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TCC Future Summit

A community-wide event to help TCC shape its future. 


Future Summit is sold out - Thank You 

More than 400 of our staff, faculty, students, and community members are planning to attend this event. We are excited to host you at the upcoming TCC Future Summit, on Wednesday, Jan. 30th, from 1-5pm, at the TCC Gym, Building 20.

The Future Summit is an important part of building the 2019-2025 Strategic Plan. Our goal is to ensure all of our constituents' voices are heard as we develop a plan that respects our values, commitment and spirit of TCC. 

At the Future Summit, you will:

  • Be inspired by four selected community speakers, who will share their thoughts about future trends that will affect us and our college. These 12-minute "EdTalks" will inform and provoke your thoughts about our future and what role TCC can play in it. 
  • Join small group discussions based on the following themes: 
    • Creating a culture of trust, change, and empowerment to ensure a high-performing organization  
    • The need for equitable student outcomes and how to achieve them  
    • Community partnerships as a strategy for supporting the whole student 
    • Preparing for future workforce demands in our region 
  • Create impact statements based on your group discussions. These impact statements will inform and help design our five-year strategic plan.

TCC is proud to feature our "EdTalks" speakers 

photo of EndicottSabine Endicott, Learning Communities Coordinator, Tacoma Community College

Sabine Endicott is the Learning Communities Coordinator at Tacoma Community College. In her work with students, Endicott is passionate about promoting equity-focused strategies that help students achieve academic success and positively affect their lives and communities. She is particularly interested in critical race theory and social justice pedagogy as well as interdisciplinary and integrative learning and its implications for students. She has more than 16 years of experience in teaching developmental and college-level composition.

Originally from the Baltic coast of East Germany, Endicott earned a B.A. degree in English, German and Romance Languages from the University of Rostock, Germany, and an M.A. degree in English from Ball State University in Indiana. She is a former Fulbright Scholar and former visiting scholar at the University of Bradford, England.

photo of HarnickLori Forte Harnick, President and CEO, Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region

Lori Forte Harnick is President and Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region, where she oversees an $80 million job training, thrift retail and recycling nonprofit spanning 15 counties in western and southwest Washington.

Harnick joined Goodwill from the Microsoft Corporation where she served as Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft Philanthropies. Her prior work at Microsoft included her position as General Manager of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where she led the company’s corporate citizenship team and initiatives.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Harnick led brand marketing and public affairs programs on a national and global scale across several industries, including automotive, health care, professional services and information technology. 

Harnick holds a bachelor of science degree in marketing from the University of Connecticut and a master of business administration from George Washington University. 

Harnick serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and is a member of Class XXVI of the American Leadership Forum of Tacoma/Pierce County. She has served in a number of other nonprofit roles, including on the Board of Directors of City Year Seattle/King County, the Advisory Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center, and the Executive Forum of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.  She is also a member of the Washington Women’s Foundation and the Washington Chapter of the International Women’s Federation.

photo of JohnsSteve Johns, Professor of Communication Studies, Tacoma Community College

Steve Johns is a Professor of Communication Studies at Tacoma Community College, with more than 16 years of experience teaching courses such as Interpersonal Communication and Cultural Studies in Communication. Working with students, Johns looks for opportunities to co-create equitable classroom learning environments. His research interests include critical culture and social media studies. His current work involves exploring how we are bombarded with divisive messages, especially in political arenas.

Johns earned a B.S. degree in Mass Communication from Southeast Missouri State University and a M.A. in Communication Studies in Small Group Communication from Southern Illinois University. He also holds a Master’s Certificate in Instructional Design from the University of Wisconsin.

photo of MitchellCarol Mitchell, Director, Justice Services and Special Projects, Pierce County 

Carol Mitchell serves as Director of Justice Services and Special Projects for Pierce County, overseeing the County Executive’s criminal justice and social justice agenda. She joined Pierce County from Metro Parks Tacoma, where she was the Chief Organizational Development Officer.

Mitchell’s diverse career also includes more than 10 years as an attorney and legal consultant, and the designer of equity and inclusion programs for private companies and state and federal agencies.  She also held roles as the Chief HR Officer for the Port of Tacoma, Public Relations Officer for Pierce Transit and Director of Diversity Programs for Edge Learning Institute.  She is a familiar presence in Tacoma-Pierce County from her 17-year stint hosting “CityLine,” a local TV talk show, and her frequent emcee roles for such events as the City of Tacoma’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ceremony.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Washington Seattle, a Master of Arts in Organizational Systems Renewal from Seattle University, and a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law.

Active in the community, Mitchell serves on the Board of Palmer Scholars and the Tacoma Colored Women’s Clubs, Inc., and is the President of the Board of the Fair Housing Center of Washington.

photo of Linda NguyenLinda Nguyen, B.A., CEO, WorkForce Central

Linda Nguyen is the Chief Executive Officer for WorkForce Central and chief staff to the Pierce County Workforce Development Council. She oversees all facets of the organization that include strengthening partnerships to enhance the local workforce development system. Her primary focus is to ensure that Pierce County residents gain the necessary skills to fill family wage jobs and to ensure that local businesses can secure qualified talent to be globally competitive. She has 28 years of experience in all aspects of workforce development.

Nguyen chairs the WA Workforce Association, is a board member of the Tacoma Pierce County Economic Development Board, United Way of Pierce County, WA Economic Development Association and the U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council. She is also active on multiple college and K-12 advisory committees.