ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
Looking forward to seeing you April 18 – 19, 2018!
Join the Hanford Small Business Council, Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Bridging Partnerships’ sponsors for a development focused, information packed, and FUN-filled two days at the 14th Annual Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium. Bridging Partnerships is an opportunity for businesses of all sizes to gain valuable contracting tips and tricks, learn more about the mission and scope of work conducted at the Hanford Site, and to network!
Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium is proudly presented by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Hanford Site Prime Contractors. Representatives from the Department of Energy and Prime Contractors collaboratively formed the Hanford Small Business Council to serve as an advocate for socioeconomic diversity at the Hanford Site.
This Year’s Keynote Speaker: Misipati “Semi” Bird
Prior to joining the Office of Professional Development & Community Education at WSU Tri-Cities, Semi Bird had transitioned from the battlefield to the business world after 23 years of military service. As an Army Special Forces “Green Beret,” Semi received two of our nation’s highest awards for heroism and valor on the battlefield; the Bronze Star – Valor, and the Purple Heart, for wounds received in combat. Semi knows first-hand, the value of developing high performing teams and the impact on organizational performance. Semi has leveraged his experience in leadership and organizational development to develop a suite of highly effective workshops, seminars, and courses focusing on developing high performing teams and emotionally intelligent leaders.
Semi has held several senior positions in training and leadership development over the years in various sectors of industry to include; government, banking, and education. In his last position, Semi led strategic training initiatives as the Director of Training and Leadership Development for a U.S. government agency. Semi’s international work has taken him all over the globe which culminated with a special assignment in 2013 – 2014 where he served as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador, Dhaka Bangladesh.
Semi earned his first graduate degree from Villanova University where he studied Human Resource development and is currently pursuing his PhD. in Organizational Psychology. Semi holds certifications in Emotional Intelligence, Behavioral Analysis, Human Resources, Organizational Performance, Lean Six Sigma, and is currently an Executive in Residence at WSUTC.