SHRM HR Innovation Experience Program

SHRM HR Innovation Experience Program

May 7 - 11, 2018

As part of SHRM’s mission to advance the profession and serve the HR professional, our SHRM HR Innovation Experience programs provide participants with unique opportunities to establish relationships and business connections with thought leaders in successful companies in a variety of industries. The facilitators and delegates share cutting-edge best practices that shape our profession and the business world.

Why join this program?

  • Exposure to companies headquartered in Silicon Valley 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 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 richer and rewarding educational experience and will enable you to build an individualized plan to implement in your own organization—one that fits with your line of business, organizational strategy and budget.

Preliminary Itinerary

Monday, May 7
8:00 am          Program Begins
9:00 am          Welcome to Silicon Valley presentation by Robert Half
                        Theme2018 Technology Hiring and Compensation Trends
                        Presenter: Heather Johnston, District President of Robert Half - Technology                              Staffing Services
11:30 am          Depart for Google
12:00 pm         Arrival and lunch at Google
1:15 pm            Theme: Using Science to Sift Through 3 Million Applications
                        Presenters: Dr. Maria Arboleda, Scaled Assessment Solutions Manager,                                       People Ops
2:30 pm          Theme: Change Management The Google Way
                        Presenters: Lyra Schramm, Head of HR, Professional Services
                                            Li-Ming Pu, Lead Learning and Development Partner 

Tuesday, May 8
8:45 am           SHRM team arrival at 1000 W Maude, Sunnyvale, CA - coffee and light                                       breakfast offered
9:00 am           Welcome and LinkedIn overview
                         Presenter: Christina Hall, Head of HR at LinkedIn
9:30 am           Presentation at LinkedIn
                         Theme: LinkedIn's approach to DIBs (Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging)
                         Presenter: Rosanna Durruthy, Head of DIBs at LinkedIn
11:30 am           Tour of LinkedIn campus
12:00 pm          Lunch at LinkedIn
1:45 pm            Arrival at Uber
2:00 pm           Presentation from Bernard Coleman III, Global Head of Diversity
2:45 pm           Presentation #2
3:30 pm           Tour of Uber Offices
4:30 pm           Return to hotel

Wednesday, May 9
8:30 am          Program Begins
9:00 am          Presentation and Q&A session with Ross Sparkman, Head of Strategic                                        Workforce Planning at Facebook
11:00 am          Depart for Genentech offices
12:00 pm         Arrival and lunch at Genentech
1:00 pm           Presentation from Nancy Vitale, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
2:15 pm           Presentation #2
3:30 pm          Tour of Genentech Offices
4:30 pm          Return to hotel

Thursday, May 10
8:30 am          Program Begins
9:30 am          Depart from hotel to SAP
10:15 am          Arrive at SAP
10:30 am         Theme: Digital Career Assistant – Scaling Talent Transformation
     Presenter: Glen Lally, VP, Global HR
12:00 pm         Lunch at SAP
                        Theme: Future of Work
                        Presenter: Jenny Dearborn, SVP, Global Head: Leadership, Organizational
                        Development, Talent & Learning
2:45 pm          Innovation Center tour
4:00 pm          Return to hotel

Friday, May 11
8:00 am          Program Begins
8:45 am          Depart from hotel to Degreed
9:45 am          Presentation at Degreed
                        Theme: The Big WHY
                        Presenter: David Blake, CEO
                        Theme: Learning Disrupted
                        Presenter: Kelly Palmer, CLO
12:00 pm        Depart Degreed for hotel
12:30 pm        Closing celebration lunch
2:30 pm          End of program

*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 of 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.

Read Mike's full bio here: Profile_Mike Letizia.pdf.


  • 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 has an agreement with a hotel in downtown San Jose for the spring Silicon Valley Program. For information on how to book housing, see the insturctions here: 05.07.18 - booking instructions- Hotel De Anza.pdf.
  • 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.

Registration has closed for this program. 

For questions or information on future programs, please contact Liz Lacey