Opportunity to join the IPMA Board

The Information Professional Management Association (IPMA) is seeking candidates to fill several vacancies on its Board of Directors.

The IPMA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Washington state’s status as the nation’s premier hub for information technology. We cultivate leadership, education and networking to support public sector IT professionals and the CIO community.

We are dedicated to:

  • Promoting professional networking opportunities among public sector IT professionals, business IT professionals, and IT industry leaders.
  • Enhancing the IT community’s leadership, teamwork, collaboration, and communications across public sector agencies in Washington.
  • Providing professional development opportunities for the state’s public sector IT and business IT leaders, managers, and technical staff focusing on:
    • Developing and enhancing key IT skills through technical training.
    • Expanding leadership and managerial competency.
    • Providing visibility to new and emerging technologies.
    • Collaborating with businesses on IT solutions.
  • Sponsoring events that support emerging business and technology opportunities.

A 12-member Board of Directors has guided the activities of the IPMA for over 50 years.

  • The Board is a working group composed primarily of state agency CIOs and IT leaders who volunteer their time and expertise to guide the major functions of IPMA.
  • The Board has three corporate officers who serve as the Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary/Treasurer as required for a 501 (C) (6) not-for-profit Washington state corporation.
  • The Board formally meets once a month and board members also participate in committee meetings to support IPMA functions and activities.
  • Board members typically serve a minimum of a three-year term.
  • When an IPMA Board vacancy arises, a Recruitment Committee seeks qualified candidates for open Board positions.

If you are interested in serving on the Board, you are encouraged to express your interest by contacting one of the following board members by September 15, 2023.

If you know of someone who may be interested in this opportunity, please feel free to share this information with them.

*To be eligible for a Board of Directors position, the person must be a current or retired Washington State government employee. No compensation is paid to any member of the Board of Directors for services offered as a member of the Board. 

Registration for FORUM 2023 is now open!

Registration is now open for FORUM 2023:  “Innovation: The Future of Success in Public Sector Service.”

We’ve re-envisioned the IPMA 2023 FORUM:

  • It will be a one-day, in-person-only event.
  • Lunch will be provided to all registered attendees.
  • There will be an optional networking/social event at the conclusion of the day’s program.

This year marks the return of vendor booths, and an area set up for collaboration with your peers and strategic partners.

The program will start with opening remarks from our State CIO, Bill Kehoe, followed by an energizing keynote presentation by Mac MacDonald, national speaker, corporate trainer and author. The rest of the day will be filled with multiple concurrent informational sessions. You will be able to interact with industry/agency leaders and technical experts on topics related to innovation in the public sector environment. These sessions are designed to be of value to technology staff, business staff, and management.

Date: May 17, 2023   Time: 8:00 am—4:15 pm  (program begins at 8:30, optional networking/social at 4:15)

Cost: Free (registration is required)

Agenda here.

Register here.

Location: Norman Worthington Conference Center and Pavilion, Lacey, WA

Registration for Executive Seminar 2023 is now open!

Disruption is our new normal in state technology and the world at large. Technology can either help us respond to disruption or can serve as a disruptive force itself. 

The 2023 Executive Seminar will focus on change and innovation in Washington’s public sector IT and will bring together industry experts and government technology leaders to discuss the latest developments and trends in the field. 

We are opening registration earlier this year so you can block out the time on your busy calendar, commit staff resources and provide for the event in your budget.

Attendees will hear from keynote speakers, engage in panel discussions, and network with peers from throughout the state. The conference will provide a platform for participants to learn about innovative leadership strategies and techniques for embracing change, leading through the era of disruption and using technology to drive business outcomes. Topics of discussion will include digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and other potentially disruptive technologies.

This event will be an opportunity for professionals to gain valuable insights, share their experiences, and connect with others who are passionate about driving progress and innovation in our ever-changing world.

For more information, contact


The IPMA is seeking a part-time CFO!

Come join a team that truly makes a difference for IT professionals in WA state government.

We are seeking someone with the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration, or a minimum of five years of recent experience in performing general accounting operations.
  • Must be able to take notes and accurately record significant discussions and all decisions made at Board meetings creating a meeting summary for distribution.
  • Must be disciplined to allocate sufficient time to respond to Board requests and legal requirements.
  • It is desirable to be familiar with “Robert’s Rules of Order”.
  • It is desirable to enjoy working with and supporting diverse personalities.

Work hours are flexible and range from 25 to 40 per month based on changing schedules.

Applicants should not have other employment obligations that could conflict with this position.

For more information (including duties and compensation) see the position description here.

If interested, submit your resume to:


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Executive Seminar 2022 is sold out!

The 2022 Executive Seminar is sold out!

The theme for this year’s Executive Seminar is: “Conscious Leadership”.

The Executive Seminar is open to senior state government technology managers and IPMA sponsors.  The Seminar promotes communication, networking, and the exchange of information technology ideas. The event includes formal presentations by industry professionals on leadership and leading-edge technologies. It also provides networking time to facilitate communication between public and private sectors in the IT community.


Registration for FORUM 2022 Now Open!

The IPMA is happy to announce that this year’s FORUM will be both virtual (Day One) and in-person (Day Two)!

The dates are coming up very quickly — May 17-18, 2022!

The theme of FORUM 2022 is “Embrace Innovation.”

Day One (virtual on Zoom) will have multiple concurrent ‘breakout room’ presentations on a variety of topics centered around People, Process and Technology.

Day Two (in-person at St Martin’s) will have ‘hands on’ discussion groups where you will be able to go a little more in depth into a variety of topics.

You can view the agenda here.

This event will be free, but separate registration for each day is required.

You can register for Day One here.

You can register for Day Two here.


LeaderPath is Back!

Do you have good managers in your organization that need the right training opportunity to increase their leadership acumen?  Are you an aspiring leader looking to prepare yourself for that next step towards a leadership position?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, we have good news for you.

LeaderPath is back, with a new cohort launching in September 2022.  LeaderPath addresses the unique leadership opportunities faced by public sector IT professionals and the business partners who work closely with IT. This customized, interactive program is an intense and robust six-month learning experience which has graduated eight cohorts of roughly 30 professionals semi-annually since 2005.

To learn more about it, you and your guest(s) are invited to join us in person at South Puget Sound Community College Lacey Campus on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, from 8:00am-12:00pm, for LeaderPath NEXT, an alumni reunion and introduction to those who are considering their application to this valuable program.  This is an opportunity for you to experience the interactive learning style LeaderPath has come to be known for and to hear from alumni of the benefit they received and how it has transformed their own leadership ability.

This will be an energetic and fun morning which will feature Robert Jeffers, LeaderPath Faculty Director, presenting Successfully Managing What Lies Ahead.

Attendance is free!  But registration is required as space is limited. 

* If you know alumni who have changed organizations since attending, please forward this notice to them!

Note: We will be following DOH safer gathering guidelines.

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Executive Seminar 2021 – Open for Registration

Registration for the 2021 Executive Seminar is open. The theme for this year’s Executive Seminar is: “The CIO (R)evolution: The New Normal.”

The Executive Seminar is open to senior state government technology managers and IPMA sponsors.  The Seminar promotes communication, networking, and the exchange of information technology ideas. The event includes formal presentations by industry professionals on leadership and leading-edge technologies. It also provides networking time to facilitate communication between public and private sectors in the IT community.