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Sep 17, 2008
The Internal Consultant's World: An Intimate Look
Portland State University Market Square Building

September 17th, 2008 -The Internal Consultant’s* World: An Intimate Look Four successful Organizational Development consultants give us an inside look at their world as employees working to make their organization better.

A few of the questions these internal consultants will address in a fast-paced interactive session:

* Their toughest challenges and how they deal with them?
* How do internal OD consultants find the “juice” to keep going? 
* Where’s the joy for an internal?
* Employment Security—does it exist?
* What really bugs internal consultants?
* What does an external consultant need to know to get in the door to the internal’s organization?  (What internals would love to tell externals but rarely do)

Join us for an engaging evening of learning and laughter as we explore the future of OD from the internal's perspective.

NEW TIME/DATE: 3rd Wednesday

* Informal Networking: 5:30-6:00p
* Meeting: 6:00p-7:45p
* Discussion Tables: 7:45-8:15p
     (for those that want to continue the conversation/connection)

NEW LOCATION: PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY Market Square Building, Room 1054 1515 SW 5th Ave. Portland, OR 97201

Nov 4, 2009
HR: The Valued Partner - Real Life Stories From a True Practitioner
Hall Street Grill

Let’s face it, it’s been a tough year. With lay-offs, re-orgs and struggling morale, our HR teams are feeling overworked and under-appreciated. Please join us for an uplifting evening with a true practitioner in partnering with HR. Before dinner, Paul Gulick will discuss several experiences, from his lengthy career, during which he partnered with HR to maintain a sense of teamwork and company culture during tough times.

In addition to hearing from Paul, we will share stories of partnering with the executive team “in the trenches” during tough times. Please come prepared to share and to be inspired by others.

About Paul Gulick Paul E. Gulick has been an active and successful entrepreneur in the Portland, Oregon, area throughout his career. Most recently, Paul served as Chief Technology Officer at Planar Systems, Inc., a global leader in specialty display systems. He joined Planar following the acquisition of Clarity Visual Systems. Prior to founding Clarity, Paul was a co-founder of InFocus Corporation. Paul has partnered with HR during several occasions including strategic planning in a downturn, an acquisition and a company sale.

Mar 4, 2010
TechAmerica HR Event - 2010: The Year to Recover, Retool, Retain
Oregon Zoo

Confused about the economic recovery and what it means for you and your organization? So are we! For the past few years, the HR Committee has presented an annual event focused on “networking”. This year’s event continues the trend … with a twist:

TechAmerica provides the moderator; YOU will be the panelists!

Dr. Jeff Johnson, PHD, SPHR Jeff Johnson, PhD., is a currently a Senior Talent Management Consultant with Right Management. He has been consulting with organizations for over 10 years, working with managers and executives in various industries and at different levels. Jeff helps organizations build key leadership competencies, enhance strategic talent management acumen, and make optimal talent movement decisions. Jeff successfully built a private practice focused on leadership assessment, organizational development, and strategic talent management and holds an MS in Organizational Development and PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from PSU.

Dr. Johnson will start the session with some thought provoking questions and ideas:

  • Preparing for the recovery - It’s coming –are you prepared?
  • Strategic talent acquisition as an increasingly competitive advantage
  • How to get employees motivated to become fully engaged in their jobs
  • Capitalizing employee production while promoting innovation
  • Loyalty – how to maximize employee commitment to your organization
  • Compensation: How to leverage intrinsic motivation when cash is not available
  • Building leadership throughout an organization – why it is more important than ever?

Before the event you will be asked to provide your ranked interest in the Recover, Retool, Retain subjects. We will seat the event based upon interests. Don’t worry – you won’t miss a thing! After half an hour of table discussion with your peers, each table will report out on the highlights of their discussion.

Cost: $35 Tech America members, $35 SAO and OEN Industry members, $55 nonmember technology companies, and $95 other nonmembers

Thank you ACME Business Consulting for sponsoring this event!

Sep 30, 2010
TechAmerica Talent Management Workshop: Tools for the Twenty First Century Workforce
Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC)

About the Workshop: The twenty first century is a knowledge worker driven era. New methods of managing acquiring, nurturing and retaining talent will be essential for a competitive organization. In this half-day workshop, a series of presenters will bring tools every HR leader should have in their toolkit and executive should hear.

Session 1 (8:00 – 9:00 a.m.): From Start-Up to High-Growth: Shaping a Culture for Success The shift from a start-up culture has caused many promising companies to stumble. EthicsPoint president and CEO David Childers will present the step-by-step process his company took to consciously reconstruct its corporate culture. This two-year-long project has helped EthicsPoint exceed growth and revenue expectations and position itself for international expansion.

Session 2 (9:00 – 10:00 a.m.) Turning the Job They Have Into the Job They Want For many companies the downturn has stalled growth, which in turn has left employees feeling “stuck” in their jobs. This dissatisfaction can be especially difficult in technology companies where employees are attracted to working fast paced growth and changing environments. Via Skype, Dr. Jane Dutton from University of Michigan will share the Job Crafting Exercise, a low cost, powerful tool that the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship has developed.

Session 3 (10:15 – 11:15 a.m.) Performance Appraisals – The Next Act Few issues in management stir up more controversy than performance appraisal.

There are many reputable sources - researchers, management commentators, psychometricians - who have expressed doubts about the validity and reliability of the performance appraisal process. Some have even suggested that the process is so inherently flawed that it may be impossible to perfect it. At the other extreme, there are many strong advocates of performance appraisal. Some view it as potentially the most crucial aspect of organizational life (Lawrie, 1990). Dr. Steve Hunt will talk about how the performance management process is shifting from an administrative process used to justify pay decisions to a forward focused tool for enabling business execution.

Complete workshop information can be found here:

Details: When: Thursday, September 30, 2010 Time: 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. Where: Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St., Portland, Ore. Cost: $195 TechAmerica Members, $225 Nonmembers (Group rates available - email [email protected] for details)

Nov 11, 2010
HR Forum: Compensation Today – Anything but Business as Usual
Heathman Hotel

The financial crisis left technology companies experiencing salary freezes, layoffs, shifts in equity compensation, mandatory time-off along with additional cost-cutting measures. Recent economic indicators point to recovery, so where do we go from here? What are the new trends in compensation and what is your company offering to stay competitive in the US and Globally?

Join your peers and special guest, Linda Amuso, President of Radford, as she will share compensation market intelligence and moderate a discussion that will include:

  • Trends in compensation including incentive and equity compensation
  • Effectively engaging your comp committee and board
  • Impact of new regulations on CEO & executive compensation
  • Pressure of wage deflation

Special Guest: - Linda E. Amuso, President, Radford Linda is a highly recognized thought-leader and an expert in the field of executive and employee compensation design for the technology and life sciences industries. For 20 years, Linda has worked directly with senior management and Board of Directors on developing and implementing executive and equity compensation strategies, effectively linking performance management strategies to salary systems, and designing annual/long-term incentive plans.

Please pass this invitation on to your compensation and benefit team members.

Event Details: When: Thursday, November 11, 2010 Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (5:30 – 6:15 Networking, 6:15 – 8:30 p.m. presentation, dinner and Q&A) Where: The Heathman Hotel, 1001 SW Broadway at Salmon, Portland, OR 97205 Cost: $95 TechAmerica members, $125 nonmember Technology Company

To Register: TechAmerica Oregon (503) 624-4871

Feb 2, 2011
HR Event: Networking - Back to Basics
Oregon Zoo, Skyline Banquet Room

Social media may be a good way to find people, but the fact remains that face-to-face networking is still best for building relationships and for attracting customers and employees. Good networkers are not born, they are created, and anyone can improve their networking skills – skills that will contribute to leadership and professional growth.

Special guest, Kathy Condon, Executive Coach, International Professional Speaker, Trainer and Author will present strategies on how to make your next networking event a fun experience where you can build critical business relationships. No matter if you are an Introvert or an Extrovert, this event will teach you simple networking techniques that you can use right away. To help put your new-found knowledge to the test, you will also have the opportunity to participate in a short networking exercise.

This event will get you started on developing and/or broadening your network early in the new year! As one of Kathy's client's recently said, "A handshake is worth a 1,000 emails."

Who should attend? VPs of HR, HR Directors, HR Managers, HR Generalists

More information on Kathy: Kathy's book “It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask: It’s all about Communication” was named “Best Book Finalist by USA Book News” in the business category. She is completing her second book “Face-to-Face Networking is Dead. WRONG! The book on networking” which she expects to release at the end of January 2011.

