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. 


The Small HR Department: Can you be all things to all people?

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 @ 10:15 am - 11:45 am

What’s it all about? When you work in the trenches as a solo HR practitioner (or perhaps with just another person at your side), there are exciting challenges, specialty matters that may go unattended, and uncertainty about acquiring that alluring “seat at the table.” The work can be stressful, and sometimes you may feel quite alone without departmental support. Under the guidance of Kelly Nelson and Deb Whitworth, we’ve created a fabulous forum that will help enhance your HR skills and direct you to the best resources – including how to build a solid network for when you need to phone-an-HR-friend. The format is an exciting blend of information gathering, exercises, and information sharing. You will hear from similarly situated peers around the state, and have the platform to share tricks of the trade you’ve discovered along the way.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Discuss the distinction between HR generalists and HR specialists, and how you can discover and leverage sources of knowledge and expertise from outside the four walls of your workplace.
  • Learn how to build a powerbase within your organization. What do you need to know about your company’s products and services, mission and strategic planning, and how it values human resources?
  • In addition to the networking implicit in the above two objectives, look to hone your HR skills in these additional three areas: A) Time management – what are your time eaters and where do you want to spend your time? B) The role of technology in managing the HR function and being able to make smart business decisions about those resources. C) Leadership development for the HR function and throughout your organization.

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

Program Faculty: Deb Whitworth, Kelly Nelson