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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.


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