Women in Business Conference set Jan. 22 in Pasco

Loretto J. Hulse, Tri-City HeraldJanuary 6, 2014 

Learn how one woman turned dried fruit into a thriving business and how another became the executive vice president of a national bank at the Women in Business Conference.

The Jan. 22 conference, which includes vendors' booths, talks by Tri-City-area businesswomen and two main speakers is at the TRAC facility, 6600 Burden Blvd., in Pasco. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In the morning, Jane Yuan, chief pairing purveyor for Simple & Crisp of Seattle, will discuss how she used her homemade, dried fruit crisps as colorful and elegant serving dishes for cheese, appetizers and desserts when entertaining friends. In November 2012, she launched her business, Simple & Crisp, introducing her fruit crisps as a unique, antioxidant-rich, gluten-free cracker alternative.

In the afternoon, Seattle-area banker Danielle Burd, will talk about how she became executive vice president and commercial regional manager for Washington state at Umpqua Bank.

In her 22 years in banking and business, Burd has worked for Bank of America in retail and commercial banking, was president and CEO of Legacy Logistics, interim general manager for McEvoy Oil and founded Dreamvision Productions.

The Tri-Cities Women in Business Conference, presented by the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, aims to provide a day of professional and personal development, education and networking for women committed to success.

The event also creates opportunities for important connections by bringing the region's leading businesswomen, from corporate executives to successful business owners, together with women of all ages and career levels.

In addition to the two main speakers, 14 other women from the Tri-City area will be speaking during the day. They include: Cheryl Broetje, founder, owner and operator of Broetje Orchards in Vista Hermosa; Gretl Crawford, owner and general contractor of Gretl Crawford Homes and Interiors in Kennewick; and Jane Hedges, nuclear waste program manager for the state Department of Ecology.

Cost is $95 for members of the regional chamber and $125 for others.

Deadline to register is Jan. 17.

For more information, call Lisa Nelson at 491-3236 or email lisa.nelson@tricityregionalchamber.com.

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-- Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com

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