Shooting for the stars…

Courtney Vandersloot

Courtney Vandersloot, born in Kent, Washington in 1989 and standing at 5’ 8” plays point guard for the Chicago Sky. In third grade, Courtney wrote a paper on her desire to play for the WNBA. Completing her college career at Gonzaga University with 2,000 points and 1,000 assists, she became the only female named in the West Coast Conference three times, the WCC Women’s Tournament MVP  three times, and received the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award and the Nancy Leiberman Award. In 2011, she became the third pick in the WNBA Draft, played on the WNBA All-Star Game, and the WNBA All-Rookie Team. Courtney Vandersloot continually pushes herself in the game of basketball. Competing with a variety of players, she earned a space in the hearts of many as a strong team leader and an excellent athlete. Courtney shows us that size means nothing when you work towards your dreams

It’s almost that time of year again– Open Enrollment Time (November 1 -30, 2017)

Below is some great information from the Health Care Authority:

What changes can I make?

Not making plan changes for 2018? If you do not want to make changes to your health plan and it is still available in your area, you do not need to take any action. However, if you cover a spouse or state-registered domestic partner, you may need to reattest to the spouse or state-registered domestic partner coverage premium surcharge.


The PEBB Program’s annual open enrollment (November 1-30) is your chance to:

  • Change medical and dental plans.
  • Add or remove an eligible dependent from your PEBB health plan coverage.
    Note: If you enroll a dependent, you must provide proof of your dependent’s eligibility with your enrollment form, or the dependent will not be enrolled. Check the list of acceptable documents to submit on the Dependent verification web page.
    Exception: This does not apply to retiree subscribers enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B, unless enrolling a state-registered domestic partner.
  • Reattest to the spouse/state-registered domestic partner coverage premium surcharge.
    Note: UW employees must use Workday.
  • Enroll or re-enroll in the Medical Flexible Spending Arrangement and/or the Dependent Care Assistance Program through Navia Benefit Solutions, and choose your election amount(s) (available only to state agency and higher-education employees).
    Note: UW employees must use Workday.
  • Waive PEBB medical coverage if you are an employee and you are enrolled in other employer-based group medical insurance, TRICARE, or Medicare.
  • Enroll in employee medical coverage if you previously waived PEBB medical coverage as an employee.
  • Defer your PEBB retiree insurance coverage due to other qualifying coverage.  You must maintain continuous coverage in other qualified coverage to re-enroll in the future.
  • Enroll in PEBB retiree insurance coverage if you previously deferred your enrollment. Proof of continuous enrollment in other qualified coverage from the date of deferral will be required.

Ready to make changes?

Log in to My Account during open enrollment to:

  • Change your medical and/or dental plan.
     some exceptions may apply as forms may be required to change plans.
  • Waive PEBB medical coverage if you are an employee.
  • Reattest to the spouse or state-registered domestic partner coverage premium surcharge.

What’s changing with your PEBB health coverage in 2018?

Fighting for the rights of all…

Nettie Craig Asberry

Nettie Craig Asberry was the only free child born to Violet Craig in Kansas in 1865. A precocious child she played the piano and composed music at eight, and at 13 after meeting Susan B. Anthony, she became the secretary for the local suffragists club. In 1883, Nettie received her Ph.D. from the Kansas Conservatory of Music and Elocution, making her the first African American woman to receive a doctorate degree. Nettie spent her life teaching music and became the first organist and musical director at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church. Teaching music to all children many considered her home a “melting-pot” and she continued to play the piano every day of her life. While music allowed Nettie to bridge the gap of race, that was not enough. In 1913, she founded the Tacoma chapter of the NAACP. She led the fight against legislation to ban interracial marriage, the showing of Birth of a Nation, and the segregation of Ft. Lewis. In her honor, Tacoma formed the Nettie Asberry Cultural Club promoting black history in schools and communities. Dr. Nettie Asberry died in 1968 at 103 years of age, the following year the Mayor of Tacoma named May 11, 1969 Dr. Nettie Asberry Day. Dr. Asberry shows us to stand strong with our own truth.

Use MegaVote to keep informed


One important key to being involved in the political process is to be informed.

MegaVote tracks your US Senators’ and Representative’s votes by e-mail.

Each week (that Congress is in session) you will receive:

  • Key votes by your two Senators and U.S. Representative.
  • Links to send e-mail to your members of Congress using pre-addressed forms.
  • Upcoming votes for your review and a chance to offer e-mail input before they vote.

