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IPMA PD Event - Leadership

Event Date and Time: 
Nov 15 2016 - 8:30am - 12:00pm


Sue Bevington - The Lift of Leadership

Dick Morgan - Chief Information Officer

Jody Costello - Leadership Tools

Laurie Milligan - Leadership Pivot Model

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The cost to attend this seminar is $50.00 per person.  Payment is due at the time of registration and must be completed by November 11, 2016 to confirm your registration.  Space is limited. There will no refunds.  Substitutions are permitted. Registration Closed.


Sue Bevington, VP for HR - Microsoft

Maryanne Lindeblad, Medicaid Director - Health Care Authority

Dick Morgan, Secretary - Department of Corrections

Adam Aaseby, CIO - Health Care Authority

Ann Bruner, CIO - Department of Licensing

Jody Costello, HR Director - Health Care Authority

Laurie Milligan, HR Director - Department of Licensing

Intended Audience:

This seminar is targeted for employees of any level to listen to and interact with a wide range of speakers across the private and public sector in reguard to leadership.  Professionals in IT and Human Resources will benefit in particular from attending.

Abstract of Seminar Contents:

The seminar will begin by learning from a top Human Resources professional from Microsoft about the importance of leadership and how to deliver it and how they are approaching multi-generational leadership under the new leadership of Satya Nadella. The discussion will then turn to the state Medicaid Director at the Health Care Authority and the Secretary for the Department of Corrections to discuss how their organizations utilize and are improving the leadership and support of IT. Finally, a panel of CIOs and HR Directors will discuss how the two communities are working together to better build and support the workforce of both today and tomorrow.

Attendees Will Learn:


  • Attendees will learn how Microsoft is approaching leadership from a multi-generational perspective as well as how they push their leaders to be interactive with staff at all levels.
  • We will hear from top agency leadership in Washington about what they look for in IT leadership, how they are working attract and retain the best talent, and lessons learned about what it looks like when IT does and doesn’t have the support of leadership.
  • Finally, we live in a difficult area to recruit IT professionals. Getting and retaining the best staff, and developing the IT leaders of tomorrow, requires an extensive amount of coordination between CIOs and HR Directors. A round table session will discuss strategies, challenges, and opportunities for building great collaborations between these vital organizational roles.



Topic Time

1. Welcome and Introductions

- Adam Aaseby - IPMA


2. The Lift of Leadership

- Sue Bevington - Microsoft


Break - Networking


3. Leading

- Maryanne Lindeblad, State Medicaid Director - Health Care Authority

- Dick Morgan, Secretary - Department of Corrections


Break - Networking


4. CIO / HR Director Round Table

- Adam Aaseby, CIO - Health Care Authority

- Ann Bruner, CIO - Department of Licensing

- Jody Costello, HR Director - Health Care Authority

- Laurie Milligan, HR DIrector - Department of Licensing


5. Questions and Answers


6. Closing Comments


Speaker Bio:

Sue Bevington

Sue Bevington is currently the Corporate Vice President of HR for Worldwide Commercial Business; Global Sales, Marketing and Operations; Worldwide Marketing and Consumer; and IT, Operations and Corporate Strategy. In this role she partners with Judson Althoff, Jean-Philippe Courtois, Chris Capossela, Kurt DelBene and their teams to help drive the business priorities. A key part of this is leading the 500+ HR professionals around the globe who support these organizations worldwide.  Sue joined Microsoft in 2004 and prior to her current position, served as the HR GM for Microsoft North America.

Prior to joining Microsoft, she spent her career in HR at Monsanto Company and Solutia Inc.  Sue first interned with Monsanto while in graduate school and joined the company on a full-time basis upon graduation.  At Monsanto she held a variety of field positions in Human Resources.  Monsanto spun into two separate publicly traded companies in 1997.  At the time of the spin off she joined the new company, Solutia Inc. where she continued to lead HR efforts for Solutia’s largest chemical plant.  While at Monsanto and Solutia she worked throughout the organization in a variety of field roles in Iowa, Louisiana, New Jersey and Massachusetts.  She then went into a corporate role in St. Louis where she had HR generalist responsibilities along with overall corporate responsibility for EEO/AAP, Staffing, and Diversity.  She was also involved in acquisition work.  She then took a role in the UK heading up HR for a start-up business in Pharmaceutical Services. Ultimately, she led the HR organization for Solutia as the Vice President of HR until joining Microsoft.

Sue has a liberal arts undergraduate from Graceland University with majors in Business Administration and Psychology and a Master’s in Management and Organizations from The University of Iowa. Her hobbies include Reading, Traveling, and spending time with her family.

