2019 Symposium Day 3 Activities

Custom-designed for Symposium participants

All activities take place during the morning of Friday, May 3, 2019.

Activities are exclusively for participants registered for the AWESOME Symposium and are offered as a way for members of the AWESOME community to continue connecting with each other on an informal level. For that reason, we are not able to include guests or family members in any of these activities

Your choice of activity: $90 (Only one activity per registrant.)

Cancellation Policy:

  • Pay when you register. Because the capacity for these specially-arranged tours is limited, we are unable to refund payments if you cancel.
  • AWESOME reserves the right to cancel an activity for lack of participation. If this occurs, participants can transfer to another available activity or receive full refund.

Signups are reserved for people who have registered for the Symposium.

OPTION 1: Private Breakfast & Port of Seattle Tour – hosted by Expeditors

Expand your supply chain operating experience by joining us for a very special tour of the Port of Seattle. At the private breakfast preceding the tour – exclusively for AWESOME – several members of the Executive Team of the Port will lead a collaborative conversation about the Port of Seattle including the future developments for growth. The Port of Seattle is a major ocean freight gateway for imports and exports and the Port has been on the forefront of innovation to lead the industry into the next phase of global trade. After breakfast, a guided walking tour of the port will include observation of a working vessel, loading and unloading of containers and an up-close and personal view of how the Port of Seattle works with the ocean carriers and terminals to efficiently operate vessels. This is a great way to enhance your supply chain knowledge and bring new learning back to your company.

More details:

  • Depart from Sheraton Grand Seattle: 7:45 am
  • Brief bus ride to breakfast – then after breakfast, brief bus ride to the terminal operations
  • Please note: Photo ID required for entry.
  • Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes
  • Bus transportation back to hotel, arriving at the Sheraton Grand no later than 10:30 am
OPTION 2: Personal Tour and Insider’s Look at The Spheres at Amazon, including introduction to and conversation with Amazon supply chain leaders. This activity has been filled to capacity. Please choose another activity.

The Spheres are a most eye-opening workplace, a one-of-a-kind space where employees can relax, think and work differently, surrounded by nature. They are seldom open to be toured or enjoyed by people outside of Amazon. The result of innovative design, teamwork, testing and experimentation, the three spherical conservatories on-site at Amazon Seattle headquarters required five years to complete. They are home to more than 40,000 plants from the cloud forest regions of over 30 countries. Your tour guides will be leaders of Amazon’s SCOT (Supply Chain Optimization Technology). After the tour, return to the hotel or enjoy browsing or shopping at Amazon Go, billed as the store with the world’s most advanced shopping. Using the Amazon Go app to enter the store, you’ll pick out the products you want, and go! No lines, no checkout.

More details:

  • Depart from Sheraton Grand Seattle: 8:45 am
  • 15-minute walk (approximately 0.5 mile) to Amazon
  • Please note: Photo ID required for entry.
  • Tour ends at 11 am. Allow an additional 15 minutes to walk back to the Sheraton Grand Hotel.
  • If you plan to visit Amazon Go, you’ll want to download the app prior to your visit.
OPTION 3: Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room – Private Tour and Tasting

Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room has been described as the “Willy Wonka of coffee” and you’ll see why during your guided tour and tasting experience at Starbucks first of only four Reserve Roasteries and retail stores. Here, unique small batch coffee is roasted and packaged before being shipped to Starbucks stores in 33 countries around the world. This is where baristas handcraft specialty espresso beverages served alongside freshly-baked artisanal Italian food and pastries from Princi. In the coffee seminar custom-designed for AWESOME, you’ll learn about brewing techniques, coffee tasting basics and terroir – the natural environment in which a particular coffee is grown. A tour of the gorgeous space is also included, where you will hear how Starbucks restored and transformed a 100-year old auto dealership into a coffee wonderland and roasting plant. Participants will receive a $25 Starbucks gift card for food, beverages and retail items of their choice.

More details:

  • Depart from Sheraton Grand Seattle: 7 am
  • 15-minute walk (approximately 0.4 mile) to Roastery
  • Be among the first to enter the Roastery, which opens at 7 am
  • Before the seminar begins, use your $25 Starbucks gift card (included as part of this activity) to enjoy coffee, sample baked artisanal food and pastry, and shop in the retail market.
  • You can expect to walk back to the Hotel at 9 am.
OPTION 4: VIP Private and Expert-Guided Tour of Chihuly Garden & Glass

Take the famous Seattle Monorail, built for the 1962 World’s Fair, from downtown Seattle to Seattle Center, home of the 360-foot Space Needle, also built for the ’62 World’s Fair. From there, you’ll be a few steps from Chihuly Garden & Glass where you’ll enjoy a private guided tour with an expert of all 8 galleries, the Glasshouse, and the Garden a half hour before the museum opens to the public. This is the most comprehensive collection of Dale Chihuly’s artwork in the world. Your visit includes a dedicated photographer for the duration of the tour for professional keepsake images and a collectible Chihuly exhibition book. After the tour, return to the hotel by monorail or visit the Space Needle on your own, with its newly remodeled observation deck that provides a stunning 360-degree view of Seattle and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Stay as long as you wish and explore the other attractions at Seattle Center. Your visit includes a roundtrip ticket on the Monorail between downtown Seattle and the Seattle Center.

More details:

  • Depart from Sheraton Grand Seattle: 8 am
  • 10 minute walk (approximately 0.3 mile) to Monorail
  • Tour ends at Chihuly at approximately 9:30 am
  • You can continue to enjoy the Garden on your own and return to the hotel by monorail. Allow 30 minutes for your return to the Sheraton Grand Hotel.
OPTION 5: Early Access VIP Tour of Pike Place Market

You’ll just be waking up and so will Seattle’s original farmers market, which was established in 1907. As the first to arrive at the historic Pike Place Market, which is the site of the very first Starbucks, you’ll get a jump start on experiencing one of Seattle’s most famous destinations. You’ll explore locally-made specialties, nibble on delectable treats – from cheddar cheese biscuits to Turkish flatbreads – and experience hidden gems. You’ll even get to try your hand at catching a flying fish (if that kind of thing appeals to you). The market was expanded about a year ago, so there is much to explore – and see, as the vantage point also affords a stunning 180 degree view across Puget Sound and toward the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. This walking tour includes an extended visit to Starbucks first store, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

More details:

  • Depart from Sheraton Grand Seattle: 7:30 am
  • 20 minute walk (approximately 0.5 mile) to Pike Place Market
  • Touring the Market includes walking on some cobblestone streets, so please be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
  • Tour ends at Pike Place at 10:00 am. Allow another 20 minutes to walk back to the Sheraton Grand Hotel.
  • This tour involves sampling many types of food, so if you have food allergies, sensitivities or restrictions, we encourage you to choose a different option for the day.

Signups are reserved for people who have registered for the Symposium.

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