April Monthly Meeting

I’m Invisible - Challenge Your Thinking about Invisible Disabilities

Thursday, April 13th, 7:30am – 9:30am

NEW LOCATION!  Hilton Garden Inn - 8401 Paine Field Blvd, Mukilteo, WA 98275

Cost: $30 Members, $40 Non-Members

At the Door: $40 Members, $50 Non-Members

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About the Speaker:

Nancy Kasmar is a Principal of Compensation Connections, with over 25 years of management experience in addition to more than 10 years in human resources.  She has her Master of Science Degree and a Certificate in Management.  She also holds a SPHR designation  and a certification as a Certified Compensation Professional.  She is also certified as a SHRM-SCP.

Aside from her extensive certifications, Nancy has worked with hundreds of companies throughout North America as a compensation consultant.  She was the 2014 President of LWHRA and serves as Director-Elect for the 2017 Washington SHRM Council.  Nancy also delivers presentations on HR topics, including compensation and benefits, throughout Washington State.

Outside of work, Nancy loves walking for exercise and watching movies with her husband.


March Monthly Meeting

Navigating the New Norm

Katie Bosbyshell offers guidance on the latest “hot” legal topics

Thursday, March 9th, 7:30am – 9:30am

NEW LOCATION!  Hilton Garden Inn - 8401 Paine Field Blvd, Mukilteo, WA 98275

Cost: $30 Members, $40 Non-Members

At the Door: $40 Members, $50 Non-Members

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About the Speaker:

Katie Bosbyshell 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. She has successfully practiced in front of federal and state courts as well as federal and state agencies. Katie has achieved successful results through arbitration and private mediation.

As an attorney, Katie’s primary goal is to help clients prevent and resolve disputes so they can get back to business.


February Monthly Meeting

Strategic Compensation Practices

Thursday, February 9th, 7:30am – 9:30am

NEW LOCATION!  Hilton Garden Inn-8401 Paine Field Blvd, Mukilteo, WA 98275

Cost: $30 Members, $40 Non-Members

At the Door: $40 Members, $50 Non-Members

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About the Speaker:

Ann Fosburgh, CEO Compensation Works


With over 20 years of experience in HR management in technology and financial services companies, Ann brings her deep knowledge of the philosophy and psychology of rewarding work performance to Compensation Works.

Her proven success in implementing global payroll and HR systems, architecting incentive compensation and sales commission plans, and managing company acquisitions and integrations uniquely positions her as an industry expert in delivering customized business solutions by aligning reward strategies to business objectives.

Before spearheading the merger with Compensation Works, Ann was President of Appian Resources, an HR consulting firm specializing in customized solutions to analytical challenges in compensation and benefits.

Prior to that, her positions included Director of Worldwide Compensation, Benefits and HRIS at Corbis, Senior Director of Compensation and Benefits at Providence Health & Services, Director of Global Total Rewards at Russell Investments, and Director of HR at ComTek in Washington, D.C.

Ann is on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Compensation and Rewards Forum, and an active volunteer for local non-profit organizations including, Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Make-A-Wish® Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University, and certifications for Certified Compensation Professional (CCP®) and Professional in Human Resources (PHR®).


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Approved: 1 SHRM Credit

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January Monthly Meeting

Rethinking the Performance Management Process

Thursday, January 12th, 7:30am – 9:30am

Everett Holiday Inn, 3105 Pine Street

Cost: $30 Members, $40 Non-Members

At the Door: $40 Members, $50 Non-Members

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Performance Management continues to be one of the top two items on most Human Resource Professionals radar.  While there is no one solution that is right for everyone, there is one managerial action that everyone agrees is necessary to enable Performance Managements changes to  be successful; that action is Coaching.  Join Theresa Kinney of BlessingWhite to explore this topic.  She will present a short overview of where Performance Management initiatives sit for 2017, provide some data on perceptions of this process, discuss the impact on front line leaders, and discuss two guiding principles for success: It’s all about the conversation and New Skills are required.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review of data on Performance Management Perceptions
  • Review of data on front line coaching needs
  • Five recommendations on how to implement performance management changes into your culture.

