The City of Kirkland is committed to the health and safety of both residents and visitors. It is our top priority. In compliance with ongoing health and safety recommendations, many 2022 signature Kirkland events have transformed to virtual. Please check our events calendar frequently for new offerings including livestream performances, concerts, self-guided hikes and much more. We hope to welcome you to our shores soon to experience all that Kirkland has to offer. In the meantime, please stay healthy.  

Kirkland Events & COVID-19

2022 Kirkland Chamber Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Symposium: Workforce Re-Entry Panel

220 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 822-7066

Many individuals who have been incarcerated at some point in their lives find difficulty in coming out of prison into a world of hope for a steady career due to their record of imprisonment. Giving people second chances, with hope for a stable future, helps prevent recidivism, brings more talent into the workforce, and provides a chance at a better life for those who have already paid for mistakes in their past.

The 2022 Kirkland Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium will feature a panel of speakers to discuss the issue of workforce re-entry. Employers will learn about how this pool of potential employees can and should be included in hiring processes.
* We also recognize that People of Color are incarcerated at higher levels than Caucasians, creating a disproportionate representation within our prison system.

Registration Opens: 11:00am
Program Begins: 11:30am
Program Ends: 1:30pm
Location: Heathman Hotel

Moderator: Commissioner Sam Cho, Port of Seattle
Panelists: Dr. Rowlanda Cawthon - Dean, College of Business, Northwest University (and formerly worked in corrections), Susan Leavell - Sr. Administrator, WA State Department of Corrections, Re-Entry Division, Sarah Sytsma - Director of Correctional Industries, WA State Department of Corrections, Chris Hendrickson (lived experience), Michael Lidel - Re-Entry Navigator, Weld

Sponsored by: Google, Overlake Medical Center & Clinics, Port of Seattle, Puget Sound Energy, City of Kirkland