ICSEW Announces New Member Appointments

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The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, ICSEW, is pleased to announce two new committee appointments. The Office of Financial Management has appointed Ayanna Colman as its agency representative for the ICSEW. The agency has also appointed Carly Kujath as an alternate representative.

Colman is a senior performance advisor and Kujath is a capital budget assistant.

“I am confident that Ayanna and Carly will be great assets to ICSEW in its efforts to better the lives of state-employed women,” said OFM Director David Schumacher.

As per the committee’s bylaws, state agencies are allowed to have one representative for every 2,000 employees.

 

Agents of Change: Washington State History Museum Celebrates Jewish Women

The year 2020 marks the centennial of women’s suffrage in America. Several organizations have holding celebratory and historical events as the anniversary draws near. The Washington State History Museum has a new exhibit celebrating Jewish women who have influenced Washington state’s history and culture. It opens April 28, 2019.

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Image from Washington State Jewish Historical Society digital archives

Agents of Change: 20 Remarkable Jewish Women of Washington State opens April 28 at Washington State History Museum

Tacoma, WA – What do Carrie Brownstein, Nancy Pearl, and Marcie Sillman have in common? They are all from Washington. They’re all in the public eye – Brownstein co-created both the Washington-based band Sleater-Kinney and the sketch comedy television show Portlandia. Librarian Nancy Pearl is a best-selling author (the Book Lust series, George & Lizzy, and others), literary critic and the former Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book at Seattle Public Library. Marcie Sillman is a broadcast journalist and NPR radio show host working with Seattle’s KUOW. One more thing they have in common is their inclusion in Agents of Change: 20 Remarkable Jewish Women of Washington State, an exhibition opening on April 28 at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. The exhibition is on view through June 2, 2019.

Featuring women who have made their mark in a wide array of fields including arts, activism, athletics, education, business, diplomacy, law, politics, religion, and philanthropy, Agents of Change shows the breadth and depth of the contributions Jewish women are making every day in our state and our world.

The Washington State Jewish Historical Society (WSJHS) developed this landmark exhibition in honor of the society’s 50th anniversary in 2018. They also developed award-winning supporting media for their digital museum, including videos and a podcast series.

“2018 was the Year of the Woman,” said WSJHS Executive Director Lisa Kranseler, “and as we were debating possible subjects for our 50th anniversary exhibit, it became obvious that this was the perfect choice. From our mothers and grandmothers to our teachers and community leaders, we have all been powerfully influenced by strong women who have guided and changed our lives. This exhibit is a way to honor all those women by focusing on twenty exceptional representatives from our state.”

Opening Day: Visitors can learn about the inspiration behind Agents of Change in the gallery at 1:45 on April 28 at the Washington State History Museum. Hear from Washington State Historical Society (WSHS) Director Jennifer Kilmer and WSJHS Director Lisa Kranseler, as well as special guests. WSHS and WSHJS members are invited to mingle on the museum’s mezzanine for an opening-day reception from 1:30-3:00.

“We are honored to feature Agents of Change at the Washington State History Museum. It is a terrific example of our mission in action – that is, partnering with our communities to explore how history connects us all,” said WSHS Director Jennifer Kilmer. “These leaders have made significant contributions in Washington and beyond. We’re proud to tell their stories. We’re excited to kick-off the upcoming 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in our nation with this celebration of Jewish women making history in Washington.”

More information at WashingtonHistory.org/events.

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Washington State Historical Society partners with our communities to explore how history connects us all. The Society’s most visible activity, the Washington State History Museum (WSHM) is located in Tacoma’s downtown core along Pacific Avenue among a thriving cultural scene. The museum features interactive permanent exhibitions about Washington’s past in the Great Hall, unique rotating exhibitions highlighting the Society’s collections, and dynamic feature exhibitions.

Address: 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
Hours: 10:00AM–5:00PM Tuesday through Sunday. Third Thursday of each month, 10:00AM–8:00PM.
Admission: Free for members; Adults $14; seniors (age 65+), students (age 6-17) and military (with ID) $11; free for children 5 and under; family rate $40 (up to two adults and four children under age 18). Patrons with a Washington Quest card and licensed Washington Foster Parents can attend for $1 per person or $2 per family.

Washington State Jewish Historical Society is dedicated to discovering, preserving, and disseminating the history of the Jews of Washington state and promotes interest in and knowledge of the life, history, and culture of the Jewish people and communities through publications, exhibits, displays, speakers, tours, and performance. For more information, please visit www.wsjhs.org.

How to Make ‘Take Your Child to Work Day’ a Success

By Jane Chapman, Department of Licensing  Representative & ICSEW Vice Chair

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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

Governor Inslee has proclaimed April 25, 2019 as this year’s “Take Your Child Work Day” for state agencies. It’s recognized nationally on the fourth Thursday of April each year. The annual event is an educational program in the U.S. and Canada where parents take them to work with them for one day.

“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 their achieving success,” national organizers say.

Here are some tips to make the event a success at your agency/work site.

  • Recommended Age Range. The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Foundation recommends the educational program for girls and boys be ages 8 to 18.
  • Get approval. Be sure to notify your supervisor that you plan to participate in the day.
    • Supervisors – If there are any staff in your area participating with their children, please ensure you are tracking the additional individual(s) as all individuals in a building need to be accounted for in case of an emergency (i.e. Fire, earthquake, terrorism, etc.)
  • Work schedule. Plan on having your child(ren) participate in your regular scheduled work day. If you need to leave early with your child(ren), you will need to submit a leave request accordingly.
  • Ensure confidentiality. Be mindful of sensitive records that you have in your work area.
  • Give a tour. Show your child(ren) around the workplace and introduce them to your co-workers, explaining what each person does.
  • Keep them busy. Involve and engage him or her in your daily routine, so they can see how you tackle problems and execute solutions.
  • Reward them for a job well done. They could be a future state employee in the making!

For more ideas on how to make the event a positive one for your child, check out the Bright Ideas Guide on the Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation’s website.

Is your agency hosting a “Take Your Child to Work Day” event? Tell us about it. We’d love to share pictures and write ups about your experience on our blog.

May Meeting Preview: Overcoming Gender Bias, Career Fair

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The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women has announced its speaker lineup for its May meeting. Karen Griego, senior product marketing manager for Amazon, will give a presentation on Gender Bias Patterns and How they Affect Our Careers.  Following the presentation, the ICSEW will be hosting its first ever career fair.

The meeting takes place from 8 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at the Department of Labor and Industries in Tumwater. Meetings are free and anyone may attend, regardless of gender or employment status. The meeting includes a catered, networking-style lunch, so all attendees must register though Event Brite.

Presentation Preview: Gender Bias patterns and How They affect Our Careers

Women still face adversity in the professional world. Often times, leaning in hasn’t been enough to overcome unconscious gender bias. Karen Griego will discuss four patterns of gender biases and how to navigate the ways these patterns affect our careers. She will also discuss and provide tool kits with tips on:

  • Searching for new roles
  • Writing a winning resume and cover letter
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Building your network.
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Karen Griego

About the Presenter:  Karen Griego is a senior product marketing manager for emerging devices at Amazon. Having worked in the tech industry throughout her career, she is no stranger to being the only woman in the room. Because of this, she is an Amazon “Bar Raiser” (an evaluator of potential candidates across the company) with goals to have more women on interview loops and to increase gender diversity.

Griego has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington and Master’s in Business Administration from Graziado School of Business. Some of Griego’s past positions include: senior global consumer marketing manager for Amazon Alexa, senior Americas marketing manager for Google Apps, and marketing manager for Amazon Consumer Electronics. Griego lives in the Queen Anne neighborhood in Seattle with her partner and two rescue dogs.

About the Career Fair:

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Human resources experts from state agencies and private companies will be present to provide group and individualized career planning guidance. Activities include mock interview panels, resume critiques, tips on creating LinkedIn Profiles, and more.

  • Bring several copies of your resume and receive feedback by HR staff.
  • Be prepared to have your professional headshot taken for your LinkedIn and other Social Media profiles.
  • Dress as if you were going to an interview.
  • Come ready to participate in mock interviews with HR representatives.
  • Interact with HR representatives for insight into Careers.wa.gov job postings and the application process.

