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Vickie Kennedy

Vickie Kennedy

VP of Workers’ Compensation, Linea Solutions
Instructor
School of Return to Work
Class(es) Taught:
The Importance of Work Disability Prevention and the Worker-Centric Model
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Vickie Kennedy joined Linea Solutions in April 2022 as their VP for Workers’ Compensation after retiring from more than 50 years with Washington’s system including 9 years as the Assistant Director for Insurance Services with the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). Formerly, she was L&I’s Chief Policy Advisor, working closely with external stakeholders and legislators on approaches to improve Washington’s system for its workers and employers. She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC), a current member of their Associate Member Council and currently chairs the IAIABC's Work Disability Prevention and Return to Work Committee. At Linea Solutions, she will have the opportunity to use her years of experience to help other workers’ compensation insurers and stakeholders make changes in their system that focus on work disability prevention and vocational recovery to reduce needless disability and harm to workers and employers. In 2020, Vickie joined other national workers’ compensation experts on the Advisory Council for the National Workers’ Compensation Benchmarking Study. She has been recognized as an exceptional leader in public service as a 2016 recipient of the Governor’s Leadership in Management Award and as the 2017 Agent of Change Award with L&I. In 2021, Vickie was honored by her peers in workers’ compensation by receiving two awards for her achievements: the IAIABC honored her with the Frances Perkins Award, one of seven President’s awards given to those who demonstrate commitment and achievement in advancing workers’ compensation systems throughout the world. The Frances Perkins award honors excellence for those following in the footsteps of Frances Perkins, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, IAIABC President and a role model for innovation and progressive leadership in workers' compensation and social security. Vickie was also awarded the Industry Leader Comp Laude award from WorkCompCentral.com, a coveted honor in the workers’ compensation industry given to those who embody the Comp Laude mission: to change the narrative of the workers’ compensation industry to a more positive dialogue. In 2020, Vickie joined other national workers’ compensation experts on the Advisory Council for the National Workers’ Compensation Benchmarking Study. She has been recognized as an exceptional leader in public service as a 2016 recipient of the Governor’s Leadership in Management Award and as the 2017 Agent of Change Award with L&I. In 2021, Vickie was honored by her peers in workers’ compensation by receiving two awards for her achievements: the IAIABC honored her with the Frances Perkins Award, one of seven President’s awards given to those who demonstrate commitment and achievement in advancing workers’ compensation systems throughout the world. The Frances Perkins award honors excellence for those following in the footsteps of Frances Perkins, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, IAIABC President and a role model for innovation and progressive leadership in workers' compensation and social security. Vickie was also awarded the Industry Leader Comp Laude award from WorkCompCentral.com, a coveted honor in the workers’ compensation industry given to those who embody the Comp Laude mission: to change the narrative of the workers’ compensation industry to a more positive dialogue.

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