Workshop: Creating a Flexible Workplace | October 16th

August 22, 2013

Flexibility at work can work. It’s far more than a trend or a buzzword. Real workplace flexibility has the potential to enhance your work environment, boost productivty, attract (and retain) talent, and enable employees to care responsibly for themselves and their families – which is good for all of us.  But for those who haven’t run with it yet, the big question is HOW?

Have we got the training for you!

On Wednesday, October 16th from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at The Benson Hotel in downtown Portland employers and human resource professionals and anyone who’s interested is invited to learn how to make work-flex a reality in your organization. [Sponsor it – you’ll get a free ticket or two!]

Here are the details:

PRESENTATION | 9:30 – 10:45 AM

When 9 to 5 Goes Bust:  Making Workflex a Reality in Your Organization

You might be convinced of the value of workplace flexibility, but how can you make it work in your organization? In this presentation, you will hear award-winning strategies, practical tips and advice from best-practice companies to help you design a workflex program uniquely suited to the needs and culture of your organization.  Among other insights, attendees will learn the four key steps to building a successful program, including building the business case, customizing a workflex program, incorporating change management strategies, and implementing workflex for success.

This workshop is pre-approved for two hours of strategic credit from HRCI.

DISCUSSION PANEL | 10:45 – 11:30 AM

When Work Works:  A Panel Discussion with Work-Flex Award Winners

Creating effective and flexible workplaces to make work “work” better for both the bottom line and for employees is a key business strategy.  In this session, hear from business leaders and HR professionals from organizations that have won the Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility and other local flexibility experts.  Panelists will discuss their innovative programs and share “Wisdom from the Winners,” including keys to success, lessons learned, and the overall impact of offering flexible workplace arrangements.  You’ll hear from:


merkleyofficialphotoSTAY FOR LUNCH! Right after the training, we’ll be celebrating this year’s Oregon Sloan Award winners at an awards lunch with keynote speaker Senator Jeff Merkley. Details and tickets here.

Who’s the trainer?  

Dianna Gould, SPHR, CAE has over 20 years’ experience in the human resources profession.  Currently she is the Field Services Director for the Pacific West Region for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).


Prior to joining SHRM, she had experience as an HR professional for Fortune 500 companies to start-up firms.  She has worked in the high tech, international export, manufacturing, and the service industry.

Dianna has been an advocate for Workflex as a strategic business initiative for many years. As a working mother with two daughters, the daughter of a parent with dementia, and a mother-in-law who has lived with her and her husband for 14 years, she understands first-hand the importance of Workflex.

Contact Sharon Bernstein for sponsorship opportunities at (503) 928-6789 or

A BIG thank you to our workshop sponsors:


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