Note: There will be a sign-up sheet for one-on-one sessions with Karen Griego during the career fair.

Meeting Information:

Time: 8 a.m to 4 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, May 21

Location: Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, 7273 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater, WA 98501

Cost: Free

Note: This meeting includes a catered, networking-style lunch, so all attendees must register through Event Brite https://icsewmeetingmay21.eventbrite.com.

Parking: The Department of Labor and Industries has a limited amount of visitor parking. There is some street parking along 73rd Avenue. An overflow parking lot is located behind Mountain View Church of the Nazarine, (on the freeway side) 940 Israel Road SW, Tumwater. Public transportation and carpooling are highly encouraged.

Questions? Email icsew@ofm.wa.gov.

 Agenda

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March 2019 Meeting Recap

The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, ICSEW, had another successful meeting March 26 full of informative presentations and interactive training. Below is a recap of the guest presentations. Note: Meeting minutes and training session handouts are available on our Meting Minutes page.

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Amy Leneker (far left) coaches a couple of meeting attendees during her Clifton Strengths seminar.

Amy Leneker

Amy Leneker gave an interactive training on identifying and maximizing one’s Clifton Strengths.

Clifton Strengths are named after Dr. Don Clifton, former chairman of The Gallup Organization. Gallup conducted several years of research on personality types. The research suggested people who best understand their strengths and behaviors will be best-equipped to deploy those strengths in their personal and professional lives.

Leneker showed meeting attendees how to find their top five strengths. She taught attendees how to best use those strengths, and recognize when those strengths become weaknesses. She did a couple of individual coaching sessions. Workshop attendees also got to team up with partners for an exercise that allowed attendees to brainstorm ways to combine different strengths.

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ICSEW reps, alternates and guests fill in responses in their Clifton Strengths workbook during a professional development training.

For more information on Clifton strengths or to take the Clifton Strengths assessment, go to:

https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/home/en-us/cliftonstrengths-how-it-works

Dr. Arne Gundersen

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Dr. Gundersen illustrates the effects of gum disease.

Dr. Arne Gundersen, from Gundersen Dental Care  in Thurston County gave a health and wellness talk. His presentation, “The Link between Oral Health and Wellness,” illustrated the correlation between periodontal disease and its impact on our overall health.

He said periodontal disease (the body’s inflammatory response to infections caused by buildup of bacteria and debris around the teeth and gums) can put you at risk for more serious diseases like diabetes and heart attacks.

He offered a series of preventative tips like using electric toothbrushes and/or a water pic.

Women’s History Month

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March is Women’s History Month. Rebecca Llewellyn, the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference and Events Manager for the Department of Labor and Industries also gave a brief presentation on events L&I sponsored for Women’s History Month.

L&I has a Women’s History Month Display in its lobby with a newsletter with Women’s History Facts and a list of books and movies on women’s history.

Health & Wellness: Oral Health Impacts Overall Health

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By Tanyah Williams, Washington State Patrol

Did you know healthy teeth and gums can affect your heart health?

Dr. Arne Gundersen, from Gundersen Dental Care  in Thurston County gave a health and wellness talk at at a recent ICSEW meeting. His presentation, “The Link between Oral Health and Wellness,” illustrated the correlation between periodontal disease and its impact on our overall health.

Using slides featuring oral anatomy drawings, Gendersen explained periodontal disease, an inflammatory response due to an infection or buildup of bacteria or debris around the teeth. Bacteria can infiltrate blood vessels and over time release proteins into the blood stream.

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Dr. Gundersen speaks at the ICSEW’s March 2019 meeting at the Department of Labor and Industries. Photo by Rachel Friederich

He also noted some research that links between oral health and the body’s cardiovascular system. For instance, Gundersen said there’s evidence that poor oral health can be linked to cardiovascular disease, which includes stroke heart attack and hemorrhaging.  Gundersen said researchers are also trying to figure out if poor oral health has a correlation to diabetes. He said researchers believe periodontitis can affect sugar levels in the body.

