The following information is from the completed 2020 event. Please check back in January for details about the 2021 conference, which will be on May 10, 12, and 14. We anticipate opening registration in early February 2021.

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Maine HR Convention: May 10, 12, & 14, 2021 – Virtual+ Edition


Workshop C: Hiring and Onboarding Immigrants in Maine

Thursday, May 14th, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

A Leadership Maine Project and Resource Guide

What’s it all about? Employee shortages are driving employers to innovate and seek new options for hiring the right people for their jobs. As more immigrants arrive in Maine, employers see both the opportunities and challenges of hiring and onboarding immigrants with a variety of languages and skills. For many, this feels like “terra-incognito” and they hesitate to move down what could be a very successful path to solving long term workforce shortages. A project team from the Baskahegan Class (2019-20) of Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine program identified a lack of existing resources in Maine to support employers who would like to hire and retain immigrants as part of their workforce. This session will provide an overview of what the Leadership Maine team discovered in their research process, which included interviews with multiple stakeholders including employers, support groups, and immigrants to Maine. Team members will present their research findings and introduce a new Practical Resource Guide for Hiring and Onboarding Immigrants in Maine.

Faculty: Michelle Winn, CPLP, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, MA, Director of Organizational Development for Acadia Insurance. David P. Leach, JD, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Northern Light Health Foundation.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Hear about companies in Maine that have successfully moved down the path of hiring and onboarding immigrants.
  • Discover best practices for recognizing challenges and navigating cultural differences in this new workforce.
  • Utilize the Leadership Maine Resource Guide to learn about the network of organizations and entities that are supporting employment for immigrants and take away concrete recommendations related to hiring and integrating immigrant employees.

Applying for SHRM Credit and HRCI General (HR) Credit.


Program Faculty: David Leach, Michelle Winn