INLAND NORTHWEST Society for Human Resource Management
October 2014


In This Issue...

  1. Upcoming Luncheon Information - It's a Breakfast!
  2. President's Letter
  3. Updates and Information
  4. NHRMA Conference Follow Up


November Luncheon is a Breakfast!

Join Us for Breakfast on a Wednesday Morning!

Shared Experiences - Hiring People with Disabilities
The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St.
Speaker: Mike Church and Craig Diaz
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

TIME:  Check-in begins at 7:00 AM, announcements begin at 7:30 AM
 Session runs from 8:00 - 9:00 AM
Registration Coming Soon!

Employers who open employment opportunities to qualified people with disabilities gain a wide range of benefits, including heightened diversity, higher retention rates, and access to a new and vital talent pool of workers. But undoubtedly, such employers face questions about how to find such employees,  how to properly manage individuals with a disability, how to provide appropriate accommodations, matching skills to job tasks and other questions and issues.

In this month’s program, Mike Church, partner with the law firm Stamper Rubens in Spokane, and Craig Diaz of Haskins Steel Co., Inc. will share their experiences with employees with disabilities in their workplaces. They will address important issues related to employing disabled persons, including: 

  • What are the benefits of hiring a person with a disability?
  • How should an employer hire a person with a disability?
  • How can an employer attract people with disabilities to their workplace?
  • What organizations can I use to assist me in hiring a person with a disability?
  • How should an employer discern whether a job will match a disabled employee’s capabilities?
  • How should an employer communicate with disabled workers, including coaching or disciplining them?
  • Are there tax benefits for hiring disabled persons?
  • What are the legal concerns relative to hiring disabled persons?
  • Is the process of hiring a disabled person different than a non-disabled person?

In addition to getting answers to these questions, we highly encourage our attendees to come prepared with their own questions, so our speakers can help answer direct concerns. 

Attendees will leave the seminar with a printed handout of specific contacts and organizations that are in business to help employers staff a disabled individual, provide training assistance and coaches, and assist throughout the entire employment process.

Registration Opening Soon!


President's Newsletter

Happy Fall!

Fall is such a beautiful time of the year, especially here in Spokane. The leaves change, the sun shines, and the early morning air is crisp. Our unseasonably warm October has me thinking ... the expectations of a new season linger with those of the season before. It is often this way in our profession. The Board of Directors are here to listen and understand what your needs are to meet the demands of the profession. Please take the time to complete our surveys so we can ensure the training and development we provide meets your needs! We want to ensure you have the tools for any season.

Volunteer: It is the time of the year where we look for nominations for our 2015 INSHRM Board of Directors. If you are interested, please contact me and you can learn more about the positions for INSHRM. Not sure if committing to a Board of Director position is in your future? Let me know you are interested, and we will get you involved on a committee! Volunteers are essential to the success of INSHRM!

NHRMA #ROCKEDIT: HUGE shout out to our NHRMA 2014 Conference Committee! The NHRMA conference was hosted here in Spokane, and it was a huge success in large part because of the committee efforts! KaLee Quanz was the Conference Chair and led the committee through the entire process. Thank you, KaLee! Thank you also to the Committee: Valarie Hartfield, Krystal Siegfried, Corinda Behler-Howe, Andrea Morgan, and Kristina Riener.

Save The Date: Our upcoming Holiday Party will be on Wednesday, December 10th. More details to be announced at our November meeting! We've got something special up our Fall sweater sleeves for the Holiday Party!

November Meeting: I look forward to seeing you at our November meeting. There is a change in date/time to observe the Veteran's Day holiday. Our meeting will be Wednesday, November 12th, starting at 7:30 AM.

Best Regards,
Juanita Jiminez, PHR
INSHRM President
[email protected]  



Updates and Information


National Disability Employment Awareness Month:
Expect. Employ. Empower.

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2014 is "Expect. Employ. Empower."

INSHRM Partners For Work:

There is a saying that goes "you can't understand someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes." The following are a few quotes from individuals with disabilities and/or their parents about employment:

  • "I struggled to land a job, even with a master’s degree earned with top grades, as employers focused on my disability instead of my qualifications."
  • "Growing up having a disability, I was not an athlete, I never was a beauty queen, I didn’t babysit as parents didn’t believe I could care for their child."
  • "Working lets me show what I can accomplish. I am not just a woman with cerebral palsy."
  • "My son drives, and that was like graduating summa cum laude from MIT," his father stated. "A job, that’s like winning a Nobel Prize."
  • "For a parent to finally see their son or daughter experience what it's like to hold a job, be responsible and actually look forward, it can fulfill a lifelong dream."

While we can’t literally stand in Dustin’s shoes, INSHRM members can stand beside Dustin and our future Partners for Work participants and assist them in winning their Nobel Prize or fulfilling their lifelong dream. 

Former Walgreens Senior VP, Randy Lewis, who was instrumental in launching Walgreen’s very successful disability employment initiative stated, "You can do this in your community with a cause of your own."  Fortunately for us, our cause is our Partners for Work program.  Please join with your fellow INSHRM members and think of how we might employ Dustin or introduce him to someone we know who needs a good employee.  A Nobel Prize might be at stake.

