First and foremost, we appreciate your support and dedication to continuing our advancement of diversity and inclusion in the construction industry.

After close consultation with many partners and in the community we have made the difficult decision to postpone the April 1st Inclusion Summit. I appreciate your patience as we move through this process as it is difficult for everyone. We hope you will attend the event as it gets rescheduled later in the year. If you would like to discuss your sponsorship further, please contact me at 406-799-7259 or via email at

This is very disappointing as we have spent the last year putting together an amazing event with sessions on topics you requested such as generational differences, LGBTQ Inclusion, Leadership and Management Change, Bystander Intervention, and Microaggressions. We also have the author of Brave Leadership, Kimberly Davis, who is amazing! We look forward to bringing this information to you soon. We will continue to let you know the status as events unfold in our community.

Breakout Sessions (full descriptions available below keynotes)
Transitioning Service Members – Rachel Roberts and Kim Pham, Dept of Veteran Affairs
Intersectionality – Morgan Metzer, Reckoning Trade Project
Leadership and Management Change- Jenefeness Tucker, Certified Business Advisor
Bystander Intervention – Dr. Kimberly Harden of Harden Consulting
Microagressions – Tali Lavarry, Yum Yum Morale and DEI Consultancy
RISE Up- Respectful Work Place Training – Karen Dove, Executive Director of ANEW

Summit Agenda

7:00AM – Doors Open

7:15-8:00AM – Breakfast / Check-In

8:00-9:00AM – Opening Keynote

9:15- 10:30AM – Breakout Sessions

10:45AM-12:00PM – Breakout Sessions 

12:15-1:15PM – Lunch and Keynote

1:30-2:45PM – Breakout Sessions

3:00-4:00PM – Ending Keynote – Brave Leadership Kimberly Davis

2020 Keynotes and Presenters:

Kimberly Davis, Keynote

An expert on authentic leadership, Kimberly Davis shares her inspirational message of personal power, responsibility and impact with organizations across the country and teaches leadership programs world-wide; most notably, her program “OnStage Leadership” which runs in NYC and Dallas, TX. Additionally, Kimberly teaches for SMU Cox School of Business’ Executive Education Program and their Latino Leadership Initiative; as well as for the Bush Institute’s WE Lead program (empowering female leaders from the middle east). Kimberly is a TEDx speaker and her award-winning book, Brave Leadership: Unleash Your Most Confident, Authentic, and Powerful Self to Get the Results You Need was named the #1 book to read on Inc. Magazine’s “The most impactful books to read in 2018.”

Kimberly Harden, Presenter 

Dr. Kimberly Harden is a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant and keynote speaker. She advises C-level executives in corporations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions on their recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotion strategies and works with them to resolve interpersonal workplace conflict. Dr. Harden also serves as a professor in the Department of Communication at Seattle University. Before she became an educator, Dr. Harden spent over 15 years working in the healthcare sector. Dr. Harden has spoken at conferences, seminars, and events including Ignite Seattle’s Education Lab, One Woman Fearless! Summit, the International Women & Leadership Conference, and the Rise to the Occasion Women’s Conference. 

Dr. Harden is passionate about diversity, justice, leadership, collaboration, care, and transformation. She developed her signature Dream. Plan. Do.™ program to encourage and empower others to dream big, create an action plan, and share resources. 

Jenefeness Tucker, Presenter 

Jenefeness Tucker, MBA is an Award-Winning Coach, Visionary, Educator, Author and Speaker. She was named on the 100 Growth List of Middle Market CEO’s by Axial, appeared on Inside Edition, featured in articles and segments on The Successful Micropreneur, TBN’s Encounter Him Series, NPR News, Fox 28 News, Successful Business News, Columbus Business Journal and Ohio MBE.

Jenefeness will facilitate a session on Change Management and Leadership. Jenefeness believes that, “If you stay READY, you won’t have to get ready!” As a FEMA Reservists, Jenefeness has been deployed to many disasters around the country. She has held leadership roles in Corporate America, Non-Profit as well as State and Federal Government agencies. She also manages change with relocating from Ohio to Connecticut for three years and now here in Washington. Jenefeness will share some principles from her approach to exemplary leadership based on experience and 30 years of research by James Kouzes and Barry Posner and described in their book The Leadership Challenge.

Kim Pham, Presenter 

Kim Pham is the program specialist for the Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC), which is a statewide program that is part of the Counseling and Wellness Programs of the WA State Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Kim served in active duty Navy as a Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer, and currently serves in the Navy Reserves an operations department head for a reserve unit based out of Bremerton, WA. She started her VCC journey as a VCC intern with the Center for Natural Lands Management in Olympia, and has spent the last few years developing the VCC Program with the mission of providing veterans with opportunities to connect with WA State’s natural resources.  

