Event celebrates enterprising women in Redmond

Enterprising women in Redmond celebrated their success stories as part of the Redmond Reporter's 2nd Annual "Women in Business" networking event at the iPic Theaters at the Redmond Town Center last Thursday.

Enterprising women in Redmond celebrated their success stories as part of the Redmond Reporter’s 2nd Annual “Women in Business” networking event at the iPic Theaters at the Redmond Town Center last Thursday.

The event drew about 70 women, representing occupations such as realtors, restaurant owners, florists, hair stylists, yoga instructors and more.

Many of the participants were also honored in a recent “Women in Business” section in the Redmond Reporter.

Along with celebrating the variety of enterprising women in Redmond, the event was a benefit for the Redmond YWCA Family Village’s Working Wardrobe program. The program helps women and men who’ve been unemployed and/or displaced from their homes, get appropriate clothing for jobs and job interviews.

Brenda McCallon, community resources coordinator of the YMCA Family Village, said the Working Wardrobe program and other employment assistance programs at the YWCA have a profound impact on their clients and the community at large.

In fact, Tinesha Harmon, a mother of three who resides at the transitional housing at the downtown YWCA, said the Working Wardrobe program has helped improve her confidence when interviewing for job.

“When you’re confident, it helps your performance,” said Harmon, one of the speakers at the event. “I appreciate all the support and volunteers. It wouldn’t be possible without them.”

People can donate used clothing for both women and men to the Working Wardrobe program at 16601 N.E. 80th St. Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., McCallon said.

Guests at the “Women in Business” event enjoyed beverages and appetizers and got a tour of the luxurious iPic Theaters as well as the opportunity to share each others’ success stories.

Gayle Leyde, manager of Gotta Dance, said she started out in the male-dominated telecommunications field before establishing her dance company as a player in the community, especially as a healthy outlet for children. She said Gotta Dance has grown from serving 90 children to more than 900 these days.

She encouraged the women at the event to continue to inspire each other and never to give up on their goals, no matter what kind of career it is.

“A lot of exciting things can happen when a bunch of women get together,” she said. “It’s all about showing your passion and then passing that passion onto the younger generation.”

The evening ended with a fashion show, featuring professional attire by several clothing stores, including Redmond’s Trade Chic and The Closet.