Volunteer and Support Diversity in the Community:

In July this year, INSHRM partnered with Rotary 21 in a Mock Interview event where companies such as yours interviewed people with disabilities in an effort to provide feedback to those who were interviewed.

That event yielded a job for Rotary 21’s Greeter.  He is currently working with the City of Spokane.

We again are partnering with Rotary 21 in another Interview Event and we would like to invite you to be an interviewer!  The event is targeted for Monday, November 17, 2014 from 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM at a place to be determined.

This is a unique opportunity for INSHRM members to support and hire people with disabilities in the Spokane area.  Please take a moment to read the press from the first event received from the Spokesman Review:

If you or someone from your organization would like to participate, please contact Julie Orchard at (509) 209-2438 or [email protected] to sign up or ask questions.  There are only a few spots available so call or e-mail now!

Julie Orchard, INSHRM Diversity Director


We’re delighted to announce our new website, which has been many months in the planning.  We hope you enjoy discovering the new website and that you find it easy to navigate and pleasant to use.  Everything is organized by Members, Events and Community.

The monthly luncheons will be announced on the home page with a quick link to register.  Registration is a breeze.   You can register up to eight people at one time, members and non-members!  Needless to say, over the next few weeks there are bound to be some glitches, so  we’d ask that you bear with us as we put the final touches to our new site.

Each month we will cover a different feature in the newsletter, so tell us what you think.  What are your first impressions?  Hopefully you find the site easy to use, clean and efficient.  If you experience problems, please go easy on us!  It is to be expected that one or two things won’t work quite as expected.  Let us know if you spot any typos, bugs, or if something doesn’t work on your system.  Email us at [email protected] .

Workplace Flexibility

On behalf of When Work Works Spokane Community Partners, congratulations on receiving the 2014 When Work Works Award, formerly known at the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility. Our 2014 Spokane Winners:

BDO USA, LLP - Spokane, WA
Career Path Services - Spokane, WA
Community-Minded Enterprises - Spokane, WA
Humanix - Spokane Valley, WA
Provisional Recruiting + Staffing - Spokane, WA

Thank you for your efforts to provide and promote workplace flexibility.

Your Community Partners
(INSHRM, Humanix & GSI)

Holiday Party - Save the Date

INSHRM Holiday Party!
Date: Wednesday, December 10th
Where: Mobius Science Center
Featuring a Special Guest ... a T-Rex named Sue!

 Registration opening soon - limited tickets available so sign up early!

NHRMA Conference Follow Up!

I do not have any final numbers to report back to the INSHRM chapter yet, but unofficially I can safely say the 2014 NHRMA conference, hosted by INSHRM, was a rousing success! With 620 registered for the conference and 70 tradeshow booths, each with two to three representatives, we more than exceeded our projection of 500 attendees.

It takes a great deal of hard work on the part of many dedicated volunteers to make a conference successful, and I would like to take a moment to thank all of those volunteers that helped.

First, a special thank-you to the committee members who worked tirelessly for over a year on this conference.  These volunteers included; Valarie Hartfield on Programs and Keynote Speakers, Krystal Siegfried on Tradeshow and Sponsorship, Andrea Morgan who coordinated the fun Special Events on Tuesday evening (I personally ate my way around Spokane), Juanita Jiminez and Corinda Howe who coordinated the marketing efforts, and Kristina Reiner who organized all of the volunteers for the three days of the conference. Also a special thank-you to Krisann Hatch, our Mistress of Ceremonies, who somehow managed to get 620 people to sing her happy birthday, even though it was not her birthday.

Second, without the support of the INSHRM board, the INSHRM chapter members, and our Student chapter members we would not have been able to smoothly coordinate all the guests to our fair city. I was pleased to see so many familiar faces staffing the registration booth and facilitating the breakout sessions. The volunteers did such an outstanding job of welcoming the attendees, and I got wonderful feedback on how kind and hospitable the INSHRM members really are.

Last, I would like to personally thank each volunteer: Alan Faber, Allyson Jay, Casey Birdsell, Chris Purviance, Debbie Prindle, Emily Clyde, Jennifer Trent, Judi Walker, Ladonna Wojowicz, Melissa Faith, Melody Matthews, Nancy Kasmar, Pam Gibbons, Patti Murray, Sandy Moya, Sandy Wentz, Shae Noble, Stacey Scalf, Stacie King, Stefanie Sell, Tracy Duclayan, Yvonne Montoya-Zomora, Lindsy Castle, Lisa Dean, Nancy Miller and Amy Stubbs, Heidi Raprager, Janell Harding, Josh Seitz, Laurie Whitcomb, Melissa Kuntzmann, Lindsey Wane, Samantha Bragg, Shannon Drews and Julie Orchard. Thank-you for taking time out of your busy schedules to help with our conference.

"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart."  ~Elizabeth Andrew


KaLee Quanz, Conference Chair





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