Decision-Maker Roundtables

Washington Peerspectives

In the face of a historic public health crisis, business leaders are under tremendous pressure. They must not only address issues related to business recovery and resilience but face the daunting prospect of a second wave which could disrupt operations down the road.

Our virtual PeerSpectives Roundtables are designed for CEOs, presidents and business owners who want to share ideas, best practices and perspectives in a secure, private online environment. Hosted by economic development professionals trained by the Edward Lowe Foundation, the three video conference sessions cover a wide range of issues, including decision-making in uncertain times, financial strategies and risk assessment, supply chain, human resources and resuming operations.

To be considered for the roundtables, the business must:

  1. Be a for-profit, privately held company headquartered and operating in Washington State that provides substantial employment to the community.
  2. Have between $1 million and $25 million in annual revenue (as of Dec. 31, 2019).
  3. Employ between 6 to 99 full-time equivalent W-2 employees, including the owner (pre-COVID).
  4. Have an appetite and aptitude for growth in terms of revenue or jobs.
  5. Deliver products or services locally or beyond the current service area.
  6. You do not need to be referred by a participating economic development organization as stated on the application page for this particular Roundtable.

Each two-hour roundtable is limited to just 15 members to allow plenty of time for discussion, sharing experiences and asking questions. Competitors are not assigned to the same class and all participants are vetted to ensure an optimal mix. Roundtables convene once a month over the course of a year. 

Registration: Coming soon! We are adding more trainers to the mix so we can host more Peerspectives around the state to meet pent up demand.

Thriving in Challenging Times

A crisis is where danger and opportunity intersect. Senior business leaders who are able to think clearly and who can learn and adapt, will move their companies away from the threats toward opportunities.

Designed for leaders of second-stage companies, Thriving in Challenging Times examines how the brain’s circuits react to uncertainty and how brain-based tools and frameworks can move senior managers and their teams through a crisis and to the other side. In the process, leaders are able to think more clearly, re-energize and refocus, gain control over their emotions and in the process, make better decisions.

Led by experts at the Edward Lowe Foundation, these two-hour segments are conducted over Zoom over the course of three days. The goal is to deliver high-impact, actionable information without disrupting operations. It is an excellent prep course for Commerce’s Thrive! program, which is our high-growth strategy series.

What you’ll learn:

  • How your brain reacts instinctively to danger and how you can use that reaction to create opportunities.
  • Techniques for gaining control over thinking and emotions.
  • The different phases of change and how you can guide your organization through them.
  • Tools to navigate uncertainty and move toward a more positive future.
  • How your mental, physical and emotional well-being is closely tied to the well-being of your company.
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