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