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Improve Your Executive Presence - A candid panel conversation

  • ATLAS Workbase 500 Mercer Street Seattle, WA, 98109 United States (map)
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About The Session

In an effort to facilitate the transfer of wisdom between generations, we have convened a panel of three distinguished professionals who will share their expertise, wisdom, and knowledge with attendees.  This will be a fast paced; lively, and interactive discussion. Topics we will cover include: personal presence and gravitas, entrepreneurship and technological innovation.  You will leave this session with a few valuable nuggets of wisdom that you may apply to your career no matter where you are on your journey.

Walk away with:

  • Small changes you can implement right away

  • Body language in appropriate ways to increase your influence

  • Identifying image derailers


Grab your GA ticket below, and then find and select Improve Your Executive Presence (and any other session you’d like to attend) on the following screen:

This session is hosted by Combatting Ageism - A Social Justice Partnership.

They’re a small team of caring, committed, and thoughtful leaders of Seattle University's Graduate Executive Leadership program developing a sustainable social justice partnership to combat ageism and promote social inclusion and respect.

Speakers include:

Brenda Edwards-Charles | Founder at Black Orchid Notary

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Brenda Charles-Edwards, founder and CEO of Black Orchid Notary in Seattle, Washington, has been a Notary Public since 1992 and has just about seen it all.  But one issue has always affected her deeply: financial abuse of older adults. So as a Notary who built her career on the cornerstones of public service and advocacy, and as a businesswoman with a reputation for action, Brenda did what she does best: she got involved. She travels to senior centers, nursing homes, hospitals and other venues throughout the greater Seattle area to speak to older adults about the importance of preparing their estates (powers of attorney, advance directives, living trusts, etc.) and maintaining valid identification. “I speak to a lot of different older adult groups because they don’t know how to protect themselves, especially since a lot of the danger they face comes from their own family,” Brenda said. She is particularly interested in helping the older adults maintain valid identification documents.  Many older adults are denied Notary services because they lack acceptable ID, raising their stress level and vulnerability.  Brenda hosts a weekly internet radio show called Seniors Matter! with a variety of guests that discuss issues that impact the lives of older adults and their families. 

So, she’s also advocating for changes to the state’s Notary code to allow for loosened satisfactory evidence standards for older adults. Brenda is no stranger to legislative victories. In 2006 Brenda testified on a panel before the Washington legislature on Notary fee issues, which led to the state doubling the minimum fees for notarization to $10.

An expert in general Notary and Notary Signing Agent work, Mrs. Charles-Edwards is also a mentor for new Notaries in her state, a National Notary Association Ambassador for Washington state, 2017 Notary of the Year Special Honoree, NNA 2017 & 2018 Conference workshop presenter and is an AARP fraud Facilitator. She is also an End of Life Planning Facilitator who helps people to deepen their understanding and perspectives on death and dying.  The goal by the end of the workshop is to help one to determine exactly what their wishes are for their care at the end of life.

Ginnie Roeglin | CEO Influence Marketing

Ginnie is a former 27 year Executive with Costco Wholesale as Senior Vice President of Ecommerce, Travel & Publishing. She had P&L responsibility for 3 business areas with approximately $5B in annual revenue and over 700 employees.

Gina Hall | Director of Philanthropy

Gina Hall is a non-profit professional with 20+ years experience. Currently she’s the Director of Philanthropy for Goodwill Seattle; a front-line fundraiser, advocate for social justice and a strong track record of helping organizations implement programs to achieve their aspirational goals. Gina is passionate about non-profit organizations that empower individuals to reach their highest potential.

Jim McGinley | Founder at Youth Venture Seattle

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Jim McGinley has held executive leadership positions working globally in the high tech industry with large and small companies as well as nonprofit organizations. Active in various communities with organizations including Social Venture Partners (SVP) and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Jim has served on the boards of Executive Service Corps, Center for Ethical Leadership, CASA and Ashoka/Youth Venture.  Involved with, which is an innovation hub tapping the talent of people 50+ as a force for good. Some of his activities include leading the global launch of the Encore Fellows program with various SVP affiliates and leading the Seattle launch of the National Generation to Generation Campaign which is mobilizing 1 million adults 50+ to stand up for-and with-young people today.