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Special Interest Groups ("SIGs")

SIGs are a benefit for PHRMA members; no solicitations please. 

SIGs serve two purposes:

  • Professional growth - discussing issues of interest, trends, successes
  • Networking - Opportunity to meet with others in HR specialty and build connections
Ideas for additional SIGs are welcome! Contact the Co-Directors for Special Interest Groups at:


Registration for a SIG meeting is required. For information about dates and times for SIG meetings and to register please visit our Calendar of Events.


new! organizational effectiveness sig

The OE SIG’s purpose is to answer the following practical, how-to questions for HR professionals:

  • How to approach strategic HR/organizational effectiveness following a proven, performance improvement approach?
  • How to set boundaries, set realistic expectations, and scope strategic HR/organizational effectiveness projects (and have a confidential sounding board of peers and pros to discuss your approach, strengthen your message, deepen your influence)?
  • How to position HR as a strategic business partner to business executives and units, contributing to desired business outcomes?
  • How to discern if a best strategic HR/organizational effectiveness practice from other organizations can be implemented in my organization, with internal clients


L. Melanie Chase, PhD, PHR, SHRM-CP, OE SIG Co-Leader, 503-208-2345
David Cheney, SHRM-SCP, OE SIG Co-Leader, 703-629-9718

Active Search

Peter Paskill, 503-699-3192,
Katie Muldoon, 503-240-4609,
Meeting dates: Monthly - 3rd Wednesday
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Double Tree Hotel - Lloyd Center (just prior to the Monthly lunch meeting)
Registration: Please register to attend on the Calendar of Events.

If you are an HR professional currently in transition, or "thinking about" making a job change, or targeting HR as a new career field, this highly participative, productive monthly meeting is the place to be. Looking for a new position can be daunting, exciting, scary, and nerve-wracking -- in many ways, like riding a roller coaster. The Active Search group provides colleague-to-colleague network support, job search tips and techniques, sharing of job leads, and a framework for a productive job search. Just bring yourself and a copy of your resume.

Benefits and Compensation


Alice Tang, 503-341-1088,

Meeting Dates & Times: Please visit our calendar of events.

The Benefits and Compensation SIG offers an informal opportunity to discuss the constantly changing world of employee benefits and compensation. Skyrocketing insurance costs, and the increasing availability of comp and benefits info on the web have made employees much savvier about their total compensation packages than they've ever been. In addition, the influx of high tech into the Portland/Vancouver area in the past 5 years has upped the ante for all employers in the Pacific Northwest. Please join us to discuss these and other wide-ranging issues challenging benefits and compensation professionals today.

Diversity & Inclusion 

Brian Rhone, 503-897-9090
Our Diversity SIG is an important resource for PHRMA members interested in cultivating their diverse work force, customer and supplier base. Our emphasis is on welcoming and working with individuals of difference, races, cultures, genders, ages, physical and mental capabilities, religious beliefs, sexual orientations and educational backgrounds. Topics relate to managing multigenerational and intercultural workforces, implementing strategic diversity initiatives and addressing diversity related topics as requested by the PHRMA community. The Diversity SIG is expanding to include workshops to further explore the more complex issues relating to diversity.   The SIG also identifies community resources and notifies members of upcoming diversity related events.


Employee Relations


Meeting Dates & Times: Please visit our calendar of events.

Employee Relations is an area that most HR professionals deal with day to day whether it is the primary role of their position or not. The Employee Relations SIG (Special Interest Group) offers an opportunity for discussion and to enjoy speakers on different employee relations / employment law topics. Please join us to get up to date topics in this core HR knowledge area and the opportunity to gain a shared understanding of the new and always changing employment law or ER practices, or just to have the opportunity to get involved with the SIG within the ER area of interest. Any and all HR professionals who are involved in or interested in employee relations are welcome to join us!


Recruitment and Selection

Wendy Kent, 503-293-5627,
Meeting Dates: February 19th, 2015

Times: 7:30am - 9:00am
Location: Northwestern Mutual: 200 SW Market Street, Suite 1600 Portland, OR 97201
Parking is available at your own expense.
Registration: Limited seating – please register to attend on the Calendar of Events.

We welcome new and existing members to discuss a variety of topics related to proactive sourcing, recruiting, screening and attracting candidates. Some of the topics include: implementing a recruiting strategy within your organization, attracting and retaining the different generations, best practices in corporate recruiting across industries, utilizing assessments in the hiring process, critical interview questions, references-what you can and can’t ask, labor updates and economic trends, recruiting software and technology for tracking active and passive candidates. Corporate Recruiters, third party recruiters and other HR Leaders wishing to learn more about this critical function within an organization will benefit. Those interested in learning more about recruiting as a specialty will find opportunities for learning and professional development. Networking is encouraged.  

Training and Development

Rosa Neves, (503) 203-0813,
Chris Sheesley,(503) 723-9982,
Meeting Dates: Every other third Tuesday
Time: 7:30–9:00am
Location: Northwestern Mutual Portland, 200 SW Market St., Suite 1600, Portland, OR 97201
Registration: Limited seating – please register to attend on the Calendar of Events.

PHRMA’s Training & Development Special Interest Group provides opportunities for PHRMA members and one-time guests to network, share ideas and participate in professional development through a featured speakers. These interactive and thought provoking sessions drawn up to 20 participants. Topics within the last year have included:

  • Fixing the Outrageous Cost of Workplace Conflict

  • Sure, I can Create an e-Course!  How am I gonna do that?

  • Become a Positively Memorable HR Speaker. Connect with Your Audiences to Help Shape Your Organization.

  • Corporate Training Trends & Reaching the Millennial Generation

  • The Role of Diversity Training in Workforce Development: Trends, Challenges and Successes

  • Employee Engagement Strategies to Improve Productivity & Increase Retention

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Member Appreciation Event: "Fall in to HR"

SIG: Recruitment & Selection: "Being Social on Social Media"

SIG: Active Search - November

November Luncheon: "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: An Update On What To Expect From the Trump Admin

SIG: Strategic HR - Key Performance Indicators That Matter

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