SPOKANE, Wash. – “Talent management and Spokane: Attracting a Skilled Twenty‑First‑Century Workforce” will be the topic of the annual Power Breakfast networking event hosted by Washington State University Carson College of Business.

The event will be held 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Spokane Convention Center, Ballroom 111, 334 West Spokane Falls Blvd.

The Power Breakfast is designed to inform, inspire and engage Spokane‑area leaders on contemporary business issues. Tickets are $40. Registration is available on the Power Breakfast website until 5 p.m. Monday, April 15.

Mayor David Condon
Mayor David Condon

David Condon, Spokane mayor, will give welcoming remarks. The first re‑elected mayor in Spokane in more than 40 years, Condon is focused on many key initiatives aimed at making Spokane safer, smarter and healthier. These include making major investments in public safety, improving streets, growing jobs and the economy, crafting an affordable budget, leading in developing innovative infrastructure and increasing the quality of life.

Panelists include:

  • Lisa Brown

    Lisa Brown
    Lisa Brown

    Washington State Department of Commerce director
    Brown is responsible for leading the Department of Commerce’s various responsibilities including grants and programs that range from economic development and business services, to behavioral health and homelessness.

  • Tyler Lafferty

    Tyler Lafferty
    Tyler Lafferty

    Serial entrepreneur
    Lafferty is the cofounder and partner of a number of businesses including Seven2 and 14Four, two nationally recognized digital creative agencies; Strategy Labs, a performance digital media agency; Method Juice Cafés, featuring organic food, juices and smoothies; and The Union Studios, offering spin, yoga and TRX gyms in Spokane.

  • Dale Silha

    Dale Silha
    Dale Silha

    Vice president, energy and technical services-Pacific Northwest, McKinstry
    Silha leads and manages McKinstry’s efforts to reduce operating costs and save energy in the built environment for clients in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Since arriving at McKinstry’s Spokane office in 2010, he has created customer-focused solutions, honed McKinstry’s strategic vision and grown the company’s energy and technical services business with major clients including WSU, Avista and Spokane County.

Event sponsors include Alaska Airlines, Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Avista, STCU, Gary Schroeder and James Bockemuehl, Travelers Insurance, Washington Trust Bank, Berg Company/The Toolbox, McKinstry and Carl W. Consulting.

Contacts:

  • Sarah Druffel, director of strategic marketing and communications, WSU Carson College of Business, 509‑335‑4345, sarah.druffel@wsu.edu
  • Sue McMurray, assistant director of communications, WSU Carson College of Business, 509‑335‑7578, sue.mcmurray@wsu.edu