Thursday, May 9

This is the 2013 HR Convention Schedule. The 2014 Schedule will be posted in December.


7:00     Registration Re-Opens

Registration remains open throughout the day. Please visit Sherman's Convention Bookstore, the SHRM Silent Auction, and the Internet Cafe hosted by Thank You Keynote Sponsor, Combined Benefits United/Washington National; Reception Sponsors, Maine State Chamber of Commerce and Anthem BCBS; Breakfast and Dessert Sponsor, Mercer; Wellness Sponsor, Insurance Trust; and Barista Sponsor, Kaplan University.

Lead Sponsor:      MEMIC

Registration Sponsor:      Harvard Pilgrim                                

7:00 - 8:00     Early Bird: Making A Difference with Synergy

Track: Build a Great Workforce. Whether within your HR department or your organization as a whole, seeking continuous improvement through greater synergy makes a huge difference. In this hands-on workshop, Laurie Bouchard (LBouchard, LLC) and Lee Ann Szelog (Simply Put, LLC) offer exercises that enhance teamwork and create synergy. Learn how to tie the learning to your workplace and how to use these exercises with your own work teams. Limited seating... so if you register for this session, please make sure you'll be there bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

Pre-approved for HRCI general credit.

7:00 - 8:30     Breakfast is Served

Your Host:    Mercer

8:30 - 9:45     Keynote: JC POHL and ERAHM CHRISTOPHER

Building Community and Culture. Employing the legacy and inspirational storytelling of Teen Truth, JC Pohl from San Diego and Erahm Christopher from Montreal will help HR weave a connected Teen Truthcommunity inside and outside your workplace walls. Teen Truth was founded in 1999 as a response to the Columbine High School shooting. What began as a student-shot film series is now a powerful movement that has reached over 4.3 million lives around the country. Our keynoters bring this message of hope, inspiration, community, and culture to the world of HR. Their lessons can help your employees to engage work in a truthful manner and in a way that connects work, community and family.

Pre-approved for HRCI strategic credit.   Keynote Sponsor:       Combined Benefits United    Washington National

10:15 - 11:45     Choice A: Risk Factors in Employment Law Cases

Track: Legal Eagles. "Settlement or Trial?" A strategic HR professional knows that settlements and trials relate directly to your organization's mission and goals. Thad Zmistowski (Eaton Peabody in Bangor) will guide participants in an understanding of how our “rights-based” legal system operates and the claims settlement process. He will demonstrate through examples how attorneys value cases and provide tools for calculating the value of your organization’s reputational and time resources when defending claims.  

Pre-approved for HRCI general credit.

10:15 -11:45     Choice B: HR Boot Camp - Completing the I-9 Form

Track: HR Boot Camp. "Plus a Look at E-Verify!" Brian Coughlin (Fragomen, DelRey, Bernsen & Loewy in Boston) will explain how a diverse workforce contributes to our economic strength, but that same strength also attracts unauthorized employment. In this session, Maine employers will learn the law, proper completion of the Form I-9, and how to protect employee rights and avoid discrimination in the process. You will also conduct a self-assessment of your hiring practices to identify vulnerabilities that can be exploited by illegal aliens.

Pre-approved for HRCI general credit.

10:15 -11:45     Choice C: Retaining High Potential Leaders

Track: Build a Great Workforce. "With Emotional Intelligence!" You have already trimmed down to the best and brightest employees. Jim Kimberly (Sapphire Consulting in Amherst, New Hampshire) will help you retain this talent and position you for a period of economic recovery. Identify the five critical qualities of emotionally intelligent leaders, the benefits of related training, ways to address deficiencies, and how to link EI to mission, values, and retention efforts. True leadership is based on emotional and social competencies, not just cognitive skills.

Pre-approved for HRCI general credit.

10:15 - 11:45     Choice D: Legal Strategies for Tomorrow's Workforce - HR as Trusted Business Advisor

Track: Get Strategic. "Back to the Future!" Jim Erwin and Katy Rand (Pierce Atwood in Portland) engage the audience in a participatory discussion of the new contingent and virtual workforces, and other technological, global, and competitive forces that affect your ability to find and keep talent. How do you scale up or down and move quickly? Gain an understanding of how today’s regulatory environment may not be created to match these new forces. Identify strategies for meeting this talent challenge and controlling legal risk.  

Pre-approved for HRCI strategic credit.

10:15 - 11:45     Choice E: The Mechanic Meets the Gardener

Track: HR Skills and Creativity. "Engaging HR Creativity!" Let’s create a story about your workday through the lens of two world views – “The Mechanic Meets the Gardener.” Susan M. Gallant, Ed.D. (SM Gallant in Falmouth) offers exercises based on her book of the same name. Take a jaunt through the filters of what we experience as real and believe to be true. Learn a 7-step process to generate coherence and creativity. The mechanic and the gardener have a home within each of us. Their meeting place can inspire change in ourselves and at work.

