Pay Us What We're Worth

Apr 3 5:30 PM-8:00 PM
Seattle Opera House
363 Mercer Street, Seattle, 98109

Ready to step into your power and claim the money you’re worth? Seattle’s top young professional groups are joining forces to host an event that’s all about YOU, for YOU!

From your favorite female soccer players to movie stars, in an era heightened by pay equity awareness and legal changes like the Washington state “disclosure of wage and salary range” law, there’s never been a better time to seize your worth and advance your career! At this event, get ready to:


  • Level up with new professional headshots + take-home resources.
  • Get insider tips on advocating for yourself across industries.
  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Seattle Opera costume shops.
  • Let an opera singer serenade you!
  • Connect with leaders passionate about empowering young professionals like you.
  • Treat yourself to delicious empanadas and beverages


What else can I expect?

Dive into fireside chats with our city’s trailblazing women and allies who’ll share insights, insider tips, and tricks from across industries like sports, startups, law, tech, and more to help you claim your worth! Our expert panel includes:

Starla Sampaco
Forbes Columnist and Self-Advocacy Expert

Starla Sampaco is a columnist, international keynote speaker, and host with a background in TV news. As a contributor to Forbes and Harvard Business Review, she teaches women and professionals of color how to advocate for themselves in the workplace. Previously, she anchored the news for Seattle’s PBS station and taught graduate students at the University of Washington.



Shirline Wilson
Executive Director, Washington Employers for Racial Equity

Shirline Wilson serves as the Executive Director of the Washington State Employers for Racial Equity (WERE). WERE is a coalition formed in 2020 to advance a commitment to make progress on closing racial equity gaps that have most disproportionately impacted Black Washingtonians.



Leesa Manion
King County Prosecuting Attorney

Leesa Manion is the first woman, the first person of color, and the first Asian-American to be elected to serve as King County Prosecuting Attorney. Leesa is also the first Korean-American woman in the United States to be elected Prosecuting Attorney.Prior to her election in 2022, Leesa served as Chief of Staff of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (PAO) for 15 years.

During the course of her career, Leesa has implemented effective programs that have improved public safety, enhanced victim services, and reduced racial disproportionality.

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Pay Us What We’re Worth is brought to you by six of the city’s prominent young professional groups:

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