Upcoming events

    • 23 Sep 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual Zoom Meeting

    Take a break from your busy schedule and join us for our monthly “Social Thursday” event!

    Thursday, September 23rd 2021 from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm. 

    • 30 Sep 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual Zoom Meeting


    Unlocking the Potential of the Veteran and Military Spouse Workforce

    Presented by: 

    Christine Moreland, SHRM-SCP, SPHR and
    Agnieszka Samsel, SHRM-CP, PHR

    Every year, around 200,000 service members transition to civilian life, but many employers are unsure how to recruit and retain this important segment of the workforce. We also know that military spouses are an often untapped talent pool. Of the 600,000-plus military spouses, the Department of Defense estimates 25% are unemployed.

    In this fast-paced and interactive webinar, we will share:
    - Why organizations should consider hiring veterans and military spouses
    - Building a business case to hire veterans and military spouses
    - Benefits of hiring from these underutilized talent pools
    - What’s keeping employers from maximizing the potential of the veteran workforce
    - Solutions for better veteran hiring
    - Resources to assist your organization with reaching veterans and military spouses

    This webinar is a part of the SHRM / USAA Foundation Ambassador program.

    Learning  Objectives

    1. Understand the employment barriers, challenges, AND assets of the military community as well as the different employment needs of veterans and military spouses.

    2. Become familiar with the current employment trends related to the military community including unemployment rates for veterans and military spouses.

    3. Learn to articulate the employment business case for hiring from the military community.

    4. Learn best practices across the employee lifecycle, applying HR strategies to military-connected employees.

    About the Speakers

    Christine Moreland, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

    Christine has been in the Human Resources field for 20 years and considers herself a generalist, but has extensive knowledge in many specialized areas of HR.

    Currently Christine is volunteering as a USAA/SHRM Foundation Ambassador which she has been doing for the past 4 years with their Veteran’s Initiative program.  She created a partnership with the WA State SHRM and the YesVets during her time as the Workforce Readiness Director and continues to stay involved with the YesVets program and assists in planning events, presenting workshops for their annual Recognition and Resource Showcase and continues to promote the recruiting, hiring, and retention of veterans and military spouses.

    She has volunteered on the WA State SHRM Board of Directors for 8 years in the following roles:  Diversity Director, Secretary, Executive Assistant, and Workforce Readiness Director. (Served 2 years in each role).

    In addition, she has volunteered on her local SHRM Chapter Board of Directors in the following roles:  Secretary, Program Development, Workforce Readiness Director, President Elect, President, Past President, and Webmaster. 

    Christine is active in her community and has created a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization (ACCESS TRI-CITIES) which helps educate the community and local businesses regarding the benefit of hiring individuals with disabilities.  The organization has been hosting an annual Recognition, Training and Job fair (1-day event) for the past 7 years which consists of hosting a recognition breakfast for employers who are leading the way in recruiting, hiring, and retaining, individuals with disabilities, providing workshops on relevant topics to help employers better connect with individuals with disabilities and concluding with a job fair.

     Agnieszka Samsel, SHRM-CP, PHR

    Human Resources expert with cross-cultural experience and people analytics competency. Aga served in HR positions in finance, shipbuilding, retail, and hospitality industries. She lived and worked in Poland, Ecuador, and Spain, which allowed her to gain global commerce knowledge and appreciation for global cultures. Her education in economics and business administration provided her with a strong foundation of statistics, data analysis and ability to see the ‘big picture’ and make recommendations on how to increase organizational performance. Aga believes in leveraging people-related analytics to drive business decisions, improve efficiency and elevate employee experience.

    Aga is a military spouse and is volunteering as a USAA/SHRM Foundation Ambassador, helping businesses understand the value the military community brings to the civilian workforce and the best practices to attract, hire, and retain these high-potential labor forces.

    Mark your calendars for Thursday, 09/30/2021 from 11:30am to 1:00pm for this presentation.

    Zoom webinar details will be emailed separately after registration and prior to the event.

    Meeting Agenda: 

    11:30am- Webcast Opens

    11:40am- Announcements and Networking 

    12:00pm- Presentation

    • 14 Oct 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual Zoom Meeting


    WA Cares Fund

    Presented by:

    Benjamin Veghte, WA Cares Fund Director

    Kelly Lindseth, WA Cares Fund Manager 

    April Amundson, Policy and Rules Manager 

    The presentation will provide an overview of the rationale for the new WA Cares Fund program, what it is, how it works, and how it is administered.

    Learning  Objectives

    Understand how to implement the WA Cares Fund.

