Executive Director– Sue Parham

Sue has established a legacy for her vision, creativity, and leadership through her role as former vice president of Global Apparel, Accessories & Equipment for Columbia Sportswear, and former director of US Merchandising and Retail GMM at Nike, Inc. In addition to holding these executive posts, Sue is Founder and President of Lessons Learned, a consulting firm that focuses on making organizations more effective and strategically focused from concept-to-consumer. 

With an extensive background in presentation and storytelling, Sue also specializes in coaching executives to create and deliver compelling speeches that resonate, motivate, and persuade. 


operations Manager – BETTE CLEM


Bette Clem is a project management professional with over three decades of experience moving innovation forward in the high-tech industry with companies such as TriQuint Semiconductor (now Qorvo, an Oregon-based startup spun from Tektronix) and Intel, where she spent the last 25 years. Having recently retired, Bette has launched into Phase II of her career with an Intel-sponsored fellowship in the healthcare industry.

Finding her voice in a male-dominated industry fueled her passion to mentor and coach other women in the tech field. She brings that focus and experience to WCL as she fosters relationships that support the professional development of women. A student of life, she is continuously learning and practicing what it takes to be an inspirational leader. 

Board of Directors

president – KAREN SPOONER

Karen has over 30 year’s sales, advertising, product and marketing experience in financial services, consumer products and sporting goods industries.  She held Vice President positions in banking and leadership roles with Playtex Apparel, Nike, Danner and Columbia Sportswear.

Karen delivers results through coaching and empowering her teams to reach beyond what they believe they are capable of achieving. She has built consensus as an individual contributor and manager in highly matrix organizations.

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secrEtary – Diane Paumier

Diane’s passion for cross-functional integration and team development has been enriched through her 25+ year career at Nike, where she has held roles in finance, sales, planning and marketplace operations. She participates in formal and informal mentoring programs at Nike, where she was also an inaugural committee member for the Women of Operations.  Outside of work, she actively mentors through the Marathon Scholars and Kansas State’s Executive Mentoring program and is a member of K-State’s School of Business’ Advisory Council.


Brenda Sutton

Brenda brings over 20 years of experience with Learning & Development, Organizational Excellence, and Change Management.  She is an advocate of continual learning, professional development, business, financial, and strategic acumen, and a master at health, wellness, and balance.  Brenda used her grit to get her degree in Business, Management, and Communications while working in the Financial Services Industry, and now she uses her grit to hike and backpack some of the toughest terrains in the high alpine mountains.  She is a change agent, always looking for ways to help move organizations, leaders, and individual contributors to the next level. 


jacqueline Bell

Jacqueline Bell has been working as a graphic designer and art director for over 20 years, making her an expert in print and electronic media. From high-tech Fortune 500 companies, to smaller non-profits, her range of clients has given her a unique understanding of marketing communications from every level. Her work experience at a larger agency led her to start her own business in 2000. Now her passion is helping non-profits formulate and execute their own marketing and communications plan through strengthening their brand and spreading their mission. 



With more than 20 years of experience in marketing communications, journalism and public relations, Gretchen Hoffman is passionate about telling stories and getting the right message in front of the right audience. Currently vice president at A.wordsmith, a boutique communications firm headquartered in Portland, Gretchen draws on her experience leading teams and marketing initiatives across industries to develop and execute thought leadership campaigns for B2B and consumer clients. She’s always seeking out opportunities to inspire and be inspired.


Kate Wolf

Kate Wolf has almost 20 years of client services experience in multiple industries: technology, travel, education, localization and human capital management. Currently, she is a senior client partner at the Ken Blanchard Companies and enjoys partnering with leaders at all levels to drive behavior change and achieve strategic initiatives. She believes that we all want to be part of something greater than ourselves and is passionate about women reaching their full potential as leaders.


Our founder, Sharon coaches and consults with organization leaders wanting to energize their workplace to achieve excellence. From her years as a leader in two Fortune 100 companies, as well as many years as a consultant across diverse industries, she has developed a clear perspective on organizational change that builds on individual and organization strengths to meet current challenges.