Recipient of The 2018 Women of Color Achievement Award

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Seattle, WA (October 25, 2018) – Trish Millines-Dziko of Technology Access Foundation, is proud to announce she is among the recipients of the 2018 Women of Color Achievement Awards, selected in partnership by 100 Black Men of Seattle, Inc. and the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO). A total of eleven women representing a variety of industries will be recognized for outstanding professional achievement and demonstrating exemplary community service. Sponsored by UPS and ActOne Group, the event will take place on Thursday, November 1st, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, 1053 Lake Washington Blvd. N, Renton, WA.

“I am grateful to receive this honor from the people in the communities which TAF has been serving for over 20 years. Ensuring students have the means to attend college is near and dear to my heart, and seeing attendees giving of themselves for students is what makes our communities strong.”

-Trish Millines-Dziko, Co-Founder and Executive Director of TAF

Trish has dedicated the previous two decades to creating a more equitable education pipeline in the Seattle area. It began with afterschool programs and has since expanded into the four core programs at TAF: TAF@Saghalie, STEMbyTAF School Transformation, STEMbyTAF Teacher Institute, and The Martinez Fellowship. Through the programs at TAF, she has established a network to improve teacher diversity and retention in Washington State public schools. Additionally, TAF has also incorporated a project-based learning model into two public schools that has proven effective in preparing students for success in the careers of the future.

“The 100 Black Men of Seattle, Inc. is honored to share in this amazing opportunity to celebrate these phenomenal woman business leaders. They are the brilliant minds of this generation, having demonstrated vision, leadership, creativity and making a positive impact in their communities and in society. These trailblazers are forging paths for women, young girls and for all to follow. We are thrilled to salute these amazing women who are at the forefront of their industries. We gladly affirm their impact and greatness as not just women business leaders, but as business leaders, period. Their successes will inspire and motivate those who follow. We publicly praise these leaders, role models and gamechangers,” said Erwin C. Chappel, President/Co-Founder, 100 Black Men of Seattle, Inc.

“We are very proud to continue our ongoing partnership with 100 Black Men to acknowledge a distinguished group of influential women business leaders. Each one is at the peak of her professional achievement, demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities and running multi million-dollar businesses. They also devote their time and energy to improving the quality of life in our local communities. We salute all of Seattle’s powerful award winners,” said Dr. Marsha Firestone, President and Founder of the Women Presidents’ Organization.

“Building strong and vibrant communities is a priority for us at UPS. We understand the power of small businesses to improve people’s lives. I would like to congratulate the Women of Color Achievement Award recipients and thank the Women Presidents’ Organization and 100 Black Men for recognizing the outstanding contributions of these enterprising women,” said Letia Stroud, UPS Northwest District Preload Manager.

The following women will be honored:

·       Phyllis Campbell

JP Morgan Chase & Co., PNW

·       Meredith Everist*

Baylis Architects

·       Naomi Gonzalez


·       Tanya Jimale*

JTS Technical Services, LLC

·       Claudia Mitchell*

Universal Cells, Inc.


·       Trena Payton*

ABN Technologies, LLC

·       Mary Pugh

Pugh Capital Management

·       Angela Shen*

Savor Seattle Food Tours

·       Sheryl Willert

Williams Kastner & Gibbs PLLC

·       Jessie Woolley-Wilson

Dreambox Learning

*WPO Members
“Supporting the Women of Color Achievement Awards means supporting diversity and inclusion first hand for our teams. As a WOMAN Minority certified workforce solutions company, the ActOne Group is all about making direct impact! The ability to recognize every dynamic woman via the Women of Color Achievement Awards is a true success story. It speaks to how far we’ve come as a people, and how far we’ve yet to go!” said Janice Bryant Howroyd, Founder and CEO, ActOne Group.


About the 100 Black Men Of Seattle, Inc.
Established in December of 2017, this Non-Profit Organization of African-American Men who in a Collective mindset chose to advocate, mentor and improve the educational, socio-economic and political challenges facing African-American youth and communities. Honoring the dignity and worth of all. Transforming lives and advocating on behalf of our youth. Utilizing our 4 pillars of Education, Economic Empowerment, Health & Wellness and Character/Leadership Development, we ensure they are provided the opportunities and protections this country offers all its citizens.  “What they see is what they’ll be.”  Please visit the website to learn more: https://www.100BMSEA.ORG/.
About the Women Presidents’ Organization
The WPO is the premier peer advisory organization connecting successful women who own multi-million-dollar companies.  Members in chapters across six continents participate in confidential monthly meetings to share business expertise and experience, based on a peer learning methodology designed to accelerate the growth of their businesses to the next level of prosperity. Local WPO chapters are coordinated by a professional facilitator.
Prospective WPO members must have annual gross revenue of at least $2 million, if product-based, or $1 million if service-based. For more information please visit
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