Washington State Department of Enterprise Services
Demanding jobs in innovative industries put stress on employees. But who’s got their backs? Leaders boost morale and productivity when they show concern for the health and well-being of their workers. What strategies and programs have been the most effective?
Prosperous companies have begun investing in solutions to community crises, including affordable housing, health care and education. How does a company decide what role fits its values and competencies? What’s the best way to work with government and nonprofits?
What do people expect companies to do at a time of growing urgency about the planet? Climate change, plastic packaging, clean water—stakeholders take these issues seriously enough now to influence their choices in brands and employers. How can companies make an effort—and let people know about it—while keeping up the bottom line?
What makes it authentic to the company’s roots and current mission? How does it weave itself into all aspects of company life, from people to products? How do companies update their culture to be responsive to changing times?
The healthiest businesses maintain a safe environment for employees to speak up. Good internal communications can boost accountability, productivity, and originality. What businesses do it best-and how do they do it?
What can be done to support the rise of women as leaders in the American economy? Despite notable breakthroughs by many women, the social and structural impediments are stubborn. How can more capital and other resources be made available to female founders? What do women need from Corporate America to keep their careers on track as far as they aim to go?
Companies face competing interests when it comes to serving their customers. On one hand, they want to provide a high level of customization by knowing a lot about them. On the other hand, some companies have wrongly exploited the information or failed to keep it secure. Can companies self-regulate and fix these problems themselves? Could a company’s failing to address the issue pose an existential risk?
How to build a corporate reputation that can withstand business cycles, industry disruption—and mistakes. What lessons can be learned from how companies that have managed crises and survived? How can leaders decide to take a public stand on issues that could be seen as political? Our experts and industry leaders explore the keys to building durable bonds with employees, customers and community members.
The conference will take place at Seattle Art Museum, a vast gallery and event space in the heart of Seattle.