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Authentic Best™ Leadership Conference


A one day conference focused on developing authentic, effective and intentional leaders. Explore how cultural values influence behaviors and perceptions and how these impact leadership presence.  Gain tools of how to thrive in your career by leveraging your core values to get the results that you want.   

In addition, have the unique opportunity to network and share experiences with other like minded professionals and community leaders. Together, we will discover ways we can leverage our diversity to create better outcomes in organizations and in community. 


Open to anyone looking to understand how culture impacts leadership and increasing leadership effectiveness.  EDI's programs  have an emphasis on the cultures of the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and Hispanic/Latino communities. 

We look forward to seeing you at our 2019 conference!

Check out what we did at the 2018 ABL Conference.

Colleen Yamaguchi introduces Authentic Best™ Leadership to conference attendees.

Facilitators Julian Schrenzel, Teresa Park, Venus Rekow, & Shian Chuan lead the workshops for the day

Jennifer Nielsen moderates the executive panel made up of Tonita Webb - EVP/COO of Seattle Credit Union, Meiling Elsner - Sr. VP - Washington State Area Manager or HSBC, & Anita Loomba - Program Director of Female Founders Alliance


9:00 AM Welcome & Authentic Best™ Leadership Introduction

10:15 AM Workshop #1

11:45 AM Lunch & Integration Activity

12:30 PM Workshop #2

2:00 PM Leadership Panel “Navigating an Intersectional World”

2:45 PM Closing Remarks


  1. Finding Your Authentic Voice: For Unshakable Confidence & Clarity by Shian Chuan, SC Leadership

  2. Be The Total Package: How to Lead With Your Best Self from the Inside-Out by Kim Peterson, Uniquely Savvy

  3. Thinking on Your Feet by Julian Schrenzel, Improv Alive

  4. The Power of Storytelling: Are You leading with Powerful Stories? by Venus Rekow, NeuralShifts & Teresa Park, Diseña tu vida (Design Your Life)

    *For full workshop descriptions see below*

How Do I Sign Up?

Cost is $75/person which includes breakfast, lunch, materials and choice of two workshops*

Workshop Descriptions


Finding Your Authentic Voice: For Unshakable Confidence & Clarity

Shian Chuan, Professional Coach & Corporate Trainer

If you have a fear or inner critic that is holding you back from your next level of success, it's time to make a difference. Learn to speak and lead with impact and influence in any situation. Find your authentic power. Develop unshakable confidence and master influential leadership to lead and motivate teams, stand out and make a bigger difference. Amplify executive presence, scale new heights or make a breakthrough in your career. I'll help you achieve your goals by helping you identify your authentic voice, power, and influence without giving up who you are.

Be The Total Package: How to Lead With Your Best Self from the Inside-Out

Kim Peterson, Uniquely Savvy

People need to buy YOU first before they buy your brand of leadership and vision. So, how do you S.E.L.L. “the brand called you”? How do you (S)peak with confidence and impact, (E)ngage with integrity, professionalism, and alignment,  (L)ook the part, and (L)ive your unique genius out loud in a clear, focused, and powerful way?

In this workshop you will explore ways to grow deeper roots of self-confidence, elevate your personal effectiveness, and lead with greater courage as you discover ways to develop and harness your authentic personal brand.


Thinking on Your Feet

Julian Schrenzel, Improv Alive

Do you ever wish you were better at thinking and acting spontaneously? This highly interactive workshop is custom-built to help participants improve focus to create and innovate in a team environment and become better-equipped to respond to a fast-paced or demanding workplace. Julian guides participants through improvisational exercises using voice, movement, and energy, that are designed to defy your default thinking habits. Activities challenge participants to achieve a deeper level of listening, use tools other than voice to express thoughts and desires, stretch awareness from individual to group dynamics, and suspend judgment of themselves and others.

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The Power of Storytelling: Are You leading with Powerful Stories?

Venus Rekow, NeuralShifts & Teresa Park, Diseña tu vida (Design Your Life)

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In this interactive session, you'll be learning to craft stories that inspire others to action and raise awareness of how your inner story impacts your outer story. You will leave the session with a storytelling formula that can be applied to any situation that can be a game changer in how you lead.