Women's Virtual Leadership Summit 2020

Tuesday, September 8 8:00am - 5:00pm PDT

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8 Credits

Member Price $259.00

Non-Member Price $259.00

Overview

The 2020 Women’s Leadership Summit is designed to empower the WHOLE leader.  Today’s leader knows that they must continue to invest in themselves, developing new skills and practicing self-care.  This engaging, interactive and inspiring conference offers fresh ideas, interesting stories and relevant takeaways for leaders in all stages of their careers. Connect and build your community with other smart and savvy professionals and leaders.  This must-attend conference is a unique opportunity to gain insight from other women leading the way in your professional community.

All times for this conference are Pacific Time.  WLS, empower the whole leader

Highlights

  • Leadership
  • Fraud
  • Technology
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Communication
 

Prerequisites

None.

Designed For

Individuals interested in continuing to grow their leadership skills and build their professional network.

Objectives

Gain new insights and skills in leadership, including emotional intelligence, communication, and best practices in diversity and inclusion. Connect and build your community with other smart and savvy professional leaders.

Preparation

None.

Notice

Printed materials are not available for this conference. A PDF of the materials will be sent out prior to the conference.

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Are you interested in sponsoring this conference? Contact Roo Mulligan at rmulligan@wscpa.org for more information.

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Tuesday, September 8

General Session

7:50am - 8:00am PDT Welcome and Opening Remarks

General Session

8:00am - 9:15am PDT Today's Pink Collar Criminal

Kelly Paxton

Kelly Paxton

Kelly Paxton has more than 20 years of investigative experience. Kelly is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Private Investigator, podcast host and founder of Great Women in Fraud.

Ms. Paxton started her career in law enforcement as a Special Agent for US Customs Office of Investigations in 1993. Ms. Paxton was recruited by US Customs for her expertise in finance. She worked white-collar fraud, money laundering, and narcotics cases. She also was responsible for the district’s undercover operations and financial reporting of these operations. Kelly worked as a contract investigator doing over 1000 security background investigations for the Office of Personnel Management and Department of Homeland Security.

Kelly has worked in the public and private sectors. Most recently she worked as an investigator for Nike. Her investigations include embezzlement, conflict of interest, intellectual property, Open Source Intelligence, and fraud. Kelly is also the proud owner of pinkcollarcrime.com, a passion of hers about embezzlers in the workplace. She started Great Women in Fraud in August, 2020.

Embezzlement is the crime that every business owner, government agency, PTA, and youth sports league worries about. Protecting assets is a top priority. The loss of money is devastating. However, what is worse is the loss of time which is unrecoverable and the loss of trust which takes the biggest toll. When embezzlement happens it is often committed by a long-term, trusted employee. They have worked side by side with you for potentially years or even decades. Often, they are part of the family. These embezzlers live amongst us. This crime is the relatable crime because most everyone knows some business or person who has been affected by embezzlement. Join renowned Pink Collar Crime expert Kelly Paxton to understand this growing demographic. This topic is Kelly’s most widely requested due to the recent increase in embezzlement and fraud. Kelly will show you what to look for in your business to make sure your most trusted employee is not a Pink Collar Criminal. This session will explore: What is the difference between White Collar Crime and Pink Collar Crime? Why is Pink Collar Crime growing? Who is the “typical” Pink Collar Criminal? How can you identify “pink flags,” tips and tricks for investigating and interviewing a Pink Collar Criminal, and more.

General Session

9:15am - 9:25am PDT Break

General Session

9:25am - 10:15am PDT Boost Your Margin and Say Goodbye to Stressful Living

Andrea Dahlman

Andrea Dahlman

Andrea Dahlman is a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Certified Restorative Wellness Practitioner and Certified BioIndividual Nutrition Practitioner. She has been trained to do functional evaluations, nutritional assessments, review and assess lab work for nutritional balancing in order to make nutritional recommendations to balance body chemistry and achieve optimal wellness.

