ICSEW Chair Josefina Magana to Talk Mentorship at OFM Lunch and Learn March 3

Results from ICSEW’s Mentorship Pilot Will be Highlighted

portrait of Josefina Magana
Josefina Magana

ICSEW Chair Josefina Magana will talk about accomplishments and lessons learned from the committee’s mentorship pilot program at a virtual lunch and learn hosted by the state Office of Financial Management.

The hour-long lunch and learn, ICSEW Stands Strong in 2021: Advocating Through Mentorship will take place at noon Wednesday, March 3 via Zoom.

The ICSEW presentation is part of OFM’s virtual Lunch and Learn gatherings that will highlight the work of Washington State’s Business Resource Groups, BRGs. Meetings are one hour long on Zoom attendees will be able to participate in a live question-and-answer session.

BRGs bring together groups of employees and their allies who have a common interest or characteristic. Members bring their unique knowledge and perspectives, making them an asset to state business needs, recruitment and retention.

Magana has served on the ICSEW since 2017, most recently as the committee’s vice chair. Magana previously served as the committee’s mentorship chair, where she worked with a group of subcommittee members to launch the ICSEW’s mentorship pilot program. Under her leadership, the mentorship subcommittee built a business case, identified key stakeholders, conducted surveys, and planned the curriculum to launch the first interagency mentorship pilot program.

The pilot launched in July 2020 and had approximately 40 participants from different stage agencies. Magana will share some key points the ICSEW learned while launching the project, and how ICSEW is working with partners to create a statewide mentorship program for all state employees.

Registration Information

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcucu2oqTkqEtJiRF-fxGGMbYt0UtgUv16D

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the meeting.

About Josefina Magana

Josefina Magana is a manager of safety and health projects at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

She describes herself as “a passionate leader who motivates and empowers people to find their true talents and become effective agents of positive change.” Professional development, finding ways to acquire knowledge and being innovative have always been at the forefront of her personal and professional career.

Magana has a master’s degree in international relations from the Brussels School of International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University, where she studied Spanish and Sociology. After graduating from Western, Magana pioneered bilingual programs in Spain that allowed students to learn English as a second language.

Magana was a 2020 Leadership Thurston County program participant and is a member of the Washington State Career Development Association

About ICSEW:

The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, ICSEW is made up of governor-appointed state-employees from various agencies. The ICSEW seeks to better the lives of state employees through advocacy, outreach, opportunity, and by advising the Governor and agencies on policies that affect state-employed women.

Mission: To better the lives of state employees by advising the Governor and agencies on policies that affect state-employed women.

Vision: Enriching lives through advocacy, outreach, and opportunity.

For more information about the ICSEW, visit, https://icsew.wa.gov.

To learn about Washington’s various Business Resource Groups, please visit https://ofm.wa.gov/state-human-resources/workforce-diversity-equity-and-inclusion/statewide-business-resource-groups

Today is Indigenous People’s Day

By Rachel Friederich, ICSEW Communications Chair

Today, Oct. 12 is Indigenous People’s Day. holiday that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. It is celebrated across the United States on the second Monday in October, and is an official city and state holiday in various localities.

The notion of an Indigenous Peoples Day took root at an international conference on discrimination sponsored by the United Nations in 1977. South Dakota was the first state to recognize the day in 1989, and the cities of Berkeley and Santa Cruz, California, followed. California and Tennessee observe Native American Day in September, according to a recent article in USA today.

Though some groups argue that Columbus Day celebrates Italian American heritage, many say the holiday glorifies an exploration that led to the genocide of native peoples and paved the way for slavery.

Though Washington State is not on the list of states that officially celebrate it, many local cities and municipalities recognize the day as Indigenous People’s Day.

The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women celebrates diversity and stands with our Native communities and Natives employed by the state of Washington as allies. ICSEW has recently added tribal land acknowledgements at the start of its meetings and is actively recruiting a pool of volunteers who can rotate in to fulfil this role. There has also been some talk with the Office of Financial Management to add a Native Community Business Resource Group to its growing number of BRGs. The OFM coordinates formation of these groups, and the ICSEW collaborates with these groups to promote intersectionality and anti-racism in state government through its partnerships subcommittee. We often cross promote their events, trainings and news on our blog.

Virtual Events

Because of the pandemic, in-person events related to Indigenous people’s day have been curtailed. However, many groups and universities are hosting virtual ones.

Here are a few:

RELATED CONTENT: Commentary: Tribal Land Acknowledgements https://icsew.wa.gov/2019/11/29/commentary-tribal-land-acknowledgements/