggling to balance careers, starting new businesses and raising young children and seeing so many other working parents particularly talented mothers face similar challenges, The Inc.'s Board is taking action to create an innovative and supportive model where parents can work while their young children learn and play nearby all under one roof.
Board of Directors
Kate Holmes Thompson, Board President
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.
Leo Lam, Treasurer and Founding Board Member
Leo is a technologist turned business development executive. 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.
Kim Thomas, Board Member + The Inc.'s Program Manager
Kim is The Inc.'s Program Manager and brings her deep experience in supporting growing organizations. She spent a number of years developing programming, resources and engagement for members of Farestart's Catalyst Kitchens - a national network of culinary job training organizations.
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.
June Nho Ivers, Board Member
June is a Seattle-based producer and mom of two who makes video content for people, documentaries and big companies. 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. 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.
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.
Marlene Mejia Weiss, Founding Board Member + former Executive Director of Outreach
Marlene was an critical piece of launching The Inc. as a founding board member and eventually as Executive Director of Outreach for over 2 years. She is a marketing/PR freelancer with a background in sports marketing and licensed consumer products. Marlene blends her unique experience in business development, strategic partnerships, content strategy and marketing project management to foster growth for early stage startups and small businesses.
Eva Monsen, Founding Board Member + Tech Professional
Eva is a data engineering consultant, business owner, wife, mom of two and an important bridge between WBI and the Tech community. After coming close to burning out of the Tech industry, she pivoted and started her consulting business, Sunrise Data. This transformative career shift allowed her to continue to do the work she loves while also remaining flexible for her family.
Ela Compton, Inc. Member + Brand New Idea LLC
Ela's speciality and passion is creating authentic brands for private and public entities - large and small. User interaction and audience perspective drive her work for any brand. Ela gives form to an idea and help brands stand out across all media (digital, print, ambient etc.). She is also a mom and wife, an avid yoga and meditation practitioner, serial entrepreneur and artist.
Brooke Smith O'Connor, Inc. Member + Design Professional
Brooke specializes in design for brochures, magazines, sales literature and annual reports. She partners with researchers, engineers, and UX to deliver on a full suite of branding and communication needs. Her clients receive the foundational brand tools that propel their business forward to see results and realize their business goals.