Karina Woodka

A people-centric professional, Karina believes you should deliver every message with unwavering authenticity in your convictions and boundless care in your heart. She is our Vice President of People & Culture oversees all P&C operations across our portfolio, with our Regional Directors reporting to her. Combining ethics and strategy with business acumen and creativity, Karina passionately builds a welcoming culture that propels results. 

Karina has built her career with us, and has spent over a decade providing care and support on the regional and property level for a wide selection of our portfolio. She was the Area Director, People & Culture for hotel and restaurant concepts The Oxford, The Crawford, Urban Farmer, The Curtis and the JW Marriott Denver. She also served as the Director of Human Resources for The Curtis, The Corner Office Restaurant & Martini Bar, The Elizabeth Hotel, Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market and Embassy Suites Denver Downtown. Her career with Sage began even before she was a formal employee, as an intern at the Curtis hotel. Due to the advocacy of Sage leadership, she was able to land her first role out of college as the Human Resources Coordinator for Embassy Suites Denver Downtown. 

She graduated from University of Northern Colorado with a B.A. in Communication, General and Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality. Karina has actively worked on  the Hospitality Human Resources Association Board and the Employment Advisory Council for the Center for Work Education and Employment. In her free time, she volunteers for Breakthrough and fosters with the Colorado Puppy Rescue and Dalmatian Rescue of Colorado.  

Company

Sage Hospitality Group

Role

Vice President of People and Culture Operations

Joined Sage

2013

Memberships

Hospitality Human Resources Association, Employment Advisory Council for Center for Work Education and Employment

Bucket List Item

To visit Fiji