Breakout Sessions

Welcome to the Summit Breakout Sessions – You will Pick 2 out of 4 to attend. 

SpeakerSpeaker InformationTitleTake-aways
Judy Stuart,
Experience Results Inc.
3 Proven Steps to Eliminate Abrasive Behaviors (and Harassment) in the Workplace. Today’s “Business at the Speed of Change” can be both demanding and stressful, especially when we compete in always-connected, highly competitive global markets. Leaders and their teams are expected to produce more (innovations, products, services, revenues) with less (budget, employees, time). Under pressure, some high performing leaders or technical experts exert control through harassment, aggression, intimidation, humiliation, and/or domination (aka bullying). They create a hostile work environment. They break trust, which leads to active disengagement and diminished employee performance.

Most organizations today have clear codes of conduct, policies, and procedures that address bad behaviors. They offer training, education, and a clear process for reporting. They may even have a zero tolerance policy that is role modeled by senior executives. Yet, these damaging behaviors seem to be increasing. According to the 2017 Workplace Bullying Institute survey, 60.3 million U.S. workers are affected by abrasive behaviors.

This session (1) details why some “admired” leaders become “abrasive,” (2) identifies the high costs involved, and (3) shares pragmatic and proven methods to eliminate unprofessional conduct that negatively impacts an organization’s mission and causes employees to suffer. Please join us and be part of the solution!
After attending this session, attendees will understand:
1. …how abrasive behaviors decimate an organization’s revenues, resources, and reputation.
2. …the myths and truth behind abrasive behaviors.
3. …why management fails to intervene.
4. …what safe and effective actions you (as a target, witness, executive or HR professional) can take to stop bad behaviors.
Heyke Kikendall-Baker, NW Employer SolutionsOregon’s Equal Pay Act: Compliance Made EasyGone are the days when qualified applicants form a line outside of hiring organizations, and when organizations can be successful by simply commanding and controlling employees. Businesses now operate under a pace of change that is unforgiving and unrelenting. Additionally, today’s workforce is savvy and educated; employees bring different generational expectations regarding fairness and equality. Given all of this, it is not surprising that organizations struggle to hire, retain, and engage an exceptional workforce.

Within this framework, Oregon passed the Equal Pay Act of 2017, which will shine a spotlight on an organization’s pay practices. It greatly expanded the state’s existing pay equity law to include new compliance requirements and new remedies and damages for employees. Are you, your employment forms, and your job salary setting practices in compliance with one of the most expansive pay equity laws in the nation?

Learn what needs to be done prior to the effective date of January 1, 2019.
1. Identify the requirements of Oregon’s Equal Pay Act
2. Identify the necessary steps to comply with the Act
3. Identify best practices to remain in compliance with the Act
Karen Ault, E.A.
Stac Accounting
New Tax Law ImpactsFor what purpose and intention were the new tax laws created?
A. To simplify the process
B. To make taxation more equitable
C. To encourage the return of U.S. dollars from foreign holdings and discourage evacuation of U.S. dollars to foreign holdings.
D. To create value and support for domestically registered entities to maintain domestic operations and employment practices.
Break-out of specific laws acted upon points A. B. C. and D.
A. General Population affects
B. Business affects (Leaning on this perspective)
1. Depreciation
2. Employer / Employee relations
3. What about this 20% deduction on passthrough entities?
4. Sales Tax
5. Manufacturing ‘domestic’ products and services on ‘foreign’ soil.
Specific to Business and Industry
A. Let’s look at some effects we’ve noticed for 2018.
How does Oregon State Tax Law, follow?

White Water Round Table Breakout
PhotoSpeakerTable TopicGet Us StartedTake Aways
Frank J. Godfrey III, Moomaw, Mesirow & Godfrey, LLPThe Importance of Job Descriptions1. How do I address marijuana use by my employees?
2. Should I update my handbook?
3. Do I need job descriptions?
Job descriptions lesson liability exposure on many levels and help your organization run more smoothly.
Whitney Zeigler, Big Rocks OrganizingDe-stress: Calmly, Gently and at Your Own Pace1. I'm drowning! What's the best way to manage my email?
2. What are the best productivity apps?
3. I like to keep things in piles and it drives my [boss/spouse/fill in the blank] nuts, but I know where everything is. Am I organized?
The confidence and peace of mind to know you can improve balance & organization.
Curtis Dent, AliatHealth & Wellness - The Why's and How's 1. Why should you care about wellness in the workplace?
2. What is your strategy to deal with a 50% health insurance premium increase in the next 5 years?
3. What is your definition of a healthy business
4. What is Wellness Debt?
Curtis has spent three decades designing healthcare solutions for business owners. His insurance expertise matched with his deep understanding of the needs and challenges of small businesses means he is able to offer consultative advice tailored to the unique needs of your business.
Amanda Clark, Raindrop Social MediaDigital & Social Media Trends1. What do I post on my social media pages?
2. How do I gain more followers on social media?
3. There are so many platforms - how do I choose where to focus my social promotion efforts?
Direction and confidence to know where to get the most out of your digital and social media going forward.
Joseph Smetak, Business Opportunity SpecialistDoing Business With the Government & Small Biz Resources1. How do I sell to the federal government?
2. What certifications are important when selling to the federal government?
3. How can the SBA help my small business?
Step by step knowledge of what it takes to get contracts along with other small business resources.
Tammy Marquez-Oldham, Small Business Development CenterYou Can be an Exporter!How do I sell to customers outside the United States?

Where do I find capital to grow my business?

What don't I know, that I need to know?
Direct connection to all the resources you will need to get into exporting.