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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.


Active transition

Peter Paskill, 503-699-3192,

Lauren Francis, 503-746-9669,

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.


Compensation & benefits


Jeff Lucas, 503-840-7190,

Chad Kjemhus, 503-593-1077,

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 

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.


labor Relations

Kyle Abraham, 503-276-2132,


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

After the eventful election of 2016, President Trump has appointed several new members to the National Labor Relations Board, and a new General Counsel.   For the first time in nearly a decade, the NLRB has a majority of members appointed by a Republican.  We are beginning to see many cases decided by the Obama-era NLRB reversed.  If you work with unions, it is more important than ever to stay current on labor laws.   PHRMA’s Labor Relations SIG provides attendees the opportunity to learn about significant developments in the law and to engage in a meaningful discussion among HR professionals on cutting-edge topics in the field of labor relations.  If you are an HR professional in a unionized workplace, the SIG meetings are “must-attend” events. 


Recruitment and Selection

Wendy Kent, 503-293-5627,

Michelle Patton, 503-799-7110,


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

Samantha Kennen, 503-810-4772,

Nicole Carey, (719)649-4313, 


Boosting morale, enhancing employee engagement and ultimately, improving productivity are just a few reasons why training and development is critical to businesses. PHRMA’s Training & Development Special Interest Group encourages professional growth through hosting guest speakers and participant collaboration. This is a great opportunity to learn from an expert, network with other PHRMA members, and enhance your own knowledge and understanding of various training and development topics.

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

more PHRMA Events

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SIG: Active Transition: Conversation with Peter Paskill & Lauren Francis

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