ICSEW Welcomes New Agency Representatives at Transition Celebration

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Newly-appointed ICSEW representatives and those who are completing their terms of service stand outside the Legislative Building during the 2019 Transition Celebration. Photo by Tanyah Williams

OLYMPIA—The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, ICSEW, welcomed 31 new  agency representatives and alternate representatives at its Transition Celebration and Meeting July 16, 2019.  The committee’s annual Transition Celebration and Meeting takes place at the Legislative Building on the state’s Capitol Campus in Olympia. More than 60 people attended this year’s event.

The ICSEW is made up of governor-appointed representatives from various state agencies and higher education institutions. Representatives perform work related to the committee’s mission of bettering the lives of state employees by advising the governor and agencies on policies that affect state employed women.

Representatives who are appointed serve a two-year term. As per the committee’s bylaws, state agencies are allowed to have one representative for every 2,000 employees.

The Transition Celebration and Meeting, which is open to the public, serves as a way for new and perspective committee members and guests to learn about the work the committee does and to celebrate the committee’s major accomplishments over the previous fiscal year.

The newly-appointed representatives are as follows:

  • Beth Archer, Washington State Investment Board
  • Lashonda Cole, Office of the Governor
  • Cyndi Comfort, Department of Natural Resources
  • Carol Cox, Department of Licensing
  • Laurel Haas, Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Anne Hansen, Department of Enterprise Services
  • Robyn Hofstad, Department of Social and Health Services
  • Julie Hyde, Department of Health
  • Carly Kujath, Office of Financial Management
  • Benita Matheson, Department of Agriculture
  • Jennifer Miller, Washington Military Department
  • Danica Mitchell, Washington Student Achievement Council
  • Jaclyn Molloy, Washington Student Achievement Council
  • Kelly Olson, Washington Student Achievement Council
  • Mykaila Ostrom, Office of the Attorney General
  • Lenee Otto, Washington Lottery
  • Joyce Reynolds, Office of Insurance Commissioner
  • Crystal Schlanbusch, Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals
  • Jennifer Sievert, Department of Health
  • Allison Spector, Department of Transportation
  • Marie Splaine, Department of Commerce
  • Cristina Steward, Utilities and Transportation Commission
  • Cheryl Strange, Department of Social and Health Services
  • Amanda Strebeck, Department of Transportation
  • Tysha Tolefree, WA State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
  • Megan Villa, Department of Transportation
  • Millie White, Department of Natural Resources
  • Jenny Wood, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Dawn Woolery, Department of Financial Institutions
  • Gail Wootan, Washington Student Achievement Council
  • Jenny Word, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Kelly Ziesemer, Employment Security Department

How to become a Representative:

Any state employee or employee of a higher education institution may serve as a representative, regardless of gender. Anyone interested in serving as an ICSEW representative for their agency must submit a letter of interest, current resume and a letter from their agency’s director or sponsor to icsew@ofm.wa.gov.

For more information on how to become a representative for your agency, visit https://icsew.wa.gov/involved/









2019 Transition Celebration Recap

Story and Photos by Tanyah Williams, Washington State Patrol
& Rachel Friederich  ICSEW Communications Chair

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ICSEW members listen to a tour guide inside the Legislative Building rotunda

More than 60 ICSEW members and guests attended the ICSEW’s annual Transition Ceremony & Celebration at the Washington State Legislative Building in Olympia July 16. 

The ICSEW welcomed 31 people who had become representatives or alternate members for their state agencies over the past fiscal year. The ICSEW also recognized 20 representatives and alternate representatives who had completed their service.

It also included two professional development trainings and an update from Rep. Doglio about new legislation impacting women and families that went into effect July 1 and work of the Washington State Women’s Commission.  The commission works to improve the well-being of all women in the state of Washington. It has up of nine voting members and four seats held by legislators who serve as non-voting advisory members. Doglio holds one of the legislative member seats.

Renee Smith

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Renee Smith talks about making work more human

Renee Smith, Director of the Workplace Transformation at the Results Washington, Office of the Governor, spoke on Human Work:  Leading and Teaming in an Era of Empathy.   

Smith says the best, most productive teams, are ones that make workplaces more human though loving gestures. But historically, workers have been trained to work in environments that are the opposite of love: fear.

