The following information is from the completed 2020 event. Please check back in the fall for details on next year. 

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Maine HR Convention: May 11-15, 2020 – Virtual+ Edition


 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020


6:45 am - 5:00 pm
REGISTRATION OPENS

Be sure to take advantage of Convention amenities including:

Don’t forget to download the Convention Mobile App for up-to-the minute Convention news, session materials, certification credit tracking forms, attendee networking, and more! Mobile App available for download in April.

Mobile App Sponsored by: Kronos Incorporated

Special thank you to our Certification Sponsor KeyBank

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6:45 am - 8:30 am
HR EXPO and Networking

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7:00 am - 8:00 am
Early Bird Session: A Strategic Model for Leading in a Crisis

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover how two company executives are aligning Executive, HR, and Strategic Operations during a time of existential crisis – Covid 19.
  • Learn how years of cultivating internal business alliances between HR and the executive suite has paid dividends in this moment.
  • See how the team is creatively imagining a multi-step, graduated return to work model as the health crisis situation eases.
  • And, hear the views of Maine’s U.S. Senator Angus King as he discusses a range of leadership criteria and the latest public policy developments from Washington DC that will impact the workforce.

This program has two parts. Visit with Senator Angus King in Part 1. And visit with Michael Bourque, CEO of MEMIC and Catherine Lamson, COO of MEMIC in Part 2.

Approved for HRCI Business Credit and SHRM Credit.

Program Faculty: Angus King, Catherine Lamson, Michael Bourque
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8:30 am - 9:45 am
KEYNOTE | The Cure for Stupidity

Using Brain Science to Explain Irrational Behavior at Work

Eric M. Bailey

What’s it all about? Economists tell us that given the opportunity, people will behave rationally. Yet every day the people around us make common sense errors and irrational decisions. Imagine what work – and life – would look like if our time and energy was not spent dealing with stubborn, clueless, argumentative, defensive, or apathetic co-workers. Eric M. Bailey translates decades of brain science research into every-day language, presenting as four foundational principles of human understanding. By applying these principles and understanding the drivers for thinking and decision making, we can change the way the work world communicates, and ultimately improve relationships within the workplace.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Determine the root cause of “stupidity” or irrational behavior in the workplace (It’s not what you think).
  • Learn about the Principles of Human Understanding™ such as the Illusion of Certainty, Perception vs. Reality, and the Truth about Bias.
  • Take away strategies to modify thinking, behavior, and perception to avoid misunderstanding and animosity within professional relationships.

Approved for SHRM Credit and HRCI General (HR) credit.

Program Faculty: Eric M. Bailey

10:15 am - 11:45 am
WEDNESDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS

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11:45 am - 1:00 pm
HR EXPO and Networking Break

Take this time to visit the virtual EXPO booths, recharge, and check emails.

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1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

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2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
HR EXPO

Visit the EXPO Hall to see the quality HR services and products of 80 companies. The support of our EXPO participants makes much of what you see during the Convention possible!

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3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
KEYNOTE | Psychological Safety and the High Performing Team

It Takes Courage + Compassion + Communication Skills

What’s it all about? Google’s intensive study of high-functioning teams revealed that the key ingredient separating high-functioning from low-functioning teams was Psychological Safety. The more psychologically safe employees feel–i.e. the more they believe they can be candid, unguarded, and vulnerable without being mocked, ridiculed, judged, or subjected to “payback” behavior–the more likely they are to: give truthful feedback, report safety issues, offer process improvement suggestions and game-changing ideas, and address inappropriate behavior. In this presentation, David Lee will explore the behaviors that create, and the ones that destroy, psychological safety. We’ll also discuss how leaders, managers, and individual contributors can all do their part to foster a psychologically safe work environment. David will then look at what leaders in other organizations are doing to foster psychological safety, engaging Jeff Buckwalter, CEO of The Holy Donut, Jen Horton, Director of Human Resources, and Liz Cotter Schlax, President and CEO of United Way for the discussion.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Hear examples from leaders on their experiences—and challenges with—creating Psychological Safety as a way to inform how you approach your leadership team.
  • Learn how to articulate to management what Psychological Safety is and how it affects employee engagement, innovation, and safety (and is not just a fad or “touchy feely thing”).
  • Learn how to help managers recognize communication styles and behaviors they might be engaging in that prevent Psychological Safety and its impact on their ability to get results.
  • Take away skills to train managers on what behaviors foster psychological safety and how to engage in them.

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

Program Faculty: David Lee, Jeff Buckwalter, Jen Horton, Liz Cotter Schlax

4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Reception and HR EXPO

Please join us for conversations about all the day’s exciting moments and a chance to win some great prizes.

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Monday, May 11, 2020 Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Thursday, May 14, 2020 Friday, May 15, 2020