2020 Workforce Summit

Thursday, March 19
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Recorded on March 19

AWB’s Workforce Summit brought together new ideas and innovative employers that shared tools to support the development of a world-class workforce in our state.

The recording of the event on March 19 has been sent to all registered attendees. This event was ideal for employers, policy experts, HR professionals, state government, and non-profit agencies and workforce developers who were interested in addressing regional economic disparity and fostering positive action on strategic workforce development.

The 2020 Summit Featured:

Congressman Derek Kilmer
Workforce Wellness: Emotional Health in Today's Workforce, Finding Purpose & Joy in Your Work
Amy Leneker, MPA, Leadership Consultant and Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator, Compass Consulting
Business in Washington: Ask an Expert-This all- women panel will address challenges, opportunities and advantages at every stage of business growth.
Jenefeness Tucker, Professional Development Life Coach & Personal Finance Consultant
Sheryl McGrath, Associate Director, Washington Small Business Development Center
Susan Perreault, Director, Business Impact NW
Kaylee Purcell, Director, Center for Business and Innovation
Employment Law: Ask a Lawyer: Adjusting to new overtime rules, the minimum wage increase and PFML
Laura Morse, Founding Partner, Jensen Morse Baker PLLC
Diversity and Inclusion: Employing a diverse team and encouraging inclusion and community
Trinity Parker,Senior VP, Marketing, Communications & Public Affairs, Symetra Life Insurance Company
Updates to Immigration Workforce Policies
Dustin O'Quinn, Shareholder & Chair Immigration Law Practice, Lane Powell
Dependent Care Challenges 
Jasmine Donovan, President & CEO,
Dick's Drive-In
Nicole Sohn, Director, Journey Discovery Center
Michele Beehler, Human Resources Director, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
Pathways to Bridging the Skills Gap
Lynn Strickland, Executive Director, Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee
Allison Budvarson, COO & Co-Owner, Out of the Box Manufacturing
Natalie Pacholl, Training Program Specialist, SEH America Inc
Bill George, Director of Workforce Development, Skills Inc
Closing Remarks
Jake Riddell, Senior Public Relations Manager, WGU Washington


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If you registered for the live event, we will email a recording to you upon request if you have not already received it.

Thank you to our sponsors



Cancellation/Refund Policy

We know your plans are never set in stone. Refunds of AWB's 2020 Workforce Summit registration fee, less an administrative fee of $50, will be made if notice of cancellation is postmarked no later than February 27, 2020. Registrants whose cancellation requests are postmarked after Feb. 27, 2020, will NOT be entitled to a refund. Cancellation of registration for this event must be made either in writing and mailed to Association of Washington Business, 1414 Cherry St Se, Olympia, WA 98501, Attn: AWB Workforce Summit, or by email at events@awb.org. Substitute attendees are permitted.


AWB is closely monitoring developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The health and safety of our members and guests is our top priority. AWB follows the latest guidance from state and federal health officials on this issue. Our staff is monitoring the Centers for Disease and Control, Department of Health and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department websites and will follow their lead should further steps need to be taken. For questions or more information, please contact Paulette Beadling at 360-943-1600.