Upcoming events

    • 18 Mar 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Virtual Zoom Meeting


    Equitable Pay as an Organizational Strategy

    2021 Compensation Trends      

    Presented by Nancy Kasmar, Principal, Compensation Connections LLC & Shannon Drohman, Principal, Compensation Connections LLC

    Pay equity is a complex topic for any organization, with tremendous business and strategic implications. It takes sustained commitment to cultivate pay equity within an organization. Join us as we talk about the current state of pay equity in the United States. Understand how a pay equity analysis is designed and conducted, and how to determine the story behind the data. From a broader perspective, we will discuss how HR programs and systems impact pay equity across the organization. We’ll discuss how to modify your HR business practices to address pay inequities.

    Learning  Objectives

    1. Evaluate the credibility of a pay equity analysis. 

    2. Analyze organizational practices that lead to pay inequities. 

    3. Evaluate your HR practices to identify and address systemic pay inequities. 

    Presenters' Bios:

    Nancy Kasmar is a Principal of Compensation Connections, with over 25 years of management experience in addition to 15 years in human resources and total rewards. She received her Master of Science degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and a Certificate in Management from the University of California, San Diego. Nancy holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation with an additional certification as a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP). She is also certified as a SHRM-SCP.

    Nancy has worked with hundreds of organizations throughout North America as a compensation consultant. She was the 2018 President of Washington State SHRM and currently serves as Washington State SHRM Certification Director.  In addition to her professional and volunteer responsibilities, Nancy speaks regionally and nationally on topics ranging from compensation and benefits to mentorship and diversity.

    Shannon Drohman is a Principal of Compensation Connections with 20+ years in HR and rewards. Her clients range in size from small start-ups to thousands of employees, in a variety of sectors including government, non-profit, health care, and technology. Shannon is a former graduate-level instructor in Human Resource Management and Past President of Lake Washington HR Association. Her credentials include a Master’s Degree in Human Resources, SHRM-SCP and HRCM certifications, and a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designation.

    Mark your calendars for Thursday, 3/18/2021 from 12 pm to 1 pm for this presentation.

    Zoom webinar details will be emailed separately after registration and prior to the event.


    • 8 Apr 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Virtual Zoom Meeting


    Review of 401(k) Plans and Plan Designs. Impact from the SECURE Act     

    Presented by Kurt Oswell, Pension Consultant at Farmer & Betts

    This presentation will focus on 401(k) plan design options to enhance the benefits of the plan for plan sponsors and plan participants, and discuss changes in the law from the SECURE Act. Our speaker will provide a review of 401k plans and plan design options to allow for targeted benefits to key employees. In addition, the presentation will highlight changes in the law from the SECURE Act and their impact on 401(k) plans and plan design considerations, including increased tax credits for new plan sponsors, Safe Harbor notice changes and auto-enrollment changes. 

    Learning  Objectives

    1. Review of 401(k) basic plan design. 

    2. Analyze enhanced 401(k) design considerations - targeted benefits. 

    3. Review SECURE Act and its impact on 401(k) plans. 

    Presenter's Bio:

    Kurt Oswell is a qualified pension plan consultant with Farmer & Betts Pension Consultants. Located in the greater Seattle area, Kurt has experience running a small business and has been working in the pension administration industry over 15 years. He partners with financial advisors and accounting professionals in the Puget Sound region, Central and Eastern Washington, and Alaska.

    Having managed a printing ink business for over a decade, Kurt understands the challenges and pressures that business owners face. He works with entrepreneurs and business owners to design and implement pension plans that meet their short and long term needs. His goal is to make complex opportunities understandable so that his clients can make educated decisions.

    Kurt resides in Seattle with his wife and two daughters. As longtime Seattle residents, they enjoy outdoor adventures including hiking and camping. Kurt’s other hobbies include golfing and snowboarding. 

    Mark your calendars for Thursday, 4/8/2021 from 12 pm to 1 pm for this presentation.

    Zoom webinar details will be emailed separately after registration and prior to the event.


Past events

11 Feb 2021 Lean Six Sigma: Optimizing Operations
14 Jan 2021 Master the Five Rules of Virtual Engagement
10 Dec 2020 How to Build Better Bosses
12 Nov 2020 2021 Washington Exempt Salary Threshold Update
8 Oct 2020 What's Next - Post-COVID
23 Sep 2020 DE&I SHRM Hosted Webinar for WA
10 Sep 2020 Employment Law Update
12 Mar 2020 Non-violent Communication Skills
13 Feb 2020 Are You Spending Dollars to Save Dimes?
9 Jan 2020 Labor Market Data to Inform Workforce Strategy
12 Dec 2019 BizProv - Communication for Collaboration
14 Nov 2019 Human Resources Legal Changes: Bracing for 2020
17 Oct 2019 After Workshop Lunch Networking
17 Oct 2019 17th Annual Fall Workshop
12 Sep 2019 Employment Law Update
13 Jun 2019 Copia on the Boulevard June Networking Event
9 May 2019 Getting Talent Back to Work
11 Apr 2019 What you need to know about Domestic Violence in the Workplace
14 Mar 2019 Building Positive and Productive Cultures through Strategic Leadership
14 Feb 2019 Streamlined Third Party Mediation in the Workplace
10 Jan 2019 Recreational Marijuana
13 Dec 2018 Flip the Script: 4 Steps to Radically Improve Productivity and Potential
8 Nov 2018 HR Professionals: A Guide for Incorporating Mental Health into Your Wellness Strategy
11 Oct 2018 16th Annual Fall Workshop
13 Sep 2018 Recent Developments in Federal and State Employment Law
14 Jun 2018 Leave, Please: Practical Tips for Dealing with the Current and Forthcoming Leave-Related Laws in Washington
7 Jun 2018 SIHRMA Farmstrong Networking Event
10 May 2018 Return to Work, Stay at Work & Preferred Worker Programs



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