Rebekah Wilkes currently works as a WorkFirst Counselor with the Washington Employment Security Department. In this role she conducts in-depth employment counseling with individuals who are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), to assist them with developing employability skills needed to secure employment. Rebekah has over eight years of experience working in Workforce Development in South Carolina and Washington State. She has earned several Workforce Development certifications, including Certified Workforce Professional (CWP) and Workforce Professional Development Program Master (WPDP) through the International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP), Certified Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) through the Center for Credentialing & Education Inc. and National Career Development Association (NCDA), and Certified Workforce Development Professional through the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP). Rebekah has her Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology from the University of Central Missouri and her Master Degree in Youth Development and Leadership from Clemson University. Rebekah enjoys organizing/planning events, networking, mentoring/coaching and conducting trainings and presentations. In 2019, Rebekah was a speaker at the Washington State IAWP conference, conducted a training at the IAWP district conference, and a speaker at the International Workforce development conference in San Antonio, Texas.