When people ask how you’re doing do you find yourself seizing on the inside and answering with a curt response of “busy!?” We live in a 24/7, immediate satisfaction, get it done yesterday kind of world. Are you tired of being tired? Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and Certified Restorative Wellness Practitioner, Andrea Dahlman will show you how to say good-bye to busy stressful living and welcome you into a space filled with greater margin, energy and ease. We will uncover through practical, fun and interactive exercise where your personal time budget is out of balance. Through these exercises you will gain clarity about your own personal journey on where to start and how to prioritize and create more time in what feels like a packed-out life. As a science nerd, Andrea will educate, inspire and empower you on why your personal choices matter and how they influence your genetic expression. Your family’s health history doesn’t need to be your future. It’s not impossible to create change. It is possible to create a more balanced and healthy life!

General Session

10:15am - 10:20am PDT Break

General Session

10:20am - 11:20am PDT The Future is Firebrand

Mikaela Kiner

Mikaela Kiner

Mikaela Kiner is an experienced HR/people operations professional, founder/CEO, and executive coach. In 2015, Mikaela founded Reverb, a leading provider of flexible People Operations services for startups and fast-growing companies in the Pacific Northwest. Reverb’s purpose is to help companies create healthy, inclusive culture that engages and inspires employees. The firm works with companies such as Juno Therapeutics, Wizards of the Coast, and Microsoft, as well as many early stage startups. Mikaela believes that people can have fun and be productive at work every day, as long as they’re happy, challenged, and feel a sense of belonging. Craving balance in her own life, Mikaela created Reverb to work with companies who need just-in-time HR help. In line with her mission, the Reverb team has the flexibility to do meaningful work while enjoying time outside of work for themselves and their families. Prior to founding Reverb, Mikaela held HR leadership roles at Northwest companies including Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, PopCap Games, and Redfin. In addition to living for three years in India, she’s worked with leaders throughout Europe and Asia. Mikaela enjoys coaching leaders at all levels and working with mission-driven organizations. Mikaela holds a master’s degree in HR with a Certificate in Organizational Development from the New School for Social Research. She’s a certified executive coach with a credential from the International Coaching Federation, and a certified practitioner of Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead™ curriculum.

Millions of women are trying to navigate the workplace every day. Mikaela Kiner interviewed thirteen Female Firebrands – women who are whole people, dealing with work, family, balance, confidence, and the need to stay motivated and strong. These role models are not only successful in their careers, they are doing good in the world and making a difference for all women. Mikaela will reveal why women are judged more harshly than their male peers and the benefits women bring to the workplace. She’ll share tools you can use when you’re talked over or labeled as too aggressive. Mikaela will describe what’s at the root of female rivalry and how we can choose collaborative competition instead. Why is she an optimist? Her conversations with younger women, the #NextGen, show how much they’ve already learned from the women who came before them.

General Session

11:20am - 11:30am PDT Break

Breakout Session

11:30am - 12:20pm PDT Concurrent Session A01 | Using Emotional Intelligence to Break Down Gender Biases

Kari Hipsak

Kari Hipsak

Kari currently serves as the Senior Manager – Firm Services, at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. Kari leads PCPS resource creation for accounting and auditing emerging issues and manages PCPS IT resources, including cybersecurity. Kari acts as the TIC liaison, maintains the AICPA alliance with Firm Associations & Networks, and works with PCPS Networking Groups and the Group of 400 (G400) initiative.

A relatively new area of psychology, Emotional Intelligence (EI), is taking the business world by storm. As more and more technological advances replace humans in the daily grind, different skills such as EI are crucial for success. The changing business world has opened up the conversation on EI, but how does this increased awareness of EI shake things up? Leave your biases behind as we explore how an increase in EI can challenge existing gender biases.

11:30am - 12:20pm PDT Concurrent Session A02 | Be Your Best Self: How to Avoid Burnout and Brain Fog

Andrea Dahlman

Andrea Dahlman

Andrea Dahlman is a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Certified Restorative Wellness Practitioner and Certified BioIndividual Nutrition Practitioner. She has been trained to do functional evaluations, nutritional assessments, review and assess lab work for nutritional balancing in order to make nutritional recommendations to balance body chemistry and achieve optimal wellness.