    Presenter's Bios:

    Benjamin W. Veghte is Director of the WA Cares Fund, the universal long term care program, at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. His career has focused on the research, design, framing, and implementation of innovative public policies that are consonant with the political culture of social policy in the United States. Within the domain of social policy, he has focused on social insurance, with a recent focus on the care infrastructure. Veghte studied the history of European social policy during his Ph.D. studies at the University of Chicago. Through 2008 he taught comparative social policy as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Bremen, Germany, and worked as a Social Policy consultant for the European Union, working on projects which advised EU accession countries on how to harmonize their social policies with EU standards. In 2009 he earned a Mid-Career MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In 2009 he joined the National Academy of Social Insurance. In 2011/12 he helped launch the Scholars Strategy Network at Harvard University, an initiative seeking to leverage the expertise of leading progressive scholars around the country to better inform public policy and enhance our democratic process. He directed research and policy at Social Security Works from 2012-15, and led all policy work at the National Academy of Social Insurance from 2015-18. From 2018 through March of 2020, he led research at Caring Across Generations, and served as the lead author of the Academy study panel report on Universal Family Care.

    Kelly Lindseth joined the Employment Security Department in 2009 and has held a number of leadership positions with the agency. She currently serves as the WA Cares Fund Program Manager launching Washington’s new long-term services and supports program. Kelly has held prior roles in government at the Office of Financial Management, the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (now Commerce), and at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration in Organizational Leadership from the University of Washington.

    April Amundson is the Policy and Rules Manager of the Leave and Care Division at Employment Security Department (ESD). Since March of 2019, she has managed the team that develops the administrative rules and operational policies for the Paid Family and Medical Leave program and the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust program (WA Cares). The division is currently implementing ESD’s responsibilities for the WA Cares with the first part of the program kicking off later this year. April has worked for the department since March of 2008, and in policy for the last 5 years. Never shying away from a project, she was on the team that modernized the unemployment claiming system in 2016 and participated in different agency projects ever since. April has a heart for service and spent her early career in social services and case management. She is looking forward to the day where she can travel, preferably to a Caribbean beach. Until then she spends a lot of time on the Puget Sound beaches with her husband, Chris and her rescue pups, Roxie (9) and Pepper (10 months).   

    Mark your calendars for Thursday, 10/14/2021 from 11:30am to 1:00pm for this presentation.

    Zoom webinar details will be emailed separately after registration and prior to the event.

    Meeting agenda: 

    11:30 Webcast opens

    11:40 Announcements

    12:00 Presentation

Past events

9 Sep 2021 Employment Law Update 2021
26 Aug 2021 Social Thursday
24 Jun 2021 Social Thursday
17 Jun 2021 Populations Health Management vs. Traditional Wellness, With a Focus On Emerging From The Pandemic
27 May 2021 Social Thursday
13 May 2021 Secrets to THRIVE in Uncertain Times
22 Apr 2021 Social Thursday
8 Apr 2021 Review of 401(k) Plans and Plan Designs. Impact from the SECURE Act
25 Mar 2021 Social Thursday
18 Mar 2021 Equitable Pay as an Organizational Strategy
11 Feb 2021 Lean Six Sigma: Optimizing Operations
14 Jan 2021 Master the Five Rules of Virtual Engagement
10 Dec 2020 How to Build Better Bosses
12 Nov 2020 2021 Washington Exempt Salary Threshold Update
8 Oct 2020 What's Next - Post-COVID
23 Sep 2020 DE&I SHRM Hosted Webinar for WA
10 Sep 2020 Employment Law Update
12 Mar 2020 Non-violent Communication Skills
13 Feb 2020 Are You Spending Dollars to Save Dimes?
9 Jan 2020 Labor Market Data to Inform Workforce Strategy
12 Dec 2019 BizProv - Communication for Collaboration
14 Nov 2019 Human Resources Legal Changes: Bracing for 2020
17 Oct 2019 After Workshop Lunch Networking
17 Oct 2019 17th Annual Fall Workshop
12 Sep 2019 Employment Law Update
13 Jun 2019 Copia on the Boulevard June Networking Event
9 May 2019 Getting Talent Back to Work
11 Apr 2019 What you need to know about Domestic Violence in the Workplace
14 Mar 2019 Building Positive and Productive Cultures through Strategic Leadership
14 Feb 2019 Streamlined Third Party Mediation in the Workplace
10 Jan 2019 Recreational Marijuana
13 Dec 2018 Flip the Script: 4 Steps to Radically Improve Productivity and Potential
8 Nov 2018 HR Professionals: A Guide for Incorporating Mental Health into Your Wellness Strategy
11 Oct 2018 16th Annual Fall Workshop
13 Sep 2018 Recent Developments in Federal and State Employment Law
14 Jun 2018 Leave, Please: Practical Tips for Dealing with the Current and Forthcoming Leave-Related Laws in Washington
7 Jun 2018 SIHRMA Farmstrong Networking Event
10 May 2018 Return to Work, Stay at Work & Preferred Worker Programs



WA State SHRM, Proud Partner of YesVets since March 2018.  As an affiliate chapter of WA State SHRM, we are also included in the partnership as YesVets Ambassadors.

Currently, there are 1074 participating YesVets employers and 5,000+ veterans hired. 

We encourage all businesses to become a YesVets employers and continue hiring veterans.

It is super easy to sign up.  Just click on the following link:  www.yesvets.org.  You will also find additional information about the YesVets program

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