Maryanne Lindeblad

MaryAnne Lindeblad brings a broad health care and administrative background to the top position in the Washington State Medicaid program. Lindeblad, a Registered Nurse, has been an active health care professional as well as a leader spanning most aspects of health care including acute care, long-term care, behavioral health care, eldercare and services for people with disabilities. Prior to her appointment as State Medicaid Director, she served for two years as the Assistant Secretary for Aging and Disability Services Administration in the Department of Social and Health Services. Previously, she was Director of the Health Care Services Division of the Medicaid program.  Lindeblad held a variety of leadership positions over the years, including assistant administrator of the Public Employees Benefits Board. During the 1990s, Lindeblad also worked in the private sector, serving as director of operations for Unified Physicians of Washington.

In 2010, she was selected for the inaugural class of the Medicaid Leadership Institute.  In 2015 she was inducted into the Eastern Washington University Chapter of the Upsilon Phi Delta Society.   She is a member of the executive committee for the National Academy for State Health Policy, and chairs its Long Term and Chronic Care subcommittee. She also is on the board of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, and the Olympia Free Clinic. Lindeblad holds a bachelor of science in nursing from Eastern Washington University and a master’s in public health from the University of Washington.

Dick Morgan

Richard “Dick” Morgan is the Secretary for the Washington State Department of Corrections.  Dick has virtually grown up in and around prisons, being the third of four generations to work at the Penitentiary in Walla Walla.  He started his work as an officer there in 1976; a time that came to be infamously known as the “Concrete Momma” days.  Dick actually raised a family living on the grounds of the Penitentiary for 15 years.

Dick promoted up through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Administrative Assistant, Captain, and has been Superintendent of three prisons, Clallam Bay, Penitentiary, and McNeil Island.

After 30 years working in prison he was promoted to Assistant Deputy Secretary, and two years later to Director of Prisons.

After nearly 35 years with the department, Dick retired in 2010 only to be recruited back to the department soon afterward to manage the closure of McNeil Island Corrections Center as the last Superintendent of the last island prison.

Reentering retirement in early 2011 Dick continued working in the corrections field as a private consultant on litigation and policy issues.  In 2014 Governor Inslee appointed Dick to the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (parole board) and reappointed in 2015. He also was elected to the City of Walla Walla City Council in 2014.

In March 2016 Governor Inslee appointed Dick as Secretary of the Washington State Department of Corrections managing over eight thousand employees, thirty-four thousand offenders with a nearly two billion dollar biennial budget.

Dick and his wife Landa (lawn-dah, as in Yolanda) maintain their home in Walla Walla. He has looked retirement in the eye at least three times, and blinked each time.  From these experiences he has learned to not answer the question; “So when are you going to really retire?”

Ann Bruner

Ann Bruner is the CIO / Assistant Director of the Information Services Division for the Department of Licensing (DOL) and has been with DOL for 3 years. Ann has been in state government for 25 years and worked for Department Enterprise Services, Office of Financial Systems, Department of Social and Health Services, Employment Security Department and Retirement Systems. Ann has broad management experience that supports program/portfolio management, application development, infrastructure and service management. Her education includes a BS in Computer Information Systems, Minors in Business Administration and Accounting with focused studies in Psychology, Project Management Certification from the University of Washington, graduate of LeaderPath and obtained her Change Management Certification from PROSI.

Jody Costello

Jody Costello is the Human Resources Director for the Washington State Health Care Authority.  She leads human resources, facilities, employee wellness and safety and mail and imaging services.  Jody holds a Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University.  She also holds human resource certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and SHRM Senior Certified Professional. Jody has worked for the State of Washington for over 15 years and has a strong commitment to public service.

Laurie Milligan

Laurie Milligan is the Assistant Director of the Human Resources Division for Washington State’s Department of Licensing.  Laurie is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Washington State University.  In her 29 years of service to the state of Washington, Laurie has consistently demonstrated her commitment to recruiting and developing a diverse workforce.  She is known for being a change champion and is passionate about engaging employees and developing leaders.  She is an active member of the International Personnel Managers Association (IPMA-HR).

Adam Aaseby

Adam Aaseby serves as Chief Information Officer at the Washington State Health Care Authority, which purchases health care for 2.2 million Medicaid beneficiaries and state employees.  He oversees core technology and security infrastructure, Health Information Technology investments, and is co-leading the agency's innovative data management and analytics work aimed at better health outcomes, improved value, and lower costs.  Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University.



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