Are you tired, weary, stressed and having a hard time concentrating or focusing? We all desire to show up and give the best version of ourselves, but it can be hard if we are struggling with burnout and brain fog. Andrea Dahlman will show you where you might be sabotaging yourself and expose areas of your life that are draining your brain and energy. Together we will explore areas you might not have considered including nutrition, mindset and priorities. Andrea will equip you with simple practical tips and tools for easy implementation. As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Andrea has coached hundreds of clients into new habits, patterns and lifestyle choices that promote a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.

General Session

12:20pm - 12:45pm PDT 100 Year Anniversary: Women's Suffrage

Amy Walen State Representative 48th District, Rep. Walen

Amy Walen

Amy represents the 48th Legislative District, which includes parts of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland and all of Clyde Hill, Medina, Yarrow Point and Hunts Point. Prior to coming to the Legislature in 2019, Amy served on the Kirkland City Council from 2009 – 2014, until she was selected by her colleagues to serve as Mayor of Kirkland from 2014 – 2019.

As mayor, Amy raised Kirkland’s profile in local, regional and statewide initiatives. Her leadership includes transportation infrastructure and strategic economic development projects which resulted in the revitalization of the Totem Lake Business District. She championed mandatory inclusion of affordable housing in residential developments and enacted an ordinance against source of income-based discrimination for families in Section 8 housing programs.

Her additional accomplishments at the City of Kirkland include gun safety reforms, environmental protections, developing the Cross Kirkland Corridor, and proclaiming Kirkland’s commitment as a welcoming, safe, and inclusive community for all.

Amy was born in Oregon and studied and practiced law in Australia before moving to Kirkland in 2005 with her husband, Jim. Together they own and operate a successful local auto business. She has a consistent record of successfully leading complex organizations through change, including serving as chief financial officer for companies with annual revenues exceeding $150 million for nearly 20 years.

As a cancer survivor and someone who received help during difficult times in her life, Amy is committed to giving back. Amy served as the president of the Sound Cities Association (SCA) in 2018. She received the Advocacy All-Star Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) in 2015 and was awarded Elected Official of the Year from the Alliance of Eastside Agencies in 2013.

Amy lives in Kirkland with her husband. She is a proud stepmother of three and legal guardian to her nephew.

Sharon Tomiko Santos State Representative 37th District, Rep. Santos

Sharon Tomiko Santos

A community activist for more than 40 years, Sharon Tomiko Santos was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in 1998.

Rep. Santos chairs the House Education committee and serves on the House Capital Budget committee and Consumer Protection & Business committee.

She also serves appointments to the Washington State Education Opportunity Gap Accountability and Oversight committee, the Every Student Succeeds Act Consolidated Plan Team, and the Financial Education Public Private Partnership.

Her legislative proposals reflect her strong advocacy for providing quality early learning programs for young kids, ensuring a well-trained educator workforce, and closing the opportunity gap. Rep. Santos believes Washington state must strive for providing education excellence and opportunities for all students to learn.

Outside of education, her key policy interests include civil rights, women’s rights, economic and environmental justice, affordable housing, and quality public education. She believes in providing level playing fields that allow those who work hard to succeed.

Rep. Santos has served on dozens of boards and foundations including the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, and the University of Washington Business and Economic Development Program Board of Ambassadors.

She has received numerous awards for her legislative and community work including the Kip Tokuda Community Leadership Award from the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation and the Leadership and Vision Award from Junior Achievement of Washington.

A graduate of the Evergreen State College and of Northeastern University, Santos has worked in the banking industry, on staff to local public elected officials, and in senior management positions for non-profit organizations.

Ann Rivers State Senator 18th Legislative Dist., Sen. Rivers

Ann Rivers

Ann Rivers is state senator for the 18th Legislative District, which spans much of Clark County and includes Ridgefield, La Center, Battle Ground, Yacolt, Camas and Washougal, as well as part of Vancouver.

She became the district’s senator in 2012 after serving in the House of Representatives since 2010. Ann serves on the Senate’s Health and Long-Term Care committee, Ways and Means committee and the Environment, Energy and Technology committee. She is in her fifth year on the Senate Republican leadership team, as the caucus whip. Her policy- and fiscal-committee experience also includes Early Learning and K-12 Education, and Transportation.