Rachel Roberts, Presenter 

Rachel works for the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs (WDVA) as a program specialist and manages a statewide veterans apprenticeship initiative. She served in the active duty Army for several years deploying twice, as a Field Artillery officer in Iraq and as an intelligence Officer in Afghanistan. She currently serves in the Army Reserves as a Civil Affairs officer out of San Jose, California. She is a MPA graduate from the University of Washington and has worked in workforce development for the last four years. Her program helps to connect transitioning service member, veterans, and their families to living wage jobs through apprenticeship.

Breakout Session Descriptions

Breakout Session 1: DVA/Transitioning Service Members, Rachel Roberts and Kim Pham, Department of Veteran Affairs

Second Mission: Battlemind to Home mind: This presentation will help you to understand military culture, training, and mission and how it can translate into the civilian sector. We will discuss the skills and perspectives veterans bring to your organization and discuss what it means to be a veteran friendly organization. We will also talk about where to find veteran specific resources. Help our veterans find their second mission in your organization.


Breakout Session 2: Intersectionality, Morgan Metzer, Reckoning Trades Project


-Description coming soon-


Breakout Session 3: Leadership and Management Change, Jenefeness Tucker


This workshop would include a review of the approach to exemplary leadership based on 30 years of research by James Kouzes and Barry Posner and described in their book The Leadership Challenge.


The participants will leave
• Being able to describe how change happens at multiple levels (e.g. cultural, individual, organizational, community, and systemic)
• Being able to recognize, understand, and apply the Five Leadership Challenge Practices and the 10 commitments
• Understanding that effective leadership looks different depending on the leader(s) and their context,
• Being equipped to collaborate with others to influence change in different contexts


In addition to the presentation, we will have individual assessments, sharing, group open space and opportunities to reflect. 


Breakout Session 4: Bystander Intervention, Kimberly Harden


Bystander intervention is of the utmost importance. Why? Through courageous conversations, we can disrupt and triumph over the tensions and ignorance that hinder our progress personally, professionally, and as a nation.
The goal of a courageous conversation is to deal compassionately and effectively with a sensitive issue or to change inappropriate behavior. Courageous conversations allow those involved in the discussion to keep their dignity. It is necessary to learn the skills you need to communicate with candor and compassion when engaging in difficult dialogue.
This Bystander Intervention workshop presents a 10-step model on how to facilitate courageous conversations and is designed to help you improve your interpersonal communication skills and conduct difficult conversations with grace.


Breakout Session 5: RISE Up, Karen Dove, Executive Director of ANEW


RISE Up – Connecting Work Site culture to Safety and Productivity


How important is it to ensure there is a respectful culture in your business and on your work site? How can you maximize productivity and minimize distraction on the job? RISE Up (Respect, Inclusion, Safety and Equity in the Construction Trades) is a respectful workplace model that can be adapted for your organization to empower leaders and employees with tools to combat inappropriate behavior.


Breakout Session 6: Microaggression-Bigger Than it Sounds, Tali Lavarry, Yum Yum Morale and DEI Consultancy


Microaggression is not just another buzz term when it comes to factors that aid in crippling real equity within the workplace. It’s been stated time and time again that it is one of the most prevalent factors when discussions are held about creating sustainable environments for marginalized groups of people. Leaders and employees alike are guilty of committing these microaggressions. Most of the time it’s done with an undertone of “fun”, but in reality, it is a result of discomfort and unconscious biases.


While microaggressions are subtle, they create huge challenges for people that feel disparaged in the workplace. Sadly, a culture that breeds microaggression typically makes it easier to exclude vulnerable employees in terms of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, age, ability, etc.


Much like all topics or words centered around challenging our biases, a great deal of the time, even mentioning the word microaggression, causes the accuser to become defensive. On the opposite side of things, those that are victims of the behavior, feel devalued and demoralized.


This workshop helps participants to see how easy it is to fall into a routine of practicing microaggressions, and how much damage these actions cause. We will also discuss productive ways to address said actions, while replacing them with more honest and open communication that creates a win-win for all parties.


Learning Outcomes


• Microaggressions are a very real thing and they create very real problems.
• How all members of your team can work together to hold each other accountable to a microaggression free work environment.
• Discuss & Discover how focusing on revising microaggressions can be a very instrumental part of your overall Equity & Inclusion Strategy.



Thank you to all of our 2020 sponsors and partners!

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