Meeting/Event Information


April 18, 2018

April 2018 Chapter Meeting
April 18, 2018
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Portland State Smith Memorial Student Union
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
Emotional Intelligence

$25.00 Member Ticket

$30.00 Guest Meeting ticket

PMPA monthly meetings are a fun and educational. Meetings cover a diverse range of topics that payroll professionals will find beneficial.

Come join us! Breakfast begins at 7:30 AM with our speaker, Nicole Abraham, Research Associate for CODA, Inc.

Motivated business professionals are looking for every edge to be successful in the workplace. Naturally, many develop expertise in technical or task-oriented skills in order to enhance their careers. However, those who have a high level of awareness and control over their emotions, and use their emotions to connect with others and develop positive relationships, will find even greater success in the workplace.

This soft skill is known as emotional intelligence, and it is an essential element in the business world, especially in high-stress environments. If you are unable to control your emotions, they can preoccupy your thoughts and interfere with your ability to evaluate a situation objectively. On the contrary, knowing what triggers your emotional responses and understanding how to exercise self-control over them enables you to confront difficult issues and manage change with clarity and composure.

Nicole Abraham is a Research Associate for CODA, Inc. CODA is the oldest opioid addiction treatment program in Oregon. The agency was established in 1969 as part of a state effort to provide methadone to clients in need of treatment who could benefit from this medicine. Now, CODA provides substance use treatment throughout the Portland Metro area at 10 locations, offering 15 different treatment programs. Nicole has worked for CODA for over 2 ½ years and, until recently, spent the last 5 years in Training and Development.  She currently works in the CODA Research department studying substance use and potential treatments through the National Institute of Drug Abuse. She graduated from Portland State University with a BS in Psychology and is currently obtaining her MS in Adult Education.    

As always, your meeting registration fee includes breakfast, raffle prizes, and 1 Continuing Professional Education credit. Breakfast menu: Einstein's Bagels with schmears, seasonal fruit, and coffee.


Season pass holders: In order to track your attendance for CPP credits, please let us know you are coming. Just register as usual, but use the option to pay with a "voucher."


Smith Memorial Student Union is at 1825 SW Broadway, Room 323.

After you arrive at Smith Hall Enter the Hall from Broadway Street and walk through the lobby past a set of double doors. When you can go no further turn left, you will find the elevators on your left. Take the elevator to the third floor and turn left out of the elevator. At the end of the hall turn left again and room 323 will be on your left.

Hourly & Visitor Parking Locations Hourly and Visitor parking spaces are intended to accommodate PSU students, employees, and guests who choose to drive infrequently or as an alternative to their regular commute.

More Parking Information: Parking Garage 1 is across the street from Smith Hall with hourly paid parking on the first floor. PSU suggests that this is the best option for our meeting. The address for the first floor entrance is 1872 SW 6th Ave. The cost is $4 per hour.

Payment is required all hours, all days except for official university holidays. Self-service pay stations do not provide change.