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Around the Table: Symetra, PSL Ventures, Windermere, and more

Sharing some recent stories and headlines from our member companies… 

Windermere donates $30K to Mary’s Place as part of Seahawks partnership

As part of the #TackleHomelessness campaign with the Seahawks, Windermere agreed to donate $100 to Mary’s Place for every Seahawks home game defensive tackle during the 2019 NFL season. Windermere presented Mary’s Place, which supports families on their journey out of homelessness, with a $30,000 check. Read more here.

Margaret Meister of Symetra named a Seattle executive to watch in ’20

Seattle Business Magazine named Symetra Chief Executive Officer and President Margaret Meister one of the 10 Seattle leaders to watch this decade. The employee benefits, annuities and insurance provider is taking major steps to become an iconic Pacific Northwest company as a sponsor of the Seattle Storm and Seattle’s new NHL team. “For us to really get to the level that we can get to, we need to make the brand investment and get the consumer-level recognition of who Symetra is and what we do,” Meister says. Leaders from Nordstrom and Starbucks are also included in the list.

Julie Sandler of PSL Ventures provides startup advice at panel discussion

At a recent panel discussion, speakers such as Julie Sandler, managing director at Pioneer Square Labs, offered startup advice to entrepreneurs who are raising funds while getting ready for a potential economic downturn. Sandler said “it’s a great time to be raising money” given all the capital available to startups. Sandler added that a company’s business fundamentals are of equal importance to the growth story. Read more here.

Roundtable members honor Black History Month

We’re pleased to share a sampling of stories from Roundtable member companies in celebration of Black History Month. Wells Fargo highlighted the history of William M. Robison, an express messenger in the 1850s who advocated for equal rights; Russell Investments celebrated the accomplishments of three 20th-century black economists; a Microsoft leader reflected on her family’s history; and Starbucks shared stories of four black partners.

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