Virtual Workshop: Working Alone Together Tuesday, March 31

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ICSEW is partnering with Renee Smith, Founder of A Human Workplace, to bring you this timely opportunity for support. “A Human Workplace Virtual Gathering: Working Alone Together” takes place Tuesday, March 31 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon via Zoom.

We are all working in a time of unprecedented challenges. We know you’re trying to adapt to this very difficult time. Many of us are facing loneliness, stress, and overwhelm but perhaps also strangely some hope. We may be struggling to work with kids at home or with the isolation of being alone 24/7. We may be questioning our value and purpose. We may enjoy working from home and the short “commute.” But we may also be worried about the safety of vulnerable family and friends or our financial security.

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Renee Smith

We want you to know that we care about you and want to support you during this time of uncertainty.

We are partnering with Renee Smith, founder and CEO of A Human Workplace who is offering Virtual Gatherings via Zoom.  This Gathering will help us to…

• Connect with each other while we are in the middle of this experience.
• Discuss practical tactics for building our person to person connection while we are isolated.
• Discover hope for the future and resilience to sustain us while we get there.

Join us for a conversation about “working alone together” in the age of COVID-19.

There is no charge to register and attend this event. Register here today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-human-workplace-virtual-gathering-for-icsew-working-alone-together-tickets-101099051986

For information on A Human Workplace visit www.MakeWorkMoreHuman.com

Women’s History Month: How State Employed Women Have Impacted Our State’s History

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By Amal Joury, ICSEW Chair

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, I want to encourage you to reflect on the work  the newly-formed Blacks United In Leadership and Diversity (BUILD) business resource group ICSEW does and continues to do.

Since before Washington gained its statehood from a territory in 1889 to now—women have been making an impact in government and laws regarding gender equity in all aspects of society. ICSEW is no exception.

Women’s History Month began as a celebration of Women’s History Week, the week of March 8th. In 1987, Congress passed a law designating March as Women’s History Month.

This year marks the centennial of the 19th amendment, which legalized the right to vote for United States citizens regardless of gender. Thus, the national theme for this year’s Women’s History Month, set by the National Alliance for Women’s History, is “Valiant Women of the Vote”. After decades of lobbying and fighting for women suffrage, women secured the right to vote on August 18, 1920 when the 19th amendment was ratified in the United States.

The fight for suffrage would not have been successful without women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B Anthony, Sojourner Truth and numerous lesser known women, like Harriet Forten Purvis, Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, Adelina “Nina” Otero-Warren, Zitkála-Šá, and more. Visit the Exhibit at the Library of Congress to learn more about the long battle women waged to secure the right to vote.

(Editor’s Note: The Washington State Historical Society, is hosting programs in communities throughout the state this year to commemorate the centennial of women’s suffrage, and has several free online exhibits and curricula, and offers some ways you can get involved. Visit https://www.suffrage100wa.com/ for more information.)

As part of the continued legacy of women fighting for their right to vote, and for equal participation in all facets of life, Washington’s former governor, Albert Rosellini, created the first iteration of the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, ICSEW, in 1963 in response to President Kennedy’s Commission on the Status of Women.  This national commission was established to investigate questions regarding women’s equality in education, the workplace and under the law.

Washington state’s subsequent governors continued this work.  ICSEW expanded to include representation from educational institutes and the judicial system in Washington. In 2006, ICSEW was opened to representation from all state agencies and institutes of higher education.

Most recently, Gov. Jay Inslee reaffirmed ICSEW via Executive Order 16-04 – committing his administration’s support to improving the lives of state employed women.

Part of ICSEW’s mission is examining and defining issues that pertain to the rights and needs of women employed in state government and to make policy recommendations to the governor and state agencies with respect to desirable changes in programs, polices, and laws especially in the area of education, training, career development and other conditions of employment.

ICSEW is also given the authority to advise state agencies on the development and implementation of comprehensive and coordinated policies, plans and programs focusing on the special issues and needs of women in state government.

Please join BUILD and ICSEW in celebrating Women’s History Month by taking time to learn and reflect on our collective national past, honor the sacrifices made by the scores of women before us, celebrate their hard won successes, and create visibility around the gaps that remain. There is still a lot of work to be done to bring us all closer to equality.

