18 for ’18

Posted by janelle on January 7, 2018 in Leadership, Personal |

With 2018 firmly underway, I want to take a few minutes to reflect on what I loved about 2017–and share some goals for 2018. Looking back over the past year, I’m grateful for: The Employment Security Department’s work with Monster.com to develop a ground-breaking new job match site (WorkSourceWA.com)that allows Washington employers to post jobs […]


Lessons from a snowstorm

Posted by janelle on January 22, 2012 in Leadership, Tips |

Last week brought a series of lessons in emergency preparedness for many across Washington as our state was walloped with as much as24 inches of snow in some areas followed by a debilitating ice storm that resulted in massive power outages impacting more than 325,000 households. Times like these shine a huge spotlight on your […]


Happy New Year!

Posted by janelle on January 1, 2012 in Leadership, Uncategorized |

Welcome to 2012!  While it’s often difficult to predict what to expect in the coming year, I know one thing for sure: Things are about to change. First, let’s take a look back. Over the last nearly seven years, I’ve been blessed to work with a dedicated and intelligent group of people at the Washington […]


R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find out what it means to me

Posted by janelle on August 9, 2010 in Leadership, Tips |

It’s easy to show your employees how much you value them when times are good. You can invest in their futures through great professional development opportunities. You have funds for internal conferences. You’re able to provide merit increases and promotions for your hardest working employees. But now, times are tough. Raises have been replaced by […]


Timeless trends

Posted by janelle on July 21, 2010 in Leadership, Trends |

My team and I have been scouring our budget for areas to cut. Gone are the days of professional development budgets. If we want to further ourselves, we do it ourselves or look for great free content (hat tip to the City of Seattle and Port of Seattle for great free social media training last […]


“He who fails to plan, plans to fail”

Posted by janelle on July 20, 2010 in Leadership, Strategy, Tips |

As a journalism major, I graduated with a solid grasp of AP style, the inverted pyramid, basic reporting and attention to detail. In January 1996, I had the opportunity to move into full-time public relations. That summer, I found the Public Relations Society of America Web site and learned the basics of communications planning. Over […]



Posted by janelle on July 14, 2010 in Leadership |

Public relations is my passion. Internal communications, media relations, speech writing, social media, outreach, public affairs… I love it all. Government, corporate, non-profit, political…  I’ve been blessed to work in each of these fields. Every day is truly an adventure and there is so much good work out there. The goal of this blog is […]

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