Deb Whitworth, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is Owner and CEO of HR Studio Group, LLC. In 30 years of human resources management and leadership experience, she has helped a variety of nonprofit and for-profit services and industries build and maintain compliant cultures of excellence. Deb was appointed by the Governor of Maine as Commissioner with the Maine Human Rights Commission in 2011 to complete an unexpired term and reappointed to fill full-five-year terms in 2012 and 2017. An outspoken advocate for disability rights, she was pleased to be elected in 2015 to the board of The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness. Named the Maine HR Leader of the Year in 2012, Deb is a frequent presenter on human resources and compliance topics at conferences and business functions, She is also an instructor in the HR Certificate Program at University of Southern Maine, and leads the SHRM-SCP/SHRM-CP Certification Preparatory Course at University of Southern Maine.