Maine HR Convention: May 8 – 11, 2023


KEYNOTE: Who Am I? Identity in the Age of Consumer DNA Testing

Wednesday, May 10th, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 9:45 am

In the world of AncestryDNA and 23andMe, the true origins of your family, your ethnicity, or your race can be uncovered with a simple mouth swab. Sometimes, these tests can uncover truths about our identity that prove there is more to our family story than originally thought. Professor Anita Foeman, founder of the DNA Discussion Project at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, and her colleague Bessie Lawton join us to share the fascinating work of their project and subsequent book, “Who Am I?“. We’ll discuss the underlying science, the protocols for privacy and how this information is gathered, and most importantly, how this pool of information opens the doors to sometimes difficult, sometimes fun discussions about perceptions of race and ethnicity. And, how does this information change how we talk to one another at home, among our friends, or at work?

Another engaging piece of the puzzle: This winter, four volunteers from the audience can join in the process! Undergo a simple AncestryDNA test, complete a questionnaire, and be part of the conversation on stage.

Join Anita and Bessie after the keynote presentation for Meet the Authors and book signing at the Sherman’s pop-up bookstore! You can also learn more in Anita’s course, Identity in the Age of Ancestral DNA on Wondrium.

Applying for SHRM credit and HRCI General (HR) Credit

Program Faculty: Anita Foeman, Ph.D.