CEO Forum: Nimble Decision Making with Lori Michelle Leavitt

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As leaders, decisions can generate the momentum you seek or they can be short-sighted. Or worse, they can keep you up at night. Sometimes we are too slow. Sometimes we are too fast. Sometimes we lose sight of the fundamentals of our business and sometimes we lose sight of the human-side. Join Lori Michele Leavitt and your peers to discuss smarter decision making. For even better decisions, gain perspective from a peer group. Bring your challenges and opportunities to experience what Lori has penned, “aligned momentum.”

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Mark your calendars for Mark R. Anderson Jan 9th 2015

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It’s that time of year again. Mark R. Anderson joins us for the annual predictions luncheon on January 9th at Syre Hall at Whatcom Community College. This is an event you don’t want to miss!

Mark Anderson, Founder and CEO – Strategic News Service Chair – Future in Review Conference Corporation Founder and CEO – INVNT/IP


Mark Anderson is the publisher of the SNS Global Report, read by Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Vint Cerf, Michael Dell, Paul Allen, Paul Jacobs, Bill Janeway, Robert Hormats, and technology executives and investors worldwide. He is also the founder and chair of the Future in Review (FiRe) Conference, named “the best technology conference in the world” by The Economist.  Mark’s intellectual contributions include: Resonance Theory, the first physics Theory Of Everything based on the resonant properties of empty space; the AORTA (Always-On Real-Time Access) concept, subsequently taken as the name for Europe’s first broadband network; the AORTA Manifesto, a proven process for schools integrating technology, backed by NGOs and educators around the world; Equilibrium Genetics, a new theory of evolution and genetic variation; “Twinning,” a solution set to slow global warming, based on linking commercial graphene production to energy plant CO2 emissions; and “Flow Economics” and “Hyperstructural Economics,” two new pragmatic descriptions of the forces behind the post–Information Age economy. Mark is a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” as well as the BBC World News and Bloomberg TV; and he regularly appears in The Economist, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other media. Mark is also the Founder and CEO of INVNT/IP (Inventing Nations vs. Nation – sponsored Theft of IP), a consortium of global technology firms and governments working on this critical issue. As CEO, Mark has briefed the White House, regulators and agencies at the cabinet level in the U.S., U.K., Australia and the E.U.

CitizenFour at the Pickford Tonight! Are you joining us?

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Join in the discussion. TAG and the Pickford Film Center are hosting a moderated viewing of CitizenFour - a riveting film about privacy – this Friday at 6:30 at the Limelight Theatre at 1416 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA. TAG member Shay Colson will moderate a discussion after the screening. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!
CitizenFour will be showing through November 26th at the Limelight Theatre.

2014 TAG Influencer Awards and Next 25: Celebrating the Internet and Influencers

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*Nominations are due by November 21st, 2014

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The TAG Tech Awards are back! TAG will present awards to  influencers  in the technology industry in Whatcom County. Nominations are open to Whatcom County in the following categories:

Influencer of the Year

Hats off to those who’ve impacted our local workforce, educational system, economy and culture. Northwest Washington is truly enriched by their vigor, commitment and heart for the tech sector. Here’s the chance to recognize and name their good deeds and impacts. TAG’s Awards Committee will evaluate nominations on the following criteria:

  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Results  (financial and other)


Young Influencer of the Year

You’ve seen that student, entrepreneur, leader. There’s just something about them, their acts, their behaviors, their abilities that stands out from the rest. They look to create a kerfuffle and change the world. TAG’s Awards Committee will evaluate nominations on the following criteria:

  • Innovation
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Results (non-financial)

Nominations must be received no later than November 21st and winners will be chosen by the TAG Awards Committee based on the criteria listed for each category. Awards will be presented at the TAG Holiday Luncheon and Awards Ceremony in December at Bellingham Technical College on December 5th. Learn about last years TAG Tech Awards recipients here

Cyber Risk Summit Comes to town 10/30/14

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Technology Alliance Group Partners to Bring Cyber Risk Summit to Bellingham

Register now for Oct. 30 event at Whatcom Community College


BELLINGHAM, WA – September 25, 2014 – Cyberattacks are widely recognized as one of the most significant threats facing business today. While not long ago lone hackers were the only concern, threats have evolved to include attacks by organized cyber criminals, disgruntled employees and even sovereign governments. Distributed networks, unsecure vendors and an array of mobile devices have complicated these issues as well. The Economist Magazine in February 2014 estimated cybercrime costs the world $113 billion a year and affect 378 million people, and estimated malicious cyber attacks in 2012 cost U.S. companies $277 for each customer’s or user’s account put at risk.