Event Details: When: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Where: Oregon Zoo, Skyline Banquet Room, Portland, OR Cost: $35 TechAmerica Members, $55 Nonmember Technology Companies, $95 Other Nonmembers

To Register: TechAmerica Oregon, (503) 624-5715

Thank you First Tech Credit Union and Mercer for sponsoring this event!

Mar 8, 2011
HR Social at The Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Food Bank - Beaverton

Please join the TechAmerica Oregon HR Committee for a fun and informative networking opportunity at the beautiful new Beaverton facility of the Oregon Food Bank (OFB).

Rick Wills, Retired CEO, Tektronix and current Oregon Food Bank Board Member, along with Gina Taylor, OFB will give an overview of the OFB’s mission, explain the important contributions they are making, and share how other companies in the area are contributing. You will learn about group volunteer options where your employees can build camaraderie while making a big difference for the more than 240,000 people, per month, who eat meals from emergency food boxes. Tours of the facility will also be available.

We hope that you will join us for an informative and enjoyable way to network with other HR professionals, meet new people and learn more about volunteer opportunities for your company.

Event Details: When: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 Time: 5:30 – 7:00 PM (networking, facility overview and tours)
Where: Oregon Food Bank West, 1870 NW 173rd Ave., Beaverton, OR 97006 Cost: $30 members and nonmembers, $25 multiple-person discount (4 or more) - appetizers, wine and other refreshments will be provided Portion of the proceeds will go to support the Oregon Food Bank

To Register: TechAmerica Oregon, (503) 624-5715

Thank you Ball Janik LLP for sponsoring this event!


Dec 6, 2011
HR Social: Oregon Food Bank Volunteer Group Activity & Networking Lunch
Oregon Food Bank - Beaverton

“I have never seen the demand for emergency food this high.” — Rachel Bristol, CEO, Oregon Food Bank.

Help make a direct impact in the fight against hunger and give the gift of time this December! Bring your team and volunteer with the TechAmerica Oregon Human Resources Committee on December 6th at the beautiful new Oregon Food Bank (OFB) Beaverton facility.

We hope that you will join us for an informative and enjoyable way to network with other technology industry professionals, meet new people and have fun while fighting hunger in your community.

Event Details: When: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 Time: 9:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

 9:45 a.m. – check-in
 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – volunteer shift in the Perishable Repack Room 
 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Networking lunch in the Conference Room 

Where: Oregon Food Bank West, 1870 NW 173rd Ave., Beaverton, OR 97006 Directions Fees: $25 members, $30 nonmembers A portion of the proceeds benefit the Oregon Food Bank To Register: TechAmerica Oregon, 503-624-4871

Thank you Ball Janik LLP for sponsoring!

Mar 6, 2012
HR Forum: Company Culture Matters - BIG TIME!
Morton's Steakhouse

Companies with well-aligned cultures are 6x more successful. The key isn’t that there is one right culture but rather that everyone is pulling in the same direction. Join us for a dinner forum and hear how transforming a culture can maximize performance.

Martha Stuckey from Autodesk will share how they transformed their performance management practices and self-service model to enhance their culture and increase their engagement.

Tim Wolters, the founder of RoundPegg, will share how management and organizational design research, along with psychological practices can help you get more out of every single employee. The research is clear, those who fit the culture stay longer and are more committed to the organization.

Special Guests: Martha Stuckey, HR Director, Autodesk Martha Stuckey, SPHR, is a Human Resources leader with over 25 years experience in the profession. Martha’s career has been with large global companies including Nike Inc., Alexander & Alexander Inc., and May Department Stores. Martha is skilled in partnering with executive and senior leaders to achieve business results, as well as executive coaching in a “trusted advisor” role. Martha’s particular expertise is global HR management; she has extensive experience managing global HR teams including an expatriate assignment in Hong Kong.

Tim Wolters An inventor and serial entrepreneur from Boulder, Colorado. He is a well-known industry thought leader in the area of using statistical modeling to extract knowledge from unstructured data sources. His work pioneered the use of advanced analytical non-linear correlation models in building business applications.

Event Details: When: Tuesday, March 6 2012 Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM (5:30 – networking reception, 6:15 – dinner and discussion) Where: Morton’s The Steakhouse, 213 SW Clay Street, Portland, OR Fees: $95 TechAmerica Members, $120 Nonmember Technology Companies To Register: TechAmerica Oregon, 53-624-4871

Thank you Radford for Sponsoring!

