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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. 

  • POSTPONED: NEHRA's Talent Development Exchange - November 16, 2021 - Sheraton Needham Hotel

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    NEHRA’s Annual Talent Development Exchange is suited for HR professionals from all levels who are responsible for hiring, retaining, and engaging employees as well as creating and implementing learning and development programs within their organizations. Past topics have included Biases in Learning & Development Programming/Strategies, Bringing Online Content to Life, Positive ROI: Effective Mentor Program Design for Workforce Development and more.

    NEHRA’s Annual Talent Development Exchange is suited for HR professionals from all levels who are responsible for hiring, retaining, and engaging employees as well as creating and implementing learning and development programs within their organizations.  Past topics have included Biases in Learning & Development Programming/Strategies, Bringing Online Content to Life, Positive ROI: Effective Mentor Program Design for Workforce Development and more. This program has been approved for 6.0 SHRM and HRCI Credit Hours.

    COVID-19 Duty of Care:
    Updated August 23, 2021  

    NEHRA continues to closely monitor the status of COVID-19 including the Delta variant, and the safety of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors remains our highest priority. We will adopt preventative measures for the conference in accordance with in-person event guidance provided by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the State of Massachusetts and work with the Sheraton Needham to ensure the safety of our attendees during the event.

    This program has been approved for 6.0 SHRM Credit Hours, and anticipated 6.0 HRCI Credit Hours.

    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2021
    8:00 – 8:30AM – Registration, Breakfast & Networking

    8:30 – 9:45AM – Opening Remarks & Panel - What Will Your Employee Experience Look Like in 2022?
    Moderator:
    Frank Dadah, VP, Consulting Services, MCG Partners

    Panelists:
    Michelle Roccia, Chief People Officer at ETQ
    Mike Tufts, Chief Human Resources Officer at The Norfolk & Dedham Group
    Emma Woodthorpe, SVP & CHRO at Mercury Systems

    With the pandemic almost 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 Human Resource Business leaders doing to ensure a positive employee experience? Join us for a best practices discussion from industry leaders.


    10:00 – 11:00AM - Breakout Sessions (choice of 2)
    1 - Designing a Future-Now Learning and Development Ecosystem
    Presenters: Jim Laughlin, Vice President, Leadership Development and Coaching Services, MDA Leadership 

    Description:
    In response to the pandemic, remote work, and anticipated greater work flexibility, organizations are moving to revamp their leadership development solutions. Some HR professionals moved quickly to invest in learning technologies, while others are wondering which among the constellation of technologies to invest in. A key to ensure you maximize the value of any investment is to understand the benefits of a dynamic learning and development ecosystem—essential to developing leadership at scale. We will look at the critical elements of such a development system or architecture and provide compelling case examples of the future of immersive, scaled leadership development.

    2 – Skills-Based Talent Management
    Presenters: John Land, Senior Principal, Mercer & Vlad Gogish, Principal, Mercer

    Description:
    Are you ready to benefit from skills-based talent management? By simply defining jobs with skills, your organization can connect talent with work in a more modern, agile way — and better meet the changing business landscape, as well as use workforce skills data to reduce decision-making bias and support a broader diversity, equity and inclusion strategy.

    For most organizations, the base unit of managing a workforce has traditionally been a job. During the 20th century, job descriptions and titles defined how we thought about work, set salaries and made critical decisions around talent and workforce transformation. In recent decades, however, companies have reimagined that unit of work. Work has experienced seismic disruptions as we have become more interdependent, knowledge-focused, specialized and flexible about where, when and how we work. As a result, the base unit of work has fundamentally evolved: from jobs to skills.

    Skills are now the primary way to define work: how we deploy talent, manage careers and even reward employees. Organizations that cannot connect skills to work are at risk of being outpaced by those that can more rapidly deploy mission-critical talent. HR is the central hub for skills consulting in the organization, developing skills programs that are timely, relevant and agile enough to support the organization’s strategy through skills assessment, talent development and employee reskilling.


