Washington State Employee Assistance Program Offers Stress Management Resources for 2020 Election Season

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Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on the Washington State Employee Assistance Program Website

The upcoming presidential election may be a source of anxiety and disagreement for many people across the country. Additional hurdles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, and tension from recent social unrest, present unique challenges not faced in years prior. The Greater Good Science Center reported that the election is a significant stressor for more than 2/3s of U.S. adults (according to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association), with another new report finding that nearly 70% of us worried about widespread violence erupting after election results are announced (from the nonpartisan organization More in Common).

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has compiled some resources which to help provide support and guidance for employees, managers and leaders as we make our way through this election season. Here are links to the most helpful resources we’ve seen so far:

For employees –

For managers, leaders and HR –

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to EAP for support and guidance for yourself, your employees or your organization at 1-877-313-4455 or online.

November 2020 Meeting Preview

Legislature and Getting to Know Your Subcommittees

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Joanna Eide, assistant director of government and external relations for the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises, OMBWE, will give a presentation on the Washington state legislature at the ICSEW’s November meeting. Following her presentation, meeting attendees will be divided into breakout rooms to learn about the ICSEW’s subcommittees and participate in interactive subcommittee work.

The meeting will take place via Zoom and streamed on Facebook Live from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, November 17.

About Joanna Eide: Eide joined OMBWE as its government and external relations director of January of 2020. Eide also serves as the agency’s tribal liaison as well as its small business liaison. Prior to OMBWE, Joanna was the legislative director at the Department of Natural Resources, where she developed, managed, and oversaw all legislative affairs for the agency. Prior to DNR, she was the Policy and Rules Coordinator and Tribal Liaison at the Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Subcommittee Breakout Room Instructions

ICSEW representatives and alternates will need to select a subcommittee at the time of registration. The registration link will have the option to select a subcommittee. You will be assigned to the subcommittee you selected at the time you register. If you select “uunsure” to which subcommittee to learn about/join, you will have the option to select one during the meeting.

Note: All ICSEW representatives are required to serve on at least one subcommittee during their term. The ICSEW has eight subcommittees to choose from: communications, conference, legislative & policy, membership, mentorship, professional development, public outreach and partnerships. Descriptions on the subcommittees’ work can be found here or by visiting each subcommittee page.

Registration Information

Zoom: To participate via Zoom, please register for the meeting on EventBrite.

 After you register, you will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link.

The agenda will be posted to the ICSEW current agenda page at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Facebook Live: To attend the meeting via Facebook, please visit the ICSEW’s Facebook page at the time of the meeting. A recording of the meeting will also be posted to the ICSEW’s Facebook page under the videos tab a couple of days after the meeting.

Meeting Etiquette

Please refrain from using the video function during presentations. Due to a high volume of attendees, it can put a strain on broadband and disrupt the audio and visuals of the presenters. We welcome—and encourage—you to turn your cameras back on during smaller group breakout sessions.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resources

Submitted by Julie Hyde, Washington State Department of Health

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Since 1987, October has been the month to raise awareness of domestic violence and observe its victims. Domestic violence is a pattern of cruel behavior where one person uses abuse to control another. Domestic violence can be physical, emotional, financial, sexual, and psychological; it can occur between partners, relatives, and even divorcees and ex-partners. One statistic states at least one in four women and one in nine men have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime, and domestic violence accounts for about 15% of all violent crimes in the U.S. 

Domestic violence was already an epidemic before COVID-19, but the health crisis has caused a tremendous spike in incidents of abuse. Even as lockdown restrictions are lifted, the abuse will not simply end. It remains a critical time for survivors, and greater awareness, education, and bystander intervention are desperately needed. This October, join us in activating bystanders and sharing information that can help those who are experiencing violence during this unprecedented time.

“This is unlike any other time, and I admit it, I am afraid. But my fear cannot be compared to that of people who live in abusive homes. In my 17 years working with domestic violence victims, never have I felt so terrified for those who could now face increased intensity and frequency of abuse.” ~ Pamela Zaballa, NO MORE Global Executive Director (entire article https://nomore.org/listening-from-home/)

We are capable of making a change by informing others and providing resources.


