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Member Appreciation Event
PHR/SPHR Study Group
New Member Orientation
Special Interest Groups
Become Active in PHRMA
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Last month I encouraged you all to guess the location for our upcoming member appreciation event in September. Based on my rather cryptic clue (which was "It is not a three hour tour, but we will have lots of fun in our two hour tour.") we actually had two correct guesses! This is a relief for me because I have always wondered if anyone actually reads the monthly article and this is confirmation for me that at least two people read it last month....read the full President's message in the August News & Views.


August Luncheon:
"The Affordable Care Act: Panel Discussion & Your Questions Answered"

Date: August 21, 2013
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: DoubleTree Lloyd Center Hotel *Free Parking*
Speakers: Panel Discussion
Registration: register online
Attend the PHRMA luncheon on August 21st and have your Affordable Care Act questions answered by a panel of professionals specializing in Health Care Reform legislation. The panel will create a teaching environment to arm HR professionals
on what to expect, what they should be doing, and how the world of employee benefits are changing as of January 1, 2014. We expect an interactive and informative session. Look for your opportunity to submit your Healthcare Reform questions on our Facebook page and on LinkedIn.

Tim Rasch - with Larry Sherwood & Associates In., Employee Benefits, Insurance
Tom Kramer - Bullard Law
Barb Christenson - Senior Director of Sales & Marketing for Providence Health Plans.
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PHRMA Member Appreciation Celebration

Date: September 25, 2013
Time: 2:30-3:00 boarding, 3:00-5:00 cruising
Location: Aboard the Portland Spirit; boarding at 110 SE Caruthers St. Portland, Oregon (free parking)
Cost: Free, Non-members $20
Registration: Register online
PHR/SPHR Certification Study Group - FALL 2013
The Portland Human Resource Management Association, Inc. (PHRMA) conducts two twelve-week certification Study Groups each year for the PHR and SPHR tests. The Fall Study Group starts in August to prepare participants for the December 1st through January 31st examination dates.

2013 FALL PHR/SPHR STUDY GROUP (for testing December 2013 - January 2014)
Dates: Tuesday August 27th - November 12th (Aug. 27; Sep. 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12)
 5:30pm to 8:30pm (subject to change prior to August 27th)

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New Member Orientation

Date: August 21, 2013
Time: 10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel
 Register online
Special Interest Groups   

Click Here for a detailed description of each SIG 

REGISTER on the Calendar of Events HERE

Active Search
Peter Paskill, 503-699-3192, peter@careermakers.com
Katie Muldoon, 503-240-4609, katie.muldoon@graphicpkg.com 

Next Meeting: August 21, 2013  

Location: Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel  

Time: 9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.


Benefits & Compensation
Maully Brinson, 503-273-2806, maully.brinson@mercer.com   


Diversity & Inclusion
Alisa Yanello, 503-230-3581

Sheila Murty, 503-415-5017



Employee Relations
Janet Hollcroft, 503-306-2864, janet.hollcroft@aon.com
Wendi Sinclair, 971-233-7241,  wendi.sinclair@meggitt.com    

Next Meeting: September 19, 2013

Location: 851 SW 6th Avenue, Ste 385 Portland OR 97204

Time: 7:30am - 9:00am

Presenter: Deborah Jefferies, PHR, CPC, VP of HR Answers 

Topic: Stay Interviews


Global HR SIG
Lillian Tsai, 971-327-0628

Wendi Martin, GPHR, 971-202-7765

Mark Robbins, 971-255-5356


Next Meeting: August 12, 2013

Location: Offices of Willis of Oregon, Koin Tower, 222 SW Columbia St., 6th Floor, Portland 

Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm 

Presenter: Mindy Harter, VP of HR, Leatherman, Inc. 

Topic:Challenges of a Global Acquisition: HR's Role 


Recruitment & Selection
Logan McCune 503-223-7335, logan.mccune@nmfn.com
Wendy Kent, 503-293-5627, wendy@kentemploymentsolutions.com  

Next Meeting:  August 15, 2013  

Location: The Offices of Northwestern Mutual, 200 SW Market St. Suite 1600, Portland 

Time: 7:30am - 9:00am  

Topic: Hiring Success and the art and science of staffing assessments and employee selection


Training & Development

Amy Nelson, 503-550-7581 

Email: anelson@pointwestcu.com  


Become active in PHRMA! 
Excall Award Our Chapter offers a number of volunteer opportunities such as serving as a member of the Board of Directors, assisting the Chapter's Directors with specific committees (Special Interest Groups), and participating in planning committees for conferences and other special events.

As a PHRMA Board Member or volunteer you will build leadership and organizational skills, engage with the local and HR communities, build your professional network, and possibly earn free HRCI recertification credits while gaining valuable experience.

