Strategic HR at Mount Washington: Oct 29-31, 2017 – Bretton Woods, NH

Thank you to everyone who made the 2017 Strategic HR at Mt. Washington Retreat outstanding. Below is information from the completed event. Check back in the spring for 2018 information!

Tuesday, October 31


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

The Regulatory Environment: Disruption, Continuity, or Something in Between? 

Join Ron Schneider from Bernstein Shur in Portland, Maine, for an engaging discussion of the employment law front. We’ll explore how the politics of the day, economic realities, and social trends are affecting the direction and enforcement of federal labor laws. Immigration? Family leave? Pay equity? The FLSA? All are front and center. All have broad public policy implications. And all are critical to how you think strategically about compliance and business necessity. Ron also offers some tactical gems that will  help you shine on your return to work.

Pre-registration is required for this session. Please sign up at the Registration Desk in the Lobby

Approved for HRCI BUSINESS credit and SHRM credit.

Program Faculty: Ron Schneider

8:00 am - 1:30 pm
HR Marketplace

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

8:30 am - 8:30 am
KEYNOTE: The Path from Uncertainty to Meaningful Work: A Business Necessity

The acceleration of uncertainty is one of today’s few certainties. From the changing nature of the middle class to the structure of the family unit and to the way we view leadership, we are in the midst of profound shifts in how we perceive ourselves and others. This filters directly to the workplace, which many now view as their refuge from this accelerated uncertainty. Stuart Crabb joins us to add some perspective. Specifically, how employers can structure a transformational strategy that creates meaningful, impactful work which enhances the “refuge,” enhances the employer’s mission and productivity, and perhaps begins to shift the uncertainty itself. Stuart recently served as Facebook’s Director of Learning, and he will share Facebook’s strategy for working in this environment. He will focus on four key management behaviors. 1) Looking through the lens of the individual experience so that employees can play to their strengths. 2) Creating a culture in which hard, respectful conversations can occur. 3) Nurturing a workforce that is already working at capacity. 4) Enhancing an environment where individuals can be their authentic selves. All four of these behaviors play out at each critical moment of the employment relationship – the interview, the performance review, and all the significant one on one conversations in between. Underlying all of this is a theme of hope and caring.

Approved for HRCI BUSINESS credit and SHRM credit.

Program Faculty: Stuart Crabb

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.

10:00 am - 11:45 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.


11:45 am - 12:30 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.


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Do Rebels Make Good HR Leaders

The Next Generation of CHROs

The Retreat closes with a look into the future of HR. Stacie Mallen is now with her 8th startup company as Chief People Officer of CampusLogic — a high-growth tech company that is changing the way Financial Aid is conducted. She’ll present her conceptual framework of why Rules Make Rebels. And from her experience as an HR leader, she’ll offer disruptive, new ways of thinking designed to help you position innovation as a business strategy, build new strategic relationships, and be a catalyst for entrepreneurial thinking and business metrics. She will share examples of this new rhythm and structure for HR and business through the stories of three special guests – young professionals aspiring to greatness. This isn’t about rebellion for rebellion’s sake, rather it’s about constructive non-conformity and the unraveling of traditional hierarchical leadership structures. A bit of rebellion can help build trust.

Featuring: Brian Bouchard, Sheehan Phinney; Colby Houdlette, Maine Medical Center; and Annelise Wiersema, LL Bean.


Approved for HRCI BUSINESS credit and SHRM credit.

Program Faculty: Annelise Wiersema, Brian Bouchard, Colby Houdlette, Stacie Mallen
Saturday, October 28 Sunday, October 29 Monday, October 30 Tuesday, October 31