Meeting Speakers

Don't Forget the Glutes! Why massage of the gluteal muscles are important - Traci Soriano, LMP, Veritas Massage Studio

Many seasoned massage receivers still have a hesitation about having their gluteal muscles worked on.  Additionally, some massage therapists are not comfortable working this group, either through lack of knowledge and training or out of fear of litigation due to clients misinterpreting their intentions.  Traci is going to talk about why bodywork/massage of this area is so important and how to have a client feel comfortable and safe. 

Traci Soriano has been in practice since 2004 and is the owner of Veritas Massage Studio.  Providing skillful and effective theraputic massage is a passion and love for her and her staff.  Each therapist's massage session is based on the individual needs of their clients.  They are proud to have a space for healing, wellness, and peace in our community.

When: Thursday, November 12, 2015 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Traci Soriano, Veritas Massage Studio


What Financing Options Are Available In Today's Market? Sally Salisbury, Neighborhood Mortgage

What loan programs are available in today’s marketplace?  What are the differences and/or advantages between the different loan programs?  Why would a borrower choose one type of financing over another type?  Have underwriting guidelines loosened up since the mortgage meltdown of 2008?  

I am a licensed mortgage loan originator with 26 years of lending experience. I work at Neighborhood Mortgage, a locally owned mortgage company in Bellingham. I give my clients personalized attention, years of industry knowledge as both a loan processor and a loan originator and the expertise to match their needs to the best rate and programs available in this complex lending environment. I love to work with people, guiding them through one of the biggest financial decisions they will make.

When: Thursday, November 5, 2015 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Sally Salisbury, Neighborhood Mortgage

Why Get Linkedin? Hilary Parker, Content Marketing Specialist

LinkedIn is an excellent online professional resource – are you using it to your advantage? Content Marketing Specialist Hilary Parker discusses some of the ways individuals can use LinkedIn, such as networking and job seeking, as well as talking about some of the "must haves" when setting up a LinkedIn profile.

Hilary Parker is a writer and editor specializing in content marketing for small and medium-sized businesses. Read more about her work at

When: Thursday, October 8, 2015 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Hilary Parker, Content Marketing Specialist

What makes me different than most attorneys you know/why you should refer to me instead of that Other Lawyer you know - Emily Rose Mowry, Attorney at Law, Limitless Law PLLC

Emily will be speaking about what makes her law firm, Limitless Law PLLC, unique among attorneys in the area and why it might make sense to refer to her over other attorneys that you might have met. Bellingham has an unusually high number of attorneys per capita in the community, but Emily's firm has some special things to offer her clients and she looks forward to sharing more about that with the ladies of WWN. Emily Rose Mowrey was raised in Whatcom County, studied Politics and Constitutional Law at Whitman College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After Whitman, Emily returned to her hometown of Bellingham and began work as a paralegal. It was there that she discovered how much she loves not just the study of law but also legal work and helping clients with legal matters, and decided to pursue a law degree and career as an attorney.

Emily studied law through the Washington State Bar Association Law Clerk Program, a four-year-long legal clerkship and legal curriculum administered by the Washington State Bar Association as a fulfillment of the requirements to take the Washington State Bar Exam, while she worked full-time as a law clerk at the firm of Britain & Vis PLLC in Bellingham. She continued her work at Britain & Vis after passing the Washington State Bar and becoming an attorney.

After a total of seven years at Britain & Vis, Emily founded Limitless Law PLLC, serving Puget Sound in the areas of estate planning, probate, bankruptcy, debt, real estate, business law and LGBT/Polyamory law.

When: Thursday, October 8, 2015 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Emily Rose Mowry, Attorney at Law, Limitless Law PLLC

Why Small Business? Siobhan Murphy, CPA - Thrive Business Group

What's the BIG deal about Small Business? How much impact do Small Businesses really have on our economy? What makes women-owned small businesses unique and important to our future?