The Power and Control Wheel – signs and signals of an abusive relationship:

  • Isolation: This is when your partner controls what you do or whom you meet. The perpetrators use jealousy to justify their heinous actions.
  • Peer Pressure: When your partner threatens to expose your weakness. They may also spread rumors about you.
  • Emotional Blackmail: This is one of the most common abusive actions. It’s when your companion makes you feel bad about yourself for no reason. It includes name-calling and blaming you for their wrongdoings.
  • Using Social Status: It happens when they treat you like a servant or slave. Basically, entitled brats demeaning you and taking away your self-esteem.
  • Intimidation: Making you fear them through gestures, actions, or looks. It may also include destroying your things, abusing your pets, and damaging your lifestyle.
  • Threats: Did your partner ever threaten to leave or commit suicide? Oh yeah, it’s also a form of domestic violence.
  • Sexual Coercion: Getting you drunk or drugged to have sex. Threatening to take your children away just because you said ‘No’ to sex.
  • Denial of Abuse: When your companion denies their abusive behavior and in turn blames you for it.

The Equality Wheel – (the good stuff) signs of a healthy relationship:

  • Non-threatening Behavior: Talking and acting in such a way that makes you feel comfortable and safe. It helps you express yourself and talk about any issues you may have.
  • Negotiation: Your partner acts rationally and looks for a common ground to resolve your conflicts without any fuss.
  • Shared Responsibility: When your partner accepts to share the work among you. Also, they like to make common decisions together.
  • Economic Partnership: You and your partner take all the financial decisions together. While doing so, you also make sure that it benefits both of you.
  • Respect: Honors your personal space and listens to you without any type of judgmental remarks.
  • Accountability and Honesty: Never lies to you or manipulates you. Accepts their mistakes and discusses them with you.

How to get Help

If you recognize one or more of these things in your relationship, please get help. Contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline, call, chat, or text, 24 hours everyday, 800-799-7233 or 800-787-3224 (TTY)

Resource guide and overview: https://domesticviolence.org/

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence – https://wscadv.org/get-help-now/

National Resource Center for Domestic Violence – https://nrcdv.org/

Domestic Violence Awareness Project – https://www.dvawareness.org/

Domestic Violence Awareness Month PSA – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1e42rxgjVE

Heart-to-Heart Conversation – My DV Survivor Story – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5skI1_cgL3M

Today is Indigenous People’s Day

By Rachel Friederich, ICSEW Communications Chair

Today, Oct. 12 is Indigenous People’s Day. holiday that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. It is celebrated across the United States on the second Monday in October, and is an official city and state holiday in various localities.

The notion of an Indigenous Peoples Day took root at an international conference on discrimination sponsored by the United Nations in 1977. South Dakota was the first state to recognize the day in 1989, and the cities of Berkeley and Santa Cruz, California, followed. California and Tennessee observe Native American Day in September, according to a recent article in USA today.

Though some groups argue that Columbus Day celebrates Italian American heritage, many say the holiday glorifies an exploration that led to the genocide of native peoples and paved the way for slavery.

Though Washington State is not on the list of states that officially celebrate it, many local cities and municipalities recognize the day as Indigenous People’s Day.

The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women celebrates diversity and stands with our Native communities and Natives employed by the state of Washington as allies. ICSEW has recently added tribal land acknowledgements at the start of its meetings and is actively recruiting a pool of volunteers who can rotate in to fulfil this role. There has also been some talk with the Office of Financial Management to add a Native Community Business Resource Group to its growing number of BRGs. The OFM coordinates formation of these groups, and the ICSEW collaborates with these groups to promote intersectionality and anti-racism in state government through its partnerships subcommittee. We often cross promote their events, trainings and news on our blog.

Virtual Events

Because of the pandemic, in-person events related to Indigenous people’s day have been curtailed. However, many groups and universities are hosting virtual ones.

Here are a few:

RELATED CONTENT: Commentary: Tribal Land Acknowledgements https://icsew.wa.gov/2019/11/29/commentary-tribal-land-acknowledgements/

ICSEW Drive Supports Victims of Domestic Violence, Local Businesses Amid Pandemic


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October 1, 2020

The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, ICSEW, is sponsoring a gift card and supplies drive for organizations that provide services and resources to women and individuals who are victims of domestic violence. In light of the COVID 19 pandemic, police departments and civic groups are reporting a spike in domestic violence cases statewide. Mandated stay-at-home orders have put victims in close proximity to their abusers.

