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  • NEHRA's Employment Law Update - December 2021

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 12/14/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Human Resources professionals know that keeping abreast of current legal developments are of the highest importance. NEHRA'S Legal Update Webinars will run each quarter, covering the key developments in employment law and issues of current concern for employers and human resources professionals. Led by Dan Klein, a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw's Boston office, the Webinar will be an informative hour that will help ensure that you are up to speed in this vital area. Free to NEHRA members, we know that you won't want to miss this informative program!

    Human Resources professionals know that keeping abreast of current legal developments are of the highest importance.  NEHRA'S Legal Update Webinars will run each quarter, covering the key developments in employment law and issues of current concern for employers and human resources professionals.  Led by Dan Klein, a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw's Boston office, the Webinar will be an informative hour that will help ensure that you are up to speed in this vital area.  Free to NEHRA members, we know that you won't want to miss this informative program!

    Daniel B. Klein, Esq.

    Partner

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP


    Daniel Klein is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw's Boston office. Mr. Klein's practice includes the representation of management in employment and non-competition litigation matters before state and federal courts, at trial and appellate levels, as well as federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities.

    Mr. Klein also counsels national, regional and local employers on a wide variety of employment matters, including disability accommodation, family and medical leave, workplace investigations, wage and hour compliance, commissions disputes, performance assessment and discipline, terminations, reductions-in-force, training, background checks, whistleblower claims, defamation, handbook and policy review, and trade-secrets protection strategies.As a member of the firm's Complex Discrimination Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Klein has defended employers in a variety of complex discrimination cases, including multi-plaintiff discrimination lawsuits, EEOC pattern and practice cases, and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    Mr. Klein also has defended employers against the full spectrum of cases involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, defamation, and wage and hour violations, as well as representing employers in non-competition and contract disputes.Mr. Klein regularly assists clients in drafting employment contracts, severance agreements, non-competition, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, personnel policies and company handbooks. He has represented employers in a variety of industries, including healthcare, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, staffing, professional services, transportation, and technology.Mr. Klein lectures frequently on a variety of employment law topics for human resource specialists and in-house counsel, including regular presentations on behalf of the Northeast Human Resources Association, the Massachusetts Hospital Association, and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

    Mr. Klein served as a legal intern at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. From 2005 through the present, Boston Magazine and Law and Politics have named Mr. Klein one of Massachusetts' and New England's "Super Lawyer Rising Stars." Mr. Klein received his J.D., from Boston College Law School, and his B.A. from Colgate University.


    Daniel B. Klein 

    Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    Phone: (617) 946-4840

    Email: dklein@seyfarth.com

    Online Bio

  • Learning & Development Forum Series: Topic TBD (December)

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/14/2021 at 9:00 AM (EST)

    Free for NEHRA Members, our community forums meet at least four times a year (currently virtually), speakers and topics vary. Our L&D Forums are informal conversations hosted by industry experts covering emerging trends, best/next practices, managing L&D in the current environment, and more. Community forums are not open to non-members.

    Free for NEHRA Members, our community forums meet at least four times a year (currently virtually), speakers and topics vary. Our L&D Forums are informal conversations hosted by industry experts covering emerging trends, best/next practices, managing L&D in the current environment, and more. Community forums are not open to non-members.

    Interested in speaking at an upcoming forum? Click  here for details and to submit a proposal. 

  • NEHRA's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Symposium - December 9, 2021

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    As our society and our workplaces become increasingly diverse, organizations are focusing more effort on creating work environments that recognize the value and the importance DEI has to the "bottom line". The symposium explores the strategies and tactics needed to fully integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into a human capital management plan. The schedule includes a keynote as well as breakout sessions, panel presentations, and networking opportunities. Past topics have included systemic bias, workplace re-entry, diversity metrics, intentional ally-ship, intersectionality, and more.

    As our society and our workplaces become increasingly diverse, organizations are focusing more effort on creating work environments that recognize the value and the importance DEI has to the "bottom line".  The symposium explores the strategies and tactics needed to fully integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into a human capital management plan.  The schedule includes a keynote as well as breakout sessions, panel presentations, and networking opportunities. Past topics have included systemic bias, workplace re-entry, diversity metrics, intentional ally-ship, intersectionality, and more.

