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April 24, 2019

Denim Day 2019

Denim Day is a day-long awareness campaign that allows us to honor survivors of sexual assault and start conversations about the dangers of victim blaming.

Why denim? In the late 90’s an 18-year-old Italian girl was sexually assaulted by her 45-year-old male driving instructor. While he was initially convicted of the crime and sent to prison, the ruling was later overturned by the Italian Supreme Court because the justices felt that because the victim wore tight jeans, she must have helped remove them thereby making the act consensual.

The following day the women of the Italian Legislature protested this decision by wearing jeans to work. As news of the decision spread, so did the protests. In 1999, an agency in Los Angeles, CA established the first Denim Day in the US—a tradition that has grown and continued since.

We have stickers, posters and ribbons available today! Stop by the Women’s and Children’s Alliance at 720 W. Washington street in downtown Boise.

Ways to get involved:

Questions? Contact the WCA Outreach Team at

April 26, 2019

Boys & Girls Club of Ada County Wild West Auction

The Wild West Auction for Kids is held every spring and is one of the Treasure Valley’s premier events that raises critical operating funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County. Bringing together Idaho’s “A-List” of business, community leaders, and Club friends for a spectacular dining experience, live entertainment, and the wildest and craziest auction ever to hit the Boise Centre!

April 28, 2019

Boise Chamber of Commerce Leadership Conference

The conference will be held at Sun Valley Resort. There are a limited number of rooms remaining at the Sun Valley Inn; to book call (800) 786-8259. Just mention you’re attending the Boise Metro Chamber’s Leadership Conference. The conference room rates will be discounted per night (based on availability).

Other accommodations nearby are Hotel Ketchum, Tamarack Lodge, and The Limelight Hotel.

Registration for Chamber members and public officials is $399/pp and $499/pp for nonmembers. Price includes all meals, speakers, and conference materials. Lodging is not included. A limited number of partial scholarships to the conference are available. Contact Ray Stark ( for more information.

Other info:
Attire for the conference is business casual, including dinner on Monday night. Spouses and guests are welcome to attend the Sunday evening reception and Monday dinner for an additional fee of $75.

Deadline to be included in the Leadership Conference participant list is Friday, April 19.

April 29, 2019

Idaho 5th Annual Cybersecurity Interdependencies Summit

The Idaho Office of Emergency Management and the Pacific Northwest Economic Regions Center for Regional Disaster Resilience are collaborating to develop public/private sector partnerships for resilience in the state of Idaho. The 2019 Workshop will increase cybersecurity resilience through collaboration amongst all stakeholders.

April 29, 2019

U.S. Bank Lunch and Learn

Attorneys Paula Kluksdal and Sarah Reed will present to U.S. Bank at a Lunch and Learn, April 29th. The topic will be The Ins and Outs of Trust Agreements, Certificates of Trust, and Trusts as Guarantor.

April 30, 2019

Fiduciary Protection for Default Investments in 401(k) and Other Retirement Plans Webinar

Review basic fiduciary standards and duties, and how ERISA Section 404(c) may relieve fiduciaries of these duties for a participant’s directed investment.

Most 401(k) and other defined contribution retirement plans allow participants to choose their own investments. When plan fiduciaries allow participants to choose their own investments, the fiduciaries are protected from liability if certain conditions are met. Notwithstanding, in some cases, participants do not take advantage of the opportunity to choose their own investments. The plan fiduciaries are then forced to choose an investment, thus reviving the potential liabilities associated with allegations that the choice was imprudent and resulted in losses in the form of actual investment losses, as well as fees. Many fiduciaries do not understand that they are even making those choices and incurring potential liabilities. There are regulations that provide fiduciaries with protections when they are forced to choose a participant’s investments by default. This information will assist fiduciaries in taking advantage of and attaining those protections.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to identify fiduciaries, default investments, and fiduciary standards of care.
  • You will be able to describe how to choose a default investment and obtain the protections afforded under the law associated with those choices.
  • You will be able to explain the potential consequences and liabilities arising in connection with fiduciary breaches in the context of default investments and otherwise, and how to avoid or minimize those risks.
  • You will be able to discuss the importance of recognizing fiduciary duties and fulfilling the applicable standards relative to default investments, as well as other consequences.

May 3, 2019

Kootenai Health Foundation Celebration of Giving

Reception in honor of Kootenai Health Foundation’s donors, volunteers and community partners.

Visionary Leadership Award Presentation by Jon Ness, CEO

May 3, 2019

Haute Couture: An evening on the runway to benefit the Boise Phil

Live and silent auctions, elegant dinner, wine, costume contest and live entertainment.

Proceeds will benefit the operations of the Boise Phil.

Suggested attire: in theme or formal wear.


May 8, 2019

Idaho Technology Council Capital Connect Conference

The ITC is proud to present the 5th Annual Capital Connect Conference where new ideas are celebrated and aspiring entrepreneurs, capital providers, and business leaders come together in one place! This event features keynote speakers who know about entrepreneurism and raising capital and of course speed pitches by some of Idaho’s top impact emerging companies.

In addition, the 2018 Idaho Deal Flow Report will be distributed which highlights over a billion dollars in investments that occurred in Idaho last year.

Be a part of what is sure to be an energizing and inspirational event!

 Idaho companies are prospering!
Hear the lessons they’ve learned, and the milestones they’ve reached at Capital Connect.

Paris Cole from
Kyle Mowitz from Tamarack Resort

Plus eight of Idaho’s emerging companies share their stories!
Dan DeCloss, PlexTrac
Kyle Sale, InquireOf
Alex Livingston, Joule
Zach Chatterton, Gather
Brock Anderson, HausMart
Jerel Nelson, Kaitech Automation 

Alex Heiphetz, Phd., AHG, Inc
Michael Boerner, Engage Media & Technology
​Alecia Hoobing, W.IN shares why women are critical in business 

May 10, 2019

Southwest Idaho Manufacturer’s Alliance Presentation: The China Equation

Mark your calendar and make plans to join us as Phil McKay (Patent Chair at Hawley Troxell, Ennis, and Hawley, L.L.P) will be presenting and leading a discussion of the rise of China as the dominant platform, and patent holder, on the global stage and how this is likely to affect the US manufacturing sector. Mr. McKay will also discuss how businesses can prepare for this threat and recent changes in the United States Patent Office procedures designed to make the US patent system more predictable and competitive

 Several nations, and China in particular, have sought to exploit the confusion in the U.S. patent law by modifying their patent system to be more software friendly and predictable than the U.S. patent system. This fact has contributed significantly to the fact that the number of patent application filings in China is now five times the number of filings in the United States and estimated to be ten times as many by 2020. This has allowed China to make significant and rapid progress towards their openly stated goal of becoming the dominant global patent leader in software, AI, and general manufacturing, by 2030. This goal, if achieved, will have significant economic and military ramifications.

 The need to address the patent-ability of software related patents is made all the more critical by the fast paced advances, and the ever growing prevalence, of Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotic control systems, inventory and supply tracking systems, and data security systems in the day-to-day lives of much of the world.