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Friday, March 17

AWB Institute to tackle ‘generations in the workplace’ at first-ever Workforce Summit

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business Institute (AWBI) will host its inaugural Workforce Summit at Motif hotel in Seattle on Wednesday, March 22.

The goal of the event is to debunk generational myths and promote collaboration within a multi-generational workforce by giving employers, human resource professionals and business leaders the tools they need to harness talent and leadership skills as their workforce evolves.

“As boomers retire at record levels, Generation X is taking on those leadership roles and millennials are entering the workforce at levels higher than that of boomers back in the day,” said AWBI Director Amy Anderson. “Today’s employers are realizing the benefits and challenges of having a multi-generational workforce and what that means for leadership styles, mentoring and knowledge transfer. This event will get employers and human resource professionals thinking about the best ways to ensure the future success of their companies.”

The event kicks off at noon with keynote speaker Futurist and Economist Rebecca Ryan. She works with employers to help them understand the value of planning into the future what kind of workforce they will need and how to ensure a steady stream of workers from generation to generation.

Other speakers include WGU Washington Senior Public Relations Manager Jake Riddell, state Employment Security Department’s Labor and Market Performance Analyst Cynthia Forland and Marcella Navarro, human resource business partner for Cadet Manufacturing Company, among others.

Human resource professionals can receive continuing education credits for attendance at the event.

Information, registration and full agenda can be found at this link. Media is welcome to attend the event and should RSVP to AWB Communications Manager Bobbi Cussins at 360.943.1600 no later than Tuesday, March 21.

About the Association of Washington Business

Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes nearly 7,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 92 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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