Smith did research on this phenomenon by collecting “fear” and “love” themed stories form employees about how they were treated by leaders.  She said in fear environments, people:

  • Do not know how to be successful after change
  • Betrayed
  • Humiliated
  • Isolated during personal crisis
  • Uncomfortable during personal crisis

By contrast, in love-centered environments, employees said they:

  • Leaders cared about them
  • Had a healthy team/family
  • Felt supported in a personal crisis

So how do we make work more human?

Smith offered these tips:

  • Be there for each other
  • No more “Mean Girls” (raise each other up and don’t gossip about each other)
  • Question assumptions
  • Question ideal-era norms

She concluded her presentation with these words of wisdom:

  1. When people are comfortable, they perform better.
  2. Take off your mask.  They hide our real beauty.  They prevent us from connecting authentically.
  3.  Align words and actions.
  4. Bring our whole selves and welcome others to bring theirs.
  5. Transform workplaces with love and empathy.”

Beth Doglio

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Rep. Beth Doglio gives an update about the Women’s Commission

Doglio, who represents the state’s 22nd legislative district, said the commission identified 15 priority bills in the 2019 legislative session, 11 of which passed. Doglio talked about a few of the bills enatacted into law at the Transition Celebration including:

  • HB 1303, which removes certain restrictions on subsidized health care for students at higher education institutions
  • HB 1713, which improves law enforcement response to mission and murdered Native American Women
  • HB 1166, which provides funding to eliminate a backlog of more than 10,000 untested rape kits
  • HB 1696,legislation designed to reduce the gender wage gap which prevents private employers from asking perspective candidates about their past wage histories
  • SB 5258, which would require companies that employ people who work in isolated environments (such as hostel housekeepers, janitors and security guards) to provide electronic panic buttons and sexual harassment prevention training

Linda Tilson

Linda Tilson
Linda Tilson talks about the ins and outs of networking

All attendees participated in a ‘lunch and learn’ session “Networking from a Place of Giving,” with Linda Tilson. Tilson is the co-founder of Coaching Hub.  Coaching Hub is a coaching platform that connects clients, coaches and people that support coaches together in order to accomplish their mission and vision.

Participants learned how to network using “appreciative inquiry.” Tilson says the concept of this form of networking is to “train your brain to actively listen.”

She says when most people go to a networking session, they’re taught the “30-second elevator pitch,” which is often rehearsed and scripted with key points you want to say.  But when you use appreciative inquiry, your mission is to listen to what a person is saying to find out what’s important to them.

“You lead with love, and logic comes second,” Tilson said.

For the exercise, participants paired up with a partner to respond to the question “If you could do more of something, what would it be?”  The person who was listening was supposed to ask follow-up questions to their partner to learn about the other person’s passions. At the end of the exercise, each participant had to introduce their partner and talk about something they learned about the person.

Tilson said by using “appreciative inquiry” in networking, it sets you up for more organic conversations and gives you more opportunities to share information freely and openly.

Meeting Minutes, along with the annual report and Transition Celebration program can be found here.




Lineup Announced for Transition Celebration July 16 in Olympia

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Renee Smith


OLYMPIA—Renee Smith, director of Workplace Transformation for the Governor’s Results Washington office will speak at the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women ICSEW, annual transition celebration. The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16 inside the Columbia Room at the state Legislature Building, 416 Syd Snyder Ave. in Olympia. 

Admission is free and includes a catered lunch. Anyone interested in attending should register on Event Brite. 

The transition celebration is one of the ICSEW’s largest events of the year. It celebrates the committee’s accomplishments over the past year and also serves as a way for the general public and perspective members to learn about the committee’s work. The event is filled with inspirational speakers and professional development activities. Perspective members and current members are encouraged to attend and bring guests and their agency sponsors. 

Additionally, there will also be an induction ceremony of new ICSEW members and awards recognition for outstanding achievements of current members. The ICSEW will also honor outgoing members who have completed their terms of service.   

About Renee Smith: As Director of Workplace Transformation at Results Washington, Smith champions a more humane and effective workplace through primary research, writing, and speaking on Making Work More Human by increasing love and decreasing fear in the workplace. Renée leads the development of services and resources for state leaders, teams, and organizations to make Washington State government workplaces more human. 

Before joining Results Washington, Renée spent nearly seven years at the Department of Enterprise Services leading the Organization Development Services division that provided Lean Transformation Services and Change Excellence Services to DES and Government-to-Government Lean Consulting to other state and local governments.