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The following information is from the completed 2021 event. Please check back in the fall for details on next year. 

Maine HR Convention: May 10 – 12, 2022


On the Road to New Mexico

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am

Connecting Organizational Values with the Cultural Roots of Your People

Why you’ll want to participate in this session. We’re traveling to New Mexico for an inspired look at the cultural underpinnings of The Land of Enchantment, as seen through the eyes of two HR leaders and members of their SHRM State CouncilMeet Vivian Santistevan, founder of Taos HR ganics in Taos (home to a centuries-old Pueblo, an artist colony, and ski resort), and James Stevens, Director of HR for Santa Ana Star Casino (he’s also a licensed mental health counselor)Mark Christensen will lead them in a fireside chat, where we will explore Native American Culture, and the uniqueness of tribal law and HR practices for the Navajo Nation and the various Pueblos. New Mexico may be a long way from Maine, but we share similar workforce development challenges related to education, technology infrastructure, and rural poverty. It’s also an opportunity to observe these workforce issues in a state very different demographically from Maine – New Mexico’s population is 48% Hispanic/Latino and 10% Native American. Enjoy and learn, as we share some wonderful photographs of the landscape and the people!  

What’s it all about. 

  • This discussion will encourage you to lead an initiative to mesh the culture of your people with the values of your organization. 
  • Speaking of initiatives, learn about the multi-state Native American Initiative sparked by New Mexico’s SHRM state council, the strategic purpose that led to this initiative, and how it is being rolled out by leaders across the region. 
  • Learn how to better advocate for the communities you serve and how to creatively enhance the branding of your HR function and organization.  

Approved for SHRM Credit and HRCI Business Credit.