      Interested in speaking at the Symposium? Click  here for details and to submit a proposal. Interested in sponsorship? Click here  for more information.

    Click here for full session descriptions and here for speaker bios!

    DAY ONE - THURSDAY DECEMBER 3, 2020
    9:30 - 10:00am: Opening Conversation with NEHRA's CEO, Tracy Burns & Board Chair, Cynthia Ring

    10:00 - 10:15am: Transition Break (offline)


    10:15 - 11:30am: Breakouts (choice of 2)
    1 - Panel - What You Can Do Now: Narrowing the Racial & Gender Wealth Gap
    Moderator -
    Mim Minichiello, President, Employee Benefits, HUB International
    Panelists - Beth Chandler, President & CEO, YW Boston
    Evelyn Murphy, President, The WAGE Project, Inc. & former Lt. Governor, Commonwealth of MA

    2 - Take Action - Fostering a DEI Program at Your Organization
    Scarlett Abraham, VP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Commonwealth Financial 
    Jane Moyer, President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Commonwealth Financial


    11:30 - 11:45am: Transition Break (offline)

    11:45am - 12:15pm
    Self-Care Strategies for Effective Leadership
    Devin Hughes, Founder, Devin C. Hughes, Inc.

    12:15 - 1:00pm: Lunch Break (offline)


    1:00 - 2:15pm: Breakouts (choice of 2)
    1 - Panel - Building a DEI Community Amidst the Pandemic
    Moderator
    - Kari Heistad, CEO Culture Coach International & Diversity Dashboard
    Panelists
    - Al Durr, CEO, ALD & Associates
    Barbara Nobles Crawford: Senior Leadership & Organization Development Consultant, Harvard University 
    Paula Parnagian, Diversity Manager, Eversource
    Deborah Washington, Director, Diversity, Patient Care Services, MGH

    2 - Understanding Trans & Nonbinary Identities 
    Kaden Mohammed, Chair for the Steering Committee, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition


    DAY TWO - THURSDAY DECEMBER 10, 2020
    9:00 - 10:00am: Decoding Microaggressions
    Tissa Hami, Founder & Principal, Korsi Consulting 

    10:00 - 10:15am: Transition Break (offline)

    10:15 - 11:30am: Breakouts (choice of 2)
    1 - Igniting Inclusion Through Allyship
    Moderator - Teresa Hopke, CEO, Talking Talent
    Panelists - Latoria (Tori) Farmer, Executive Director, Workforce Inclusion & Diversity, KPMG, LLC
    Sandye Taylor, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, RBC Capital Markets

    2 - Designing Employee-Driven DE&I Programming
    Dan Wilson, Sr. HR Consultant at AllWays Health Partners


    11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch Break (offline)


    12:30 - 1:45pm: Breakouts (choice of 2)
    1 - Interactive Theater - Race, Power & Privilege
    Shilpa Pherwani, Principal, IBIS Consulting Group

    2 - Why Your Diversity Sourcing Strategy Isn't Working
    Joan Balaban, Sr. Organizational Specialist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) 
    Kim Dukes, Diversity & Inclusion Talent Strategist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) 


    1:45 - 2:00pm: Transition Break (offline)


    2:00 - 3:00pm: Closing Panel - Developing Women of Color at Your Organization 
    Moderator - Margaret Spence, Equity & Diversity in C-Suite Leadership & CEO, C.Douglas & Associates
    Panelists - Maya Hurley-Wales, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultant, Peoplism
    Yulkendy Valdez, Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur and Co-Founder & CEO, Forefront

  • 2021 NEHRA’s Annual Functional Programming Bundle

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    Join us for all 4 of our functional programming opportunities for 2021. This includes: Virtual Talent Summit: February 11 & 18, 2021​ ​Virtual Legal Summit: May 6, 2021 Learning & Development Exchange: August 18, 2021​ Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Symposium: December 9, 2021​


    • Interested in attending all four of NEHRA’s Annual Functional Programming (Talent Summit, Legal Summit, Learning & Development Exchange, DE&I Symposium)? Register here for a discounted rate of just $599 for members and $799 for non-members and gain access to all four events in 2021!

