Bridge graduates embody King County’s spirit of service

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Primary Bridge facilitator Debra Baker, graduate Anttimo Bennett, KSCS, and King County Executive Dow Constantine.

The 13 employees who recently completed the 16-week Bridge Fellowship program developed new skills, expanded their leadership abilities, and came away better positioned to grow their careers in service of the people of King County.

The November 16 graduation ceremony was attended by almost 100 leaders, colleagues, former graduates and friends from around the County to congratulate the employees who competed the intensive professional development program.

“We have 13 employees from across the County who signed up for this Bridge Fellowship, and they were selected to participate in the program as part of our commitment to developing the whole employee, to allow employees to explore their capacity for leadership,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said.

Executive Constantine joined King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, several department and division directors, and staff from multiple departments and agencies at the graduation which celebrated the achievements of the 13 graduates.

For the graduates, the Bridge Fellowship provided an opportunity to learn, develop and expand their understanding of the operations and opportunities at King County.

“As I invested myself in this Bridge process, I realized that the County needs each and every one of its employees,” Anttimo Bennett, Juvenile Probation Counsellor with Superior Court, said. “For the County to be the best-run government, it has to invest in its employees. And the Bridge Fellowship is that investment.”

Over the course of the program, participants engaged in classroom learning, group projects, presentations and career development activities, as well as interviews and site visits to explore the County’s agencies and their priorities.

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The graduation drew leaders, colleagues, former graduates and friends from around the County.

Additionally, participants explored topics and themes such as growth mindset, leadership, teambuilding, coaching, trust building, identifying mentors, equity and social justice, interviewing techniques, resume building and public speaking.

Executive Constantine sees the Bridge Fellowship as the type of program that King County needs to support employees’ career development and advancement goals.

“I want King County to be a workplace where you can pursue your passion for public service because most of our employees came to work for the government not just because it was a job with a paycheck and insurance but because they have a spirit of service, and our job is to make it possible for you to exercise that spirit of service for the benefit of the people of King County.”

The Bridge program is a shining example of the type of learning opportunity that King County has to provide, must provide, for our employees if we are to be the kind of organization that we say we are, one that is continuously improving and is a vehicle for the success of all our people.”

Congratulations to this year’s Bridge Fellowship graduates: Sean Douglas (KCIT), Linda Morales (DPH), Kerwin Pyle (DNRP), Mike Rheubottom (DOT), Ann Moses (KCIT), Anttimo Bennett (KCSC), Kate Stein (DPH), Kelsey Hatch (KCAO), Rose Hickman (DCHS), Valerie Ceban (DES), Lynn Mckiernan Ngari (DES), Kamilah Brown (KCC) and Lilia Cabello Drain (DES).

Information on how you can apply for future cohorts of the Bridge Fellowship program will be released in 2017. To learn more about the program visit the Bridge Fellowship webpage.