Apr 05 2024


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Coffee With Karl | Columbia Ability Alliance

Join us for an all-new Coffee with Karl episode!

Columbia Ability Alliance, formerly Columbia Industries, has been a beacon of hope for over six decades, empowering individuals with unique abilities and other barriers to achieve personal success.

For decades, the agency focused on and specialized in providing vocational training and on-site employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. As the supported employment landscape changed, their focus shifted from sheltered employment to opportunities for employment within our local community. No longer is it standard to employ individuals with disabilities at one location in limited roles; the focus is now on developing enriching, engaging community-based employment for all.

With this belief in mind, as the agency celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2023, they paused to reflect on their rich history. During this time, they finalized a strategic plan to guide them into the next phase of growth, which included the decision to rebrand from Columbia Industries to better align with the heart of their mission.

Columbia Ability Alliance’s reach extends to a diverse group of individuals who face unique barriers in life. We stand by those with developmental or physical disabilities, individuals experiencing housing instability, men and women reentering society after incarceration, veterans, those battling addiction, and women escaping domestic violence situations.

Their story is one of evolution, perseverance, innovation and an unwavering commitment to empower individuals with barriers to achieve personal success and contribute to a more accessible and equitable community.

Join us on Friday as Karl discusses how Columbia Ability Alliance is transforming a community with President & CEO Michael Novakovich and Director of Advancement Libby Blashill.

Featured Speakers:
Michael Novakovich, President & CEO
Libby Blashill, Director of Advancement

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Coffee With Karl is sponsored by Moon Security


About Coffee with Karl:  TRIDEC President and CEO Karl Dye invites local leaders, elected officials, and industry experts from the Tri-Cities and throughout Washington state to chat over a cup of coffee. These in-depth and interactive conversations are filmed and broadcast live. They provide resources for business owners, offer updates on our local economy, and help the Tri-Cities promote economic strength and diversity one cup at a time.

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