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August 24, 2018

Policy Summit offers connections, insights for Washington employers

By: Andrew Lenderman   Comments: 0
Alaffia co-founder Prairie Rose Hyde talks about her company's social mission to support women and families in Togo and west Africa at AWB's 2017 Policy Summit. She spoke during a session on how businesses can do good for their communities and the world. (Photo: Brian Mittge/AWB)

AWB’s 2018 Policy Summit is right around the corner and will offer fantastic networking and practical information for employers and entrepreneurs from all over the state.

This year’s event is scheduled for Sept. 18-20 at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum. AWB has assembled a strong lineup of guest speakers and expert panels that will cover a variety of current issues facing employers, from workforce skills to artificial intelligence and portable benefits and the latest updates on workforce development efforts by state education leaders.

Tuesday afternoon features a panel discussion on early childhood education, which is increasingly seen as a necessary investment for a healthy state economy now and in the future; remarks from Ana Mari Cauce, president of the University of Washington, and Kirk Schulz, president of Washington State University; and a panel on the skilled workforce of the future, which includes State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Executive Director Jan Yoshiwara, Washington Student Achievement Council Executive Director Mike Meotti, which will be moderated by St. Martin’s University President Roy Heynderickx.

Wednesday’s schedule is packed with updates from CEOs of major Washington companies, like Brad Sawatzke of Energy Northwest; a look at the future state growth with a panel on “Growth Management: Population, Workforce and Housing;” and, discussions on portable benefits in the gig economy, taxes and artificial intelligence.

Attendees at the 2017 AWB Policy Summit talk during a break. (Photo: Brian Mittge/AWB)
AWB’s signature event also offers ample time for networking and creating connections between businesses large and small, and Washington employers and state officials. Overall, the 29th annual Policy Summit is a great way to get involved with Washington’s policymakers and job creators and influence the future of our state.

Register today and get involved in the conversation about ways to keep Washington competitive.

Be sure to join the evening reception and dinner, and the AWB Board meeting on Thursday morning.

For questions about this year’s event, contact Kelli Schueler at or 360.943.1600.