Tracey Conway

Tracey Conway

Conference Emcee

Tracey Conway reigned for ten years as Seattle’s premiere funny lady, performing weekly before live audiences on the television sketch comedy show Almost Live! Today, Tracey channels her comedic skills to convey her message using the power of laughter.

The Emmy-winning actress was completing a live taping of the comedy show when her heart stopped beating and she literally dropped dead from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Twenty minutes later, paramedics shocked her heart into beating again. Overcoming 20-to-1 odds, she survived and turned her miraculous recovery into laugh-out-loud yet poignant presentations that have wowed everyone from maximum-security inmates to Oprah Winfrey.

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Rita Cameron Wedding, Ph.D.

Rita Cameron Wedding, Ph.D.

Keynote Speaker

Rita Cameron Wedding, Ph.D. is a professor of Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies at Sacramento State University (California). Dr. Cameron Wedding’s curriculum Implicit Bias: Impact on Decision-Making, has been used to train judges, public defenders, practitioners in child welfare, juvenile justice, law enforcement and education in jurisdictions throughout the country since 2005. As a faculty for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), she has trained judges at court improvement initiatives in over 40 states.  In 2010 Dr. Cameron Wedding was featured in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) website which showcased her work for “content, expertise and platform excellence.” In 2013 in response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s 3-year investigation and findings of civil rights violations, Dr. Cameron Wedding led a training team of 5 experts to provide implicit bias training to the entire Shelby County Juvenile Court.

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Karen Dry

Karen Dry

Keynote Speaker

With a lifetime dedicated to building businesses to paramount success, Karen Dry embodies entrepreneurial spirit. It all started with an unconventional college experience in Electrical Engineering and Physics and has continued on a path of working and selling for varied, professional businesses over the past 30 years.

Her dedication to helping individuals as well as small to medium sized companies properly cover their exposure through extensive business succession planning, including the risk management of life, income replacement (disability), long term care and group medical health insurances is unsurpassed. Her financial planning practice includes working with all levels of professionals and entrepreneurs from law firms, medical practices, accountants, manufacturing, sales and technology firms. Her success has made her the #1 representative for Northwestern Mutual in the Western Region in 2011and 2015, as well as appearing in the Top 50 as a Forum rep and a member of the Million Dollar Round Table for consistent excellence.

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Ann Avary

Director, NW Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology

Ann Avary has served as Director of the NW Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology since November 2006.  During that time, she has conducted four statewide workforce studies with Washington State University and has been involved with groups in support of the high demand maritime workforce of Washington State.  She also serves as Chair for the Marine League of Schools, a national consortium of marine technology education providers.  Avary has been directly involved in embedding standards based curriculum in the marine technology programs in Washington State. As Principal Investigator for the Composites Recycling Technician Education Program, she is taking a leadership role in introducing sustainability and sustainable technologies to community and technical college programs.  When not working, Ann can be found spending time with her family and pursuing amateur cartography and very amateur gardening.

Shana Peschek, M.B.A.

Shana Peschek, M.B.A.

Director, Construction Center of Excellence

As director of the Construction Center of Excellence, Shana links industry to the community college system in Washington State for the purpose of coordinating education and training efforts to build a competitive workforce in a global economy.   With four priorities: Economic Development, Industry Sector Strategy, Workforce Supply and Demand, and Education, Innovation and Efficiency, the Center is positioned to sustain Washington’s competitive advantage through statewide leadership. 

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Sean Bagsby

Sean Bagsby

President and Alternative Energy Director,  I.B.E.W. Local 46

Sean Bagsby currently serves as the President and Alternative Energy Director for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 46, in Kent Washington.  His duties include administration of seven (7) Collective Bargaining Agreements that cover various Units of Electrical Workers across several counties in Washington, as well as workforce and electrical contractor development.  He has served as a Labor Trustee for the Puget Sound Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust, located in Renton Washington since 2008. 

