The information below is from the completed 2022 event. Check back in the fall for 2023 updates.

Maine HR Convention: May 8 – 11, 2023


Tuesday, May 9, 2023

6:30 am - 5:00 pm

6:45 am - 8:30 am

7:00 am - 8:00 am
Maine Great Leader Series

Reimagination at IDEXX 

Why you’ll want to attend. Each year, our Great Leader Series showcases some of the best HR talent in Maine. The last two years have triggered non-stop talk about transitions and change, and that takes the 2022 edition of this series to the doorsteps of IDEXX in Westbrook. After more than a decade as CHRO, Giovani Twigge recently stepped down from that role. During his tenure, IDEXX has doubled in size to over 9,800 employees around the globe. Gio is recognized for his highly collaborative and entrepreneurial style that encourages workforce development and policy in Maine. Gio will be joined by Chanel Lewis, their Senior Manager for Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She is quickly becoming a force for change as a people, community, and cultural evangelist. Moderated by Dave Vasconcelos, Ula Polsky, and Bud Bernstein.

What’s it all about?

  • This fireside chat offers an intriguing comparison of what the playing field looked like for someone starting an HR career 40 years ago and someone starting their career now.
  • We’ll focus on how the continuity of an organization’s value structure is impacted by a change in HR leadership.
  • And, we’ll consider how HR keeps its eyes on the business model and strategic direction of an organization while change is happening within that department. 

Approved for SHRM credit and HRCI Business Credit. 

Program Faculty: Chanel Lewis, Dave Vasconcelos, Giovani Twigge, Ula Polsky

8:30 am - 9:45 am
KEYNOTE: The Great Realization – Accountability!

Why you’ll want to attend. If you’re looking to build a workplace where employees take the initiative and embrace change, then simply rolling out another engagement program or adding a new professional development track won’t help. In this compelling address, Nancy Lyons asks us to do two things – think big and build environments of accountability. Nancy also asks us to consider how the dramatic events of the past two years might bring us back to where we should have been all along – to better self-awareness, to better leadership, to moving beyond fear, and to workplaces and lives filled with purpose.   

What’s it all about?

  • While most organizational charts hint at accountability, there is a compelling need to define, articulate and put accountability into motion as part of the strategic fabric of an organization.
  • Discover ways to avoid hiding accountability behind hierarchy and that a critical strategic piece of this puzzle involves re-recruiting your current workforce to this imperative of accountability.
  • Learn how this process is enhanced by leaders who know the value of cultivating relationships and who understand how fear shows up and how to move people through that fear. 

Approved for SHRM credit and HRCI Business Credit. 

Program Faculty: Nancy Lyons

9:45 am - 10:15 am
Break Time

Visit the EXPO. Support our Sponsors. Grab a coffee sensation from Bard and a Holy Donut. And visit the Convention bookstore, open 9 AM-5 PM.


9:45 am - 10:15 am
Book Signing

Meet Nancy Lyons and get your copy of her book signed.


10:15 am - 11:45 am
Choice of Three MegaSessions

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Choice of Three MegaSessions

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Dessert Break

Visit the EXPO. Support our Sponsors. Grab a coffee. Visit the Convention bookstore. 


2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
KEYNOTE: The Five Levels of Listening – Ripple Effect

Why you’ll want to attend. Curiosity!Drawing upon her book, Talk Rx,Neha Sangwan, MDreveals practical, yet profound communication tools that will strengthen personal and professional relationships, elevate performance, reduce stress levels and save you time! The focus this afternoon will be on a topic you will likely think you’ve already mastered—listening. Get ready to be surprised! Yes, listening is a primary way we take in data and yes, we do it all the time. It’s how we decide what we think in order to formulate each and every response. Here’s what you might not know—you’ve been missing a lot. Did you know that the depth of our listening determines the quality and quantity of data we gather, which connects directly to our levels of success personally and professionally? Get ready to be delighted, surprised and move to a deeper level of listening.  The best part…the five levels of listening will also save you time! 

What’s it all about?

  • Through an interactive experience, you’ll learn how to invite curiosity into the conversation and create a ripple effect across your organization.
  • Take away the Five Levels of Listening framework and practical tools that can help you and your employees distinguish when we are actually only listening to ourselves while seeming like we’re listening to someone else.
  • See how this relates to everyday exchanges you have at the managerial, peer, and supervisory levels at work—and even use it to resolve conflict.
  • Best of all, use these ideas to listen effectively to what unfolds at the conference over the next two days.

Approved for SHRM credit and HRCI General (HR) Credit 

Program Faculty: Neha Sangwan, M.D.

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Book Signing

Meet Dr. Neha and get your copy of her book signed.


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday Reception

8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Evening Entertainment

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