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Our November WWIB Membership Meeting

November 28th   5:30 Social 5:45 Dinner at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club

*Guest welcome       *RSVP required to attend

Whatcom Women in Business is comprised of business owners and managers developing and maintaining proactive role models with in the organization and the community at large. Through teaching, learning, leadership and peer support, we strive to exemplify and promote the four areas we honor - leadership, professionalism, mentoring, and community.


Whatcom Women in Business was established in 1978, and is one of the oldest and most encompassing referral sources for business women. Whatcom Women in Business provides regular opportunities for members and guests to mentor for personal and professional growth.

We are pleased to announce the 35th Annual Professional Woman of the Year, Moonwater. Executive Director of Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center.

Since 2005, Moonwater has served as the Executive Director for Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center. She is committed to strengthening community through peaceful conflict resolution. Moonwater’s background in her field is both extensive and impressive. An experienced mediator, facilitator and trainer, Moonwater has a BA in Psychology from Whitman College and an MPA from Seattle University, where she specialized in nonprofit management. Moonwater’s leadership skills are tremendous. She is the lead instructor for the WDRC’s 40 hour Professional Mediation Training and provides customized conflict management training to numerous nonprofit organizations, tribal departments, local government, businesses and associations.

Community involvement and volunteering is important to Moonwater. She has been appointed by the Whatcom County Council to serve on a task force, recognized by Whatcom County Bar Association with the Liberty Bell Award, guest presenter for Leadership Whatcom, and in 2015,
was honored with a Ken Glass Community Builder Award. Moonwater was born and raised in San Francisco and has had the opportunity to travel the world with one of her favorite places being Italy where she was engaged. Moonwater and her husband Wes live in the county with their two young daughters Nyla and Tayen.

Since 2005, Moonwater has served as the Executive Director for Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center. She is committed to strengthening community through peaceful conflict resolution.

Moonwater’s background in her field is both extensive and impressive. An experienced mediator, facil...itator and trainer, Moonwater has a BA in Psychology from Whitman College and an MPA from Seattle University, where she specialized in nonprofit management. Moonwater’s leadership skills are tremendous. She is the lead instructor for the WDRC’s 40 hour Professional Mediation Training and provides customized conflict management training to numerous nonprofit organizations, tribal departments, local government, businesses and associations.

Community involvement and volunteering is important to Moonwater. She has been appointed by the Whatcom County Council to serve on a task force, recognized by Whatcom County Bar Association with the Liberty Bell Award, guest presenter for Leadership Whatcom, and in 2015,
was honored with a Ken Glass Community Builder Award.

Moonwater was born and raised in San Francisco and has had the opportunity to travel the world with one of her favorite places being Italy where she was engaged. Moonwater and her husband Wes live in the county with their two young daughters Nyla and Tayen.

We honor women in our business community annually through the Professional Woman of the Year Banquet & Auction Fundraiser. Fundraising from this event helps to maintain our Scholarship Program, giving $20,000 annually to women from our community pursuing their educational goals.
Whatcom Women in Business provides an environment in which I can grow personally and professionally. WWIB allows me to participate in a group of like-minded women in business and receive mentorship and support on a variety of levels. It also provides me an avenue to participate in our community through philanthropic giving. The relationships that I have created have greatly impacted my own personal mission statement as well as broadened my partnership in our community. WWIB has been one of the most rewarding networking groups that I have been apart of, and I am grateful to be a member of such a dynamic organization.  - Tally Rabatin 

Why are you a member?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Whatcom Women in Business provides an environment in which I can grow personally and professionally. WWIB allows me to participate in a group of like-minded women in business and receive mentorship and support on a variety of levels. It also provides me an avenue to participate in our community through philanthropic giving. The relationships that I have created have greatly impacted my own personal mission statement as well as broadened my partnership in our community. WWIB has been one of the most rewarding networking groups that I have been apart of, and I am grateful to be a member of such a dynamic organization. "   - Tally Rabatin 


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