Speaker Date Topic
Karrisa Thompson Mar 04, 2021
Creating a More Compassionate Community
Creating a More Compassionate Community

As a Community Engagement Officer for Red Canoe Credit Union, Karissa spends her time and focus on building community and finding ways to inspire healthy culture through a lens of equity and inclusion for all. Fully supported by a credit union that recognizes the value of community investment, she is able to identify need, create resources and build coalition. Her 25 years in the banking industry, has allowed her to navigate the corporate structure serving in many capacities from Branch Management to Project Specialist and Corporate Trainer. Throughout it all, she sparked a passion for empowerment - development of others to achieve in both their professional and personal lives. By giving people tools to incorporate and enhance all aspects of client experience, empathetic leadership and team development structured on a foundation of inclusive practices. Karissa serves on several local boards and assists businesses, non-profits and schools in training, collaboration and working with local leaders to help make our community a better place. Her passion and purpose is always helping others find their own.

Bryan Reynolds - Anthem Coffee Mar 11, 2021
Heroic Hospitality During COVID
Heroic Hospitality During COVID

Heroic Hospitality doesn't happen by default, it happens by design. Through great vision, communication, and collaboration with team members and customers you serve, you can design a way to show Heroic Hospitality to all for your organization.

Bryan and his family have 8 ANTHEM Coffee shop locations throughout the South Puget Sound area and have been in business since 2006

Nathalie Hamel and Melissa Malott Mar 18, 2021
Clean What: What Does It Mean for Puget Sound

Clean water is vital to healthy ecosystems and our health, communities, and economy. During this presentation, I will take you on a short journey through Puget Sound using the lens of indicators for Puget Sound recovery to better understand what is happening to our waterways. Thanks to our collaborative reporting with many state and federal agencies, counties and non-governmental organizations, we have results that inform our understanding of key indicators such as for freshwater quality, shellfish, orcas and human wellbeing. From watersheds to the marine waters of Puget Sound, everything is connected. What we do to our environment even seemingly far away from Puget Sound ultimately has an impact on this amazing estuary and the people that live around it.

Nathalie works at the Puget Sound Partnership where she manages the environmental indicators program called the Puget Sound Vital Signs. With the goal of working at the nexus of science and policy, she obtained a PhD in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Washington where she studied seabird ecology and fisheries management. She was Washington Sea Grant Hershman Fellow with the Washington Department of Ecology where she analyzed state policies in support of the Coastal Management program. She was born and raised in Québec, Canada but has been in the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years. She lives in Tacoma with her “almost 10” year-old daughter, husband, and a menagerie of chickens, guinea pigs and a cat. 

Stephanie Pederson Apr 01, 2021
The Future of The News Tribune
The Future of The News Tribune

Stephanie Pedersen is the president and editor of The News Tribune. She, along with her husband, Scott, and two kids moved across the country to the Tacoma area in July. While she's a Southern transplant who yells Roll Tide, she prefers Pho and Thai to collard greens or black-eyed peas. When she's not working, you can normally find her at her daughter's gymnastics or her son's baseball games.

She will share with us the qualities that make up a sustainable news company in 2021  Sharing her vision and goals not only for The News Tribune but for our community.

 

Becky Fontaine May 13, 2021
Creating a Culture of Safety
Creating a Culture of Safety

We will hear what all Rotarians need to understand and do to ensure we create a safer environment for Rotarians, friends of Rotary and those whom we serve.

Becky Fontaine has been involved with Rotary Youth Programs since 1999. For several years she was active with the Youth Exchange Program but now serves as the District Youth Protection Officer.  In 2006 she was the sole district representative to a conference when Rotary first unveiled the “Youth Abuse & Harassment Policy.  Over the years, Rotary has made several changes that have impacted how districts around the world not only work with youth, but other vulnerable populations.  Professionally, Becky has worked for various non-profit organizations with over 30 years in senior leadership positions. Today, she works for the American Red Cross and recently was deployed to work on the WA and OR wildfires. Throughout her career she has worked with and supported volunteers in diverse roles.