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.


Jennifer Powers Keynote for 2019 ICSEW Professional Development Conference

OLYMPIA—The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, ICSEW, is pleased to announce it has selected Jennifer Powers the keynote speaker for its 2019 Professional Development Conference.  

The annual professional development conference is the committee’s largest event. It draws more than 500 people each year and offers a variety of training sessions designed to help attendees grow and develop as leaders. The conference takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 27 at the South Puget Sound Community College Olympia, Wash.   

Cost is $150 and includes a catered networking lunch.  It also includes a copy of Powers’ bestselling book, “Oh, Shift!” Tickets are available on EventBrite. 

Powers is an author, certified professional coach, speaker, facilitator and certified believer in the human spirit, according to her website. Powers will also be doing a book signing during the event. 

Powers has built her career coaching women and individuals on leadership, remembering their self-worth, tapping into inner strengths, and other topics. 

“Whether I’m helping you speak your truth, be a powerful leader, tap into your strengths, tame your Ego, share your gifts, be in flow, remember your worth, give yourself permission, practice acceptance, or unapologetically honor yourself, you are cultivating your power,” Powers said.  “And shining just a little bit brighter.”   

Powers obtained her under graduate at the University of Delaware.  She earned her masters degree in Sociology from the University from Houston.  In 2006 she received her coach training certification from the Coach Training Alliance.  Two years later, she joined their faculty as a mentor coach.    

The daylong conference is filled with a variety of workshops and designed for people at all career stages. Offerings include: 

  • Identifying Gender Bias Patterns and How they Affect Our Careers 
  • Effective Job Search Techniques: Becoming the CIO of You 
  • Fighting Supremacy and Oppression at Work 
  • Mastering Team Leadership Using the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive TEAM 

Presentation descriptions will be posted on the ICSEW blog at and on the ICSEW Facebook in the weeks leading up to the conference. 

Questions? Contact Debbie Baker, Conference Chair, or
(360) 596-3733.

ICSEW Professional Development Training Now Available Through LMS


Did you know you can get ICSEW professional development training on your employee transcript?

If you’re a state employee, you can register for professional development trainings through the state agency Learning Management Systems, (LMS).

Here’s How: When logged into LMS, type in “WA State ICSEW” in the Course Catalog search field to view upcoming meetings and trainings.

Descriptions of all upcoming training will be posted on our blog and our upcoming meetings page.

Note: All meeting and event attendees must still register through EventBrite. Anyone who would like the training added to their transcripts should register through LMS after they have registered through EventBrite.

 Questions? Email


March Meeting Preview: Amy Leneker Teaches Clifton Strengths

Amy Leneker is our guest and trainer for the ICSEW’s March 26 meeting.

Leneker will present Clifton Strengths: How to Identify your Strengths and Meet Your Goals. This workshop will help you identify your top strengths and develop strategies for meeting your goals using those strengths.

Participants will leave the workshop with a personalized action plan to help them apply their strengths at work and beyond.

portrait of Amy Leneker

About the presenter: Amy Leneker is a leadership development consultant and the founder of Compass Consulting. Leneker has more than 20 years in state government in various leadership roles. Leneker is known for her trusted advice, her track record of delivering results and optimistic attitude. Leneker has designed and delivered training to thousands of executives, leaders and practitioners.

Leneker holds holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and teaches graduate level courses in leadership development and public administration. Leneker and her husband have two mostly well-behaved children (and two rarely-behaved Labradoodles) and make their home in Olympia.

The workshop will take place during the morning portion of the meeting. The full meeting agenda will be published on the upcoming meetings page.

Registration: Registration for the meeting is now open on Eventbrite.

Meeting Information:

Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, March 26

Location: Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, 7273 Linderson Way Tumwater, WA 98501

Note: If possible, take the Clifton Strengths Assessment prior to the meeting. There is a $49 version that ranks all 34 strengths and a $19 version that ranks your top 5.It is not required, but will make the training more robust if you have taken it.

All meetings are open to the public, regardless of gender or employment status.

Parking: The Department of Labor and Industries has a limited amount of visitor parking. There is also a limited amount of street parking along 73rd Avenue. There is an overflow parking lot at the Mountain Church of the Nazarine, 940 Israel Road SW, Tumwater. Public transportation and carpooling are highly encouraged.

Questions? Email