Jamie McMillan is a Journeyman Ironworker/Boilermaker and founder of KickAss Careers. She became an ironworker in 2002 when women only represented 2% of the workforce across Canada and the United States. She thoroughly understands the stereotypes and struggles that women face in male-dominated occupations, and she is determined to equal the playing field.Read More
Zenovia Harris, CEO of the Kent Chamber of Commerce and President of the Pacific Northwest Diversity Council. Her expertise in implicit bias combined with a compelling personal story make for an amazing key note at this event!Read More
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.
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.Read More