Outside of the Senate’s standing committees, Ann’s work at the state level includes serving on the Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations; the Washington State Women’s Commission; the Joint Oregon-Washington Legislative Action Committee involved in planning for a new Interstate 5 bridge spanning the Columbia River; and the Select Committee on Quality Improvement in State Hospitals.

Her legislative priorities include strengthening Washington’s economy, protecting the state’s taxpayers by prioritizing and controlling state spending, and making sure the projects Southwest Washington needs for a solid transportation system are moving forward.

As chair of the Senate Health Care Committee, Ann focused the panel’s work on improving access to medical and dental services in rural and underserved areas, and gaining better control of health-care costs.

Her work on the education and budget committees put her at the center of the successful multi-year effort completed in 2018 (in association with the McCleary v. Washington ruling) to overhaul the state’s outdated education-funding system and offer each child in Washington an opportunity to succeed in school regardless of residential or economic status. A former teacher, Ann also was instrumental in creating the state’s paraeducator law, which established professional standards and encourages professional development.

Ann’s experience with transportation issues ranges from crafting 2015’s successful “Connecting Washington” package of investments and reforms, as a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, to being among the legislative stakeholders on the state’s Road Usage Charge Pilot Project Steering Committee (and a participant in the Road Usage Charge Pilot).

Washington has a part-time, citizen Legislature, so back home Ann works at the Tri-Mountain Golf Course in north Clark County. She also operates a governmental and public-affairs consulting firm in La Center, where she resides with husband Fred and sons Rex and Derick. Ann has a bachelor’s degree in political science (minoring in natural science and history) and a secondary-education teaching certificate.

She is active in her community, belonging to Greater Clark County Rotary and other organizations and volunteering for events such as the American Cancer Society’s West Clark County Relay for Life (as publicity chairwoman); she also has served or is serving on the board of directors for several organizations, including Innovate Washington.

Women’s constitutional right to vote was ratified 100 years ago in 1920, and even earlier in Washington State. Washington State, a progressive state even back in the late 1800s, almost became the first state to allow women the vote, even before women’s suffrage became a movement. Though this was a hard-fought step forward for women, women of all races and classes did not reap the benefit in practice. Join us as we celebrate where we are now and talk about ideas to move us all forward. Meet some inspiring elected officials: Senator Ann Rivers, Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, and Rep. Amy Walen. Hear their personal stories and their journey to seek election, along with their thoughts on continuing to advance women’s rights.

General Session

12:45pm - 1:10pm PDT Lunch Break

 

General Session

1:10pm - 2:00pm PDT Why Honest People Steal

Kelly Paxton

Kelly Paxton

Kelly Paxton has more than 20 years of investigative experience. Kelly is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Private Investigator, podcast host and founder of Great Women in Fraud.

Ms. Paxton started her career in law enforcement as a Special Agent for US Customs Office of Investigations in 1993. Ms. Paxton was recruited by US Customs for her expertise in finance. She worked white-collar fraud, money laundering, and narcotics cases. She also was responsible for the district’s undercover operations and financial reporting of these operations. Kelly worked as a contract investigator doing over 1000 security background investigations for the Office of Personnel Management and Department of Homeland Security.

Kelly has worked in the public and private sectors. Most recently she worked as an investigator for Nike. Her investigations include embezzlement, conflict of interest, intellectual property, Open Source Intelligence, and fraud. Kelly is also the proud owner of pinkcollarcrime.com, a passion of hers about embezzlers in the workplace. She started Great Women in Fraud in August, 2020.

You hire good people and you pay them good wages. Why would they steal? Human behavior is incredibly complex and we can never know all the motivations behind bad behavior. Most business owners don’t have a degree in psychology, sociology, or criminology. This presentation will have you looking at risk differently and change your ideas of how honest people behave and why they might steal from you. Attend Honest People Steal and learn that: Prevention is cheaper and much more important than recovering after the fact. Optimism bias affects most successful business owners. Businesses of all sizes and types are victims—you are not alone. Money can be replaced but trust is much more difficult to regain.

