Etcetera 2-28-13


Focusing on “Leadership in Interesting Times: Dangers and Opportunities,” business leaders convened Feb. 23 at Wildhorse Resort & Casino for a Cay-Uma-Wa Toastmasters leadership workshop. The idea is that tough times are great times to reinvent and revitalize businesses.

Roy Jones, a manager at Wildhorse, discussed the dangers inherent in the current business climate. He examined how economic, political and regulatory insecurity are creating chaos for small businesses, and how it is affecting their business operations and planning strategies.

Allen Hanson, a Cayuse Technologies employee, spoke about opportunities inherent in changing times; that they’re great for a company to reinvest in its business, reinvent its processes and strategies and recruit new people to help the business achieve its goals.

Jan Taylor of Wildhorse Resort hosted a panel that made specific points about how Pendleton business leaders were dealing with the local business environment.

Spirited discussion came from panelists Kathleen Flanagan, manager of Wildhorse’s Business Service Center; Mary McCord, general manager of Cayuse Technologies, LLC; Jordon McDonald, co-founder of WTechlink, Inc.; and Mike Short, a commercial banker with Bank of Eastern Oregon. Their discourse was on how their businesses are positioning themselves to work through difficulties while planning to be ready for the economic boom they believe is coming.

The keynote address from Allen Hanson was about how Toastmasters can help businesses fully capitalize on these times and about how he has benefitted from being involved in Toastmasters.

Joining Toastmasters in September 2011, Allen said, “Toastmasters is a great way to develop speaking, leadership and evaluation skills. It’s a positive, fun learning environment that gives you a way to develop and document skills highly desired in the business world.”

Cay-Uma-Wa Toastmasters is a local chapter of Toastmasters International, formed for Wildhorse Resort & Casino and Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation employees.

Two Walla Walla Community College students made the 2013 All-USA Academic Team and are automatically named to All-Washington Academic Team, according to a post at

The list of 34 colleges in the state’s community and technical college system includes WWCC students Caitlin Charnley-Ovens (my daughter) and Bernadette Kock.

Nominations for the team were submitted to Phi Theta Kappa on Dec. 7, 2012. A student’s ranking on the state team is determined by the student’s score in the national competition.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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