Conference Keynote Speaker will be: Theresa Whitmarsh

We are pleased to announce that Theresa Whitmarsh will be the keynote speaker for the 2018 Professional Development Conference.

The annual professional development conference is our largest event. It draws more than 500 people each year and offers a variety of training sessions designed to help attendees grow and develop as leaders. The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St. Tacoma, Wash.

Whitmarsh will use her own story to talk about opportunistic risk-taking in relation to goal setting and career plans.

“Whitmarsh describes her own career as a non-traditional experiment rather than a perfectly planned path,” according to Stacy Conway, Whitmarsh’s executive assistant. “As a women leader, working in a traditionally male-dominated industry, Theresa has comined empathy, curiosity, communication and some big risk-taking to navigate her way into leadership.”

Whitmarsh joined the Washington State Investment Board in 2003 with 20 years of experience in business, government and media.  She has a Master’s degree in business administration, Pacific Lutheran University, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Seattle Pacific University. Whitmarsh serves as the chair of the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute, and co-chair of the Council of Institutional Investors. Whitmarsh is the immediate past director with the International Centre for Pension Management and also serves on the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance Advisory Board and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Investing.  She is a member of Advisory Board of Principles Investment Committee.

The daylong conference will be filled with more than a dozen workshops led by dynamic presenters including:

  • Navigating the Multi-Generational Workforce, Joanne Lee, Learning Design & Delivery Professional, Department of Enterprise Services
  • Culture Shift: Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change, Betty Lochner, CEO, Cornerstone Consulting
  • Amy Leneker Leadership Development Consultant, Compass Consulting
  • Mindfulness at Work, Larisa Benson and Vicki Oyadorami, The Athena Place

Cost to attend is $150. Registration information can be found at:

https://commerce.ayt360.org/Compass360WebPortals/eCommerce/org=icsew.wa.gov/request=eventTicketing/eventId=8F7DB8B4-7EFB-4691-BE16-DE3D81662E82