Advocacy, Leadership Empowerment, Diversity

Professional Development Conference

2022 Professional Development Conference on Nov. 1 & 2

The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women and the Washington State Women’s Commission are pleased to announce their 2022 Personal and Professional Development Conference - "Lead From Where You Are". This virtual conference will take place November 1 & 2.

Tickets are $50 per day or $80 for access to both days. 

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Conference schedule and details

November 1 - Day 1 of the Conference

Singer/Songwriter Ericka Corban wears more hats than just one. Along with her success as a touring recording artist, she is also a published children’s book author, community activist, and full-time nomad. She lives tiny with her husband and their 5 children as they “roam school" and travel around the country.   

Corban appeared on Season 12 of THE VOICE and her content has been viewed over 2 million times across her various social media platforms. Her music has been placed in Indie Films, as well as Starbucks' global playlist. She has shared the stage with legends such as Robert Cray, Rodney Crowell, & Air Supply. 

Corban is always looking for ways to serve and give back to the community. Her song "Comeback Kids" is the theme song for a California non-profit organization that supports at risk youth.  

 “I Stay” was the featured song in the film, 1700 Miles; a mini documentary highlighting a Middle School teacher who rode his bike down the west coast from Canada to Mexico to raise awareness and support for suicide prevention. 

She has been involved in raising tuition funding through the charitable event “Play it Forward” hosted by the Bishop Center for Performing Arts in Western Washington. 

She also travels regularly to public and private schools for “Author Readings” bringing her music and books to elementary students all across the country. 

Corban’s children’s books have touched the hearts of thousands of children in the US and around the world. You can listen to a special audio version of Tippy the Owl, voiced by their young son, on YouTube. 

Connect with her on YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, & Instagram 

Session Description: The Imposter Syndrome defined, "is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their skills, talents or accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a ‘fraud’". Based on this syndrome, continuing doubts about people and individual defense mechanisms are considered difficult to achieve healthy relationships. While early research focused on the prevalence among high-achieving women, imposter syndrome has been recognized to affect both men and women equally."  

A Few Common Signs of Imposter Syndrome Include: 1. Self-Doubt, 2. An Inability to Realistically Assess Your Competence And Skills, 3. Attributing Your Success to External Factors, 4. Berating Your Performance, 5. Fear That You Won't Live Up To Expectations, etc. 

Presenter Bio

Billie Wright 

Leadership Consultant & Performance Coach  

Human Resources Consultant & Advisor 

The Leneker Team 

Billie Wright is an accomplished HR and operations strategic leader with 20+ years’ progressive people operations and executive leadership experience in various industries, scaling and leading teams, coaching for greatness, driving culture and change transformation, and strategy execution at all levels to achieve business results.  

Billie currently serves as a Leadership Consultant and Performance Coach with the leadership consulting firm, The Leneker Team. She previously served as the VP of People Operations for a public benefits corporation and for the WA State Employment Security Department (ESD) as the Chief Human Resource Officer. Prior to serving as ESD’s CHRO, she also served as their Chief Learning Officer where she led and directed the agency’s employee engagement initiatives, training program, leadership development and executive coaching program. Furthermore, Billie also served as the Director of Human Resources for the WA State Department of Labor and Industries (LNI).  

Billie is a Master Certified Engagement Curriculum Facilitator, nationally certified Crucial Conversations® instructor, certified change management practitioner, DEI practitioner and certified leadership and management coach. She is also a skilled facilitator who brings a sense of fun and curiosity into her presentations!  

In addition to her work accomplishments, Billie currently serves as the 2022 President-Elect of the Austin SHRM Chapter and on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Board for  

Billie hails from Texas by way of Louisiana, enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. She is a graduate of Western Governor’s University, holding a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management and a master’s degree in Management and Leadership. 

Session Description: General Manager Erin Lydon leads Poker Power, a company with a mission to teach one million women how to play the game...the game of poker and the game of life. Learning to think, strategize, assess risks and allocate capital, like a winning poker player, is a game-changer for career acceleration. In this session, she will share the story of pivoting from an in-person business to building a virtual community across 40 countries with 150 corporate partners. She will detail the leadership skills and strategies that can be honed by playing poker that directly translate to workplace success, including:

  • Negotiation
  • Risk Management
  • Capital Allocation
  • Problem Solving

Presenter Bio

Erin Lydon 

Managing Director & GM

Erin worked on Wall Street when pregnancy was hidden, and pay was secret. As a thought leader and frequent speaker on the topic of gender equity, Erin inspires audiences to take action and create change in their communities and organizations.   

Prior to joining Poker Power, Erin was the Strategic Advisor to Evil Geniuses, a legendary esports team which competes in Dota 2, Counterstrike: Global Offensive, Valorant and League of Legends.  Erin was a Vice President at JP Morgan, as well as an independent director on the boards of Marbles: The Brain Store and Roomlinx. She served as an adjunct instructor at Whitworth University teaching Strategy to MBA students. For eight years, she led N. Idaho XC, an elite cross-country team where she coached 20 All-American athletes and two National champions. 

