January 2021 Meeting Recap: Survive, Revive and Thrive in the New Year

By Tanyah Williams, Washington State Patrol

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Stress and unexpected curveballs in our personal and professional lives were the norm of 2020 because of a pandemic with impacts not seen in similar proportions since the Spanish flu over a century ago. We all had to adapt to incredible changes last year, and it looks like they’ll continue throughout 2021.

January’s ICSEW meeting offered multiple presentations on how to take those challenges head on and be the best we can be. The following are some of the key takeaways from the sessions. Supporting documents are on our meeting minutes and materials page. A recording of the entire meeting can be viewed on our Facebook page on the ‘videos’ tab.

Survive, Revive and Thrive Ann Hiatt

Leadership consultant Ann Hiatt  gave a presentation on how Survive, Revive and Thrive professionally during and after a crisis. Three key points for any situation, according to Hiatt:

  1. Survive – The world is collectively in survival mode.  It’s difficult to make an informed decision and plan when no one knows where the finish line lies.  There are three things to help regain a sense of control during these very stressful and ambiguous early stages of adjustment.
  1. Get Clarity – It’s essential to understand the ways in which ways, deliverables and expectations have shifted.  You cannot assume previous job description or tasks have transference into this new situation.  Here are a few essential steps to get clarity.
    1. Set up meeting
    1. Build trust
    1. Don’t be afraid to manage up
  • Adapt– Without knowing when this will end it’s hard to budget our time, resources and energy accordingly leading to exhaustion.  Three things that help regain a sense of control are:
    • Accept that you cannot do it all
    • Remember Parato’s Principle – 80% or our results come from just 20% of our efforts.
    • Master the pivot
  • ResilienceSet a sustainable paceBe the sense maker and meaning finderPerform random acts of leadership
  • Revive – Eventually we will get out of survival mode and into the rhythm of the new normal.  Critical steps in the revive phrase are:
  1. AmbitionTake a look at your current role and set some goals beyond current responsibilitiesMake a goal list of ambitionsFocus on what give you hope for the future
  • TrustOut care everyoneBe  credible and reliableInvest in beneficial relationships
  • ReboundReorient yourself in a competitive environmentPredict and be proactiveOperationalize your dreams and vision
  • Thrive – Just a repeat of the cycles above even when times are more certain again.

Building Resilience to Manage Stress: Kari Uhlman, Employee Assistance Program

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Since the onset of the a pandemic, the Department of Enterprise Services Employee Assistance program has been hosting webinars on COIVD-19 stress-management and resiliency. For a complete list of upcoming webinars, or to listen to past webinars on demand, please visit https://des.wa.gov/services/hr-finance/washington-state-employee-assistance-program-eap/webinars

Key Points:

Building Resilience

Finding meaning – In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds meaning.


  • Identify what you have control over
  • Seek the positives
  • Reframe & replace negative thoughts

Self-awareness – Try the Strength Assessment at www.marcusbuckngham.com

  • Increase you understanding of your own unique identity
  • Identify tools and practices you can use to increase your self-awareness
  • Identify triggers & create a plan

Self-care – Can include clearing clutter, to taking care of self financially, to unfollowing friends on social media. 

Find the Self-Care Wheel at www.olgaphoenix.com


  • Use the buddy system – check in with each other
  • Seek & utilize support systems

The EAP offers support in so many areas. It’s free to you and your family.  Locate EAP at www.eap.wa.gov or call at 877-313-4455 for a list of all their free resources.

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.