INLAND NORTHWEST Society for Human Resource Management
February 2015


In This Issue...

  1. February Luncheon
  2. President's Letter
  3. Updates and Information



Thank you to our February Vendor of the Month!


 Beyond the Schoolyard: Workplace Bullying
Centerplace Regional Event Center (NEW LOCATION)
2426 North Discovery Place Spokane Valley, WA 99216
Speaker: Kelly Drew Folger, J.D., Senior Associate Attorney at Andrews, Lagasse, Branch & Bell, LLP
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
1 General HRCI Credit / 1 SHRM Certification Credit

TIME:  Check-in begins at 11:00 AM, announcements begin at 11:30 AM  Session runs from Noon - 1 PM

Register HERE (Registration closes February 4th at noon)

This presentation will focus on a current hot topic in the workplace: bullying. Whether stemming from an individual or "mobbing" by a group of employees, workplace bullying is wreaking havoc in many workplaces. By being able to identify, address, understand, and prevent workplace bullying, human resources professionals can ensure that their organization's employees are treated more fairly and respectfully.

This presentation will address

  • What exactly is workplace bullying?
  • How is workplace bullying different from harassment, discrimination, and retaliation?
  • What are the demographics and statistics regarding workplace bullying?
  • What causes workplace bullying?
  • How does workplace bullying impact the workplace?
  • Is it legal and, if it is, should it be?
  • How can you prevent workplace bullying?

Our Speaker:    

Kelly Drew Folger, J.D., is an employment attorney in Spokane with the law firm Andrews, Lagasse, Branch & Bell, LLP. Ms. Folger's employment practice includes defending corporations and organizations in a variety of legal claims including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour matters, and employee classification issues. She also counsels employers on issues of hiring, promotion, discipline, termination, leaves of absence laws, overtime compensation, worplace investigations, development and implementation of affirmative action and best practices manuals.

Ms. Folger received her J.D., cum laude, in 2007 from Gonzaga University School of Law, where she competed for two years on the National Appellate Advocacy Competition Team and served as secretary of the Moot Court Honors Council. In 2004, Ms. Folger earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in journalism from Gonzaga University. While attending college, Ms. Folger was named an All-American Mock Trial Attorney by the American Mock Trial Association.

Ms. Folger is an active member of the Society of Human Resources and serves on the Board of Directors in her local chapter, the Inland Northwest Society of Human Resources as Programs Co-Director. Ms. Folger is admitted to the State Bar of Washington and the State Bar of California.

TO REGISTER: Click HERE to REGISTER and pay online!
Members: Remember to log in to receive your discount!


President's Newsletter

Thank you to everyone who attended our first luncheon at our new location at Center Place in the Valley! I hope to see all of you again for our February 10th Luncheon. Our speaker is Kelly Drew Folger, JD, and the topic is Workplace Bullying.

Last month, the Board of Directors had their annual planning meeting. There were some great ideas and initiatives that we shared during this meeting. I am so proud of all of the Board of Directors because they are all very talented and passionate about serving in a very important volunteer role. Everything we do and discuss at our board meetings is focused around serving all of you as our members better! This year we are going to have great programs each month to offer, we will be doing the supervisor training again this year in March and we will be bringing back our Spring Conference in May.

For those of you who are always looking for a reason to have fun in your work environment, according to the website,, February has a long list of things to celebrate this month. Here is the list: American Heart Month, Black History Month, Canned Food Month, Creative Romance Month, Great American Pie Month, National Cherry Month, National Children’s Dental Health Month, National Grapefruit Month and National Weddings Month. 

Here to serve you,

Kristina Riener

Updates and Information


Save the Date: Supervisor Training - March 24th at CenterPlace

Stacey Carroll with HR Experts On-Call will be back for a second session of Supervisor Training. This year's session will focus on recruitment, interviewing, and onboarding. Be sure to look for registration information in your email - our last training received rave reviews from our attendees!

Join Us in April for Breakfast

Our April meeting will be a BREAKFAST meeting! The doors will open at 7:00 am with announcements at 7:30 am and the program running from 8:00 am - 9:00 am.

Bring A Buddy to Lunch!

Have a friend who’s interested in joining INSHRM and would benefit from this month’s speaker? Make sure to take advantage of INSHRM’s "Bring a Buddy" Program! Bring a guest to this month’s luncheon at no cost to them so they can see what it’s all about. It’s the cheapest 'date' you’ll ever have and they’ll thank you for it too! Email our membership team at [email protected] for more information. 




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Inland Northwest Society of Human Resource Management
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