Seattle Small Business Owner Announced as Featured Speaker at White House Summit on Working Families

Makini Howell, owner of Plum Restaurants and a leader with the Main Street Alliance, will speak about Seattle’s landmark $15 Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Days laws during opening “Family Matters” Plenary.

***To schedule media interviews with Makini Howell, contact Joshua Welter at jwelter@mainstreetalliance.org

Washington, DC – Today, the White House announced that Seattle small business owner Makini Howell, owner of Plum Restaurants and a leader with the Main Street Alliance, will be a featured speaker at the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, DC on Monday, June 23rd

Following opening remarks from Vice-President Joe Biden, Howell will speak about Seattle’s landmark $15 Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Days laws on the opening Family Matters Plenary.  She will be joined on the panel by Harvard Economist Claudia Goldin, Ernst & Young CEO Mark Weinberger, and SEIU President Mary Kay Henry

The Family Matters Plenary takes place from 9:30-10:30am ET on Monday, and will be live streamed at workingfamiliessummit.org.   

Main Street Alliance leader Makini Howell, owner of Seattle's Plum Bistro. photo credit Main Street Alliance Main Street Alliance leader Makini Howell, owner of Seattle's Plum Restaurants.

Makini Howell Bio

Having grown up in the family business her parents started, Makini Howell is the Executive Chef and owner of the popular Seattle-based Plum Restaurants, a small business with 50 employees.   She serves on state and national leadership committees of the Main Street Alliance, a network of state and locally based small business coalitions, through which she has been a leader in passing Seattle’s landmark Paid Sick Days and $15 Minimum Wage laws, developed in collaboration with small business owners, labor unions, non-profit, and community organizations.  

Author of Plum... Gratifying Vegan Dishes, Howell has been recently featured on The Today Show, Queen Latifah, Better TV, The Talk, Self.com, Oprah.com, Los Angeles Times, People.com, Town & Country, Food & Wine, among others. 

Background on the White House Summit on Working Families

On Monday, the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Labor, and the Center for American Progress will host a Summit on Working Families to focus on creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans.  The President, Vice President, First Lady, and Dr. Biden will participate in the summit.

Workplaces that make full use of the talented pool of American workers are essential – to a thriving and healthy economy, to enable businesses to stay competitive in today’s global economy, and to help all workers ensure the economic stability of their families. Too many working Americans – both women and men – are living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to make ends meet and respond to the competing demands of work and family. The summit will convene businesses, economists, labor leaders, policymakers, advocates, and ordinary citizens to discuss policy solutions that can make a real difference in the lives of working families and ensure America’s global competitiveness in the coming decades.

For more information, visit workingfamiliessummit.org.

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The Main Street Alliance is a network of state and locally based small business coalitions. The Main Street Alliance and its state affiliates create opportunities for small business owners to speak for themselves on issues that impact their businesses and local economies.

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