Professional Development Subcommittee


For ICSEW to grow into such an empowering group that women across state government would do whatever it takes to attend general membership meetings. They do this because they know this is the place for networking, support, and professional growth.


Chair: Rae Simpson, Department of Corrections

Rebecca Llewellyn, Department of Labor and Industries
Carissa Bourdon, Department of Fish and Wildlife
Taja Blackorn, Department of Labor and Industries
Shelly MacKinder, Office of Insurance Commissioner

What We Do

  • Provide education sessions for state-employed women to develop as leaders, professionals, and individuals
  • Support ICSEW members in mentoring and networking opportunities
  • Assist members with professional development and career advancement

Engagement Opportunities

The ICSEW looking for dynamic presenters who can lead high-quality presentations and workshops for state employees!

The ICSEW offers state employees and members of the public opportunities to engage with its members. Topic ideas are flexible. However, they should relate to one or more of the committee’s values of, Leadership, Integrity, Fostering growth, Empowerment, Wellbeing, and Advocacy. Check out our Tip sheet: Arranging Professional Development Presenters then fill out a Presenter Suggestion Form  and email it to our Professional Development Chair Debbie Baker

Professional Development Conference

The annual professional development conference is a daylong event that focuses on networking skills and professional growth.  The conference is designed to attract 400-500 attendees from state government agencies statewide. The 2018 conference is held in September and attracts  400-500 attendees. The conference includes topics such as Lean; Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; Career building and Networking skills; Emotional Intelligence EQ; and navigating the hiring process.

Regular Meetings

Held the third Tuesday of each odd-numbered month. Membership meetings provide members and guests educational and development opportunities.