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Leading Ladies of Seattle

AMANDA MUELLER: Hustle & Heart

Someone with Hustle & Heart is as equally passionate as they are hardworking. They are dedicated, enthusiastic, and willing to put in the work to reach their goals. When COVID-19 hit and performing arts organizations couldn’t continue with their scheduled programming, Amanda Mueller, costume shop manager at ACT Theatre in Seattle, assembled a group of costume shop artisans from multiple arts organizations (including Seattle Rep, Seattle Opera, and Seattle Children’s Theatre, along with ACT), to sew PPE (personal protective equipment) for hospital workers. Amanda and her team partnered with Providence Health System and produced 17,500 masks to be used in hospitals and clinics in the Seattle area.

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Magic Makers make the seemingly impossible possible. They move mountains while making it look easy, and sprinkle a little stardust around them in the process. Michelle Bufano makes all kind of magic as the Executive Director of Chihuly Garden and Glass, which is a pretty enchanting place. She is a passionate leader in the arts community and a visionary thinker who has left her mark on major cultural institutions throughout the Puget Sound region.

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KELLY SALING: Mastermind

Masterminds are always a few steps ahead. They are confident, analytical, and have a clear vision for the future. Kelly Saling represents that, and then some. As the Vice President of Sales & Services at Visit Seattle, Kelly is constantly planning for the future, strategizing for ways to make an impact in the business events industry, and leading her team into the future.


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