December 19, 2016
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Registration now open for Generation Workforce summit in Seattle

Each generation has its own perspective and strength. This can be a challenge -- or an opportunity. AWB's new Workforce Summit focuses on generational change and the ways this can energize a workplace.

Keynote speaker Rebecca Ryan, a futurist, economist and "human spark plug," will help all generations -- boomers, generation X, millennials and generation Z -- better understand and appreciate their commonalities and differences. Her tagline: "The future is ours to create."

Watch her speak here, visit her blog, or check out her books: "ReGeneration: A Manifesto for America's Next Leaders" and "Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation."

Reserve a seat now at the March 22 Workforce Summit, to be held from noon-7 p.m. in Seattle.

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Sustainability in Action

Aslan Brewing Company: Refreshing Environmental Success

By Washington Business magazine

Taking beer and building to a new, sustainable level, a craft brewer demonstrates how a time-honored cold beverage can take the edge off the climate.

With a commitment to organic ingredients, locally-sourced goods, and low-impact practices, the owners offer the community something new and refreshing, the sustainable way .
Read the full article in Washington Business magazine
Workforce Matters

We must train next generation for the jobs Washington is creating

By Amy Morrison Goings and Gary Oertli

In these politically stressful times, there's one priority everyone can agree on: putting people to work in Washington. People need great jobs just as employers need great talent.

The most recent proof comes in the form of research by the Boston Consulting Group and the Washington Roundtable. The report projects there will be 740,000 job openings in Washington over the next five years. Most of those openings will be filled by people who have postsecondary education or training.

The jobs range from entry-level positions, to "pathway" jobs that then lead to well-paying careers. Many positions require not just a high school diploma and not necessarily a bachelor's degree, but somewhere in between -- such as an associate degree, or a certificate backed by industry need, or an apprenticeship. Others require a bachelor's degree or higher.

That's why it's so important for the Legislature to fund the entire pipeline of education in Washington, from pre-kindergarten through college. At the center of that pipeline is Washington's community and technical college system.
Read the full op-ed in The Puget Sound Business Journal
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