Professional Development Conference Speaker: Renee Smith

Renee Smith

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.

Does LOVE Belong at Work?

This fast-paced, fun, interactive workshop will explore the practice of decreasing fear and increasing love at work. It will also explore the many types of love that are part of being human and successful at work. We aren’t talking about romantic love, but love expressed in respect, trust, kindness, empathy, appreciation, and inclusion – appropriate for the workplace and that in fact we need to thrive and achieve performance.

Through stories, reflection, and small group dialogue, participants will come to better understand loving experiences that support our best contributions, surprising innovations and effective collaborations. 

Renee Smith

As Director of Workplace Transformation at Results Washington, Office of the Governor, Renée champions a more humane and effective workplace through primary research, writing, and speaking on making work more human by increasing love and decreasing fear in the workplace. Renée leads the development of services and resources for state leaders, teams, and organizations to make Washington state government workplaces more human.

Before joining Results Washington, Renée spent nearly seven years at the Department of Enterprise Services leading the Organization Development Services division that provided Lean Transformation Services and Change Excellence Services to DES and Government-to-Government Lean consulting to other state and local governments.

Renée earned a Master of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University. She lives in a 102-year-old craftsman home in Tacoma and enjoys drawing for pleasure, cooking for friends and family, exploring foreign cities and swimming in the Mediterranean.

Professional Development Conference Speaker: Gwen Voelpel

Gwen Volpel

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.

Mastering Team Leadership Using the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive TEAM

Have you ever worked on a team that engages in gossip and holds grudges? One that can’t have a productive debate to get all the best ideas out on the table? How about a team that starts second-guessing “team” decisions the moment meetings end? If you have, this workshop will help you define more cohesive behaviors—the ones that high-performing, fun teams exhibit most often. This workshop is designed for team members in any position, from front-line representative to top-level executive. 

Gwen Voelpel

Gwen Voelpel joined Integris two years ago after having served as a change agent in Washington government for more than 25 years. She began her service with the Department of Labor & Industries in 1989. Her last public sector position was as City of SeaTac’s Assistant City Manager.

Gwen holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration in Local Government Management and is a certified facilitator of The Leadership Challenge and Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, as well as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Education, specializing in Adult Education and Training.

Professional Development Conference Speaker: Karen Greigo

Karen Greigo

UPDATE: Due to a scheduling conflict, Karen Greigo’s presentation has been cancelled. In its place on the conference schedule will be an encore presentation of Corey Leneker’s Five Choices to Extraordinary Productivity.

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.

Gender Bias Patterns and How They affect Our Careers

Women still face adversity in the professional world. Often times, leaning in hasn’t been enough to overcome unconscious gender bias. Karen Griego will discuss four patterns of gender-biases and how to navigate the ways these patterns affect our careers. She will also discuss and provide tool kits with tips on:

  • Searching for new roles
  • Writing a winning resume and cover letter
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Building your network.

About Karen Griego: Karen Griego is a senior product marketing manager for emerging devices at Amazon. Having worked in the tech industry throughout her career, she is no stranger to being the only woman in the room. Because of this, she is an Amazon “Bar Raiser” (an evaluator of potential candidates across the company) with goals to have more women on interview loops and to increase gender diversity.

Griego has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington and Master’s in Business Administration from Graziado School of Business. Some of Griego’s past positions include: senior global consumer marketing manager for Amazon Alexa, Senior Americas Marketing Manager for Google Apps, and Marketing Manager for Amazon Consumer Electronics. Griego lives in the Queen Anne neighborhood in Seattle with her partner and two rescue dogs.