      Virtual Talent Summit: February 11 & 18, 2021
      Virtual Legal Summit: May 6, 2021
      Learning & Development Exchange: August 18, 2021
      Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Symposium: December 9, 2021


  • Talent Forum Series: Topic TBD (November)

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/18/2021 at 9:00 AM (EST)

    Free for NEHRA Members, our community forums meet at least four times a year (currently virtually), speakers and topics vary. Our Talent Forums are discussions led by experts, focusing on next/best strategies for attracting, hiring and retaining quality talent, employee engagement, workforce planning, and more. Community forums are not open to non-members.

    Free for NEHRA Members, our community forums meet at least four times a year (currently virtually), speakers and topics vary. Our Talent Forums are discussions led by experts, focusing on next/best strategies for attracting, hiring and retaining quality talent, employee engagement, workforce planning, and more. Community forums are not open to non-members.

    Interested in speaking at an upcoming forum? Click  here for details and to submit a proposal. 

  • Emerging HR Professionals: Topic TBD (October)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/29/2021 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

    Join us for a session with NEHRA's Emerging HR Professionals Group. Our Emerging HR Professionals Group events are designed around HR content and career management practices with opportunities to build professional relationships. These are great chances to connect and have targeted conversation with other early- and mid-career HR professionals. Events will be posted directly to NEHRA's Events Calendar​. If you are interested in getting notified about in-person programming specific to this group, please join our online community​​ ​to get notified directly about Emerging HR Professionals events.​

    Join us for a session with NEHRA's Emerging HR Professionals Group. Our Emerging HR Professionals Group events are designed around HR content and career management practices with opportunities to build professional relationships. These are great chances to connect and have targeted conversation with other early- and mid-career HR professionals.

    Events will be posted directly to NEHRA's Events Calendar. If you are interested in getting notified about in-person programming specific to this group, please join our online community to get notified directly about Emerging HR Professionals events.

    Interested in making a program recommendations? Submit topic suggestions for future events here

  • Developing HR Fundamentals - 10/28/2021 & 11/4/2021

    Contains 10 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 10/28/2021 at 8:30 AM (EDT)

    The two-day class enables participants to learn from industry experts who will share theory, key information and practice across four (4) key areas of HR responsibility including: Talent Management, Compensation Fundamentals, Compliance and Employment Law & Employee Relations

    NEHRA’s virtual Developing HR Fundamentals Program provides HR professionals who are new to the HR field, are moving from a specialist to a generalist role, or who work within smaller organizations and wear many hats, with a solid foundation for a well-rounded career in human resources. This program provides virtual instruction over two full days, as well as interactions and sharing through a community portal; enabling participants to be engaged prior to, throughout, and after the program. 

    The online community portal will provide access to:

    - Any articles and white papers shared by facilitators
    - A glossary of HR terms
    - A listing of recommended books and websites/blogs
    - A forum for sharing best practices and addressing common HR challenges
    - A place to keep connected with your program colleagues

    Pre-Program and Post-Program collaboration via the community portal enables for more robust and fulfilling two-day sessions

    Pre-Program Activities: Prior to the modules, participants will be asked to contribute to discussions posted on the community portal. These discussions include, but are not limited to:

    - Introduction
    - Goals for attending session
    - HR challenge faced in current role

    Post-Program Activities: After the virtual sessions end, participants will continue to interact and engage with each other as well as program facilitators. In addition to posting their own challenges, best practices to share, and other questions on the community portal; participants will also be asked to share:

    - Take-aways from the sessions
    - Action planning activities
    - Participate in a discussion on how they applied their learnings back on the job
    - The community portal will be accessible for program participants for a 6-month period after the program ends


    Tuesday, May 18th:

    8:30am – 9:00am
    Opening Remarks, Participant Introductions and Introduction to the HR Profession
    Facilitator -
    Tracy Burns, CEO, NEHRA

    9:15am - 12:15pm
    Module 1: Talent Management
    Presenter - 
    Tracy Burns, CEO, NEHRA

    This session provides a foundation for managing talent within the organization, a key responsibility for HR professionals. This session covers the role of HR in talent management, enabling for achieving the strategic goals of the organization and ensuring the right people are brought on board at the right time.

    Participants will learn best practices, tools and techniques around:

    - Workforce planning
    - Talent acquisition – from hiring to interviewing to selecting through to onboarding new hires
    - Employee development

    12:15pm – 1:00pm
    Offline Break for Lunch

    1:00 – 4:00
    Module 2: Compensation Fundamentals
    Presenter - 
    Dave Weaver, President, Compensation and HR Group

    This session enables participants to learn and apply basic elements of a total compensation system. Such systems, when well-planned and implemented, enable for a total rewards package that attracts, motivates and retains top talent in the organization.

