Professional Development Conference Speaker: Gwen Voelpel

Gwen Volpel

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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.

January Meeting Recap

  • Gwen Voelpel from Integris Performance Advisors gave tips on how to become a more effective leader by encouraging us to align our actions with our values which leads us to be more authentic and credible. Participants assessed their personality traits using DiSC model. Once participants categorized their prominent traits (Dominant, Influential Steady Conscientious,) Vopel highlighted ways for us to hone our individual styles to build a more cohesive team in the workplace.

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Gwen Voelpel

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Elisa Law from the Washington State Historical Society gives an overview of plans for events related to the centennial of women’s suffrage.

Votes for Women Centennial grants will be available to fund non-profits and public entities to support programming that celebrates the national suffrage centennial across the State of Washington. The grants will fund programming that will take place in 2020. Grant applications are available here.

A curriculum will be launched in the summer of 2019 for schools and community groups to use. An in-house exhibit in the history museum will be on going along with traveling exhibits throughout the state. A large celebration is planned in Olympia during August 2020. There are many more ways to celebrate this historic event with information available at and .

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Dr. Jaron Banks goes over some exercises to improve posture

  • Jaron Banks, of the Russell Chiropractic Center in Tumwater discussed the importance of posture while sitting at your desk.   He explained the need to get up and move from time to time and shared corrective stretching exercises that can be done in your office or cubicle.