When Sh!t Happens

While prevention is the best tool to eliminate workplace harassment, misogyny, and other inappropriate behavior, providing tools to handle harassment afterwards is often overlooked. Organized businesses typically have an implemented process, which usually includes a human resource department to assist with matters. But which options do freelance professional have? And what is the alternate choice if you company does not have a human resource department? This event provides actionable steps for women and men. So, men, if you have been curious about how to better understand workplace harassment and get clear on what is actually assaulting, and/or uncertain how to handle it, grab a buddy and join us!

These topics and issues are the focus for Seattle AIGA’s Women Lead Initiative next programming event. Moderated by Lennie Gray Mowris, panelists will talk to how they handled uncomfortable situations, providing attendees with substantive examples on how to address and resolve harassment situations.


Lennie Gray Mowris, a magically disgruntled manifestor, is the founder of Lenspeace, a social impact strategy & letterpress studio specializing in creating sustainable community and purpose-based brand development. She serves the AIGA National Design for Good Task Force as a co-author of the Path to Impact, and is steadily working to bring this body of work to AIGA Atlanta as their Design For Good Director. When she isn’t helping to facilitate hard conversations about uncomfortable things no one wants to be talking about but everyone needs to hear, she’s probably lost in the woods or making prints to inspire and empathize with the human condition.


Rebecca Weaver is the Founder and CEO of HRuprise, an organization on a mission to disrupt and redesign company practices in the era of #MeToo. She launched HRuprise as a social media movement in 2018, quickly amassing a global following, and has since expanded it into an organization dedicated to flipping the script and putting HR back to work for employees.

Her creative innovation, radical insights and resonant online voice have inspired audiences across industries, through her writing, podcast contributions and public speaking for organizations such as TEDx, AdWeek and the US Department of State.

Kaleeta McDade

Driven by an insatiable sense of curiosity and an obsessive desire to simplify, Kaleeta fosters cultural change and relationship building through storytelling and impactful creative strategy. With 17 years of empowering individuals as champions of change, she is crafting immersive experiences with a keen understanding of emerging technology, design trends, tools and methods, to remain on the forefront of evolving business transformations. She leads a talented group of creative and design thinkers across the US - with a collective goal to understand how humanists enable digital. She has worked at noted places such as Apple, Google Brand Studio, Sapient (Atlanta + Shanghai), and currently is the Group Creative Director at Deloitte Digital Seattle.

Mikaela Kiner

Mikaela has an MS in Human Resources Management, is a certified executive coach, and experienced consultant. In 2015, Mikaela founded Reverb, helping companies in the Pacific Northwest create healthy, inclusive culture. An HR professional for nearly twenty years, Mikaela enjoys coaching leaders at all levels and supporting women and girls in tech. She's been quoted in Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and The Muse, and is a member of the Forbes Human Resources Council and Puget Sound Business Journal Leadership Trust. She’s the author of an upcoming book Female Firebrands: Stories and Techniques to Ignite Change, Take Control, and Succeed in the Workplace (Greenleaf Press, January 2020).

About the AIGA Women Lead Initiative

AIGA Seattle’s Women Lead Initiative (WLI) aims to educate, inspire, and empower women (including trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified) in design-related fields, and advance the vital discourse on issues facing professional women today. WLI programing is designed to address persistent biases and inequities inclusively and constructively around three main goals:

  • To celebrate the achievements of women in design
  • To cultivate awareness of gender-related issues while building knowledge and leadership skills
  • To connect women by facilitating relationships within and beyond the design industry

For day-of volunteering opportunities, please email Kirsten, Women Lead Director, at womenlead@seattle.aiga.org.

Special thanks to Deloitte Digital for providing sponsorship and event space.

When & Where
Thu, Nov 14, 2019 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM PST
Deloitte Digital
821 2nd Avenue
#Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98104