    Participants will learn:

    - Considerations and the intersection of base pay, incentives and differentials in employee compensation
    - Participants will be able to participate in an online benefits session after the program ends


    Tuesday, May 25th:

    9:00am – 12:00pm
    Welcome Back & Module 3: Compliance and Employment Law
    Presenter
     - Dan Klein, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw

    This session provides participants with key facts about federal, state, and local legislation with which organizations must comply; reducing risk in organizations when rules and regulations are followed. This key module enables for an improved understanding of the responsibility of HR as it relates to various legislation and regulations.

    Participants will learn:

    - Applicable employment laws that impact organizations
    - Conducting and using background checks
    - Pre-employment considerations

    12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Offline Break for Lunch

    1:00pm – 4:00pm
    Module 4: Employee Relations
    Presenter - 
    Gina Abudi, President, Abudi Consulting Group, LLC

    This session covers key considerations in developing and maintaining employee-employer relationships that contribute to productivity, engagement, and morale. Best practices in how to identify and manage through conflict as well as communicating in ways that works to engage employees are shared in this session.

    Participants will learn:

    - Techniques to prevent and resolve employee problems that can affect work situations
    - Their communication style and how to use that information effectively when communicating with and engaging employees
    - Best practices to identify and resolve conflicts in the workplace

    Closing Activity: Summary, Wrap Up and Action Planning
    Facilitator
    - Gina Abudi, President, Abudi Consulting Group, LLC

    Action planning will be done at the end of the second day, enabling participants to detail how they will apply what they learned in the two-day program back on the job. Participants will be provided an action plan template to capture learnings from the program as well as to detail their next steps. 

    Tracy Burns

    CEO, NEHRA


    Tracy Burns has served as NEHRA’s Chief Executive Officer since November of 2010. Prior to this role, she spent nearly 20 years working in corporate HR, holding leadership positions across various industries, including financial services, higher education/healthcare, publishing and food/beverage.

    Tracy is the author of,Before and After Resumes: How to Turn a Good Resume Into A Great One. In 2016 she received SmartCEO’s Brava Award as one of 40 female leaders in Greater Boston. In 2017, she was featured in Boston Business Journal’s series “Women of Influence”. A sought after expert in “all things HR”, Tracy is often quoted in local and national media outlets and has been featured on various industry related podcasts, including The Hennessy Report and HR Rebooted.

    In 2017, Tracy and business partner Mim Minichiello developed and launched Hytched (www.hytched.co), an on-line platform connecting companies who need interim HR expertise with experienced HR professionals. Currently in its second iteration, Hytched has seen early success as a growing “gig” resource and landed Tracy on the “Top 300 Women to Watch in HR Tech”.

    Tracy is actively involved in the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), as well as the American Society of Association Executive (ASAE). She sits on the HR Management Advisory Board at Bryant University and the Work Without Limits Business Advisory Council at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA.

    Tracy holds a bachelor’s degree in business/human resources from California State University and a master’s degree in Organizational Development from Lesley University. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Tracy has called the Boston “home” since 1996. She is passionate about advancing female leaders, raising two fabulous boys and her bulldog Moose.

    David Weaver

    President, Compensation and HR Group

    David is President of the Compensation & HR Group and is responsible for all consulting functions within the organization. He is the Author of the bestselling HR book Pay Matters: The Art and Science of Employee Compensation.

    Prior to joining the Compensation & HR Group, David spent 20 years managing a human resources membership and consulting organization. He has also held positions with industry leaders Liberty Mutual, Honeywell and Hewlett-Packard as a corporate human resources professional. During this period, he gained essential hands-on experience in compensation program development, marketing and internal communications.

    A graduate of The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, David has also made his mark in academia, having served as adjunct faculty member for both Northeastern University and Newbury College where he taught courses in Compensation Management and Human Resource Management. He also worked as an instructor for the certification courses at the Compensation Analyst Academy, WorldatWork and the Society for Human Resource Management.

