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 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

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.

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Professional Development Opportunity

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National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is Thursday, April 25

National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is recognized on the fourth Thursday in April each year.  This annual event is an educational program in the United States and Canada where parents take their children to work with them for one day.


Employers are encouraged to invite employees to bring their children to work. For more information visit  Share your story on social media using #TakeOurChildrenToWorkDay


Our research found that National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day was founded by Gloria Steinem and the MS Foundation for Women in 1993.

DATE: April 25, 2019

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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:

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

March Meeting Information

Our next Membership meeting is Tuesday, March 26, at Labor & Industries, 7273 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater, WA 98501.

Please use the overflow parking at the Mountain View Church of the Nazarene at 940 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA 98501, just a block away.


Speaker: Amy Leneker, Compass Consulting,

Presenting: CliftonStrengths: How to Identify your Strengths and Meet Your Goals will help you identify your top strengths and develop strategies for meeting your goals using those strengths.  You will leave the workshop with a personalized action plan to help you apply your strengths at work and beyond. Whether you’re an individual seeking professional development, or a leader seeking to empower your team, this course will provide the tools and resources needed to use your strengths to meet your goals.  Attend this workshop and find out why people who use their strengths every day feel 6 times more engaged at work!

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.

 LMS Training Credit: ICSEW Membership meetings are available on the State Learning Management System (LMS)! Sign up through LMS to receive credit in your training transcript.  Members and guests are encouraged to sign up through LMS. All regular meetings are free and open to everyone, regardless of gender or employment status. Guests from outside State Government employment are encouraged to use Eventbrite to sign up for meetings.

Agenda: Meeting Agenda 03/26/19

RSVP: We look forward to seeing you there. Please RSVP using either LMS or Eventbrite.