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 | The Workplace as a Venue for Healing: You Are Not Alone

Friday, May 10th, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Susan Schmitt, Applied Materials

Millions of people struggle to thrive as adults after growing up with a dysfunctional or abusive family life. The result? Adult Survivors of Damaged Pasts (ASDP). ASDPs grow up learning how to survive by avoiding conflict, working in isolation, and keeping their thoughts and ideas to themselves. Alternatively, high-performing perfectionism can also be a sign of ADSPs struggling to prevail over a wounded past that continues to threaten their well-being and careers. The modern workplace presents an opportunity to help these employees discover emotional safety and confidence, freely collaborate inside team environments, trust their own judgment, and look to the future with optimism. The benefit to employers? Retention and cultivation of valuable talent in a healthy corporate culture, where all employees feel empowered to contribute their best.

Susan Schmitt (Chief HR Officer at Applied Materials in Silicon Valley) tackles this pervasive issue using insights and stories from her experiences as an ASDP, extensive psychological research, and a 31-year career working with emotionally complex employees.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session:

  • Understand the costs of loneliness and emotional conflicts on business vitality, company cultures, as well as personal careers.
  • Identify opportunities HR has to develop a culture that is a brave space for employees to heal from the past and bring their full gifts, potential, and professionalism to high-performing teams.
  • Explore ways that HR professionals can discover new levels of joy in their own lives and career fulfillment by creating a healing culture inside their company.

Approved for SHRM credit and HRCI general (HR) credit.

Program Faculty: Susan Schmitt