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    • 14 Mar 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • In-Person at the Meydenbauer Center 11100 NE 6th St Bellevue, WA 98004

    Washington State SHRM Annual Conference 

    Join Washington State SHRM and Skagit Island Chapter of SHRM at the Washington State SHRM Annual Conference on March 14, 2024. 

    Register today at

    • 15 Mar 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual Zoom Meeting

    Discovering your Gifts with “The Working Genius”
    by Sarah Gilson, VP of Organizational Development
    Catapult Executive Consulting 

    Friday, Mar 15; 11:30 am – 1 pm, via Zoom

    Do you want to have a better understanding of the type of work that makes you thrive? Do you want your team(s) to be more productive and successful?

    In this one-hour session, learn how The Working Genius model and assessment can help you and your team(s) thrive when completing tasks, projects, or any type of work. Developed by Patrick Lencioni and The Table Group, The Working Genius is the only tool of its kind that applies to work. It is a simple and fast way for you and your team(s) to discover your gifts and apply them to real-life work situations. Attendees will learn:  

    1. The fundamentals of The Table Group’s “Working Genius” model
    2. How effective team's operate based on individual talents 
    3. How to us assessments for personal and team development 

      About the Speaker

      Drawing on her experience as a business executive, Sarah understands the importance of empowering leaders to meet their full potential. She is an expert at partnering with organizations to help them achieve their desired objectives through various methods including strategic planning, executive program facilitation, coaching, and assessment administration and interpretation. Sarah has experience working with organizational leaders at all levels who are determined to be the best version of themselves in all areas of life. She has led a $60M business and understands the importance of balancing the talent experience with profitability and organizational growth. Sarah is a firm advocate for women’s leadership initiatives and is involved in mentoring and coaching female leaders, has held many leadership roundtables, and has founded a local women’s leadership group. She serves on the board of trustees at Trocaire College and is also passionate about Lupus awareness and volunteers her time to that cause.

      • 11 Apr 2024
      • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Virtual Zoom Meeting

      The Trends and Triggers of Creating an Impactful Employee Experience
      by James Longbaugh, Ph.D., Director of Consulting
      Workforce Science Associates

      Thursday, April 11; 11:30 am – 1 pm, via Zoom

      This session will provide insights on employee engagement trends and data around the current state of engagement sentiment to arm leaders with actionable insights that will create a positive impact on the employee experience. Attendees will learn: 

      1. Understand the employee engagement trends-from major shirts to a stable current state. 
      2. Learn simple actions managers and employees can take to improve employee engagement.
      3. Gain insights into best practices to ensure an impactful and valuable employee experience effort. 

        About the Speaker

        James Longabaugh, Ph.D., joined WSA as an executive consultant in 2019 and currently serves as director of consulting. Previously, Dr. Longabaugh worked at IBM for four years as a senior managing consultant, serving as a trusted advisor to organizations for enhancing the experience of their employees through research-driven employee engagement programs. In addition, Dr. Longabaugh has extensive experience developing pre-employment assessment and selection programs for organizations to hire their unfair share of high-quality talent, employing assessment and coaching programs to develop the next generation of leaders, and leveraging workforce analytics and artificial intelligence to discover meaningful insight to drive change.


        Dr. Longabaugh has over 10 years of experience in talent acquisition, employee engagement and customer surveys, talent assessment, and workforce analytics spanning a variety of organizations and industries. Prior to IBM, Dr. Longabaugh was the owner and principal consultant of a boutique consulting firm specializing in organizational effectiveness, employee and customer surveys, recruitment, leadership development, and pre-employment assessments. Dr. Longabaugh is an adjunct professor in the graduate I-O psychology department at Seattle Pacific University, is a published researcher, and has presented at multiple conferences. He continues to contribute research and best practices to improve the world of work.


        Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Seattle Pacific University

        M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Seattle Pacific University

        B.S. in Psychology, Washington State University

        Active Member, Contributor, and Peer-Reviewer of SIOP (Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology)

        • 10 Oct 2024
        • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
        • NW Education Service District, Anacortes, WA

        Annual Fall Workshop - Details Coming Soon!

        Thursday, October 10; 8 am 1 pm
        NW Education
         Service District
        1601 R Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221

        Join us in beautiful Anacortes for our annual Fall Workshop. This session will provide multiple HRCI and SHRM recertification credits. 

        • 12 Dec 2024
        • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
        • Skagit Station Community Room, 105 E Kincaid St, Mt Vernon, WA

        Using BLS Data to Better Understand the Labor Market of Today and the Future 
        by Matthew Insco, Branch Chief & Supervisory Economist
        U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 

        Thursday, December 12; 11:30 am – 1 pm, via Zoom

        This overview of Using BLS Data to Better Understand the Labor Market of Today and the Future will showcase where our jobs stand now and how to plan for where our jobs will stand in the future. Attendees will learn: 

        1. How to interpret, understand and make use of available government data
        2. Best practices for workforce planning 
        3. The resources available via BLS and how to use them to keep up to date on labor trends 

          About the Speaker

          Matt Insco is the Branch Chief of the Economic Analysis & Information Division for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Western Region. His team helps to disseminate BLS data through press releases, articles, and the BLS website. The unit conducts outreach activities for BLS, including hosting monthly webinars available to the public, and assists data users in accessing and interpreting BLS data. Matt has also co-authored multiple articles related to healthcare and the Great Recession. Matt graduated from the University of California, Riverside and has worked for BLS for over 20 years

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        New SHRM Recertification Providers for July 2022                    

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