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Confirmed speakers are listed below. 


7:00am – 8:00am

Port of Seattle

8:30am – 8:45am
Suzi LeVine, Commissioner
Washington State Employment Security Department

8:45am – 9:10am
Washington State Forecast
Bret Bertolin, Senior Economist
Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council

9:10am – 9:30am
Reimagining Washington State
Inger Brinck, Executive Director
Results Washington

9:30am– 10:00am
Networking Time, visit exhibit tables

10:00am – 11:45am
Breakout #1:
Combatting labor shortages through apprenticeships and the Community Colleges system

  • Moderator: Chad Pearson - Business Outreach Manager (Employment Security Department)
  • Jennifer Carlson - Executive Director (Washington Technology Industry Association Workforce Institute)
  • Kenna May - Apprenticeship Manager (Spokane Community College)
  • Shana Peschek - Executive Director (Construction Center of Excellence)
  • Jody Robbins - Apprenticeship Program Manager (Washington State Labor and Industries)
  • Lynn Strickland – Executive Director, (Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee AJAC)

Breakout #2:
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Past successes and new initiatives moving forward

  • Moderator: Kelly Lindseth – Director, Employment Connections (Washington State Employment Security Department)
  • Jessica Barr – Interim North Sound Regional Director (Washington State Employment Security Department)
  • Elizabeth Court - Director (Olympic Workforce Development Council)
  • Dot Fallihee - Interim Chief Executive Officer  (Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County)
  • Alberto Isiordia - Central Regional Director, Employment Connections (Washington State Employment Security Department)
  • Mark Mattke - CEO (Spokane Area Workforce Development Council)
  • Paige Shevlin - Economic Development Policy Advisor to the King County Executive (King County)

Breakout #3:
Tour of LMEA Website: Data and Resources

  • Robert Haglund - Research Analyst (Washington State Employment Security Department)
  • Ajsa Suljic – Regional Economist (Washington State Employment Security Department)
  • Anneliese Vance-Sherman - Regional Economist (Washington State Employment Security Department)

11:45am - noon
Lunch is served



noon - 12:15pm
State of the State  (Regional Focus)
Steven Ross, Director, Labor Market Information
Employment Security Department

12:15pm– 1:30pm

Key economic factors across geographies and sectors: How they affect us and how we address them

  • Moderator: Emory Thomas Jr. - Vice President, Markets, (American City Business Journals)
  • Lisa Brown – Director (Washington State Department of Commerce)
  • Cory Hopkins  -  Managing Editor, Zillow Research (Zillow)
  • Jordan Matson – General Manager (Matson Fruit Company)
  • Kim Sullivan - Vice President & Chief People Officer (Kaiser Permanente Washington)

1:30pm – 2:45pm
Breakout #4:
Mobility 4.0:  Planes, Trains & Port Districts

  • Moderator: Dave McFadden- Managing Director, Economic Development (Port of Seattle)
  • Jeffrey Bishop - Executive Director (Port of Moses Lake)
  • Mike Bomar - Director of Economic Development (Port of Vancouver)
  • Arif Ghouse – Director (Paine Field) 
  • Larry Krauter – CEO (Spokane Airports)
  • Ron Pate – Director (Washington state Dept. of Transportation Rail, Freight & Ports division)

Breakout #5:
Regional economies reimagined

  • Moderator: Steven Ross - Director, Labor Market Information (Employment Security Department)
  • Carl Adrien – President/CEO (Tri-City EDC)
  • Alisha Benson - Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer (Greater Spokane Inc.)
  • Kelly Lindseth – Director, Employment Connections (Washington State Employment Security Department)
  • Julia Terlinchamp - Governor’s Sector Lead, Director of Life Science & Global Health Development (Washington State Dept of Commerce)

Breakout #6:
The Future of Work: Workforce trends and “future proofing” Washington’s workers and businesses

  • Moderators: Lew McMurran/Joe Wilcox (Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board) -  Future of Work Task Force report
  • Sally Zeiger Hanson – Principal (TrainingConnections)
  • Nate Humphrey - Workforce Education Director (Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges)
  • Michael Meotti – Executive Director, (Washington Student Achievement Council)
  • Gayla Stoner – Associate Provost, Extended Learning and Outreach (Central Washington University)
  • Jenee Myers Twitchell – Impact Director (Washington STEM)
  • Rebecca Wallace - Executive Director, Career and Technical Education (Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction)

2:45pm - 3:15pm
Afternoon break

3:15pm - 4:00pm
Closing Keynote
When the Recession Comes – Will We Be Ready?

  • Dan White - Director of Government Consulting (Moody’s Analytics)
  • Lindsi Leahy - Deputy Director for Benefits, Unemployment Insurance (State of Oregon Employment Department)

4:00pm – 4:15pm
Wrap Up and Call to Action