Seattle CHRO Executive Summit

June 27, 2019 | Grand Hyatt Seattle

June 27, 2019
Grand Hyatt Seattle

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Seattle CHRO Executive Summit.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CHROs today:

Leading through a new employee experience

Redesigning HR strategies, structures, and service delivery models

Modernizing mental health and well-being programs in a new era of work

Seattle CHRO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CHROs, for CHROs.


Christine Deputy

CHRO, EVP of Human Resources

Raquel Karls

SVP, Human Resources

Dan Spaulding

Zillow Group
Chief People Officer


June 26, 2019

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Encouraging Courage in Leadership

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Grace Killelea

Thought Leader & Author of "The Confidence Effect"

The GKC Group

In light of #MeToo, leaders have an urgent need to take a closer look at what can be done to create safe workplace environments, which promotes career growth for everyone, regardless of gender or ethnicity. Grace Killelea shows the benefits leadership development and skill-building have on talent, leadership and retention. 

In this session, she discusses:

  • Why it’s critical to provide improved coaching and feedback to leaders and direct reports
  • How to move beyond compliance to create alliance and develop a culture of repair, not retreat
  • How to increase emotional intelligence and self-awareness in all leaders

June 27, 2019 - morning

7:00am - 7:45am  Registration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:30am  Keynote

Don’t Risk It — Learn to be Ethically Vigilant

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Rashmi Airan

Ethics Speaker

Author & Thought Leader

One oversight, one moment of turning your head the other way is all it takes to alter the course of your entire career. That’s the lesson Rashmi Airan learned after approving a few creative transactions during her time as a real estate lawyer. After serving time in prison for bank fraud, Rashmi speaks about the importance of being ethically vigilant.

Join Rashmi’s session to learn how to:

  • Create a culture of ethics and compliance
  • Identify slippery slopes that can lead down an unethical path
  • Be ethically vigilant in and out of the workplace

8:30am - 9:00am  Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Moving From Compliance to Creating a Respectful Workplace

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Ginger Andersen

Talent and Development Director & HR Business Partner

Intellectual Ventures

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Nicole Grogan

Chief People Officer

Intellectual Ventures

As the narrative around workplace harassment has shifted, Intellectual Ventures has gotten to the heart of the issue by discarding traditional preventative training, instead using polling technology, small group discussions and mock scenarios to address the elephant in the room.

Join this interactive session to discuss:

  • Practical skills to start these conversations
  • Moving beyond compliance to a culture of respect
  • Creating a welcoming, supportive culture that enables employees to contribute fully

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Team Engagement — Play to Your Strengths

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Holly Barbacovi

VP, Human Resources

Wizards of the Coast

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Mark Straetmans

Senior Consultant, People Strategy


There is no guide for perfectly transitioning cultures, brands and policies, but best practices do exist. And, while HR is the master of any workforce journey, their teams must take initiative and wield the power to execute change.

Join this session to learn how Holly Barbacovi partnered with GLINT to:

  • Encourage open, transparent, and unambiguous feedback
  • Deploy sophisticated tools to track employee experience
  • Build confidence into the employee base

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

The Enterprise Talent Analytics Journey

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Mindy Geisser

Chief People Services Officer


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Christine Deputy

CHRO, EVP of Human Resources


HR executives are keen on exploring ways to implement data and analytics capabilities to turn information into knowledge and knowledge into insight. As HR leaders review their end-to-end employee journey, what are the key metrics to ensuring their teams have the right skills and information to meet the strategic needs of the future?

Join this interactive session with your peers to explore how HR teams can:

  • Focus attention on relevant analytics
  • Develop analytic and predictive competencies
  • Implement data driven decision making

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:

Alec Christensen at 971-717-6693 or

9:50am - 10:20am  Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Make Work More Human

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Renée Smith

Director of Workplace Transformation

Governor's Results Washington Office

What does it mean to make work more human? Renee Smith provides a practical guide to creating a workplace where team members have a deeply gratifying work experience and deliver exceptional value for customers.

Join this session to:

  • Be inspired by the results achieved in more loving, human-centered workplaces.
  • Understand the crucial difference between accountability and responsibility.
  • Walk away with practical strategies for leaders and for teams to make work more human.

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

The Human Side of the Tech Tsunami

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John O'Leary

HR Innovator and Subject Matter Specialist


The tech revolution is changing our world. From digital workflows to data analytics and AI, new technologies are creating new value while disrupting existing organizational models. How can HR help organizations reinvent their ability to learn—and thrive—in a turbulent future?

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • How to inspire a workforce that is fearful of job loss
  • How workers re-skill to adapt to a new digital reality
  • Which HR systems and processes need to adapt

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Learning and Development as a Strategic Driver

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Megan Hansen

SVP of People

MOD Pizza

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Franklin Plaistowe

Assistant Director, Human Resources

State of Washington

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Mike Pino

Senior Digital Learning and Technology Strategist


As talent pools continue to restrict and tenured workforces approach the precipice of retirement, it becomes increasingly important to have a leadership development strategy in place to ensure the front-line employees of today are prepared to be your next-level leaders of tomorrow.

