Netsanet Tjirongo is an independent filmmaker, community organizer and Director of Education at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle.
Catie Bergman specializes in newborn, maternity and family photography via her Seattle-based company, Catie Bergman Photography.
Annie Thompson serves as the chief financial officer of CorneaGen, which is dedicated to transforming how ophthalmologists treat and care for those impacted by corneal disease.
Roque Cortés is the founder and CEO of D’Cortés, an ultra-premium tequila brand established in 2019. The Seattle-based label specializes in premium, additive-free tequilas in Jalisco, Mexico.
Lara Grauer is the owner and lead photographer at Seattle’s Lara Grauer Photography LLC, a luxury portrait studio. “Whether it’s for work or for life, we provide a fun and full-service experience that ends with show-stopping photos to display with pride.”
April Cornell is a tattooer and owner of Hidden Hand Tattoo and Altar Tattoo, both based in Seattle. From Aug. 18 to Aug. 20, Hidden Hand Tattoo hosts the annual Seattle Tattoo Expo, taking place at the Seattle Center.
Aaron Tekulve is the chef and owner of Seattle-based Surrell, a modern Pacific Northwest dining destination. The restaurant focuses on excellent hospitality showcasing nine- to 10-course tasting menus, as well as a four-course menu.
Chris Curtis is the founder and retired executive director of Neighborhood Farmers Markets. Later this summer, Neighborhood Farmers Markets celebrates three decades of maintaining seven thriving Washington-based farmers markets.
Jennifer Antos is the executive director of Neighborhood Farmers Markets, which celebrates 30 years in August. Neighborhood Farmers Markets hosted its first market in Seattle and has since added West Seattle, Capitol Hill, Magnolia, Columbia City, Lake City and Phinney.
Tom Lapham is the CEO of CHEQ, which produces The Bite of Seattle, the city’s prominent food and music festival. Taking place July 21 to July 23 at Seattle Center, the festival showcases more than 100 food and specialty vendors, beer and cider tastings, live music (including a performance from Sir Mix-a-Lot), cooking demos and much more.