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  • Emerging HR Professionals: Foundations of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Workplace

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/01/2020 at 11:00 AM (EST)

    This session will cover the foundational elements of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at the workplace. It will include DEI definitions, barriers and challenges, proven practices and everyday inclusive actions that everyone can take at work. Participants will leave the session with a solid understanding of the DEI concepts, how to advance DEI at their workplaces and what they can do everyday to be more inclusive at work.

    This session will cover the foundational elements of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at the workplace. It will include DEI definitions, barriers and challenges, proven practices and everyday inclusive actions that everyone can take at work.  Participants will leave the session with a solid understanding of the DEI concepts, how to advance DEI at their workplaces and what they can do everyday to be more inclusive at work.

    Su Joun

    Principal, Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group

    Su Joun (she/her/hers) is the Principal of Diversity@WorkplaceConsulting Group LLC  (http://www.diversityatworkplace.com) that specializes in innovative, implementation-focused,no-frills Diversity & Inclusion training and consultation.  Su is alsoan adjunct professor at Suffolk University where she teaches Global HumanResources Management, Organizational Behavior and Career LAUNCH classes.

    She was the Vice President of Talent, Diversityand Inclusion at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) where she ledthe enterprise diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition, performance managementand leadership development, and associate engagement teams.  In addition to expertise in Diversity &Inclusion and talent management, she has held leadership roles in IT & operations,marketing, sales and call centers in various organizations and industries. Su hasalso founded and operated a publishing company. This breadth of experiencesenables her to fully understand and “speak the language” of the variousbusiness areas and leaders allowing for true partnership to champion Diversity& Inclusion goals and programs.

    Su received her MBA from Suffolk University andher MS in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University.

    Her thought-leadership on Diversity &Inclusion and talent overall has been showcased in the Skillsoft video libraryand on the Urban Update.  She has presented to various audiences suchas the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, NAAAP, CFO Roundtable, UMASS Centerfor Collaborative Leadership, NEHRA, HUBweek, General Assembly, Skillsoft Conference,Design Museum Boston Workplace Innovation Summit, Northeastern University Open Classroomand the Boston Bar Association. 

    Stefanie Smith

    Consultant, Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group

    Stefanie A. Smith is a consultant with Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group leveraging her previous experience and extensive background as DEI Subject Matter Expert.  Stefanie has partnered with clients, government entities, media agencies, corporate partners and brands to develop quality initiatives and programs maximizing diverse representation, tangible metrics, and effective action.

    As a certified diversity practitioner, speaker, and moderator some of her biggest professional accomplishments include her work alongside diversity leaders such as Dennis Kennedy of the National Diversity Council and Glenn Singleton of the Pacific Education Group/Courageous Conversations About Race.  Stefanie is a proud advocate for multicultural diversity spaces and bases her work in the needed research and policy suggestions on those cultures.  

    Stefanie leans on her natural abilities to empathetically read the state of corporate culture to inform effective long-term strategy and implementation plan development.  Notably she developed DEI framework, programming and educational learning paths for consulting change management giant Kotter International.  Her imprint and previously seeded works are still being replicated today due to her natural ability to meticulously elevate diversity across all business lines and employee levels including c-suite and boards. 

    Stefanie acquired her bachelor’s degree from Salem State University and obtained her first masters at UMass Boston and second masters at Baruch College Marxe School of Public and International Affairs via National Urban Fellows accelerated MPA program.  

    Although originally born in Atlanta, Georgia Stefanie calls Boston and the Northeast her forever home.  Mostly you will find her joking along with friends, family and spending her spare time somewhere warm and fun.

  • The Right Way to Buy HR Tech

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/18/2020 at 10:30 AM (EST)

    The world of HR software is changing at a rapid clip. Utilizing the right software is also becoming more integral to HR's success, even as the tools landscape becomes more complicated. This webinar will show you an insider's guide to the right way of finding and buying HR and recruiting software for your organization. Specifically, we'll talk about how to research vendors, narrow down a short list, navigate the sales process, pick the right tool, and pay the right price. We'll also talk about some of the latest trends including AI, virtual reality, and where this exciting landscape is heading.

    The world of HR software is changing at a rapid clip.  Utilizing the right software is also becoming more integral to HR's success, even as the tools landscape becomes more complicated.  This webinar will show you an insider's guide to the right way of finding and buying HR and recruiting software for your organization.  Specifically, we'll talk about how to research vendors, narrow down a short list, navigate the sales process, pick the right tool, and pay the right price.  We'll also talk about some of the latest trends including AI, virtual reality, and where this exciting landscape is heading.

     

    Our presenter will be our NEHRA board member Phil Strazzulla.  Phil has bought over $1 million worth of HR tools.  In addition, each day over 1,000 HR teams use his advice which he offers for free on his website SelectSoftware.

     

    There is no required pre-existing knowledge for this webinar.  We welcome people who have never bought software before, along with professionals who've procured dozens of solutions in the past.

