Maine HR Convention: May 8 – 11, 2023


Wednesday, May 10, 2023

6:30 am - 5:00 pm


6:45 am - 8:30 am


7:00 am - 8:00 am
Maine Great Leader Series: Wise Beyond the Years

Jennifer Lever and Baxter Brewing Co.

If you want to study leadership in Maine’s up and coming industries, there’s hardly a better place to turn than the craft brewing world. That’s why we’re delighted to bring Jennifer Lever, President of Lewiston-based Baxter Brewing Co. to the stage. She is a leader who walks the talk and walks the floor – she wants her team to see her in action. The craft brewing industry in Maine already numbers over 175 enterprises! It’s an industry where values are a priority, and where a successful leader has to understand manufacturing, operations, marketing, sales, metrics, AND HR. Jenn will share the Baxter story and her leadership path. She’ll describe the 4 metric pillars employed at Baxter, plus a little bonus talk on women’s leadership, live and work in Maine, and what’s happening in Lewiston-Auburn.
Program Faculty: Jennifer Lever is President of Baxter Brewing Co. in Lewiston, and recently made the MaineBiz 40 Under 40 list. In the moderator’s chair: Bud Bernstein, former curator of the Maine HR Convention, and Kate Simmons, Director of Partnerships at the Roux Institute.
Applying for SHRM credit and HRCI Business Credit
This session is SOLD OUT

Program Faculty: Bud Bernstein, Jenn Lever, Kate Simmons

8:30 am - 9:45 am
KEYNOTE: Who Am I? Identity in the Age of Consumer DNA Testing

In the world of AncestryDNA and 23andMe, the true origins of your family, your ethnicity, or your race can be uncovered with a simple mouth swab. Sometimes, these tests can uncover truths about our identity that prove there is more to our family story than originally thought. Professor Anita Foeman, founder of the DNA Discussion Project at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, and her colleague Bessie Lawton join us to share the fascinating work of their project and subsequent book, “Who Am I?“. We’ll discuss the underlying science, the protocols for privacy and how this information is gathered, and most importantly, how this pool of information opens the doors to sometimes difficult, sometimes fun discussions about perceptions of race and ethnicity. And, how does this information change how we talk to one another at home, among our friends, or at work?

Another engaging piece of the puzzle: This winter, four volunteers from the audience can join in the process! Undergo a simple AncestryDNA test, complete a questionnaire, and be part of the conversation on stage.

Join Anita and Bessie after the keynote presentation for Meet the Authors and book signing at the Sherman’s pop-up bookstore! You can also learn more in Anita’s course, Identity in the Age of Ancestral DNA on Wondrium.

Applying for SHRM credit and HRCI General (HR) Credit

Program Faculty: Anita Foeman, Ph.D., Bessie Lawton, Ph.D.

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 – 1 PM.


9:45 am - 10:15 am
Book Signing

Who Am I?: Identity in the Age of Consumer DNA Testing: 9781516592913: Foeman, Anita Kathy, Lawton, Bessie Lee: Books -

Who Am I? Identity in the Age of Consumer DNA Testing

Meet the Authors: Anita Foeman and Bessie Lawton




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


11:45 am - 12:15 pm
Book Signing

Program Faculty: Julie Alig, Ph.D.

11:45 am - 1:00 pm


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch & Learn


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: Diagnosing Healthcare

Lessons from the Jumbo Employers’ Playbook

Lee Lewis knows healthcare. Just ask the dozens of employers, providers, consultants, carriers, and pharma he’s consulted with in his career. Now, as the Chief Strategy Officer for the Health Transformation Alliance, he is on a mission to save lives and provide value-driven solutions to these stakeholders. Lee joins us Wednesday afternoon to share his deep knowledge of the current healthcare landscape and his vision for its future, all infused with his unique brand of humor and storytelling.

Applying for SHRM credit and HRCI Business Credit

Program Faculty: Lee Lewis

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday Reception

8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Evening Entertainment

Join us downstairs in the Enoteca Lounge and dance the evening away with our favorite disc jockey Kevin Duran!

Monday, May 8, 2023 Tuesday, May 9, 2023 Wednesday, May 10, 2023 Thursday, May 11, 2023