Keynote Speakers

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Keynote Speaker: Caprice Hollins

Dr. Caprice D. Hollins was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.  She received a B.A. in psychology from Seattle University and an M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Multicultural and Community Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology―LA.

Dr. Hollins has more than 20 years of experience working with ethnically diverse populations, providing mental health services, facilitating workshops and teaching graduate courses as an adjunct professor at several local universities.  She is currently an Affiliate Professor at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.

After serving as the Director of Equity, Race & Learning Support for Seattle Public Schools for four years she co-founded Cultures Connecting, LLC, providing culturally relevant professional development workshops, keynotes, leadership coaching and consulting services to organizations seeking to improve their skills in effectively engaging all cultures  She co-authored Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:  Strategies for Facilitating Conversations on Race.

Dr. Hollins works hard to balance her passion and commitment to equity and social justice while at the same time raising a family with her husband, Gary Hollins. Together they have two children and she has three adult step children.

Keynote Presentation: Racial Microagressions

Join our keynote speaker, Caprice Hollins in an interactive session discussing many forms of racial microaggressions. During this participatory session staff will have various conversations about different types of microaggressions including color blindness, ascription of intelligence, criminality assumption, environmental microaggressions and more. Once finished with this session, staff will be able to apply the many techniques Caprice discusses out in the field in order to better our Extension mission.

To learn more about Caprice Hollins, visit her Cultures Connecting website.


Capstone Speaker: Karen McNenny

Montana native Karen McNenny is an expert in organizational psychology and works throughout the country as a professional speaker, business educator and coach. Her areas of expertise include employee engagement, leadership development, and transforming workplace culture. Before starting her own business, she worked as a master trainer & facilitator for the largest healthcare system in the Northwest.

Karen’s vast client group includes government agencies, private businesses and non-profits. She has presented at a number of regional and national Extension events stretching from Tennessee to Idaho.  Karen was also a 4H Kid, which she credits for planting the seeds that led to her future career as a sought after educator and speaker. Her unique talents as an engaging storyteller and compelling educator make every presentation relevant and memorable.

Karen continues to grow her knowledge base through training with the Disney Institute, Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurs, and the Center for Ethical Leadership. Karen is also a Certified Mediator and Gracious Space Facilitator with a special talent for moving individuals from conflict to conversation. She is also skilled at developing confident leaders who in turn are able to create a high-functioning, vibrant work environment for happy, engaged employees.

Karen ultimately sees herself as a Social Activist - working towards World Peace, one workplace at a time.    

Capstone Presentation: Superhero Seeks Sanity

How do you deal with the difficult days, workload overwhelm and polarized public? This humorous and poignant presentation brings to life the struggles often experienced as an Extension employee. Learn how to balance the passion and commitment you bring to your work, while protecting your sanity and health.  Karen will share her top superhero strategies to help you move from burnout to burn-bright (no cape required). 

To learn more about Karen McNenny, visit her website.

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