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Lunch in New Orleans at #SHRM17

Posted By Administration, Saturday, June 3, 2017

Are you headed to the 2017 SHRM Annual Conference in New Orleans?




Washington State SHRM is hosting a free lunch and networking event
for SHRM Conference attendees from Washington in New Orleans!


• Special guest Greg Hawks ( will be joining us!
• All lunch attendees will be entered into a drawing for a FREE registration to

Washington State SHRM’s 2018 Employment Law and HR Conference


WHEN: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 12:00pm – 1:30pm
WHERE: Hampton Inn & Suites New Orleans Convention Center Hotel
1201 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA
(directly across the street from the Convention Center)
WHAT: Great conversations, new connections and a catered sandwich buffet
compliments of WA State SHRM


AWESOME! HOW DO I RSVP? Click here to register


Or paste this link into your browser:


Questions? Contact:
Nancy Kasmar:
Tracy White:

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June 15th Chapter Meeting

Posted By Frank Gravelyn, Monday, May 29, 2017

Employment Law Update: Where Are We Now?  Where Are We Going?

Presented by 

Kellie Tabor and Katie Bosbyshell

Littler Mendelson - Seattle


Approved for 1 HRCI general credit and 1 SHRM-SCP and SHRM-CP PDC


Click Here to Register Today!


The past year has seen some major changes in the human resources arena. From paid sick leave to an overhaul of federal wage and hour law, 2016 brought significant changes to the employment law landscape.  Where do we stand with the changes made by the current administration, and what can we expect for the remainder of the term?  Littler Mendelson employment law attorneys Kellie Tabor and Katie Bosbyshell will help you relive the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2016 and provide practical solutions and guidance for how those legal innovations will impact your HR strategy in 2017 and beyond. Topics will include revisions to the federal rules governing white collar exemptions, EEOC and NLRB developments, evolving joint employer rules, and much much more!


WHEN: Thursday, June 15, 2017

WHERE: Tom Douglas Palace Ballroom | 2100 5th Ave | Seattle, Washington  98121




Kellie Tabor is a shareholder with Littler Mendelson’s Seattle office.  Kellie has represented employers exclusively for 10 years.  She focuses her practice on defending employers in employee-initiated lawsuits and representing them in the enforcement of non-compete and other restrictive covenants.  She handles both single plaintiff and multi-plaintiff harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims, as well as class and collective action wage and hour claims.  Kellie also counsels clients on a variety of employment and human resources issues and works to develop personnel policies and employee handbooks.


Katie Bosbyshell is an associate with Littler’s Seattle office.  Katie represents and advises employers in all aspects of employment-related issues including wage and hour laws, leaves of absence, harassment and discrimination, accommodations, onboarding, and terminations. She provides clients with tools to avoid disputes, such as employee handbooks, policies, agreements and training. Katie also does extensive work in the areas of non-competition law and trade secrets law.  She also has extensive experience litigating labor and employment-related lawsuits. As an attorney, Katie’s primary goal is to help clients prevent and resolve disputes so they can get back to business.


June Chapter Sponsor:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a top-tier, nonprofit research university, grounded in experiential learning. We integrate academic coursework with professional work, research, service, and global learning opportunities in 128 countries.


Northeastern University—Seattle is dedicated to delivering an education that’s industry-responsive, employer-aligned, and student-centered. Our master’s degree and graduate certificate programs are offered in online and hybrid learning formats, making them flexible to your needs.


Seattle SHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPTM or SHRM-SCPTM.


Registration ends on Monday, June 12th at 5:00 PM.



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Seattle SHRM receives EXCEL Platinum Award

Posted By Frank Gravelyn, Sunday, May 21, 2017

Seattle SHRM Receives Prestigious SHRM Award

for Advancing the HR Profession


The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently awarded the Seattle SHRM its prestigious EXCEL Platinum Award for the chapter’s accomplishments in 2016.


This award recognizes outstanding achievements in chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to your members. It also is recognition of your continued growth and development as a business leader, capable of developing strategies that lead to business success!


“Advancing the human resources profession is a daily mission at SHRM, and this chapter’s outstanding work this year contributed significantly to that goal,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, president and CEO of SHRM. “Recipients of this prestigious award are those who show a strong commitment to advancing the HR profession through service to the community, local networking, and professional development activities.” We are very proud of your leadership, and thank you for your continued partnership with SHRM.