General Session

2:00pm - 2:10pm PDT Break

General Session

2:10pm - 3:10pm PDT Inclusive Leadership

Shinder Dhillon

Shinder Dhillon

Shinder is the VP of Inclusion and Diversity for Fortive. She has responsibility for creating and leading the I&D strategy across Fortive’s global Operating Companies in partnership with business leaders and HR. With nearly two decades of experience in the field of I&D in varies industries in Europe and US, She understands the complexity and challenges that are in play while companies are on their journey to build an inclusive and diverse organization,that benefits all of us.

There are so many components to Building The Whole Leader. One of them, given the heated spotlight on inclusion and diversity today, is inclusive leadership. Get insights into why this is important and understand the shadow your leadership creates and how that impacts your career. Through this experiential workshop and discussion, learn about insider-outsider dynamics and what we can collectively do not only to create an inclusive environment for all, but also to become the leaders that are needed for the future.

General Session

3:10pm - 3:25pm PDT Break

General Session

3:25pm - 4:25pm PDT The Future of Leadership: Automation, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence

Pooja Sund

Pooja Sund

Achievement oriented finance technology leader with solid credentials (Gold medalist and 2 times rare CFO Award winner) & 15+ years of global experience in setting the vision, and ability to execute on that vision by leading teams. An enthusiastic leader with organizational aptitudes, deep technical and financial experience & proven ability to lead high-performing teams, build strong relationships, foster efficiency and create an impact. Recipient of Highest Award for Leadership 2018, Dale Carnegie’s “Advanced Leadership Program” and received many presentation awards in the last 2 decades and on a journey to learn it all. Currently leading Technology and Data Analytics Team for Microsoft’s Audit Group, Pooja Sund’s Personal Quote is “Strive for Excellence, never be satisfied with the second best.”

What others say about her: • Leader with a vision • Your passion and enthusiasm are contagious and your willingness to recognize others is laudable • Outstanding speaker (great energy, enthusiasm and relevance) • Excellent collaborator, energizer, Motivator, Ideator

Pooja is currently mentoring 20+ people in her immediate group and 30+ across Microsoft. A passionate speaker who also have a passion for leadership, coaching, mentoring, and speaking.

We all live in a world of volatility. Only change that’s constant is change. We have to learn and adapt to our environment. The tools and technologies that we have available today can solve our problems. In the imagination age, we can collectively imagine and create the future we want to inhabit. For that, we need to understand what is already available today and how can we leverage these technologies to solve our pain points. Let’s understand and demystify together all these buzz words like Data Science, Machine Learning, BOTS, IoTs, and Artificial Intelligence, and examine a few scenarios from our professions. We are accountants, finance professionals, Certified Public Accountants, CFOs, partners, and leaders. If we would not take the plunge to understand these, who would? During this session, learn about these technologies and their impact on our work. Explore real life, relatable examples and increase your understanding of the exponential impact these technologies can have in our professional lives.

Leader(s):

Leaders

Andrea Dahlman

Andrea Dahlman is a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Certified Restorative Wellness Practitioner and Certified BioIndividual Nutrition Practitioner. She has been trained to do functional evaluations, nutritional assessments, review and assess lab work for nutritional balancing in order to make nutritional recommendations to balance body chemistry and achieve optimal wellness.

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Shinder Dhillon

Shinder is the VP of Inclusion and Diversity for Fortive. She has responsibility for creating and leading the I&D strategy across Fortive’s global Operating Companies in partnership with business leaders and HR. With nearly two decades of experience in the field of I&D in varies industries in Europe and US, She understands the complexity and challenges that are in play while companies are on their journey to build an inclusive and diverse organization,that benefits all of us.

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Kelly Paxton

Kelly Paxton has more than 20 years of investigative experience. Kelly is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Private Investigator, podcast host and founder of Great Women in Fraud.

Ms. Paxton started her career in law enforcement as a Special Agent for US Customs Office of Investigations in 1993. Ms. Paxton was recruited by US Customs for her expertise in finance. She worked white-collar fraud, money laundering, and narcotics cases. She also was responsible for the district’s undercover operations and financial reporting of these operations. Kelly worked as a contract investigator doing over 1000 security background investigations for the Office of Personnel Management and Department of Homeland Security.

