Boots on the Ground Seminar: Building Self Advocacy Through Employment with Trillium

June 1, 2021


Boots on the Ground: Employment Consultant Community of Practice Seminar

In collaboration with the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Administration, Wise is pleased to announce the Boots on the Ground: Employment Consultant Community of Practice! Comprised of two sessions per week, this Community of Practice will offer hands on examples and opportunities to see innovative direct service from employment providers across the State of Washington. Tuesday seminars will occur each week from 9:30 to 11:30am PST, and Friday workshops will provide follow up conversation and activities based on the Tuesday content from 9:30 to 10:30am PST. These events are open to all and free of charge.

*Attending the Tuesday seminar is not required in order to participate in Friday's workshop, although you are encouraged to do so. Recordings of Tuesday's events will be made available the following Wednesday to those who could not attend. Register for the Friday workshop that corresponds with this event by visiting to the Wise Calendar (scheduled for Friday of that same week).


Building Self Advocacy Through Employment


Please join us on Tuesday, June 1 for our seminar, "Building Self Advocacy Through Employment" with Trillium.

In this session we will explore ways to build self-advocacy through employment services. Six self-advocates will share examples and strategies for practices that empower people with disabilities to ask for what they need and want for a successful career.  This can include how career choices are offered during discovery, engaging natural supports, asking for career advancement, and even being an advocate for systems change and legislative issues.

Learning Objectives:
  • Work-related ways employment providers can build self-advocacy skills
  • How to lead from behind as a job coach so the client is driving the advocacy
  • What resources and opportunities exist in communities (self advocacy groups, connecting to legislative advocacy, workplace DEI committee participation)

Do you require an accommodation, materials in alternate format or have inquiries about accessibility in this event? If so, please reach out to [email protected] no later than 5pm Friday prior to this webinar. Due to the short turnaround of our webinar series we are unable to accommodate same day requests. We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully.


*Please note: Wise maintains registration and attendance records for our events and training programs. Wise is required to monitor participation in our courses and provide reports to our funding sources so that they may utilize these records in the course of their audits of programs. These reports may include actual time spent by attendee name, event/training title, county and state. Reports are provided to ensure there is documented proof of the appropriate use of government funds for the purposes of professional development. Attendees that participate in our events and/or complete training programs will receive a certificate to document participation as back up for billing purposes.  


Wise provides Washington State Educator/Teacher Clock Hours for our webinars. For more information and to request Clock Hours, please click here. 



Meet the Panel:

                                                                   Joe Goodman

Joe is a resident of Brownsville Washington and a graduate of  Olympic High School.  Joe has worked with Trillium since 2017. He is passionate about working both outside and near the water, so a job at the Brownsville Marina seemed a natural fit. Joe also spent time volunteering at the Kitsap Maritime Heritage Foundation. When the foundation lost its funding Joe reached out to elected officials to see how they could help. In his spare time Joe writes letters to his elected officials advocating for change. He also writes to Disney and shares his creative ideas and feedback. Joe also creates videos and has his own youtube channel, which you can find by searching under Disney’s Little Einstein Fan.


         Julie CarpenterJulie Carpenter is a working professional in the Federal Way area. She worked at Boeing for 29 years sorting mail and completing various other administrative tasks. Julie has created her own self-management program that features pictures of bears that help her control and identify her emotions. She currently is a Training Consultant for the organization, Enso, and presents to a wide variety of groups about her coping strategies. Julie hopes by sharing her story she can encourage others to find their own way.


Anthony Nash

I’m Anthony Nash. I am not new to self-advocacy. With several years experience as a self-advocate, including leadership roles with SAIL, the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council, The Arc of Washington, The Arc of Tri-Cities, Disability Rights Washington, Washington State Special Olympics and The National Council of Self-Advocates, I love to bring self-advocates together, especially online.
Most recently, I have served as the Web Coordinator for the National Council of Self-Advocates, as a Speaker for Washington Special Olympics, as the Web-Media Coordinator for SAIL, and I was a big part of People First of Washington’s quick response to the COVID-19 Pandemic on Facebook.
I live in Central Washington with my wife and I am also a Special Olympian who plays Softball, Basketball, Bowling and Soccer.
My job as the Online Coordinator for People First of Washington is to manage ZOOM and Facebook and provide training and support for members and staff new to technology and the internet.



Liesa Spring

Liesa is Assistant Program Manager at Trillium Employment Services. Liesa studied environmental horticulture and social and human services at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Through a college internship she got her start at the Tavon Learning Center, a day center for young adults with disabilities in Issaquah. After meeting a variety of job coaches who provided support to staff members of Tavon, Liesa made the leap into supported employment in 2014. Liesa is motivated by seeing her clients achieve their full potential. She believes that everyone has the capacity to work and that it is her job to dismantle the barriers that separate someone from contributing their true gifts. Liesa graduated from the Employment Professional Certificate Program through Highline College in 2017. Liesa has a particular interest in finding support solutions for individuals who experience mental health conditions and advocating for equitable access to the community. In her free time Liesa volunteers at the Bellevue Botanical Garden and with the Lake Washington Tech Behavior Health and Sciences program. She loves reading, Forensic Files, and whale watching in the San Juan Islands. 



Karen Williams

Karen Williams is the Executive Director of Trillium Employment Services, a nonprofit supporting Washington businesses in hiring, training, and retaining employees with intellectual disabilities. Trillium serves over 650 clients and over 450 businesses. Karen believes that building a strong organizational culture, driven by learning and outcomes, results in quality services for clients. Karen obtained her Master of Public Administration from George Washington University, with a concentration in public policy and nonprofit management. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Disability Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Karen is a certified coach through the Hudson Institute.  Karen has a passion for advocacy work, including bringing her young kids to advocacy events.   


Justine Martin

 Hi My name is Justine Martin. I live in Renton, Washington. I work at Zee Medical Service as an office assistant 5 years and at CITC as an office assistant for a year. What I am passionate about outside of work is I am an artist I do like to paint watercolor I am going to be continuing art lessons this summer. I am involved in Special Olympics I am going to be doing a Community Challenge virtual walk for a mile to support Special Olympics, and I am also involved with Sail being involved virtual advocacy days.

Kayla Tanaka-Gildow

My teacher in high school, Mike Lewis, submitted my name for the University of Washington’s 2005 Do-It Scholar’s Program. I was one of the 15 to 20 students throughout Washington State who was selected for this honor. He believed in me and recognized my potential. I now repay his faith in me in every of my work situations, whether in clerical or customer service positions. I work hard. I get tasks done on time. And I’m flexible to work independently and within a team. If you want something done, I’ll get it done, and will do it well.

Shaun McCartney

Shaun has participated in the Employment Transition Program in his school district for the past few years and is graduating this year. He has gained valuable experience at his school worksites, assisting at his family’s thrift shop, and at his first paid job at Marshalls. Shaun loves animals and his family owns 6 dogs. He would like to build skills working with animals and intends to obtain a job in the pet industry this year. Shaun is a team player, a hard worker, and an amazing self-advocate.

*Supported employment is rooted in the firm belief that all people deserve respect, dignity, and self-determination. Here at Wise, we are committed to standing up for and embracing positive changes in policies and practices to stamp out oppression and discrimination in our institutions and systems. We are focused on our mission of inclusion and equitable employment for people with disabilities. With this in mind, we ask that all participants extend respect, humility and grace during our events. We strive to create a learning platform where we all leave with new ways of thinking, doing and moving supported employment forward.

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