The following information is from the completed 2020 event. Please check back in January for details about the 2021 conference, which will be on May 10, 12, and 14. We anticipate opening registration in early February 2021.

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Maine HR Convention: May 10, 12, & 14, 2021 – Virtual+ Edition


KEYNOTE: Breaking Barriers in Maine

Thursday, May 14th, 2020 @ 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

How to Start Building an Inclusive Workplace

What’s it all about? In Making Maine Work, a report published in 2018 by the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Maine Development Foundation, and Educate Maine, barriers related to the availability of top talent occurred three separate times as prominent employer challenges. Today’s presenters, Jason Judd, Executive Director of Educate Maine, and Chanel Lewis, Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion for IDEXX, suggest a renewed approach to diversity & inclusion is the key for future prosperity in Maine’s workforce. They will explore and analyze ways HR professionals can begin to hardwire D&I into their organizations’ core functions. Discover the differences between cultural fit versus cultural add, how diverse recruitment cannot succeed without emphasis on inclusive retention, and how implicit bias can be a significant barrier to supporting your diverse talent.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Learn to expand beyond traditional recruitment & retention practices to curate an inclusive talent pipeline and organization culture.
  • Interpret case studies of Maine employers’ strategies to successfully leverage the cultural add of diverse talent.
  • Discuss some counter-intuitive HR practices used to hire and retain talent in ways other organizations have not, and how those strategies were sold to members of the executive team.
  • Develop action steps to better recruit and retain talent based on what they will add to the existing culture.

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

Program Faculty: Chanel Lewis, Jason Judd