Date: Tuesday, 04 October 2022
Time: 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Address: 1524 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA
Contact: Ahi Martin McSweeney
Location: Erickson Theatre
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CHBA brings you our inaugural Safety Forum! We know that safety is a critical component to Capitol Hill's economic vitality and that our businesses play a key role in it. In our first ever Safety Forum, CHBA seeks to provide small business owners and their staff with a half-day of education, resource development and relationship building around the topic of Safety. Coffee and breakfast bites will be provided.

Schedule and Agenda

  • 9:00am: Doors and Coffee Service
  • 9:15am - 10:00am: Opening address with Omari Salisbury
  • 10:00am - 10:45am: Security 101: Best Practice for Securing Your Business with Jesse Zamora
  • 11:00am-Noon: Bystander Intervention Training with Alisha Hauser

Learn more about our Speakers: 

  • Jesse Zamora (she/her) is from Los Angeles, CA where she was born and raised with the core value of helping others and serving her community. She comes from a family of Healthcare providers and spent 7 years working as an EMT before relocating to Seattle where, after some initial culture shock, she fell in love with the people that make up the city. Artists, musicians, the LGBTQIA community; all open, proud and thriving, Jesse got to know them from her work in the Security Industry. In 2021, after years of working for security companies, Jesse realized the life-long dream of owning a small business and became Co-Owner of STR8 UP Security. STR8 UP Security is based in Seattle, WA and is the first LGBTQIA and BIPOC owned Security Company in the country. As Co-owner Jesse works hard to provide an inclusive environment that accepts people for who they are and provides a safe, respectful workplace. Beyond services like, site security, event staffing and safety inspections, Jesse has an eye to the future in which they can provide workshops and trainings around maintaining personal safety as well as support for non-profit organizations that serve marginalized groups in need of protection.

    Visit STR8 Up Security to learn more about their services

  • Aisha Hauser (she/her), MSW is an accomplished religious educator, facilitator, author and advocate of equity and justice. She presents workshops across the United States on various topics including race, identity, microaggressions, how to have difficult conversations, leadership development among many others. Along with working to dismantle institutional racism, Aisha LOVES to teach, train and talk about healthy sexuality! Aisha is an approved trainer for the Our Whole Lives sexuality education program. This is a  fact based, sex affirming and sex positive program offered in Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ congregations all over the U.S. and Canada. Aisha was born in Egypt and has lived in 5 different states and three different countries.

    Visit Aisha’s website at Connect, Learn, Grow Consulting

  • Omari Salisbury (he/him), known as a journalist and media house owner, grew up in Seattle’s Central District — and in the darkroom. His father a photographer and his mother a radio personality, it was natural for him to slip into the broadcasting world. His passion for media has taken him to over 60 countries across the globe, where he developed his background in journalism and content creation, and earned titles as a Media Executive, Global Communications Manager, Marketing Director and many more in his various roles. He launched several TV and radio stations across Africa and the Middle East, and built East Africa’s first totally digital media monitoring agency in addition to negotiating content deals for over 40 countries. Following his successful career overseas, he returned to Seattle with a mission to uplift the stories of Black communities across the Pacific Northwest. In 2016, he launched Converge Media right in the heart of Seattle.

    Visit Converge Media Here



In an effort to prioritize access to this event we have a sliding scale ticketing system broken into 3 tiers. You can decide where you fall on the sliding scale by considering the following;

  • Tier 3: I have significant expendable income
  • Tier 2: I have some expendable income
  • Tier 1: I have limited expendable income

These tiers are adapted from the “Green Bottle” concept by Alexis Cunningfolk. To learn more about the theory of the sliding scale click here.

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