Tuesday, July 24 • 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Workforce Development

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The Workforce Development Working Group identifies the barriers to addressing labor shortages and the key stakeholders, and specific actions that can be implemented to alleviate these shortages. The Working Group examines the training needed for the skilled workforce of the future as well as the best practices in industry and government cooperation.
  • Manufacturing opportunities in the region
  • Workforce training
  • Washington state's apprenticeship initiative 
Session video Part 1
Session Video Part 2

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks
  • Working Group Co-Chairs Shawna Argue and Sen. Maralyn Chase

Video on the Future of Work

Automation and Advanced Manufacturing: How jobs of tomorrow will be impacted by emerging technology 
Industry 4.0 is impacting the skills needed to perform jobs in the manufacturing sector.  As digitization and manufacturing integrate traditional jobs will need to evolve to meet industry’s demand.  Future workers will have to be flexible and take a K-99 approach to education and development.
  • Nirav Desai, Senior Partner, Moonbeam
  • Vinay Narayan, Vice President of Americas Product and Operations, HTC Vive
  • Rich Hodges, Account Executive, Central & Eastern Washington, Impact Washington

Exploring the Future of Work:  How jurisdictions are training our workforce today
The region is leading the way in innovative workforce development initiatives. We will hear from a panel of experts on the creative work in region on the Future of Work.
  • Marina Parr, Communication Director, Washington State Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board
  • Debbie Radie, Vice President of Operations for Boardman Foods, Inc., Chair of Food Northwest
  • Alisha Benson, Chief Operation Officer, Greater Spokane Incorporated

Roundtable Discussion 
Attendees and Panelist will explore how the region could move forward to address these emerging challenges on workforce development.
  • Senator Maralyn Chase, Washington State Senator
  • Shawna Argue, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
  • Panelists
  • Working Group Attendees

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Shawna Argue

Director of Registration; Working Group Co-chair, Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
Shawna is a registered Professional Engineer in Saskatchewan. She is a graduate of Industrial Systems Engineering, University of Regina (1987) and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Athabasca University (1999). Shawna's experience covers a wide variety of industries both... Read More →
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Alisha Benson

Chief Operations Officer, Greater Spokane Incorporated
Alisha Benson is the Chief Operations Officer for Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI).  Alisha has been with GSI for 10 years. During her time at GSI, she has held roles as Membership Director, VP of Education & Workforce, Executive Director of Spokane STEM, and interim CEO. GSI is... Read More →
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Sen. Maralyn Chase

Legislator, Washington State Legislature
Senator Maralyn Chase is honored to represent the views and values of the citizens of the 32nd Legislative District.  She is guided by a firm commitment to principles of sustainability, justice and fairness and the Golden Rule. Senator Chase is the new Democratic Chair of the Senate... Read More →
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Nirav Desai

Senior Partner, Moonbeam
Nirav S. Desai is an entrepreneur, investor, and strategist who integrates technologies to enable the next wave of computing. Over the course of his career, Mr. Desai has consulted with clients in the technology, health, manufacturing/logistics, and government sectors – helping... Read More →
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Richard Hodges

Account Executive – Eastern and Central Washington, Impact Washington
Richard has 25 years manufacturing experience, including senior management in regulated environments such as Aerospace and Military. His background includes: executive management, acquisition analysis, business and strategic planning, marketing/sales strategy, project management... Read More →
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Vinay Narayan

Vice President, Americas Product and Operations, HTC Vive
Vinay Narayan is the Vice President of Product and Operations for the Americas at HTC Vive, where he leads the Product, Customer Engagement, and Operations teams. He is an accomplished Senior Executive with demonstrated success in emerging technology, telecommunications, management... Read More →
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Marina Parr

Communications Director, Washington Workforce Board
Marina Parr is the Communications Director at Washington’s Workforce Board in Olympia. The Workforce Board is a state agency that monitors and evaluates the state’s key workforce programs and also provides leadership on policies that help all Washington residents get the education... Read More →
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Debbie Radie

Vice President of Operations, Boardman Foods, Inc.
Debbie Radie is the Vice President of Operations for Boardman Foods, Inc. In this role, Debbie isaccountable for the production, quality, safety, training, human resources, purchasing, maintenance,logistics, regulatory compliance, and accounting departments. Her career at Boardman... Read More →

Tuesday July 24, 2018 2:30pm - 4:45pm AKDT
Maple Ballroom