“This is an opportunity to help empower Washingtonians who are taking the difficult steps to protect the wellbeing of themselves and their families. These are strong, brave individuals and to be a part of bettering their lives falls in line with so many of ICSEW values.” said ICSEW Public Outreach Co-chair, Jasmine Pippin-Timco.   

“This is a great opportunity to make a difference twice with one gesture as many local businesses and restaurants are struggling to stay afloat through the pandemic,” said ICSEW Public Outreach Co-chair, Debra Lefing. “Donating a gift card helps a survivor obtain meals or supplies and gives a much needed boost to a business owner.”

The drive starts Oct.1 which also marks the beginning of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The drive runs through the spring of 2021. Recipients will be SafePlace and The Emergency Support Shelter (Western Washington) and New Hope (Eastern Washington).

How to Participate:

For Individuals: To ensure safe, no-contact delivery, ICSEW is encouraging the public to mail gift cards to charitable organizations for local businesses that carry items in need. Types of business include restaurants, grocery/convenience stores, gas cards, any place that carries hygiene items, food, diapers/baby wipes and cleaning products.

Any business that carries items in need is a great place to purchase a gift card from. If you are an immune compromised individual or do not feel comfortable purchasing a gift card in-person, the ICSEW’s Annual Charity Drive page will have an updated list of businesses that offer no-contact purchase options. ICSEW will coordinate with the business to arrange delivery of the gift card to the specific organization.

Western Washington:

Eastern Washington:

  • New Hope (Grand Coulee, Moses Lake, Mattawa, Othello, Quincy, Royal City) C/O: Tina Steinmetz 311 W 3rd Ave, Moses Lake, WA, 98837

For Local Businesses: If you would like add your company to the list of participating businesses, please contact the ICSEW’s Public Outreach Subcommittee Co-Chairs.

For Western Washington businesses please contact jasmine.pippin-timco@lcb.wa.gov and for Eastern Washington businesses, please contact debra.lefing@atg.wa.gov.

For more information about the gift card drive, please visit the ICSEW’s Annual Charity Drive webpage, https://icsew.wa.gov/events/charity-drive/

The ICSEW’s Public Outreach Subcommittee has a vested interest in supporting community organizations that share the ICSEW values of Wellness, Advocacy, Leadership, Integrity, Fostering growth and Empowerment.

About the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women:

The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, ICSEW is made up of governor-appointed state-employees from various agencies. The ICSEW seeks to better the lives of state employees through advocacy, outreach, opportunity, and by advising the Governor and agencies on policies that affect state-employed women.

Mission: To better the lives of state employees by advising the Governor and agencies on policies that affect state-employed women.

Vision: Enriching lives through advocacy, outreach, and opportunity.

For more information about the ICSEW, visit, https://icsew.wa.gov.

September 2020 Meeting Recap

By Rachel Friederich, ICSEW Communications Chair

Editor’s note: Regular membership meetings are streamed via Zoom and Facebook live. You can view the recordings of the meetings and see the presentations on the ICSEW Facebook page. Click on the videos tab.

Cybersecurity and helping formerly incarcerated individuals overcome barriers to employment were topics presented at the September 2020 regular membership meeting.

What’s Next Washington

Susan Mason and Roz Solomon shared the story of how they co-founded What’s Next Washington, an organization that works to improve the ability of people with conviction histories to reenter society and achieve long-term economic stability.

Mason shared her story of how she struggled to obtain employment following a years of domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse and spending 15 months in a federal prison. Prior to prison, she worked as a loan processor in the mortgage industry. She had the education and licensing and years of work experience. But after her sentence ended and years after paying her legal financial obligations, employers didn’t see anyone else but a criminal.

“I was not sentenced to permanent unemployment, but this industry didn’t want me,” Mason said.

This experience is what led her to cofound What’s Next Washington. What’s Next Washington is an organization that works to help overcome barriers to employment for justice-involved individuals.

