Maine HR Convention: May 7-10, 2019 – Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME


Friday, May 10

7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Be sure to take advantage of Convention amenities including:

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7:00 am - 9:00 am
Breakfast is Served

8:00 am - 9:00 am
KEYNOTE | The Workplace as a Venue for Healing

Susan Schmitt, Applied Materials

Presented by Susan Schmitt, Group VP Human Resources at Applied Materials in California.

Details coming soon.

Applying for SHRM credit and HRCI general (HR) credit.

Program Faculty: Susan Schmitt

9:15 am - 10:15 am
PLENARY | The Working Mom and Dad: Your Culture, Your Business, and Your Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

What’s it all about? There are a thousand and one ways to look at D&I and its impact on your workforce and your organization’s values. One area that often slips below the radar screen is the Working Mom (and sometimes the Working Dad). This session highlights how Bright Horizons Family Solutions has put in place progressive practices in this arena, practices that meld with their workplace culture and produce measurable results. Based in Watertown, Massachusetts, Bright Horizons employs over 20,000 people in the U.S. Please join Scarlett Abraham, their Senior Director of D&I, and Jessica Kaplan, their Director of Talent Management, as they describe their company’s practices and the challenges that those practices in turn created. In the process, you’ll engage in discussion of how this relates to legal mandates, recruiting and retention, and business results.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Discover the latest trends in working parent policies and practices, the expectations of working parents, the expectations of the rest of your workforce, and how this affects career paths.
  • Discuss creative and progressive practices from the working parent realm, their costs and benefits, and how to measure results.
  • Understand the implications of working parent policies on your workplace culture, your legal compliance requirements, and your needs in a tight labor market.
  • Build a communication network that helps align everyone on the benefits and challenges of working parent issues – including working parents, co-workers, managers, and the C-Suite.

Applying for SHRM Credit and HRCI general (HR) Credit.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm


12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Lunch and HR Conversations

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
KEYNOTE | To be Announced

Details coming soon.

Applying for SHRM credit and HRCI Business credit.

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
KEYNOTE | Keep the "Human" in Human Resources, Please!

From no-win to win-win

Laurie Shakur, Rakuten

What’s it all about? And for that matter, what’s this conference all about? For the better part of a decade, HR has focused on data, analytics, and business processes. All to the good, right? After all, we are earning more respect from the C-Suite and senior management. However, there’s mounting evidence that in our drive to demonstrate the business value of HR, we are diminishing an underlying core value of the profession – the empathy and actions that inspire trust from and bring out the talent of our individual employees. Laurie Shakur joins us from San Francisco to share stories of deep dives into metrics that didn’t quite turn out as planned. In this closing keynote, she’ll help us reposition from the no-win position of being caught between the business aspirations of our companies and the human aspirations of our people to a win-win, where organizations AND people thrive.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  1. Gain a better understanding of the intersection between effective HR business platforms and effective HR people practices.
  2. Learn how to navigate these waters without being seen by management as disconnected from financial reality, and at the same time, not being seen by employees as disconnected from their hopes and needs.
  3. Use lessons from this session to synthesize all the learning you have acquired at this conference into one effective package you can bring back to work.

Applying for SHRM credit and HRCI Business credit.

Program Faculty: Laurie Shakur
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