We know it’s not business as usual, but the Association of Washington Business is here for you and your business. We want to welcome you to virtual Spring Meeting.

During the Spring Meeting, we'll come together (virtually) to cover many relevant issues for employers across the state, including updates on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Today's content will also help you stay up to date on the state policy issues that impact your company and employees. Don't hesitate to reach out to us throughout the event if you have any questions.

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We want to extend a very special thank you to our presenting sponsor, The Boeing Company.

We could not hold an event of this caliber without your generous support. Thank you!


  • 8:00 - 8:45 am | Welcome
  • 8:45 – 9:30 | 2021 Energy Legislation
  • 9:30 – 10:15 | Economic Impacts of Carbon Strategies
  • 10:15 – 10:30 | Exercise Break
  • 10:30 – 11:15 | Manufacturing Pivot to PPE
  • 11:15 – 11:30 | Break
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 pm | Energy Storage Innovations
  • 12:15 – 1:00 | Carbon Reduction Best Practices in Manufacturing
  • 1:00 – 1:15 | AWB Community Giving Back
  • 1:15 – 2:00 | Rebound & Recovery Task force
  • 2:00 – 2:45 | Transportation Roundtable with 4-Corner Leadership
  • 2:45 – 3:30 | Job Impact & Opportunities
  • 3:30 – 3:45 | Exercise Break
  • 3:45 – 4:30 | Utility Perspectives on the Changing Energy Landscape
  • 4:30 – 5:15 | Transportation Funding
  • 5:15 – 6:00 | Closing

Fitness Blender Breaks

Thanks to Washington company, Fitness Blender, you can do more than stretch your legs during our breaks today! Get up out of your chair and have a mini-workout. Also, look in the handouts section during today's programming to get a free, Fitness Blender offer available only for those participating today.

Exclusive Programming: Women's Leadership Roundtable

Sponsored by:

During the Spring Meeting we will again have an important conversation around the fact that many of our country’s most successful, innovative and creative companies owe their success to women leaders.

*Join the roundtable discussion sponsored by BECU with panelists Paula Linnen, executive director for external affairs at PNNL, Vicki Monteagudo, owner and realtor at Century 21 Tri-Cities, Linda Harper, Vice President of Operations at State Farm Insurance Company and Diana Birkett Rakow, Vice President of External Relations, Alaska Airlines and other business leaders. We'll create a community of women that empowers leadership in our communities.

  • Wednesday, June 3 | 12 – 12:45 p.m.
  • *This is an invitation only event.

We could not hold an event of this caliber without the support of all of our generous sponsors. Thank you!

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What you’ll get:

  • Event Agendas
  • Speaker Bios
  • Timely Alerts & Notifications
  • Additional Resources

A Word From Our Partner Alaska Airlines:

Our President, Ben Minicucci, shares how we're taking our care to the next level, so you and your family feel safe and confident about flying with us when the time is right. Plus, hear a special message from our employees who are waiting for you with open wings!

Upcoming Events

Washington Excellence Awards

Our annual awards program allows us to showcase all that Washington employers have to offer, demonstrated through excellence and best practices in a variety of fields. Previously known as our Evening of Excellence awards, the Washington Excellence Awards celebrate you and the work you do every day to make Washington a great place to live and do business.

Awards are given in a number of categories, all inspired by AWB’s mission and vision with emphasis on member success in innovation and entrepreneurship, and highlighting those members who excel at job retention and creation across the state of Washington.

For 2020, we are excited to announce three new award categories: the Washington Veterans & Families Award, Excellence in Washington Family Owned Business and the Washington Resiliency Award.

Click here to read about all of our Washington Excellence Awards and Manufacturing Excellence Award categories.

Connect with Washington's congressional delegation on August 11. Get the most up to date information on policy issues.

We have partnered with law offices across Washington state to cover common employment law topics for you and your business.

Featured Sponsor


Building on our commitment to renewable energy we’re pleased to announce our goal to serve customers with 100 percent clean electricity by 2045 and to have a carbon-neutral electricity supply by the end of 2027.

Avista has always been on the forefront of clean energy and innovation. Founded on clean, renewable hydro power on the banks of the Spokane River, Avista has maintained a generation portfolio that is already more than half renewable, while continuously making investments in new renewable energy, advancing the efficient use of electricity and natural gas, and driving technology innovation that has enabled and will continue to become the platform and gateway to a clean energy future.

Avista has been a key partner with AWB, focusing on ensuring abundant energy supply at a reasonable cost to help foster a positive business climate for Washington.

Contributing Sponsor


Today, Cascade Natural Gas serves more than 294,000 customers in 96 communities – 68 of which are in Washington and 28 in Oregon.

Throughout our service areas, our mission is to be an integral part of the community with a firm commitment to being there when you need us. Through our friendly and dedicated employees and the services we provide, we hope you’ll find we are In the Community to Serve.

Diamond Sponsor

Cowles is a fourth generation family-owned enterprise that operates a portfolio of legacy companies and seeks to invest in high potential growth businesses for the long-term benefit of shareholders, customers, employees and the communities in which it operates. We are happy to support AWB and their efforts to help Washington excel as a globally competitive state built on a solid foundation of innovation, a world-class workforce, and a quality of place second to none.


To learn more about AWB events including sponsorship opportunities, contact Carly Michael at CarlyM@awb.org or Stacie Neiswanger at StacieN@awb.org or 360-943-1600.