All Member Expo sessions are virtual this year. One session each day, 10 – 11:30 am. Each program has chosen just one topic to share with you, so you know the content is great! No matter which program(s) you are a member of, attend all the sessions – you’ll be glad you did!

Subject to change.

Monday, October 19

10 – 11:30 am

Welcome and opening keynote
Leveraging hope in the midst of uncertainty

Local governments are facing disruption at every turn. Where do we go from here? We can’t simply “snap back” to the way things were before COVID. How can we face the future with confidence and reset, to emerge better than before?

In this interactive session, futurist Rebecca Ryan returns to AWC to share what’s likely to happen in the next several years and how to manage through it like a futurist. She’ll help you imagine three plausible futures for your community, answer your questions, and give you reasons to move from handwringing to hope.

Rebecca Ryan, Founder, NEXT Generation Consulting

Tuesday, October 20

10 – 11:30 am

The future of Washington state policing and training on de-escalation and use of force – Live
We are at a critical time in history regarding the future of policing and a national focus on addressing culture, training, de-escalation, and use of force. Hear the background on I-940, what prompted its creation and subsequent passing back in 2018 and hear about what is happening to put Washington State ahead of the national curve in de-escalation and use of force training.

  • Learn about the required training elements of the Law Enforcement Training and Community Safety Act (LETCSA).
  • Learn how Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) and Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) partner on police training and legislative priorities.
  • Hear how one local agency and RMSA member has already successfully implemented de-escalation training for its officers.

Monica Alexander, Division Manager, Advanced Training Division, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission

Chief Steven Crown, Chief of Police, Wenatchee

Jerrell Wills, Division Manager, Applied Skills Training Division, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission

Wednesday, October 21

10 – 11:30 am

Difficult decisions during the pandemic – Leading through crisis
New challenges continue to develop due to the global pandemic. Human Resource departments and management face difficult decisions in the workplace as well as in their local communities. Change isn’t easy. And significant change over a short period of time, as we are currently experiencing, is even more difficult. Understand what HR and management should be thinking about to support the needs of their employees, as well as how COVID-19 impacts children and families.

  • Learn how mental health challenges and problems with relationships, work, and money impact your staff and your community.
  • Get guidance and resources that will help you and your staff get through these trying times.
  • Delve into how we can all lean into the uncertainty, take control of it, and help your staff and community come together.

Session sponsored by Regence BlueShield

Dr. James Polo, MD, MBA, Executive Medical Director, Regence BlueShield

Thursday, October 22

10 – 11:30 am

Supervisor support when returning to work after an injury
Injury in the workplace can have a profound impact on employers and employees. Returning employees back to work as soon as medically appropriate has long been considered a best practice. Being out of work unnecessarily has significant financial, human, and social costs to all stakeholders. Most employees do return to work with good outcomes. The role supervisors play when an employee becomes injured, as well as when they help the employee return to work is key.

  • Learn what work disability is, and why we should all care about the outcome.
  • Understand the key role the supervisor plays in work disability prevention.
  • Discover skills and strategies to create a safe, healthy, timely, and durable return to work for injured employees.

Jason Parker, President and Senior Work Disability Consultant, Centrix Disability Management Services

Friday, October 23

10 – 11:30 am

Taking care of ourselves – Mental health & COVID-19
Popular speaker from our 2019 Member Expo, Sean Oswald is back to delve into the mental health impacts and outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those of us in the workforce have never encountered a pandemic of this magnitude. And the stress, and impacts, and how employees have been dealing with that have been far reaching.

  • Discover how the coping with stress through drugs & alcohol impacts the workplace.
  • Discuss the importance of having clear drug & alcohol policies – including testing policies.
  • Hear why it is more important than ever for supervisors to pay attention to reasonable suspicion.

Sean Oswald, Senior Associate, RLS & Associates

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