Gundersen offered some steps you can take between dentist appointments to improve your oral health to reduce your risk of periodontal disease and other serious health problems.

Dr. Gundersen’s Tips For Better Oral Hygiene

  • Brush and floss daily.
  • Invest in a water pic. This helps minimize the bacteria build up that brushing and flossing may miss.
  • Give an electric tooth brush a try. Brushing with a regular brush involves a lot of manual circular motions, which a lot of people don’t do correctly. An electric toothbrush does the motion for you.
  • Use bleach. Combine 1 teaspoon of bleach with one half cup of water to form a rinse.  Do this no more than twice a week.  DO NOT SWALLOW.
  • For those who grind and/or clench their teeth, use a night guard. Grinding and clenching teeth wares down bone quickly and a night guard can prevent this from happening.

 

 

Save the Date! 2019 Health and Wellness Fair is May 22

ICSEW 2017 blank flyer Vertical LgTUMWATER–The Interagency Committee’s annual Health and Wellness Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 at the Department of Labor and Industries in Tumwater. The event is free.

This year’s theme is “Homerun to Health.” Dozens of vendors will have booths on various health and wellness related topics. There will also be fitness booths, experts on nutrition, physical, mental and financial wellness and interactive presentations.

Attendees can take a survey for a chance to win a prize raffle.

The ICSEW Health and Wellness Fair is held in May to coincide with National Women’s Health Week, NWHW. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Women’s Health uses this week to encourage women to make health a priority and build positive health habits at every stage of life.

Location & Parking Information:

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries: 7273 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater

L& I has a limited amount of visitor parking spots. Overflow parking is at Mountain View Church of the Nazarine, 940 Israel Road SW, Tumwater

Click here for a downloadable flyer to share with your agency: Health Wellness Flyer 2019

ICSEW Professional Development Training Now Available Through LMS

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Did you know you can get ICSEW professional development training on your employee transcript?

If you’re a state employee, you can register for professional development trainings through the state agency Learning Management Systems, (LMS).

Here’s How: When logged into LMS, type in “WA State ICSEW” in the Course Catalog search field to view upcoming meetings and trainings.

Descriptions of all upcoming training will be posted on our blog and our upcoming meetings page.

Note: All meeting and event attendees must still register through EventBrite. Anyone who would like the training added to their transcripts should register through LMS after they have registered through EventBrite.

 Questions? Email icsew@ofm.wa.gov.

 

March Meeting Preview: Amy Leneker Teaches Clifton Strengths

Amy Leneker is our guest and trainer for the ICSEW’s March 26 meeting.

Leneker will present Clifton Strengths: How to Identify your Strengths and Meet Your Goals. This workshop will help you identify your top strengths and develop strategies for meeting your goals using those strengths.

Participants will leave the workshop with a personalized action plan to help them apply their strengths at work and beyond.

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About the presenter: Amy Leneker is a leadership development consultant and the founder of Compass Consulting. Leneker has more than 20 years in state government in various leadership roles. Leneker is known for her trusted advice, her track record of delivering results and optimistic attitude. Leneker has designed and delivered training to thousands of executives, leaders and practitioners.

Leneker holds holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and teaches graduate level courses in leadership development and public administration. Leneker and her husband have two mostly well-behaved children (and two rarely-behaved Labradoodles) and make their home in Olympia.

The workshop will take place during the morning portion of the meeting. The full meeting agenda will be published on the upcoming meetings page.

Registration: Registration for the meeting is now open on Eventbrite.

Meeting Information:

Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, March 26

Location: Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, 7273 Linderson Way Tumwater, WA 98501

Note: If possible, take the Clifton Strengths Assessment prior to the meeting. There is a $49 version that ranks all 34 strengths and a $19 version that ranks your top 5.It is not required, but will make the training more robust if you have taken it.

All meetings are open to the public, regardless of gender or employment status.

Parking: The Department of Labor and Industries has a limited amount of visitor parking. There is also a limited amount of street parking along 73rd Avenue. There is an overflow parking lot at the Mountain Church of the Nazarine, 940 Israel Road SW, Tumwater. Public transportation and carpooling are highly encouraged.

Questions? Email icsew@ofm.wa.gov.