     

    Emily J. Miller

    Associate, Labor & Employment

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    Employers have to be prepared to address harassment and discrimination in the workplace—and it can feel challenging to keep up with complex and evolving laws in these areas. This is where Emily comes in. Clients look to Emily for guidance when it comes to preventing workplace issues from blossoming into litigation—and for effective leadership in litigation when faced with a lawsuit.

    Prior to becoming an attorney, Emily worked in higher education for eight years in LGBTQ student life, general student conduct, and Title IX. She is equipped with the tools to make quick, sound judgment calls when faced with challenging, sensitive concerns.

    Emily’s professional background working in sexual and gender-based harassment education, prevention, and response coupled with her educational background in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Theological Studies gives her a competitive edge when it comes to addressing some of the most sensitive challenges that can arise for employers.

    Emily loves counseling clients on how to navigate identity-based questions and concerns that arise in the workplace. She has extensive experience educating others in the realms of sexual and gender-based harassment prevention and response and best practices for creating inclusive workplaces for LGBTQ people. She thoroughly enjoys collaborating with clients to devise litigation strategies and then bringing those strategies to life.

    John Ayer-Mann

    Associate, Labor & Employment Law

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    Clients seek John's counsel when they are facing a multitude of legal issues related to their status as an employer. Whether they are seeking advice on labor issues or facing litigation in a wage-and-hour matter, John advises clients on ways to avoid or minimize legal risk, while also guiding clients through the litigation process. John has litigated in a variety of forums, from the agency level to state superior and federal district courts.

    Gina Abudi

    Founder

    Abudi Consulting Group


    Gina Abudi, MBA has 25+ years’ experience working with organizations of all sizes – from smaller businesses, non-profits, through to large, global organizations – providing expertise around projects, processes and people. Additionally, she works closely with a variety of clients to develop and deliver customized workshops/seminars and training programs to meet long term strategic needs.

    Gina keynotes and speaks at conferences, forums and corporate and industry events on a variety of topics. She has written a number of white papers and articles on various management and project management topics, which can be found on her blog: http://www.GinaAbudi.com. Gina is leading author of Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects: Six Steps to Success, J Ross Publishing, 2015 and author of Implementing Positive Organizational Change: A Strategic Project Management Approach, J Ross Publishing, 2017.

    Gina is active with the Northeast Human Resource Association (NEHRA), Association for Talent Development (ATD), and the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP).

    Gina is adjunct faculty at Granite State College teaching in both the Masters of Science in Leadership and Masters of Science in Project Management Program, as well as an adjunct faculty at the University of New Hampshire and New England College, facilitating ACG’s workshops for their corporate clients.

  • Learning & Development Forum Series: Topic TBD (October)

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/26/2021 at 9:00 AM (EDT)

    Free for NEHRA Members, our community forums meet at least four times a year (currently virtually), speakers and topics vary. Our L&D Forums are informal conversations hosted by industry experts covering emerging trends, best/next practices, managing L&D in the current environment, and more. Community forums are not open to non-members.

    Free for NEHRA Members, our community forums meet at least four times a year (currently virtually), speakers and topics vary. Our L&D Forums are informal conversations hosted by industry experts covering emerging trends, best/next practices, managing L&D in the current environment, and more. Community forums are not open to non-members.

    Interested in speaking at an upcoming forum? Click  here for details and to submit a proposal. 

  • Webinar: What will your employee experience look like in 2022?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/21/2021 at 10:00 AM (EDT)

    With the pandemic in our rearview mirror and a new road ahead, we are asking, “What will the employee experience look like in 2022?” We have heard of the challenges and opportunities of the “RTO” (return to office). But beyond that, what did we do well during the shutdown, what worked, what did not work, and which changes that were accelerated will we keep in place as best practices moving forward? As we adapt to the “new now” what are our Human Resource Business leaders doing to ensure a positive employee experience? Join us for a best practices discussion from industry leaders.

    With the pandemic in our rearview mirror and a new road ahead, we are asking, “What will the employee experience look like in 2022?”  We have heard of the challenges and opportunities of the “RTO” (return to office). But beyond that, what did we do well during the shutdown, what worked, what did not work, and which changes that were accelerated will we keep in place as best practices moving forward?  As we adapt to the “new now” what are our Human Resource Business leaders doing to ensure a positive employee experience? Join us for a best practices discussion from industry leaders.

