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Billie Wright, Assistant Director, Office of Human Resources

Billie Wright, Assistant Director, Office of Human Resources

Billie Wright has worked in the human resources field for over 20 years, much of that time spent in the private sector and municipal government.

Billie previously worked at the Department of Labor & Industries as a senior human resource consultant from 2007 – 2011. After her husband's retirement, she and he relocated back to Texas for a period of 3 years before making the decision to come back to Washington State. Upon her return, Billie served as the leadership development, engagement, and training & development manager with the Washington State Employment Security Department. In that position, Billie helped ESD leverage diversity, inclusion, and engagement by introducing respect as the foundation for creating and sustaining a culture that produces a highly engaged workforce.

Billie is a Master Certified Engagement Curriculum Facilitator, nationally certified Crucial Conversations instructor, certified change management practitioner, and also certified by Human Synergistics International in a 360 leadership and management assessment tool that measures the impact of leaders and managers on organizational performance. Billie is also a skilled facilitator and brings experience in in coaching, change management, team building and conflict resolution.

Billie hails from Louisiana by way of Texas and now considers Washington State her home away from home. Billie is a graduate of Western Governor's University, holding a bachelor's degree in human resource management and a master's degree in management and leadership. In 2016, Billie received a Public Service Recognition Week Leadership Award for her work around employee engagement and leadership at ESD.

Billie and her husband Larry live in Olympia. Their son Nicholas resides in Washington, DC with his wife, Lillian, and grandson, Landon.

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