The ICSEW is hosting TWO Virtual Workshops August 4

Inclusive Presence, Effective Visuals in During Virtual Meetings Among Topics

The ICSEW will be hosting two virtual professional development workshops from 8:30 a.m. to noon on  Tuesday, Aug 4.

The workshops, How to Use Visuals to Increase Engagement During Virtual Meetings, followed by The Power of Inclusive Presence, will be accessible via Zoom and Facebook Live. Note: Zoom attendance is limited to 300 and available by registering through Eventbrite. If the event is sold out on Eventbrite, please view on Facebook Live.

Register for the training through Eventbrite here.

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Presentation 1: How to Use Visuals to Engage Virtual Meeting Participants

In the wake of COVID-19 while physical distancing measures prevent in person gatherings, virtual meetings have become the norm.

Perhaps you’ve thought, just because technology makes virtual meetings possible, it doesn’t mean it makes them easier or better.

 Join professional visual facilitator, Lisa Arora, to learn how when the meeting must go on, you can use visual communication to increase engagement and improve the experience in virtual meetings.

In this workshop, you’ll explore common challenges in engaging participants in video conference meetings. She’ll get you thinking about the role visuals can play before, during and after your virtual gathering and leave you with tips, tools and practical strategies for delivering a better virtual event with the use of interactive visual communication.

About the Presenter:

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Lisa Arora

Lisa Arora is a professional visual facilitator and mediator. For 12 years, she has served public sector, corporate and non-profit clients around the globe. She has hundreds and hundreds of visual meetings under her belt that span all industries, most of these in healthcare.

Arora’s specialties include: community consultations, public dialogue and cross-sector collaborations, executive strategy sessions, board retreats, strategic visioning sessions, scenario planning, teambuilding and performance improvement initiatives, and ideation and process improvement projects

Arora also speaks about visual methods at dispute resolution conferences and is the creator of Big Beginnings in Visual Mediation, the world’s first online program that teaches mediators online how to leverage the power of visuals to resolve disputes faster and easier. Arora has authored three  industry best practices eGuides and guest authored chapters in two anthologies on visual facilitation.

Presentation 2: The Power of Inclusive Presence 

As we wake up and become more aware of equity and the vastly different experiences and levels of access in our workplaces and in society, you may find yourself experiencing a wide range of uncomfortable feelings: frustration, despair, excitement or awkwardness. Are you holding back your full and authentic self out of fear or uncertainty? Learn simple embodied practices to become more grounded and confident enough to take risks, speak your truth and make authentic connections.

About the Presenter:

Larisa Benson

Larisa Benson is the host of The Government Joy Network, a movement of civic leaders transforming governance from the inside out.  After a full career of exercising creative innovation in senior positions from inside the halls of government, Benson began teaching in a compassionate leadership program that was born inside Google and is now a global nonprofit leadership institute.

Benson weaves together leadership presencing practices, human centered design thinking and the latest neuroscientific research about othering, being and belonging in different communities. Serving as faculty in the University of Washington’s Executive MPA and Lean Six-Sigma certification programs has granted her the honor of teaching and mentoring hundreds of leaders throughout the region. She can often be found wandering forest trails and rivers on the homelands of the Nisqually and other Coast Salish peoples in the Pacific Northwest.

Virtual Workshop: Working Alone Together Tuesday, March 31

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ICSEW is partnering with Renee Smith, Founder of A Human Workplace, to bring you this timely opportunity for support. “A Human Workplace Virtual Gathering: Working Alone Together” takes place Tuesday, March 31 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon via Zoom.

We are all working in a time of unprecedented challenges. We know you’re trying to adapt to this very difficult time. Many of us are facing loneliness, stress, and overwhelm but perhaps also strangely some hope. We may be struggling to work with kids at home or with the isolation of being alone 24/7. We may be questioning our value and purpose. We may enjoy working from home and the short “commute.” But we may also be worried about the safety of vulnerable family and friends or our financial security.

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Renee Smith

We want you to know that we care about you and want to support you during this time of uncertainty.

We are partnering with Renee Smith, founder and CEO of A Human Workplace who is offering Virtual Gatherings via Zoom.  This Gathering will help us to…

• Connect with each other while we are in the middle of this experience.
• Discuss practical tactics for building our person to person connection while we are isolated.
• Discover hope for the future and resilience to sustain us while we get there.

Join us for a conversation about “working alone together” in the age of COVID-19.

There is no charge to register and attend this event. Register here today:

For information on A Human Workplace visit

Upcoming Workshops With Compass Consulting

Past ICSEW presenter Amy Leneker with Compass Consulting has some upcoming half day workshops:

What will I learn?

Have you ever tried to achieve work/life balance but ended up exhausted and feeling like you’re not succeeding in work or life? There’s a better way! In this fun and informative workshop, you will learn three strategies that you can apply immediately for yourself and for your team.

Work/Life Integration in 3 Steps
December 16, 2019
8:00 – 11:30 Register here 
1:00 – 4:30 Register here

Can we bring this training to our agency?

Yes! I can offer this training at your agency – it is a convenient and cost-effective way to provide this training to your employees. See attached flyer.

Are there other half-day trainings available?

Yes! This is just one of many half-day trainings that I offer. See attached flyer.

If you have any questions, please let me know.  I hope to see you on December 16.

Amy Leneker, MPA

Leadership Consultant &

Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator


Phone                   (360) 701-9022




A Human Workplace Olympia Offers Event to Support Colleagues Impacted by Immigration

Our partners with the Latino Leadership Network, Washington Immigrant Network, along with Results Washington are sponsoring a free workshop Sept. 27 on supporting colleagues who have been impacted by immigration issues. 

LLNThe The current climate in the U.S. regarding immigration impacts many people in numerous ways. The people who are impacted are likely to be suffering silently with fear and worry.

Results Washington is partnering with the Washington Immigrant Network (WIN) and the Latino Leadership Network (LLN), for a very important, sensitive, and timely conversation to understand the impacts of immigration on our colleagues and to learn how to support them.

The gathering will be Friday, September 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Helen Sommer Building, Room G015 A, B, C. Register today to reserve your seat.

This gathering is co-hosted by LLN and WIN leaders Marlene White and Christine Stalie as well as María Sigüenza, Executive Director of the state Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

Attendees will hear the voices of those who face different impacts from current immigration actions. Through sensitive sharing, we will hear and learn about the true experiences our colleagues are facing right now and what we can do to support them.

A Human Workplace fosters the practice of compassion, inclusion, and love in the workplace. This is an opportunity to put these in to practice by opening our hearts and minds to our colleagues, to convey belonging, care, respect, and support of their humanity and dignity.