What it takes to be a web designer

Sarah Benn of Benn Design is our speaker for Thursday, June 20. Sarah will discuss the skill set that goes into being a successful web designer. Developing a sophisticated website requires both analytical abilities like coding, SEO optimization and wireframing as well as creative skills, such as enhancing photographs, page design and copywriting. When you’re selecting a website designer, look for one with well-rounded experience.

Join us at noon, June 20, at the Gateway Centre for Sarah’s presentation. Guests welcomed.


Siobhan Murphy, CPA

Siobhan Murphy, CPA and owner of Thrive Business Group in Bellingham, is our speaker for Thursday, June 13. She has applied her accounting and business experience to a wide range of industries including not-for-profit, public accounting, privately held small business, home-based business, and individuals. She has served businesses from start-up to millions of dollars in annual sales with specialization in businesses from $0 - $500,000 in annual profit.

A look back with Julie Carpenter

Realtor Julie Carpenter started her career as a full-time real estate broker in 1995 with the help of the Bellingham Women’s Leads Club. That club transformed into the local-only Whatcom Women’s Network. Julie was director and Leader of the Year of Leads Club multiple times, and has served as director of WWN multiple terms as well. On Thursday, June 6, she will be giving a brief personal history and talking about some of the opportunities she’s had to do business and give back to the community thanks to her 24 year career as a real estate broker and WWN member.

What's new at Sustainable Connections

2019 is already a big year for this local nonprofit! Membership & Think Local First Manager Becca Weathers of Sustainable Connections will give a quick update of recent mergers, new projects and upcoming events within the organization and how local businesses can get involved and benefit. Don’t miss this Thursday, May 23, to learn more about Sustainable Connections.

Get to know Home Attendant Care

This week’s guest speaker is Debbie Gann of Home Attendant Care. Debbie joined Home Attendant Care in 1997. She progressed through various positions in the company and worked hard to establish HAC’s reputation of quick response with quality in-home care. As company founder Bruce Gearhart neared retirement it was clear to him that Debbie would be the one to carry on the strengths and values of the organization.

Today, Home Attendant Care continues as a locally owned company operating in Whatcom, Island, San Juan, North Snohomish and Skagit counties. The company has earned the trust and respect of healthcare industry peers and they take pride in serving and advocating for the rights of our elder population.

Join us for Debbie Gann’s talk at noon on April 11 at the Gateway Centre.

Springtime beauty with Mary Kay

Weren't we just shoveling snow just a few weeks ago? Clearly, spring has arrived, and Mary Kay has been preparing for it for quite some time! Let Chris Hansen, Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay, guide you through spring with some new products on Thursday, April 4.

For starters, Mary Kay is offering some beautiful lip tints such as "Magenta Mirage," "Canyon Coral" and "Desert Flora." These lightweight, water-based shades can give you a bare lip look – which you can build upon for the level of intensity you desire. Another fun item for this season is the Limited Edition Illuminating Drops in three shades: "Silver Sands," "Bronze Light," and "Golden Horizon." These drops can be used to illuminate certain areas of your face, collarbone, shoulders or neck to give you that sun-kissed effect. The one-of-a-kind dropper cap allows the fluid to be released drop by drop, so you can't overdo it.

Looking for eye shadows and blushes? Mary Kay has 33 new shadows (of which 15 are matte) and 10 new blushes. It's an explosion of new colors for you to apply, whether for everyday use or an upcoming special occasion. Chris will bring along lipstick and lip gloss samples, too. And she’ll briefly review Mary Kay's skin care lines – "skin care for every decade of a woman's life."

Drawings? Did somebody ask for drawings? There will be about five drawings for prizes, too!

So come to Whatcom Women's Network at noon on Thursday, April 4, for some springtime beauty inspiration.