News Brief - 3/20/17 KENT The Association of Washington Business (AWB) has invited WGU Washington to participate in its first summit on workforce issues, called ‘Generation Apocalypse: Debunking Myths & Promoting Collaboration.’ The event is slated for March 22 at the Motif Hotel in Seattle and is intended to give participants business owners, leaders and human resources professionals the tools needed to harness talent and leadership skills within a multi-generational workplace. For more information, visit the event’s website. WGU Washington’s Jake Riddell will lead a discussion on the impact of technology in the workplace along with Jane Broom, the senior director for Microsoft’s Washington State Philanthropies. To help address the statewide skills gap, lawmakers in Olympia created WGU Washington in 2011 to expand access to first-rate bachelors and master’s degree programs for primarily busy, midcareer adults. As the state’s only legislatively-endorsed, online university, WGU Washington utilizes the most advanced, distance-learning technology to educate skilled professionals in high-demand fields. Sharing that story is an important part of Riddell’s role as a communications professional at the private, nonprofit institution. Prior to taking leadership of the university’s public relations and marketing efforts, he spent nearly ten years as a broadcast journalist. Riddell is a member of the AWB’s Leadership Washington Class of 2017. Broom is responsible for Microsoft’s philanthropic contributions and education policy in Washington. She manages the Serving Communities Fund, which provides direct grants of cash and product to King County nonprofits in human services, arts and culture, education and civic affairs. She also represents Microsoft in community initiatives aimed at improving the overall quality of life in our region.