Strategic HR at Mt. Washington: Oct 24-26, 2021

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


Sunday, October 24, 2021

8:00 am - 6:30 pm

Make Registration your first stop and pick up your Strategic HR badge. Badges are required for entry to any Retreat areas or activities. Registration is located in the Conservatory.

Registration Sponsor:

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Working from Anywhere U.S.A.

The new reality for HR and workplace culture.

**This session requires an additional sign-up and fee during registration**

What’s it all about? As businesses continue the return to office in the wake of Covid, surveys show that as many as half of all employees want to continue to work from home. To complicate the matter, many of those employees have already relocated out of state to new homes. Employers and HR are realizing both the potential and challenges this brings. On one hand, remote work is an opportunity to broaden recruitment outreach to employees living out of state and to add diversity, efficiency, and resilience to a business. On the other hand, it poses two challenges. Maintaining company culture and an engaged and collaborative workforce is the first, and keeping tabs on compliance logistics is the other. Your hosts at this welcoming brunch – Beth Rattigan and John Maitland – open the conference door to this broad-ranging discussion. 

Why you’ll want to participate in this session. 

  • Share ideas on a strategic approach that invests in remote employees’ long-term success by promoting purpose, connection, a sense of belonging, aligned goals, and communication.    
  • Discover the value of leading a strategic, coordinated approach to the logistics of employment and business law compliance as a means of both risk management and cost containment. 
  • Elevate your organizational voice by demonstrating fluency in efficient approaches to multiple states’ unique employment requirements and work rules regarding registering to do business, taxation, paid leave, wage and hour issues, and many other regulatory concerns, such as the safety measures implicated by Covid. 

Approved for SHRM and HRCI Business Credit. 

Program Faculty: Beth Rattigan, John Maitland
Sunday Welcome Brunch & Big Ideas Sponsor:

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
KEYNOTE: Leveraging the Power of Our Differences

How to transform the disruptive energy of a pandemic into collaboration & innovation.

What’s it all about? As the institutions, norms, and rules that once held the fabric of our society together dissolve, the businesses that will thrive are the ones that adjust most quickly to our new reality. One of the biggest predictors of success will be the quality of leadership and collaboration in your organization. 

Do you view the pandemic as an unnecessary disruption or a wake-up call? Your leadership in this moment will determine the future trajectory of not only your organization, but also the quality of talent you are able to attract and retain. With countless people reimagining their lives, the culture you foster will determine whether or not your teams can innovate to meet the needs of our rapidly changing world.  

There is no one better suited to ignite this conversation than Neha Sangwan, MD, author of “Talk Rx: Five Steps to Honest Conversations that Create Connection, Health, and Happiness.” Dr. Sangwan will lead us in a practical and energizing experience followed by the advice she’s sharing with her CEO clients on how to facilitate a successful re-entry into the workplace. Bud Bernstein will moderate and engage our keynoter in a fireside chat and help bring the audience into play in this dynamic opening session!

Why you’ll want to participate in this session. 

  • Learn how to use your team members’ unique work styles to promote collaboration and spark innovation. 
  • Recognize what motivates various work styles in order to more effectively influence and empower your teams. 
  • And, of course, uncover tools for effectively managing challenging personalities. 

Meet Neha at a book signing immediately following this keynote! 

Approved for SHRM and HRCI General (HR) Credit.

Program Faculty: Bud Bernstein, Neha Sangwan, M.D.
Keynote Sponsor:

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Coffee Break and Book Signing

With Dr. Neha Sangwan.

Bookstore & Book Club Sponsor:

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
The Perfect Alignment

When careers and organizational values mesh.

What’s it all about? The “Hennessy Report” is an acclaimed podcast and collaboration between NEHRA and Keystone Partners. Over the years, host Dave Hennessy has interviewed HR leaders from around the country to both share ideas and tell great stories. This year, the Hennessy Report arrives at Mt. Washington alongside Dr. Shanita Williams, AVP of Talent, Engagement and Inclusion at Southern New Hampshire University. Shanita is an HR leader, coach, teacher, learner, TedX speaker, and author of Feedback Mentality: The Key to Unlocking and Unleashing Your Full Potential. The magic of her visit is demonstrating what can happen when career and organizational missions AND values align. It’s the story of an HR leader who believes in helping people reach their full potential and loves to work at an institution where that is the mission. And it’s the story of a strategic thinker and a University that has a unique angle on the future of work. Following the back and forth between Shanita and Dave, the audience will dive into the conversation.  

Why you’ll want to participate in this session. 

  • Witness SNHU’s efforts to attract, retain, and empower world-class talent, and their employee experience leader’s commitment to enshrining Engagement, Inclusion and Belonging into the organization’s core talent functions.  
  • As your organization struggles with the when and where of work, take strategic lessons from an organization that was already exploring flexible work options Pre-Covid.  
  • Learn about SNHU’s journey launching Employee Resource Groups as well as DEI Communities of Practice, and ways you might impact your organization by curating and leading similar efforts that foster curiosity and a culture of learning. 

Meet Shanita at a book signing immediately following this keynote! 

Approved for SHRM and HRCI Business Credit. 

Program Faculty: David Hennessy, Dr. Shanita Williams

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Coffee Break and Book Signing

With Dr. Shanita Williams.

Bookstore & Book Club Sponsor:

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
The Future of Work, Part 1

What’s it all about? So much of our lives has been consumed with the immediacy of Covid, which is why we want to end the conference first day with a broader perspective. Leading in the moment requires a sense of the future, and Don MacPherson joins us from Minneapolis to do just that. He is Executive Director of think2perform RESEARCH INSTITUTE and creator of the 12 Geniuses podcast. The great talents he has met along the way come from every corner of society, and they have helped him understand the churning technological, socio-economic, and cultural forces that will impact the workforce and the HR profession.   

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Part 1 of this discussion focuses on technology, referencing themes from augmented reality, cybersecurity, and carbon capture, and then concentrating in greater detail on the topics of AI, Quantum, and Biotech.
  • The goal is to help you understand how these technologies will disrupt work, the workforce, and your organization’s direction, and how you can advocate for the necessary changes in your organization’s strategy and behavior.
  • We’ll leave Part 1 with questions to ponder for the rest of the conference and that help set up the Part 2 discussion on social issues.

Approved for SHRM and HRCI Business Credit.

Program Faculty: Don MacPherson
Workshop Sponsor:

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Welcoming Reception and EXPO

Sunday Reception Sponsor:

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Conference Dinner

Saturday, October 23, 2021 Sunday, October 24, 2021 Monday, October 25, 2021 Tuesday, October 26, 2021