To Washington State Chamber Professionals,
It’s been 3 years since WCCE’s last in-person conference, held in Anacortes. Little did we all know what lay ahead. For all who were leading a Chamber, it was a time for quick thinking and footwork to provide the leadership required to keep their Chambers afloat while providing much needed support to their communities.
WCCE was not any different. WCCE combined its efforts with our colleagues in Oregon to host our first ever on-line conference through a virtual platform called Remo, with all hopes of coming back in-person for 2021. It was not to be. Both year’s conferences were planned for Clarkston, WA with host Chamber CEO Kristin Kemak who held on for 2 years as WCCE’s Chair of the Board. As disappointing as 2020 was, 2021 was a heart-breaker.
Over 2 years of weekly or bi-monthly Exec2Exec Zoom meetings along with the two online conferences, WCCE has been able to continue its mission to bring important and valuable content to its members. It, however, does not replace what one can glean from meeting for 3-days in the fall providing valuable face-to-face interaction.
Now it's time to convene in Tacoma on October 26th – 28th at the Marriott Tacoma Downtown. With all the changes to our industry and the new faces in the Washington Chamber profession, the 2022 WCCE Leadership Conference is MORE important than some 30 conferences I’ve been either involved in as a Chamber executive attendee or as your WCCE CEO.
The following list of conference headliners is just the beginning of what is shaping up to be an extraordinary return in Tacoma. As much as the content is what brings us to a conference, it is the conversations and the development of new relationships that I’ve valued above all. Breaking away from your day-to-day requirements and being a 100% present by physically staying at the hotel is the best way for this to happen.
We’ll have more information coming soon. I’ll keep you up to date on the latest through the listserv and WCCE’s social media outlets. Scholarship applications (for $100 to $250 off the registration fee) are available online by click here.
Thank you to the conference planning committee for their hard work on bringing this all together. I'm looking forward to re-convening with all of you, to experience this year's powerful conference full of new and invigorating energy.
See you in Tacoma!
Bob Green, WCCE CEO
Cathi Hight Presentations:
Where Do We Go from Here? Post-Covid Membership
Focus on the Cause, Not the Club
Seasoned Exec Roundtable
Cathi Hight is a Kaizen consultant and President of Hight Performance Group. Considered as the Membership Guru and the developer of The Member Retention Kit and A New Approach to Tiered Membership, Cathi helps
associations meet the expectations of their members and effectively communicate the value of membership. She guides associations of all sizes to develop strategies to manage change, build resiliency, and evolve their organizations for long-term sustainability.
Cathi was a national trainer for ACCE (Association of Organization of Commerce Executives) for membership development and has been an instructor for the U.S. Organization of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management (association management certification program) since 2004. Cathi has presented at numerous local and national association and organization conferences, including the Great Ideas event for ASAE and ACCE annual conventions. She is a member of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) and the Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE).
Cathi has a diverse career experience which includes being Vice President of Operations for the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, Senior Vice of Investor Relations and Growth Strategy for the Greater Austin Chamber, Regional Sales and Marketing Manager for both Dole Foods and Dean Foods, national manager for the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac Entrepreneurship program, and a Motorola University Instructor for cycle time reduction and benchmarking. Her multi-industry background allows her to share best practices as a speaker, trainer, consultant and author.
Anthony Anton Presentation:
The generational gap with today’s employees has never been wider. The expectations have never been more diverse from historical norms. And with the scarcity of prospective hires and the many options available to them, today’s worker has never been in a stronger position to pursue their dreams. We as leaders must adapt!
The Washington Hospitality Association CEO, Anthony Anton will share his oversight of the world we currently face and provide quantifiable methods of leading employees in creating a work environment for their success. You will come away from Anthony’s presentation with tangible “how-to(s)” that will move your organization from good to great.
Anthony Anton is President and CEO of the Washington Hospitality Association. He has been with the association for more than 20 years, and draws on experience being raised in a family with more than 70 years of hospitality experience in the state. As CEO, Anthony has helped the Washington Hospitality Association expand, launched initiatives to help our workforce succeed, and has focused on protecting and enhancing the hospitality business climate. He also led the industry association through the pandemic — a time in which hospitality was hit the hardest of any industry by far. The team at the Association educated, facilitated, and/or secured hundreds of millions in relief dollars for Washington Hospitality businesses and dozens of regulatory relief measures reducing the number of closures in the second six months of the pandemic by nearly 400% compared to the first six months.
