Monthly Archives: September 2011

Welcoming Kate DesRosier to ZINO Society Team!

Kate DesRosier, ZINO Society Dealflow & Operations Manager

I am so pleased to welcome Kate DesRosier to the ZINO Society team as our new Dealflow and Operations ManagerKate was selected after an extensive and laborious search of many qualified candidates.  Kate will be working directly with all the entrepreneurs and our ZINO Society Screening and Coaching Boards overseeing our entire dealflow processes.

Kate has worked with entrepreneurs and startup companies for the past several years, most recently in the university technology transfer space at UW’s Center for Commercialization. Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from UW and a master’s in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University. She has a background in mental health counseling, makeup artistry and social development research; widely varying fields that add up to a wealth of experience. She enjoys being immersed in the energy and creativity of the startup world and supporting entrepreneurs toward their goals.


In Kate’s spare time she volunteers with several non-profits that serve underprivileged and marginalized youth. She is involved with Ruby Room, a volunteer-run prom dress boutique that offers formal wear free of charge to Greater Puget Sound teenagers who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program at school. She is also a member of the scholarship application review committee for Seattle Pride Foundation, an organization that supports the educational goals of LGBTQ youth and young adults.

Welcome to ZINO Society Kate! 

Team Kenny

Debi Giannola, Cathi Hatch & Patty Barrier give Kenny a leg up

This morning, Patty Barrier, Debi Giannola and I joined over 100 friends of Ken Kirkpatrick to be part of “Team Kenny” for the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk at the Seattle Center.  It was a beautiful, sunny morning and we were all so happy to be there for Ken.

To find “Team Kenny”, we looked for the 100 blue balloons, which were visible all the way across the Seattle Center Courtyard area as we walked in from the parking lot.  There were many friends, neighbors, and employees of US Bank there wearing goat bells and carrying blue balloons.  SaSa and Tina Kirkpatrick were there helping to organize all the participants.

Man of the Hour, Ken Kirkpatrick with Cathi

Team Kenny

Some of the friends and supporters we had a chance to connect with there were JJ McKay, Eric Akines, Mike Doherty, Kristie Mock, Carol & Buster Brown, Gaylee & Jim Duncan, Glenna Olsonand Kathy & Jim Tune.  There were bands playing, cheerleaders cheering on the walkers and entertainers all along the walk route to keep the morning high energy and lighthearted.  We were all so happy to see Kenny and to walk with him to raise money for brain cancer research.

“Kenny Fans” Kathy Tune, Mike Dougherty, Cathi Hatch,
JJ McKay, Debi Giannola, Patty Barrier

Pacific Northwest Ballet First Look Evolution

PNB Principal Dancer Carrie Imler with Ken

Last evening, Ken and I attended the black-tie opening night celebration of Pacific Northwest Ballet; First Look Evolution 2011 at McCaw Hall.  The evening began with a cocktail reception and dinner backstage prior to the ballet performance.  The menu was great and in addtion to the entree of beef tenderloin with roasted potatos and summer squash corn ratatouille included my favorite which was a delicious peach and endive salad with Serrano Ham, arugula and Banyuls vinaigrette.  

Sarah & John Rindlaub with Carrie Imler

We were seated with PNB Principal Ballet Dancer, Carrie Imler, who was not dancing until the next evening.  Also seated at our table were Sarah & John Rindlaub and Gaylee & Jim Duncan.  The event was filled with friends and other PNB ballet aficianados including Dan & Michele Heidt, Peter Horvitz, Aya Hamilton, Lynn & Frank Lindsay, Leena & Mel Sturman, Norma Cugini, Gail James, Rian & Peter McLeod, Caroline Goedhart, Betty Tong, Margaret Dell’Osso, Jane & David Davis, Sandra Dunn, Sharon Richardson, Bob Cremin, Carole Ellison, Jeanne Tweten & Jim Leslie and dozens of others.  (Ken doesn’t actually admit to being a ballet aficianado, but I am still working on him!)

Following dinner, PNB Artistic Director, Peter Boal, announced and introduced several dancers new to PNB this season and on stage announced the promotions of both Lesley Rausch and Rachel Foster as Principal Dancers  Each was presented with a big bouquet of flowers onstage to thunderous applause. 

