Gov. Jay Inslee appointed three commissioners to the Washington State Women’s Commission earlier this month. Quinn Dalan, Anna Franklin, and Vicki Lowe are the newest members of the Commission working to dismantle structural barriers facing women in Washington. Regina Malveaux was named commission director in August.
Dalan serves as executive director of the Yakima County Volunteer Attorney Services. She began her career as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Yakima and has spent most of her legal career in the county. Dalan is an active member of YMCA Yakima’s iMentor program and other service organizations in Yakima County working to help women, especially women in marginalized communities, move past systemic and institutional barriers.
Franklin has 27 years of experience working to improve healthcare disparities, currently serving as director of clinical effectiveness for Providence Health Care in Spokane. In this role, she works to address all social determinants of health within different communities. Franklin has sat on the Ethics Committee and served as chair of the Diversity, Inclusivity, and Equity Committee, both at Providence.
Lowe currently serves as executive director for the American Indian Health Commission in Sequim. Lowe is a member of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe in Washington state and Bella Coola First Nation in Canada and began her career in health care after seeing first-hand the inequities facing tribal members in accessing health care services.
“These three women have invaluable knowledge and expertise of the ways in which different socio-economic factors impact women in our state,” Inslee said. “I know that they will be valuable additions to the Commission and I look forward to working with them to make Washington a more equitable state.”
“I am extremely excited to have such a talented and experienced group of appointees as we continue the important work of the Women’s Commission,” 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.”
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, 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
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 ideal-era norms
She concluded her presentation with these words of wisdom:
When people are comfortable, they perform better.
Take off your mask. They hide our real beauty. They prevent us from connecting authentically.
Align words and actions.
Bring our whole selves and welcome others to bring theirs.
Transform workplaces with love and empathy.”
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
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.
We had several presentations that supported the committee’s values of Leadership, Integrity, Fostering growth, Empowerment, Well-being, and Advocacy. The following is a short summary of the presentations of our distinguished guests.
As always, you can view the meeting minutes and supporting materials on our meetings page.
Director of the Washington State Women’s Commission Michelle Gonzalez gave a brief update on priorities of its three committees. These include:
a centennial celebration in collaboration with the Washington Historical Society to mark making the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote.
sexual harassment and gender based violent
Gonzalez also gave a tour of the commission’s website.
Debbie Baker from the Department of Revenue gave an overview of the Paid Family Medical Leave Act. Contributions from employers and employees will start in 2019 for employee use in 2020.
Cheri Randich from the Legislative Information Center gave an overview of the state legislative website, which included tutorials on how to find bill histories and reports.
Eileen Yoshina from the Puget Sound Education Service District gave tips on how to promote racial equity in the workplace and other areas. Yoshina said not to get discouraged if progress seems slow. She noted there are no “quick fixes” to race and race relations, but it’s important to stay engaged in the conversation.
Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler also talked about health care reform in Washington state.