January 2021 Meeting Preview: Resolve to Survive, Revive and Thrive

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by Julie Hyde, Washington State Department of Health

It’s a new year, and most of us are looking forward to fresh beginnings and hope for better things after the unprecedented events of 2020.

For the first meeting of the new year, ICSEW will have presentations on building resiliency after a crisis and how to successfully manage stress.  We’ll also have a news update from the Washington State Women’s Commission.

You’re invited to join the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women on Zoom and Facebook Live from 8:30 am to noon on January 19, 2021.

Attendees should register via EventBrite. When you register on EventBrite, you will receive an email with Zoom instructions.

All regular ICSEW meetings are free and open to anyone, regardless of gender or employment status.  A 1-hour ICSEW executive board meeting immediately follows the regular meeting, which is also open for attendees to observe.

Descriptions of the presentations are below:

How to Survive, Revive and Thrive Professionally in a Crisis

Are you feeling overwhelmed, ineffective, worried or stressed about your professional life during this COVID-19 crisis? You are not alone! We are not only facing a health crisis but also an economic crisis that the world has never experienced before.

It’s OK not to know what to do when your very survival is threatened. However, once we can move ourselves and our loved ones into a safe environment and have a moment to breathe, there are some simple tools that will give you a professional advantage during this COVID-19 pandemic.

In this presentation, Ann Hiatt, will share with us some extraordinary insights about how to SURVIVE, REVIVE, AND THRIVE Professionally in the midst of crisis. 

Washington State Women’s Commission Update

The Washington State Women’s Commission improves the life of every woman by ensuring equitable opportunities and removing systemic barriers through engagement, advocacy, and public policy, while being inclusive of our diverse populations.

The Women’s Commission recently appointed Regina Malveaux as its new director. Malveaux will speak about very important topics including the impact of COVID-19 on women and internet access crisis for families working from home.

Building Resilience to Manage Stress

During these challenging times building resilience is key to managing stress. In this presentation you’ll learn how stress can impact you, ways resilience can help you weather life’s ups and downs, strategies to build and maintain resilience, and supports and resources available.

About the Presenters

Ann Hiatt

Ann Hiatt is a Silicon Valley veteran who received her initial business training during 15 years as the Executive Business Partner to Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon) and Chief-of-Staff to Eric Schmidt (CEO and Executive Chairman at Google/Alphabet).

Her very first job was at 16 when she worked at a startup in Redmond, Washington called MusicWare – back when no one knew what a startup was. Growing up in Seattle during the original dotcom boom, surrounded by companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks, was a master class in innovation and it changed the course of her life.

Hiatt  now consults with executives and companies across the globe to reverse engineer their moonshot goals and get results by applying the lessons of innovation, ambition, growth at scale and forward-thinking leadership she learned at Amazon and Google. Aside from this, Hiatt is committed to democratizing the internet and bringing underrepresented voices to the forefront

Hiatt  is a sought-after international speaker, angel investor and sits on several boards in the UK. Ann has recently relocated from Silicon Valley to Europe and brings with her a unique perspective on what it takes to succeed in business today. Ann is also the author of Bet On Yourself which will be published by HarperCollins in 2021.

Regina Malveaux

Appointed to Governor Jay Inslee’s cabinet as Director of the Washington State Women’s Commission, Regina Malveaux has served as one of our nine inaugural Commissioners for the past two years. Malveaux  has over 20 years of experience as a tenacious advocate for women and children as a non-profit executive, victim’s services provider, community leader and policy advocate.

Malveaux served as CEO of the YWCA, Executive Director of the YWCA South Hampton Roads, Legal Advocate at the YWCA San Diego and founder of the Women’s Legal Center. Through her work with the YWCA, she established a national reputation as an aggressive advocate on issues related to gender-based violence and funding supports for families experiencing poverty.

Malveaux  holds an undergraduate degree in Social Policy from San Diego State University, a law degree from Howard University School of Law and a certificate in Non-profit Management from the Harvard University School of Business. During law school, she worked in both the White House and in Congress, for First Lady Hillary Clinton and the Honorable Maxine Waters respectively.

She has worked to train a new generation of advocates as an adjunct professor in Political, Women’s and African American studies at San Diego State University, the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Old Dominion University, and Whitworth University.

Malveaux  has served on a number of boards aimed at advancing racial justice, economic empowerment and victim safety including the San Diego NAACP, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility and the YWCA USA. Malveaux  is the mother of two adult children and currently resides in Olympia.

Kari Uhlman

Kari Uhlman is an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Counselor for Washington State and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She supports public employees and family members in identifying and resolving personal and workplace concerns and provides EAP presentations on work/life topics throughout Washington State.  Prior to becoming a counselor, Uhlman was in the field of training, leadership, and organizational development for 20 years in healthcare and higher education.

Uhlman has a special place in her heart for foster and adopted children as she previously specialized in working with these families. 

Regina Malveaux Named New Director of Washington Women’s Commission

From the Office of Gov. Jay Inslee:

Portrait of Regina Malveaux
Regina Malveaux. Photo from the Washington State Governor’s Office

Gov. Jay Inslee today named Regina Malveaux director of the Washington Women’s Commission. The announcement comes after the departure of Michelle Gonzalez in June. Malveaux was previously appointed to the commission shortly after its formation in 2018.

Malveaux currently serves as CEO of YWCA Spokane, where she facilitates legal, mental health, domestic violence protection and family services for women and families. In that role, she collaborated with the Spokane Mayor’s office to form the Spokane Family Justice Center and worked with the Washington State Legislature to secure funding to support the project.

Malveaux began her career in nonprofit social service and advocacy as a legal advocate for YWCA of San Diego. She then went on to serve as Executive Director of YWCA South Hampton Roads in Virginia. Before that, she founded the Women’s Legal Center and served as a director at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego.

Through her work with the YWCA, Malveaux has established a national reputation as an aggressive advocate on issues related to gender based violence. Working in concert with YWCA USA, she has worked with congressional leaders such as Sen. Patty Murray and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and helped launch the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act campaign in 2019.

In addition to her national advocacy, Malveaux has also worked to pass gun violence prevention policies in Washington state, including initiatives for universal background checks and legislation for victim protection, extreme risk protection orders and victim notification.

“Regina has already demonstrated her leadership and commitment to the Women’s Commission and I know her knowledge, expertise and relationships will make her an excellent director,” Inslee said. “She has demonstrated time and again, her deep commitment to issues that impact women, families and those who need help and support. Regina brings a wealth of experience to this role and will help ensure the Commission has an even greater impact for all Washington’s women. I thank Michelle Gonzalez for her great work leading the Commission and I look forward to working with Regina in this role.”

“I am extremely excited to continue the exciting work of the Women’s Commission as I transition from my role as a commissioner to director,” Malveaux said. “The Commission’s mission of improving the lives of every woman in the state of Washington by ensuring equitable opportunities and removing systemic barriers has never been more important. Together with the passionate women who serve on the Commission I look forward to working toward a day when every woman will be healthy, safe, prosperous and empowered to achieve their full potential.”

Malveaux earned her law degree from the Howard University School of Law, and her bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University.

Her appointment is effective September 1.