LLN Lunch and Learn: Checking in During the Pandemic

From the Latino Leadership Network:

We care about you. How are you holding up? The LLN Executive Board is preparing a Lunch & Learn from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept., 23 via Zoom to help you check in with yourself as we connect with one another and get tips on managing stress, isolation, and teleworking from Indira Melgarejo, LLN’s Health & Wellness Chair, formerly a psychologist in Venezuela.

A survey released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in August revealed that 41 percent of respondents reported symptoms of mental disorder, including trauma-related symptoms, depression, and anxiety. The study found a higher prevalence of symptoms of depressive disorder, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety among Hispanic respondents. (Source: ABC News)

So it is not surprising that in our own survey in June, LLN members said they are most interested in LLN activities that focus on managing stress, isolation, and teleworking. Let this lunch break be your time to briefly engage with your peers across the state enterprise and come away with vital information you can use

Registration Information: .Sign up to attend this Zoom meeting on our Eventbrite page

Registration is now open for the ICSEW-BRG Joint Allyship Gathering

You’re Invited!

BRG-ICSEW Allyship Gathering: Lifting Every Voice

Join Washington State’s Business Resource Groups (BRGS) and the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women (ICSEW) for an interactive, virtual gathering on intersectional allyship!

Register early here: 

BRG-ICSEW Allyship Gathering: Lifting Every Voice

The gathering takes place on 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Special Instructions: Please add your BRG(s) name after your last name so we can track representation from each BRG

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

The purpose of this event is to:

1. Promote Intersectional Allyship by:

  • Sharing about each group
  • Developing an understanding of different to be an active ally
  • Opening space for members to connect with other communities on a human level

2. Provide attendees with actionable avenues to be an effective ally for different communities

3. Unify and prepare all communities to collaborate to achieve shared goals

If you need special accommodations to attend this event, contact DIN@ofm.wa.gov.

 Thank you and hope to see you at the gathering!


April is Diversity Month: A Message from Your State Business Resource Groups

“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” -Audre Lorde 


Washington State’s six Business Resource Groups (BRGs) are excited to present the following message in celebration of Diversity Month.

During Diversity Month, the business resource groups wish to generate awareness about the intersectionality of characteristics that make us unique and the need to demonstrate appreciation for each human being we encounter.  This month, we encourage you to create space for courageous conversations about identity and to learn more about someone who appears to have a different cultural background or experience from your own. Some ways to learn include: engaging in open dialogue, reading a book, watching a movie or video clip and more, all with an open and empathetic heart.

Statewide BRGs unite employees who identify with common backgrounds with allies under shared values and goals. All BRGs have a mission and goals outlined in their charters and bylaws. BRGs contribute to an overall statewide business strategy in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in a respectful workplace.  Each BRG member brings unique knowledge and perspective, making them an asset to our state business needs, helping Washington move closer to being the employer of choice.

Visit the Office of Financial Management’s website or select the links below to learn more about each BRG.

Thank you for choosing to be a public servant for the people of Washington State!


Knighted Historian to Speak at Latino Leadership Network Event Nov 1

Antonio Sanchez

TUMWATER–Sir Antonio Sánchez, Ph.D., will speak at the Latino Leadership Network’s Nov 1 Lunch and Learn. The event takes place from noon to 1 p.m.  at the Department of Labor and Industries, 7273 Linderson Way SW in room 117.

King Juan Carlos of Spain knighted Sánchez  in 2007 for his lifelong commitment to the educational, cultural, and economic progress of the Hispanic community. Sánchez holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Anthropology and Political Science and is Director of Intergovernmental and International Relations for Central Washington University. He served as Chicano Studies Instructor at the University of Washington‘s Department of American Ethnic Studies from 2008-2014. He has contributed to the publication of two books this year: Alfredo Arreguin’s World of Wonders: Critical Perspectives and Poetics without Borders.

The event is open to all, but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering on Eventbrite. We also will share this Lunch & Learn on Facebook Live on the day of the event.