Mar 27, 2012
Proprietor to Employer; What's the Process?
Red Lion Hotel Portland - Convention Center

Agenda: 6:00--7:00 Networking and no-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

RSVP to Proprietor to Employer; What's the Process?

The presentation will cover:

Mind Mapping
The Business Plan
Wheel of Employment
Dangers of Going it Alone
Core vs. Non-Core Functions
Risk Management Myth or Reality?
Distraction to Profit
Reaching the Next Level
Tools & Resources

Presented by Troy Neimann: Portland Representative for HR Support

Experience: As an advisor in tactical human resource strategies for over seventeen years. He is a licensed insurance broker, professional in human resource management and retirement plan fiduciary analyst.


Apr 30, 2013
HR Forum: Integrating the Corporate Strategy into Your Company Culture
Jive Software

A common dilemma among organizations today is the need to alter corporate strategy to compete in an ever-changing world. With that, a major challenge facing CEOs and others in the C-Suite, is how to encourage employees to embrace the new strategy and change their everyday behavior as a result.

In this panel-led discussion, we will explore how executive sponsorship, HR leadership and employee messaging combine to create adoption of the new strategy, the need for accountability and ultimately change a company culture.

Topic Points:

· How to align the strategy with the employee base to ensure it becomes rooted in the DNA of the culture.

· How to develop and execute initiatives to build alignment with the corporate strategy.

· What are the critical elements of an effective communication plan that delivers and regularly reinforces the key components of the strategy to all levels in the organization.

· What are the effective accountability methods for ensuring that employees at every level are operating in alignment with the strategy.

Panelists include:

· John Major – Founder and Managing Partner, Summit Core Strategies

· Ellen Raim – VP of HR, Cascade Microtech

· Ania Osinska-Bulloff – Employment Brand Specialist, Tripwire

This will be a highly interactive event allowing plenty of time for the audience to ask questions of the panelists. Feedback and personal insight are highly encouraged.

Event Details: When: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Time: 7:30 - 9:30 AM (7:30 - light breakfast and networking, 7:45 panel and Q&A) Where: Jive Software, 915 SW Stark St #400, Portland, OR 97205 Cost: $25 Members, $45 Nonmembers Register: TAO at 503-228-5452

Sponsored by: Radford

Oct 15, 2013
HR Forum: Harnessing HealthCare Reform - An opportunity for recruitment and retention
Thetus Corporation

About the Event Health care reform presents an opportunity to position your health benefits for recruitment and retention. Faced with "play or pay,” you can still play while managing health care costs. Catch-up on the changes coming online in 2014, maximize your health benefits offering and learn about moving to a self-funded plan.

What Will You Learn? - How to navigate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) components in place for 2014
- How to leverage the ACA environment for recruitment and retention of talent - How one company made the decision to manage costs through self-funding its health plan

Panelists: - Suzi Alligood, SPHR, Director of Training and Development, Xenium HR -- provides HR consultation and training to growing businesses, with expertise in recruitment and retention

  • Kristen Clark, VP People and Culture, Urban Airship -- Kristen has international experience leading human resources and a track record of implementing cost containment strategies

  • Zach Fritz, Benefits Consultant, The Partners Group -- Zach has expertise in creating competitive and sustainable health care plans, and works with mid-size and larger employers with self-funded plans

  • Iris Tilley, Attorney, Barran Liebman, LLP - The focus of her practice is employment and benefits law

Moderator: - Sarah Ryan, Managing Partner, Jackson Lewis, LLP -- Sarah is regarded as a leading employment lawyer and actively involved in the Portland human resources community

Who Should Attend? HR professionals in small to mid-size firms, benefits and compliance representatives for growing startups, tech firms curious about moving to a self-funded health insurance plan.

Event Details: When: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Time: 7:30 - 9:00 AM Where: Thetus Corporation, 34 NW 1st Ave Portland, OR 97209 Cost: $25 TAO Members $45 Nonmembers

HR Forum Series Sponsors: CBRE Executive Forum

Nov 18, 2013
The Technical Services Talent Paradox: Solutions to the Talent Crunch
Jama South

In today's technology services industry, it is increasingly difficult to source, attract, and retain top technical services talent. The demand for services has evolved from traditional models to much more complex solutions. This evolution makes finding employees skilled to support increasingly complex technical services a constant challenge. Why? Because we now have to seek professionals with the right balance of technical chops and business acumen.

The goal of this event is to address these issues with an open discussion forum with some of the industry’s top services brands, discussing best practices and processes for talent acquisition and retention. You will leave with an arsenal of real-world knowledge that will help your organization attract better and more qualified prospective employees, improve the quality of new hires, and retain the valuable team members that your organization worked so hard to acquire in the first place.

PANELISTS J.R. Storment, Chief Customer Officer, Cloudability Jeff Miller, Director and Founder, EdgeLink Anne Buckley, Senior Manager Technical Support,

MODERATOR Susy Dunn, Vice President of People, Jama Software

Dec 5, 2013
Portland’s New Paid Sick Leave Ordinance | A TAO HR Forum Event

TAO members helping TAO members!

Jackson Lewis attorneys Sarah J. Ryan (current chair of the TAO HR Forum) and Mark Crabtree will present an overview of Portland’s new Paid Sick Leave Ordinance. The presenters will describe upcoming changes that every employer with Portland operations and those with employees who spend occasional time in Portland will need to consider in advance of, and once the new law becomes effective on January 1, 2014.

The overview will include a discussion about best practices for coordinating existing PTO and sick leave policies with the new law, the changing landscape of managing employee attendance and details about the tracking, posting and notice requirements under the new law. Come get your questions answered and ensure your sick leave policy and practices will satisfy the new requirements. Doors will open at 7:30 and the program will begin promptly at 8 a.m. and end by 9 a.m. An additional half hour will be allowed for additional questions and answers. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Details: When: Thursday, December 5, 2013 Time: 7:30 - 9:30 AM (coffee and snacks will be provided)

Cost: This event is free, courtesy of Jackson Lewis and Webtrends, and a double room has been reserved so you can bring team members. However, pre-registration is required so we can plan for space.

May 27, 2015
IT & HR – Pivotal Partners in Change and Transformation by way of IT Implementation
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

he changing business environment, and rapid company growth force companies to change, add and upgrade their technology. Rolling out new technology puts additional demands on the organization and its employees that aren't always anticipated during the project planning stages. Employees that you thought would like the new technology are now suddenly barriers and some might even be vocal detractors. How do you keep the implementation on track and gain employee buy in of the new technology to ensure it is adopted successfully?

Join our panel of IT & HR executives to learn how this key partnership can help your company and your people achieve successful change and transformation.

Discussion Topics Include:

  • Changing the perception of IT implementation
  • Key planning lessons for preparing your teams for significant change and transformation
  • How to develop an employee readiness plan to keep your employees informed, engaged and prepared to embrace something new
  • Leveraging employee champions and addressing the detractors or even ones that are actively trying to derail the adoption
  • Best practices in managing the outcomes of significant change: shifts in culture, transforming jobs and changes in staffing, and declines in employee satisfaction and engagement levels
  • Laying the proper groundwork to establish policies managers can enforce


First Tech Federal Credit Union - How the HR and IT Departments at First Tech Federal Credit Union worked together to implement several new system integrations effectively. - Monique Little, Chief People Officer, First Tech Federal Credit Union Mike Upton, Chief Technology and Digital Officer, First Tech Federal Credit Union

HR Technology Consulting / Pacific Natural Foods -- How utilizing a 3rd party consultant can add support and value. - Kathy Galaway, Principal, HR Technology Consulting - Kathy Murray, Vice President of Human Resources, Pacific Natural Foods

Multnomah County -- Will share tips, tricks and valuable tools they use to manage change within their organization. - Becca Beck, Applications Manager for the Heath Department (MCHD) and the Department of County Human Services (DCHS) Portfolios, Multnomah County, Department of County Assets

  • Jane Williams, PMP, Manager for Technology, Learning Development Projects, Multnomah County, Department of County Management

Moderator: Ken Wiley, Wiley and Associates LLC

Oct 23, 2015
Human Centered Design for Human Resources
Oregon Story Board

Human Centered Design seems to be all the buzz lately - but what is it, really, and how can we use it the benefit Human Resources? Come learn what HCD is all about and how it can make the HR practitioner's life (gasp) better! In this interactive workshop - complete with snacks, post-it notes galore, and plenty of time out of chairs - we'll discover the steps of the HCD process. We'll have ample time to work in small groups, where you can practice applying the framework to issues that group members bring forward - everything from team performance, productivity, retention, and more. Our goal is to help you gain a level of comfort and competency with HCD so that you can leverage it for small or big change in your organization, no matter where you are.