     

    MCG Partners is a leadership and talent optimization consulting firm aligning your business and people strategy for maximum results. 

     

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    Frank Dadah

    Vice President Consulting Services

    MCG Partners

    Frank Dadah is Vice President of Consulting Services for MCG Partners. Frank engages with clients to identify and implement strategies to optimize their talent and improve overall organizational performance. MCG specializes in leadership and talent optimization by aligning your business and people strategy for maximum results.

    Working with a variety of companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies, Frank has supported clients with their talent management need from the C-level executives to operational support. Frank approaches clients by building lasting relationships and understanding the strategic business goals, allowing him to provide guidance and best practices on growth, leadership development, strategy, and succession planning.

    Frank has worked with a number of industries including pharma, e-commerce, healthcare, financial services, high tech, retail, advertising, online and print publications, academia, gaming, non-profit, media, and insurance. Clients have put their trust in him and through his consultative approach he has helped them realize their talent management plans and reach their growth goals. Internally, at his own organizations, Frank has managed and developed over 25 people earning them an opportunity to advance and achieve leadership roles.

    Frank has spent his entire career in the service industry in one form or another. Prior to his career in talent management, he was in the hospitality industry. He worked his way from chef, to General Manager taking part in opening more than 30 new restaurants up and down the east coast before coming a Managing Partner.

    Frank lives northwest of Boston in Bedford with his wife and daughter and their dog Taggert. Frank graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Boston with a BS in Management and has a passion and drive to help individuals and organizations reach their full potential.

    Roxana Pupkin

    HR Director for Technology and Innovation

    ConvaTec

    Roxana is a Global HR Leader and Executive Coach with over two decades of helping executives and their organizations drive results around the world. 

    Her extensive experience in strategic Human Resources (HR) has provided her with a deep understanding of the intricacies of doing business globally and how to translate business challenges into effective Talent strategies and solutions. 

    She has lived and worked in a number of countries while working at Boston Scientific, one of the world’s leading medical device companies. As a Senior HR Leader at Boston Scientific, Roxana had the privilege of serving as a member of the senior leadership team of a dynamic, fast-growing global business division, among other roles. 

    She is currently a senior HR Leader at ConvaTec, a  global medical products and technologies company focused on therapies for the management of chronic conditions, where she is responsible for helping shape the Technology and Innovation organization and build their new Innovation Lab in the Boston Area.  

    Roxana studied Psychology at Universidad de Belgrano, Argentina and she is certified as a coach by the International Coach Federation (ICF).  

    Michelle Roccia

    Chief People Officer

    ETQ

    Michelle is responsible for all employee engagement activity including talent acquisition, people management, corporate culture and organization design. previously, Michelle was Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at WinterWyman. She has held executive HR positions at technology companies Authoria and Centive. Michelle holds a Certificate in Human Resources Management from Bentley University and is a Certified Professional Coach (iPEC Program). 

    Christine Scarafoni

    Chief Human Resources Officer

    KLR

    Ms. Scarafoni joined KLR in 2019. Prior to joining KLR, Christine was the Senior Vice President and CHRO at Century Bank, and before that, Director of Human Resources at UniBank for Savings. Christine holds more than 25 years of strategic and hands on tactical experience improving leadership effectiveness, employee engagement and driving change management throughout a company.

    Beyond that, Christine also specializes in talent and management acquisition, performance management, succession planning, strategic planning, benefits, 401(k), payroll and HRIS, executive compensation, employee relations, learning and development.

    As KLR’s CHRO, Christine will be focusing on expanding University and College relationships, enhancing learning and development initiatives, improving employee engagement and retention as well as ensuring human resources is a valued strategic partner to all business lines.

    Christine holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership from Nichols College, as well as a certificate in Banking, Leadership and Financial Support Services from ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

    She currently serves on the Co-Chaire of the Board of Advisors for Nichols College, and as a Governing Body Member at Evanta. She is a former Board Director of Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Blackstone Valley Education Foundation, and a former Board Member and Vice President of Boys and Girls Club- Middlesex County.

    Christine is also on the adjunct faculty of Nichols College and Suffolk University.

    Mike Tufts

    Chief Human Resources Officer

    The Norfolk & Dedham Group

    Michael joined The N&D® Group in June of 2017, bringing more than 20 years of experience to his role as CHRO. He provides leadership and subject matter expertise in Talent Management, Business Continuity Planning, and Facilities Management. 

