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The following information is from the completed 2021 event. Please check back in the fall for details on next year. 

Maine HR Convention: May 10 – 12, 2022


Friday, May 14, 2021

7:00 am - 8:00 am
On the Boat to Hawaii

HR Ethics and Island Values

Why you’ll want to participate in this session. Aloha! On Monday we visited Baltimore, followed by a Wednesday virtual journey to Santa Fe. This morning, we complete our cross-country adventure by traveling as far west as one can imagine – to Hawaii. We’ll be greeted by Bernard Nunies, SPHR, SHRM-SCP (CHRO for Island Holdings, Inc. and President of Hawaii SHRM). We’ll talk a bit about Island life, how the broad mix of cultures in Hawaii plays into workplace and HR strategy, and some universal, ethical dilemmas HR leaders face. Bring your virtual sunscreen along for the journey.

What’s it all about?

  • Witness how despite a rich mix of Island cultures, there is still a lot of strategic diversity work to do in Hawaii.
  • See how an HR business leader meshes personal ethics with an organization’s values structure.
  • Discuss scenarios in which HR is trapped in the middle between fiduciary duties to the organization, moral responsibility to employees, and how HR can navigate these situations with integrity.
  • Gain a better understanding of how HR enhances organizational branding and community reputation through ethically-based leadership.

Approved for SHRM Credit and HRCI Business Credit. 

Program Faculty: Bernard Nunies

7:30 am - 8:00 am
Morning Wellness

Join Beth Bielat as she leads you through a Tapping, Affirmations, and Mindfulness Exercise.

Program Faculty: Beth Bielat

8:15 am - 9:15 am
KEYNOTE | Translating Language into Action

Great books, punk rock, the subjunctive, and making a difference.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.We hear much about a new layer of diversity that reaches beyond gender, race, and nationality. It’s the diversity of thought so needed to refresh spirit, spur creativity, and solve problems. Phuc Tranauthor of Sigh, Gonetakes the stage to discuss the power of words through story that perhaps can only be told by a TedTalker, tattooist, and teacher of the Classics. That story begins in Vietnam in 1975 as the then two-year-old and family immigrate to America and smalltown Pennsylvania and his ultimate arrival in Portland, Maine. The relevance to our HR world is what follows – a masterful blend of how verbal moods, the Classics, and outsider perspectives enrich our work and lives.  

What’s it all about?   

  • Enjoy this engaging English language grammar class and its look at the upside and the dark side of the subjunctive mood. The upside offering leaders lessons in creativity and problem-solving and the dark side that can derail those same goals. 
  • Take instruction from ancient Classics that will help expand critical thinking today. 
  • Discover the road from outsider to insider and what this means for team buildingrelationships, and the immigrant experience in Maine now that Phuc calls Portland, Maine home.  

Approved for SHRM Credit and HRCI General (HR) Credit. 

Program Faculty: Phuc Tran

9:15 am - 9:45 am
EXPO & Networking Break

9:45 am - 10:45 am
Choice of THREE Workshops:


10:45 am - 11:15 am
EXPO & Networking Break

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Maine Great Leaders Series

The Roux Institute and Workforce Development in Maine

The Roux Institute at Northeastern University has arrived in Portland, Maine with a mission that should warm the hearts of the HR community across the state – a new model of graduate education and research designed to enhance the talent pool available for digital engineering, genomics, healthcare analytics, and more. Enhanced by the $100 million donation by the Alfond Foundation, their work will be impactful. We are pleased to welcome Margaret Angell, head of partnerships and operations at the Roux Institute at Northeastern University, to share their story and how your organization may benefit directly and indirectly.

What’s it all about?

  • Learn about a strategic workforce development initiative in Maine, the arrival of the Roux Institute of Northeastern University and their gradual level programming for the digital and life sciences.
  • Think like an economist and technology specialist as you consider a new model edging away from pure competition to a shared development pool of talent in Maine as it relates to Artificial Intelligence and machine learning investments and building the Maine economy.
  • Witness how your involvement in this kind of strategic workforce development advances innovation, breaks down inequality barriers, and cascades to the benefit of your organization’s health.

Approved for SHRM Credit and HRCI Business Credit. 

Program Faculty: Margaret Angell

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
EXPO & Networking Break

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch & Learns

  • ESGR hosts: Rules of Engagement (Employers/Employees who serve you and the military)
    • This discussion is about Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA); a federal law, rules, and responsibilities for both employers and their employees who work in our communities and serve in the military service too.
  • UKG hosts: The Workplace and the Trust Challenge
    • Trust impacts everything in an organization—your business, productivity, retention, workplace culture, your bottom line, and your customers. Join Erika Sandoval as she breaks down the latest research and findings for when it comes to trust in the modern workplace.

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
KEYNOTE | Living a Life of Purpose and Mentorship

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.For 28 years, Don MacPherson has mentored young students and young professionals. It started in the Hennepin County Minnesota Juvenile Detention Center with a 17-year-old named Teddy. It has continued through Big Brothers Big Sisters, A Better Chance, and the Inner City Ducks in Minneapolis. In this workshop, Don will talk about how his career and work with HR professionals has benefited from being a mentor, what is required to successfully mentor others, how leaders can make a difference in their communities without sacrificing career opportunities, and why mentoring and being mentored is critical to success in life.   


What’s it all about? 

  • Gain a better understanding of the benefits of being a mentor and a mentee and how that plays into your role in human resources. 
  • Discover the effective tools of creative and impactful mentorship. 
  • Learn how to weave mentorship processes into a variety of your HR functions, for example – financial wellnessand observe the payback in terms of employee happiness, success, and engagement. 

Approved for SHRM Credit and HRCI General (HR) Credit. 

Program Faculty: Don MacPherson

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm
EXPO & Networking Break

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Choice of TWO Workshops:


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