Mr. Bagsby participates on the Technical Advisory Committees for Cascadia Community College, and the Shoreline Community College; Zero Energy Technology Program.  He served on the Technical Advisory Board for the Seattle Vocational Institute Pre-Apprenticeship and Construction Training Program from 2009 – February 2015, and in 2010 was elected Chairman.  He served as Chairman until 2015.  In December 2015, Mr. Bagsby became Chairman of the Technical Advisory Board for the new Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Education (PACE) program with the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council.  

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Karen Dove

Karen Dove

Executive Director, Apprenticeship & Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW)

Karen Dove's role as executive director is to plan and execute the overall strategic and operational responsibility for ANEW’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. Dove is a dedicated servant leader and has a passion for social justice issues. She is committed to developing collaborative partnerships resulting in systemic change. Throughout her career she has utilized her entrepreneurial spirit and skills to create and implement new and innovative programs aimed at moving people toward family wage jobs. Dove is also a published author and when not serving her community, likes to spend time on the beach. She counts her three children as her proudest accomplishments.

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Cindy Gaudio

1981: Began piledriver apprenticeship

Worked on the West Seattle bridge throughout my apprenticeship. My employer was Peter Kiewit.  I switched to the Carpenters union around 1992.  I continued to build bridges around the Seattle area.  I think that I have helped build about 20 bridges in the area.  I worked 18 years for Peter Kiewit.  I have worked with a couple of other companies too.

I have been a lead carpenter on many crews as well as a foreman.  One of the jobs I am most proud of is the Royal Brougham train station, because my crew was made up of mostly women.  We had a femaleoperator, a female carpenter apprentice & 3 female journeyman carpenters on the crew!

2007–2012: Instructor at the King County Carpenters Training Center

2011:Local 30 Union delegate

2012–2013: back out in the field building the pontoons for 520 floating bridge

2013–2014: Instructor at SeaTac Carpenters Training Center

2014: Trustee for Local 30

2014–Current:  Carpenter Training Coordinator

Jen Mueller

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Website

Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker is rarely at a loss for words.  She pursued a career in sports broadcasting after repeated comments of “talks too much” from teachers and family members. 

A 17-year sports broadcasting veteran, Jen currently serves as the Seattle Seahawks sideline radio reporter.  She is also part of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team on ROOT Sports. 

In addition to her work on the sidelines, Jen launched Talk Sporty to Me in 2009 and teaches business professionals how to improve communication and leverage fandom in business.  Jen is the author of three books. The most recent book, The Influential Conversationalist, was published October 2017. Jen graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2000 with degrees in Broadcasting Journalism and Public Policy. 

 

Demetria “Lynn” Strickland

Demetria “Lynn” Strickland

Demetria “Lynn” Strickland has over 25+ years of management experience in the for-profit, military, non-profit, and state sectors. Lynn is a proud veteran of the U.S. Army where she served nine years domestically and abroad. Lynn’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and a Graduate Human Resources Certificate.

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Mary Kuebelbeck

Mary Kuebelbeck

Mary Kuebelbeck is a Welding instructor at Skagit Valley College with 16 years in education. In 2014, she was named Teacher of the Year at Bellingham Technical College. Mary is the Student Advisor to the Weld Club which is active in fabricating projects for the City of Mount Vernon. Mary is also an exhibiting artist; her steel Sculptures can be seen in Everett and Bellingham as part of the city’s permanent collection.

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Michiko Starks

Michiko Starks

Michiko Starks is the Apprenticeship Manager for Seattle City Light (a public utility). She oversees four active apprenticeship programs which include Electrical Lineworkers, Electrician Constructors, Cable Splicers and Meter Electricians. Michiko graduated from University of Washington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and achieved her masters in Policy Analysis and Management from the New School for Social Research in New York City.

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Hali Boyd

Hali Boyd

Hali Boyd is the Program Director of Sea School Northwest, a new maritime workforce training program. Hali began her career on the water as a deckhand for the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport tall ships on the US West Coast. She continued her professional development on traditional vessels by travelling to the East Coast and Great Lakes to work as a
bosun and mate before earning her USCG 100 tonne Inland Captain’s license and AB Special.

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