    Michael earned a Bachelor of Science in Management (magna cum laude) from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School executive education program, Leading Change and Organizational Renewal (LCOR). 

    Michael was appointed to the Board of the Norfolk & Dedham Foundation in 2018. He is also the Chair of the Retirement Plans Committee for N&D® and serves on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA).  

    Heather Wood

    Vice President - Leadership Developer & Facilitator, Executive Coach

    MCG Partners

    Heather Wood is Vice President, leadership developer & facilitator, and executive coach with MCG Partners. We are a firm specializing in leadership and talent optimization aligning your business and people strategy for maximum results.

    With more than 20 years of experience in engaging all levels of leadership across multiple business sectors, Heather draws from her experience and insight training hundreds of managers globally. Heather develops and coaches’ executives in leadership effectiveness, communication style, team building, diversity and inclusion, unconscious bias, conflict resolution, and career development. Heather is also an accomplished designer and facilitator of customized interactive management workshops, virtually, and in-person.

    Heather is a Harvard Business School executive coach providing coaching and advisory services to attending global executives.

    Heather’s other training content includes: The Agile Leader™, Situational Leadership, InsideOut Coaching, Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode (TKI) and Lominger Leadership Architect. Heather’s industry areas of expertise include financial services, software development, bio-pharmaceutical, healthcare, and human services.

    Previously, Heather was an AVP at Brown Brothers Harriman, where she developed long-term leadership development programs as well as employee engagement surveys and feedback sessions to diagnose competency gaps and improve individual, team and organizational performance. Prior to that, she served as a HR consultant for Idenix Pharmaceuticals and in several capacities at Fidelity Investments in corporate learning and development.

    Heather earned her Bachelor of Science from Simmons College in Boston and her Certificate in Professional Coaching (CPC) from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She is a certified Analyst in the Predictive Index® (PI®) as well as in several additional assessments and tools.

    She volunteers as a mentor for Babson College MBA students as well as for the Social Innovation Forum. Additionally, Heather is an active member of the Boston Facilitators Roundtable. She lives with her family outside of Boston, MA.

  • September Talent Forum Series: Cut Employee Turnover 30% and More

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/16/2021 at 9:00 AM (EDT)

    Free for NEHRA Members, our community forums meet at least four times a year (currently virtually), speakers and topics vary. Our Talent Forums are discussions led by experts, focusing on next/best strategies for attracting, hiring and retaining quality talent, employee engagement, workforce planning, and more. Community forums are not open to non-members.

    The Brookings Institute projects unemployment to reach 3.2% by year end, based on the injection of $1.9 trillion into our already-accelerating economy…all while healthcare, manufacturing, and other industries are challenged to find and retain good-performing employees today. This session presents a counter-intuitive method for cutting turnover based on the science of why employees stay or leave…and engage or disengage…with case studies from multiple industries that have cut turnover 30% and more while saving millions of dollars and greatly increasing productivity. Pay, benefits, and other one-size-fits-all programs don’t cut turnover…but trusting relationships do.

    1. Participants will learn to place dollar costs on turnover so turnover reports speak the language of the CEO.

    2. Participants will learn to establish retention goals and hold leaders accountable for retaining their teams.

    3. Participants will learn to implement Stay Interviews in their organizations so their leaders can build trust with the teams in order to improve retention and engagement.

    Dick Finnegan

    Speaker, Author & CEO

    C-Suite Analytics

    Dick Finnegan is THE global turnover expert, having cut turnover by 30% and more for healthcare, manufacturing, logistics, distribution centers, call centers, and other industries…and on all six inhabited continents. 

    Dick has authored the top-selling SHRM-published book in history, The Power of Stay Interviews, along with four other books. BusinessWeek magazine has said “Finnegan offers fresh thinking for solving the turnover problem in any economy”. He has been similarly cited by Forbes, Chief Executive Magazine, and Consulting Magazine. 

    As a supremely rated speaker, Dick Finnegan opens executives’ eyes to turnover’s mega-impact on their productivity and profits, and provides strongly-researched and business-driven ways to fix turnover, comparing those same solutions to the ways organizations improve sales and service. 

    He holds bachelors and graduate degrees from The Pennsylvania State University and lives in Orlando, Florida.