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Welcome to the Mid-Willamette Human Resource Association (MHRA)

We are an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. Our 90+ members represent a variety of businesses and industries in the greater Linn and Benton Counties.  We are a SHRM 100% Chapter which means our local chapter members are also members of SHRM.  Whether you are new to the HR field or have many years of experience, we are a local starting point for networking, information, professional development and continued support of excellence in Human Resources.

Click here for information on joining our chapter, as well as national membership information.  We welcome your use of this site as a resource, and encourage you to check back frequently for updated information. We also encourage your involvement and suggestions about all of our activities, on the web and off.

 Visit our Meetings & Events page for information on our next Chapter Meeting. Also visit our Sponsors page as they have generously assisted us in advancing the HR profession.







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  • July 8, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am
    Mennonite Home Administration Building 5353 Southeast Columbus Street Albany, OR 97322

    If you experience chronic self-doubt about being less smart, talented, experienced and knowledgeable than others, you may be unconsciously sabotaging your career.
    Up to 70% of us experience feeling that we are posing as successful, competent individuals - even...

  • August 12, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am

    Speaker: Anne Gillies, OSU



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  • September 9, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am

    Speaker: Jennifer Bouman-Steagall, Red Kite




  • September 25, 2015, 8:00am – 12:00pm
    Farm Home, 4455 NE Hwy 20, Corvallis, OR 97330


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MHRA NOW HAS A NEW MEETING SPOT FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2015.  We are excited about our new meeting location of the Mennonite Village.  We will meet in the Administration Building.  We will be meeting in the Chapel which is just the right of the entrance and their reception center. The Mennonite Home address is: 

5353 Columbus St SE
Albany, OR 97322-7136


July MHRA Meeting


TITLE: The Imposter Syndrome: Uprooting Hidden Obstacles to Success

PRESENTER: Jean Bonifas, President of Springboard Northwest, LLC

If you experience chronic self-doubt about being less smart, talented, experienced and knowledgeable than others, you may be unconsciously sabotaging your career.
Up to 70% of us experience feeling that we are posing as successful, competent individuals - even though plenty of evidence exists to prove the opposite is true.
Ultimately the problem is not whether we occasionally (or regularly) fear failing, it’s whether our concerns with being found out, prevent us from taking actions important to achieving our highest aspirations.
An article "The Imposter Phenomenon in High Achieving Women" written by researchers Patricia Rose Clance, Ph.D. and Suzanne Imes in 1978, described this mindset and its implications on career success. Over time the term "Imposter Phenomenon" evolved into the "Imposter Syndrome" acknowledging that in chronic cases, it can become a mental health issue.

This presentation uses the "Imposter Phenomenon" characteristics' Scale created by Clance and Imes. Individual scoring and debriefing of Scale results sheds new light on how this Syndrome may be creating obstacles to our individual success. The Imposter Syndrome will be discussed within the context of "fixed and growth mindsets" as described in "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" written by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. Table group conversations and general discussion will enable participants to:
1. Assess the degree to which their career trajectories are being influenced by fears of inadequacy;
2. Define the dangers and opportunities that can arise out of Imposter feelings while performing at a high level;
3. Select at least one immediately accessible technique for setting aside Imposter behaviors when the stakes are high; and
4. Assist others in diagnosing and reducing the influence of similar fears.


Bio for Jean Bonifas, Springboard Northwest, LLC

As Springboard NW owner and principal guide, Jean Bonifas draws upon her extensive experience in sales, customer service, education, and workplace communication. She is equally a performance artist and businessperson with a unique ability to foster confidence and empower others to communicate with clarity and compassion. Jean holds a bachelor of arts degree in children’s theatre from the University of Washington and a master’s in speech communication from Western Washington University. She has worked in sales, marketing, customer service, and education for 30+ years; successfully building and managing the customer base of two local businesses. She received Lee Enterprises’ prestigious President’s Award for retail advertising. She brings a lively spirit and sense of wonder to her training. For twelve years, she served as an adjunct faculty member teaching public speaking and interpersonal communication at Linn-Benton Community College (in Corvallis and Albany, Oregon) where she was awarded an Outstanding Part-time Faculty Award. Jean is a member of the Applied Improv Network, the Cascadia Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), is Past President and VP for Membership of her local SHRM Chapter - Mid-Willamette Human Resource Association, and is Diversity Chair for the SHRM's affiliate, the Oregon State Council. Springboard NW has hosted and led communication skills workshops for businesses and institutions in Western Washington and Oregon since 2001.


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