Young Professionals Seattle Summer Social
Join us in Seattle for a conversation on entrepreneurship, business, and free markets with special guest speaker Ryan Neal!
Enjoy food, drinks, socializing, and networking with other like-minded Young Professionals at our annual Seattle Summer Social! Tickets are free for WPC and YP members; non-member tickets are $15/person.
Featured Speaker: Ryan Neal
Ryan Neal graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy and completed his undergrad with a desire to pursue music. His first job was with a local record label, and he worked in the business for five years until deciding to pursue an MBA and law degree at Seattle University.
Afterward, Ryan worked in land development, started his own law firm, and bought his first business. Today, Ryan is the president of Blueprint Technologies, a technology-solutions firm that provides strategy for digital transformations, solution-enabling products, and consulting and delivery.
Also Featuring: WPC Small Business Center Director and Former State Representative Mark Harmsworth
Mark Harmsworth was elected in 2014 to the Washington State House of Representatives where he served two terms. His focus was on transportation and technology, including serving as the ranking member on the House Transportation Committee.
Prior to the legislature, Mark served two terms on the Mill Creek City Council and was elected Mayor Pro-Tem in his last year.
He recently finished serving as a Director on the Everett Community College Foundation Board and currently serves as a Director on the Boys and Girls Club of Snohomish County.
Mark works in the technology industry and is an owner of a small business after completing a long career at Microsoft and Amazon.
Mark and his family live in Mill Creek, Washington.
And: WPC Environment Center Director Todd Myers
With nearly two decades in environmental policy, Todd Myers’ experience includes work on a range of environmental issues, including spotted owl habitat, energy policy, old-growth forests and salmon recovery. Currently, he serves as a member of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council and was a member of the executive team at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
Todd is a nationally recognized expert in free-market environmental policy, including issues ranging from energy, climate, forestry and salmon-recovery. He has appeared before the Canadian Parliament, provided Congressional briefings, and worked with legislators from several states and provinces.
Todd’s book, “Eco-Fads: How the rise of trendy environmentalism is harming the environment,” has received national praise. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, National Review, Seattle Times, USA Today, and he has appeared on numerous news networks including CNBC, Fox News, and CNN.
Todd also served as President of the Prescription Drug Assistance Foundation, a charity that assists patients who have difficulty accessing prescription medicines. He previously served as Vice-President of the Northwest Association of Biomedical Research, which promoted ethical research standards and science education. In 2018, he was awarded the NWABR Distinguished Service Award for promotion of science. He is also Vice-President of the Snoqualmie Valley Beekeepers Association.
A former computer programmer, Todd has a bachelor’s degree in Politics from Whitman College and a master’s degree in Russian/International Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He and his wife Maria live in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Washington state with 100,000 honeybees.