September (9/24) – Uncovering Our Blind Spots

Join us for our Annual SHRM Fundraiser Event!

Having an unconscious bias doesn’t make you a bad person—it just means you’re human. When most people think of bias, they think of a negative action taken deliberately – bias is a prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another usually in a way that’s considered to be unfair or negative. Don’t pretend that you don’t have a bias, or a misconception based upon an identifying characteristic. Acknowledge it.  Become aware that it might be incorrect or ignorant. There is also unconscious or implicit biases that can affect your behavior or decisions without you realizing it. Unconscious biases are often based on mistaken, inaccurate, or incomplete information. These biases can have a significant impact on our workplaces, shaping who gets recruited, hired, and promoted. A key….making sure your behavior honors and respects others.

It’s possible to interrupt our bias. The first step is awareness – be conscious. As we acknowledge our misconceptions and make sure that our behavior includes and values others, we are demonstrating inclusion and belonging. These are extremely important words and ACTIONS needed in today’s workplace.

This program will address the most common types of unconscious bias, along with tactics you can use to ensure workplace decisions (like hiring and interviewing) aren’t being guided by individual biases. Attendees will discuss approaches to developing an inclusive workplace and will walk away with tools for self-discovery of recognizing one’s own biases and build an awareness to avoid biases and how to interrupt them when they do show up.

Meet Our Speaker

Deborah Jeffries, Co-President of HR Answers, Inc

Deborah Jeffries serves as one of the Co-President for HR Answers, Inc.  She has nearly 40 years in the human resources (33 in consulting).  As a consultant, recruiter and trainer, Deborah works with organizations on the employment processes/activities, performance management, coaching/counseling, diversity, harassment, supervision, leadership, improved communication and more. 

Deborah is one of us…she has been a SHRM member since 1990 and has served in a variety of position on her local, state and regional Boards in a variety of positions over the last 30+ years. She has even taught the SHRM Certification materials for two years with her local Chapter in Salem and now with Linfield College. Clients comment on her no-nonsense practical approach and her positive outlook. Those that know Deborah describe her as energetic with a quirky sense of humor, a passion for HR, and a contagious laugh. 

A Zoom link will be provided to registered attendees after purchase.

Friday, September 24, 2021 from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM PT.

Members: $15.00 (Check email for promo code or email

Non-Members: $20.00

October (10/14): FREE Virtual Career Workshop

Join us for a FREE virtual presentation and open discussion regarding the challenges of getting the job YOU want during these unusual, changing times.  Learn how to get noticed while using LinkedIn, as well as, understanding it’s benefits and gaining crucial tips and tricks about this social media platform (Cindy Pain).  Discover the keys to getting selected for an interview based on critical design elements and data used in your resume (Robin Ryan).  Learn how to sell your best qualities, captivate your ideal employer, and seal the deal during your virtual interview (Natalie Miller).  Don’t miss the opportunity to soak up valuable knowledge from these well respected professionals.  Extra Q&A at the end of the session.

Robin Ryan

The Boston Globe calls Robin Ryan America’s top Job Search Expert. If you are looking for help with your career, call on Robin Ryan. The media frequently calls on Robin to offer her expertise.

Natalie Miller

As Vice President, Business Development in her current role, she facilitates partnerships with Oregon companies and provides (career management, career transition, leadership consulting, change & productivity management).

Cindy Pain

Recognized as a dynamic Public Speaker, Seminar Leader, & Facilitator with both domestic and international appearances. As a Career Coach she helps create a road map for individuals to pro-actively define their career path, market their personal brand, and successfully manage their search. 

A Zoom link will be provided to registered attendees.

Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM PT.


November (11/3) – People + Purpose

Positioning culture to find, attract and retain an engaged workforce

Even before Covid-19 came into our lives with a force, businesses were struggling with finding employees. Today, it’s even harder to find, attract and retain people in a wide range of industries. We’ll share stories and insights into how business leaders can build a strong culture, create meaningful career opportunities, and stay competitive for talent. And, we’ll share strategies that will make an impact today and build toward the future.

About Kinesis:
At Kinesis, we catalyze the success of businesses by ensuring they are healthy, scalable, and positioned for growth. Built on decades of experience working with small businesses, our approach focuses on three key areas proven to accelerate your transformation: Brand, Culture, and Business Development. We like to take businesses from good to great, and from great to remarkable.

About Jeff Wester:
With more than a decade of strategic marketing experience, Jeff helps business leaders cast visions for growth, as well as create remarkable brand stories and amplification strategies. He believes that strategic thinking allows us to draw on creativity and experience to see opportunities that push our clients toward success.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT.