One-Day Basic Training Course

Fundamentals for a Successful HR Career

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Registration Fee: $250


Start your career in Human Resources on the right foot! This crash course is a perfect first step to navigating your new field. Witness five learning modules organized by premier HR leaders and legal experts in Maine. You’ll leave the screen confident and armed with professional know-how to continue your HR learning curve.   


  • LIVE Virtual Classes on May 6, 2021
  • On-Demand Recordings available after the event
  • Maine HR Online – Our Exclusive Community Forum
  • HR Book Club Series
  • Virtual EXPO Hall
  • NETWORKING: Video & Text Chat, Appointment Scheduling, and more!


The Morning!  

Faculty: Deb Whitworth SHRM-SCP, SPHR and Kristine Avery SHRM-SCP, SPHR open the doors to this forum for those new to the profession and will lead the three morning sessions. Deb is CEO of the HR Studio Group, and Kris serves as CHRO at Saint Joseph’s College. They are both experienced and creative instructors, veterans of the Maine HR Convention faculty, and past Directors of the SHRM Maine State Council. 

The Afternoon!  

Faculty: Two of Maine’s finest employment lawyers help turn you into “legal eagles,” putting you on the road to spotting workplace problems and keeping your employer in compliance. Anne-Marie Storey from Rudman & Winchell in Bangor takes you swimming in the Alphabet Soup of overlapping employment laws. Followed by Peter Lowe from Brann & Isaacson in Lewiston and Portland and Toby Tiner from LL Bean. They’ll help you with your legal sleuthing skills and answer your questions.



8:00 | Log-On and Network

Check in to the event platform and get to know your Basic Training peers!

8:30-9:30 | Solid HR Practices to Get You Started

Discover best practices focused on the employment life cyclefoundation – including job descriptions, interview dos and don’ts, performance management, and evaluations. 

Led by Deb Whitworth and Kris Avery.

9:45-10:45 | Culture is Key!

Learn why the employee experience matters and the many ways to ensure your workforce is engaged and aligned with your culture, starting with the building of an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Led by Deb Whitworth and Kris Avery.

11:00-12:00 | Making Two Critical Connections

1) Discover the importance of knowing the “business” of your business, including your relationships to finance and analytics. 2) Participate in a fun HR networking exercise that will help you learn how to build alliances. 

Led by Deb Whitworth and Kris Avery.

12:00-1:00 | Lunch Break, Networking, and Preview the EXPO
1:00-2:30 | Alphabet Soup with Anne-Marie Storey

Trying to sort through the range of employment laws that will appear on your HR table can be puzzling, at best, particularly given the overlapping demands of the Earned Paid Leave Law, ADA, FMLA, and Maine Workers’ Compensation. This session will make sense to the puzzle so that you can identify and manage situations before they blow up into litigation. Anne-Marie will share best practices, imaginative stories that get you thinking like a lawyer, and offer her take on how all of this plays into Covid 19 situations.

2:45-4:15 | Investigations and Your Questions with Peter Lowe and Toby Tiner

Your work in HR involves the mundane challenges of day-to-day work conflicts, some of which blossom into investigations that can end up in court and in the news. Learn how to get to the heart of the matter – how you gather the facts, how you interview the parties and assess credibility, how you maintain confidentiality, and how you balance your obligations to your employer and employees. This session will conclude with a free-wheeling Q&A of the legal issues you face.

Led by Peter Lowe and Toby Tiner.