Use this weekly vote monitor to track the decisions made by your elected officials on key issues.

Sign up for services here

November 21st is the Next ICSEW General Membership Meeting – See you there!

Please remember to RSVP for our upcoming general membership meeting using EventBrite here: by November 14, 2017.

This meeting will have a catered lunch.

Date: 11/21/2017

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Labor & Industries, 7273 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater, WA 98501

November 21, 2017 General Membership Meeting Agenda

Driving Directions

Called to public service…

Rosa Franklin

Rosa Franklin, born in 1927, became the first black woman elected to the Washington State Senate serving the 29th Legislative District. Rosa studied nursing, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and English from University of Puget Sound and a master’s degree in social sciences and human relations from Pacific Lutheran University. Ms. Franklin worked at the Madigan Army Hospital, the Alice Hamilton Women’s Clinic, Hilltop Children’s Clinic, and Upjohn Health Care Services. An active member of the Democratic Party she served as the Precinct Committee Officer and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1976, 1988, and 2008. Rosa Franklin was elected to the State Legislature in 1990 and 1992. Ms. Franklin served four terms as the State Senator. Rosa Franklin sponsored the Washington Housing Policy Act establishing affordable housing and anti-discrimination and a bill allowing public financing for election campaigns. Her lifetime of service included the President Pro Tempore, the Majority Whip, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Washington State Democratic Party and induction into the Washington State Nurses’ Association Hall of Fame. Rosa Franklin encourages us to serve the communities we love.

Women Labor Stats!

Interested in Women Labor Stats! The answer should be YES.

The United States Department of Labor Women’s Bureau provides women labor stats. Subscribe to receive alerts and updates.

Visit for more information and for subscribing.

All the graphs are interactive. The data that populates the graphs are available through the website. For example, below is the Earning and Earning Ratio comparing reported women’s median annual earnings to male’s median annual earnings from March 1960 to 2014.

Earnings by gender 1967-2014Earnings by gender 1967-2014Adobe PDF Document

How to ace a JOB INTERVIEW

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How to ace a JOB INTERVIEW

This one day course will help you develop and master your interviewing skills. You will leave feeling confident and prepared to ace a job interview!

Learn to:
• Prepare for an interview
• Excel during an interview
• Evaluate your performance
• Create an interview action plan

Whether you are new to the workforce or looking to promote, this course will empower you with the knowledge and skills needed to ace your next job interview.
When: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Where: South Puget Sound Comm. College,  4220 6th Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $210

Trainer: Amy Leneker has 20 years (and counting!) of experience in state government. She has interviewed and provided career coaching to hundreds of state employees.

Register: Sign up through LMS or call the Department of Enterprise Services

Conservation as life…

Sally Jewell

Sally Jewell, born in 1956, was the 51st United States Secretary of the Interior, the second woman to hold this position. Inspired at the early age of nine by her love of the outdoors Sally began a lifelong path towards conservation and environmental protection. As Secretary of the Interior, Ms. Jewell established a process to offset large development projects with conservation, working within the 1906 Antiquities Act to preserve land. During her tenure, Ms. Jewell increased youth involvement kicking off the Every Kid Every Park program. This program gave fourth grade students, and their families a one-year pass to every national park. Sally approved the first phase of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, renamed North America’s tallest peak Denali, and streamlined the permitting process for youth organizations seeking backcountry permits. Sally Jewell’s love for the outdoors helped her move forward with conservation and protection of our public lands.

The life of fashion…

Coleen Atwood

Coleen Atwood, not a common name to most of us, unless you are a slave to movie fashion. This talented woman was born September 25, 1948 in Yakima, Washington. Graduating from Cornish College of the Arts in the early 1970’s, she began dabbling in fashion. By 1980, Ms. Atwood moved to New York to study and by chance became a Production Assistant on the film Ragtime. Venturing into costume and theater design, she worked with Sting on the Bring on the Night world tour. The turning point for Coleen came when the designer met the film director Tim Burton. The two minds creating powerful images for nearly two decades and seven films including Edward Schissorhands, Big Fish, Alice in Wonderland, and Sweeney Todd. To date, Ms. Atwood played a partial or lead role in designing costumes on over 50 films. She is currently working on designs for television shows Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl. Ms. Atwood, pushing the boundaries of film, costume, and career.