2018 Policy Summit

Tuesday, September 18 - Thursday, September 20


Sept. 18-20, 2018

Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum

2018 Policy Summit - SOLD OUT

To be added to the wait list, please contact Kelli Schueler at KelliS@awb.org or 360.943.1600.

Tuesday, September 18

12:30 p.m. Registration Opens Rialto Pre-Function
12:30 p.m. Networking Reception Rialto Pre-Function
1:30 p.m. Welcome Owens Ballroom
  Kris Johnson, President & CEO,
Association of Washington Business
1:45 p.m. Early Childhood Education
Owens Ballroom
  Sarah Rittling, Executive Director, First Five Years Fund  
2:45 p.m. University Presidents Owens Ballroom
  Tim Schauer, President & CEO, MacKay Sposito, Moderator  
  Ana Mari Cauce, Ph.D., President, University of Washington  
  Kirk Schulz, Ph.D., President, Washington State University  
3:30 p.m. Break  
3:45 p.m. Tomorrow’s Skilled Workforce Owens Ballroom
  Roy Heynderickx, Ph.D., President, Saint Martin's University, Moderator
  Mike Meotti, Executive Director, Washington Student Achievement Council
  Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  Jan Yoshiwara, Executive Director, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks Owens Ballroom
5:15 p.m. Afternoon Adjourn  
5:15 p.m.
Reception Begins Rialto Ballroom

 Wednesday, September 19

7:00 a.m. Breakfast Owens Ballroom
7:30 a.m. Summit Welcome
Rialto Ballroom
  Michelle Hege, President, CEO, DH  
7:45 a.m. A Morning with Kristen Soltis Anderson
Rialto Ballroom
  Kristen Soltis Anderson, Author: The Selfie Vote, Partner & Co-Founder, Echelon Insights, and Contributor, ABC News & Washington Examiner
8:45 a.m. CEO Panel Rialto Ballroom
  Michael Senske, CEO, Pearson Packaging Systems, Moderator
  Esina Alic, CEO, Insitu Inc.
  Lucas Mack, Founder and CEO, 4th Avenue Media  
  Brad Sawatzke, CEO, Energy Northwest
9:30 a.m. Break
Rialto Ballroom
9:45 a.m.
Growth Management: Population, Workforce & Housing Rialto Ballroom
  Heather Burgess, Managing Member/Attorney, Phillips Burgess PLLC, Moderator  
  Alexander Casey, Policy Advisor, Economic Research Team, Zillow Group
  Joseph Tovar, Project Manager, The William D. Ruckelshaus Center   
  Clay White, Principal Planner, LDC Inc
10:45 a.m.
Rialto Ballroom
  Evan Oneto, Senior Government Affairs Representative, FedEx Corporation, Moderator  
  Kurt Beckett, Deputy CEO, The Northwest Seaport Alliance  
  Pearse Edwards, Acting Senior Director of Public Affairs, Port of Seattle
  Marshall Elizer, Assistant Secretary for Multimodal Development and Delivery, Washington State Department of Transportation
11:30 a.m. Break  
12:00 p.m. Lunch
Rialto Ballroom
12:30 p.m. The Human Side of Cyber-Security
Rialto Ballroom
  Jennifer Golbeck, Ph.D., Professor & Director of Human-Computer Interaction Lab, University of Maryland
1:35 p.m. Break  
1:45 p.m. Tale of Two Programs: Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family & Medical Leave
Rialto Ballroom
  Bob Battles, Government Affairs Director & General Counsel, AWB, Moderator  
  Roger Bairstow, Director, HR & Corporate Responsibility, Broetje Orchards  
  Jason Barrett, Lead Policy Analyst for Paid Family & Medical Leave, Washington State Department of Employment Security Department
  Allison Drake, Labor Standards Policy Advisor, Fraud Prevention & Labor Standards, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries  
2:45 p.m. Economic Outlook
Rialto Ballroom
  Jim Kerr, CEO, D. A. Davidson Companies, Moderator  
  Ed Crotty, Chief Investment Officer, D. A. Davidson Companies  
  Brent Williams, Research Analyst, D. A. Davidson Companies  
3:30 p.m. Break  

3:35 p.m. Taxes – How Does Washington Compare to Other States? Owens Ballroom
  Richard Davis, President, Simeon Communications, Moderator
  Jared Walczak, Senior Policy Analyst, Tax Foundation
  Jeffrey Gramlich, Professor and Director, Hoops Tax Institute, Washington State University
4:40 p.m. Mayor Panel
Owens Ballroom
  Paul Read, Publisher, Journal of Business, Moderator  
  David Condon, Mayor, City of Spokane  
  Frank Kuntz, Mayor, City of Wenatchee  
  Greg Wheeler, Mayor, City of Bremerton
  Update Social Media Profile Photo Station
Venera Ballroom
  Headshot Station for Members
6:15 p.m. Reception Rialto Pre-Function
6:45 p.m. Dinner Rialto Ballroom
7:30 p.m. Dinner Keynote Rialto Ballroom
  John F. Harris, Editor in Chief, POLITICO
  Honorable George Nethercutt, Former U.S. Representative
8:30 p.m. Dessert Reception Rialto Pre-Function

 Thursday, September 20

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
Rialto Ballroom
8:00 a.m. Board Meeting Rialto Ballroom
11:00 a.m. Adjourn

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