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27th Annual Labor and Employment Seminar a Sold-Out Success

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On September 30, over 200 CEOs, corporate counsel and human resources professionals packed the Hyatt Olive 8 in Seattle to attend Lane Powell’s 27th Annual Labor and Employment seminar. This daylong seminar, co-sponsored with Puget Sound Business Journal, featured a series of informative presentations about updates to employment law, social media and how to address challenging human resources issues.
In addition to presentations by Lane Powell attorneys Mike Reilly, Portia Moore, Leah Lively, Gail Mautner, Nancy Anderson and Sarah Haushild, the seminar featured a panel discussion comprised of prominent business leaders from the region sharing their insights into how companies can recruit (and retain) top talent. Sharing the spotlight were (pictured from left to right): Dave Anastasi, former CEO of Captaris, Inc.; Jeremy Lewis, Big Fish Games; Rick Anderson, Moss Adams; Colleen Brown, Fisher Communications; Emory Thomas Jr. (panel moderator), Publisher, Puget Sound Business Journal; and Joth Ricci, Jones Soda.

Matthew Guiste of Starbucks discussed the risks and rewards associated with social media. As Project Manager for, Matthew used real-life examples of how companies have used social networks like Twitter to connect with larger audiences than ever before. He also discussed how it could be used in real-time to address customer service issues as well as a crisis management tool.

The audience also enjoyed a lunchtime keynote speaker, Bryce Maddock, CEO of Smarter Social Media, who discussed the impact of social media on today’s workplace, particularly as it relates to employee use. Bryce advised hiring managers and business owners to embrace the positive aspects of social media, but to also recognize the potential privacy and public perception issues that may surface. In addition, Bryce illustrated how social media networks can be leveraged as valuable recruiting tools for companies of all sizes.