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.

Thursday, May 10


6:30 am - 7:30 am
Morning Yoga

Start your day with focus. Our Convention Wellness Guru Beth Bielat will lead you through a gentle yoga session at the Samoset’s fitness center. Sign up at the Convention registration desk.

Program Faculty: Beth Bielat
WELLNESS SPONSOR & ANTHEM WELLNESS CHALLENGE PARTNER:

6:45 am - 8:30 am
Breakfast is Served

THURSDAY BREAKFAST/DESSERT SPONSOR:

6:45 am - 7:10 am
Good Morning Stroll with Anthem BCBS

Join Anthem’s Health and Wellness Consultant, Sarah O’Blenes for a morning walk. Guaranteed to wake you up, get the blood flowing, and get a head start on your steps for the day! Course dependent on weather, please wear comfortable walking shoes and enough layers. Meet in the Hotel Lobby.

New this year! Attend an Anthem Sponsored Wellness Event and be entered into our Sea Bag raffle! Simply drop a business card in our Anthem Wellness Box after Anthem sponsored wellness sessions and be entered to win a Sea Bag. The more you practice wellness, the greater your chances of winning!

WELLNESS SPONSOR & ANTHEM WELLNESS CHALLENGE PARTNER:

7:00 am - 8:00 am
Maine Great Leaders: Glenn Cummings, Ed. D, President of USM

The demands of leading an institution of higher learning share some common threads with the demands HR leaders face every day. Start with the energy Millennials and Generation Z bring to your doorsteps. Add to that the need to pitch a strong business case in light of fiscal constraints, to connect deeply with your organization’s core values, to demonstrate fluidity with technology and innovation, and the requirement for strong change management skills that all this portends, and you can see why we’ve invited Dr. Glenn Cummings, President of the University of Southern Maine, to join us for breakfast. He’ll discuss these issues during the course of this interview, and he will offer background on USM’s Metropolitan University Initiative and the Maine Center Initiative and their connection to the future workforce in Maine. Convention friend Jeanne Paquette joins us to conduct the interview, to discuss her innovative new role at USM (directing their collateral for profit components), and most important, to draw you into the conversation.

Approved for SHRM credit and HRCI Business credit.

Track: Maine Great Leaders

Program Faculty: Glenn Cummings, Ed.D., Jeanne Paquette
GREAT MAINE LEADER'S SERIES CO-SPONSOR:
GREAT MAINE LEADER'S SERIES SPONSOR:

7:00 am - 5:00 pm
REGISTRATION OPENS

Be sure to take advantage of Convention amenities including:

  • Sherman’s Convention Bookstore hosted by Proforma Marketing Essentials
  • Mobile Hub hosted by JobsinME.com
  • Bard Coffee hosted by Kaplan University
  • Gorgeous Gelato from 12:30 – 3:30 on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Complimentary Cab Rides hosted by Jackson Lewis
  • Professional Development Opportunities: Career Coaching sessions available

Don’t forget to download the Convention Mobile App for up-to-the minute Convention news, session materials, venue maps, attendee networking and more!

Provided by: Cvent Web Surveys/CrowdCompass 

CONVENTION TOTE SPONSOR:
NAME BADGE/ LANYARD SPONSOR:
REGISTRATION SPONSOR:

7:45 am - 4:45 pm
Complimentary LifeBreath Wellness Sessions

Oxygen can be quite the elixir. Convention Wellness Guru Beth Bielat conducts her signature program on LifeBreath. It’s a superb wellness tool you can call on at any time to harness your mental focus and emotional and physical well-being. You’ll want to breathe deeply, relax, and wear comfortable clothes so you can leave this session feeling re-charged, de-stressed, and inspired. Available by appointment only on Wednesday and Thursday. Contact Beth Bielat at lifebreathbeth@hotmail.com to schedule.

Program Faculty: Beth Bielat
WELLNESS SPONSOR & ANTHEM WELLNESS CHALLENGE PARTNER:

8:30 am - 9:45 am
KEYNOTE | Episodic Careers: Exciting New Paths, and How to Navigate to Success

Disruptive forces from automation to globalization are reshaping careers and workplaces. But it’s possible to harness this energy of change and benefit from big changes if you know what to look for, and how to advise others on their paths. Longtime reporter and data analyst Farai Chideya did original survey research and hundreds of interviews for her book The Episodic Career. The wisdom she gleaned from workers, managers and CEOs will boost your own career, the lives of your employees, and the functioning of human resources. Farai calls our era one of “psychological self-employment,” where everyone from entry-level workers to top-level managers has to stay abreast of research and be prepared to retrain in case our jobs or industries change radically.

Farai Chideya

Farai Chideya Photo credit: Deneka Peniston

About Farai: Farai Chideya is a novelist, journalist, Ted Talker, political and cultural analyst, and teacher. Her episodes have included life at Harvard University, NYU, NPR, ABC, the Oxygen Network, and 538.com. Even improv comedy. Get the point?

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

Program Faculty: Farai Chideya
THURSDAY KEYNOTE SPONSOR:

10:15 am - 11:45 am
THURSDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS


11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch and HR Expo

Enjoy a scrumptious buffet lunch and meet with our Business Partners to view their products and services for the HR community.

THURSDAY LUNCH SPONSOR:

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
KEYNOTE | Earning Top Marks: Maine’s 2017 Teacher of the Year

Tammy Ranger

Tory Ryden

Meet Tammy Ranger, UMaine alumni turned adjunct professor, community volunteer, yoga instructor, and most notably: Maine’s 2017 Teacher of the Year. Tammy teaches at Skowhegan Area Middle School, a rural, high-poverty school with innovative education practices. The school’s core ethic is to empower teachers to be decision-makers and advocates for their students. Tammy is joined by moderator Tory Ryden, journalist and host of Positively Maine – a weekly radio show featuring uplifting stories from across the state about people making a difference. They will explore the culture and relationships Tammy has cultivated that give her students tools to thrive well beyond their year in the classroom.

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

Program Faculty: Tammy Ranger, Tory Ryden
THURSDAY KEYNOTE SPONSOR:

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Dessert and HR EXPO

Enjoy blissful desserts and visit the EXPO Hall to see the quality HR services and products of 80 companies. The support of our EXPO participants makes much of what you see on the Convention floor possible! Thursday’s EXPO prize drawings will be announced in the EXPO Hall.

THURSDAY BREAKFAST/DESSERT SPONSOR:

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Afternoon Wellness Burst

Convention Wellness Guru Beth Bielat leads this interactive session for a little afternoon TLC. She will include some elements of yoga, mindfulness, and other simple practices that will leave you feeling recharged for the rest of your day.

Program Faculty: Beth Bielat
WELLNESS SPONSOR & ANTHEM WELLNESS CHALLENGE PARTNER:

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
THURSDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS


4:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Reception and Networking

Please join us for hors d’oeuvres and conversations about all the day’s exciting moments.

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