This award is a testament to the members and volunteers of Seattle SHRM. Congratulations to each and every one of you for making Seattle SHRM the award winning chapter that it is. 

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Wine Down Wednesday is July 12th

Posted By Administration, Sunday, May 14, 2017


Wine Down Wednesday


July 12th @ Quality Athletics

4:30 PM - 7:00 PM


Join us for an opportunity to enjoy wine, light appetizers,

and networking with your HR peers at Quality Athletics Outdoor Patio!



Quality Athletics

115 South King Street

Seattle, WA 98104



$20 for Seattle SHRM Members

$30 for Non-Member


Click here to Register




Street parking available; nearest garage is 530 Occidental Avenue South (pay lot).

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HR Career Transition Special Interest Group

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 1, 2017

Let us introduce you to another new Seattle SHRM Special Interest Group (SIG)...


HR Career Transition SIG

The HR Career Transition SIG's roundtable format encourages participants to network and brainstorm about HR careers in the greater Seattle area. Meetings are held every month and include a brief topic followed by open and informal conversation. Attendees include HR professionals from any discipline, industry, and company size. Those simply looking to learn more about HR opportunities in Seattle and build your network are also invited to attend.


This group is co-hosted by Jeanette Silva and Mikaela Kiner. The meetings are at WeWork Holyoke. There is limited street parking so walking or public transportation are encouraged. Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided!

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Coaching in Organizations Special Interest Group

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 1, 2017

Let us introduce you to a new Seattle SHRM Special Interest Group (SIG)...


Coaching in Organizations


ARE YOU prepared FOR THE FUTURE of business?  


Coaching is fast becoming the future of talent development and retention.   As HR Professionals we have the opportunity to drive the “coaching culture” in our organizations to have a direct impact on the business and its market performance.


We invite you to realize the benefits of organizational coaching.  This SIG is a Community of Practice and includes experiential learning and discussion around best practices and applications.


Join the conversation – Bring your lunch, network with other HR professionals who are getting involved in this practice AND we will work with our Certification director to get HRCI and SHRM credits as coaching is a large part of many of the competencies.


  • Place:  WeWork Westlake Tower, 10th Floor, 1601 5th Ave, Seattle, (Enter office building off 5th Avenue)
  • Date/Time:  Fourth Thursday of each month, 11:30-1: pm  NEXT Meeting on 5/25

Karen Fenstermacher, 206-678-9320 /

Tags:  Coaching  HR  SIG 

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Special Guest Rate for May Chapter Meeting

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 28, 2017
May is National Military Appreciation Month which honors the current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces. 
In recognition of this national observance, Seattle SHRM is offering a special rate ($20.00) to guests that serve/served or support someone who serves/served in our Armed Forces. 

Please use this as an opportunity to extend an invitation for military personnel to connect with the chapter as we are proud to present a motivating and inspiring message from David Rutherford; a former Navy Seal and world-wide speaker who delivers an impactful and emotional statement about the importance of teamwork. 

Event page: 

To register go to: and invite your guest to register under the “Student” rate. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Seattle SHRM May Chapter Meeting

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 24, 2017

Forging an Elite Team Culture: Team Life

Presented by 

David Rutherford

Navy SEAL Motivational Speaker,

Author and Behavioral Training Specialist


Approved for 1 HRCI general credit and 1 SHRM-SCP and SHRM-CP PDC




The greatest truth life teaches us all is that nobody succeeds alone. Every great individual in history has required a comprehensive commitment toward living a team oriented-lifestyle in order to achieve elite levels of success. Not many teams are greater than the SEAL Teams. The Brotherhood thrives on this elite standard of performance. Forged on the battlefields and in blood, listen as David helps his audiences redefine their personal and professional concepts of what living the Team Life means to them. The Missions include: 1. Commitment 2. Training 3. Communication 4. Leadership. Additionally, in this powerful talk, David profiles four Navy SEAL Congressional Medal of Honor stories to help illustrate the critical importance of functioning as a team to achieve never before imagined levels of personal and professional success.


