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Being a working parent — and particularly a working mom — is hard. But can being a parent also make you a better business leader?

Julia Freeland thinks so. She’s the founder of REvolve YOU, a career consulting company that helps moms balance home life and high-powered jobs, and she’s noticed a pattern during her years in the business: the things that we learn as parents are essential qualities of a good business leader.

Despite that, many women end up leaving the workforce when they have children. So Freeland asked herself: “Is it possible that time spent with your children could be some of the most valuable business development training experience you could invest in to be valuable in the future? What if it were? How would that change the world of business?”

Freeland is putting that question to a panel of moms (and a dad!) who are also leaders of Seattle’s business community this Tuesday Aug. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Riveter in Seattle.

Join Freeland for a glass of wine and thought-provoking discussion with Amy Nelson, CEO of The Riveter; Kristen Hamilton, CEO of Koru; Christy Johnson, CEO of Artemis Connection and UW Adjunct Faculty; Rob Adams, Director, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the UW Foster School of Business; and Holly MacNaughton, a relaunched mom (to Amazon) and ex-military “trailing spouse.”

Tickets to the event and more details are available here.

That’s one of the highlights from our GeekWire community calendar, the spot for geek and tech events in Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest. See the full calendar here, submit your event here and keep reading for more suggested events over the next few weeks.

The Riveter Fremont Happy Hour & Hard Hats

What: “Join The Riveter – Seattle’s work and collaborative space for women and allies – on August 23 from 5-7:30pm for a tour of our new Fremont space, hard hats included. We’ll have bubbles on our Lake Union deck and you can get a sneak peek of the build out in progress.”

When: August 23, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Riveter Fremont

Get Involved: RSVP here

Dragonflight Convention

What: “Dragonflight 2017 is a 3-day celebration of tabletop gaming, with Board Games, Miniatures, Roleplaying and more. Check out all the conference events here.”

When: August 25 – 27

Where: Hilton Bellevue

Get Involved: Tickets and more info

Evolve 2017

What: “Evolve 2017 will kick off Accolade’s Healthcare Innovation Series – a regional event roadshow that will present timely topics and lively discussions about how to evolve healthcare to the benefit of everyone – employees, members, payers and plans. We’ll look at the advanced digital health technologies that enable integrated and personalized healthcare experiences – those that change lives and change business. ”

When: September 12, 3 – 6 p.m.

Where: Accolade Seattle

Get Involved: RSVP and see more info here

University of Washington Innovation Summit

What: “Join us on Thursday, September 14 for the University of Washington’s Innovation Summit – a unique opportunity to hear directly from local industry leaders and academic researchers. Learn more about how they’re transforming our dynamic region into a global competitor through a Seattle style of innovation focused on both economic and societal impact.”

When: September 14, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 a.m.

Where: Hyatt Regency Bellevue

Get Involved: Tickets and details here

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