United Way Board Member Kicks Off Speaker Series

By United Way of King County, on November 28, 2022 | In Emerging Leaders 365, Events, News

United Way of King County Board member Bree Kame’enui kicked off our Speaker Series for Emerging Leaders 365 giving communities recently. Kame’enui shared her career journey to Senior Corporate Counsel at Weyerhaeuser as well as her service on the boards of United Way and Chief Seattle Club.

The Speaker Series is an event designed to help young professionals access leaders in the community while learning from each other regarding their career interests, individual passions and commitment to building community.

Bree’s stories of perseverance resonated with guests—from prevailing through a difficult divorce and losing her home to helping families who immigrated to this country and opening her own legal practice. She is especially committed to serving indigenous communities —and that passion showed as she addressed the audience.

United Way is slated to hold six, in-person Speaker Series sessions featuring board members at their respective places of employment or at the United Way of King County building in Downtown Seattle. Our kickoff event did not disappoint.

“Bree Kame’enui’s opening of the Speaker Series was phenomenal,” said Kuri Jallow, United Way’s Annual Fund associate director. “She shared a very captivating and inspiring story from her early school days in Hawaii to working at her private practice today in Seattle.”

Emerging Leaders 365 is a group of dedicated young professionals who are interested in getting involved in their community through United Way. Emerging Leaders get together to give back and do good—and meet other like-minded young professionals in the process.

From the inaugural Speaker Series

The assembled attendees at the inaugural Speaker Series delighted in Kame’enui’s tutelage to pivot and take advantage of opportunities that help people learn and grow. “Stay calm,” Kame’enui said. “You’re going to figure this out like you always do.”

Holly Thompson, an Emerging Leaders 365 member said, “Bree’s talk was incredibly inspiring! My greatest takeaway was that it is important to follow your own path in service to your community. It is easy to be passionate about service to organizations with a personal connection.”

Check back here for more information about the United Way Speaker Series.


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