Jun
8
6:00 PM18:00

Grit City Women Launch Party: Krystle Edwards

Krystle is the entrepreneurial founder of Grit City Women, a female forward organization that nurtures a creative approach to empowering female entrepreneurs, small business owners, and leaders in Tacoma. After the loss of her best friend in an avalanche in 2015, Krystle found herself dedicated to honoring her friends legacy. Through grass roots marketing and networking she found herself in the thick of the fundraising world with the Liz Rocks Foundation. Under her leadership her team was able to reach their goal in just a few short years. Through her heartbreak and loss Krystle found herself on a journey of discovery of her true potential. Her grief over her lost friend opened doors for her to step into her community and serve on a higher level with the Liz Rocks Foundation, Citizen Police Advisory Committee and the creation of Grit City Women. Love, blind determination and GRIT empowered her to tap into her higher self and reach new peaks as a leader at work and in her community of Tacoma, WA.

Krystle will share how her experiences shaped her vision for Grit City Women, the meaning behind "Gritty is the New Pretty" and why NOW is the right time in Tacoma!

Grit City Women will be accepting members at the Launch Party!

Tickets include admission, light appetizers, and beverages. Networking is encouraged however soliciting is prohibited.

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May
11
6:00 PM18:00

Grit City Women Presents: LEAH MORGAN

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Leah Morgan is the founder and curator of the Tacoma Night Market. She started her small business journey with her successful sewing business, NAP Northwest. Her work is featured in many craft fairs and markets as well as sold in shops in the Tacoma, Olympia, Gig Harbor and Seattle areas. Her experience at the local craft markets inspired her to start her own market with a little more edge. Offering drinks, music and well curated vendors the Tacoma Night Market is a huge success with thousands of attendees earning Leah a feature on the January 2019 cover of South Sound Business Magazine. It’s success allowed her to transition from a bartender of 12 years to full time self-employed business owner. She has since started the Gig Harbor Night Market and is working on a third market with other surprises in store. Leah is an avid traveler and glass blowing artist with over 20 years of experience. She is also working on starting a glassblowing non-profit organization in the San Juan’s.

Leah will share her story about how she was able to transition from bartending to business owner, expand her vision of Tacoma Night Market throughout other South Sound communities and small business/vendor tips and tricks!

Tickets include admission, light appetizers, and beverages. Networking is encouraged however soliciting is prohibited.

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Apr
13
6:00 PM18:00

Grit City Women Presents: Christy Barnes

Christy Barnes is the founder and owner of Carpe Diem Massage in Tacoma’s Historic Stadium District. With spirit, ingenuity and determination Christy built her business from the ground up. She took her chance on a fresh start and opened Carpe Diem Massage in 1998 without a single client. 20 years later, Christy has transitioned from a practicing massage therapist to a very successful small business owner with 15 staff members.  She has recently expanded her business to include a full service spa. Christy has built a loyal client base that has been with Carpe Diem since the beginning while continuously adding new ones to her thriving business.

Christy will share lessons learned, how she transitioned from being a practicing massage therapist to a boss and owner, and what it is like to be a small business owner in Tacoma right now!

Tickets include admission, light appetizers, and beverages. Networking is encouraged however soliciting is prohibited.

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Mar
9
6:00 PM18:00

Grit City Women Presents: Maria Rodriguez

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Maria Rodriguez is a first generation artist, a power/weight lifting, strength/conditioning coach and yoga instructor here in the 253. She coaches full time by day and runs her small business by night, Fear Her Fight Athletics, LLC. Her brand is focused around the representation of all womxn and supports the inclusion of black, indigenous, latinx, LGBTQ+ communities along with the marginalized areas the mass media ignores. This brand strives to demand change in the health and wellness spaces especially around body justice and ignites intersectional feminism in strength spaces. 

Maria will be sharing how she transformed her life through self care and wellness, what coaching has done for her career as a social justice advocate and how she leverages her platform to give back!

Tickets include admission, light appetizers, and beverages. Networking is encouraged however soliciting is prohibited.

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Feb
9
6:00 PM18:00

Grit City Wome Presents: Judy Twedt (RESCHEDULED DUE TO SNOWMAGEDDON)

Born and raised in Tacoma, Judy graduated from Stadium High School and attended Tacoma Community College along the way to a PhD program at the University of Washington. In her carrier-transition hustle, she won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Husky 100 Award for activism and campus leadership. Her soundtracks have been aired on radio stations including KUOW and NPR and she is a speaker for TedX Seattle. A passionate advocate for women in science and for workers rights, she is an active member of Seattle 500 Women Scientists and serves on the executive board of her labor union, UAW4121

Tickets include admission, light appetizers, and beverages. Networking is encouraged however soliciting is strictly prohibited.

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Jan
19
6:00 PM18:00

Grit City Women Presents: Allie Corrigan

Allie has been in the accounting and bookkeeping world for over 15 years starting when she was a teenager working in the Financial Management Office of the US Embassy in Singapore. Over the last 6 years she has run two bookkeeping and consulting businesses, First Stop Solutions and Summit Business Team which has empowered her to embark on her newest venture, The Business Shoppe. She will be sharing with the Grit City Women how she was able to quadruple her gross earnings in one year and run two profitable businesses plus 3 tips on the new tax laws!

Tickets include admission, light appetizers, and beverages. Networking is encouraged however soliciting is strictly prohibited.


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