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Maine HR Convention: May 11-15, 2020 – Virtual+ Edition


 

Thursday, May 14, 2020


6:45 am - 5:00 pm
REGISTRATION OPENS

Be sure to take advantage of Convention amenities including:

Don’t forget to download the Convention Mobile App for up-to-the minute Convention news, session materials, certification credit tracking forms, attendee networking, and more! Mobile App available for download in April.

Mobile App Sponsored by: Kronos Incorporated

Special thank you to our Certification Sponsor KeyBank

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6:45 am - 8:30 am
HR EXPO and Networking

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7:00 am - 8:00 am
Early Bird Session: Marrying the Flavors of Workplace Culture and Growth

The Stonewall Kitchen Story

What’s it all about? It all began with a jar of wild Maine blueberry jam at a farmers’ market in 1991. Stonewall Kitchen was a passionate, family-run enterprise for many years before its arrival on the scene as one of the world’s great purveyors of specialty foods. Based in York, Maine, the company is now in the hands of private equity and employs over 500 people. CEO John Stiker and HR Director Sharon Decato have deftly led the transition from family business to an enterprise with ten stores, over 6,000 locations where their products are sold, a cooking school, and the umbrella for complementary brands such as Boston-based Legal Seafoods cocktail sauce, Tillen Farm products from the Pacific Northwest, Montebello pasta from Italy, and Napa Valley Naturals. They will share their story of business development, HR, and workplace culture. And, since this is a breakfast hour discussion, you can count on delicious preserves and sauces at each table.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Observe how a CEO and HR leader have led the transition of a company from family-run to private equity while embracing and maintaining the workplace culture that drove success for many years.
  • See how HR fits into this transition and how it strategically assisted carefully designed expansion, while at the same time holding their product lines to the highest standards of quality.
  • Witness their discussion about the company’s ethical core and how community connections and charitable giving align with their values and business success.

Approved for SHRM Credit and HRCI Business Credit.

Program Faculty: John Stiker, Sharon Decato
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8:30 am - 9:45 am
KEYNOTE | Designing a Future of Inclusion

How One Pair of Jeans Changed the World

Mindy Scheier

What’s it all about? Mindy Scheier found tremendous success in her career in fashion – working for several prominent brands including the INC collection and Saks Fifth Avenue. Despite outfitting clients with chic and stylish looks as a profession, Mindy found herself in a conundrum when her middle son, Oliver came to her asking to wear jeans to school. Oliver has a rare form of muscular dystrophy which poses challenges with everyday tasks, such as dressing himself. So, up until this point, elastic sweatpants had been the status quo. Refusing to tell her child he couldn’t wear the same clothing as his schoolmates, Mindy got to work crafting a pair of custom jeans for him to wear the next day. This event was the jumping-off point for what is now known as Runway of Dreams, a foundation on a mission to make fashionable, adaptive clothing accessible to the masses.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Understand the pervasiveness of the population of people with disabilities– affecting roughly 20% of the population, and likely to impact every individual at some point in their lives.
  • Learn how adaptive solutions and inclusive cultures can empower your employees with confidence, opportunity, and independence.
  • Take stock in your organization’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and how they can expand to better include and hire members of the people with disabilities community.

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

Program Faculty: Mindy Scheier
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10:15 am - 11:45 am
THURSDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS

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11:45 am - 1:00 pm
HR EXPO and Networking Break

Take this time to visit the virtual EXPO booths, recharge, and check emails.

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1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
THURSDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

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2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
HR EXPO and PRIZE ANNOUNCEMENTS!

Visit the EXPO Booths to see the quality HR services and products of 80 companies. The support of our EXPO participants makes much of what you see during the Convention possible! Thursday’s EXPO prize drawings will be announced.

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3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
KEYNOTE: Breaking Barriers in Maine

How to Start Building an Inclusive Workplace

What’s it all about? In Making Maine Work, a report published in 2018 by the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Maine Development Foundation, and Educate Maine, barriers related to the availability of top talent occurred three separate times as prominent employer challenges. Today’s presenters, Jason Judd, Executive Director of Educate Maine, and Chanel Lewis, Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion for IDEXX, suggest a renewed approach to diversity & inclusion is the key for future prosperity in Maine’s workforce. They will explore and analyze ways HR professionals can begin to hardwire D&I into their organizations’ core functions. Discover the differences between cultural fit versus cultural add, how diverse recruitment cannot succeed without emphasis on inclusive retention, and how implicit bias can be a significant barrier to supporting your diverse talent.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Learn to expand beyond traditional recruitment & retention practices to curate an inclusive talent pipeline and organization culture.
  • Interpret case studies of Maine employers’ strategies to successfully leverage the cultural add of diverse talent.
  • Discuss some counter-intuitive HR practices used to hire and retain talent in ways other organizations have not, and how those strategies were sold to members of the executive team.
  • Develop action steps to better recruit and retain talent based on what they will add to the existing culture.

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

Program Faculty: Chanel Lewis, Jason Judd
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4:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Reception and Networking

Please join us for conversations about the day’s exciting moments!

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Monday, May 11, 2020 Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Thursday, May 14, 2020 Friday, May 15, 2020