Announcing our 2016 Professional Woman of the Year Banquet/Auction!

Join us for our Professional Woman of the Year Banquet and Auction on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 5:30pm at Four Points by Sheraton in Bellingham. At this event we will honor six outstanding women in our business community and reveal the 2016 Professional Woman of the Year. This is our primary fundraiser for our scholarship fund which gives $20,000 each year, as well as our charity fund. Please click the "Awards Banquet" for more information on the event including our nomination form, sponsorship info, and a link to purchase tickets.

Announcing our 2016 Professional Woman of the Year Nominees!
(click on any of the business names to learn more)


Sara Clement
Executive Sales Director, Stella & Dot
I lead an international sales organization of more than 800 women who average $3.8 million in gross revenue annually. My passion is inspiring, empowering and coaching entrepreneurs on my team to achieve personal success. I also love cooking, traveling and spending time outdoors with my husband and two sons.

Stacee Sledge 
Co-Owner/Community Manager, WhatcomTalk
Stacee is the driving force behind, a digital media company that shares positive community stories. She began her career at Better Homes & Gardens — in her hometown of Des Moines, Iowa — before moving to Bellingham in 1996. She has written for a wide variety of local, regional, and national publishers.

Julia Bozzo, Founder/Executive Director 
NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center

Julia Bozzo, founder and director of the NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center, graduated with degrees in Agriculture and the Animal Sciences. Julia has been involved with connecting horses and riders for a lifetime and is unfaltering in her dedication for sharing her experience, knowledge, property and passion for horses with others.


Caitlin Walker
Studio Owner, Barre3

Caitlin embodies what it means to live in sync with the barre3 practice. Both in and out of the studio, she strives for work-life balance while challenging herself and her clients to find overall physical and mental health. Caitlin has a diverse fitness and exercise background, having led various practices for many years - starting with step aerobics over twenty years ago! She's been a proud barre3 studio owner since 2011 and has lived in Whatcom County since 1996. She and her husband Rob,also own No.1 Automotive and Scotty Browns Restaurant. Beyond her passion for her work, Caitlin believes living her best life includes spending an equal amount of time with her husband, their two children, and their dogs. Outside the studio you'll find Caitlin reading, traveling, enjoying great food and relaxing with friends and family.

Mallina Wilson
Global Property Specialist, Keller Williams
I am a realtor serving local, national and global clients looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate. I am on the Ben Kinney Team at Keller Williams and I work with an amazing group within his team and our mission is to create a fast response, client care and exceptional service.I am passionate about the opportunities real estate affords my clients and I educate them to the market, the long and short term holding options, and investment side of building wealth with free consultations and ongoing relationship. We have 4+ client appreciation events per year where we get to mingle and stay in touch with the amazing people we have met in the process. I love being of service for my clients, their friends and family members and after being in business for many years, its fun to now help the generations! I am extremely blessed.


Maluhia Vander Griend 
Artistic Director, Dancing For Joy
Maluhia Vander Griend is Owner and Artistic Director of Dancing for Joy where, along with 28 employees, she teaches and mentors 900 student hours per week. In addition to several annual performances at the Mt. Baker Theater, the dancers do benefits to provide wells in Ethiopia. Maluhia's other businesses include ArtPeace (instruction for all ages), a Love-to-Learn preschool, and a Stomping Grounds coffee shop.

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