Mason shared one of the Projects What’s Next Washington is working on is the Partnering for an Inclusive Workforce Project (PIWP) while using the Formerly Incarcerated Talent (FIT). guide. What’s Next Washington held focus groups of hiring managers, CEOS and human resources staff from various industries. The most common concern employers said they had when screening formerly incarcerated individuals was that they did not have a proper way to vet potential candidates. What’s Next Washington worked to develop a tool for employers, FIT. Information on FIT, and other resources on identifying biases, and workshops and trainings and sourcing talent can be found on the What’s next Washington website.


The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted most of our activities online. From teleworking, to banking, attending school to most of our commerce, most of our interactions have shifted to the digital world.

Kim Triplett-Kolerich, senior investigator for the office of the Attorney General’s Financial Crimes Unit, gave some tips on how to keep your personal information safe as we rely more and more on contactless ways to do business.

Triplett said a good defense against identity theft is to freeze your credit with each of the three major credit bureaus: Experian, Equifax and Trans Union (note: You must place an individual freeze with each bureau) Placing a freeze on your credit can prevent certain third parties from accessing your information, which can be a useful tool against identity theft. When your credit is frozen, lenders who don’t already have a relationship with you will generally won’t be able to pull your credit report or open accounts in your name.

Triplett also said to be aware of using debit card machines at brick-and-mortar stores. She said to be suspicious if the store says the card chip reader is broken. She said that could be a telltale sign that there may be a card skimmer installed.

Triplett-Kolerich said she is available for speaking engagements for small community groups and non-profit organizations.

Kim Triplett:-Kolerich-  https://www.integrityblue.com/ email:  kim@integrityblue.com

ICSEW Recruiting Individuals to Deliver Native Land Acknowledgements

The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, ICSEW is recruiting for an individual (s) to deliver Native Land Acknowledgements at meetings and events.

Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.

Part of this effort is to be deliberate in including an Indigenous Land Acknowledgement at the beginning of each of our general membership meetings. Our goal is provide space for Indigenous identities and agency for Indigenous voices to be heard, welcomed, and honored.

We are respectfully reaching out to those of Indigenous descent, whether your people are federally recognized or not, in search of those who would be willing to share an Indigenous Land Acknowledgement at the one or more of our ICSEW general membership meetings. Individuals do not need to be state employees nor members of the ICSEW.

The ICSEW meets the third Tuesday of each odd numbered month from 8:30 a.m to noon. Due to the pandemic, ICSEW is hosting its meetings virtually, via Zoom and Facebook Live until further notice. The Land Acknowledgement is held briefly at the start of each meeting.

If you are interested please contact us at ICSEW@ofm.wa.gov

Gov. Inslee Announces Three New Appointments to Women’s Commission


From the Office of Gov. Jay Inslee:

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed three commissioners to the Washington State Women’s Commission earlier this month. Quinn DalanAnna Franklin, and Vicki Lowe are the newest members of the Commission working to dismantle structural barriers facing women in Washington. Regina Malveaux was named commission director in August

Dalan serves as executive director of the Yakima County Volunteer Attorney Services. She began her career as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Yakima and has spent most of her legal career in the county. Dalan is an active member of YMCA Yakima’s iMentor program and other service organizations in Yakima County working to help women, especially women in marginalized communities, move past systemic and institutional barriers. 

Franklin has 27 years of experience working to improve healthcare disparities, currently serving as director of clinical effectiveness for Providence Health Care in Spokane. In this role, she works to address all social determinants of health within different communities. Franklin has sat on the Ethics Committee and served as chair of the Diversity, Inclusivity, and Equity Committee, both at Providence.

Lowe currently serves as executive director for the American Indian Health Commission in Sequim. Lowe is a member of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe in Washington state and Bella Coola First Nation in Canada and began her career in health care after seeing first-hand the inequities facing tribal members in accessing health care services. 

“These three women have invaluable knowledge and expertise of the ways in which different socio-economic factors impact women in our state,” Inslee said. “I know that they will be valuable additions to the Commission and I look forward to working with them to make Washington a more equitable state.” 

