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The Upstream HR Story

Doors will open to those who are BOLD enough to knock

And with that in mind, Erika Migliaccio gathered up her corporate experience (and her courage) to open a new door and form Upstream HR Strategies. Fueled by a fierce drive for delivering value and a passion for bringing out the best in others, Erika’s vibrant energy is contagious. “She has a magnetic effect that inspires others to reach their full potential and achieve what they never thought possible.” 


Erika is a spirited and innovative Human Resources executive with twenty years of executive HR leadership experience guiding large, multi-national teams through a variety of business cycles in both generalist and specialist roles. Combining deep business acumen, creative courage and strategic vision, Erika shatters the bounds of “traditional” Human Resources and measures success by the value she delivers to the employees and businesses she serves. “Her imagination and organizational understanding combine to create ideas - like bolts of lightning - that she not only gets started, but knows how to implement all the way.” This innovative approach - combined with her perseverance, willingness to push boundaries and heart - has driven significant business results while inspiring and engaging employees. 


Erika has two professional passions that she can’t stop talking about (for real): 


Solving the promotion puzzle

After watching too many high potential talents fail to achieve their career aspirations, Erika took matters into her own hands and created the BOLD Leadership Journey™ framework – a systematic approach to decoding the promotion puzzle for aspiring leaders. All original content, Erika has streamlined years of talent identification, development and coaching experience into a framework and process that is clear, compelling and actionable. 


Revolutionizing the reputation of the HR function

After hearing about HR Transformation from the beginning of her career and realizing that the narrative hasn’t changed in more than 20 years, Erika set out to change the course. Her unique HR Transformation framework uses a "customer value" approach that (1) defines employees, managers and leaders as customers of HR, (2) gathers unfiltered feedback to understand each group's unique needs and (3) re-designs HR service models, based on customer input, to deliver more specialized, higher quality support that recognizes and caters to the different needs of each customer segment. This proven model consistently delivers a trifecta of success - better service for internal customers, reduced cost and improved HR team satisfaction.


Erika’s professional career has taken her around the globe and back again. Over the years, she’s survived multiple corporate transformations - with her humor and fashion sense intact - and is currently living in upstate New York with her husband (and best friend) Sean Oakey, along with their two fur babies, Annie Oakey and Carrie Oakey.








"She has a magnetic effect that inspires others to reach their full potential and achieve what they never thought possible.”  







“Her imagination and organizational understanding combine to create ideas - like bolts of lightning - that she not only gets started, but knows how to implement all the way.”  

Don't take my word for it...

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"Erika is an accomplished HR Business Partner with a strong track record of effectively supporting business leaders as well as team members at levels of the organization. She really cares about employees and is able to ideate and implement creative HR strategies to meet organizational objectives and talent development goals. Her enthusiasm and HRBP support are highly appreciated." 

"Erika is a visionary who sees the potential in people that others don’t. She helps to identify blind spots we have, helps to build the leader within us and helps us develop different muscles that enable us to unleash our potential."   

"Erika was truly a partner to all of our leaders and functions. She took time to understand our business, connect the dots, and even connect different functions together – a role that rarely anyone takes within a company and certainly not HR. She is a true people’s leader, and business leader. She leads with heart, and makes people want to follow and emulate her."

"Erika has a tremendous ability to develop BIG ideas, backed with a business need, heart and inspiration, to lead a team all the way through implementation (and beyond!). Not only does Erika understand the big picture, as well as all of the details, but her leadership, energy and encouragement, combined with her capability to understand and amplify the strengths of each and every team member, enable an optimal culture and most importantly … deliver results that speak for themselves!"