WHEN: Thursday, May 18, 2017

WHERE: Tom Douglas Palace Ballroom
2100 5th Ave, Seattle, Washington  98121




David Rutherford Navy SEAL Motivational Speaker, Author and Behavioral Training Specialist. He is living out his dream as an internationally known motivational personality. David has quickly risen to become one of the most exciting and impactful keynote speakers in the world averaging over 50 events a year with the world’s top companies. His high energy, entertaining approach for inspiring individuals and teams to Forge Self-Confidence, Live The Team Life, Embrace Fear and Live With Purpose ignites audiences to live life to its fullest and begin performing at an elite level. David served honorably for eight years in the Naval Special Warfare community as a SEAL Student, Combat Paramedic, Operator and Instructor. He participated in thousands of high-risk training evolutions and conducted clandestine operations in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and South Asia. After leaving the SEAL Teams, David continued to hone his skills by serving as an International Training Expert for one of the country’s largest private security companies and for the US Government as a Security Protection Specialist. David has trained commandos and government employees around the world to push themselves past all limitations. David’s masterful ability to motivate inspires people from all walks of life to defeat the Negative Insurgency and achieve success in every environment imaginable. David motivates people around the world as a top motivational speaker, author for kids and adults, radio show host, behavioral training specialist, YouTube personality, private performance coach, social media presence, charity volunteer and mentor for young men. His uniquely high-impact and emotional style of speaking, writing and coaching helps all types of people gain a Navy SEAL style focus towards higher performance physically, mentally and spiritually. He combines his 20 years of exploring the human condition with over 70 years of UDT/SEAL operations, training doctrine and elite performance to create the Froglogic Concepts. In the past nine years, David has reached 4 million people and is well on his way to reaching his personal goals.


May Chapter Meeting Sponsor:

Based in Bellevue, WA, Airlift is an innovative start-up building a micro-market designed to offer fresh food for the office. We are a food service business that builds its own technology to create a unique service that personalizes the food in our markets to what employees want and has cost controls and reporting that every HR professional needs.


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Seattle SHRM April Chapter Meeting

Posted By Frank Gravelyn, Sunday, April 9, 2017



Presented by 

Kathleen Ann Coulombe

Senior Associate, Government Relations

Society for Human Resource Management


Approved for 1 HRCI general credit and 1 SHRM-SCP and SHRM-CP PDC




The American electorate cast their votes in November 2016, providing the continuation of Republican control of the 115th Congress and the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. President Trump and Republican leaders of Congress have promised to move forward with a very aggressive 100-day agenda, with many issues of importance to the HR profession being at the forefront.  Key issues include proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, initiatives to reform the tax code, efforts on interior immigration enforcement, including worksite enforcement and proposals to expand paid leave and workplace flexibility. How will these issues affect employers and employees in your organization, and how can you best engage and prepare for the year ahead? This session will provide an up-to-date discussion of current congressional activity, as well as federal regulatory and judicial activity.


WHEN: Thursday, April 20, 2017

WHERE: Tom Douglas Palace Ballroom
2100 5th Ave
Seattle, Washington  98121




Kathleen Coulombe serves as the Senior Associate, Government Relations for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  In this capacity, she is actively involved in tax and benefit public policy issues on Capitol Hill that impact the Human Resource profession.  Prior to working in this capacity, Kathleen served as the State Affairs Specialist where she managed public policy issues on the state level for SHRM. 


After completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Kathleen accepted a position in the Las Vegas Office of Nevada Governor Kenny C. Guinn. As Deputy Director of Constituent Services and the Las Vegas Assistant to the Governor, Kathleen worked with law makers and other stakeholders on a wide variety of state issues.  In 2004, Kathleen moved to Washington, DC when she accepted a position with the Department of Defense’s Directorate of Defense Systems. Realizing her love and interest in public policy issues, Kathleen joined SHRM in May of 2005.


Kathleen received her Master of Public Policy from the George Washington University where she was a Scottish Rite Fellow.  

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The Sharon Koss (Graduate) Student Award

Posted By Lorrie Adams, Wednesday, April 5, 2017

 The Sharon Koss (Graduate) Student Award


Do you know an outstanding graduate student in your area? Consider nominating them for the Sharon Koss Award. This award recognizes one graduate student who has maintained exceptional academic achievement, demonstrates strong leadership skills, and has performed outstanding service to the community and to their SHRM (student or professional) chapter in the best tradition of Sharon Koss. The intent of the award is to recognize student performance as it adheres to the goals of the Association. Nominations are due by May 15th.  Please visit for nomination information.”

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