About the Speaker:

Theresa considers herself one of the luckiest people on earth: she has an amazing family, and truly enjoys her work.  As Regional Director, Pacific Northwest, Colorado and Western Canada, Theresa is passionate about helping people thrive in their work.  Her role with BlessingWhite allows her to partner with organizations to help them operate in a performance-tuned work environment so they can successfully execute strategic initiatives that will shift their organizational performance. 

For over 18 years Theresa has served as a trusted advisor during key organizational transformations. Her areas of expertise include Employee Engagement, Leadership Development, Talent Management and Career Management.  She regularly gives presentations on these topics to audiences interested in “moving the needle” on their learning performance.

Before joining BlessingWhite, Theresa held leadership positions for a local financial institution and was both a senior consultant and VP of Business Development for a leading Outplacement firm.

She holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington and a Masters in Leadership Studies from City University Bellevue. She is active in the community. She is a past president of the Puget Sound ATD as well as a former Board of Director for the Lake Washington Human Resources Association.

BlessingWhite, with offices around the world and its corporate headquarters in Hamilton Township, NJ, has trained more than 3 million individuals in 17 languages in leadership, performance management, employee engagement and strategy alignment.  More than half of the Fortune 500 companies have used BlessingWhite to improve their performance. 

Approved: 1 HRCI Credit
Approved: 1 SHRM Credit


Monthly Meeting Thursday, December 8, 8am to 9am

Using Mobile Technology as an HR StrategyWebinarA Seasons of Giving Event

All proceeds from this webinar will be donated to the Everett Gospel Mission!!

Pending: 1 HRCI Credits
Approved: 1 SHRM Credits 

Cost: $25 Members, $30 Non-Members

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Every company wants to use mobile to engage with their workforce, but understanding what is involved and how to accomplish this is not easy.

This session will outline what the HR professional needs to consider when venturing into using mobile as a communication tool with their employees.  Join Dave Asheim, Founder of Train by Cell as he helps sort out the mobile landscape and offer ideas on what you can do to give mobile a try.  

In this session you will explore how mobile technologies can help solve many of the challenges learning professionals face today.  You will discover ways organizations can share information with a mobile savvy, on-the-go workforce.  Topics covered include:

  • How mobile tools can support employee engagement and development
  • How mobile tools can save money for your organization as a lighter system than apps and as an efficient method of sharing HR materials
  • How mobile allows organizations to connect with employees in quick and engaging ways for purposes of recruiting, onboarding, training performance and support, and compliance
  • Why employees like mobile engagement and how they benefit from it
  • What are the Implementation and legal pitfalls to be avoided


David Asheim is the president/CEO/Founder of Train by Cell, the leading provider of mobile content delivery platforms to organizations and corporations worldwide.  Train by Cell provides a web-based platform developed for enterprises and designed to help employees become more efficient, productive, and able to maximize work efforts.  David is a veteran of technology and software providers with 12 years of mobile technology experience.  David is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of implementing mobile technologies, and he has spoken across the nation to SHRM and ATD chapters.  He is represented by the AEI Speakers Bureau and is a frequent speaker at trade show conferences.  David is widely regarded as an industry expert in the use of mobile solutions for immediate connectivity and interaction between organizations and target audiences.


November Monthly Meeting – A Celebration of Veterans

Transitioning Military Veterans & Spouses into your Workforce

Thursday, November 10th, 7:30am – 9am

Everett Holiday Inn, 3105 Pine Street

Cost: $30 Members, $40 Non-Members

At the Door: $40 Members, $50 Non-Members

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Military members are transitioning from the service to the civilian sector in record numbers. Areas around military instillations are constantly witnessing the coming and going of military families. Often time these transitioning military members and newly arriving families struggle to find adequate work in the civilian sector. These groups are often overlooked by employers for various reasons.


Audience Take Away:

  • Ease of hiring military members and their families.
  • The value of the military family in the work place.
  • Tax credits for hiring military Veterans
  • Military spouses and untapped resource for employers.
  • Resources for Hiring Veterans and the military family.


About the Speaker

George E. Johnson, Work and Family Life Consultant/Family Employment Readiness Program

George Johnson is a Native Oregonian who worked in manufacturing prior to joining the Navy in 1982. Through his Navy Career traveled around the globe working in the ships engineering department as a maintenance supervisor, Power plant operator and providing senior leadership.