Erin’s recent speaking engagements include TEDx, Money 20/20 USA and Money 20/20 Europe, Monaco Positive Impact Summit, Future Business Leaders of America, Galvanize/Fairy Godboss, Prime Global Women’s Leadership Summit, and AWS Women’s Summit.  

Erin received her MBA in Finance from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and her BA in English from Bates College.  Erin lives near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with her two teenage daughters and enjoys alpine skiing, scuba diving, running and spectating Formula 1.  

LinkedIn: Erin Lydon | LinkedIn 


No Limping No Limping Allowed - YouTube 

Power of the Pause The Power of Pause - YouTube 

Own the P&L Own The P&L - YouTube 

Session Description: Many people are shy of accepting praise or highlighting their professional achievements to the detriment of their own career success. Learn about the tools to reframe limiting beliefs of advocating for yourself. Become comfortable sharing your wins effectively and authentically. Everyone deserves to be rewarded equitably for their amazing achievements! 

Shailvi Wakhlu 
Sr. Director of Data at Strava 

Shailvi is the Sr. Director of Data at Strava. As a data professional, former software engineer, and entrepreneur, she has had the opportunity to build some great products. She has influenced large and small companies, such as Salesforce, Fitbit, and the company she co-founded. Shailvi is passionate about fostering equity in the tech industry and is committed to providing knowledge and mentorship to underrepresented groups. Her vision is that one day everyone in STEM feels empowered to advocate for themselves, so they keep growing in their careers.

Session Description: No matter where you are or what your role is, you can powerfully impact your workplace to be more loving and human. In this session explore the business and human reasons for a more loving workplace, our responsibility to be a catalyst for more love and options for engagement. Learn the mindset and focus needed and practical strategies for making that impact along with what to do if your workplace is not open to a human-centered way of working. This workshop will help you go forward to create your own more loving and human future for your team and your life!

Renee Smith, MSOD 

Founder and CEO of A Human Workplace 

Renée Smith (she/her) is the CEO of A Human Workplace, a human culture consultancy, and the Center for a Loving Workplace, a community of practitioners, leaders, and change-makers advancing thought-leadership on making work more loving and human. She served in the Governor’s Office as Director of Workplace Transformation for the State of Washington. She led award-winning culture change work as Director of Organization Development for the Department of Enterprise Services. She's spoken to hundreds of audiences in nine countries, is a prolific blogger, and appeared on numerous podcasts effectively making the business and human case for love. Smith earned a Master of Science in organization development from Pepperdine University. She lives in Tacoma where she loves to entertain guests in her home and spend time by the water. 

Share takeaways, moments of enlightenment, ideas, and opportunities for improvement with others. Take a moment to reflect on the day and what two things you can change to Lead Where You Are! 

November 2nd - Day 2 of the Conference

Session Description: Claim your confidence! Confidence matters to you, your community, your workplace, and the world. Learn how to navigate conversations and relationships with confidence.

Logan Reed, MBA, PCC 
Logan Reed Coaching 

After leaving a 15-year career in Human Resources, Logan opened her private coaching practice in 2011. She is a graduate of Accomplishment Coaching, is PCC credentialed and a Certified Conversational Intelligence® Coach who believes that each of us can make significant contributions to our work and personal worlds when we have the tools and support to change our self-limiting thinking. Logan loves bringing the neuroscience of Conversational Intelligence® to individuals, groups and teams who want to make a difference in their organizations regardless of their title or role.

Session Description: Work with your boss and leaders to obtain the best results for everyone. How do you build cooperation and understanding to support change. You don’t have the be the “boss” to lead.

Councilmember Tammy Morales

Councilmember Tammy Morales is trained as a community and regional planner and has spent her career working with frontline communities on local issues including food security, displacement in low-income neighborhoods and community-centered development.

Session Description:What do you envision when someone tells you to look “professional”?  For many women, experience has taught us that looking professional means putting on makeup, straightening our hair, wearing specific types of clothing, adhering to a specific vernacular, and altering our physical appearance in various other ways that have no correlation to our ability to do the work. Join this panel of “professional” women as they share their experiences with compliance, assimilation, and even joyful rebellion of what it means to “look the part” as a woman in the workforce.


Michaela Doelman is the State Chief Human Resources Officer at the Office of Financial Management. She has been a state employee since 2007, working at WSDOT, COM, DES, ESD and OFM.  Michaela is a working mom, raising four beautiful human beings and still trying to figure out what a healthy work-life balance looks like. As an HR leader for the state, she is a firm believer in acknowledging that our current systems were not designed to work for everyone and collaborating across sectors and teams to rebuild more equitable and inclusive systems going forward. Knowing that we can only build what we can imagine, she is a firm believer in empowering teams to not be limited to accepting our current state, but instead to continue to push and build for a more just and more equitable future.  

