Laurie McDonald Jonsson is principal and board member of Stellar Holdings, an international real estate development/investment company and president, CEO & Founder of Stellar International and Stellar International Networks. Laurie was the co-founder of travel industry businesses including Sundance Cruises, Admiral Cruises and Stellar Travel. Business board directorships include the Puget Sound Bank and founding director of Expedia.com and Commerce Bank that successfully went public during her directorship.
Laurie has helped build and manage businesses in the travel industry, cruise ship and real estate business, including co-founding Sundance Cruises and Admiral Cruises and co-owning Stellar Travel. She was one of the first women owners in the cruise ship business, handling everything from supervising construction contracts to actual sailing’s to the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Scandinavia, and the Caribbean.
Laurie enjoys leading Stellar International Networks—a company whose mission is to link women leaders of the world to create new approaches and concrete actions on a range of issues that concerns all people. In 2006 and 2008 Stellar International Networks successfully organized women leaders delegations to China with Senator Maria Cantwell.In addition to China, Laurie organized and led delegations with Senators Patty Murray and Cantwell to Cuba, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and South Africa.
Appointed chair of the Governor’s Executive Women’s Council under then Governor, now, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke; founding chair of the Center for Women and Democracy, University of Washington and awarded a US presidential appointment to the board of the National Women’s Business Council and founding board member of the Washington State Women’s Forum of the International Women’s Forum organization. Awarded the 2005 “Women Who Make A Difference” award and received the “Leading Women Entrepreneur of the Year” award in Monaco.
Laurie currently serves on USC Marshall School of Business Board of Leaders; the advisory council of the Women Presidents’ Organization; is a long time member of the Committee of 200 (C200) and former executive committee member of Harvard University JFK School of Government – Women’s Leadership Board.
Carol Bailey Medwell, Foundery & Attorney at Law, Carol Bailey and
Carol Bailey, the founder of the law firm and Integrative Family Law, has been in private practice in Seattle since 1991. Before that, in 1979, she was licensed to practice law in Texas, which is a community property state like Washington. She brings a unique perspective to the practice of family law. For a decade her practice was serving as a Guardian ad Litem in complex divorce and family law cases. A Guardian ad Litem is a professional whose job it is to represent the best interests of children. The Guardian ad Litem is appointed by the court and serves the court in a fiduciary capacity. Carol was previously licensed to practice law in Texas,
which is a community property state like Washington.
She brings a unique perspective to the practice of family law. For a decade
Carol’s practice was serving as a Guardian ad Litem in complex family law
cases. Having deeply studied the nature of conflict and the long-term impact of
conflict on children and families in particular, she brings a unique
perspective to the role of the legal professional in resolving transitions and
difficulties in relationships. Prior to
immersion in children’s issues, Carol practiced law as a general family law
attorney representing clients with complex estates and child custody
issues. In addition to this experience, Carol is trained as a mediator, most recently attending the University of Washington Law School Foundation training in 2005. She also offers Facilitative Divorce Mediation and is trained in the practice of Collaborative Law. Carol speaks Spanish and French. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, King County Bar Association, American Bar Association, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Washington Collaborative Law group. Carol was recently elected to the Women's Leadership Board of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Carol frequently speaks at seminars and CLEs regarding family law.
Alta Barer, Owner and Principal, Saltchuk Resources, Inc.
Alta Barer is a businesswoman and philanthropist. She is a co-owner of Saltchuk Resources Inc., one of the largest flag steamship, tug and barge companies in the United States.
Ms. Barer is a leader in many non-profit organizations including the Achievement Awards for College Scientists and the Seattle Art Museum. She serves on the Seattle Repertory Theatre's Board, Hope Heart Institute’s Board and as a trustee for the Center for Women and Democracy. Since working in the U.S. Senate for Senator “Fritz” Hollings, Ms. Barer has maintained a keen interest in politics, volunteering for many political campaigns and serving as a Majority Council member of Emily's List
Joe Borich, President, Washington China Relations Council
J. Borich is the President of the Washington State China Relations Council.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Borich was a Foreign Service Officer. He
entered the Foreign Service in 1972 and was closely associated with the China field throughout most of his career,
serving under every president from Nixon to Clinton in a China-related capacity. His last
assignment was as Consul General in Shanghai
from October 1994 through June 1997; he previously helped open this Consulate
General in 1980. He also served as Director of the Taiwan Coordination Staff in
the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Department of State, and
prior to that as the last Deputy Chief of Mission
in the former U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu.
his current position, Mr. Borich leads the only State-level association
dedicated solely to promoting relations with China. The Council has been a
leading voice since 1979 in promoting trade between China,
Hong Kong, and the United
States. This not-for-profit organization
represents over 150 corporate members such as The Boeing Company, Microsoft
Corporation, Weyerhaeuser, Frank Russell Company, Costco Wholesale, PACCAR
International, Starbucks Coffee Company, major ports, banks, law firms, and
other manufacturers, retailers, businesses and major universities in Washington State.
Borich was born in Minnesota in 1944, received
a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University
in 1967, and a master’s degree from the University of South Dakota
in 1972. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand
from 1967 to 1969, and served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971, including a tour
Mr. Borich, his wife Ting Hsiao-hui and their daughter Grace reside in Seattle.
is the founder and president of Leadership Unlimited, Inc., an executive
leadership consulting firm for non-profit and small business organizations.
Mauree brings over 30 years of leadership, directorship and executive coaching
Mauree is a
highly sought out speaker who designed a development program for emerging
leaders entitled “LEADS to Leadership Success in the 21st Century™.”
Her company has assisted countless leaders and leadership teams on improving
performance with executive recruitment; assessment, strategic planning, small
business start-up and expansion and other advisory consulting services. She
designs and facilitates processes for executive teams in tactical and strategic
planning; developing sustainable organizations, cross-cultural competency for
leaders and conflict resolution.
participated in many international exchanges and has a passion for global
women’s leadership. She has served on numerous boards in both public and
private sectors. She is the former board chair of the City of Seattle's
Board of Ethics and served as the founding President of First Place; one of the
first schools in the United
States designed to serve homeless children. Mauree earned her
M.S.W. from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Seattle University.