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Creating a Diverse Workforce: Inclusive Hiring Practices for Local Governments

Thursday, October 28, 2021
10 AM - 11 AM
Cost: $35 - Scholarships available (see below)
Credits: CLE (see below)


Registration closes Wednesday, October 27 at 5 PM. This webinar will be recorded, and all preregistered attendees will receive a link to view the recording.

Webinar Overview

Diverse and inclusive workplaces benefit from a bigger talent pool, increased employee engagement and trust, improved performance and decision-making, and greater innovation. But inclusive hiring takes much more than simply avoiding discrimination (though that is important too). It requires dedicated initiatives to remove barriers to underrepresented groups and to help overcome unconscious bias in the workplace.

Educational Objectives

The work needed to create a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity is not always easy and you may be met with resistance along the way. Join us to learn more about inclusive hiring practices and strategies for dealing with challenges that may arise.

Who Should Attend?

Human resources staff, management, attorneys/legal staff of local governments or private attorneys with local government clients, and other staff engaged in the hiring process.


  • Rachel Bender Turpin, Madrona Law Group, PLLCRachel is a member of Madrona Law Group PLLC, where she represents cities, counties, and special purpose districts in a variety of municipal matters including labor and employment, open government and public records, eminent domain, public procurement and contracting, land use, legislation, and policy drafting. Prior to co-founding Madrona Law Group, Rachel spent 10 years at a boutique municipal law firm, where she represented public agencies of all sizes, from the firm’s largest client to its smallest.
  • Juan Padilla, Principal Consultant, JC Padilla Consulting, LLC. Juan specializes in all aspects of human resources principles and practices, specializing in hiring practices and trends, as well as employee and labor relations. He has over 25 years of leadership and management experience in the private and public business sectors at federal, state, county, and city levels, most recently as the HR Director for the City of Tukwila. Juan is a 20-year Army veteran who uses his experience serving our nation to help organizations build trust and accountability.
  • Flannary Collins, Managing Attorney, MRSC. Flannary will be the moderator for this webinar.


This training is eligible for:


  • The Washington Counties Risk Pool (WCRP) will provide two (2) training scholarship per member-county for this webinar. Those wishing to take advantage of the offer are asked to contact your county risk manager to request the registration code before you register. To learn if you are a WCRP member or if you have questions about scholarship opportunities, please contact
  • Read about scholarship opportunities.

Refund policy: Refunds of the webinar fee will be provided in full if registration is canceled before Wednesday October 27 at 5pm. After that, refunds will be provided minus a $5.00 administrative up to the morning of the webinar. 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.