How We Began
AWAKE began as a conversation between a female lawyer, a female doctor, and a female social worker. They discussed how difficult it is to meet women from different professions, and how valuable those relationships can be. Upon further research, the three discovered there was no organization in their community dedicated to bringing women together across professions. AWAKE was born to meet this need. Not long after, the founding board members got busy bringing their vision to life.
AWAKE, the Alliance of Women Achieving Knowledge and Excellence, was formed as a Washington Nonprofit Corporation in August of 2014. AWAKE’s inaugural event was held in September 2014, with an overwhelming show of support for the new organization from women of diverse professional backgrounds.
The AWAKE board consists of dynamic upcoming women of the community who are passionate about building a platform for women across professions to come together.
Our 2019 Board Members
Inga Evenchik President
Grew up in the Motor City, spent a lot of years in the Windy City, and now finally in the Emerald City! I've had a unique career path that has brought me to managing software development projects. When not at work, I'm enjoying all that Seattle has to offer, whether it's camping, volleyball, snowboarding or simply exploring new neighborhoods. And by exploring new neighborhoods, I mean finding my new favorite brunch and sushi spots.
Cecile Ngyuen Secretary
A California girl through and through, I was born in Silicon Valley and raised all over Northern California, attended university at UC Davis, and completed my Masters at Dominican University of California in Marin County. I now find myself at home in Seattle. When I am not working with my clients on their comprehensive financial plans, I am either gardening, cooking, hiking, practicing my yoga, or flying back to California to visit family.
Caitlin Duke Treasurer
I grew up in the Bay Area, and recently made my way to Seattle, where I'm enjoying the lush landscapes and piquant people. I am passionate about education because of the profound differences it can make in our lives, and I've made my career as a teacher, manager, and consultant in the field. When I'm not at my desk working, you may find me hiking with my dog in the mountains, reading a favorite novel, or on a jog around my neighborhood.
Christine Steelsmith Marketing
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, I am a first-generation Asian-American. My parents were refugees from the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia and built their lives from the ground up as entrepreneurs and real estate investors. With an BS in Financial Services and an MBA from Texas A&M Commerce, I moved to North Seattle in 2013 with by Husband and Puggle, following in my parent's entrepreneurial footsteps and working hard to grow our family digital marketing company. When I'm not in the office, I love traveling, drinking wine, and exploring the Pacific Northwest. I am absolutely honored to be a part of AWAKE!
Jenna Bruce Events
After spending the majority of my life in the Northern Nevada desert, I was lured to the Pacific Northwest by the abundance of green and surrounding water. When I am not at the office, I love exploring the outdoors, running along the Burke Gilman trail, traveling, and trying new restaurants with friends. I cherish the relationships I have with my friends and family, and am looking forward to building new relationships with AWAKE members.