2018 Spring Meeting

Tuesday, May 15 - Wednesday, May 16

May 15-16, 2018

The Davenport Grand Hotel, Spokane

Agenda as of 4.24.18

Tuesday, May 15

10:30 am Registration Opens Pre-Function
11:30 am Lunch Ballroom A/B
12:15 pm Opening Remarks Ballroom A/B
12:30 pm Lunch Keynote Ballroom A/B
  Tariffs, Trade, and Trump: A Trade Policy Update from Washington
  John Murphy, SVP, International Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce  
1:30 pm Break Pre-Function
1:45 pm Cannabis and the Modern Workplace  Ballroom A/B
  Mary Catherine McAleer, Government Affairs Director, AWB, Moderator
  Dr. Nicholas Lovrich, Regents Professor Emeritus, Washington State University  
  Jeff Bosma, President, Fast Way Transport  
  Mitzi Vaughn, General Counsel, The Cannabis Alliance and
Chief Legal Counsel, The Verte Advisors, Inc.
  Suzanne Thomas, Partner, K&L Gates
2:45 pm Break  Pre-Function
3:00 pm Struggles & Solutions: Implementing Paid Safe & Sick Leave and Preparing for Paid Family & Medical Leave
Birch Ballroom
  Bob Battles,Government Affairs Director & General Counsel, AWB, Moderator
  Matt Buelow, Paid Family and Medical Leave Policy and Rules Director, Washington State Employment Security Department  
  Allison Drake, Labor Standards Policy Advisor, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
  Michele Beehler, Senior Human Resource Manager, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc
  Michelle Hege, CEO, DH    
3:00 pm Automation in the Workforce
 Maple Ballroom
  Amy Anderson, Government Affairs Director, AWB, Moderator  
  James McCafferty, Director - Center for Economic and Business Research, Western Washington University  
  Dr. Anneliese Vance-Sherman, Regional Labor Economist,
Washington State Employment Security Department   
4:00 pm Break   Pre-Function
4:05 pm Tax & Budget Issues for 2019
Birch Ballroom
  Clay Hill, Government Affairs Director, AWB, Moderator
  Rep. Larry Springer, 45th District  
  Rep. Bruce Chandler, 15th District  
  Sen. Andy Billig, 3rd District  
4:05 pm Funding Rural Broadband Solutions
  Maple Ballroom
  Mike Ennis, Government Affairs Director, AWB, Moderator  
  Betty Buckley, Executive Director, WA Independent Telecommunications Association  
  Rep. Ed Orcutt, 20th District
  Melissa Sassi, Senior Manager Airband Initiative,
Microsoft Corporation
  Philip Hankins, ‎‎Senior Area Director, Engineering and Operations, T-Mobile West  
5:00 pm Afternoon Adjourn  
5:30 pm Member Reception Pre-Function/ Meeting Rm 1
6:15 pm   
Dinner  Ballroom A/B
7:00 pm Leadership Washington Graduation  Ballroom A/B
7:15 pm Dinner Keynote  Ballroom A/B
  Leading Your Team to Success –
  Captain Sully Sullenberger  
8:30 pm Dessert Reception  Terrace Rm East

Wednesday, May 16

7:30 a.m.
Breakfast Buffet
Birch Ballroom
8:00 a.m.
AWB Board Meeting Cedar Ballroom
 11:00 Adjourn

Find photos from last year's event online here and watch the wrap-up video below: