Professional Development Conference Speaker: Joanne Lee

Joanne Lee

The ICSEW will be publishing biographies and session descriptions of our Professional Development Conference presenters in the weeks leading up to the Aug. 27 conference. To register, please visit EventBrite.

Presentation: Leadership Development Core Values

Values “are the principles that give our lives meaning and allow us to persevere through adversity,” according to psychologist Barb Markway and Celia Ampel in The Self Confidence Workbook. If you are not sure about your core values, or if you would like to clarify which of your values are top priority, join us for this session.

Joanne Lee

Joanne Lee is a leadership development learning design and delivery professional for the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services. She has over 20 years of experience working in various workforce development roles. She also has experience in developing, supporting, maintaining, and expanding professional technical education partnerships to meet industry needs with customized training programs.

Joanne has worked with diverse adult learners, providing training and support from one-on-one consultation to large-scale workshops, seminars, and training for various workforce populations.

Joanne recently served as a director of workforce readiness diversity and inclusion at Seattle Society for Human Resource Management for two years and as a speaker Manager at Association for Talent Development Puget Sound for one year. She currently serves as a board member for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve in Washington state. She also serves as a member of the education faculty of the Seattle Colleges and Bates Technical College.

Joanne received her Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management at the University of Phoenix. She received her Master of Arts degree in Instructional Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from California State University, San Bernardino. In addition to her passion for building and maintaining relationships with community-based organizations, business, and industry, she also works to promote workforce and continuing education partnerships.

Professional Development Conference Speaker: Barry Long

Barry Long

The ICSEW will be publishing biographies and session descriptions of our Professional Development Conference presenters in the weeks leading up to the Aug. 27 conference. To register, please visit EventBrite.

The Power of the Team

Asking for help and receiving help is unbelievably difficult for most. However, this is a leader’s key to creating a successful team.

In this session, we will discuss examples of how different types of leaders use help in different ways, and how knowing your leadership style can help you become a more efficient leader. Barry utilizes amazing stories and a very keen sense of humor to illuminate this powerful message.

About Barry Long

For more than 20 years, Barry Long has traveled all over the world making hundreds of presentations to organizations, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies. He inspires audiences to strive for greater levels of accomplishment by setting goals that lead to success.

Barry provides marketing consulting services to several midsize and start-up companies, and has been a trainer for Microsoft. From Barry’s earliest years, he’s been an extreme sports freak and intrepid explorer of any new adventure.

At 22, a near-fatal motorcycle crash completely and permanently altered almost everything he knew about life. The accident resulted in destroying his spinal cord and breaking his back in ten places. With the understanding that he would never walk again, he started life over through unconditional determination, positive personal energy, and a great sense of humor. Barry discovered early in recovery that choosing to live with a genuinely positive attitude, setting realistic and achievable goals and learning to ask for help makes anything possible.

Barry currently lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife, Emily, and two children. He loves staying active in any way he can. He’s involved in competitive wheelchair sports, which takes his unbridled enthusiasm for life to new heights– which he often shares with audiences. He’s an avid participant in extreme sports like snow skiing, water skiing, road racing, wheelchair biking, and skydiving. Barry even set a world bungee jumping record while in New Zealand! He’s been featured on the Discovery Channel, the Canadian CBC Sports Channel, and can be seen in advertising campaigns for AT&T, Boeing, Magic Wheels and Medicare.

Professional Development Conference Speaker: Audrey Pitchford

Audrey Pitchford

The ICSEW will be publishing biographies and session descriptions of our Professional Development Conference presenters in the weeks leading up to the Aug. 27 conference. To register, please visit EventBrite.

Crucial Conversations

Why are some conversations so tough?  What could make them better?  Come learn about a communication technique that is bigger than the workplace and has the power to improve relationships at work and at home.  It is possible to be candid and respectful at the same time!

Audrey Pitchford

Audrey Pitchford facilitates classes in leadership development and communication skills at the Department of Enterprise Services. She is a lifelong learner who loves helping others learn, and believes all adults can learn and grow.

Audrey has worked for elected officials and cabinet agencies, in roles ranging from clerical work to leadership. She received undergraduate degrees from Western Washington University and Pacific Lutheran University. Audrey believes strongly in the value and importance of public service, and is excited to help develop and strengthen skills in the public sector.

Professional Development Conference Speaker: Melissa Harris

Melissa Harris

The ICSEW will be publishing biographies and session descriptions of our Professional Development Conference presenters in the weeks leading up to the Aug. 27 conference. To register, please visit EventBrite.

Change Management: A Personal Journey

Do you struggle implementing changes in your work environment?  Does the thought of enterprise-wide change scare you?  Change is a constant in the work environment.  In this session, you will learn ways to manage change together.

Melissa Harris

Melissa Harris is a learning, design and delivery professional for the Department of Enterprise Services, with over 19 years of professional work experience.  She previously spent the last 10 years of her career working for a Department of Defense contractor in leadership and team development, human resources, operations management, change management and Lean Six Sigma. 

Melissa studied Business Management & Human Resources Management at Washington State University.  She also holds certification as a Change Management Practitioner and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Professional Development Conference Speaker: Ayanna Coleman

Ayanna Coleman

The ICSEW will be publishing biographies and session descriptions of our Professional Development Conference presenters in the weeks leading up to the Aug. 27 conference. To register, please visit EventBrite.

True Wonder Women: Fighting Supremacy and Oppression at Work

Women make up the majority of Washington state’s government employees. Women also make up a majority of the governor’s current executive cabinet. It’s clear that women are superheroes that can achieve anything they set their minds to.

Even with these great numbers, we still see a lot of disparities among women. Women of color are underrepresented in positions of leadership in state government. Women who are members of marginalized communities have reported not feeling safe nor comfortable enough to truly be themselves at work. 

This session explores how we can each be better allies to each other, advocate for one another and combat toxic work behavior such as macro-aggressions. Come to our island for warrior training! 

Ayanna Coleman

Ayanna received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her Juris Doctorate degree from Gonzaga University School of Law. She has worked for state government for the last seven years, beginning her state service with the Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Child Support. Ayanna has experience working as front-line staff with a heavy caseload in a field office, as well as being a member of a policy development team at a headquarters office. These experiences have given her immense perspective of the various levels of state government and the importance of every role.

In 2017, she joined Results Washington as a Lean Fellow and transitioned into the role of Senior Performance Advisor in 2018. Over the past year, Ayanna has worked closely with practitioners and partners in efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion work.

In June 2019, she transitioned over to the Office of Financial Management, OFM, into  Human Resources, to become the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Innovations manager. She is also a representative for ICSEW, representing OFM.

In her free time, Ayanna enjoys engaging in community service throughout the Puget Sound. An avid fan of pop culture, Ayanna enjoys listening to a slew of podcasts and checking out hit shows and documentaries on Netflix. She lives in Tacoma with her husband and five-year-old Great Pyrenees dog.

Professional Development Conference Speaker: Khurshida Begum

Khurshida Begum

The ICSEW will be publishing biographies and session descriptions of our Professional Development Conference presenters in the weeks leading up to the Aug. 27 conference. To register, please visit EventBrite.

Dealing with Trauma in the Workplace

Life Happens. Tragedy strikes. Trauma hits. Now what? After surviving a disaster, we must continue to work and provide a home and food for our loved ones. But how do we still show up at work as “normal” human beings? How do we communicate the struggles we’re going through?  What do we need from our co-workers and managers to support and deal with our trauma?

Khurshida will share her stories of the traumas she experienced as a corporate professional and the tools and secrets she learned and utilized as she continued to climb the ladder of success professionally and personally. 

Khurshida Begum

Khurshida Begum is an authentic and powerful speaker who adapts her life experiences into insightful and engaging presentations. Khurshida is the president for ASHHO, SPC, a social purpose corporation that provides professional speaking, training and catering services. ASHHO, means to “come” in her native language, signifying that all people should come join because all people matter.

As a human rights advocate and social justice activist, Khurshida has been honored for tirelessly educating and inspiring people to confront and combat human trafficking and other forms of human exploitation. Khurshida wants to remind and encourage the humanity in us all, each day in every encounter we have with each other.

Khurshida is a graduate from The Evergreen State College. She studied ways to build resilient communities and meaningful ways to make change happen. She has been speaking publicly since the sixth grade, and professionally since 2009. Recognized for being vulnerable and brave, Khurshida has been a keynote speaker and presenter at numerous conferences, colleges, K-12 schools, faith-based groups, corporations and organizations throughout the U.S, Bangladesh, Egypt and Morocco.

Professional Development Conference Speaker: Eileen Yoshina

Eileen Yoshina

The ICSEW will be publishing biographies and session descriptions of our Professional Development Conference presenters in the weeks leading up to the Aug. 27 conference. To register, please visit EventBrite

Bridging the Gap Between Us to Create an Inclusive Women’s Movement

Historically, advocacy for women’s rights has been exclusive of women of color, LGBTQ+ women and women with other marginalized identities. Join us for an interactive discussion about what we share and what we need to understand about one another in order to create powerful coalitions of diverse women from all backgrounds.

