Oregon Employment and Training Association

Rendezvous for Workforce Professionals

Monday October 21

Linda Henley-Smith-Return To Kindness 

The Workforce Professional knows all about the stress that comes with dealing with difficult situations and difficult people! The world is changing and sometimes it seems as if kindness has been kicked to the curb, and trolls have taken its place! A troll can be anything that threatens our peace, joy, confidence, and well-being. We can’t help others if we aren’t taking care of ourselves, and part of our wellness plan should include kindness, laughter, hope, and gratitude…our tools for survival! This session will address ways to deal with negative forces that want to rent space in our brains. There will be lots of stress-busting laughter involved!

Topics covered:

  • Turning a negative into a positive
  • Identifying stress triggers and stress busters
  • The healing power of humor
  • The gift of kindness
  • Losing excuses (big “buts”)
  • Finding a way to be kind to the unkind
  • Using kindness in customer service
  • How attitude affects a workplace

An author, educator, and professional speaker, Linda Henley-Smith provides an entertaining and educational outlook on working, living and surviving. She calls her company “For the Good Times,” because she believes we all deserve to have good times in life. Laughter is a FUNdamental part of every person’s plan for success. Laughter doesn’t make everything better for you but it sure makes you better for everything!

Linda’s programs are a unique blend of entertainment and education with practical suggestions on how to lose the excuses (buts) and live a “But”-Kickin’ life!

Linda holds degrees in education and music and is a member of National Speakers Association and The Association of Therapeutic and Applied Humor. She is the former editor of Agewave Magazine and authored state history newspapers for use in classrooms across the country. She has written several books; the two most recent are “Slightly Irregular Underwear…(Sometimes Imperfections Can be Perfect!”) and “Laughter: An Island of Sanity in the Sea of Stress.” Linda was featured along with Mark Victor Hansen and Dr. John Gray in “Mission Possible”, a collection of interviews with twelve Americans who have achieved success in their fields. She was named by Sharing Ideas Magazine as one of the “Consummate Speakers of the Year” and featured in Successful Meetings Magazine as one of the “Hot Picks” on the speaking circuit.

Linda presents keynotes, seminars and “playshops” all around the world, encouraging people to be the best they can be personally and professionally, by maintaining an “attitude of altitude.” She is a unique presenter, using music, props and a variety of original techniques to make her programs more than just entertaining and educational….they are life-changing events.

Tuesday October 22

COPE-The Cost of Poverty

One in five children in America live at or below the poverty line.

These numbers should disturb us, yet statistics can have a numbing effect. The Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) offers you an opportunity to walk in the shoes of families in our community who face poverty every day.

ThinkTank developed COPE with individuals who have lived experience in poverty. Their stories offer an opportunity to move beyond assumptions or stereotypes to a more holistic understanding of the causes and effects of poverty.

In this 2.5 hour hands-on training, you will experience a month in the life of families struggling to get by. The experiential nature of COPE will help you more deeply understand the complexities of poverty, paving the way for our community to be better allies and advocates for under resourced families.

You will have many ways to spend your time this month, but this experience you will never forget.

Joan Jones

Love INC of Clackamas County

Joan attended Multnomah University and gained a passion for loving and serving neighbors in need. She is married and with her husband Robert has raised 4 children and assisted her husband in a publishing business. She served as the Coordinator of services at Love INC Beaverton for 5 years before taking the role of ED in Clackamas County in 2011. She came to the job with a conviction of the beauty of the mission of the Love INC model of ministry.

Cindy Holt

Love INC of Clackamas County

Cindy has served as Love INC's Program Coordinator since 2012. She loves working with dedicated volunteers and local churches to love our neighbors together in the name of Christ. Cindy holds a Master of Social Work from George Fox University, with additional training on dealing with the impact of trauma and abuse from the Allender Center at the Seattle School of Psychology and Theology.


Think Tank developed COPE with low-income individuals who shared their story to give participants an opportunity to move beyond stereotypes to a more holistic understanding of the causes and effects of poverty. Also captured in the experience is the role that the broader community plays in their interactions with low-income families. Many organizations and communities across the nation use COPE to work more effectively with low-income families. This is because the experiential nature of this training helps organizations and communities more deeply understand the complexities of poverty, paving the way to address the issues more comprehensively.

Wednesday October 23

Kim Poage

Ethics and Avoiding Imposing our Values

It is often our own personal values that motivate us to enter the field and keep us focused on providing quality services to the teams and clients we partner with. At times our values align with clients, co-workers and other partnering agencies and at other times they do not.

This training will focus on how to avoid imposing our values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors on others including a self-evaluation to determine areas you may be at risk.

Challenging case scenarios will be explored and available to take back into the workplace to process with peers

Since 2009 native Oregonian Kim Poage has been the Clinical Coordinator for the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (RMHC) program at Western Oregon University (WOU). She has enjoyed work in the field of counseling as a State of Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Program Coordinator for Independent Living Services, Disability Analyst for Disability Determination Services, Mental Health Counselor, Private Rehabilitation Counselor subcontracted with Workers Compensation, and currently as the Clinical Mental Health Supervisor at Polk Community Free Clinic for students on clinical rotation from the RMHC program. Kim has a passion for empowering students, staff and individuals with disabilities or Deafness to find and succeed in their life’s work. She enjoys working collaboratively with others in the field to creatively problem solve and help restore a passion and joy in the important work of this field. Currently she is the Chair of the Oregon State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) and lives in Salem with her husband and growing daughters. For self-care she enjoys quilting, reading, aqua aerobics, and the thrill of a good thrift store find. 

Breakout Sessions



Rendezvous for Workforce Professionals: 

Opportunities to Enhance, Train and Acknowledge

October 21-23, 2019

Newport, OR


A comprehensive, 3-day learning event designed to Enhance, and Train and Acknowledge the partnerships of Workforce Professionals throughout the State while recognizing the accomplishments of Oregon’s finest.

$275 Early Bird July (Members Only)

$300 Members

$425 Non-Members

$135 Rendezvous Speakers

  • Locally and nationally recognized speakers and presenters
  • Breakout sessions with interactive, engaging, and useful workshops fulfilling the NAWDP Competencies needed for CWDP Certification (Certified Workforce Development Professional), as well as offering CRC Credits for Certified Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Exhibitor Hall with booths displaying products and services geared toward Workforce Professionals
  • Networking opportunities: time to mix, mingle, and learn from other OregonETA members representing a full spectrum of workforce programs
  • Gala awards banquet honoring "All-Star" and "Commitment in Action" award recipients.
  • Rendezvous Traditions: Conference events, door prizes galore, and silent auction!

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