September 2020 Meeting Recap

By Rachel Friederich, ICSEW Communications Chair

Editor’s note: Regular membership meetings are streamed via Zoom and Facebook live. You can view the recordings of the meetings and see the presentations on the ICSEW Facebook page. Click on the videos tab.

Cybersecurity and helping formerly incarcerated individuals overcome barriers to employment were topics presented at the September 2020 regular membership meeting.

What’s Next Washington

Susan Mason and Roz Solomon shared the story of how they co-founded What’s Next Washington, an organization that works to improve the ability of people with conviction histories to reenter society and achieve long-term economic stability.

Mason shared her story of how she struggled to obtain employment following a years of domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse and spending 15 months in a federal prison. Prior to prison, she worked as a loan processor in the mortgage industry. She had the education and licensing and years of work experience. But after her sentence ended and years after paying her legal financial obligations, employers didn’t see anyone else but a criminal.

“I was not sentenced to permanent unemployment, but this industry didn’t want me,” Mason said.

This experience is what led her to cofound What’s Next Washington. What’s Next Washington is an organization that works to help overcome barriers to employment for justice-involved individuals.

Mason shared one of the Projects What’s Next Washington is working on is the Partnering for an Inclusive Workforce Project (PIWP) while using the Formerly Incarcerated Talent (FIT). guide. What’s Next Washington held focus groups of hiring managers, CEOS and human resources staff from various industries. The most common concern employers said they had when screening formerly incarcerated individuals was that they did not have a proper way to vet potential candidates. What’s Next Washington worked to develop a tool for employers, FIT. Information on FIT, and other resources on identifying biases, and workshops and trainings and sourcing talent can be found on the What’s next Washington website.

Cybersecurity

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted most of our activities online. From teleworking, to banking, attending school to most of our commerce, most of our interactions have shifted to the digital world.

Kim Triplett-Kolerich, senior investigator for the office of the Attorney General’s Financial Crimes Unit, gave some tips on how to keep your personal information safe as we rely more and more on contactless ways to do business.

Triplett said a good defense against identity theft is to freeze your credit with each of the three major credit bureaus: Experian, Equifax and Trans Union (note: You must place an individual freeze with each bureau) Placing a freeze on your credit can prevent certain third parties from accessing your information, which can be a useful tool against identity theft. When your credit is frozen, lenders who don’t already have a relationship with you will generally won’t be able to pull your credit report or open accounts in your name.

Triplett also said to be aware of using debit card machines at brick-and-mortar stores. She said to be suspicious if the store says the card chip reader is broken. She said that could be a telltale sign that there may be a card skimmer installed.

Triplett-Kolerich said she is available for speaking engagements for small community groups and non-profit organizations.

Kim Triplett:-Kolerich-  https://www.integrityblue.com/ email:  kim@integrityblue.com

September Meeting Preview: Cyber Security, Hiring Formerly Incarcerated Talent

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The ICSEW’s September membership meeting will have two presentations: Preventing Cyber Crimes and Data Mining  for State Employees and The Hidden Talent Pool: Formerly Incarcerated Individuals.
The meeting takes place via Zoom and Facebook Live from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Registration Information:

To receive the Zoom information, please register via EventBrite.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/icsew-meeting-september-15-2020-online-registration-116910665949

Presentations:

The Hidden Talent Pool: Hiring Formerly Incarcerated Individuals: What’s Next WA – The Partnering for an Inclusive Workforce Project. Co-founders of What’s Next Washington Susan Mason and Roz Solomon will share information to educate all on how to recruit, hire and retain formerly incarcerated talent.

What’s Next Washington is an organization of formerly incarcerated individuals and allies working to improve the ability of people with conviction histories to reintegrate into society and achieve longterm economic stability.

About the Presenters:

Susan-Mason

Susan Mason is co-founder and executive director of What’s Next – Washington. She spent 15 years in the mortgage industry before becoming an advocate and organizer for systemic policy change and the reinstatement of full civil rights for people with conviction histories. Susan is a National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls 2019 Reimagining Communities Fellow and a Just Leadership USA 2018 Leading with Conviction Fellow. She was incarcerated in federal prison for 15 months and was released in 2003.

Roz Solomon:

Roz-Solomon

Solomon is co-founder and current board president. Solomon practiced corporate law until becoming an administrative law judge hearing employment and labor cases, as well as teaching law as an adjunct at Seattle University. She co-founded the Washington Business Alliance with Howard Behar and David Guiliani in 2010 and served as their executive director for three years. Solomon is committed to the idea that all people deserve the dignity of inclusion and full human rights.

Preventing Cyber-crimes & Data-mining for State Employees: Kim Triplett-Kolerich will present on cyber security and how data mining impacts our information.

Triplett-Kolerich is a senior investigator for Office of the Attorney General’s Financial Crimes Unit. Her work with the attorney general’s office includes  serving as an investigator in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.  Her career includes 27 years with the Washington State Patrol, which includes 10 years as a detective investigating social security fraud, auto thefts and out-of-state license fraud.  She also spent two years in the private sector for the Bank of America’s executive protection unit.

Triplett-Kolerich is also the founder of Integrity Blue as a means to teach cyber-crime awareness and prevention techniques for businesses, community groups, police agencies, insurance companies and financial institutions.

NOTE: All regular meetings are free and open to anyone, regardless of gender or employment status. The meeting will be conducted with the Zoom software. When registering for the event be sure to include the email and/or phone number you will be utilizing to access Zoom.

IMPORTANT: The confirmation email from Eventbrite includes the instructions for accessing the meeting below the order details. Be sure to scroll through the entire email.

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