For a comprehensive look at ICSEW history, visit our About page.

To subscribe to BUILD’s mailing list, click here: Join our Mailing List

Megan Matthews, BUILD chair also contributed to this article.

 

National Take Your Child to Work Day is April 23–and We Want to Hear about Your Experiences

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Children of employees of the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor, Wash. pet a dog in the prison’s animal adoption program during a “Take Your Child to Work Day:” event in 2018. Photo Courtesy Washington State Department of Corrections

by Rachel Friederich, ICSEW Communications Chair

National Take Your Child To Work Day, also known as Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work® Day is April 23. 

It’s recognized nationally on the fourth Thursday of April each year. The annual event, now in its 26th year, is an educational program in the U.S. and Canada where parents take them to work with them for one day.

From the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day website: 

It encourages girls and boys across the country to dream without gender limitations and to think imaginatively about their family, work and community lives. This national, public education program connects what children learn at school with the actual working world. Children learn that a family-friendly work environment is an employer and family issue and not just a woman’s issue. Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work helps girls and boys across the nation discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life.

Equity in the workplace for all genders is a subject ICSEW strives to promote and is a key to our work throughout our committee’s history.

Showing what a child’s parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future, and allowing them to begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to ensuring equity and inclusion remain a key value in workplaces in years to come.

If you or your agency is hosting a Bring Your Child to Work Day, we want to hear from you! We want to share your stories and experiences right here on our Interact Blog. Please send all submissions to icsew@ofm.wa.gov.   Please Include “Take Your Child to Work” in the subject line.

In the meantime, check out some tips on how to make Take Your Child to Work Day a Success.

Free Webinar: Maintaining Your Composure in the Face of COVID-19

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Submitted by WaTech

A webinar for state employees on how to maintain composure through the COVID-19 epidemic is set from 8-9 a.m. Friday, March 20.

The webinar is called: Keep Calm and Carry On: Maintaining Your Composure in the Face of COVID-19. You may register (no charge) at this link.

The webinar is presented by Workplace Options in partnership with the Washington State Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a service of the Department of Enterprise Services. The EAP also offers a guide: Coping with Stress During an Infectious Disease Outbreak.

Here is a description of this Friday’s webinar:

The COVID-19 outbreak has led to widespread fear on a global scale. The pervasive impact of the outbreak on a humanitarian and economical scale has caused many of us to experience extreme levels of uncertainty and anxiety. As every person and every organization tries to quickly adapt to the constantly changing situation, societal stress levels remain high. Given that stress has an adverse impact on our immune system, it is more important than ever to maintain a healthy sense of perspective, focus on practical ways to adapt to the situation and respond to the outbreak with calm and composure.

The webinar will cover:

  • Strategies to tackle feelings of anxiety and stress.
  • Practical techniques for working from home.
  • Ways to address signs of panic in the workplace.
  • When to reach out for further help and support.

For more information about the EAP, visit their website or call 877-313-4455.

 

Upcoming Online Training: 3 Ways to Manage Stress in Uncertain Times

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by Rachel Friederich, ICSEW Communications Chair

In light of current events, many state workers have been encouraged to telework. Amy Leneker, who has presented at many ICSEW meetings and is the founder of Compass Consulting is offering three upcoming training sessions on how to manage stress in uncertain times.  The courses are online, so you can participate from home!

3 Ways to Manage Stress in Uncertain Times

  • April 1 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
  • April 1 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm
  • April 28 from 10:00 – 11:00 am

Register online at www.AmyLeneker.com/Events

Contact:

Amy Leneker, MPA

Leadership Consultant &

Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator

Compass Consulting, LLC

Email     Amy@CompassConsultingTeam.com

Phone   (360) 455-7600

Web      www.CompassConsultingTeam.com

International Women’s Day is March 8

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Shaesta Waiz, an Afghan-American professional pilot, has been flying solo around the world to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) among girls. She shared her inspiring story with schoolgirls in Kabul of how she achieved her ambitions as the daughter of an Afghan immigrant. UNDP Afghanistan/Omer Sadaat (2017)

Think equal, build smart, innovate for change

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

The 2019 theme Think equal, build smart, innovate for change focuses on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.

