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

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2018 Convention!

The following information is from the completed event. Check back in the fall for updates on the 2019 Convention.

Friday, May 11

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

7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Be sure to take advantage of Convention amenities including:

  • Sherman’s Convention Bookstore hosted by Proforma Marketing Essentials
  • Mobile Hub hosted by
  • Bard Coffee hosted by Kaplan University
  • Complimentary Cab Rides hosted by Jackson Lewis

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7:45 am - 8:45 am
Mentorships: The Formal, the Informal, and the Impactful

Mentorship is one of the best ways to strengthen skills, build network connections, and develop future leaders. These reciprocal relationships can ease culture transitions in business mergers, enhance succession planning, and bolster recruitment. Given these benefits, it is not a surprise that 70% of Fortune 500 companies have some form of mentorship program. However, only about one quarter of smaller companies can say the same. Sarah A. Scala, owner and principal of a consulting firm in Massachusetts, joins us to navigate the mentorship landscape and the many forms it can take. She will demonstrate how to assess the unique needs of your organization in order to develop a cost-effective and impactful mentorship program. Through interactive group activities and the sharing of best practices, she will walk through examples of mentoring successes from design to evaluation, and discuss the considerations needed for a strong return on investment.

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

Track: Skill Building

Program Faculty: Sarah A. Scala

9:00 am - 10:00 am
KEYNOTE | The Learning Moment: Ideas from a CEO

Garry Ridge

We are delighted to welcome Garry Ridge to the Friday morning Convention stage. He’s the CEO of WD-40 Company in San Diego, and is considered to be one of the most forward-looking business leaders in the nation. He’ll start you off with a G’Day (Garry hails from Australia), which emphasizes his belief in the connection between fun and engagement. He’ll share his concept of “The Learning Moment” and uses that to begin a discussion of leadership and creating a tribal workplace culture. In the process, Garry will demonstrate how his strategic vision helped a publicly traded company, considered by some to be an old line enterprise, beat the stock market. You’ll leave this keynote with tips to help position your company for leadership in your business sector.

Profile: Garry believes that profit is the applause of meaningful work. For the past 20 years, he has been the CEO of WD-40 Company in San Diego. Garry co-authored a book with Ken Blanchard outlining his effective leadership techniques, titled “Helping People Win at Work,” and recently named him to the fourth position of the top ten global CEOs!

Approved for SHRM credit and HRCI BUSINESS credit.

Program Faculty: Garry Ridge

10:15 am - 11:45 am

11:45 am - 12:15 pm
Lunch and HR Conversations

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
KEYNOTE | A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats: How Honoring Difference Makes a World of Change

Margo Walsh

How did you start your day today? Did you walk the dog, shuffle kids off to school, hit the gym, or snooze until the last minute possible before rising for work? For Margo Walsh, owner and founder of MaineWorks, joining her tribe of employees, a group comprising of felons and recovering addicts, in the parking lot outside of their office in Portland has become her morning ritual.

A recovering alcoholic herself, Margo believes everyone has their “hamlet” – the place where they feel safe, at home, and with a sense of belonging – for some it’s cappuccino at a coffee shop in Portland, for others it’s regaling hunting stories at the local haunt in Jackman. And, when faced with adversity we want nothing more than to recoil to those places and cherish our “sameness”. But isn’t that the time we are most in need of our exceeding community? To rise above and awaken the greater good?

There is an accepted phenomenon that during periods of adversity, people collectively show their best side. It is often said in recovery that the two most important words are “me too,” however, isn’t that true for everyone? Ultimately, the opposite of addiction is connection.

Drawing from her HR background at Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, and Aon Hewitt, weaved with heartwarming stories of solidarity and recovery, Margo will describe how honoring our differences leads to common ground, problem-solving, and innovation. In the face of some of life’s most divisive challenges, a seat in the middle is often the hardest place to be – but maybe that’s Margo’s own little hamlet.

About Margo: In 2010, Margo Walsh founded MaineWorks – an innovative employment company with a mission to break down barriers to workforce reentry for individuals recovering from substance use disorder and those with felony convictions. She also serves as the Board Chair and Co-Founder of Maine Recovery Fund, providing a holistic approach and community support to those in recovery.

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

Program Faculty: Margo Walsh

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
MSHHRA Town Hall

Maine Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration will be hosting a town hall at the Samoset Resort following the conclusion of the Convention. The MSHHRA program will consist of a business meeting, as well as the following educational session. All Convention attendees are welcome to participate.

This interactive session led by Kelley Glidden, Director of Community Education for Safe Voices, will begin with an introduction of the dynamics of domestic violence and then take participants through the activity In Her Shoes. This activity, designed to broaden participants’ understanding of the reality of domestic violence, will take participants through a simulation that will allow them to move, do, think, and experience life as a victim. We will learn how a variety of factors can impact a survivor’s experience and provide participants with the necessary knowledge and insight to be able to proactively address domestic violence in the workplace. Kelley will also provide the tools to create workplace safety plans that encompass the needs of both survivors and their employers.

Program Faculty: Kelley Glidden
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