Press Release

Tuesday, September 12

MEDIA ADVISORY: AWB Policy Summit Kicks Off Sept. 19

Three-day program will feature federal updates from members of Congress, panel discussions on state issues and trade policy, and a keynote address from former CEO of HP Carly Fiorina

OLYMPIA — State and federal leaders will join Washington employers, college presidents and others at the Association of Washington Business’s 28th annual Policy Summit Sept. 19-21 at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum.

This year’s Policy Summit begins with an expanded federal issues agenda that includes discussions about infrastructure and tax and trade policy. U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell will wrap up the three-day event by speaking Thursday morning.

Other speakers include Chris Reykdal, the state Superintendent of Public Instruction, consuls from Mexico and Canada and leaders from the employer community discussing issues ranging from education funding and climate policy to tax and fiscal issues and employment and labor policies.

The media is welcome to attend any part of the Policy Summit agenda listed below. Members of the media who would like to attend should contact AWB Communications Manager Bobbi Cussins at 360.943.1600.

AWB Policy Summit
WHEN: Sept. 19-21, program begins Sept. 19 at 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Suncadia Resort, 3600 Suncadia Trail, Cle Elum, WA 98922


Tuesday, Sept. 19

12:30 p.m. Welcome: Welcome video from Congressman David Reichert

12:45 p.m. Federal Overview: Key AWB issues

1 p.m. U.S. House Members: Congressman Denny Heck

1:40 p.m. U.S. Export-Import Bank Presentation: Scott Schloegel, first vice president & vice chairman of the board (acting), Export-Import Bank of the United States

3 p.m. Key Federal Issues Presentation – Infrastructure, Tax & Budget: Bruce Evans, chief of staff, Senate Appropriations Committee

4 p.m. Afternoon Adjourn

Wednesday, Sept. 20

8:45 a.m. CEO Panel

  • Susan Mullaney, president, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington
  • Justin Stiefel, CEO, Heritage Distilling Company, Inc.
  • Michael Senske, Pearson Packaging, moderator

9:30 a.m. College Presidents – Higher Education

  • Dr. Mary Cullinan, president, Eastern Washington University
  • Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., president, Saint Martin’s University
  • Amy Morrison Goings, Ed.D., president, Lake Washington Institute of Technology
  • Mike Schwenk, board chair, AWB Institute, moderator

10:40-11:20 a.m. Fourth Industrial Revolution

10:40-11:35 a.m. Giving Back with Your Business

  • Olowo-n’djo Tchala, co-founder and CEO, Alaffia
  • Prairie Rose Hyde, co-founder, Alaffia

12:15 p.m. Lunch Keynote: Jacob Morgan, futurist and best-selling author

1:15 p.m. Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal

1:45 p.m. Canadian & Mexican Consul Discussion

  • Paul Read, publisher, Spokane Journal of Business, moderator
  • Consul Roberto Dondisch, Head Consul of Mexico, Seattle
  • Consul General Brandon Lee, Consulate General of Canada, Seattle

2:45 p.m. Grow Here

  • Cara Coon, vice president, Government & Civic Relations Director, Cultural Enhancement, Umpqua Bank, moderator
  • Alex McGregor, managing general partner, The McGregor Company
  • Olowo-n’djo Tchala, co-founder & CEO, Alaffia
  • Josh Pan, M3 Biotechnology

3:35-4:35 p.m. McCleary & Response to Superintendent Chris Reykdal

  • Amy Anderson, government affairs director, AWB
  • Tim Knue, executive director, Washington Association of Career and Technical Education
  • MJ Bolt, board member, Washington State Board of Education

Environmental/Carbon Panel

  • Dr. James Conca, senior scientist, UFA Ventures, Inc.
  • Dan Kirschner, executive director, Northwest Gas Association
  • Tiffany Roberts, director, Legislative & Regulatory Policy
  • Western States Petroleum Association
  • Dorothy Rothrock, president, California Manufacturers & Technology Association

4:40-5:40 p.m. Issues coming to your (SM)all business (Employment Law)

  • Bob Battles, government affairs director and general counsel, AWB, moderator
  • Julia Gorton, state government affairs director, Washington Hospitality Association
  • Tammie Hetrick, vice president, Retail Services, Washington Retail Association
  • John Stuhlmiller, CEO, Washington State Farm Bureau

Tax & Fiscal Panel

  • Richard Davis, owner, Simeon Communications, moderator
  • Scott Edwards, shareholder, Lane Powell PC
  • Jared Walczak, senior policy analyst, Tax Foundation

5:40 p.m. Afternoon Adjourn

Thursday, Sept. 21

9 a.m. Federal Program Introduction

9:20 a.m. U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell

9:50 a.m. Break

10 a.m. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray

11 a.m. Adjourn

For the electronic agenda and to learn more click here.

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