Grit City Women

Locally Sourced × Crafted with Love



Is a female forward organization that nurtures a creative approach to empowering female entrepreneurs, small business owners, and leaders in tacoma.


We Appreciate Men Who Support Our Mission

As a female FORWARD organization we invite supportive male champions — that share our vision — to attend our events. Who better to welcome this opportunity for men to join us — as allies for gender equality in business and leadership — than Grit City Women?


Krystle Edwards

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Krystle Edwards, South Sound Business Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40”, is a visionary supporter of female forward businesses that distinguishes Tacoma as a mecca of grit, creativity and progressive ideas. She brings formal education in developmental psychology and human biology and her experience as a supervisor in the male dominated world of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard to the creation of Grit City Women. In addition, Krystle is the entrepreneur founder and president of Liz Rocks, a non-profit organization which provides opportunities for underrepresented youth to participate in mountain activities. Under her leadership, Liz Rocks raised significant funds to build a permanent free public outdoor climbing wall and provide scholarships. Liz Rocks was awarded the Best Community Organization of 2015 by the Greater Metro Parks Foundation.

As an avid outdoors person, Krystle has summited Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, Mt. Adams and Mt. Saint Helens. She is also a world traveler, having visited 23 countries in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. As a writer, Krystle has been published in an academic case studies textbook and a scientific journal. Krystle serves on the Citizen Police Advisory Committee in Tacoma. In addition she was recently invited to participate in multiple innovative projects at the City and Federal level. She was recently invited by Tacoma’s Mayor Victoria Woodards to be a core team member of Mayor Woodards’ Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.



Monthly Membership - $30 per month

Annual Membership - $350 one time fee

No Startup fees and you may cancel your membership at any time, however in order to maintain consistent energy and supportive vibes in our community there is a re-enrollment fee of $300.

  • Monthly Networking Events

  • Grit & Grind (Mastermind) Sessions

  • Seminar Discounts

  • %15 Off Certain Business Shoppe Services

  • Members Only Social Media Access

  • Members Only Platform Access

  • Members Only Directory

Meet The TEAM

Event Hosts

Melissa Newell


Allie Corrigan



Melissa Newell - Edward Jones Financial Advisor

Allie Corrigan - Bookkeeping & Business Consultant

Erin Dietz - EAMP Owner, Acupuncturist 

Megan Donaldson - Small Business Owner

Michelle Keogh - Business Owner

Judy Twedt Ph.D. - Climate Change Scientist

Dr. Mandi Murtaugh - Physical Therapist

Brandi Douglas - Small Business Owner