Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will host a breakfast briefing forum titled “Hiring: Starting the Employment Relationship Off on the Right Note” Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Baker Donelson’s office at 165 Madison Ave., 20th floor. For more information or to register, contact Nicolette Thomas at 577-2328 or

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., suite 502. Participants will learn to recognize the zone of insolvency and practical tools to move their organizations away from the zone into long-term sustainability. Cost is $99 for members, $150 for nonmembers and $89 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit

Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast Club will hold a Female Business Leader Lunch Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Napa Café, 5101 Sanderlin Ave., suite 122. The lunch is focused on bringing business leaders together to create new relationships and serve as a brain trust to work on cultivating programs focused on supporting mentorships for women in business. For reservations, contact Jeremy Park at 321-1020 or

Rhodes College will host a discussion with Michael Robbins, senior adviser for the nonprofit partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education, Thursday at 6 p.m. in Frazier Jelke B on the Rhodes campus. Robbins will discuss “Partnerships to Turn Around Our Nation’s Lowest Performing Schools.” The event is free and open to the public.

The University of Memphis Herff College of Engineering will honor John A. Pafford at its 2011 Outstanding Alumnus at its annual awards dinner March 1 at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Tickets are $35 per person. Deadline for reservations is Friday. For more information, call 678-4306.

The Greater Memphis Chamber will hold a breakfast forum Feb. 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave. Phil Trenary, president and chief executive officer of Pinnacle Airlines, will speak. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. For reservations, contact Ericka Milford by Friday at 543-3518 or

Bumpus Harley-Davidson and Memphis Harley Owners Group will hold their annual Chili Cook-off and Men’s Dessert Bake-Off Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bumpus Harley-Davidson, 2160 Whitten Road. The cook-off will benefit the Pam Cobb Paralegal Scholarship Fund.