USBLN Board of Directors Member Colleen Fukui-Sketchley Honored by the University of Washington
Corporate Center Diversity Affairs Director, Nordstrom, Inc.
Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, diversity affairs director for Nordstrom, is the University of Washington’s 2015 Charles E. Odegaard Award recipient in recognition for her leadership in the private sector and volunteer efforts both on campus and in the community.
For over 12 years, she was on the Friends of the EOP Board of Trustees, including stints as its president and vice president. She was also a member of the UW Alumni Association Board of Trustees, serving as president in 2010-2011 and helping launch UW Impact, UWAA’s legislative advocacy committee. The youngest woman to receive the Odegaard Award, Fukui-Sketchley is active in national organizations supporting Asian Pacific American women and people with disabilities.
She is currently serving a four-year term as an appointed member of the Governor’s Taskforce for Disability Employment aimed to increase the employment of people with disabilities in the state of Washington. The Charles E. Odegaard Award was established in April of 1973 and is the only University and community selected award and is regarded as the highest achievement in diversity at the University.
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USBLN Conference Exclusive Sessions now available for Sign-Up
The Wednesday, August 23rd Industry Sectors Roundtable at the USBLN Annual Conference is an exclusive benefit for corporate partners that support the USBLN at the Ruby level or higher.
Driving Innovation Through Disability Inclusion
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