“I am extremely excited to have such a talented and experienced group of appointees as we continue the important work of the Women’s Commission,” Malveaux said. “The Commission’s mission of improving the lives of every woman in the state of Washington by ensuring equitable opportunities and removing systemic barriers has never been more important. Together, with the passionate women who serve on the Commission, I look forward to working toward a day when every woman will be healthy, safe, prosperous and empowered to achieve their full potential.”

EAP Webinars on Mental Health and Wellbeing during COVID Schedule for Sept/Oct

EAP is offering webinars on a variety of COVID-19 related topics to support emotional and mental health and wellbeing. Register for an upcoming live session or view a pre-recorded session on-demand below. More sessions will be added regularly.

EAP also has a website with links by topic to helpful resources from addiction to finances to parenting to support for marginalized communities.

(New) Leading the Human Side of Change

From the Washington State Employee Assistance Program:

Leading the Human Side of Change

We are currently experiencing a rapid transformation of the workplace. As a leader, you may find yourself struggling with how to navigate and lead your team through the challenges that can come with change. In this webinar you’ll learn about the human side of change, how change impacts you as a leader and your work group, strategies to support your team through change, and what resources are available to support both you and your employees.

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020  2:00pm-3:30pm  Register

Navigating Change in Challenging Times

In our ever changing world, learning how to navigate change is an essential skill—one that can be developed. In this webinar we’ll talk about the impact of change, actions you can take to navigate change based on your unique response to stress, and resources available to support you.

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020  8:30am-10:00am  Register
  • Thursday, October 1, 2020  1:00pm-2:30pm  Register
  • Thursday, October 22, 2020 2:00pm-3:30pm  Register

How to Build Resilience When Your Job Involves Helping Others in Crisis

This webinar is intended for those who are supporting others in crisis e.g. customers, clients, students, employees/staff. During this webinar you will learn how your mind and body responds to stress, possible impacts on your emotional and physical well-being, strategies to build resilience, and supports and resources available to you.

  • Thursday, September 24, 2020  2:00pm-3:30pm  Register
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020  10:00am-11:30am  Register
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020 10:30am-12:00pm  Register

For more resources and to view a list of recorded webinars, visit https://des.wa.gov/services/hr-finance/washington-state-employee-assistance-program-eap

Registration is Open for State Government Lean Conference

State Lean Conference is Going Virtual this Year

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The Washington State Government Lean Transformation Conference is going virtual this year, and we invite you and members from your agency to register now!  It  is first-come, first-serve, and the conference usually fills up quickly, so register as soon as you can.

This year’s virtual event will be held over several days between October 20 and 29, and allows you to customize your learning by signing up for sessions that fit in with your schedule.  It’s also an exciting opportunity for Washington state employees located across the state to participate without travel or additional expenses.

This year’s theme is “Improve, Iterate, Adapt – A Better Future for Washington.” We will focus on the tools and techniques of Lean and continuous improvement, while also recognizing an even greater need to adapt to changing times.


Registration will be a different process than in past years – you will need to sign up for each session individually. Watch this short video for helpful tips about registration. The basic steps are:

  • Visit our website to learn about the sessions
  • Register for EACH session you’d like to attend
  • When you get the confirmation email, ADD the Zoom appointment to your calendar

Visit our website for the event schedule, session descriptions, FAQs, and tips on engaging successfully at an online conference.


The conference will feature over twenty sessions that target a variety of different skill levels – there will be something for everyone!

Highlights include:

  • Opening remarks by Gov. Jay Inslee and RW director, Christy Bezanson
  • Two keynote addresses by Vann Smiley (Executive Director of One Washington) and Karen Martin (Lean expert, author, and President of TKMG Inc)
  • Breakout sessions presented by public and private-sector Lean and continuous improvement expert partners

We’ll deliver sessions using Zoom Webinar and post recordings of the sessions after the conference. As part of our commitment to inclusion and continuous improvement, will provide live captioning for all sessions and ASL interpretation as needed.


Admission is still free. In past years we asked attendees to bring a canned food item for donation. This year you have the opportunity, if you choose, to give back through the Combined Fund Drive, either via the general fund or your favorite member charity.

Please visit our conference website for more information.

Look forward to “seeing” you in October!

The Results Washington Team

Results Washington | Office of the Governor

results@gov.wa.gov | www.results.wa.gov