Upon retiring he transitioned in to the civilian workforce as a HR Director with Pacific Mariner Inc. where he managed the workforce and provided expertise beyond the basic HR Duties. Working with The Skagit county Veterans employment consolers was able to provide that first civilian position for many Veterans. During his time a Pacific Mariner he decided his real desire was to assist Veterans and their families with employment and financial wellbeing as well as mentoring those who were leaving the service.

Leaving Pacific Mariner George spent 2 years At WA Worksource as a Veterans Employment consoler before moving to his current position At Fleet and Family Service Center Naval Station Everett Smokey Point Annex. At FFSC George assists Veterans, transitioning active duty and military families with Financial counseling and employment nationwide. He also Liaisons with local community resources to encourage hiring members of the Navy Family.


Pending: 1 HRCI Credit
Approved: 1 SHRM Credit


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October Monthly Meeting

Thursday, October 13, 11:30am to 1pm

Everett Holiday Inn, 3105 Pine Street

Cracking the Millennial Retention Code

Thembi Buthelezi, www.iyamllc.com

Cost: $30 Members, $40 Non-Members

At the Door: $40 Members, $50 Non-Members

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Millennials are currently the largest generation in the U.S workforce as of 2016. By 2020 Millennials are projected to occupy 75% of the workforce.
This creates fantastic opportunities for creative innovation in the global workplace, however, cracking the millennial retention code can be rather challenging for organizations.
• 53% of hiring managers say it’s difficult to find and retain top performing millennials.
• 58% of millennials expect to leave their jobs in 3 year or less.
• 75% of millennials are loyalty-lite which skyrockets your organizations recruiting, training and development costs.

Audience Take Away
1. Specific techniques to understand the expertise that are already within the people working in your organization, to get the most out of each employee; this fosters true creative contribution from every employee so that your company runs like a well-oiled machine.
2. Secrets to fostering both honest and effective communication between your executive staff and your millennial staff that keeps your top performers engaged and keeps them from running to your competition.
3. The Generational Intelligence Litmus Test: Seven strategies to develop cultural intelligence amongst the different generational groups in the workplace.

About the Speaker
Thembi Buthelezi is a millennial born and raised in South African. She attended college in the U.S.A, lived and worked in Asia, Africa and Europe. Through her global work experiences, she’s learned some impressive cultural intelligence skills that drive her passion to find innovative solutions to foster a productive and harmonious work environment.

She loves working with HR leaders who secretly yearn to understand and maximize the talents of their Gen X and Y population so they can eliminate conflict, reduce attrition costs and increase employee loyalty.



Approved: 1 HRCI Credit
Approved: 1 SHRM Credit


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Fall 2016 – Classes Starting Soon!


SCHRA’s SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Certification Preparation Program


2016 SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Exam Schedule

Winter Exam

 Exam Window

Dec. 1, 2016 - Feb. 15, 2017

Regular Application Deadline

Oct. 21, 2016

 Late Application Deadline

Nov. 11, 2016





Our Fall Program is designed to assist human resources professionals preparing for their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification exam. Participants will review relevant reference materials as well as gain perspective from knowledgeable speakers with industry experience.


SCHRA is pleased to offer these affordable study sessions to help you prepare for the exam. 

You will meet Bi-Weekly on Saturdays beginning October 8thOctober 22nd, & November 5th for three 8-hour sessions.

We have joined forces with Everett Community College’s Corporate and Continuing Education Center!


Link for Registration:

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  • SHRM Learning System Cost $545 (discount rate from $870 on SHRM site) – We have a limited supply at this price!
  • Class Cost $495


If you are interested in either joining our study group this Fall session, or in purchasing the study materials (SHRM LEARNING SYSTEM) from our chapter at a discounted rate, please contact SCHRA Certification Director, Deena Eckroth at  360-348-4897 or deenae@canyoncreek.com  for more information.



SCHRA Annual Employment Law Seminar

September 15, 2016

8:30am – 3:00pm

Everett Holiday Inn
3105 Pine Street
Everett, Washington 98201

$129/Members and $159/Non-Members

Pending 4.5 HRCI and SHRM Credits

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8:30am – 9am Check-in and Continental Breakfast

9am – 10:30am Employment Law Update – 2016, Vickie K. Norris, Anderson Hunter Law Firm

10:30am – 10:45am Break

10:45am – 11:45am How the 2016 Election will Change the Immigration Landscape for Employers, Davis Bae, Fisher Phillips

11:45am - 12:45pm Lunch

12:45pm – 1:45pm FLSA Update, Preparing for the DOL “White Collar” Overtime Regulations, Kara Craig, Archbright

1:45pm – 2:00pm Break

2:00pm – 3:00pm It’s Hard to Say Goodbye: Risk Management in Employee Separations, Ryan Hammond, Littler Mendelson P.C.