Questions? Visit our website at: http://www.portlandhrma.org or Email: secretary@portlandhrma.org

Sound like something you might like to do? Complete the PHRMA Volunteer Interest Form HERE


PHRMA Affiliated Events


Oregon OD Network presents Facilitating and Managing Complex Systems Change

Dates: September 23-27, 2013
8:30am - 6:00pm 
DoubleTree by Hilton Portland 

Registration: Register online with discount code OODN15 

Summary: Complex change management encompasses a vast body of knowledge that includes systems thinking, transitional and transformational change strategies, power dynamics, and change leadership. Facilitating and Managing Complex Systems Change will enable you to understand what happens during complex change, and why it happens. In this workshop, you will be able to design strategies for achieving desired outcomes in a change situation that you are facing.     


ASTD-Cascadia Chapter presents 2013 ASTD-Cascadia Conference

Date: October 4, 2013

Time: 8:00am - 7:00pm

Location: Sheraton Airport, Portland

Cost: Chapter members - $179 through July 31st (PHRMA members receive the ASTD member rate, email astd@astdcascadia.org for discount code)

Topic: Collaborate! Teams, Community, and Learners 

Registration: Register online  

Summary: Our 6th Annual Regional Conference will draw more than 300 attendees from across the Pacific Northwest. We are creating a cutting edge conference for our attendees with five learning tracks focusing on different forms of collaboration.   


Oregon OD Network presents Intervention Strategies

Dates: November 17-21, 2013
Time: 8:30am - 6:00pm 
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Portland  

Registration:Register online with discount code OODN15 

Summary: Interventions executed successfully are done so with grace and skill. Attending NTL's Intervention Strategies will help you to conduct successful interventions by getting you engaged in an exploration of the intervention theories and techniques that are widely used at the intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, system, and network levels today. In this hands-on workshop, you will participate in skill practice experiences that include the real-time development of intervention strategies and the determination of appropriate interventions for various organizational situations.      

Outside PHRMA Events



So You Have Been Sued:  Understanding the Litigation Process for Human Resources Professionals, Managers and Supervisors
Bullard Law
August 21, 2013
8:30am - 11:30am
Oregon Executive MBA Offices, 200 SW Market Street, Portland
Lisa Brown
register online
Nothing makes employment laws more relevant than a lawsuit. Come join us to learn what happens when an employee decides to sue you and your company.

Legislative Updates for Oregon & Washington Employers (2nd session)
Xenium HR
September 10, 2013
11:00am - 11:45am
Online - Webinar
Free; limited to 100 seats
Molly Kelley
Register online
Designed to bring managers, supervisors and HR professionals up to speed on the ever-changing employer compliance requirements and the latest developments including: Portland Sick Leave regulations released in August, changes to DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), Oregon's new bereavement leave, changes to direct deposit requirements, Health Care Reform and many more.

Health Plan & CO-OP CEOs: A Look into Oregon's Health Insurance Landscape for 2014
Oregon Coalition of Health Care Purchasers
Craig Wessel, Publisher, Portland Business Journal
September 12, 2013
register online
  • How CEOs are leading their organizations through the ever-changing health environment;
  • What keeps these CEOs up at night;
  • What employers should expect in 2014 from the Oregon health plans & CO-OPs;
  • How the insurance exchanges will impact the health marketplace;
  • Plus more as we include Q & A from the audience.

Moving from a Static to Dynamic Economy - Are you Ready?
The Partners Group
September 19, 2013
7:30am - 8:30am
Hotel Modera, 5th & Clay, Portland
RSVP to  abrake@tpgrp.com

Recognizing & Preventing Harassment

Host: Xenium HR
Date: September 19, 2013
Time: 8:30am - 11:30am
Location: Xenium HR, 7401 SW Washo Court, Suite 200 Tualatin, OR 97062
Speakers: Molly Kelley & Lacey Halpern
HRCI: 2.75
Cost: $65 - after 35% discount using promo code "phrma13"
Registration: Register online - link automatically applies promo code to Non-Client registration option
Summary: Preventing harassment begins with promoting diversity and encouraging acceptance at all employee levels. Attend this comprehensive session and gain the practical skills to identify, manage and prevent sexual and other unlawful harassment.

Interactive HR Workshop: Strategies from Industry Leaders in an Era of Change
Host: Ultimate Software
Date: September 24, 2013
Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Seattle Marriott Waterfront
Cost: Complimentary
HRCI: 5 credits
Registration: register online
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Barran Liebman Univerity: Acing Employment, Labor and Benefits Law
Host: Barran Liebman
Date: September 26, 2013
Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballrooms
Cost: Complimentary
Registration: register online
HRCI Credit: HRCI Credits and Oregon State Bar CLE Credits will be available

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