You can expect to leave the workshop knowing:

  • What the HCD framework offers and how it works
  • How to apply HCD to your work in a lean, daily manner
  • How to use HCD to improve your workflow and solve specific workplace issues

Once registered, you'll receive a pre-workshop packet. We invite you to review the material in preparation for the workshop (we promise it's worth it!). At the workshop, you'll receive a handful of useful, editable materials that you can use again and again. We look forward to meeting you and sharing the HCD framework with you - to revolutionize HR!

This workshop is co-taught by Kristen Gallagher of Edify and Nitya Wahklu of Drawing Bridges:

Nitya Wakhlu is the founder at Drawbridge Innovations LLC, where she specializes in using Visual Thinking and Experiential Learning to create whole-brained experiences that support learning and change.

Nitya has a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Telecommunications engineering and an MBA focused on human resources and organization development. She brings over eight years of facilitation experience working with corporate, government and non-profit groups across North America, India, Africa, and Europe.

Nitya is best known for her work in learning design and visual facilitation. As a visual facilitator, Nitya brings a ninja-like listening ability to the table. She distills what she hears and creates a large-scale visual mural of key insights and emerging conversation patterns. This live visual capture prevents precious insight from being lost, stimulates higher levels of group creativity and helps the group truly “see the big picture”.

Things that make her eyes shine include: working with smart and diverse groups, learning about the brain, and studying behavior change. Find her at

Kristen Gallagher is the founder of Edify, a learning design consultancy that helps technology and creative companies grow their employees, customers, and businesses. She brings over eight years of instructional design, alternative learning environment experience, event management, business development, and nonprofit education experience to Edify. Recently, her focus has been on building educational experiences that empower people, especially new employees, women and small business owners.

Gallagher has presented research, workshops, and facilitated experiences at conferences and events of all sizes for over six years, focusing primarily on art history, museum, and education topics. She has experience presenting for a variety of audiences, though she prefers to focus on adult learning and treats "presentations" as learning experiences rather than show-and-tell sessions. Effective, efficient programs, events, and strategies are what motivate her, and in every project, she strives to engage teams and stakeholders to uncover the solutions for their needs (and often solve problems they didn't know they had!) Find her at

Jun 16, 2016
Entering International Markets from an HR Perspective
Jama Software (New Office)

Working as an international HR professional is a challenge in so many ways. How can you best prepare for success in your role? Our international HR colleagues are willing to share their ideas and experiences with you and answer any questions you may have. This is a great opportunity to collaborate and create HR contacts around the world.

The TAO HR Committee is excited to bring together a panel of international HR leaders to discuss the opportunties and challenges we face when expanding into global markets. This event will include a panel presentation with topics such as:

-How to Hire Internationally -Employment Contracts -Benefits -Labor Law -Culture

The event will also include time to connect individually to explore questions for those curious about entering into EMEA, APAC and India.

This has been one of the top requested topics by HR leaders/practitioners in both large and small organizations so we hope you are able to attend!

Aug 17, 2016
Innovation And Its Impact In Creating A New World Of Healthcare

Join us remotely early afternoon on Wednesday, August 17th for our second of three webinar series geared to help ease the busy Summer season of benefits decisions. Our lunchtime presentation and discussion will provide HR professionals with a well-rounded panel of speakers sharing innovations that are leading a new world of customized healthcare.

Part two of the series will focus on the role innovation still largely plays in the sometimes more traditional market of healthcare. As the health needs of employees evolve, there is a new baseline expectation of employees to have quick and personalized solutions at their fingertips.

Questions to be answered during this session:

-How do I continue to increase custom value to individual employees across an entire company? -What options are there for increasing employee engagement across multiple channels? -What are different ways that employers are increasing digital access to wellness without compromising privacy?

Speakers and moderator to be announced soon!

Registration is here:

Sep 21, 2016
Understanding Your Health Plan Reporting Requirements

Please join us on September 21 for the final webinar in our series designed to help HR professionals make benefits decisions and get ready for open enrollment season. This lunchtime presentation and discussion will focus on some of the key regulatory changes and reporting requirements that generate the most questions and take the most time to untangle.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

-What do I need to know about 1094/1095 reporting? -What is the status of the PACE Act and the reclassification of small groups? -Is the Cadillac Tax gone for good? -How will all of the mergers and other market disruptions affect me?