    11:15AM – 12:15PM - Breakout Sessions (choice of 2)
    1 - How to Overcome Implicit Bias in Hiring
    Presenter: Cheryl Butts, Executive Director of HR, Taunton Public Schools

    Description: 
    Unconscious Bias or Implicit Bias exists even if we are actively encouraging more diversity in our hiring process. In this session, we will attempt to understand where our biases come from and how they affect everyday decisions in recruitment. We will also share some tools and processes that will help hiring managers recognize and reduce their bias and blind spots and build awareness, thus thinking more consciously when making hiring decisions.

    2 - Program Design Insights for Developing Experts into Organizational Leaders - Making the Shift
    Presenters: Rob Byron, Vice President, Keystone Partners & Pam Zlota, Consultant & Executive Coach, Keystone Partners

    Description:
    One thing is certain about today’s leaders: technical competence alone is not enough to make them successful. They need leadership capabilities and skills. We’d argue that moving from the job of expert to organizational leader represents a unique challenge that, in practice, is more complex and has far greater individual and organizational impact than just adding more technical knowledge. Being an organizational leader, requires shifting from relying on technical competence into being business and results focused. This means acquiring and developing leadership skills and competencies which are distinct from technical expertise. 

    This session will outline the specialized elements of program design to meet the technical experts’ targeted development needs. We will share insights and discuss best practices from our work with hundreds of technical experts in both 1:1 coaching and leadership development programs. Session participants will get the chance to identify their own key takeaways to develop their organization’s technical super stars, using a signature “next steps” exercise.


    12:15 – 1:15pm - Lunch


    1:15 – 2:15PM – Breakout Sessions
    (choice of 2)

    1 – Distance Isn’t Destiny: How to Use Virtual Learning to Connect Your Remote Team
    Presenter: Scott Robley, Director of Trainer Success and Master Trainer, VitalSmarts

    Description:
    Finding ways to preserve employee commitment and create connection is the greatest employee challenge in our virtual, remote/hybrid world. However, new research shows when it comes to engaging your remote workforce, distance isn’t destiny.

    A recent study of 2,300 executives and employees suggests learning initiatives play a substantial role in building a strong remote culture. When remote employees participate in organizational learning, they are more engaged and committed to the organization. But when it comes to selecting a learning initiative, are some more effective than others at creating connection and commitment? Over thirty years of experience designing award-winning learning courses tells us the most effective way to not just teach skills, but also to impact culture, is to integrate social learning tools and exercises into your training.

    Session attendees will gain new ideas and tips to design and select learning initiatives that perform double duty: teach crucial skills as well as connect remote team members.

    2 – Coming Soon!


    2:30 – 3:30pm – Closing Keynote

    Cheryl Butts

    Executive Director of HR

    Taunton Public Schools

    Dr. Cheryl Butts has over 20+ years of experience in the Human Resources field. She has worked both in the private and public sectors locally and internationally, helping leaders succeed in their careers, navigate change and build diverse teams leading to healthy and effective organizations. Dr. Butts has worked in public education for the last ten years and currently works as the Executive Human Resources Director in a K-12 school district in Southeast Massachusetts. She is passionate about employee motivation and has completed extensive research on intrinsic motivation in the K-12 setting which is being shared with other districts. Dr. Butts also manages a diverse leadership intern program for her district, working with and mentoring high school students to develop leadership skills and explore educational career opportunities. She has now focused her attention on social justice and has been conducting innovative work around inclusion, leadership, unconscious bias and intercultural training.

    Most recently, Dr. Butts has also delivered professional development to staff on social justice and anti-bias training for her school district as well as for other local and state organizations. She is a fierce advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion and has made it a goal of hers to develop a diversity strategy for hiring and developing diverse talent, fostering an inclusive work environment and ensuring management accountability. She prides herself on being a visible leader, someone who is always accessible and enjoys engaging with students and staff alike.

