“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside of yourself” – Oprah Winfrey 

The King County Mentorship Program provides opportunities for growth, development and support, and also helps employees achieve their career goals. The program supports mentors by providing opportunities to deepen their knowledge on a specific topic (to teach is to know), increase their reputation and influence, and the satisfaction of passing on critical knowledge important to the continued success of the county. The program supports mentees by providing a trusted advisor to urge each person to learn new things about his or herself, help make more of personal strengths and develop hidden talents. To learn… Read More

KCIT communications employee honored for military service on International Women’s Day   

Elizabeth Inglese, a Visual Designer with King County Information Technology, was recently featured in a New York Times article highlighting women’s achievements in the military as part of International Women’s Day. As a Gunnery Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Elizabeth served as the Chief Designer for the Reserve’s Centennial Commemoration Campaign, (2015-2016). Her design work appeared across America, including such locations as the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, La., the Navy Memorial Museum in Washington DC, and even Times Square in New York. “It was an honor to be selected for the job of designer… Read More

Womxn’s History Month Panel 2019: Womxn Who Lead 

Employees are welcome to join the 4th annual panel discussion in recognition of March as Womxn’s History Month at King County. This year’s theme is, “Womxn Who Lead: Stories from the Past and How They Influence the Future.”   Monday, March 25, from 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. King County Courthouse room E-942. The King County Courthouse is located at 516 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.  This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is needed. Lunch is not provided, but there will be light refreshments. Employees are welcome to bring their own lunch to eat during… Read More

Accepting applications: Art of Facilitation Training spring and fall cohorts  

The Art of Facilitation is a six-session training, hosted by the Office of Equity and Social Justice, for King County employees that is rooted in experiential learning. The training is designed to increase effectiveness in working in cross-racial teams, combining skills in group facilitation, communication, and presentation with self-development and resilience building. The learned skills are transferable across all areas of work at King County.  Applications are now being accepted for the spring and fall cohorts: May through June and September through November. This training opportunity is limited to 30 people per… Read More

King County Wastewater Treatment highlighted for diversity through Operator in Training Program 

Crossposted from Clean Water Stories  Check out this article about how King County Wastewater Treatment is working to recruit employees that represent our diverse and growing communities through the Operator in Training Program, featured on the WEF Highlights website, the news site for the Water Environment Federation. Read the full article here. 

March dates for DCHS School-to-Work Transition Resource Fairs 

The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is hosting its 12th-annual  School-to-Work Transition Resource Fairs for students with disabilities and their families. Sponsored by King County Developmental Disabilities Division, this fair will include workshops for families, educators, and students. Learn about supported employment, community resources, transportation, parks and recreation programs, family advocacy, and housing. Learn more about the fairs here and in the video below.  Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Highline College. Register here.   Wednesday, March 27, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Microsoft. Register here.

Are you a woman in tech? We want your thoughts! 

The King County Information Technology Equity and Social Justice team will celebrate Women in Technology in March, and are seeking the feedback of employees who are women in tech around King County. If that is you, please briefly answer the following questions and email your answers to Elaine Porterfield at EPorterfield@kingcounty.gov by Feb. 25. Please feel free to share this request with other women throughout the county who also work in technology. Thank you in advance for your participation!  What led you to a career in Information technology?  What role could technology play… Read More

King County joins campaign to end human trafficking 

On Friday, Jan. 18, King County Executive Dow Constantine joined leaders representing King County, Port of Seattle, City of Seattle, Sound Transit, Delta Air Lines, and Alaska Airlines to launch a unified public awareness campaign to stop human trafficking, encouraging survivors to call a national hotline for assistance.  The campaign is modeled after a successful campaign led by the King County Council in 2013 that dramatically increased the number of trafficking survivors who called for resources, including medical care, financial assistance, and housing.  “Today, we stand united – public, private, and nonprofit… Read More

Equity and justice highlighted at 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration  

On Thursday, Jan. 10, King County’s 32nd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration was held at The Sanctuary Seattle in downtown Seattle. The event focused on a unifying theme, drawing from a popular Dr. King quote, that truthfulness and love can have a profound impact on the world: “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”  Executive Constantine shared how the event theme aligns with the work King County is doing to achieve equity and social justice for all residents.  “Dr. King’s reference to… Read More

Announcing the Zero Youth Detention data dashboard 

Crossposted from Zero Youth Detention  King County is pleased to announce the first release of the Zero Youth Detention data dashboard. The dashboard provides the data about the juvenile legal system in King County including specifically highlighting racial disproportionality. The dashboard will show progress on the full range of efforts to achieve the goal of Zero Youth Detention.  This dashboard is a work in progress. The first release of the dashboard highlights data around juvenile detention and sets the stage for adding new measures. The process is iterative – the County and its partners… Read More