"Love is not just confined to a personal experience. Love can also create the professional conditions that open the door to our greatest contributions and most generative collaborations." - Renée Smith, Make Work More Human

"Love is not just confined to a personal experience. Love can also create the professional conditions that open the door to our greatest contributions and most generative collaborations." - Renée Smith, Make Work More Human

 

Renée Smith serves as the Director of Workplace Transformation at Results Washington, Office of the Governor. She champions a more humane and effective workplace through primary research, writing, and speaking on Making Work More Human by increasing love and decreasing fear in the workplace.

Renée leads the development of A Human Workplace, a community and resources for state leaders, teams, and organizations. Both the community and resources cultivate a human-centered philosophy of work that highly regards both customers and team members. When leaders decrease fear, team members feel safe and know they belong. They sense their contributions matter, and they deliver the exceptional value customers expect. This human-centered philosophy motivates efforts for diversity and inclusion, effective change, continuous improvement, team collaboration, innovation, wellness, engagement, and more.

Before joining Results Washington, Renée spent nearly seven years at the Department of Enterprise Services leading the Organization Development Services division that provided Lean Transformation Services and Change Excellence Services to DES and Government to Government Lean Consulting to other state and local governments. Renée collaborated with Darrell Damron to develop and pioneer the application of the Lean Government Framework used to guide leaders in running the business of government.

Renée earned a Master of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University. She was a 2014 recipient of the Governor’s Leadership in Management Award for her original strategy work and Lean culture work at DES. She lives in a 102 year old Craftsman home in Tacoma and enjoys drawing for pleasure, cooking for friends and family, exploring foreign cities, and swimming in the Mediterranean.

Reach Renée at renee.smith@gov.wa.gov or at 360-764-3166.

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Denise Matayoshi Miño is a original community member and served as an intern with A Human Workplace during the Fall of 2018, contributing to the development of the effort to Make Work More Human at Results Washington. She is a change leader in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). She has held in various roles in Washington State government since 1994, giving her experience in education, technology, and public health. In addition, she’s worked with tribal governments as well as staff and communities of color. Over the years Denise has led several diversity related initiatives within state government, and is most proud of her role in establishing the Latino Leadership Network for Washington State employees.

Denise believes in the philosophy that diversity is not just about celebrations and potlucks or adding more brown faces to the workplace. It is important that our workforce reflects the populations we serve, and it is imperative that we make a concerted effort to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive work culture where all staff are valued for their unique contributions to improving the lives of Washingtonians.

Denise is a trainer, conference presenter, a current student at the University of Washington Tacoma’s Certified Public Manager program, and a graduate of Brigham Young University, where she studied public health and organizational culture. Denise is a transplant to the Northwest, originally from the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. She and her husband are foster and adoptive parents who enjoy spending time with their four sons and extended family and friends.