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Building the Foundations of a Great Workplace Culture

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
11 AM - 12 PM
Cost: $35
Credits Available: CML for city elected officials - see below


Registration closes Monday, October 28 at 12 PM. This webinar will be recorded, and all preregistered attendees will receive a link to view the recording. Read about scholarship opportunities.

Webinar Overview

Learn practical tips for creating a positive work culture, starting before each new employee walks in for their first day on the job. Our panelists will share their successes in enhancing teamwork, raising morale, and increasing job satisfaction and work performance. And most importantly, a positive workplace environment reduces stress among employees.

Educational Objectives

How can organizations create a positive workplace culture? Using best practices employed at Sequim, Des Moines, and Snohomish County, this webinar will look at foundational aspects of building workplace culture, including:

  • Agency recruiting and onboarding new employees
  • Changing the workplace culture
  • Team-building
  • Measuring employee engagement
  • Keeping the momentum going

Who Should Attend?

Local government leaders, managers, directors, supervisors, and HR staff interested in engaging and motivating employees.


  • Charlie Bush, City Manager, City of Sequim: Charlie has been Sequim City Manager since 2015. His prior experience in local government includes serving as Deputy City Administrator as well as the Development Services Director for the City of Issaquah, City Administrator for the City of Prosser, and Assistant to the City Manager and Intergovernmental Management Analyst for the City of Bellevue.
  • Michael Matthias, City Manager, City of Des Moines: Michael Matthias was appointed city manager of Des Moines in August 2016 after serving as the city’s assistant city manager since 2014. He has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors and received the 2019 Outstanding Manager Award from the Washington City and County Management Association.  
  • Barb Mock, Planning and Development Services Director, Snohomish County: Barb is a dynamic leader with a passion for customer service. She is Snohomish County’s Planning and Development Services Director and has worked in a variety of other roles at the County over the years.
  • Tracy Burrows, Executive Director, MRSC: Tracy will serve as the moderator for this webinar.


Refund policy: Refunds of the webinar fee will be provided minus a $5.00 administrative fee if registration is canceled by 12 PM on Monday, October 28. If you are registered for the webinar and unable to attend, you will still be able to view the recorded webinar afterwards. However, if you cancel your registration, you will not receive a link to the recording.