Add Me To Your Mailing List 2010 - Portland, Oregon Past Conferences

Wednesday, September 30
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Opening General Session


HR And Change: What Comes Next for the HR Profession and for SHRM?
Robb E. Van Cleave, SPHR, IPMA-CP, Chair
SHRM Board of Directors


The world has changed dramatically over the last 50 years, and HR is at the forefront of this change. In this session, you will learn how the HR profession has evolved from its former transactional approach to its current role in developing strategies for a highly mobile, tech-savvy, and increasingly flexible workforce. The presentation also explores case studies of HR professionals helping their organizations confront today’s economic downturn and reviews the new strategic direction and expanded role SHRM has charted for itself as a result of its recent Strategic Business Review.

Robb Van Cleave is the chair of the 2009 - 2010 Board of Directors for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). With a background in education, business, government, and labor-management negotiations, he brings a depth of experience to this leadership position.

Van Cleave has twenty years of human resource experience in the private and public sectors. Currently, he is the chief talent and strategy officer for Columbia Gorge Community College. Prior to joining the college's administration in 2006, he served as director of employee and administrative services for Wasco County, OR. He also held several human resources posts at the Bi-Mart Corporation, a multi-state retail operation with 3,000 employees and 70 stores throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Van Cleave brings a unique perspective to the SHRM Board having served as an elected public official since 1995. He recently concluded his sixth and final term as Mayor of the City of The Dalles, OR, where he helped attract private investment that created new jobs after a severe economic downturn. By building relationships with several Fortune 500 companies and the international community, he led efforts to bring new business and cultural opportunities to the city.

An active member of SHRM at the local, regional and national levels for fifteen years, he has been a member of the SHRM Board since 2002 and served as Board treasurer from 2006 - 2007. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of SHRM volunteer positions including chapter president, state director for the Oregon State Council, and member of the Northwest Human Resource Management Association Board of Directors.

Van Cleave received his bachelor's degree from Oregon State University. In addition to his certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, he is also a Certified Professional with the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-CP).



Thursday, October 1
8:30 am - 10:00 am General Session


Keeping the Fires Lit
D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas


This powerful program will renew your sense of purpose, passion and performance in all you do. In Native American traditions, warriors spent their lives developing their talent and abilities to become assets to the village they served. Today that village can be your family, community, clients - anyone you serve... and in order to create success within the village, we must first be able to take excellent care of ourselves and keep our fires lit. In this session, D.J. will share timeless wisdom and show you effective strategies to keep yourself inspired, motivated and focused, lower your stress and keep your spirit strong as you continue to serve others. Get ready to look at your life in a whole new light!

D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas is a husband, father, internationally acclaimed motivational storyteller and success coach. He is also the author of the celebrated book The Tiny Warrior: A Path to Personal Discovery & Achievement which is printed is six countries.

D.J. is an Odawa Indian from Michigan and uses traditional warrior concepts and wisdom to inspire others to achieve their best in life and career. For fifteen years, he's delivered his dynamic programs in 49 states and overseas to over 2,000 audiences including Walt Disney, NASA, IBM and hundreds of tribal governments, communities and schools. He's also been invited to the White House to speak - twice.

He holds a B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an M.S. from University of Southern California. After serving ten years as an Air Force officer, he is now the president of his own company, Native Discovery, Inc.. D.J.'s mission is to "build the warriors of tomorrow...today".



Friday, October 2
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm General Session


Motivation — A Moving Target
Mark Speckman


In the ultra-competitive world of football, Mark Speckman is a part of an elite fraternity who has experienced considerable success at every level. As an athlete, he rose from the bottom of his high school depth chart to collegiate All-American linebacker. As a coach, he has won in high school and college, establishing himself as a mastermind of the "FLY" offense and garnering numerous Coach of the Year honors in the process. What's most impressive, however, is that Mark was born without hands.

Mark learned early on that he couldn't escape his disability. He had to face his challenges and "figure life out" without hands. In his mid-20's Mark made a pact with God to use his disability to create a positive impact in others lives. He made a promise to share his life story with anyone who inquired. Since then, Mark has been featured by numerous national media outlets (including ESPN and USA Today) and has established himself as one of the most in-demand motivational speakers in the country.

While Mark's physical disability is evident, his message is about helping people recognize and overcome the "disabilities" in their own life. At the end of the day all of us are limited by disabilities that keep us from realizing our potential. Whether it is poor communication skills, fear of failure or lack of organization, we all have weaknesses in our lives that require extra effort or creativity on our part to achieve success. Therefore, Mark's story is not about avoiding life's twists and turns or hiding from our weaknesses, but rather about conditioning one's self to believe in the power of the human spirit and achieve our highest goals.

"Mark has a universal message for any audience. Mark's sense of humor will keep you intrigued and, when he's done, you'll be inspired to achieve maximum results by reaching your potential."

-Christina J. Price, Washington Mutual Bank

"Mark's inspiring and entertaining speech put many things in perspective for me. It not only exemplified the power of the human spirit, but that overcoming obstacles is a state of mind."

- Skip Henk, Chairman, Xplor International

"Mark joins a limited group coaches/speakers - Coach John Wooden, Bob Knight, Paul Bucha (Congressional Medal of Honor recipient) - who, in my 43 years of offering coaches' clinics for high school coaches, have received a standing ovation."

-Bob Murrey, Director, USA Coaches Clinics