Dr. Allyson Brooks is currently the Director of the Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and the State Historic Preservation Officer and has served in this role under three governors. Prior to that, she was an archaeologist for the Minnesota Department of Transportation where she balanced protecting historic properties with the delivery of transportation projects.  

Prior to going to Minnesota, she was the staff archaeologist for the South Dakota Historic Preservation Office. Dr. Brooks has been part of archaeological investigations across the United States from Alaska to South Dakota, Wyoming, Nevada, Maine and Connecticut. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from University of Nevada, a MPA from the University of Washington, a Certificate in environmental regulation from the University of Washington, an M Sc. in industrial and historical archaeology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, a BA from McGill University in Montreal Canada, and a 2nd degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. 

Dr. Brooks has been President of the League of Women Voters of Thurston County, on the board of the Thurston County Dispute Resolution Center and is currently President of the Board of Temple Beth Hatfiloh. She has taught historic and environmental law for the National Preservation Institute around the United States to federal employees, tribal staff, and environmental consultants. 

Megan Matthews is the Assistant Director of Shared Power Design with the Office of Equity, pursuing equity and justice for all Washingtonians. Megan also co-teaches a Masters’ Program at The Evergreen State College, emphasizing democratic governance and social change for current and future public administrators. She is committed to a lifelong journey of pursuing and living the values of equity and justice.  

Megan earned her master’s degree in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College. She is certified as a Prosci® Change Management Practitioner, a Diversity Professional (CDP) and a Diversity Executive (CDE). Megan is the past chair for BUILD, Washington State's Business Resource Group for Black State employees. She is passionate about social justice and ensuring fairness for everyone, especially the next generation that includes her daughters, nieces, and nephews. 

Emily Beck became deputy director of OFM in March 2022. She previously served as OFM’s HR director for nearly three years. Besides overseeing day-to-day operations at OFM and advising the agency director on a broad range of issues, Emily plays a key leadership role across state government as she helps oversee enterprise-wide projects and initiatives. 

Prior to joining OFM in 2019, Emily was chief operations officer at the Department of Enterprise Services, where she had previously served as HR director. Before joining state government in 2017, she held HR and senior operations leadership positions at Target Corporation. Her leadership passions include building and empowering talented teams, championing continuous improvement of critical processes, and advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion as key components of organizational culture. 

Mikia Guy is a dedicated leader and change agent with a passion for policy, advocacy, and improving community relations while promoting equity and fighting social injustice. In her almost 20 years of experience in both the public and non-profit sector, she has developed a strong understanding of the importance in working collaboratively to direct the work of multidisciplinary stakeholders to implement evidence-based practices, advance policies, and create systems change. Mikia loves a challenge and is excited to promote equity and sustainable organizational change. She has a Master of Science in Administration of Human Services, received her certification as a Prosci (c) Change Management Practitioner in 2021, and her certification as a Diversity Executive (CDE) in 2022. Currently, she serves as the Director of Equity and Grants for Serve Washington and Outreach subcommittee co-lead for Blacks United in Leadership and Diversity (BUILD), Washington State's first Black Business Resources Group. Mikia's leadership philosophy includes living in the lanes of kindness, integrity, grace, and respect.

Letty Gomez-Esposito is the Assistant Director for Human Resources with the Office of Financial Management (OFM). Since joining OFM’s HR team in late 2018, Letty has played a vital role in helping guide OFM’s HR division, and the agency, through a period of incredible growth and change.   

Letty is a passionate leader and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. As she says, “This is not something that will be achieved through just policies and protocols. I will make sure this work is a top priority and create a safe environment for our employees to always show respect for one another, be curious about inclusive workplace solutions, and by leaning into uncomfortable situations to continually learn new ways to do business.”  

Prior to joining OFM, Letty worked for nearly four years as an HR consultant for the state Department of Corrections, after working for a short time in the private sector. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland’s global campus and earned her HR management certificate from the University of Washington.  

Letty grew up in La Habra, California, and has lived in Washington since 2013. She and her husband live in Tenino with their two beagles and a tuxedo cat. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking and cross stitching. 

Session Description: Your life is full of demands, which can lead to burnout.  Pressure and anxiety can have harmful effects in your workplace, home-life, and on your health. Sharon shows how you can use that stress in a positive way. Her presentation will keep you laughing while also inspiring you to think of the roadblocks in your life in a new and positive light.

Sharon Lacey

Motivational Humorist 

In addition to being a sought-after keynote speaker, Sharon is also an internationally touring headlining comedian. She performs in comedy clubs all across the USA and Canada and has been to Iraq twice to entertain U.S. troops. She’s also been on four comedy tours of Africa, where she performs for Ugandan audiences in two of their tribal languages.  

Sharon is the author of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO DEMENTIA: A Stand Up Comedian’s Race Against Time

All of this comes after Sharon’s earlier careers as a radio DJ, television news producer, and a national award-winning middle school teacher. 

Share takeaways, moments of enlightenment, ideas, and opportunities for improvement with others. Take a moment to reflect on the day and what two things you can change to Lead Where You Are! 

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