Boots on the Ground Workshop: Job development: Transitioning from pandemic to an opening world with Work Opportunities

April 16, 2021


Boots on the Ground: Employment Consultant Community of Practice Workshop

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.


Job development: Transitioning from pandemic to an opening world

Work Opportunities

Please join us on Friday, April 16 for our workshop, "Job Development: Transitioning from pandemic to an opening world" with Work Opportunities.   

Join Ali Hawkinson and Nate Stephens of Work Opportunities for a discussion on building skills to help new and seasoned job developers alike jump back into development with both feet.  Learn techniques to approach current employers, prospects and personal contacts in a relevant and courteous way, meeting community stakeholders where they’re at in the process of recovering from the year long pandemic.  The future is within reach and it’s time to go get it!

Learning Objectives:

  • Email/Message scripts to send to employers, prospective employers and personal contacts
  • Alternative ways to generate leads
  • Worksheet/brainstorming tool for leads and contacts

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:

Ali Hawkinson

[email protected] - 360-223-0044

Ali Hawkinson is an Employment Specialist III with Work Opportunities of Whatcom County, focusing primarily on job development and creating meaningful engagement in the community.  She aspires to find customized jobs that are a good fit for her clients, while building lasting relationships with the employers in her community.  Ali is an elected official, serving as a city council member, has created an Equity Advisory Committee for the city of Ferndale and is very active in the local music scene as a lyricist and vocalist (or at least was before the pandemic).  Ali is also a self-proclaimed cat lady who has only has one cat.  Ali loves sharing her knowledge and talent with others!

Nate Stephens

  [email protected] - 360-224-8150

Nate Stephens is an Employment Specialist III with Work Opportunities of Whatcom County, focusing primarily on job development.  He prides himself in providing high quality job placement services to a diverse case load.  Nate has been working in the human services field for over 15 years, beginning in residential care before moving into the employment field 6 years ago.  Nate is a die-hard NBA basketball fan and is expecting his first daughter in August, with his wife Haleigh. 

*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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