Maine HR Convention: May 12-15, 2020 – Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME

The following information is from the completed 2019 event. Please check back in the fall for details on next year. 


KEYNOTE | What HR Can Learn from Social Entrepreneurs: And Vice Versa

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Courtney Klein, SEED SPOT

Adam Burk, Treehouse Institute

What’s it all about? The heart of the Maine HR Convention is helping you make a difference in the lives of your employees, the direction of your organization, and the health of neighboring communities. That is why two people who dream of making a difference on a large scale take to the convention stage this year. Courtney Klein (founder of SEED SPOT, an organization based in Arizona with a national reach in startups designed for societal good) leads a lively discussion that will refresh your thinking about human resources. Adam Burk (founder of The Treehouse Institute in Portland and Producer of TedXDirigo) will moderate this session, bringing a Maine perspective to the conversation. There will be a three-part focus on values, process, and results. How are values the guiding light of a start-up enterprise and how do you sustain them? What HR practices are crucial for startup thinking? And how do you measure results?

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Gain a better understanding of how core values are crucial to your organization’s long-term success.
  • Witness how social startups view the talent function – from acquisition, to development, and management – and how you can bring “fresh eyes” to your organization’s talent equation.
  • Consider the implications of thinking beyond bottom-line financial results, leaning towards a sustainable business model that keeps your values on true north while maintaining the needed flexibility for the short term.

Approved for SHRM credit and HRCI Business credit.

Program Faculty: Adam Burk, Courtney Klein