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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
July 17, 2009
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Dear ASHHRA Member,

Today we find ourselves facing a very different set of challenges than we had in the past. This economic environment tests all of us – every day – to lead the way through uncertainty and turbulence.

One important thing does not change – the fact that health care HR professionals gather strength and wisdom from each other. This is the reason I am writing to you today. We often talk about the benefits of engaging with our peers, and I believe that the need for this right now could not be greater. The comparison of strategies and tactics, the sharing of ideas, and even a crucial discussion on a hot topic, prepares us to navigate and lead. There is no better opportunity I know of for this type of exchange than the ASHHRA 45th Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago, Nov. 1-3.

If you are on the fence about attending this year because of the challenge of tight budgets, then consider this: If you could spend two to three days immersing yourself in education tailored to the specific needs of health care HR professionals in today’s economic climate… gain resources you’ll draw upon throughout the coming year …re-energize through engaging with colleagues … isn’t it worth it? We encourage you to face today’s challenging issues together and find ways to address them.

Chicago has good flight schedules and airfares have been falling. And if you register by Friday July 31st using the coupon below, you will receive a savings of $50. So be part of the ASHHRA 45th Annual Conference & Exposition community and be where those who participate generate solutions and results.

I look forward to the opportunity to exchange ideas with you in Chicago this November.

Best regards,

Catherine D. Sewell, MBA, CAE
Executive Director, ASHHRA




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ASHHRA 45th Annual Conference & Exposition
Chicago Nov 1-3, 2009
Take advantage of the registration discount of $50 Now!

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  • Network with your peers and share information
  • Choose from more than 50 learning sessions with CEU credits
  • Learn from engaging speakers: Buzz Aldrin, Kevin Lofton and Jennifer James.
  • Have fun at the MetLife Social Event at the House of Blues
  • Meet exhibitors with products and services to serve your HR needs!

 

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