Great Place to Work Institute Announces Best Practices Forum; Yahoo! and Umpqua Bank, Two of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work for Featured as Guest Speakers

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Two of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For are going to present at Great Place to Work® Institute's Best Practices Forum on November 6, 2007. They will share best practices that keep their employee turnover low and profits high.

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Great Place to Work® Institute Inc., a global research and consulting firm partnered with Fortune Magazine and HR Magazine to recognize the nation’s best workplaces, announced today that leaders from Yahoo! and Umpqua Bank will present at the Best Practices Forum, on November 6, 2007 in San Francisco.

Barbara Baker, the executive vice present of Cultural Enhancement at Umpqua Holdings Corporation, an Oregon based community bank, will share how she develops and implements best practices on November 6, 2007 at 10:00 A.M. (P.T.). Barbara oversees all culture, training and human resource functions. New to Fortune's 100 Best list, Umpqua Bank stands out as a great place to work for their active role in the community, including the Connect Volunteer program that gives 40 hours paid time off to each employee to volunteer at a non-profit of their choosing.

Heidi Burgett, an Evangelist for Yahoo!, Inc., an Internet media company based in Sunnyvale, California will present on November 6, 2007 at 10:30 A.M. (P.T.). Heidi manages corporate communications at Yahoo! and is responsible for internal branding, speech writing, and corporate messaging. On the best company list for the past two years, Yahoo! believes that their greatest strength is their talent. Yahoo! invests in their mostly Y-generation employees with an 820,000 square foot campus environment and an "Influential" speaker series closed to the press that have included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Brokaw, and Steven Spielberg,.

Baker and Burgett will share how their companies’ leverage their culture and strengths to create practices and programs that work for their employees. Moderated by Great Place to Work® Institute, the Best Practices Forum will teach attendees how to apply these concepts into their own organizations. Registration is $925. For registration and details visit:

About Great Place to Work® Institute:
Great Place to Work® Institute, Inc. is a global research and consulting firm dedicated to "building a better society by helping companies transform their workplaces." Through its education, consulting and annual "Best Companies to Work For" list activities, Great Place to Work® Institute recognizes the world’s best workplaces and provides information and advisory services to those who seek to create great workplaces of their own. In addition to its global headquarters in San Francisco, Great Place to Work® Institute has 30 affiliates in countries throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. For additional information, please visit

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