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.

Professional Development Members

Department of Natural Resources

Prior to state service, Janet McIntosh spent 15 years in the scuba diving industry as a leader, showing women and girls that they had a place as dive professionals.  When she joined DNR in July of 2018, she hoped to share that goal. She began as a compliance diver and team lead, working daily on a boat, monitoring the wild stock geoduck harvest.  During the 2023 legislative session 2023, McIntosh served as DNR’s legislative coordinator. In May of 2023, she became DNR’s safety officer of investigations and inspections. 

McIntosh learned about ICSEW through DNR’s Women’s Employee Resource Group in 2019 and began attending meetings.  She became an ICSEW representative in 2021 because "I couldn't pass up the opportunity." In 2022, she served as executive co-secretary and is now the professional development co-chair. 

Office of Administrative Hearings

Biography coming soon

Subcommittee Members

Kim Anderson, Department of Health

Lyn Peters, Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

Tessa Harvey, Department of Health

Jennifer Ross, Department of Health

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!


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