Vickie Norris has been an Attorney with Anderson Hunter since 1981 and her practice emphasis is on employment law issues. She frequently provides training and legal advice on a variety of employment law topics for local employers and groups. Before joining the firm she was a Snohomish County Deputy attorney prosecuting criminal matters.

Davis Bae is the managing partner of the Seattle office of Fisher Phillips. His practice focuses on providing effective immigration solutions for companies in the Pacific Northwest. He has also authored a number of articles for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Kara Craig is currently Staff Counsel for Archbright. She provides advice, counsel, training and representation on the entire range of employment and labor law issues. Though joining Archbright in 2013, she has over 14 years of experience practicing law. Throughout her career, she's had the opportunity to represent small to mid-size companies with employment issues and litigation. Before coming to Seattle, Kara served as Assistant General Counsel for the Board of Education of the City of Chicago and litigated civil rights and employment claims in state and federal court in Washington, Illinois, and Colorado. She earned her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Illinois.

Ryan Hammond is an attorney and shareholder with Littler Mendelson, P.C and his practice consists of representing management in employment related disputes, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, non-compete and wage and hour cases. Ryan is also a member of SHRM and of SCHRA.


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Member Appreciation Night

Attend the AquaSox Baseball Game


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DATE: Thursday, August 18th

TIME: Doors open at 6:00, game starts at 7:05 PM, Food at 7:15 PM

3802 Broadway, Everett, WA 98201

Everett Memorial Stadium


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SCHRA will pay for Members tickets to the AquaSox Baseball Game for SCHRA Members.

Additional guest tickets can be purchased for $10 each.


Events in July 2016


Monthly Meeting Thursday, July 14, 10am to 11am

HR’s Role in Mergers & Acquisitions—Webinar

Approved: 1 Strategic HRCI Credits
Approved: 1 SHRM Credits 

Cost: $25 Members, $30 Non-Members

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The economy is rebounding and companies are revisiting their inorganic growth strategies with merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in 2016 expected to exceed prior records. Almost every type of M&A involves people, meaning that HR should be intimately involved in the process.  This session will provide an overview of the M&A process and specific areas of concern for HR practitioners.

In this session, Klint Kendrick will share general knowledge and best practices gained from several years of working in HR M&A. The slides, which can be made available to participants, will include links to non-proprietary resources that HR practitioners can use as a starting point for their own M&A and integration work. 


Klint Kendrick, Ph.D., MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, has worked in human resources for nearly two decades, with experience in areas related to mergers and acquisitions (M&A), international HR, compliance, employee engagement, workforce planning, recruitment, retention, equal employment opportunity (EEO), and cultural diversity and inclusion.  Dr. Kendrick has worked in several environments, ranging from leadership roles at established aerospace and defense companies to being an HR-department-of-one for scrappy dot-com era start ups.  He also provides pro bono HR and people consulting to non-profit organizations serving marginalized communities. 

Klint holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and a master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology along with an MBA from California State University Dominguez Hills.  He has earned designations as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Senior Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP).  He is a Six Sigma Green Belt. 

In addition to facilitating and presenting at workshops for local non-profit organizations, Dr. Kendrick has been a featured speaker at the Seattle Leadership Conference and on several college campuses.  His comments have been featured in EEO-Insights (a referred journal for diversity professionals), DiversityInc Magazine, Technical Recruiter Magazine, the New York Post, and on various HR and leadership blogs.

In his spare time, Klint enjoys spending time with his family, country-western dancing, and reading. 


Friday, July 15 | Sheraton Seattle

Join Us at the SHRM Talent Symposium

Taking Place in beautiful Seattle, Washington the SHRM Talent Symposium has been designed for recruitment and talent management professionals, to give you the tools, resources and solutions you need to evolve your human capital strategies.

Learn More and register now!