Carrie Imler

The performance was incredible.  It was ALL WHEELDON, a program with all works choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon and included Carousel (A Dance), Polyphonia, Variations Serieuses and After the Rain pas de deux.  My personal favorites were Carousel and the After the Rain pas de deux.  Carousel was exquiste with Principal Dancers, Carla Körbes and Seth Orza dancing the lead roles and After the Rain was breathtakingly beautiful danced by Principal Dancers, Maria Chapman and Karel Cruz.  At the performance I sat next to PNB Soloist Dancer, James Moore, who was cast to dance the After the Rain pas de deux on the next night with newly announced PNB Principal Dancer, Rachel Foster.  I didn’t hear him even breathe during the entire performance by Maria and Karel.

After the performance, the evening ended with an onstage dance party, where the party patrons and professional ballet dancers had a wonderful time dancing together into the wee hours. 

Gooooo Huskies!

Cathi & Patty celebrate!

Today the Huskies got the win over the California Golden Bears with a final score of 31-23.  Patty & Jimmy Barrier and Ken and I went to the game together and had a great time eating hot dogs and popcorn and watching the Huskies play a great game! 

The defense was really fantastic, but the offense was no slouch either.  Patty and I both got a little distracted watching the acrobatic cheerleaders do gymnastic people towers, but loved waving our big “W” flags in support of the team.

SIFP Quarter Finals Impressive

Kristie Lanum & Kate DesRosier

Today the Social Venture Partners Social Innovation Fast Pitch (SIFP) Quarter Finals Round was held in Paccar Hall at the University of Washington.  Around 37 social entrepreneurs were on hand to make 5 minute pitches to a panel of judges in the hopes that they will be passed through to the Semi Finals Round.

Will Poole, Chairman of the overall SIFP event and self-described “Chief Digital Media Innovation Officer” facilitated and led the day beginning with his own 5 minute pitch to ask for support to fill the room for the main event which will be on October 3rd at Fisher Pavilion.

Will and the Judges deliberate between presentations

ZINO Society is “powering” the event with our staff providing the staff support for this event. Will has definitely challenged us with his aversion to paper and the many new innovation digital tools he has introduced to us.  We are actually looking forward to continuing to use many of the tools he has shared.  Doodle polls are now a staple at ZINO Society!  Thank you, Will!

ZINO Society Dealflow Managers, Kristie Lanum and Kate DesRosier oversaw all the entrepreneur Powerpoint presentations on their computers, managing the audio and visual elements of the day.  ZINO Society interns Stephanie Halamek and Alex Fraser managed the timing and microphones, while Christine Gilbert managed the registration and food and beverages.

The entrepreneurs, who were all mentored and coached, did a fantastic job of sharing their company pitches in a timely, compelling and convincing manner. Congratulations to all of the entrepreneurs who made it to the Quarter Finals Round.  Everyone is on eggshells until tomorrow when we will hear who was selected for the SIFP Semi Finals.

The Music was Magic

On Saturday night I attended the Opening Gala for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra featuring new Artistic Director and Music Maestro, Ludovic Morlot.  The music was magical and I especially enjoyed the performance of Ravel’s Bolero, during which Ludo left his raised podium as conductor and joined the violin section so he could play with the orchestra. It… Continue Reading

20 Years and Still Rockin’

Denny Miller with Sue & Jim Bianco Last night, I attended the 20th Anniversary Celebration of CTI (Cell Therapeutics, Inc.) at the Paramount Theatre.  Friends, staff and associates of CTI donned their best rock and roll attire and came to get their party on with great cocktails, dinner and dancing. CTI CEO Jim Bianco and his wife… Continue Reading

Celebrating Ron’s 70th

Grandchildren Logan and Hutton with Birthday Boy Ron Last night Ken and I joined Bonnie & Ron Elgin at their home for Ron’s 70th Birthday Party Dinner.  Their daughter, Alison and husband, Brett Leger were there along with their children, Logan and Hutton. Logan gave an eloquent toast to her grandfather as did Brett, Ken and several others.  We… Continue Reading

Gala Schmala — SIFP is Different

ZINO Society is partnering with Social Venture Partners to produce the inaugural Social Innovation Fast Pitch (SIFP) forum coming up on October 3rd at Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center.  We are expecting passionate supporters of social innovation and entrepreneurism creativity to join us for what will be an intellectually stimulating (and fun) event beginning at… Continue Reading

Welcome to the World Boden Warren Laramore!

Baby Boden with Proud Parents, Katie & Kevin Yesterday, my beautiful daughter, Katie Laramore, gave birth to her second son, Boden Warren Laramore.  He arrived weighing in at 8 pounds and 2 ounces and was 18-1/2 inches long with a fuzz of blonde hair.  Along with Katie, and her husband Kevin, and their 2 year old… Continue Reading