2020: a year of navigating a global pandemic, a failing economy, the most divisive election in recent history, and an historic opportunity to address systemic racism. For GSBA's small business members, it has been a struggle to survive. We have pulled together as a community and directed all programming to provide information, advocacy, and cash assistance to our businesses and students most heavily impacted by COVID-19. As we prepare for 2021, what issues will be front and center, from both a national and statewide perspective? Who better to prepare us for 2021 then Washington State’s most respected leaders: US Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal
and Washington State’s Speaker of the House, Representative Laurie Jinkins
It may be virtual, but at this year’s Annual Meeting, you’ll have an opportunity to connect with your GSBA colleagues and friends for networking, thank our outgoing Board Chair; meet our newest Board Members; bid farewell to our President & CEO Louise Chernin as she passes the baton to our Acting President & CEO Mark Rosén, and get a glimpse into issues in both Washington's. From remarks by Congresswoman Jayapal, to a fireside chat between Speaker Jinkins and Louise Chernin, our Annual Meeting is one you won’t want to miss.
Our 2021, a Year of Promise speakers
US Congresswoman Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)
Elected in 2016, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is now serving her second term in Congress representing Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and its surrounding areas. She is the first South Asian American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and one of only 14 naturalized citizens currently serving in the United States Congress.
Congresswoman Jayapal is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where she serves as Vice Chair of the Immigration Subcommittee, and on the House Education & Labor and Budget Committees. She is also the elected Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which represents approximately 40% of the entire Democratic caucus; the Immigration Subcommittee Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific Asian Caucus; and a Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus. (Photo by Meryl Schenker)
Washington Speaker of the House, Rep. Laurie Jinkins (27th Dist.)
Laurie Jinkins made history on January 13, 2020 when she became Washington state’s first woman and first out lesbian Speaker of the House. Laurie started her career litigating child abuse and neglect cases for the state Attorney General’s Office. She then shifted her career toward public health, serving as an assistant secretary of health at the state Department of Health, and now as Senior Advisor at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. She has also been active in advancing Washington’s anti-discrimination laws both prior to and during her time in the House. In office, she has been a passionate and effective champion for progressive values, particularly in her fight for women, equity, and closing tax loopholes.
3:00 - 4:00 PM | Main Program
4:00 - 5:00 PM | Networking Hour