In this boardroom you will:

  • Explore new methods to develop your top leadership
  • Share successful strategies to identify and advance your next-level talent
  • Learn the latest learning techniques to ensure growth meets potential

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:

Alec Christensen at 971-717-6693 or

11:10am - 11:40am  Networking Break

June 27, 2019 - mid-afternoon

11:40am - 12:50pm  Keynote

Innovation at the Core — Fueling Connection, Community and Collaboration

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Dan Nieves

Senior Client Success Manager

Workplace by Facebook

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Mitch Robinson

SVP, Marketing & Communications

eXp Realty

In today's market, change is the only constant. The need to keep innovating has never been more paramount. Employee expectations have changed, especially when it comes to workplace technology, so it is essential that HR leaders show they are innovating on behalf of their workforce. Learn how eXp Reality, a Glassdoor Best Place to Work winner, is innovating at the edges and redefining what it means to be a digitally-enabled organization.

During this keynote, Mitch Robinson shares insights on:

  • Using leading edge innovations like Virtual Reality to drive community across a distributed workforce

  • Putting technology to work for your employees to drive productivity and collaboration

  • Creating a positive and empowering employee experience contributes to business growth

12:50pm - 1:20pm  Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Blazing a Trail Through Transformation

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Raquel Karls

SVP, Human Resources


At REI, Raquel Karls, the SVP of Human Resources, feels blessed to have a series of strong performance years. With ongoing momentum in the industry, employees were hungry to increase engagement, but REI needs to ensure that the culture aligns with their growth strategy. The company has long-tenured employees that are willing to continue the conversation about having a strong culture. Their growth agenda demands that they take away the magnifying glass. It is their job to create the co-op of the future. How will REI get there?

In this presentation, Raquel will discuss:

  • How do you define culture?
  • How do we learn from and improve on the past?
  • How culture can deliver strategy?

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

People Analytics That Drive Business

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Sanja Licina, Ph.D.

Future of Organizations Leader


 Top executives increasingly realize the impact that people analytics can have on their business. By anticipating leaders' key challenges and providing the information to solve them, the people function can drive organizational strategy.

Join this session to learn:

  • Culture metrics that impact the bottom line
  • Best practices for moving from data to insights
  • Strategies for presenting insights that help drive strategy

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Elevating Employee Experience

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Jennifer Larson

VP, Human Resources


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Michele Yetman

EVP, Human Resources


Offering a superior employee experience can give companies a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining talent, improving customer engagement, increasing revenue and building a satisfied company culture.

In this boardroom you will:

  • Learn how to assess workforce needs on a large scale
  • Discuss the benefits of focused career pathing for your employees
  • Explore how people-centric strategy contributes to business growth

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:

Alec Christensen at 971-717-6693 or

June 27, 2019 - afternoon

2:10pm - 2:30pm  Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Analytics — Turning Insight Into Strategy

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Rupert Bader

Senior Director, People Analytics

Expedia Group

Data drives today’s business decisions and HR leaders have more metrics at their disposal than ever before. But when it comes to talent analytics, how do you turn a mountain of data into actionable strategy? 

Join this session to:

  • Hear best practices for data organization and implementation
  • Explore the business case for expanding analytics capabilities within HR
  • Learn how to turn data into decisions that drive the business forward

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Turning Talent Into Performance

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Laura Martin

VP, Client Services

The Marcus Buckingham Company, an ADP company

Enterprises have been talking about the war for talent for 20 years. Discover how leading businesses are moving beyond managing talent into maximum performance.

 In this session, learn:

  • Insights that will get you from talent management to talent activation
  • How to turn siloed programs into unified solutions that drive results
  • The real-time data you need — and how to get it to the stakeholders who need it most

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Courageous Conversations — Removing Stigma on Mental Health

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Michaela Doelman

Assistant Director, Workforce Support and Development Division

Washington State Department of Enterprise Services

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Keagan Kerr

Vice President, People and Culture


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Roger Dowdy

Director, Mental Health and Wellness

Kaiser Permanente

Many employees will experience a mental health challenge and will struggle in silence even though these conditions are common and treatable.

Join this conversation to explore:

  • Setting the tone for a productive and mentally healthy workforce
  • Creating awareness and encouraging acceptance around mental health care
  • Structuring policies and providing benefits and coverage that lead to healthier outcomes

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:

Alec Christensen at 971-717-6693 or

3:20pm - 3:40pm  Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

Winning Culture — How Authentic Leadership Drives Better Guest Experience

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Orlando Ashford


Holland America Line

As a former human resources executive, Orlando Ashford knows something about shaping organizational culture and performance. Since joining Holland America Line as their president in 2014, the company has embraced a major shift toward authentic leadership and communication.

In this session, you’ll hear how this shift helped them:

  • Break employee engagement records
  • Deliver unprecedented revenue numbers
  • Reach new heights with NPS scores

4:20pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing


Venue & Accommodation

Grand Hyatt Seattle

Your Community Partners

Keynote Sponsor
National Sponsors

Seattle CHRO Program Manager

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contact.

Alec Christensen

Program Manager