Bridge participants use professional skills to address workgroup challenges

The 2017-2018 King County Bridge Fellowship cohort, which started in June, are continuing to explore leadership and development opportunities for themselves and for the organization. Twenty three employees are working through the course, participating 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. The fellowship is expected to wrap up in November, with a formal graduation and presentation. The program is supported by the Learning and Development Team in the Department of Executive Services and is… Read More

Bridge Fellowship kicks off third year program with expanded group, more development opportunities

Twenty four employees from across King County have been selected to participate in the 2017-2018 Bridge Fellowship Program as part of the County’s Investing In You commitment to provide leadership and development opportunities to employees. The Fellowship, open to all full-time and TLT employees, was reestablished in 2013-2014 by King County Executive Dow Constantine. The program was expanded in 2017. Bridge participants underwent a rigorous application and interview process before joining this year’s cohort. Over the course of the program, participants engage in classroom learning, group projects, presentations and career development activities, as well as interviews… Read More

Reminder: Apply for the 2017 Bridge Fellowship Program, deadline May 24! 

Applications are now open for the 2017 Bridge Fellowship Program. The program is an opportunity for employees to gain new skills and knowledge to assist in advancing your career at King County. Employees who participated in the 2016 Bridge Fellowship praise how the program challenged them to grow as individuals, build professional connections throughout King county and impacted their career trajectory. “Everything about Bridge – the mind mapping, growth mindset, having curiosity – blew my mind,” said Lynn McKiernan Ngari, a Grants Financial Officer with the Department of Executive Services. “It’s really… Read More

Exciting opportunity for motivated employees to take their career to the next level 

The Bridge Fellowship Program, or Bridge, is a multi-week program where participants are challenged by not only classroom learning, group projects and presentations, but also participate in interviews and site visits to explore King County agencies and their priorities. By stretching themselves to grow up and out, participants gain the skills needed to see the bigger picture. Bridge teaches employees who are considered “emerging leaders” to tackle issues head on and create future successes from current challenges. It’s a lesson past participants have taken to heart. Linda Morales, currently a RideShare Coordinator… Read More

Bridge graduates embody King County’s spirit of service

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… Read More

The 2016 Bridge Fellowship experience challenges employees to grow up and out

The King County Bridge Fellowship is a 16-week professional development program that expands participants’ mindsets, strengthens current competencies, and helps participants develop new skills. The Fellowship, open to all full-time and TLT employees, was reestablished in 2013-2014 by King County Executive Dow Constantine. Bridge Fellows participated in a rigorous application and interview process before joining this year’s cohort. The program is supported by the Learning and Development Team in the Department of Executive Services and is led by Debra Baker. Together they have created a rich course that encourages participants to explore… Read More

Apply for the 2016 Bridge Fellowship Program

Crossposted from the DES Express blog Applications open soon for the 2016 Bridge Fellowship Program: A Career Development Course for the Emerging Leader. The program is an opportunity for any employee to gain new skills and knowledge to assist in advancing your career at King County. Employees who participated in the 2015 King County employee engagement survey identified access to training opportunities and career growth as a key driver of their engagement, but less than half responded positively to having fair and equal access to career advance opportunities. The Bridge Fellowship Program… Read More

Bridge Fellows graduate from development program

The first cohort of Bridge Fellows have graduated from the inaugural Bridge Fellowship program, part of King County’s commitment to empowering and developing its employees. The Bridge Fellowship program selected applicants from across the County to participate in a one-year leadership development program designed to advance participants’ careers with King County. The employees who participated in the program learned more about King County as an organization, shadowed employees in other County roles, created development plans for growth, and worked collaboratively on a team project designed to extend the knowledge of Equity and Social Justice across… Read More

Nine selected for Bridge Fellowship pilot

Nine employees from across King County have been selected to participate in the inaugural Bridge Fellowship Program as part of the County’s commitment to provide leadership and development opportunities to employees.  This year’s Bridge Fellowship participants are: Debra Baker, Project Manager, DPD Markeith Blackshire, Park Specialist II, DNRP Sung Cho, Social Worker, DCHS Leeza Jones, Assistant Accountant, DES Daniel Kenny, Mechanic, DOT Ebony Martin, Personal Recognizance Investigator, DAJD Barbara Pastores, Transit Operator, DOT Kimberlee Sawyer, Wastewater Treatment Operator, DNRP Bill Stockman, Transit Superintendent, DOT The nine fellows were selected in April from… Read More

Apply for King County Internal Bridge Fellowship

Starting March 10, employees can apply for one of 10 internal Bridge Fellowships that will help them develop their careers, grow their organizational knowledge, and enhance their leadership skills at King County. The Internal Bridge Fellowship Program is a one-year, formal development program that is open to all regular (full-time) and TLT employees. Ten fellows will be selected for the first cohort. Candidates can be individual contributors, supervisors or managers.  Each candidate must have leadership potential (demonstrated at work, at home, or in the community) and a desire to advance across the… Read More