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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.









We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting or event




A Big Thanks to This Month’s Sponsor






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  • April 8, 2015, 7:15am – 9:00am
    5353 Columbus St SE Albany, OR 97322-7136

    Our topic this month is Bullying in the Workplace and Conflict Climate.  Our speaker is Sue Theiss from the ...

  • May 13, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am

    Speaker: Thea Albright



    More Information to Follow....

  • June 10, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am

    Speaker: Karishna Balasbramani Attorney Sather, Byerly and Holloway




  • July 8, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am

    Speaker: Kathy Graffis



    More Information to Follow...

  • August 12, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am

    Speaker: Anne Gillies, OSU



    More Information to...

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March MHRA Meeting  


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


April MHRA Meeting

Our topic this month is Bullying in the Workplace and Conflict Climate.  Our speaker is Sue Theiss from the Oregon State University Omsbuds Office. 

Conflicts involving workplace bullying are some of the most challenging to address and manage effectively. Session participants will learn the process of bullying, its far-reaching effects and multiple dimensions, and options for effective intervention, assistance, and support. 

Conflict climate will also be examined. This looks at the relational conditions and communication practices that determine whether the working environment promotes or inhibits conflict resolution. It’s especially helpful to understand when working with groups and environments that have been toxic for some time, or have become conflict ridden due to change.

Sue Theiss, M.A., is the University Ombuds for Oregon State University, where she provides conflict management services and education to all members of the University community. She began her Ombuds career as a volunteer and program co-chair at the University of Arizona, while serving as Department Administrator for the Arizona Health Science Center’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. In 2002 she became the University of Arkansas’ first Ombuds, focusing on student related issues. She holds degrees in Business Administration and Communication, and has served as a mentor for new Ombuds through the International Ombuds Association. She has expertise in, and has presented on, both workplace bullying and conflict climate at OSU and to Ombuds peers at professional conferences.

 Please join us for breakfast and this informative session.


If you would like to attend the April meeting please RSVP using the Eventbrite link below.


****First time attendees may visit a MHRA chapter meeting free of charge.  If you are a SHRM member and you designate MHRA as your home chapter all meetings continue at no charge. If you are not a SHRM member or choose do not wish to designate MHRA as your home chapter then the meeting cost is $15. 





To register, please use the link below:!salem-shrc/c1iea