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Sep 23, 2020


Great Place to Work and Fortune named Slalom as one of the 2020 Best Workplaces for Women. The ranking considered feedback representing over 4.9 million employees working at Great Place to Work-certified organizations. Great Place to Work, a global people analytics and consulting firm, evaluated more than 60 elements of team members' experiences on the job. These included the extent to which employees trust leaders, the respect with which people are treated, the fairness of workplace decisions, and how much camaraderie there is among the team. Rankings are based on employees' feedback. Slalom took the No. 34 spot on the list, up from No. 45 last year. Slalom is a consulting firm focused on strategy, technology and business transformation. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Seattle, Slalom does business in over 35 markets across the U.S, and around the world.


Boeing announced $700,000 in grants from the Boeing Charitable Trust to help local communities with the ongoing crisis caused by wildfires burning along the West Coast. Boeing is providing $500,000 to the American Red Cross to support its fire relief efforts in Washington, Oregon and California. Additionally, Boeing is donating $200,000 to provide food assistance in these states where significant numbers of the company's employees live and work: $100,000 is being given to Northwest Harvest in Washington, and $50,000 apiece to the Oregon Food Bank and Redwood Empire Food Bank in California. Boeing's grant to the Red Cross will provide shelter, food and essentials for those who have been displaced from their homes due to the wildfires. These funds will also assist in the ongoing evacuation and aid delivery response in impacted communities. The company will also match qualifying employee contributions made to eligible nonprofits for wildfire relief efforts.


Symend, a science-driven debt recovery company, announced that Vivian Farris has been appointed chief people officer. Farris has over 20 years of experience at Calgary tech companies such as Image Club Graphics, Eyewire, Veer, and most recently, Benevity. Farris has built out offices in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Symend is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, with satellite offices in Toronto and Denver; and plans to expand into Atlanta and Seattle.

Sep 22, 2020


Moz, a search engine optimization firm, announced the addition of two board members, Asia Orangio and Tara Reed, joining previous members Sarah Bird, CEO of Moz, Michelle Goldberg, general partner at Ignition Partners, and Brad Feld, managing director of Foundry Group. Both Orangio and Reed are CEO's and founders of their own companies, with experience in the technology, digital marketing and SaaS industry. Orangio is CEO and founder of DemandMaven, a SaaS mentor for both GrowthMentor and TinySeed, as well as an advisor of Atlanta Tech Village. Reed is the CEO of Apps Without Code, an online school teaching people how to build their own apps without any coding knowledge. Rand Fishkin, founder of Moz and co-founder and CEO of Sparktoro, is stepping down from his position on the Moz board.

City of Tacoma

Twelve Tacoma residents were appointed to the inaugural Tacoma Creates Advisory Board by the Tacoma City Council. The primary responsibility of the board is to help Tacoma Creates staff ensure compliance to program and accountability standards. The board also advises the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality to guide program development and approve funding recommendations. The following appointees make up the Tacoma Creates Advisory Board: Kenya Adams, arts position; Putter Bert, council district 2 position; Megan Clark, council district 5 position; Sheree Cooks, council district 4 position; Amanda Figueroa, science position; Jason Gamboa, heritage position; Roxane Hreha, public education position; Michael Hudson, culture position; Connar Mon, youth position; Dominica Myers, council district 3 position; Liesl Santkuyl, council district 1 position; and Davon White, community engagement position. Tacoma Creates is a voter-approved initiative to increase access to arts, culture, heritage and science experiences.

Meydenbauer Center

Meydenbauer Center, located in Bellevue, earned the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR Facility accreditation, becoming the first convention center in Washington state to earn the accreditation. The accreditation is awarded by GBAC, a subdivision of ISSA, a trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide. To achieve the accreditation, facilities must demonstrate compliance with the 20 elements of the program, including risk assessment, standard operating procedures, proper cleaning and disinfection chemicals and personal protective equipment. The program is performance-based and in order to maintain their accreditation facilities must continue to demonstrate that they have the correct procedures and training in place to respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics like COVID-19. Meydenbauer Center will continue reporting to ISSA on a quarterly basis to maintain the accreditation.

Norcliffe Foundation

The Norcliffe Foundation recently contributed $1 million to the WA Food Fund, a statewide food relief program that has raised $12.8 million since April 2020. The Norcliffe Foundation is a private non-profit family foundation established in 1952 by Paul Pigott, who was president of Pacific Car and Foundry in Seattle. State officials estimate 2.2 million people in the state are at risk of going hungry, as record numbers of Washingtonians are out of work. The WA Food Fund is managed by Philanthropy Northwest and funds are directed to three organizations that supply food banks and pantries across the state: Food Lifeline, Second Harvest and Northwest Harvest.

Sep 18, 2020

Bonneville Seattle Media Group


Bonneville Seattle Media Group announced that Jim Richmond will serve as its new director of sales, replacing Cathy Cangiano, who was promoted to senior vice president and market manager in Seattle. Richmond's sales management experience includes positions with CBS Radio, Clear Channel and Entercom in Denver, Seattle and San Francisco. Most recently, Richmond was the general sales manager at Entercom in San Francisco. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Bonneville operates radio and TV stations, local websites and other digital distribution assets in six western U.S. markets.

Seattle Art Museum

The Seattle Art Museum and the Betty Bowen committee, chaired by Gary Glant, announced that Dawn Cerny is the winner of the 2020 Betty Bowen Award. The juried award comes with a cash award of $15,000 and a solo exhibition at SAM. Founded in 1977 to continue the legacy of local arts advocate and supporter Betty Bowen, the annual award honors a Northwest artist for their original, exceptional and compelling work. In 2016, Cerny was the recipient of a Betty Bowen Special Recognition Award and in 2019 was an Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood. Her work will be featured at the Seattle Art Museum in a solo exhibition in 2021. In addition, Elijah Hasan won the Special Recognition Award and Tariqa Waters won the Kayla Skinner Special Recognition Award. The six finalists were chosen from a pool of 615 applicants from Washington, Oregon and Idaho to compete for the $23,750 in awards.

WSU College of Medicine

Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine announced that it has earned accreditation to launch its first residency program and is accepting applications immediately. The WSU Internal Medicine Residency Program-Everett, based at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, is a three-year residency training program with a focus on primary care. Sixteen resident positions have been approved for the first year; 12 categorical and four preliminary positions will be added in June 2021 with 12 more added each year over three years to cap at 40 total residency positions when fully supported. The program received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education after a two-year development process following the college's initial ACGME accreditation as a sponsoring institution in 2018.

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