BIG IDEA SUNDAY
Registration remains open throughout the day. With appreciation to Bernstein Shur, our registration sponsor, CGI Benefits for providing the Retreat bags, Acadia Benefits for providing the Retreat Guides, and Ultimate Software for providing the Retreat name badges.
Visit the Conservatory. Enjoy complimentary specialty coffees by the baristas from Bard Coffee of Portland, Maine, and recharge your devices at the neighboring Mobile Hub hosted by Jackson Lewis. Browse titles at the pop-up Retreat Bookstore sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental, and move about the property with complimentary shuttle service.
Are we viewing workplace harassment through the right strategic lens?
What went wrong? The familiar tools have been in place for years – policies, training, reporting mechanisms, investigative procedures – and yet talk of sexual harassment remains a dominant workplace discussion. CEOs are calling in their HR leaders in search of what to do next. So, what are you going to do next? Beth Rattigan, utilizing the collective wisdom of the participants, will lead a discussion on new approaches to this deep-rooted dilemma. Let’s explore sexual harassment in the larger, strategic context of workplace culture, attentive leadership, and engaged employees. We’ll look at societal issues impacting the harassment discussion, such as pay equity and the political environment. In the process, we’ll seek ways to get buy in from the top and build a fresh air culture of respect and involvement throughout your organization.
Pre-registration is required for this session.
Approved for SHRM credit and HRCI BUSINESS credit.Program Faculty: Beth Rattigan
Our Retreat wellness guru – Beth Bielat – leads her renowned LifeBreath wellness session for those arriving early at Mt. Washington. She also offers individual coaching and wellness sessions throughout the day.Program Faculty: Beth Bielat
Joe Andrews, President of OpenView Advisors, former Senior VP of HR for Progress Software, and previous a member of NEHRA’s Board of Directors, joins us for the grand opening of this year’s edition of Strategic HR at Mt. Washington. Joe then turns his attention to Big Idea Sunday, where he will moderate the three plenary sessions that follow this afternoon.
The Future of Thought and the Future of Work
How do you acquire, nurture, and leverage expertise at a time of dramatic cross currents? A few studied people know more and more about less and less. AI is about to go into full bloom, and superficial knowledge is at everyone’s fingertips courtesy of Wikipedia, WebMD, and the 24-hour news cycle. Author Tom Nichols opens Big Idea Sunday with a provocative look at what constitutes informed decision-making and his premise that superficial knowledge can be rather dangerous. Ranging from the “Dr. Google Syndrome” and other issues associated with technocracy to the status of higher education today, Professor Nichols engages us in a discussion of the democratization of information and its impact on society and our workplaces.
Approved for SHRM credit and HRCI BUSINESS credit.
Profile: Getting to the heart of the matter – Tom Nichols is a five-time, undefeated Jeopardy champion. He also happens to be the author of “The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters.” Additionally, he is a professor at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, with expertise as a Sovietologist.Program Faculty: Tom Nichols
Tom Nichols: The Death of ExpertiseProgram Faculty: Tom Nichols
The Path from Transactional to Strategic to Creative
Unflattering HR stereotypes run deep in the business community, and some of those stereotypes likely reside in your organization as well. We’ve invited two HR leaders to help bust those myths by sharing their company stories and their work in HR transformation.
Karen Bouchard, CHRO and COO of Racepoint Global. This Boston based company has offices in London, Hong Kong and elsewhere. They are an integrated creative force for their clients, offering public relations, marketing, and media skills. Their tag line is – “We don’t have employees — we have colleagues, friends, mates and 老友.” Karen provides the leadership and management necessary to ensure the company has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to enable effective growth.
Karen Anderson, CHRO for Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge. She is a global HR executive with deep experience in Life Sciences both Pharmaceutical and Biotech. Alnylam is focused on a completely new approach to drug discovery and development for rare, genetically defined diseases through RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutics. Alnylam lives by this motto: “To those who say ‘impossible, impractical, unrealistic,’ we say ‘challenged accepted.’ We’re relentless in our pursuit of new treatments because patients shouldn’t have to wait for hope.”
Karen and Karen will discuss the breadth of their HR portfolios, how they have acquired the knowledge to be creative HR leaders, and how they leverage that knowledge to help their companies make smart business decisions.
Approved for SHRM credit and HRCI BUSINESS credit.Program Faculty: Karen Anderson, Karen Bouchard
HR Lessons from the Front Lines of Disaster Relief
Sunday afternoon closes on an uplifting note, as we welcome a former HR leader from Doctors Without Borders to the “Big Idea” stage. In 2009, Catherine Carr left her white-collar job behind and set out on what started as a six-month assignment with the humanitarian organization. Handling everything from tea, milk, and sugar supply negotiations to recovering a misplaced expat in the Philippines, to navigating stark culture contrasts and ensuring adherence to policies and procedures in high-stress and often crisis situations, the position challenged everything she knew about HR. It was a remarkable learning curve for understanding the challenges posed when your organization’s culture and values differ from those of the clients you serve.
Since returning stateside, Catherine has a new mission: integrating humanitarians into the workforce. While their previous job duties may not appear in what you consider core competencies, many of the skills acquired are easily transferrable: working with diverse teams, agility and resourcefulness, and a “never give up” approach to communication. It’s also part of a much larger argument – a strategic argument – for hiring from unexpected sources. Woven through her captivating storytelling and sharp wit, Catherine demonstrates that what we need can be found in unexpected places.
Approved for SHRM credit and HRCI general (HR) credit.Program Faculty: Catherine Carr
Catherine Carr: HR Directions, “Hire A Humanitarian”Program Faculty: Catherine Carr
Your first opportunity to build friendships for this Retreat and beyond. Mingle with the faculty, our sponsors, and your peers from across the six New England states.
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