Siobhan will share a few key statistics about small businesses & women-owned businesses in the U.S. These form the foundation of a vision of the future: A Thriving, Expanding, Sustainable Small Business Economy. Catch the vision and find out how you can participate in bringing it to life.

Siobhan Murphy, of Thrive Business Group, is a Bellingham CPA who is devoted to helping companies and individuals experience financial success in the business world, and in their personal lives. She and her team provide professional services including accounting, bookkeeping, tax planning and preparation, business consulting, and financial management. Thrive Business Group’s mission is to provide advice and services that save clients time and money so they can personally and professionally THRIVE.

When: Thursday, October 1, 2015 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Siobhan Murphy, CPA, CMA, CFM, MBA - Thrive Business Group 

Guest Speaker - Marybeth Spector, Possibiltarian

Marybeth Spector is a serial entrepreneur. She has been part of the Seattle networking organization 'Women's Business Exchange' for 36 years. Now a resident of Bellingham she will share her experience of the community she's created through her continuous involvement.   "The time to build your Network is before you need it."

When: Thursday, August 13, 2015 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Marybeth Spector, Possibiltarian


Pet Memorial Service Ideas - Bobbie Ruth Langley, Life Cycle Pet Cremation, Inc

This talk will survey a few lesser-known options for memorializing a pet post-cremation. Life Cycle Pet Cremation in Bellingham, WA is a pet-only funeral home and on-site cremation service offering personal, compassionate and respectful care for you and your pet. We offer three clearly defined cremation options, and utilize numbered steel ID tags to guarantee the return of your pet’s cremated remains.

When: Thursday, August 6, 2015 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Bobbie Ruth Langley, Life Cycle Pet Cremation, Inc

Compacts, Brushes, Travel Roll-Ups & More! Chris Hansen - Mary Kay Cosmetics

With so many of our Mary Kay products (eye shadows, blushes, and so on) available in little individual plastic cases, our customers like to be able to put together their own color looks -- and store them that way. They can also carry their colors with them in their purse or handbag -- because we have refillable compacts just for that purpose! Come check out the various ways you can store your cosmetics at home or on the go for a touch-up. Chris Hansen will have these compacts for you to see -- as well as our Mary Kay brushes for you to be able to professionally apply your makeup, eye shadow, blush, etc.

What's a "Travel Roll-Up?" Come to hear the answer!

I've been a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant for 16 1/2 years, and I've seen how our products have evolved (including how to store them) for the better over this period of time. Mary Kay is always in the forefront of new skin care products, color cosmetics, and so much more. I love being supported by a company who truly strives to be the best for its customers -- a company that listens to its customers.

When: Thursday, July 23, 2015 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Chris Hansen, Mary Kay Cosmetics

Chronic Pain and Alternative Treatment Solutions - Dr. Joseph Garrett, ND, Fairhaven Integrative Health

Pain from injuries, chronic pain syndromes, and wear and tear are something we all eventually experience. Most people are well-aware of conventional treatment options for pain, but there are many options out there that are just as effective and often times more effective than conventional means. I will be giving a brief overview of these alternative options. Dr. Joseph Garrett is a state licensed Naturopathic Physician at Fairhaven Integrative Health. He offers primary care with a special focus on rheumatological, prostate, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal complaints.

When: Thursday, July 16, 2015 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Dr. Joseph Garrett, Fairhaven Integrative Health

Moves You Can Use - Shasonta Delmage, LiveFit

Shasonta's presentation will be very interactive as she leads our attendees through five exercises that we can incorporate throughout our day - no matter when or where! LiveFit supports individuals, small groups, and corporations with unique fitness and nutrition plans that help participants feel better, move better, and life their fullest life. We help Corporations develop wellness plans that help staff members - no matter what position - gain strength and move with ease all while supporting company culture so they are more productive on the job.


When: Thursday, June 18, 2015 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Shasonta Delmage, LiveFit