Did you miss our first two sessions on HR Benchmarking & Trends and Innovation and Its Impact in Creating a New World of Healthcare? Recordings of these webinars are available to TAO members for free! Message TAO for a copy of the presentations and recordings.

Attendance of all 3 webinars is not required, so we encourage all HR professionals to join us on September 21st!

Thank you to our sponsors! Regence -

Mar 29, 2017
LaunchCode Portland Speaker Panel: Onboarding & Mentoring New Tech
CENTRL Office Eastside

Onboarding and mentoring is important with any new member of your team, but especially so with those who are new to the industry. Successful support and mentorship enables new engineers and developers to contribute to your team’s success as quickly as possible. Both existing and new employees benefit from the increased employee satisfaction and retention through mentoring.

Our panel of seasoned mentors and managers will share lessons learned while mentoring new tech talent as well as engage in a Q&A session. LaunchCode staff will be on hand to explain our apprenticeship and job placement program and answer any questions on how to find your next great tech hire through LaunchCode.

Top Benefits - Enable new engineers and developers to contribute to company success faster - Improve satisfaction and retention of both existing and new employees - Create better relationships and community within your teams

Feb 27, 2018
Human.School - the Conference for People Ops People
Mark Spencer Hotel, Portland, OR

Human.School is a development-focused learning experience designed for people operations people (official or unofficial!) - the administrative assistants, the operations coordinators, the office manages - in small, but growing companies or nonprofits.

It’s unlike any conference you’ve been to before: you and 99 other professionals will experience two high-intensity, high value days of learning and applying experiences to create a full-fledged people ops strategy. You won't have to choose between concurrent sessions and speakers, and you'll be treated like a VIP the whole time. Human.School takes a practical approach to learning full cycle people operations, something most HR and culture events don’t do.

Feb 28, 2018
PSU STEM Career + Volunteer Fair
Portland State University (PSU) - Smith Memorial Center

Portland State University (PSU) welcomes employers to attend the last STEM Career + Volunteer Fair of the academic year. Employers are invited to share available job and internship opportunities, as well information about their organizations and industries. Fairs are widely publicized throughout campus and are attended by both students and alumni.

PSU is recognized as a leading urban research university. Employers with opportunities in STEM fields are invited to register for this fair and connect with STEM students and alumni. This could be a great time to start hiring for summer interns!

To maintain the focus on post-graduate development and employment, we accept registrations from employers and PSU-affiliated graduate schools only.

May 2, 2018
PSU CEPE Potential Instructor Info Session
Center For Executive and Professional Education

PSU’s Center for Executive & Professional Education (CEPE) has ongoing needs for instructional staff. If you’re interested in teaching for CEPE (or think you might be!), please join us for this info session to meet us and learn about our needs. After a presentation on our history, courses, hiring process, and what we look for in instructors, we’ll break into discussion groups so attendees can network and learn more.

Mar 5, 2019
SourceCon Portland

All professionals in Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Sourcing and HR are invited to attend!

Join us to learn and share sourcing and recruiting best practices, tools, and challenges. Leverage the group to socialize challenges and ideas to help advance our skills and profession.

SourceCon Portland - Tuesday, March 5th 2019!

5:00 - 5:30 Meet & Greet

5:30 - 6:30 Guest Speaker: Blake Thiess, Director Talent Acquisition @ Prestige Care

6:30 - 7:00 Q&A, General Announcements

Guest Speaker:

Blake Thiess, Director, Talent Acquisition at Prestige Care

Blake Thiess is a business leader with a focus and specialty in Talent Acquisition/Recruiting and Human Resources. Blake’s focused degree in Human Resource Management, Professional in Human Resources (PHR), and SHRM-CP show his understanding and strong commitment to the field of Human Resources and Talent Acquisition.

Blake has spent the majority of his almost 10 year Talent Acquisition and Human Resources career in the senior living space, notably with Holiday Retirement and most recently with Prestige Care.

Blake is a trusted internal and external consultant on all things recruiting for Prestige Care, and is known for his unmatched energy level and work ethic, ability to build relationships with internal stakeholders and external candidates, happy-go-lucky mindset, innovative orientation, and strong drive for success. He can be found on social media, (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) using the handle, @BlakeInThePNW

Blake will share several things regarding:

Inbound Recruitment Marketing

Using Text to Engage with Candidates

Sourcing using Images

Grit to Success

Favorite Books

What he is preparing to do in 2020

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