To help business owners understand and address these issues, the Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington (TAG) has joined forces with Whatcom Community College – the lead institution of Cyber Watch West – and Western Washington University to bring a cutting-edge Cyber Risk Summit to the northwest business community on October 30.


“Cyber Risk is a massive threat to the strength and resiliency of our region’s businesses. The threat must be approached holistically,” said Meg Weber, Executive Director for TAG. “It’s no longer a question of if you will be compromised, but how and when. Through this summit, TAG, Whatcom Community College and Western Washington University have partnered to connect businesses with experts who can help them address strategies for CyberSecurity. Businesses must understand their risk, should have a plan ready, and everyone in the organization must be a part of that plan for it to be executed properly. ”


“As a leader in the field of cybersecurity education, Whatcom Community College is honored to host the Cyber Risk Summit,” says WCC President Kathi Hiyane-Brown. “A skilled cyber workforce is a critical link in our nation’s cyber defense. At Whatcom, we’re training and graduating highly qualified cybersecurity professionals who will help businesses develop and activate plans to combat cyber risk.”

The Cyber Risk Summit will be held October 30th at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham. Speakers include:

  • Agnes Kirk, Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Washington
  • Timothy Wallach, Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI who leads the Cyber Task Force in the Seattle Field Office
  • Gerald Baron, crisis communications expert and author of “Now Is Too Late”
  • Shay Colson, cyber-security engineer for the US Treasury Department
  • Mark Anderson, Founder and CEO, Strategic News Service and SNS Conference Corp (parent of Future in Review Conferences)
  • Jim Straatman, Technologist at Faithlife.
  • And other experts …


In response to the extreme workforce shortage in this field, Whatcom Community College and Western Washington University recently launched an innovative partnership for higher education degrees in cybersecurity. This conference will highlight the northwest’s higher education competency and present to businesses the additional critical importance of shoring up resources around cyber threats across organizations. Cybercrime has been increasing worldwide, and the risks and liabilities to businesses have been increasing along with it. Cybersecurity now affects every department from legal to HR and administration, forcing the need for a proactive and comprehensive approach to preventing and protecting against cyber risks. The Cyber Risk Summit will provide those in attendance with a Scorecard by which they may assess the overall health of their organization in order to identify strengths and weaknesses in their company’s cybersecurity plans.

Individual early-bird registration for this one-day event is only $195 and includes continental breakfast, lunch and an evening networking event. Space is limited! To learn more and to register for this event online, visit

TAG is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization based in Bellingham, Washington that was formed to address the needs of a growing technology industry in Whatcom County. TAG’s mission is to inform, represent, and connect Whatcom area technology businesses and professionals. The organization is committed to accelerating the growth of technology businesses in Bellingham and surrounding areas. For more information, please visit



Advanced Persistent Threats And How To Stop Them

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Recently our friend at Infotech discovered that one of the biggest topics weighing on the minds of IT professionals is the battle to secure their critical systems and intellectual property against Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). Fortunately we have some methods that can help the stem the effectiveness of APTs. But first what exactly is an APT, and is it really important?

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NASA Robotics Make and Take Workshop

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This workshop is supported through the NASA’s BEST Students (Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology) project. The goal of the project is to provide experiential learning opportunities using NASA-unique resources to support understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Read more

Cyber Risk Summit 2014

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Don’t miss out on meeting the top experts in the field from the FBI, Washington State, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Communications Experts, Futurists, Attorneys, Private Investigators, Business Leaders, Cloud Computing Engineers and more. Connect with C-level peers and learn your risks at TAG’s cutting-edge conference on Cybersecurity.

Thursday, October 30
7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Syrie Hall, Whatcom Community College


TAG Family Day was FUN for all ages

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Kids gather round for the Pepsi and Mento explosion demonstration

We all had such a great time at the TAG Family and STEM Education Play Day – Scholarship Fundraiser event on Sunday! We are already looking forward to doing it again next year. Check out pictures from the event on our Facebook page.

Thank you to everyone who supported the event, it would not be possible without you!: THANK YOU to Boxx Berry Farm for all their hard work in making this year’s event another success. Read more

Downtown Steward Safari Highlights Local Businesses protecting Whatcom Creek

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BELLINGHAM, WA, September 5, 2014 | Sustainable Connections announces details for a walking tour that highlights local businesses taking action to protect Whatcom Creek and making our downtown more vibrant.

Many local businesses have volunteered to help the City of Bellingham with their new DIG project (Downtown Improvement Gardens) by becoming stewards of the gardens. The Downtown Steward Safari will highlight some of these businesses with behind the scenes tours, delicious food samples, and information about the recently planted downtown gardens.
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