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

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2018 Retreat!

The following information is from the completed event. Check back in the spring for updates on the 2019 Retreat.

Tuesday, October 30


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

Registration remains open throughout the day.

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


7:00 am - 8:00 am
Early Bird Session

A Legal Look at your Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Talesha Saint-Marc

There is much impacting the diversity and inclusion sphere these days – #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, politics, LGBT issues, and the shifting age and ethnic demographics of the New England workforce. Most employers have initiatives underway on the diversity and inclusion front, so let’s make sure you are prepared to reap the biggest rewards for the least risk. In this interactive breakfast session with attorney Talesha Saint-Marc from Bernstein Shur, we’ll hear some of the legal concerns connected to recruiting and minority outreach programs and your training and upward mobility efforts. The discussion will range from pay equity issues, to reverse discrimination, to collective bargaining provisions, and on to any other matters related to your operations and values.

Pre-registration is required for this session.

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

Program Faculty: Talesha Saint-Marc

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: Fierce Collaboration

Socially Responsible Problem Solving

Tyler Gage, RUNA

Fresh out of Brown University in Providence, Tyler Gage chose a path less traveled – linguistics research while living among the indigenous people of the Amazon. Along the way, he developed a unique world view and discovered a tea leaf called guayusa. In this Tuesday morning keynote, Tyler will share the story of RUNA, one of the fastest growing beverage companies in the world. RUNA offers a variety of organic, clean energy drinks based on the guayusa leaf. The company has a Certified “B” designation, meaning it meets legally defined goals for a positive impact on society, workers, community, and the environment. RUNA helps sustain some 3,000 indigenous families and maintain the rainforest canopy. The company story feeds into Tyler’s discussion of collaboration. He will deconstruct the Hero Mythology on which so much of society and corporate structure is based, and he will offer his take on deep listening, richer communications, and line blurring. It’s about a circular, rather than linear path. And it’s a great adventure, from imagination to social responsibility to success.

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

Program Faculty: Tyler Gage

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

Tyler Gage:  Fully Alive

Program Faculty: Tyler Gage

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
Closing Keynote: Better Together

How a Shared Leadership Model Supports Relationships and Results

Tricia Naddaff, Management Research Group

Wanted: a leader who can take risks but keep expenses under budget; be emotionally supportive to colleagues but maintain professional boundaries; and come up with creative new ideas but stay true to the organizational vision.

Sound familiar? Over the past 40 years, organizations’ expectations for leaders have expanded dramatically. While the list of ideal leadership qualities continues to grow, very few organizations pause to examine whether it’s reasonable – or even possible – for one individual to bring such a breadth of skills to the job. To meet the demands of an increasingly complex business environment, HR leaders are left with a near-impossible task: develop super-human leaders who can do it all.

In our closing keynote presented by Tricia Naddaff of Management Research Group in Portland, Maine, we will uncover the latest research which illustrates just how complex leadership has become, and how few leaders possess the skills to single-handedly master both relationships and results. When organizations ask for leaders who can do it all, they all but ensure there will be leadership gaps, and they run the risk of burning out their top talent. The solution? Develop a culture of shared leadership.

In this presentation, attendees will:

  • Explore new research that proves just rarely leaders excel at both relationships and results
  • Learn how HR leaders play a key role in ending the harmful myth of the heroic, do-it-all leader
  • Discover how HR can support the establishment of a more collaborative, more effective model of leadership
  • See how a strategic shift toward a culture of shared leadership can help you retain top talent and yield better outcomes for your organization

Approved for SHRM credit and HRCI BUSINESS credit.

Program Faculty: Tricia Naddaff
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