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.

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Ken Coates

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Ken Coates is a rare public commentator who brings deep understanding of past and present realities together with compelling ideas about Canada’s future. His passionate and highly engaging talks have captivated diverse audiences across the country, from college administrators and economic development officers to Aboriginal entrepreneurs and community activists.

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Brad Avakian

Special Guest

Brad Avakian serves as the commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) where he works for strong and fair enforcement of Oregon’s civil rights laws and wage and hour protections. With emphasis on apprenticeships and the return of career and technical education, Avakian has led efforts to ensure that employers have access to a skilled, competitive workforce.

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Greg Cashen

Special Guest

Greg Cashen was appointed Deputy Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development on January 15, 2015. Cashen, a lifelong Alaskan, most recently served as administrative services director for the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation.

Before joining AGDC, Cashen spent nearly eight years with the Alaska Department of Labor, including serving as assistant commissioner under the leadership of Commissioner Click Bishop.

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Shelley Gray

Special Guest

Shelley Gray is Interim Chief Executive Officer for the Industry Training Authority. Shelley is responsible for ITA’s overall operational strategy related to customer service, industry relations, training delivery, program standards activities, and Indigenous Initiatives.

Shelley joined ITA in 2013 as the Director of Customer Experience and led the successful launch of the Apprenticeship Advisors program, allocating 15 Apprenticeship Advisors across the province to ensure ITA continues to provide regional support for the trades in BC.

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Suzan "Suzi" LeVine

Special Guest

Suzan “Suzi” LeVine was appointed by Governor Inslee as Commissioner for the Employment Security Department (ESD) on July 9, 2018. At a time when society is experiencing massive technological and demographic shifts, she brings relevant leadership experience and expertise from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to help people navigate their paths forward to be lifelong career ready.

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Chris Reykdal

Special Guest

Chris Reykdal was born and raised in Snohomish, Washington as the youngest of eight children. He has served as a high school history teacher, local school board member, state legislator, and budget and policy executive for our state’s community and technical college system. Chris has dedicated his entire career to public education, and he is currently serving in his first term as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Chris and his wife, Kim, live in historic Tumwater with their two children, Carter and Kennedy.

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Joel Sacks

Special Guest

Joel Sacks was appointed Director of the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) in January, 2013 by Governor Jay Inslee, making him one of three ex-officio members serving on the Washington State Investment Board (WSIB). L&I’s mission is to “keep Washington safe and working.” The agency administers a number of critical programs including the state’s workers’ compensation system and its occupational safety and health program.

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Stacey Anderson

Stacey Anderson is the Program Manager for Youth and Specialized Populations at Pacific Mountain WDC.  She began her career in Workforce Development in 1986 under the JTPA Legislation. She began her career at VADIS offering workforce development services to individuals with disabilities. She has been with Pacific Mountain since 2010 providing workforce development services for the Heroes at Home 2 and Camo2Commerce programs on JBLM and recently managed the Journey2Jobs Program.

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Salvador Arellanes

Sellen Project Engineer Salvador Arellanes takes pride in his ability to get along with just about anybody. If you’ve ever crossed paths with Salvador, who joined Sellen as an intern in 2015 on the Pike Place MarketFront project, you’d probably agree.

“We deal with a lot of different personalities at work on a daily basis,” Salvador said. “Ultimately, we’re here to help others realize their vision and dreams.”

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Art Bailly

Art Bailly is the Program Administrator and training Coordinator for Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB). He currently has 6 apprentice occupations that he runs for NBBB - Marine Painters, Production Welders, Machinery Assemblers, Ship Fitters, Pipe Fitters and Marine Quality Assurance Testers.

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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 traveling 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.  She returned to the Pacific Northwest to serve as Captain of the Portland Spirit, and work as a Columbia River tugboat Deckhand/Engineer for Shaver Transportation.

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Marie Bruin

Marie Bruin is the WIOA Implementation Manager in the Workforce Initiatives Division at the Employment Security Department.  Prior to her current position she worked in Workforce Education for the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges, providing leadership and coordination for Workforce in the community and technical college system.

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Adrian Bryce

Adrian Bryce has been in the electrical trade on the operations/support side for 12 years and brings a diverse background of skill sets and experience. As an ethnic Samoan, and fluent in Spanish, he will be key in helping recruit and encourage diversity participation in a skilled trade that has great opportunities for growth. Mr. Bryce is also an OSHA authorized construction trainer.

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Greg Christiansen

Greg Christiansen has been an ironworker for past 37 years. In 2006, he was asked to be a full-time instructor with the apprenticeship program. In 2011 he accepted the position of Apprenticeship Coordinator for Ironworkers Local 86 and oversees instruction and training for over 2280 members, apprentices and journeyworkers.

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Rick Dimmer

Rick Dimmer is a nationally recognized mentor, outreach specialist and labor navigator, with over 13 years facilitating empowerment and community engagement within justice system impacted and underrepresented communities. In 2016 Rick transitioned from full time work as a Union Carpenter to join City Purchasing and Contracting Division as a Field Enforcement Representative.

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Karen Dove

Karen Dove has been the proud leader of ANEW since 2016.  Her 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.

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Derrick Edwards

Derrick Edwards is currently President and Chief Data Scientist for AGS Data Systems, a recognized leader of commercial cloud-based information management and analysis systems for the employment and training, education, and social services sectors.

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Perry England

Perry England is the Vice President of Building Performance at MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions. His focus at MacDonald-Miller involves helping commercial building owners identify and implement energy efficiency investments which pay for themselves through guaranteed operational savings. These investments save energy and water, support sustainability objectives, improve comfort in the built environment and create high-skilled, family-wage jobs.

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