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November Chapter Meeting - Inclusive Leadership: Let Me Tell You My Story
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 Export to Your Calendar 11/19/2020
When: Thursday, November 19, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Virtual Event - Zoom info to be sent to registered attendees
United States

Online registration is available until: 11/18/2020
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Inclusive Leadership: Let Me Tell You My Story


HR professionals, as inclusive leaders, have a mandate to build a more diverse culture and work environment where team members feel that they are treated respectfully and fairly.  They also must ensure that employees feel confident, inspired, valued, and have a sense that they belong. This panel will take a closer look at the framework for inclusive behaviors and how these leaders leverage diversity to enhance their team’s performance based on their experience in their organizations. 

The panelists will share their best practices, coaching techniques, and leadership strategies that they have employed with their own teams based on their own stories and personal experiences.




Joanne Lee, Diversity and Inclusion Director

John Glynn, Workforce Readiness Director






Bobby Humes, Director of Human Resources at City of Seattle

Bobby Humes and his team support over 10,000 employees across 36 City departments in the greater Seattle area. Previously, he has served as Director of the Human Resource Division for Seattle Parks and Recreation, Director of Human Resources for the Kent School District, and Director of Talent Acquisition for the Washington State Department of Revenue.


Bobby is an HR strategist and organizational cha nge leader. He values inclusion and equity and believes that it is the work of all people to remove institutional and structural racism from the workplace. He believes that when we focus on removing racial injustice, the workplace becomes better for all people and organizations truly live out their missions and values.


Originally from Long Beach, CA, Bobby is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources from Brandman University, and is a US Army Combat Veteran. He is married to his best friend, Merissa, and is the proud father of five boys.



William Wiggins, Director of Human Resources Manager at SEIU Benefits Group

William has held consulting and strategic HR roles at Virginia Mason, Mercer Human Resources Consulting, Kaiser Permanente, and Williams-Sonoma. He has a proven track record for building employee satisfaction through building leadership competencies and strong collaborative HR partnerships with leadership teams that focus on the staff retention and fostering cultures of engagement. William regularly shared his insights and experience though for a number of Talent publications including Fistful of Talent, Career Crossroads (CXRWorks), and The HR Gazette and believes that an organization’s human capital is their most valuable asset.








Michaela Doelman, Chief Human Resources Officer for Employment Security Department

Michaela leads the division responsible for creating a respectful and inclusive employee experience from the moment of a prospective applicant to an employee’s retirement. Michaela has worked in State Government since August of 2007 holding various roles from Recruiter to HR Director. Prior to that, she worked in hotel management in Akumal, Mexico. She has a bachelor’s in Spanish and Philosophy from the University of Portland, a Master’s in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College and is a Certified Diversity Executive through the Institute for Diversity Certification. Michaela and her partner Chris have four kids and live in Olympia, WA. In her spare time, she enjoys running, climbing and traveling to new locations to experience the local culture and cuisine.







Jesse Sauceda, Staff Development Manager of Hiring, Recruiting, and Administration at Costco

Jesse is the Member Service Center Administration Manager, directly responsible for Payroll, Hiring, and Recruiting. As part of the Staff Development team, Jesse promotes, trains, and educates to create a more inclusive workplace. Partnering with his peers, Jesse helped to develop inclusive communication policies. Jesse is a decorated Veteran of the United States Air Force where he served for 7 years. He holds a bachelors in History with a Minor in Political Science from California State University Bakersfield. 






Bookda Gheisar, Senior Director, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Port of Seattle

For more than 30 years, Bookda has fought for racial equity and social justice. She is deeply passionate about creating systemic, transformational change, and has a proven track record of grounding her work within communities that are most impacted by racial and economic inequities. Bookda believes that we all have a responsibility to actively repair the harm done to historically oppressed communities, and to do so, we must work collectively to improve opportunities and outcomes for all, while simultaneously addressing the unique needs of different communities. Before coming to the Port, Bookda served as a Policy Advisor for King County’s Office of Equity and Social Justice. She has also served as the Executive Director of multiple philanthropic organizations, each committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

As Senior Director of the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Bookda provides leadership and strategic direction for the Port’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts, both internal and external. She leads a team of racial equity experts to build capacity in departments across the Port and address institutional racism by creating equitable policies, practices, and procedures. Bookda is leading the Port’s efforts to create a culture of inclusivity and belonging, to ensure the fair and intentional distribution of resources and opportunities, and to expand economic development and quality of life for all. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Sociology, Utah State University and Master’s degree in Social Work and Social Policy, New Mexico Highland University.





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