The Seattle Experience

Welcome to the Experience

Hosted by MicrosoftStudio F/1022 Mt Si Room #3900 148th Ave, Redmond, WA

We are excited to meet you, hear you and exchange ideas to energize your desire to advance a human-first culture.
We are thrilled that you care and have joined this global movement.

Heather Younger, J.D., CCXP

Heather Younger gets it.  As a best-selling author, international speaker, podcast host, facilitator and coach, she has earned her reputation as “The Employee Whisperer”.  Her experiences as a CEO, entrepreneur, manager, attorney, writer, coach, listener, speaker, collaborator and mother all lend themselves to a laser-focused clarity into what makes employees of organizations and companies – large and small – tick.
Heather has facilitated more than 350 workshops, reaching +1,000 employers and their employees. Her motivation and philosophy has reached more than 10,000 attendees at her speaking engagements on large and small stages.  Companies have charted their future course based on her leading more than 100 focus groups.  In addition, she has helped companies see double-digit employee engagement score increases through implementation of her laws and philosophies.  She has driven results in a multitude of industries, including banking, oil & gas, construction, energy, and federal and local government.
Heather brings a tenacious and humorous outlook to issues plaguing the workforces of today.  Her book “The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty” hit Forbes Must-Read list and is a go-to source for HR professionals seeking insight into their organization’s’ dynamics.
Heather’s writing can also be found on her blog at, as well as articles in the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, American Express Open Forum, Tandem Seven, I Want It Now, and more.  Coupled with her leadership podcast, weekly videos and employer newsletters, Heather stays connected to organizations long after she leaves the stage or conference room.
When all the emails are returned and the mic is turned off, Heather acts as co-manager of her busy household in Aurora, Colorado with her husband, where they oversee their four children.

Turi Widsteen, Microsoft 

General Manager Commercial Communications

Turi Widsteen.

Paul Haury

I am a coach and evangelist for heart based leading and culture, and creating workplace happiness. Our emotions either accelerate or inhibit our efforts, so, I encourage leaders, teams and individuals to go straight to the heart first. Happy people who care for each other outperform those that don’t. In my pursuits, I do my best to be a learn-it-all for what motivates people in how they can be better for themselves, with each other, and, to make their world a better place.
Over the last 25 years in education and work, I’ve had the wonderful fortune of people sharing their incredible hearts and skills with me. This allowed me to develop abilities where I love to help others with People Operations, International HR, Company Culture, Employee Engagement, Behavioral Social, Psychological and Neurological Sciences, Leadership Development, Agile, Lean, TQM and Teaching.

Renée Smith

Renée Smith serves as the Director of Workplace Transformation for Washington State as part of the Governor’s Results Washington Team. She champions a more humane and effective workplace through primary research, writing, and speaking on Making Work More Human by increasing love and decreasing fear in the workplace. Renée leads the development of the Human Workplace community across the state and of resources for leaders, teams, and Lean advisers.
Before joining Results Washington, Renée spent nearly seven years at the Department of Enterprise Services where she served on the Corporate Council and led the Organization Development Services Division that provided Lean Transformation Services and Change Excellence Services to DES and G2G Lean Consulting to other state and local governments.
Renée earned a Master of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University. She was a 2014 recipient of the Governor’s Leadership in Management Award for her original strategy work and Lean culture work at DES. She lives in a 102 year old Craftsman home in Tacoma and enjoys drawing for pleasure, cooking for friends and family, and exploring foreign cities

Mike Vacanti: CEO Adviser, Author, Founding Member of HumansFirst Club

Mike believes, “It’s more than what we accomplish – it’s who we become along the journey!”
His mission is to help people discover their potential, embrace a growth mindset and achieve at inspired levels. Accelerating dramatic growth as a Team Performance Catalyst and Consultant for Strategic Innovation, Mike has transformed businesses and inspired people to perform at levels they didn’t think possible.
Following many years in advertising and marketing, He launched early stage start-ups & led M&A initiatives for publicly traded tech companies. Five-times he was thrust into the chaos of transformation and helped people navigate the doubt and fear of significant change. His teams exceeded expectations, consistently beat the challenge, learned a lot and had some fun.
These experiences sparked his passion for consulting, bringing the concept of “Genuine Talent” and “Believership” to people with the “I AM TEAM” program, to: