Around The Table: McKinstry Co. and Avista

In ‘Around The Table,’ we highlight member news and share information on industry trends. In this edition, we shine the spotlight on McKinstry Co. and Avista.

McKinstry Celebrates Women in Construction Week

Earlier this month, Seattle-based McKinstry Co. published three blog posts celebrating women and the role they play in building innovation in the construction industry. “At McKinstry, we aspire to a world where there is gender equity in all aspects of the construction industry,” read the blog post. “This means plumbers and pipefitters, sheet metal workers and site superintendents, project engineers and designers. We know that women and men can work together and thrive in all parts of the industry – helping us to build a more innovative, inclusive, creative, and robust future of construction.” One blog post contained excerpts from interviews with five women who work as apprentices in the construction trades for McKinstry. Another post featured Raven Wiley, a commissioning intern in McKinstry’s Dallas office, who has embraced education to develop her career. Read all three posts at

More than 3,000 Students Benefit from Indoor Growing Farms, Thanks to Avista Foundation

With financial support from Avista and other community organizations, more than 3,000 middle school students will be gaining valuable project-based learning (PBL) using indoor hydroponic growing farms. Gizmo-CDA is a non-profit organization committed to developing PBL curriculum. With grant support from Avista and others, they were able to purchase indoor growing farms and training to help teachers incorporate farm development into classroom learning. “The teaching opportunities are vast,” said Barb Mueller, Gizmo-CDA executive director. “Students develop actionable, achievable goals, manage projects and have the ability to analyze the environment. Innovative project-based learning is at the heart of preparing present and future generations to thrive!” In 2018, the Avista Foundation contributed more than $1.97 million to health and human services, community vitality, youth, arts and culture, education and environmental projects and activities in its five-state service area. Learn more here

Around The Table: Gary S. Kaplan Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

In ‘Around The Table,’ we highlight member news and share information on industry trends. In this edition, we shine the spotlight on Virginia Mason, Wells Fargo, and Boeing.

Gary S. Kaplan Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Gary S. Kaplan, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason, is being honored with the 2019 Leaders in Health Care Lifetime Achievement Award from Seattle Business Magazine. Each year, the Leaders in Health Care Awards honor a remarkable assortment of compassionate people doing heroic work in Washington state. Since 2000, Dr. Kaplan has served as chairman and lead executive of Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle while continuing to work as a physician. “I am inspired by our responsibilities to our patients and team members and the opportunities to work with dedicated team members to effect much-needed change in health care,” he says. Read more about Dr. Kaplan and the award here.

Wells Fargo Donated $3.3 Million to Washington Nonprofits in 2018

Wells Fargo donated over $3.3 million through more than 250 grants to Washington nonprofits, schools, and community organizations in 2018 to help the communities and people of Washington. Wells Fargo’s philanthropic contributions build on a long history of collaboration with nonprofits and community leaders across Washington state to make a positive impact by addressing urgent community issues such as affordable housing, environmental sustainability, small business growth and access to education. When combined with the $761,500 donated by Wells Fargo’s Washington team members during its annual Community Support Campaign, nonprofits in the state received a total of $4.1 million from Wells Fargo and its team members in 2018. Read more about the company’s national philanthropic commitments here.

Boeing Hosts SkillsUSA Manufacturing Assembler Competition

Students from across the state came together in Everett on February 23 for the SkillsUSA Manufacturing Assembler State Competition. Hosted by Boeing, the competition featured a hands-on project that tested students’ knowledge and ability in skills common across all manufacturing industries. Competitors also participated in mock interviews with Boeing employees. “Boeing is proud to host this SkillsUSA competition and support the Core Plus Aerospace program,” said Dan Parker, Workforce Development K-12 Lead at Boeing. “This competition – and the aerospace manufacturing classes these competitors have been taking all year – will give students a clear advantage when they apply for a job, an apprenticeship program, or college.” Read more about the competition on the Core Plus Aerospace blog.