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April Luncheon: Nimble Learning & Development for Strategic Advantage

  • Multiple Locations (map)



Presented by:

  • Dana Pratt, SPHR, SHRM-SCP - Director of Training & Talent Acquisition, New Seasons Market

  • Steve Brown - Sr. Global Talent Development, Mentor Graphics

  • Nancy Maichel - Director, Learning & Development, First Tech Federal Credit Union

  • John Whitted- Corporate Partnerships Director, Center for Executive & Professional Education: PSU

The rapid speed of change combined with a workforce at or near full employment brings unique challenges across all levels of today's organizations.

Low unemployment can affect the skill-set or "work readiness" of the employees you bring into the company. Longer term, only 12% of organizations are confident they can meet future skilled-talent needs.  

The skill-gap also carries over to leadership levels.  According to CEB, 80% of leaders do not have the skills needed to successfully navigate the new business environment, which includes an increasingly diverse workforce and a flattening of org structures leading to more horizontal, connected work.

This creates ongoing challenges for HR and L&D leaders, who must immediately build leadership acumen to effectively attract and retain people as well as grow the leadership pipeline to meet succession planning imperatives.

Join PHRMA for an engaging panel discussion as local talent leaders from multiple industries share ideas on how they are adapting to this changing landscape.


  • Explore how learning initiatives can meet the changing needs of the workforce and of diverse businesses.

  • Consider how local businesses are using HR analytics to identify performance improvement opportunities and to measure the effectiveness of learning events.

  • Discuss how the tight labor market and workforce demographics has changed the way employers are on-boarding staff.

  • Identify how HR and learning & development align to culture and engagement and retention efforts.

  • Brainstorm ways to improve learner engagement and skill-transfer through innovative and entertaining delivery methods.


  • Main: Doubletree - Lloyd Center

  • Cinder Staffing: 1365 NE Amberglen Parkway
    Hillsboro, OR 97006

  • Xenium HR: 7401 SW Washo Court, Suite 200
    Tualatin, OR 97062‐8343

  • Portland State University:  Karl Miller Center

    615 SW Harrison St; Room #318
    Portland, OR 97201


  • Registration & Lunch: 11:30am - 12:00pm

  • Lunch Program: 12:00pm - 1:00pm



  • Members: $30 (members must be “signed in” to receive member pricing)

  • Affiliate Members: $30 (email Chapter Director for registration)

  • Non-Members: $50



  • SHRM: 1 PDC (approved)

  • HRCI: 1 credit (pending)


Parking is available and covered by PHRMA in the parking lot attached to the Doubletree. However, please note that parking is available on a first come, first served basis and can fill up quickly.

Earlier Event: April 2
HR THINK TANK: HR Project Management
Later Event: April 22
4th Annual Micro-Conference Mixer