Will more Capitol Hill businesses become pay transparent? Molly Moon’s, leading by example, hopes so

(Image: Molly Moon’s)

If you weren’t surprised by the revelation that a survey found nearly 50% of men believe the gender pay gap is “made up,” the kind of emails people have been sending to local ice cream chain Molly Moon’s won’t shock you either.

“We’ve received emails with people saying they’ll no longer be customers of ours because of our stance on pay transparency citing that women simply need to work harder and to stop whining,” Katie Cole, marketing director at the company, says.

What are the emailers upset about? The fact that founder and CEO Molly Moon Neitzel announced on April 2, Equal Pay Day, that the company had officially become pay transparent. Continue reading

The Art of Turning Passion into Business!

Have you ever dreamed of starting your own business? Shattering that glass ceiling? Making a difference in your community?

You are invited to join a panel of business women and entrepreneurs for a discussion for women from all walks of life who share the same hopes and aspirations.

Join us at the Juanita Community Club on Saturday, November 10th from 11:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. to hear words of wisdom from our panelists  on how they started their own businesses from the ground up. They’ll share secrets of what got them to where they are now and how to grow your own budding business.

BizDiversity is excited to host this event.

RSVP today!

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We hope to see you there!

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2017 Urban Forest Symposium: Equity & the Urban Forest

Co-hosted by PlantAmnesty and University of Washington Botanic Gardens


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Register: http://bit.ly/urban-forest
Contact: urbhort@uw.edu / 206-685-8033

The 9th annual Urban Forest Symposium will explore the intersection of social justice and urban forestry. Attendees will hear from arborists and environmental stewardship organizations who are working to engage and serve diverse audiences. Urban forestry professionals and community organization leaders will discuss strategies to increase opportunities for communities of color and low-income communities to receive the benefits of urban forestry. Learn about tools you can use to apply an equity lens to your hiring, training, communications and engagement. Come to ask questions, to hear your colleagues’ stories of how their equity work looks and feels, and to develop a more informed perspective on the importance of equity within the field of urban forestry.

Presenters include:

  • Ron Harris-White, Director of Urban Environmental Leadership and Diversity | Antioch University Seattle
  • Kathleen Wolf, Research Social Scientist | University of Washington, College of the Environment and US Forest Service PNW Research Station
  • Noah Enlow, Senior Economist, & Brody Abbott, Built Environment Analyst and Planner | Ecotrust
  • Cindy Tomashow, Co-Director of Urban Environmental Education Graduate Program | IslandWood & Antioch University Seattle
  • Representatives from Seattle Parks & Recreation, Seattle City Light, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Forterra, and Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition


Check http://bit.ly/urban-forest for the latest information.

East District Council appears destined to fold as City Hall pulls away

The East District Council met Monday to discuss its fate. (Image: CHS)

The East District Council met Monday to discuss its fate. (Image: CHS)

The first blow to the East District Council happened in July when Mayor Ed Murray made a surprise announcement that the city would begin a process to sever ties with the 13-council system and replace it with a new Community Involvement Commission. A plan is due on September 26th.

The second blow landed Monday night when Seattle neighborhood coordinator and East District Council wrangler Tim Durkan announced he is leaving the Department of Neighborhoods.

With Durkan out of the picture and a City Hall that has been critical of the district councils’ lack of diversity, the group has only one meeting tentatively scheduled for October. Without an influx of energy and focus on a new direction, that meeting could be the group’s last.

“What would you bring to this group that you wouldn’t bring to community council?” district council chair Lindy Wishard wondered aloud during Monday’s meeting at the Capitol Hill Library. “This isn’t where the action is, so what do we do?” said another member. Continue reading