March Program 2017

Mar 14th 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Scott Conference Center
6450 Pine Street

registration & networking:  11:00AM
lunch / hram announcements:  11:30AM

keynote (12:00 - 1:00pm)
KEYNOTE Speaker:  BJ Gallagher

"How Can Birds of Different Feathers Flock Together?"

The old adage, "Birds of a feather flock together," has a ring of truth to it. Most of us do like to spend time with people with whom we share much in common – values, beliefs, interests, goals, life experiences, and more.

We like to be in our comfort zone, hanging out with kindred spirits. Nothing wrong with that. But in the world of work, that isn't always possible – or even desirable. Research has shown that diverse work teams are more creative and more productive than homogeneous teams. The challenge is: How do we tap into that creativity and cultivate that productivity, when people would often prefer to work with people more like themselves?  This lively keynote will explore this issue and help us explore ways in which we can build a culture of pluralism in our organizations.

Technical Session 1 (1:15 - 2:45pm)
Speaker: BJ GAllagher

“Who Cares About Diversity.....and Why?”

Diversity has been an issue for human resource professionals for over three decades now, and it shows no sign of becoming obsolete. Why is that? Why is diversity an evergreen training topic – right along with leadership, team building, customer service, and other timeless business issues? Why should we care about diversity? Why DO we care about diversity? This 90-minute interactive session will provide the opportunity to examine our own organization's interest in diversity – and what the costs and benefits are.

Technical Session 2 (3:00 - 4:30pm)
Speaker: BJ Gallagher

"Diversity - What's In It for Me?”

We hear people talk about the business case for diversity all the time. "It helps us relate to our customers" and "It brings diverse perspectives to solving business problems" and more. But what about individual employees – what's in it for them? People do things for their own reasons – not necessarily for the organization's reasons. So ... do employees have anything to gain by embracing diversity as a personal issue, not just a business issue? This 90-minute interactive session will provide the opportunity to take a look at ourselves – the good, the bad, and even the ugly – to understand our own motivation. 


HRAM is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.  This program has been pre-approved for 4.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM and SHRM-SCPSM.  For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


This Program has been submitted for 4.0 hours of HR CREDIT from the HR Certification Institute. The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification  Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be  pre-approved for recertification credit.



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Registration is closed.

  HRAM Member NON HRAM Member
$25 $50
Technical Session
$35 $70
Keynote & Technical Session $40 $80
Corporate Table (seats 7)
Includes Keynote and Tech Session

*You may also fax, email or mail in the Registration Form.

Registration cancellation and deadline is March 8, 2017 to receive a full refund.

Thank you to our Program Sponsor:                  


About the Speaker


BJ Gallagher reading her essay from "He Said WHAT?!"

BJ Gallagher is a workplace expert, prolific author, and popular speaker. She writes business books that educate and empower, women's books that enlighten and entertain, and gift books that inspire and inform. Whether her audience is corporate executives, working women, or job seekers, her message is “The Power of Positive DOING.” She motivates and teaches with empathy, understanding, and more than a little humor.

BJ's international business fable, A Peacock in the Land of Penguins (Berrett-Koehler) is THE best-selling diversity book in the world – selling over 375,000 copies in 23 languages. Her other business books include: Being Buddha at Work: 108 Ancient Truths on Change, Stress, Money, and Success (Berrett-Koehler) with a Foreword by the Dalai Lama, YES Lives in the Land of NO: A Tale of Triumph Over Negativity (Berrett-Koehler), and a career book, It’s Never Too Late To Be What You Might Have Been (Viva Editions).

BJ’s book, The Power of Positive Doing (Simple Truths), is very popular with business audiences, and her next book, Leadership Secrets of Oz, is will be published in March 2017.

BJ is a regular Huffington Post contributor. She has been featured on CBS Evening News with Bob Schieffer, the Today Show with Matt Lauer, Fox News, PBS, CNN, and other television and radio programs. She is quoted frequently in various newspapers, women's magazines, and websites, including: O the Oprah magazine, Redbook, Woman's World, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Orlando Sentinel, Financial Times (U.K.), Guardian (U.K.),,,,, among others.

In addition to writing books, BJ also conducts seminars and delivers keynotes at conferences and professional meetings across the country. Her corporate clients include: IBM, Chevron, US Veteran's Administration, John Deere Credit Canada, Volkswagen, Farm Credit Services of America, Raytheon, US Department of Interior, Phoenix Newspapers Inc., the American Press Institute, Infiniti, Nissan, Atlanta Journal Constitution, among others.

BJ’s academic credentials are as impressive as her professional background: She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of USC, earning a BA in Sociology, summa cum laude. She has finished the coursework for a PhD in Social Ethics, also at USC.

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