Mentors amass to give career aid fast


What could you learn in 10 minutes with an executive or public official?

Here's your chance to find out. The Walla Walla Leaders Network and Young Professionals of Walla Walla are teaming up to offer the first Walla Walla Speed Mentoring event April 17.

Participants will have 10-minute one-on-one sessions with various community and business leaders. The meetings are an opportunity to ask questions and discuss topics that are meaningful and related to each individual's professional aspirations, including career development, managing job stress or work/life balance, strategies for career planning, managing challenging employees and growing as a leader.

The event is also a chance to build relationships with potential career mentors. It is geared to people at all points in their careers, whether just getting started, already a senior executive or somewhere in the middle.

The roster of mentors includes: Peter Allen, vice president/senior trust and financial adviser for Baker Boyer Bank; Kyle Bradbury, owner, American Family Insurance agency; Rob Blethen, publisher, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin; Zachary Fraser, general manager, Walla Walla Sweets baseball team; Alex DeMambro, architectural designer, USKH Inc.; Steve Moss, executive director, Blue Mountain Action Council; Doug Simcock, owner, Windermere Property Management; and Gina Popovic, executive vice president at Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho.

Speed Mentoring will run 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Walla Walla Public Schools district office, 364 S. Park St. The event is free. Lunch will be available for purchase with a reservation at


Bacon Eggs will be serving up lunch starting this week.

The downtown Walla Walla eatery that specializes in locavore ingredients -- meaning locally grown goods -- will officially launch lunch service Thursday, according to an announcement on Facebook.

Lunch will run 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Breakfast will continue to be served all day, which is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. daily except Wednesdays when it's closed.

Bacon amp; Eggs operates in a transformed former gas and service station at 503 E. Main St. In addition to breakfast and lunch, it features breakfast cocktails, beer and Stumptown coffee.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at or 526-8321.


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