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 | Designing a Future of Inclusion

Thursday, May 14th, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 9:45 am

How One Pair of Jeans Changed the World

Mindy Scheier

What’s it all about? Mindy Scheier found tremendous success in her career in fashion – working for several prominent brands including the INC collection and Saks Fifth Avenue. Despite outfitting clients with chic and stylish looks as a profession, Mindy found herself in a conundrum when her middle son, Oliver came to her asking to wear jeans to school. Oliver has a rare form of muscular dystrophy which poses challenges with everyday tasks, such as dressing himself. So, up until this point, elastic sweatpants had been the status quo. Refusing to tell her child he couldn’t wear the same clothing as his schoolmates, Mindy got to work crafting a pair of custom jeans for him to wear the next day. This event was the jumping-off point for what is now known as Runway of Dreams, a foundation on a mission to make fashionable, adaptive clothing accessible to the masses.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Understand the pervasiveness of the population of people with disabilities– affecting roughly 20% of the population, and likely to impact every individual at some point in their lives.
  • Learn how adaptive solutions and inclusive cultures can empower your employees with confidence, opportunity, and independence.
  • Take stock in your organization’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and how they can expand to better include and hire members of the people with disabilities community.

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

Program Faculty: Mindy Scheier