    Dr. Butts received her Bachelor’s Degree in History and Psychology from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Management degree from Cambridge College and her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University. She currently works with a wide range of organizations, including non-profits and government organizations where she helps them identify barriers in recruiting diverse staff and then creates a more inclusive work environment. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, American Association of School Personnel Administrators, Massachusetts Association of School personnel Administrators and Northeast Human Resources Association.

    Rob Byron

    Vice President

    Keystone Partners

    Rob has over 15 years’ experience in executive search and recruiting, closely partnering with technology and HR executives and leaders on talent acquisition strategy and execution. This experience enables Rob to be a trusted advisor to organizations in the areas of career transition, executive coaching, leadership development, and training.

    Previously Rob led the executive search practice at Longford & Company focused on technology executive and leadership searches in the biotech/life sciences and high-tech sectors. Prior to Longford & Company, Rob was a Partner at WinterWyman in their technology search division.

    Before starting his career in executive search, Rob served as a Naval Flight Officer for 9 years, including multiple deployments and combat missions over Iraq. He earned an MBA from the University of Rhode Island and a BS in Computer Science from Stonehill College.

    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.

    Vlad Gogish

    Principal, Rewards

    Mercer

    Present Responsibilities

    Vlad is a Principal in Mercer’s Norwalk, CT office in the Career business, and consults on high-priority human capital issues to help clients deliver value. These include executive compensation, job architectures, skills frameworks, incentive plans, salary structures, and market competitiveness analyses. In addition, Vlad’s projects span related matters such as performance management and talent effectiveness.

    Experience

    Vlad is the lead consultant in the East Market for Mercer’s solution for skills-based talent and rewards practices. He co-authored a recent article titled “Getting Started with Skills,” and was a contributor to Mercer’s Global Performance Management Study. In addition to Rewards, Vlad works on HR effectiveness and HR Transformation projects, especially in M&A transactions to help clients prepare their HR operating models to scale for growth. Prior experiences include being the acting CHRO for a high-tech carve-out and numerous due diligence projects focusing on assessing the HR operations and technology of target companies. Vlad has also consulted to clients using Mercer’s proprietary leadership and talent effectiveness solutions to link pay and talent programs. He has helped organizations translate their missions and values into specific success profiles and skills, and also to evaluate talent by using Behavioral Event Interviewing (BEI) techniques, 360-degree surveys, and other assessment methods.

    Vlad joined Mercer in 2018. Prior to Mercer, Vlad assumed positions of increasing responsibility in IBM's HR function. His positions included compensation, talent acquisition, talent management, HR transformation, workforce strategy and analytics, and HR Business Partner roles. Vlad also completed an international assignment to Bangalore, India.

    Education

    Vlad holds an MBA in Finance and Economics with distinction from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a B.S. from Cornell University in Industrial & Labor Relations.

    John Land

    Senior Principal

    Mercer

    CURRENT ROLE

    John is a Senior Principal in Mercer's HR Transformation practice based out of Boston. John’s focus areas include HR function & technology assessment, HR target interaction & target operating model design, sourcing strategies/vendor selection, talent process reengineering, M&A due diligence & transaction management, and interim HR leadership.

    EXPERIENCE

    Prior to Mercer, John had extensive corporate experience where he held leadership positions in HR management and cross-functional, global project management; his last role was as the Chief HR Officer of a midsize, publicly traded company and his first career was as an officer in the US Navy. In these roles, he managed both large global and small local projects including M&A due diligence & transaction management, HR transformation & outsourcing, talent strategy, and HR technology assessment, selection & implementation; as well as he was the servant leader to HR and the strategic advisor to his peers in the C-suite.

    Due to his extensive corporate HR experience and passion for the profession, John leads a wide variety of client engagements as he brings a holistic view of HR and can understand and design solutions for a majority of his clients’ business challenges. If asked, he will tell you that his deepest area of expertise is bringing all of Mercer’s resources to bear for the benefit of his clients.

