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SIG: Training & Development: Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice

When: 11/7/19
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Where: Tonkon Torp
888 SW 5th
16th Floor
Portland, Oregon  97204
United States
Contact: Samantha Kennen & Nicole Carey
PHRMA Office: 503-655-6474

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SIG: Training & Development

finding your voice

Presented by: Paul Spindel


When a long-time employee came to me with his secret that he was HIV positive, would be dead in six months and wanted to work as long as he could in order to send money home to his family in Haiti, I worried about the risks, the culture of the hotel as a result of how we dealt with him, and maintaining our policy against discrimination. When I told my General Manager, a man I had worked with less than a year, a split-second decision maker with a booming voice, he reacted, “Who are they? I want to fire them!” Not wanting to assume a traditional subservient HR role I responded, “I strongly recommend we not fire him based on his coming forward.” I reminded him that terminating someone for coming forward was likely to make the newspaper and part of my job was to keep the hotel out of the newspaper.


“Well, I could fire you,” demanded the GM.

“That’s your authority, but I don’t think you want to do that either”


I never gave him the employee’s name and I was not terminated. I repeat this story to remind HR professionals that we are business professionals first, with incidental expertise in human resources. Our job is to find our voice about what we believe, about what the organization says it believes, challenge actions, and speak up even when our voice shakes, even when our jobs are threatened.


It didn’t take more than another year for that same General Manager to say to me, “I always want you by my side to keep me straight.”



In Paul’s presentation you will:

  1. Learn about ethical practice—how to integrate core values, integrity and accountability into your conversations.
  2. Consider your role as a consultant by understanding appropriate guidance for your stakeholders.
  3. Improve your leadership and navigation by contributing to initiatives and processes with your unique voice

About the Speaker:

Paul has over 18 years of Human Resources experience with Marriott and NIKE. Using his M.A. in Organizational Behavior as a foundation, he specializes in management development, teambuilding, strategic planning and executive meeting facilitation. Paul’s strong business approach to human resource issues win him accolades, return business and recognition as a keynote speaker. He is sought after as a trainer and coach because of his tremendous energy and sense of humor, with the unique ability to teach through story and example. Paul has taught at numerous universities and conducted hundreds of training programs for employees at all levels, both nationally and internationally.

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