Can You Succeed…? with Michael Brown and Vicki Giles Fabre

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Can you succeed in business without really trying? Rising Star Project students are considering this right now, as they prepare for their production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying this weekend. Our Community Engagement Specialist Kwapi Vengesayi wanted to find out as well. Completing this three-part series, we meet Michael Brown and Vicki Giles Fabre and hear what they have to say.

Inspired by our production of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, I went out into the community to ask a few inspirational people from diverse backgrounds and professions a few questions about their success. Here were their answers.


Michael Brown is the Vice President of Community Programs at The Seattle Foundation. From 1997 to 2000, he served as a legislative aide to City of Seattle Councilmember Richard McIver. Michael also served as Deputy Director for the Washington Association for Community Economic Development, a non-profit organization that provided training and technical assistance to statewide community-based development organizations. Throughout his career, he has been devoted to work that positively impacts and uplifts diverse communities. A native of New Orleans, Michael received his Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Loyola University (New Orleans). Michael is a board member of Building Changes, Impact Capital, the King County Housing Authority and the Washington State Budget and Policy Center.

Hear what Brown had to say about mentors, being the best you can be and surrounding yourself with intelligent people.


Vicki Giles Fabre is the Executive Vice President of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA). Prior to joining the team at WSADA, Fabre worked as legislative counsel and held various administrative positions with the Washington State Legislature. Fabre has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Seattle, King County, Snohomish County YWCA, and for the Washington Federation of Highway Users.

In this interview, Fabre explains how theater and real life are the same and how strategies for succeeding in business are often the same as those for succeeding in theater.

Produced by KWAPI VENGESAYI, Community Engagement Specialist

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