    John has broad industry knowledge as a consultant having worked with clients in retail, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, transportation, professional services, technology, higher education, and more. In addition, he is a member of Mercer’s Healthcare Provider and Financial Services verticals.

    EDUCATION John holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University; a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy; and a Certificate in HR Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

    Jim Laughlin

    Vice President, Leadership Development and Coaching Services

    MDA Leadership

    Jim Laughlin serves as Vice President, LeadersOhip Development and Coaching Services for MDA Leadership and is based in the Boston area. For more than 20 years, Jim has designed and implemented learning and leadership development systems for companies worldwide. He helps his clients deepen their understanding of the talent strategies and capabilities needed to deliver business results now and in the future. Jim is also a sought-after executive coach with expertise in organizational communications, change, and transitions.

    Scott Robley

    Director of Trainer Success and Master Trainer

    VitalSmarts

    Clients describe Scott Robley as the ultimate professional. With more than twenty years of experience in education, training, and speaking, Scott brings to every engagement a wealth of insight coupled with high energy. He is an internationally recognized speaker and trainer, and his clients rely on him to get results. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Brigham Young University and a master’s in educational technology from University of Alaska Anchorage. He is committed to changing the world by changing behavior.

    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). 

    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).  

    Emma Woodthorpe

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Mercury Systems

    Global HR Executive with more than 20 years of combined experience impacting the visibility and performance of Businesses and HR Functions. A strategic business leader with a people focus bringing the human resource challenges of organizations to the business discussions at a senior level. Broad experience from a Silicon Valley Start Up to a $30B Public company currently CHRO of Mercury Systems headquartered in Andover, MA. Provided strategic partnership and direction for multiple businesses, integrated acquisitions and divested businesses. A strong change leader who understands one of the biggest constants in business today is change and has strong background and experience in how to manage organizations in a continuous change environment.

    Specialties: Strategic HR Leadership, Business Partnership, Talent Management, 

    Pamela Zlota

    Consultant & Executive Coach

    Keystone Partners

    Pam has over 25 years of coaching, consulting, and leadership experience, which influences her results-driven approach. She brings a natural style, positive energy, and a pragmatic approach to coaching to facilitate honest dialogue, meaningful insights, and impactful action. Pam understands the nature of business and has worked with clients to navigate complex organizational dynamics and develop practical strategies to overcome stubborn obstacles and uncover new opportunities for growth.

    Pam’s experience includes partnering with leaders across industries in Human Resources, Strategy, Operations, Technology, Product Development, and Sales. Previously, Pam worked at Fidelity Investments, where she held a number of HR positions, and spent 10 years at Brown Brothers Harriman, where she led a global (Dublin, London, Tokyo, and Zurich) team focused on training, talent management, and executive coaching.

  • 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


    Thursday, October 28th:

    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


    Thursday, November 4th:

    9:00am – 12:00pm
    Welcome Back & Module 3: Compliance and Employment Law
    Presenter
     - Christina Duszlak, Associate, 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.

     

    Christina Duszlak

    Associate, Labor & Employment Law

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    Employers look to Christina to help them through wage-and-hour law collective and class actions, employee misclassifications, and all phases of the litigation process. She also advises clients on day-to-day personnel matters and employment laws nationwide, and counsels clients on a wide range of employment matters. These include ADA and protected class accommodations, personnel and administrative policies and handbooks, discrimination avoidance, drug testing, FMLA and leave entitlements, retaliation, sexual harassment, termination, unemployment and post-employment benefits, wage-and-hour issues, and workers' compensation. Christina is also part of the subject matter expert team focusing on the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. She understands that businesses can't succeed unless they overcome all the legal obstacles.

    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. 

  • NEHRA's Employment Law Update - Vaccine Mandates - September 2021

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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