Eileen Yoshina

Eileen Yoshina is fourth-generation Japanese American and also the descendant of Irish ancestors. She is currently a Manager of Equity in Education Services at the Puget Sound Educational Service District, whose mission is “Eliminating the Opportunity Gap and Success for Each Child by Leading with Racial Equity.” This works has given her the chance to work on dismantling systemic racism in our school systems in regions throughout the state of Washington.

Eileen facilitates the Educators of Color Leadership Community, a project created by teachers of color for teachers of color. It works to support and nourish our educators of color for the sake of all students.

Eileen is a career educator who has taught, advised, facilitated and organized  for equity in education in the K-12 and higher education systems for nearly 25 years. Eileen is the daughter and wife of public school teachers and the proud mom of two public school students, one of whom is now in college.

Professional Development Conference Speaker: Corey Leneker

Corey Leneker

The ICSEW will be publishing biographies and session descriptions of our Professional Development Conference presenters in the weeks leading up to the Aug. 27 conference. To register, please visit EventBrite.

Five Choices to Extraordinary Productivity: Increasing Personal Effectiveness and Productivity

Each day brings new waves of urgency that compete for our attention. Texts. Emails. Calls. Meetings. Family Obligations. They all converge on our already packed schedules. The result? A sense of being busy without actually being productive. This can leave you feeling burned out and inadequate.

The sheer volume of daily distractions threatens our ability to think clearly and to make wise decisions about what is truly important. The Five Choices to Extraordinary Productivity empowers people with clear guidance on how to avoid distractions and accomplish the goals that matter most in their professional and personal lives.

Supported by science and years of experience, The Five Choices helps individuals produce a measurable increase in productivity while providing a renewed sense of engagement and accomplishment

Corey Leneker:

Corey Leneker is a leadership consultant with Compass Consulting, LLC. Corey has more than 20 years of work experience in higher education, the private sector, and state government.

Corey is known for his sought-after council, track record of delivering results, and hopeful aspiration energy. Corey has a background in coaching college athletics and is a certified coach with USA Soccer. Corey has delivered training to executives, leaders and practitioners.

As a first generation college student, Corey believes in the transformative power of higher education and holds a Master’s degree in public administration. Corey and his family live in the Pacific Northwest.

Professional Development Conference Speaker: Nicole Sorger

Nicole Sorger

The ICSEW will be publishing biographies and session descriptions of our Professional Development Conference presenters in the weeks leading up to the Aug. 27 conference. To register, please visit EventBrite.

Be the CIO of You 

Representing yourself. Asking for what you want. These things are hard, but they don’t have to be. YOU are the corporate executive in charge of YOUR CAREER strategy and implementation. Be your own brand. Learn about tailoring your resume, tips for applying for jobs and setting goals. Understand why to say yes, but not be a “yes man.”

About Nicole Sorger

Nicole “Nicki” Sorger is the ATLAS Control Officer for Washington State Department of Revenue, DOR. During her 16-year career at Revenue, Nicki has gone from business to information technology. Because of her career path and where it has taken her, Nicki is dedicated to leading from where she is and helping others grow themselves.  

Nicki has a passion for mentoring and  believes in paying it forward. As an introvert that has learned to be extroverted, Toastmasters has given Nicki an outlet to share these experiences with others. Nicki is a lifelong Washingtonian, with a concentration in the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater area, and she has an itch to get out of the state. 

When it Nicki is not working, she enjoys food and travel.  

Professional Development Conference Speaker: Amy Leneker

Amy Leneker

The ICSEW will be publishing biographies and session descriptions of our Professional Development Conference presenters in the weeks leading up to the Aug. 27 conference. To register, please visit EventBrite.

Call to Courage: Brave Work Though Conversations and Showing Up With Our Whole Hearts   

While calls to courage can be loud and impossible to ignore, they can also appear as faint whispers. In this workshop, we will explore a courage-building program to develop brave leaders and teams.  

Based on the work and research of Dr. Brené Brown, daring leadership is a collection of skills that are 100% teachable. Its learning and practice requires brave work, tough conversations and showing up with our whole hearts. In this workshop, we will do all three. 

Amy Leneker 

Amy Leneker is a leadership consultant and a certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator. Amy’s career spans more than 20 years and has held leadership positions in state government and education. She is known for her trusted advice, track record of delivering results and an optimistic attitude. 

Amy has trained thousands of executives, leaders and practitioners. Because of her ability to engage and energize others, Amy has been asked to appear before hundreds of audiences. As a first-generation college student, she believes in the power of education and holds a master’s degree in public administration.  

Amy and her husband have two mostly well-behaved children, two rarely-behaved Labradoodles and one gecko that joined the family after Amy was outvoted. They make their home in the Pacific Northwest.