March 19, 2020

Tacoma Convention Center


Networking Reception 4:30pm-7pm

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

With new collaborative elements and networking opportunities, you will benefit from greater connections and practical solutions for today's workforce.

This event is ideal for workforce developers, employers, policy experts, state government, and non-profit agencies who are interested in addressing regional economic disparity and fostering positive action on strategic workforce development.

2020 Summit Agenda

9:00 a.m.
Registration Opens
9:30 a.m. 
  Kris Johnson, President & CEO, AWB
9:35 a.m. 
Workforce Wellness: Emotional Health in Today's Workforce, Finding Purpose & Joy in Your Work
  Amy Leneker, MPA, Leadership Consultant, Compass Consulting
10:00 a.m.
Women in Business-Challenges, Advantages & Opportunities 
  Sheryl McGrath, Associate Director, Washington Small Business Development Center
  Susan Perrault, Managing Director, Business Impact NW
10:45 a.m. 
Employment Law: Ask a Lawyer: Adjusting to new overtime rules, the minimum wage increase and PFML
  Laura Morse, Founding Partner, Jensen Morse Baker PLLC
11:30 a.m. 
Updates to Immigration Workforce Policies
  Dustin O'Quinn, Shareholder & Immigration Team Chair, Lane Powell
12:15 p.m. 
Short Break, visit vendors in pre-event area
12:30 p.m. 
Diversity and Inclusion: Employing a diverse team and encouraging inclusion and community
  Trinity Parker,Senior VP, Marketing & Communications & Public Affairs, Symetra Financial
1:15 p.m. 
Dependent Care Challenges 
  Jasmine Donovan, President & CEO,
Dick's Drive In
  Nicole Sohn, Director, Journey Discovery Center
  Michele Beehler, Human Resources Manager, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
2:45 p.m. 
Networking Break: Refreshments
3:15 p.m. 
What's Next? Future Policy Issues to be aware of
  Bob Battles, General Counsel/Government Affairs Director, AWB
  Amy Anderson, Government Affairs Director, AWB
 3:50 p.m.
Key Findings from the Third Annual Business in the Northwest Report
  Chip Hunter, Dean, WSU Carson College of Business
4:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m.

*Agenda is subject to change
Networking Reception: Washington's Workforce through the Decades: Beverages and Appetizers 

Nearby Hotel Accommodations

Hotel Murano