‘Breakthrough Leadership’ coming in October
By Melanie Kharrazi
Ed Wells Partnership staff
Are you the best-kept secret in your organi- zation? What does it take to be recognized as an emerging leader or technical expert?
On Thursday, Oct. 8, the Ed Wells Partnership
is bringing one of our most engaging leadership
instructors to Seattle for two very special events.
Jo Miller, creator
of the always popular Ed Wells virtual class, “Poised
will present in a
and later that day
at an in-person,
after-work event in
• Broadcast - In the BEN: “Build Your
Brand as an Emerging Leader,” Miller will
discuss the three essential elements of an
effective personal brand and four key steps
for making your value visible. Learn how
to attract high-profile projects and solidify
your reputation as a leader. This course will
be broadcast from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
(PST) Oct. 8. Launch the webcast from
the BEN schedule page at http://ben.web.
• Classroom – You can meet Miller by attend-
ing “Breakthrough Leadership – Becoming a
Person of Influence” at the CCEC building in
Everett from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Oct. 8. People
who break through into leadership positions
get there by mastering the art of influence.
Explore ways to gain a voice and a seat at the
table in your organization. Understand the
mechanisms of power within your organization
and identify six sources of influence you may
not be fully utilizing. Register for this event at
A leading authority on leadership, Miller is a
sought-after, dynamic, and engaging conference
speaker. She delivers more than 60 speaking presentations on leadership annually to audiences
of up to 1,200 for conferences, associations, and
Fortune 1000 corporate initiatives.
The Ed Wells Partnership (EWP) is a joint
SPEEA/Boeing initiative offering professional
development, technical training, career develop-ment/coaching and technical conference grants
to SPEEA-represented Profs and Techs.
‘Up’ with SPEEA at AquaSox Solidarity Night
Who knew a group of SPEEA members could take their technical skills and apply them to something that kept
kids lined up in anticipation?
The members created balloon toys – such as
flowers, crowns, fire breathing dragons and yes,
even airplanes for the SPEEA booth at the Union
Solidarity Night at the AquaSox minor league
More than 1,000 free tickets were handed out
by labor unions affiliated with the Snohomish
County Labor Council. The event held every
year is especially popular when it falls on the
$2 concessions night ($2 each for a hot dog, or
peanuts, for example).
SPEEA was one of the many labor unions there
with booths for visibility items. SPEEA members
who helped at the table include Dennis Davaz,
Rod Siders and Nikki Wagener. Lee Bowsher,
Wagener’s father, also helped out.
Davaz, SPEEA Area Rep and booth volunteer,
shared his impressions:
At first, I think I popped more balloons than the
number of animals that I finished, but we all
made a number of swords, a couple crowns, quite
a few very large flowers, a huge pack of dogs, a cat
or two, a frog that could actually jump, a couple
butterflies, a dragonfly, several horses and horses
We even made a few fire-breathing dragons (these
took awhile to build). We also made some machine
guns for mischievous-looking boys (only after giving strict instructions not to shoot them at people),
and by special request, a couple airplanes (
building those came to us fairly naturally – go figure).
Once again, like prior years, we had a line of kids
in front of the SPEEA booth until the game was
almost over. We had as much fun making them
as the kids had playing with them.
We were usually more amazed than they were
that we were able to make something pretty close
to what any kid wanted!
Special credit goes to Webbly, the Everett
AquaSox mascot, who was a pro, according to
Davaz. “I wish we had his balloon-twisting Jedi
skills – he was amazing to watch.” Webbly, the Everett AquaSox baseball mascot, is shown here with SPEEA Area Rep Dennis Davaz. Photo by Lee