Advocacy, Leadership Empowerment, Diversity

Professional Development

Our Goal

To provide affordable personal and professional development opportunities to Washington women.

Through our work, we strive to earn statewide recognition as the premier group for networking and professional growth and support for state-employed women.

What We Do

We organize professional development workshops and training as well as networking opportunities for our membership meetings and events. Past educational sessions include resume writing and interviewing, leadership seminars, diversity training and more. Subcommittee members contribute up to three hours monthly.

Activities include:

  • Working with the Conference Subcommittee to plan ICSEW’s Professional Development Conference, an annual event dedicated to personal and professional development.
  • Recruiting and screening speakers for our general membership meetings as well as our Professional Development Conference. Speakers are experts in their fields.
  • Facilitating networking sessions at each general membership meeting.
  • Collaborating with the Partnerships Subcommittee to provide additional training for our members outside of the state system.

Our Members

Department of Commerce

Department of Commerce’s Marie Splaine, works on the Organizational Agility team. She wears many hats including change management, project management, Lean consultant, performance measurement and facilitation. Marie believes taking care of people is where we have to start on any project or change. You can have a well-executed project or initiative but if no one uses it, the project fails. Marie is a certified Change Management Practitioner, Project Management Professional and Six Sigma Lean Green Belt. Marie graduated from Washington State University (Go Cougs!).  Marie and her husband, Jimmy, live in Olympia with their children, Carson (12) and Allison (5) dog Apollo and cat Bran.


Connie Becker, Office of Administrative Hearings

Taja Blackhorn, Department of Labor and Industries

Kathryn Byers, Heath Care Authority

Misty Harris, Employment Security Department

Rebecca Llewellyn, Department of Labor and Industries

Tanya Long, Employment Security Department

Aninda Mattoo, Employment Security Department

Janet McIntosh, Department of Natural Resources

Julia McNamara, Recreation and Conservation Office

Morgan Montes, Department of Revenue

Lyn Peters, Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

Sandi Ruedy, Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals

Speak at an ICSEW Event

We’re always looking for dynamic speakers who can teach our members!

Through our speakers we want to equip and empower our members with important tools for career advancement. It also gives state employees and members of the public the opportunity to engage with ICSEW.

We welcome all experts in personal and professional development to apply, regardless of where you work. Please note presentation topics must relate to one of ICSEW’s values: leadership, integrity, fostering growth, empowerment, wellbeing and advocacy. If this is a good fit for you or someone you know, please consider submitting a speaking proposal.

We invite speakers to present at our general membership meetings as well as our Professional Development Conference. Please fill out the form below and ICSEW will contact you with next steps. If you’d like to recommend a speaker, please fill out our referral form.

Good luck!

ICSEW Events During COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICSEW executive board made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 conference. ICSEW is exploring options for a future conference. This page will be updated when more information is available.


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