On October 22 from 4pm-5:30pm in the Cordiner Foyer Whitman will host the annual Women in Leadership Symposium to celebrate and share the leadership achievements of three accomplished women in their respective fields. Co-sponsered by Colleen Willoughby ’55 and Whitman College, this event will also allow Whitman women the opportunity to connect with and ask questions of these inspirational individuals. Grace Chien, Kristen Eddings, and Heather Tarr bring years of experience in leadership in their careers and in their respective communities. Below is a brief biography of each of these accomplished women.
Prior to retiring, Grace Chien was the Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Western Washington (GSWW). During her tenure, GSWW provided an array of leadership programs to 26,000 girls through the guidance of 12,000 volunteers in western Washington. Since retiring Grace has turned her full attention to her personal volunteer commitments and currently serves on the boards of the Group Health Foundation, the Washington Women’s Foundation, and the Washington Athletic Club. An active member of Seattle Rotary #4, she also serves on the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation. An alumnus of Leadership Tomorrow, she is a member of the Curriculum Committee. She has also served as an appointee of the Governor on the Washington State Commission for National and Community Service which oversees Americorps program in the state. Grace is a graduate of WSU and received her Juris Doctorate and Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington. She is also an alumna of the Executive Development Institute and was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a Woman of Distinction in 2006 and by the Northwest Asian Weekly as a Woman of Color Empowered in 2007. Grace and her husband are the proud parents of two adult daughters, one of whom got married in August and the other who started her PHD program this fall. When she is not volunteering, Grace is working on getting in shape to run her first 10K, learning how to play golf, and traveling. In 2015 she will be traveling to Buenos Aires with Habitat for Humanity to participate in her first build.
Kristen Eddings directs communications for the Washington Global Health Alliance. She manages WGHA’s community partnership with the Seattle Sounders FC and brought a team delegation to observe global health projects in Tanzania. She co-founded WGHA’s Party for the Health of It (formerly Party with a Purpose) which engaged 3100 young people in global health. Kristen was honored by Seattle Met Magazine as the 2013 “Emerging Leader” in the Light a Fire awards and was recently named Seattle Pacific University’s “2015 Young Alumnus of the Year.” She was featured in the book, “Ten Ways to Change the World in Your 20s”. She shared a speaking platform with former Secretary of State Madeline Albright and has spoken at events for World Vision, Seattle CityClub, Washington Women’s Foundation and the Northwest Development Officers Association. She received a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Seattle Pacific University. Kristen and her husband Michael live in West Seattle with their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Finnley.
Heather Tarr will enter her eleventh year at the helm of the Husky Softball team in 2015. Tarr has compiled an overall record of 401-179-1 with her alma mater. In 2014, UW made their 21st consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 10th straight under the leadership of Tarr. The Huskies hosted the Regional tournament for the 5th consecutive year and for a 6th time in Tarr’s 10 seasons. Tarr earned her 400th win after defeating Northwestern, 9-0 in five innings to make their seventh consecutive Super Regionals appearance. Tarr guided the Huskies to their ninth Super Regional berth in her tenure.
In 2012, Tarr led the Huskies to a 39-19 record and the right to host the NCAA Regional. UW went 3-0 in that regional and advanced to face No. 1 and Pac-12 foe Cal in Berkeley. It was the 19th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance for the Huskies.
Come and meet and engage with three phenomenal women leaders!