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Investing in Alaska's Workforce: Speakers


Kyle E. Yasuda, MD, FAAP, is the Medical Officer for Children and Families at Public Health Seattle King County and provides pediatric consultation for the county's initiative, BestStart for Kids, a prevention and early intervention initiative for children and youth 0-24 years of age. He is also the Executive Director and President of the nonprofit organization BestStart Washington, which focuses on the impact of nature on children and families, in addition to serving as the fiscal sponsor for grants for community pediatricians and residents.

He is a Clinical Professor in General Pediatrics at the University of Washington. He previously served as Medical Director for the Pediatric Clinics at Harborview and as head of the Pediatrics Section and Director of the Newborn Nursery at Virginia Mason. Dr. Yasuda earned his MD and completed his residency at UW. Currently, he is serving his second term on the American Academy of Pediatric’s (AAP) Board of Directors and is the Chairperson of District VIII, a region consisting of 12 western states including Alaska and 2 provinces. In 2012, U.S. News and World Report named him as a Top Doctor. Dr. Yasuda has been able to utilize his experiences in primary care practice, academics, government, health policy, advocacy, and nonprofit organizations to actively advocate for the needs of children and pediatricians.




Randy Laszewski is an Audit Partner in KPMG’s National Professional Practice Group in New York. From July 2006 through March 2015 Randy served as the Office Managing Partner in KPMG’s Nashville, Tennessee office. Randy started his career in Atlanta, Georgia in 1981. For more than 35 years he has provided a full range of audit services to a variety of clients, primarily in the banking industry. Randy currently serves on KPMG’s Regional and Community Banking Practice national leadership team. He graduated of the University of South Carolina in 1980.

KPMG supports youth and education and sustaining communities through workforce readiness. Through their corporate citizenship programs, KPMG is focused on serving children at every stage of their academic career starting at prekindergarten. 




Nancy Fishman is the Deputy Director of ReadyNation, an international business membership organization that leverages the experience, influence, and expertise of more than 1,800 business executives to promote public policies and programs that build a stronger workforce and economy. Since 2006, ReadyNation members have made a bottom-line case for effective, bipartisan investments in children as the future workforce that will drive success in the global marketplace. 

Prior to joining ReadyNation, Nancy was the State Director of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission. The Commission, comprised of 75 senior-level business executives across the commonwealth, supports public investment in high-quality early care and education as a workforce and economic development strategy. Previously, Nancy was the Director of Success By 6, the early childhood initiative of the United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

She will be presenting the findings of the ReadyNation Report: Social-Emotional Skills in Early Childhood Support Workforce Success. In this national report, they examine how character skills formed in early childhood contribute to building a strong workforce with the necessary social-emotional skills for the 21st century economy.