Illuminating Women

The community for getting your glow on!

Empower ~ Encourage ~ Educate

We are a safe environment to be your authentic self, to deepen relationships with other heart-centered women, and to be illuminated personally and professionally.


Congratulations to Dr. Alicia Halverson Wilkes for winning Illuminating Woman of the Year!

From Left to Right: Tammy Wilson Smith, Co-Owner, Kim Peterson - Woman who Empowers, Dr. Alicia Halverson Wilkes - Illuminating Woman of the Year, Cherri Schoeppel - Woman who Encourages. Brenda Reiss - Woman Who Educates, Jill Nichols-Hicks, Founder.

Congrats to all nominees for 2017's Illuminating Women Awards!

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We build strong connections accepting and celebrating the diversity among women. Our community is built on supporting and valuing our members gifts and talents used through their vocation and purpose.

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You are invited to join us now to become a charter member! (Limited to 50) All members have special privileges for promotional opportunities and more. Charter members will receive all benefits that regular members receive PLUS:

  • Special ILLUMINATING WOMEN badge for your website (Still to come)
  • Highlighted profiles on our website
  • $100 savings on annual renewal
  • 1st notification of Illuminating Women events
  • 1st right to present at workshops and masterminds


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  • Visibility and promotion on our website
  • Complimentary entry into monthly Girl's Night Out and Brick and Mortar
  • Discounts to monthly luncheons and other ILLUMINATING WOMEN events
  • More visibility, friendships, connections and outreach


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"I joined Illuminating Women in early 2014 when the group met at Cecilia's store front in Issaquah.  I've watched Illuminating Women grow from a small circle of girlfriends supporting and educating each other to the robust group it is today.  The ladies of Illuminating Women have watched me grow from someone who introduced herself with a question mark, and wasn't sure if she made the right decision in opening a business, into someone who has found her voice and is living through her passion.  I've made wonderful friends, received life changing wisdom, and have expanded my community to 900+ women that I can reach out to when I need a second opinion or recommendation.  I can never adequately express how much I appreciate the ladies in this group.  There is no other place that I can go talk to women who will give me advice about my body/health as I age (gracefully), a place to get dinner, and a business resource." 

Rachel Barnett
Rachel Barnett Primary Bookkeeping, Inc.

I started with Illuminating back in the early days. I was trying to build a business in this area and learn how to navigate the social aspects of business and networking and making connections.

In traditional networking we say our elevator pitch and practice being suave and professional. I have learned so much from those types of networking and they definitely have a place.

Illuminating women is and has always been, different. Here we chat and learn and make friends. As Jill says, "Illuminating women is a connecting group, not a networking group" This is true and it is also a great place to learn authentic networking skills beyond the cool elevator pitch and snazzy offerings. I often tell people that it is a wonderful place for beginning networking, for learning how to make quality connections and longtime friends.

Nicole Lux-Ritchie
Nicole Lux-Ritchie Luxcentric

Friends are the family we choose.