Around the Table: Pacific NW Nat’l Laboratory, Microsoft, Alaska Air, Bristol Myers Squibb, Mariners

Check out a snippet of recent news from Roundtable members:
  • Commitment to Sustainability & Climate: In its 2022 Sustainability Report, Boeing provides a comprehensive view of achievements and progress toward the industry’s net-zero ambitions and goals. Pacific Northwest Laboratory shares in the Tri-City Herald how its scientists are studying materials to enable safe, cost-effective hydrogen storage, which can play an important role in achieving the nation’s net-zero carbon emissions goals. Microsoft, Alaska Air, and carbon transformation company Twelve announced that they are collaborating to advance sustainable aviation fuel derived from recaptured CO2 and renewable energy.
  • Advancing Equity & Inclusion: Bristol Myers Squibb recently announced a partnership with Jack and Jill of America Inc to support BMS’ Tomorrow’s Innovators HBCU Initiative to increase workforce representation by creating and sustaining a pipeline of diverse talent.
  • Supporting Communities: Applications are now open for the Seattle Mariners’ Community Impact Grants, which seek to increase positive health outcomes and accelerate equitable outcomes for BIPOC communities.

CASE STUDIES: Programs and practices to increase credential attainment

In a series of recent case studies, our education foundation, Partnership for Learning, profiles a range of opportunities that stakeholders across Washington – educators, institutions, policymakers, employers, and families alike – should consider as they work together to remove barriers and encourage students on their best-fit pathways to earning post-high school credentials. Areas of focus:

Employers are expected to create 373,000 net new jobs in Washington state by 2026. Most will require or be filled by workers who have completed a post-high school credential such as an apprenticeship, certificate, or degree. Yet our state is facing a crisis in credential attainment, with the pandemic further driving declines in postsecondary enrollment. Our goal: 70% of Washington students – overall and within each racial and ethnic group – will earn a post-high school credential by age 26. Strategies already underway can make up half the distance in enrollment gains needed to hit that goal by the high school class of 2030. Getting the rest of the way will require new thinking, transformed systems, and an unrelenting effort to meet the needs and aspirations of Washington students, particularly Black, Hispanic, Latino/a, Native American, and Indigenous students and students from low-income backgrounds.  These case studies start to look at some of those options and efforts to remove barriers so more students earn the credentials that will power their futures and help them reach their dreams.

Find more of our research and resources here.

Around the Table: Seattle Mariners, Seattle Kraken, Microsoft

Creating Pathways to Opportunity: In their 2020-2021 Community Impact Report, the Seattle Mariners detail recent investments and participation in a wide range of activities, including a partnership with the Seattle Kraken and Seattle University to improve diversity in sports and entertainment. This year, the Mariners will host their first class of MBA fellows, offering several fellowships for candidates enrolled in SU’s new MBA in Sport and Entertainment Management program.

Advancing Racial Equity: As Microsoft enters the third year of its commitment to its Racial Equity Initiative, the company is celebrating Black entrepreneurs who are helping to make sure each industry looks like America. Read more.

Nominate a Northwest Hero: The Seattle Kraken, One Roof Foundation, and Starbucks have teamed up to create the Kraken Unity Fund, which will honor inspiring individuals doing outstanding work across the Pacific Northwest. A Kraken Unity Fund Honoree will be recognized at each Seattle Kraken regular-season home game during the 2022/23 season. The honoree will select a nonprofit to receive a donation of $32,000. Nominations must be received by August 1 to be considered for the first round of selection. Learn more.

Around the Table: Fred Hutch, PNNL, PSE, Cambia Health & more

Powering Innovation: Fred Hutch has led the development of a vaccine designed to elicit ‘broadly neutralizing antibodies’ to bock HIV since 2013. Now, it is nearly ready for its first phase of testing in human volunteers. Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have created a battery designed for the electric grid that locks in energy for months without losing much storage capacity, a step toward batteries that can be used for seasonal storage.

Investing in Communities: Puget Sound Energy Foundation launched a $600,000 competitive grant program to empower community resiliency. Nonprofit and Tribal Governments within PSE’s 10-county service area are invited to apply. Cambia Health Solutions continued a tradition this month of donating laptops to graduates of the Eureka! STEM Program, a five-year program designed to support and motivate underserved young people in working toward educational and career goals.

Championing Inclusion: Bristol Meyers Squibb Foundation Winn Award Program is working to diversify clinical trials to create therapeutic options that are effective in all. Seattle Kraken will add a program dedicated to young female hockey players at Kraken Iceplex.