7:00–8:00 a.m.     Registration & Breakfast/ Visit Vendors

8:00 a.m.     Welcome & Presentation of National Anthem, Sam Samano

8:30–10:00 a.m.     Keynote Speaker, Dr. Rita Cameron-Wedding:

A Sought-After, Highly Engaging Presenter, Consultant, and Trainer whose expertise covers implicit bias, gender, diversity and social justice. Dr. Cameron-Wedding is a national and international trainer on implicit bias and will start the day with a thought provoking and inspiring presentation.

10:00–10:15 a.m.     Break & Visit Vendors

10:15–11:15 a.m.    Women Leaders in Education & Training:

These women, who started their career in nontraditional occupations, and now lead education and training programs, offer insight to how programs can support the recruitment and retention of women, share lessons learned and offer best practices to diversify the workforce. 
Moderator: Ann Avary, Director, Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology

  • Mary Kuebelbeck, Welding Instructor, Skagit Valley College
  • Kelley Watson, Maritime Career and Technical Education Teacher, Port Townsend School District
  • Michiko Starks, Apprenticeship Manager, Seattle City Light
  • Lynn Strickland, Executive Director, Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee

11:15 a.m.–Noon   Michelle Loney, Warrior Girl Self-Defense Demo & Participatory Activity

12:00–12:30 P.m.   Lunch/Visit Vendors

12:30–1:00 p.m.      Mentoring the Next Generation - Why it Matters:

Women in leadership offer uniquely important mentorship, providing the support and role models critical for women to advance in their careers. Our panelists will share their perspectives on the importance of mentorship in the workplace.
Moderators: Shana Peschek, Director, Construction Center of Excellence, and Ann Avary, Director, Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology  

  • Construction: Vanessa Carman, Foreman, Hermanson Company and Christina Bayaniyan, 3rd Year Apprentice, McKinstry
  • Maritime: Caitlin Stanton, Development Officer, Sea School Northwest, and Hali Boyd, Director, Sea School Northwest

1:00–2:00 p.m.      Advocacy:

This panel will cover topics such as conflict resolution, self-advocacy and respectful workplace initiatives that are key to women finding success in their careers.
Moderator: Shana Peschek, Director, Construction Center of Excellence

Sean Bagsby, President, IBEW Local 46
Caitlin Stanton, Development Officer, Sea School Northwest
Hali Boyd, Director, Sea School Northwest
Lisa Marx, Outreach Specialist, Northwest Carpenters Institute
Karen Dove, Executive Director, ANEW

2:002:45 P.M.                Karen Dry, Financial Advisory, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Financial Independence: There is no Prince Charming! 

Why every woman should have financial wellness.  Find out simple ways to increase your financial strength. It’s your life….your way.  Make it so!

2:45–3:00 p.m.    Break & Visit Vendors

3:00–3:45 p.m.     Closing Keynote, Jen Mueller “Influential Conversationalist”

As a 17-year sports broadcasting veteran, she currently serves as the Seattle Seahawks sideline radio reporter and is part of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team on ROOT Sports. Very familiar with working in a primarily male environment, Jen gives practical advice for how to have conversations that count!

3:45 P.M      Closing Remarks

4:00–6:00 p.m.     After Hours After Thoughts: 

Join us for drinks and appetizers to continue critical conversations such as mentoring, time with keynote speakers and more!

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