Speaker Date Topic
Joshua Cooper of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Aug 17, 2020
LGBTQD equity and inclusion
LGBTQD equity and inclusion
As a part of the Rotary Club of Kirkland’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion speaker series, Joshua Cooper will present to the club on LGBTQD Equity & Inclusion.  As with the other portions of the DEI series, the moderator for this evening will be Darcia Tudor, a club member and attorney, family mediator, forensic therapist and executive coach.
 
Joshua is a vice president at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and is a member of the PwC Workforce of the Future team where he specializes in consulting with his clients on diversity and inclusion, culture, and change management.  He works with C-Suite executives to embed their diversity and inclusion strategy within their operational strategy.  Joshua is a thought leader of diversity and inclusion for the firm and in the greater Seattle area, sitting on multiple boards, including the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Community of Practice, Disability Rights Washington, and Out & Equal.  Joshua also sits on the Seattle Pacific University's School of Business Executive Advisory Board, and previously was the treasurer and a board member for Compass Housing Alliance.
 
Joshua has worked with numerous CEOs of Fortune 500 companies to sign onto CEO Action, a pledge co-founded by PwC's CEO Tim Ryan to advance diversity and inclusion in corporate America.  Joshua views the world through the lens of a white, gay man who is a brother and caregiver to someone who has Down Syndrome.
 
Joshua received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Seattle Pacific University, then began his graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame for his master’s in taxation, transferring and finishing his degree at the University of Washington. He is currently a Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers on the Workforce of the Future team.
Paula Clements of Same Place Circles Consulting Aug 24, 2020
America's Native American experience
America's Native American experience
As a part of the Rotary Club of Kirkland’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion speaker series, Paula-Ann Clements will present to the club on The Native American Experience.  As with the other portions of the DEI series, the moderator for this evening will be Darcia Tudor, a club member and attorney, family mediator, forensic therapist and executive coach.
 
Same Place Circles Consulting is the professional platform used by Paula Clements to continue her decades long work in race, equity and justice.  A trained facilitator and Circle Keeper, Paula focuses on hearts and minds by providing guided experiences designed to educate and engage participants.  Conversations are foundational to the exchange of ideas and significant growth.
 
Paula is committed to maintaining an environment of openness, mutual respect and truth telling. It is important to hear what is being said even when stated in ways that are sometimes troubling or painful.  Challenging individuals to a “growing edge” through deep listening, intentional sharing and “good trouble” is the goal.  Trouble is in the edge where meaningful change lives.
 
Prior to serving as the principal for Same Place Circles Consulting, Paula served as the director of admissions and the interim head of school for Billings Middle School.  As a result of her contributions there, Paula was awarded the title of “Master of Intentional Community” for service to the school.  Paula received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.
Linda Byron, Investigative Reporter Aug 31, 2020
Equity in policing; what does defund the police mean
Equity in policing; what does defund the police mean
As a part of the Rotary Club of Kirkland’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion speaker series, Linda Byron will present to the club on the topic of equity in policing; what does it really mean to defund the police, and what changes need to be made that will enhance police interaction with the communities to make it safe for everyone?  As with the other portions of the DEI series, the moderator for this evening will be Darcia Tudor, a club member and attorney, family mediator, forensic therapist and executive coach.
 
Linda Byron is an award-winning investigative reporter who has covered policing from all sides.  During her 30 years at KING5 News in Seattle, Linda’s reputation for accuracy and fairness gained her rare access to the officers on the job, from being embedded with robbery and gang units in Seattle and Tacoma, to riding along with officers on patrol in cities from Cincinnati to San Diego.  Along the way, Linda saw the best and worst of policing; officers risking their lives to protect their communities and bring justice to crime victims, while other officers crossed the line and abused their power.  Linda’s work exposing officer misconduct and lax accountability systems earned her a national Murrow award and numerous Emmy awards.  She has also been recognized for reporting on positive trends in policing.  Since retiring from KING 5 in 2016, Linda has taught investigative reporting at the University of Washington|Tacoma and founded a consulting business training and coaching the next generation of journalists.
Dr. Jon Holmen of Lake Washington School District Sep 21, 2020
News about the new year in the Lake Washington School District
News about the new year in the Lake Washington School District
On July 1, 2020, Dr. Jon Holmen became the 13th superintendent of the Lake Washington School District.  As the district’s chief executive officer, he provides strategic vision, leadership and direction to an organization serving approximately 32,000 students through 56 schools.  Dr. Holmen will provide Rotarians an update on school district priorities and major activities, and a perspective on responding to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Dr. Holmen started his career in Lake Washington teaching third grade at Benjamin Rush Elementary.  After teaching a number of grades and grade configurations, he served as an assistant to the principal at Christa McAuliffe Elementary and Carl Sandburg Elementary/Discovery Community School, then as principal at Samantha Smith Elementary.  In 2007, he was selected to serve as an associate director of special services, in 2012 as the director of school support for the Redmond Learning Community, and in 2014, as associate superintendent and deputy superintendent.
 
In 2016, Dr. Holmen graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a doctorate in education.  He holds a master’s degree from Seattle Pacific University in Educational Leadership, and a master’s degree from City University in Teaching. He is a community volunteer previously serving in Redmond West Little League and currently in the city of Redmond as a youth coach.
Dr. Amy Morrison of Lake Washington Inst. of Tech. Sep 28, 2020
News and outlook from Lake Washington Institute of Technology
News and outlook from Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Dr. Amy Morrison is president of Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), which serves 6,400 students and offers nine applied bachelor’s degrees and more than 40 associate degrees and 80 professional certificates in 41 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs.  Dr. Morrison will provide Rotarians an update on both recent developments and future plans at LWTech, especially growth in college programs and partnerships, and program offerings focused on equity, completion, and empathy.
 
Prior to joining LWTech in 2013, Dr. Morrison served for nearly ten years in vice presidential roles at Clover Park Technical College.  She began her community and technical college career at Bates Technical College in 1999.  Prior to her community and technical college career, Morrison served as deputy director for Congressman Norm Dicks.
 
Morrison is extensively involved in local, regional, and statewide initiatives including One Redmond, Cascadia Innovation Corridor, Washington Technology Industry Association, and serving as a commissioner for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
 
Dr. Morrison received her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, her Masters of Public Administration at The Evergreen State College, and her undergraduate degree at Mills College.
Theresa Cheng of Everyone for Veterans Nov 02, 2020
Why do veterans need help - Become a Wingman
Why do veterans need help - Become a Wingman
Examine the status of veterans after they return home and why the VA cannot do everything for our veterans. Understand the real challenges of veterans as a member of our community. Learn about the creative and fun way Everyone for Veterans enables everyone to help veterans feel at home.
 
Dr. Theresa Cheng is a Periodontist and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, Department of Periodontics.  She retired from private practice after 30 years and started teaching.
 
Dr. Cheng grew up in Borneo, Malaysia, the fifth of six children. Looking out for your neighbors and giving back were pretty well ingrained in her upbringing. Dr. Cheng felt very fortunate to be able to improve the lives of others.  Since 2008, Dr. Cheng has provided free dental care to veterans and their families and founded a nonprofit called Everyone For Veterans which connects people and businesses to help veterans, including free dental care, across the country.