Strategic HR at Mount Washington: Oct 27-29, 2019 – Bretton Woods, NH


Tuesday, October 29


6:30 am - 1:00 pm
Registration Re-Opens

Registration remains open throughout the day.

6:45 am - 8:30 am
An Elegant Breakfast Buffet

7:00 am - 8:15 am
Early Bird: HR’s Inner Attorney Voice

Pick up the phone, or go it alone?

Shiloh Theberge, Berstein Shur

What’s it all about?  Communication with employment counsel and your executive suite is vital to maintaining a legally compliant workplace. However, this doesn’t mean that you need a daily chat with your lawyer or your CEO on every matter! Instead, it suggests a strong understanding of which problems your HR team can safely tackle, and which questions are better left to your attorney. Shiloh Theberge opens up Tuesday’s program with a provocative look at HR’s knowledge and application of employment law, business judgment, and risk management. Engage in three creative dialogues that will help you determine the efficient employment of legal counsel: 1) An ADA reasonable accommodation request. 2) An FMLA challenge. 3) A potential whistleblower/ethics case.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Jump into the arena of HR risk management so that you are strongly positioned to know when your HR team can directly handle an employment matter and when it is best to call in your legal counsel for advice and management on an employment law issue.
  • Consider what you can do at the preventive stage to mitigate the need for counsel – workplace policy creation and consistent application, a strong ethical culture, and effective hiring practices. This includes a strong understanding of how you communicate with your executive team, and how you position yourself ethically in certain workplace disputes.
  • Create a roadmap for what HR should do when a potential employment law claim is brewing, and what you must do when matters have moved to formal conflict. In the process, discover how to set up a working rhythm with your organization’s attorney so that those resources are used efficiently and not excessively.

Applying for SHRM Credit and HRCI General (HR) Credit.

Program Faculty: Shiloh Theberge

8:00 am - 1:00 pm
HR Marketplace

Our Business Partners are available to share information on their products, services, and HR issues of the day.

8:30 am - 9:30 am
KEYNOTE: Busting Bureaucracy Through Values-Centric Thinking

Ann Rhoades, People Ink

What’s it all about? Let’s begin with the notion that rules and workplace structures are born of necessity, but that they often linger well beyond their shelf lives. The need for creativity, ingenuity, and flexibility often bumps into these structures. Ann Rhoades, acclaimed author of “Built on Values,” will demonstrate how values-based organizations can break out from rigidity, grow, AND do the right thing at the same time. She will introduce you to Lynn Waln, CAO of the ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico. This is an organization with a big mission and a big heart. Their goal is to demonopolize knowledge and amplify best practice healthcare for underserved populations around the world. ECHO is in rapid growth mode, operating 220+ hubs for disease prevention and treatment in 31 countries. Ann and Lynn will describe how this group defined its values and how they developed workplace activities to enculturate trust, respect, and humility. One such imaginative activity is ECHO’s “Guppy Tank,” a kinder, gentler version of Shark Tank.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Discover that the best path to business success in a rapid-growth environment is hueing to core values and developing strategic ways to inculcate those values into your corporate culture.
  • In the process, understand the underlying premise of values-centric leadership, which is that leaders drive values, values are linked to behaviors, behaviors define the culture, which ultimately determines the performance and success of your business model.
  • Learn how you can use this strategic process to elevate the HR role at your workplace and generate respect from the C-Suite.
  • Gain knowledge on the strategy for operationalizing work behaviors that create values buy-in, how to sustain values over time, keeping them fresh and relevant without changing their core.

Applying for SHRM Credit and HRCI Business Credit

9:30 am - 10:00 am
Break with Our Business Partners

Visit our Business Partners to view their products and services for the executive HR community.

9:30 am - 10:00 am
Meet the Author and Book Signing

Ann Rhoades: Built on Values

10:00 am - 11:30 am
"Bring it Home" Workshops

Your choice of three vibrant, strategic sessions where you “go to work” with participatory exercises and lively discussions. With appreciation to our workshop sponsor Career Management Associates and Dale Carnegie.

Click on the workshop tabs below for full program descriptions.


11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch and HR Marketplace

A delicious lunch is included with your registration. You also have the opportunity to join our Business Partners for a few last-minute conversations.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Coming Soon!

Applying for SHRM Credit and HRCI General (HR) Credit.

Saturday, October 26 Sunday, October 27 Monday, October 28 Tuesday, October 29