SHRM HR Innovation Experience Program

SHRM HR Innovation Experience Program



​Seattle, WA | October 22 - 26

Why Join This Program

  • Exposure to companies headquartered in Seattle that use innovative, forward-thinking HR and business practices.
  • Representatives from these industry leaders will provide distinctive perspectives on their companies' successes in creating innovative cultures and will share their companies' business models, organizational structures, and HR practices and strategies
  • Topics will include cultural transformations, talent management, engagement, total rewards, learning and development, organizational effectiveness, workforce management, employee relations, HR in a global context, corporate social responsibility, and HR in business strategy.
  • Company visits that expose participants to the business and work environment of each organization through meetings with senior HR professionals and business leaders. Company representatives will deliver presentations, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and tour each facility.
  • Pre- and post-presentation discussions that align with the presentations, facilitated by Mike Letizia, SHRM-SCP, will provide participants a  rich and rewarding educational experience will enable you to build an individualized plan to implement in your own organization—one that fits with your business, organizational strategy and budget.

Preliminary Itinerary

Monday, October 22

8:00 am - Program Begins

9:30 am - Welcome to Seattle presentation by Robert Half

                        Theme: 2018 Hiring and Compensation Trends

                        Presenter: Josh Warborg, District President

10:45 am - Depart for Theo Chocolate

11:00 am - Tour of Theo Chocolate

12:00 pm - Lunch Browers

1:00 pm  - Theo Chocolate Presentations

                   Etienne Patout, CEO of Theo Chocolate

                   Mary Merten, HR Exectuive Team Member

                   Katy Radtke and Molly Tellers, Leaders of the employee-led company values  


3:00 pm  - Q&A and Theo Chocolate Retail Store

4:00 pm  - Return to Hotel

Tuesday, October 23

8:30 am - Breakfast and Program Begins

9:30 am - Depart for Amazon

10:00 am - Arrive and Check-in

10:30 am - Arrive at Amazon Day 1 Building

                           Theme: Amazon's Innovative Day 1 Culture 

                            Presenter: Scott Pitasky, Vice President Consumer Human Resources

11:00 am -  Second Presentation

                            Theme: Yes to Experimentation

                             Presenter: Lisa Burlingame, Senior Manager of Alexa/Devices Recruiting

11:45 am -  Third Presentation   

                             Theme: Passion for Learning

                              Presenter: Tania Francis, Senior Marketing Manager, Kindle Enterprise

12:00 pm - Lunch at Amazon

1:00 pm - Fourth Amazon Presentation

2:00 pm - Campus Tour and Amazon Spheres Visit

3:00 pm  -  Return to Hotel


Wednesday, October 24

8:30 am - Breakfast and Program Begins

9:30 am - Debrief of Amazon and Theo Chocolate Visit

10:30 am - Presentation from O.C. Tanner 

                   Theme: Importance of Employee Experience and Culture

                   Presenter: David Sturt, Executive Vice President of O.C. Tanner

11:30 am - Lunch at Kimpton Hotel

12:15 pm - Depart for Boeing

1:00 pm - Arrive and Check-in

1:15 pm - Welcome from Marcus Luckett, Director of Human Resources and Tammy Liter, 

                 HR Director of Functional Excellence & Talent Planing

1:30 pm - Tour of Boeing's Everett Plant

2:30 pm - 2nd Century Human Resources

                  Presenter: Joan Sato-Hernandez, Director of Talent Management        

3:15 pm - Sharing HR Transformations

                 Presenter: Vicki Cohen, Project Leader: Human Resources, Employee          

                 Engagement, Talent Development, Org. Culture, Executive Coach

4:45 pm - Return to Hotel 

Thursday, October 25

8:30 am - Breakfast and Program Begins

9:30 am - Depart for Auth0

10:00 am - Arrive at Auth0

10:15 am - Presentation from Maris Krieger, Director of Human Resources

10:45 am - Presentation from Clayton Moulynox, Director of Culture and Communications

11:15 am - Tour of Auth0

11:45 am  - Return to Kimpton Alexis Hotel for Lunch

1:00 pm - Depart for Clark Nuber

1:30 pm - Arrive and Check-in

1:45 pm - Tour of Clark Nuber        

2:30 pm - Presentation from Tracy White, SHRM-SCP, Chief Human Resources Officer 

4:30 pm - Return to Hotel 

Friday, October 26

8:30 am - Breakfast and Program Begins

9:30 am - Depart for AQUA

10:00 am - Arrive at AQUA/Fire & Vine Hospitality

10:15 am - Theme: How Our Culture Saved Us

                   Presenter: Fire & Vine CEO, Chad Mackay

12:00 pm - Closing lunch at AQUA

1:30 pm - Return to Hotel

2:00 pm - Program Concludes


*Itinerary is subject to change.


Mike Letizia, SHRM---SCP, is a senior human resource professional consultant and President/CEO of his own firm. With over 34 years' experience in the full scope of HR functional areas, his most recent background includes 9 years as Director of HR for an Internet Service provider, 8 years as Vice President of HR for a local bank, and over 4 years of leadership as President/CEO of his own HR services company.

 Mike is an accomplished leader, providing consultation, training, coaching and human resource operations services to over 35 companies and organizations in California and the United States. His clients cover a broad range of industries including technology, medical, retail, construction, agriculture and non-profits.



  • Coffee breaks, lunches, a welcome reception and a closing lunch will be provided by SHRM, as well as all ground transportation from the hotel to the site visits.
  • Invitation letters will be sent in case participants need a visa to enter the U.S.
  • All materials and certificates will be provided.
  • Air travel must be arranged and paid for by each participant.
  • SHRM is partnering with the Kimpton Alexis Hotel in downtown Seattle. To reserve your room, please call 1-800-KIMPTON and ask for the SHRM HR Innovation Experience block to reserve your accommodations at the group rate or visit:  
  • Each participant will pay for his or her meals other than those listed above.
  • This program is eligible for approximately 20.5 PDCs towards your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

Make business connections and advance your professional development through visits and meetings with representatives of local government agencies, multinational organizations and universities, as well as with other HR professionals.

Register before the program reaches capacity!


​Make business connections and advance your professional development through visits and meetings with representatives of local government agencies, multinational organizations and universities, as well as with other HR professionals. 


For questions or information, please contact Liz Lacey