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Nov 2 - 2010 Diversity Conference

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November 2, 2010
TRAC Center, Pasco, WA.

Speaker 1: Jeanne McPherson

PhD, Organizational Communication

With 30 years experience in consulting, both in public and private sectors, Jeanne specializes in leadership, change, team issues, and collaboration in the workplace.  In the late 1990's, she began to believe that most consultants, including herself, were not providing long-term development that truly met workplace needs.  In 2004, she completed a state-of-the-art PhD program in Organizational Communication (U of CO at Boulder); developmental programs now offered nationally still base their material on studies 20 or more years old.  Jeanne's work combines cutting-edge research with skills application.

Jeanne's career has evolved from publishing research of scientists and engineers in the area of nuclear waste management ( Battelle) to organizational development.  She served as instructor in the executive development program at Ohio State University and in the corporate development program at the University of Denver.  Jeanne spent three years as a professor at the University of South Alabama after receiving her PhD.  She has a BA from Purdue University and an MA from the University of Florida.

 Speaker 2:  Martin Valadez

Vice President for Diversity and Outreach at CBC         

Martin Valadez is currently Vice President for Diversity and Outreach at Columbia Basin College.  In this capacity he oversees outreach efforts in order to ensure that CBC's students, staff, and faculty students reflect the diversity of Benton and Franklin counties.  Before accepting his current position Mr. Valadez taught history and intercultural studies at CBC where he also helped develop a number of new courses as well as two new A.A. degrees in "Race, Ethnicity and Immigration" and "Latino and Latin American Studies."  Prior to his arrival at CBC  in 2006  Mr. Valadez taught in history, Latino/Latin American Studies, and/or Ethnic Studies Departments at Stanford University, Montclair State University, Scripps College, Laney College, National Hispanic University, and California State University at Los Angeles.  Mr. Valadez holds a B.A. from UCLA and an M.A. from Stanford University, where he is also completing his Ph.D.

Conference Schedule:

7:30 am – 8:00 am – Registration for AM session and Full day session

8:00am – Noon – "The Ultimate HR Challenge : Facing Workplace Tensions Before  
 Disrupt Work", by Jeanne McPherson

11:45am – Noon – Registration for PM session 
Noon – 1:00pm – Lunch 1:00pm – 5:00pm – "Creating a Culture That Champions

Diversity and Inclusion" by  Martin

 Or register online at or call Alicia Knox at 378-9125.

 Full Day:  Member: $100     Non Member $125     Student $35
1/2 Day:  Member: $60          Non Member $85       Student $25

 About SHRM:

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is a professional association which represents workers in the field of human resources. SHRM works to promote the role of human resources as a profession, and provides education, certification, and networking to its members while lobbying Congress on issues pertinent to personnel management and human resources.