Kelly has worked in the public and private sectors. Most recently she worked as an investigator for Nike. Her investigations include embezzlement, conflict of interest, intellectual property, Open Source Intelligence, and fraud. Kelly is also the proud owner of pinkcollarcrime.com, a passion of hers about embezzlers in the workplace. She started Great Women in Fraud in August, 2020.

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Mikaela Kiner

Mikaela Kiner is an experienced HR/people operations professional, founder/CEO, and executive coach. In 2015, Mikaela founded Reverb, a leading provider of flexible People Operations services for startups and fast-growing companies in the Pacific Northwest. Reverb’s purpose is to help companies create healthy, inclusive culture that engages and inspires employees. The firm works with companies such as Juno Therapeutics, Wizards of the Coast, and Microsoft, as well as many early stage startups. Mikaela believes that people can have fun and be productive at work every day, as long as they’re happy, challenged, and feel a sense of belonging. Craving balance in her own life, Mikaela created Reverb to work with companies who need just-in-time HR help. In line with her mission, the Reverb team has the flexibility to do meaningful work while enjoying time outside of work for themselves and their families. Prior to founding Reverb, Mikaela held HR leadership roles at Northwest companies including Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, PopCap Games, and Redfin. In addition to living for three years in India, she’s worked with leaders throughout Europe and Asia. Mikaela enjoys coaching leaders at all levels and working with mission-driven organizations. Mikaela holds a master’s degree in HR with a Certificate in Organizational Development from the New School for Social Research. She’s a certified executive coach with a credential from the International Coaching Federation, and a certified practitioner of Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead™ curriculum.

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Pooja Sund

Achievement oriented finance technology leader with solid credentials (Gold medalist and 2 times rare CFO Award winner) & 15+ years of global experience in setting the vision, and ability to execute on that vision by leading teams. An enthusiastic leader with organizational aptitudes, deep technical and financial experience & proven ability to lead high-performing teams, build strong relationships, foster efficiency and create an impact. Recipient of Highest Award for Leadership 2018, Dale Carnegie’s “Advanced Leadership Program” and received many presentation awards in the last 2 decades and on a journey to learn it all. Currently leading Technology and Data Analytics Team for Microsoft’s Audit Group, Pooja Sund’s Personal Quote is “Strive for Excellence, never be satisfied with the second best.”

What others say about her: • Leader with a vision • Your passion and enthusiasm are contagious and your willingness to recognize others is laudable • Outstanding speaker (great energy, enthusiasm and relevance) • Excellent collaborator, energizer, Motivator, Ideator

Pooja is currently mentoring 20+ people in her immediate group and 30+ across Microsoft. A passionate speaker who also have a passion for leadership, coaching, mentoring, and speaking.

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Kari Hipsak

Kari currently serves as the Senior Manager – Firm Services, at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. Kari leads PCPS resource creation for accounting and auditing emerging issues and manages PCPS IT resources, including cybersecurity. Kari acts as the TIC liaison, maintains the AICPA alliance with Firm Associations & Networks, and works with PCPS Networking Groups and the Group of 400 (G400) initiative.

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Amy Walen

Amy represents the 48th Legislative District, which includes parts of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland and all of Clyde Hill, Medina, Yarrow Point and Hunts Point. Prior to coming to the Legislature in 2019, Amy served on the Kirkland City Council from 2009 – 2014, until she was selected by her colleagues to serve as Mayor of Kirkland from 2014 – 2019.

As mayor, Amy raised Kirkland’s profile in local, regional and statewide initiatives. Her leadership includes transportation infrastructure and strategic economic development projects which resulted in the revitalization of the Totem Lake Business District. She championed mandatory inclusion of affordable housing in residential developments and enacted an ordinance against source of income-based discrimination for families in Section 8 housing programs.

Her additional accomplishments at the City of Kirkland include gun safety reforms, environmental protections, developing the Cross Kirkland Corridor, and proclaiming Kirkland’s commitment as a welcoming, safe, and inclusive community for all.

Amy was born in Oregon and studied and practiced law in Australia before moving to Kirkland in 2005 with her husband, Jim. Together they own and operate a successful local auto business. She has a consistent record of successfully leading complex organizations through change, including serving as chief financial officer for companies with annual revenues exceeding $150 million for nearly 20 years.