Rebecca P. Murray Presentations:
Master Your Virtual Image: Tips to Engage from the Virtual Stage.
Own The Stage: Use Your Presence to Project and Connect
Northwest Edutainer Rebecca P. Murray delivers high-energy virtual and live training for those ready to become confident, creative, and compelling leaders and team players. She infuses irreverent humor, inspiring stories, and entertaining musical theater excerpts into content-rich, high-stick events. Audience members eagerly engage in her one-of-a-kind interactive experiences, where they shine as the show’s stars.
Rebecca’s production credits range from 30-second TV commercials to mini-documentaries and live-streamed events. As a power-skills edutainer, speaking coach, and director/producer, she knows everyone can be a star. She’s determined to put clients at ease and bring out their very best – whether they’re in front of another person, a camera, or an audience of thousands.
Her greatest satisfaction comes from enabling clients to perfect, project, and protect an image truly reflecting how they see themselves, their brand, and their organization.
Rebecca delivers edutaining skill-building through playshops & keynotes, consulting, and adult continuing education at Western Washington University. Her popular one-woman show, The Confidence Equation™, incorporates characters, comedy, song, and a big take-home message highly relevant for today’s audiences.
Jan Glick presentation:
Nonprofit organizational strategy and transitions for impact
A nationally recognized public sector and nonprofit leader and consultant, Jan Glick has devoted more than 25 years to refining a model approach to facilitate performance improvement for nonprofits and government agencies. Jan specializes in executive leadership transitions, development and coaching, strategic and business planning, and organizational restructuring and mergers.
Since founding the firm in 1996, he has played a pivotal role in transforming the organizational performance of hundreds of clients in the nonprofit and government sectors. He has strengthened ineffective programs and departments, developed new programs and partnerships, and created lasting change and performance improvement for organizations in distress. Jan’s methods help clients address, and subsequently resolve, deep-rooted organizational issues that influence decision-making and impede success.
Jan is the author of Nonprofit Turnaround, A Guide for Nonprofit Leaders, Consultants and Funders, and his workshops and classes on mergers, turnarounds and executive leadership have received national acclaim. Jan guides clients toward their goals by using research-based methodologies, several of which he has developed, and providing results-oriented services in a down-to-earth style.
Jan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University. He lives in Seattle where he enjoys hiking and climbing, and spending time with his wife and family.
Ty Moore Presentation
What is cyber, what can we do (simplistically) and being responsible
Ty Moore was employed for over 30 years at Microsoft Corporation and launched Cyber Defense West in early 2021. Initially an IEEE communications Architect & Engineer, he wrapped up his Microsoft tour as a Senior Leader with responsibilities across North, Central, and South America in CyberSecurity Response, COVID Urgent Response, and Modern Workplace Solutions.
Ty is a US Navy veteran with a background in US Naval Soviet Intelligence. He is an active community member of Maple Valley and founder of the CRU foundation, a non-profit which assist over 24 different charities to include Vine Maple Place, Maple Valley Foodbank, CFF and Multiple Sclerosis Society to name a few by increasing awareness and funding. Ty is a member of the National Cyber Security Alliance, Information Systems Security Association International, and the Maple Valley & Covington Chambers of Commerce.
Ty is certified in the CyberSecurity Playbook by MIT and holds executive and management certifications from the Wharton Business School, Harvard Business School and Cornell Law School. When not working on his non-profit missions he enjoys active participation in Motorsports, physical fitness and relaxing with his wife Cassandra deep in the hills of the Cascades.
Betty Capestany Presentation
The presentation involving Betty is under development and will be posted asap.
Betty Capestany serves as the Director of Economic Development for Pierce County. Her department focuses on retaining, growing and bringing new jobs to Pierce County. Currently she is overseeing $30 million dollars of CARES economic stabilization and recovery funds to help Pierce County businesses receive resources during the pandemic. The department also oversees the Arts and Tourism boards and commissions. She joined the department in 2018.
Betty's career has focused on building communities with the knowledge that successful, supported businesses help a community thrive. Betty's work has been dedicated to having a deep understanding of how each community functions - its synergies, its quirks, its strengths and leveraging those to the advantage of the businesses she serves. Betty thrives on pushing the envelope, being the first to try out a new technology brings her joy and has her quickly thinking of ways it could be applied to the advancement of business.