Many individuals who have been incarcerated at some point in their lives find difficulty in coming out of prison into a world of hope for a steady career due to their record of imprisonment. Giving people second chances, with hope for a stable future, helps prevent recidivism, brings more talent into the workforce, and provides a chance at a better life for those who have already paid for mistakes in their past.
The 2022 Kirkland Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium will feature a panel of speakers to discuss the issue of workforce re-entry. Employers will learn about how this pool of potential employees can and should be included in hiring processes.
* We also recognize that People of Color are incarcerated at higher levels than Caucasians, creating a disproportionate representation within our prison system.
Doors Open/Networking: 11:00am
Program Begins: 11:30am
Program Ends: 1:30pm
Location: Heathman Hotel
Moderator: Mark Solomon, WA State Crime Prevention Association
Panelists: Dr. Rowlanda Cawthon - Dean, College of Business, Northwest University (and formerly worked in corrections), Susan Leavell - Sr. Administrator, WA State Department of Corrections, Re-Entry Division, Sarah Sytsma - Director of Correctional Industries, WA State Department of Corrections, Chris Hendrickson (lived experience), Michael Lidel - Re-Entry Navigator, Weld
Sponsored by: Google, Overlake Medical Center & Clinics, Port of Seattle, Puget Sound Energy, City of Kirkland