Pre-approved for HRCI general credit.

11:45 - 1:00     Lunch and Roundtables

Enjoy a scrumptious buffet lunch! And for those who enjoy nonstop learning, please join one of two Roundtables. Topics and Leaders: 1) Safety Resource Management, with David Wacker and Steven Greeley (Maine Department of Labor); and 2) Whole Brain HR, with Amey Leadley (KMA Associates).

1:00 - 2:15     Keynote: SUZIE HUMPHREYS

HR Can Do That! From the Speakers Hall of Fame and San Antonio, Texas, speaking sensation Suzie Humphreys returns to the Maine HR Convention after a six-year absence. We missed you Suzie HumphreysSuzie! Using her life story as a backdrop (she’s been hired and fired and broke and an expectant mother when she was 40), she will demonstrate her passion for learning and seeing things differently. It will be a great life lesson for HR, and it will be a great life lesson for you as a person. Suzie lifts and cajoles, makes us laugh and cry, and most important, helps us find our ability to see the good in others.

Pre-approved for HRCI general credit.     

Keynote Sponsor:    Combined Benefits United       Washington National

2:15 - 3:00     Dessert and HR EXPO  

Enjoy savory desserts and visit the EXPO Hall to see the quality HR services and products of 80 companies. The support of our EXPO participants makes much of what you see on the convention floor possible! Hosted by: Mercer.    

3:00 - 4:30     Choice A: Build a Strategic Dashboard

Track: Get Strategic. "Let's Stop Talking and Start Building!" Jayson Saba (Ceridian in Derry, New Hampshire) uses the stories of two companies, one that built a real life HR dashboard and another that built a holistic scorecard to align HR efforts to organizational goals. In the process he will help you build a dashboard that covers recruiting, performance, learning, engagement, and service delivery. You will talk about today’s HR challenges and how to mitigate them. The clear result will be to tie HR efforts to business objectives and prove your value.

Pre-approved for HRCI strategic credit.

3:00 - 4:30     Choice B: HR Boot Camp: Let's Get Certified

Track: HR Boot Camp. "HRCI Certification and Re-Certification Process" How does certification impact your career? In this session with Stephanie Runyan (HRCI in Alexandria, Virginia), you will explore the value of certification (PHR, SPHR, GPHR, plus two new designations) to you and your organization. We'll connect the certification process to the current principles and core practices of HR, the market value of your designations, and the resources available to prepare for the exam. You also will discover tips for the recertification process.

3:00 - 4:30     Choice C: HR in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors

Track: Build a Great Workforce. "Making a Difference!" Our expert panel of Kristy Gould, SPHR (City of Augusta), Barb Gabri, SPHR (Motivational Services), and Martha Sumner, PHR (City of Westbrook) will identify similarities in non-profit and public sector HR, ones that differ from the private sector. You'll discuss the world of limited budgets, grant administration, regulations, political pressure, public information requests, and the presence of unions. And, you'll learn how to tell the story of working for and attracting talent to these diverse organizations.

Pre-approved for HRCI general credit.

3:00 - 4:30     Choice D: Drafting a Social Media Policy

Track: Legal Eagles. "From A to Z!" Peter Lowe (Brann & Isaacson in Lewiston) starts with the premise that most current social media policies contain illegal elements. With the help of a tablet (of course) and audience participation, he will draft a new policy that you can use as a template for your organization. This step-by-step approach covers all the necessary issues, from corporate confidentiality and trade secrets, to employee privacy, to postings and notices, to recruiting, to the NLRA and other employment laws, and everything in between.

Pre-approved for HRCI general credit.

3:00 - 4:30     Choice E: Bring on the Arts - Improve Creativity and ROI

Track: HR Skills and Creativity. "How the Arts Disciplines Increase Innovation!" When IDEXX’s HR person and arts committee member Cathy Dexter reached out to the Maine Center for Creativity and Jean Maginnis, she found a community collaborator and a way to increase employee retention, engage employee talents, and encourage R & D innovations. In this workshop, they will show you how grassroots and arts-based initiatives can influence corporate culture, scientific innovation,  and deepen your relationship with your community.

Pre-approved for HRCI strategic credit.           

4:30 - 6:00     Reception and HR EXPO

Please join us for hors d'oeuvres, conversations about all the day's exciting moments, and a chance to win some great prizes.

Your Hosts:   Maine State Chamber of Commerce    Anthem   

9:00 - 10:00     Entertainment: The Wit and Wisdom of Suzie Humphrey

Join our keynote speaker for an hour of her contagious Texas humor and stories with the enchantment of a deeper meaning.

Hosted by:   Northeast Delta Dental