As a cancer survivor and someone who received help during difficult times in her life, Amy is committed to giving back. Amy served as the president of the Sound Cities Association (SCA) in 2018. She received the Advocacy All-Star Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) in 2015 and was awarded Elected Official of the Year from the Alliance of Eastside Agencies in 2013.

Amy lives in Kirkland with her husband. She is a proud stepmother of three and legal guardian to her nephew.

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Sharon Tomiko Santos

A community activist for more than 40 years, Sharon Tomiko Santos was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in 1998.

Rep. Santos chairs the House Education committee and serves on the House Capital Budget committee and Consumer Protection & Business committee.

She also serves appointments to the Washington State Education Opportunity Gap Accountability and Oversight committee, the Every Student Succeeds Act Consolidated Plan Team, and the Financial Education Public Private Partnership.

Her legislative proposals reflect her strong advocacy for providing quality early learning programs for young kids, ensuring a well-trained educator workforce, and closing the opportunity gap. Rep. Santos believes Washington state must strive for providing education excellence and opportunities for all students to learn.

Outside of education, her key policy interests include civil rights, women’s rights, economic and environmental justice, affordable housing, and quality public education. She believes in providing level playing fields that allow those who work hard to succeed.

Rep. Santos has served on dozens of boards and foundations including the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, and the University of Washington Business and Economic Development Program Board of Ambassadors.

She has received numerous awards for her legislative and community work including the Kip Tokuda Community Leadership Award from the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation and the Leadership and Vision Award from Junior Achievement of Washington.

A graduate of the Evergreen State College and of Northeastern University, Santos has worked in the banking industry, on staff to local public elected officials, and in senior management positions for non-profit organizations.

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Ann Rivers

Ann Rivers is state senator for the 18th Legislative District, which spans much of Clark County and includes Ridgefield, La Center, Battle Ground, Yacolt, Camas and Washougal, as well as part of Vancouver.

She became the district’s senator in 2012 after serving in the House of Representatives since 2010. Ann serves on the Senate’s Health and Long-Term Care committee, Ways and Means committee and the Environment, Energy and Technology committee. She is in her fifth year on the Senate Republican leadership team, as the caucus whip. Her policy- and fiscal-committee experience also includes Early Learning and K-12 Education, and Transportation.

Outside of the Senate’s standing committees, Ann’s work at the state level includes serving on the Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations; the Washington State Women’s Commission; the Joint Oregon-Washington Legislative Action Committee involved in planning for a new Interstate 5 bridge spanning the Columbia River; and the Select Committee on Quality Improvement in State Hospitals.

Her legislative priorities include strengthening Washington’s economy, protecting the state’s taxpayers by prioritizing and controlling state spending, and making sure the projects Southwest Washington needs for a solid transportation system are moving forward.

As chair of the Senate Health Care Committee, Ann focused the panel’s work on improving access to medical and dental services in rural and underserved areas, and gaining better control of health-care costs.

Her work on the education and budget committees put her at the center of the successful multi-year effort completed in 2018 (in association with the McCleary v. Washington ruling) to overhaul the state’s outdated education-funding system and offer each child in Washington an opportunity to succeed in school regardless of residential or economic status. A former teacher, Ann also was instrumental in creating the state’s paraeducator law, which established professional standards and encourages professional development.

Ann’s experience with transportation issues ranges from crafting 2015’s successful “Connecting Washington” package of investments and reforms, as a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, to being among the legislative stakeholders on the state’s Road Usage Charge Pilot Project Steering Committee (and a participant in the Road Usage Charge Pilot).

Washington has a part-time, citizen Legislature, so back home Ann works at the Tri-Mountain Golf Course in north Clark County. She also operates a governmental and public-affairs consulting firm in La Center, where she resides with husband Fred and sons Rex and Derick. Ann has a bachelor’s degree in political science (minoring in natural science and history) and a secondary-education teaching certificate.

She is active in her community, belonging to Greater Clark County Rotary and other organizations and volunteering for events such as the American Cancer Society’s West Clark County Relay for Life (as publicity chairwoman); she also has served or is serving on the board of directors for several organizations, including Innovate Washington.

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Non-Member Price $259.00

Member Price $259.00