Recent News

  • 12 Sep 2018 8:38 AM | Dena Nguyen (Administrator)

    Are you working towards a certification with WorldatWork, or are interested in attending a local conference or our First Friday events, but funding is tight?  Check out our 2019 Professional Scholarship opportunity!  Applications will only be accepted through November 27, 2018, so don't delay if you want to apply for this amazing opportunity!


  • 16 Mar 2018 8:00 PM | Dena Nguyen (Administrator)


    Rewards NW is the only full-day conference that provides education and practical tools for the total rewards professional.  This is an opportunity to focus on your development and skills for the advancement of your career.  The conference brings total rewards professionals together to learn best practices from the industry as a whole and to network with each other and service providers.

    Please join us for Rewards NW, preceded by an opening night reception hosted by CWCG and NCRF.

    • Wednesday September 19, 2018: Opening Night Networking 5-7PM  Skybridge Terrace World Trade Center 121 SW Salmon St., Portland, OR  97204
    • Thursday, September 20, 2018: Registration 8:00 AM, Welcome Address 9:00 AM World Trade Center 121 SW Salmon St., Portland, OR  97204

    It's the perfect opportunity to learn more about the Total Rewards landscape including compensation, benefits, and other common reward practices, while networking and exchanging ideas with your peers.


    CWCG members get a discount for attending!  Be sure to use discount code MEMBNCRFCWCG when you register!

    Register here:


  • 09 Feb 2018 7:45 AM | Dena Nguyen (Administrator)

    Welcome to 2018!

    I’m very happy to share with you some of the activities that CWCG will be doing in the coming year to educate, excite, and engage you in the Compensation, Benefits, and Total Rewards profession.  CWCG’s primary mission is to provide opportunities and resources for your professional development, and this year we’re offering a variety of ways to support you in achieving your certification/recertification, staying up-to-date on industry and regulatory trends, and building strong professional networks, all while having some fun!

    Here’s a quick overview of our major scheduled events:

    • World At Work classes –
      • T4/GR9, March 8-9
      • T3, May 10-11
      • C4, September 13-14
    • Rewards NW – September 20!
    • 1st Thursday Events

    I’m especially excited about the energy our board has this year – not only have several new board members jumped in and taken the reins on existing work, they’ve given us fresh ideas and perspectives as well.  Some of those ideas are: a membership appreciation summer social event, guest posts on the website, interviews with featured CWCG members, and a “Mentorship Mixer” where people newer to the world of Compensation and Benefits can meet and establish ongoing relationships with experienced professionals.  Stay tuned for more information!

    A large part of the board’s engagement mission this year is to enhance our digital and web presence.  We want our website to be more than just a place where people go to sign up for events or browse open jobs (though we still love it when you do!).  We’re also expanding our presence on Facebook and LinkedIn to better serve you through those avenues and keep you informed.  If you haven’t already, please like us on Facebook, and join our group on LinkedIn, where you can find some of the industry and event information we’ve shared, and post a dog or cat meme.  And check back regularly at – where if you search carefully, you may get some insights into the checkered pasts of our board members…but I digress.

    As we progress through the year, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me personally if you have any questions, comments, or feedback on anything CWCG-related… or if you have extra beer you need to give away.  It’s important to me to hear your voice as members, and to orient the organization’s services to your needs.  CWCG has been a fantastic resource to me since I first joined in 2006 – I’ve met smart people who have become co-workers, bosses, friends, and who, more importantly, enrich my life professionally and personally.  My personal goal this year is to help facilitate you all having a similar experience!


    Matt Johnson

    President, CWCG

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