The achievement of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions, particularly when it comes to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

Read more about International Women’s Day on the UN’s website: https://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/

 

Upcoming Training: Leadership 101: Makings of a Great Leader

Latino Leadership Network

The Latino Leadership Network has its monthly Lunch and Learn March 9. This month’s FREE session is Leadership 101: Making of a Great Leader.  The event takes place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Department of Labor and Industries, 7273 Linderson Ave SW in Tumwater.

From the Latino Leadership Network:

Have you ever wondered if you would make a good leader? Are you curious to know the key strengths and attributes of a great leader? Continuing with last month’s theme of ‘Finding Your Pathway to Leadership,’ the Latino Leadership Network (LLN) presents Leadership 101: Making of a Great Leader. This interactive learning experience, led by Human Resources Specialist Denise Miño, will draw upon the experience and knowledge of well-established leaders, while welcoming the insights and questions of new and aspiring leaders.

This workshop will reveal the mindset, values and virtues great leaders possess.

All state employees and guests are welcome. Events put on by the LLN are considered employee development activities and can be attended on work time with supervisor’s approval.

This event is highly interactive and is best enjoyed in person, and will not be broadcast live on social media or recorded. If you plan to attend, please RSVP here.

 

ICSEW Recruiting Participants for Mentorship Pilot Program

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The ICSEW is recruiting participants for its mentorship pilot program!

We’re looking for up to 40 people who want to serve as mentors and/or want to be mentees. The program’s official launch is May 21. Applications for mentors and mentees will be taken through March 11.

Note: If you want to be both a mentor and mentee or are interested in serving in either role, please fill out both forms.

Mentee Application Form

Mentor Application Form

Mentees will have an opportunity to:

  • get one-on-one support, motivation and role modeling
  • get advice on career exploration, personal and professional goal-setting,
  • strengthen networking contacts

Mentors will get a chance to:

  • Develop their leadership skills
  • Receive recognition for their legacy of personal knowledge, insights, and experience
  • Share in the growth of the mentee
  • Have an opportunity to explore their own philosophies and expertise.
  • For the State of Washington:
  • Pass on knowledge, skills, and confidence
  • Help employees step into leadership roles and bring more value to the organization
  • Provides for a recruiting tool
  • Improves retention of a high-performing workforce

Mentees and mentors will be paired for six months. Throughout the duration, mentors and mentees will meet regularly, at intervals they deem appropriate to discuss predetermined goals.

All participants will be required to attend three group meetings with program organizers to receive information and to give program feedback.

Visit the ICSEW’s Mentorship Pilot Program webpage for more information.

QUESTIONS? Contact Stacy Hiatt at stacy.hiatt@oah.wa.gov or (360)-407-2773.

ICSEW Bill Alert E2SSB 5291

As part of its work, the ICSEW Legislative and Policy subcommittee provides Bill Alerts during the current legislative cycle. Its purpose is to inform state employees of pending legislation that may impact them.

As state employees, we cannot use state time or resources to lobby for or against legislative proposals in accordance with RCW 42.52.160 and RCW 42.52.180, laws concerning ethics in public service and use of public resources for political campaigns.

ICSEW asks that you share opinions in an ethical way, using your own personal time, phone, computers, devices and resources.

View full PDF here: ICSEW Bill Alert E2SSB 5291

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ICSEW Bill Alert: SB6213

As part of its work, the ICSEW Legislative and Policy subcommittee provides Bill Alerts during the current legislative cycle. Its purpose is to inform state employees of pending legislation that may impact them.

As state employees, we cannot use state time or resources to lobby for or against legislative proposals in accordance with RCW 42.52.160 and RCW 42.52.180, laws concerning ethics in public service and use of public resources for political campaigns.

ICSEW asks that you share opinions in an ethical way, using your own personal time, phone, computers, devices and resources.

View full PDF here: ICSEW Bill Alert SB 6213

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