     

    Buying HR Tech is a skill set that is developed over time.  Whether you're looking for a new HRIS, trying to understand how AI will reshape your team, or simply want to get better at buying tools - this is a great opportunity to learn the specific tactics to make your next purchase successful.

    Phil Strazzulla

    Founder, SelectSoftware Reviews

    Phil has always been interested in business, having started investing at the age of 12. This led him to NYU where he studied finance. After graduation, Phil started his career working as a venture investor at Bessemer Venture Partners. Subsequently, he attended Harvard Business School to get his MBA where he taught himself how to program and started his entrepreneurial journey.

    Phil got into the HR world when he founded NextWave Hire in 2015. NextWave helps companies build their employer brands through better career websites, talent communities, employee testimonials and more.

    Phil is originally from the South Shore but now lives in Boston's South End. He's an aspiring golfer, meditator, and chef - but all three of these are still a work in progress.

    Phil Strazzulla is the Founder of SelectSoftware Reviews, a website that helps HR leaders buy the right software through free online guides.

  • DEI Community Forum Series: Leading through Racial Tension: How Companies are Supporting their Employees During Racial Unrest - November

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/18/2020 at 9:00 AM (EST)

    Join us for a live conversation with HR & DEI leaders, as they share how their organizations are addressing the impact of racial tensions, and specifically how they are supporting their Black employees. You'll hear both the specific steps organizations are taking as well as what each of these leaders thinks needs to happen in order to create systemic change in our workplaces.​

    Join us for a live conversation with HR & DEI leaders, as they share how their organizations are addressing the impact of racial tensions, and specifically how they are supporting their Black employees. You'll hear both the specific steps organizations are taking as well as what each of these leaders thinks needs to happen in order to create systemic change in our workplaces.

  • Developing HR Fundamentals - 10/29/2020

    Contains 9 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 10/29/2020 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 29th:

    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


    Wednesday, November 4th:

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • NEHRA's Virtual 2020 Annual Conference

    Contains 102 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The Northeast HR Association invites you to NEHRA's Virtual 2020 Annual Conference! #NEHRA2020 is a multi-day, engaging virtual experience providing relevant, top-quality content, chances to connect with and learn from fellow HR leaders, unique entertainment, wellness breaks, and more! The conference will include a combination of live and on-demand breakout sessions, allowing you to access all sessions and earn more SHRM/HRCI credits than ever before!

    The Northeast HR Association invites you to NEHRA's Virtual 2020 Annual Conference!

    #NEHRA2020 is a multi-day, engaging virtual experience providing relevant, top-quality content, chances to connect with and learn from fellow HR leaders, unique entertainment, wellness breaks, and more!  The conference will include a combination of live and on-demand breakout sessions, allowing you to access all sessions and earn more SHRM/HRCI credits than ever before!

    Thank you to our #NEHRA2020 Conference Sponsors! We are so grateful to all of sponsors for their support and partnership.
    Be sure to check out our Sponsorship Showcase Commercials, Resource Center, and full Sponsor Directory with descriptions of services as well as contact information.

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    Check out these awesome commercials offered by some of our 2020 Conference Sponsors and find out more about them on the Sponsors Directory page!

    Workhuman- we make work more human.


    Digital Federal Credit Union - We invite you to live the DCU Way everyday


    HUB International - Advocacy | Tailored Insurance Solutions | Peace of Mind


    Allways Health Partners - a different kind of health plan


    Framingham State University - Find your way, make your mark, and be empowered.



    UKG- our purpose is people


    FUN Enterprises - Make your event extraordinary!

    FUN Enterprises - Make your event extraordinary!

    Although we cannot meet in-person at the HR Live Stage, we're excited to bring you a few informative (& entertaining!) HR Live videos from some of our partners. As always, a big thank you to our HR Live Sponsor, Keystone Partners. Be sure to check out our 2 HR Live sessions during the conference on 10/07 and 10/15 as Dave Hennessy joins us to record for the Keystone Partners podcast, the Hennessy Report!


    Mercer- Caregiver Support


    Workhuman- How to Build a Culture of Gratitude


    HUB International - Hear about HUB's 'no-surprises' approach


    MCG Partners - What can MCG do for you? Find out!


    While we all missed being together in Newport, we are grateful for your participation in NEHRA’s 2020 Virtual Conference and attending our session. We hope the time met your expectations and provided you with a deeper understanding on how to make the shift towards agile leadership. 

    I would welcome the opportunity to have a further conversation

    You can find Chuck Mollor’s brand new book, Amazon #1 best seller, The Rise of The Agile Leader. Can You Make the Shift? on Amazon


    SHRM - Together Forward


    Transition Solutions - 10 Steps to a Better LinkedIn Profile

    Add your information to NEHRA's 2021 Conference Update list below -
    we'll let you know once registration is open and share other details as they come!

  • Webinar: The Child Care Dilemma: Balancing the Legal and Practical Aspects of Business and Family Needs

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/10/2020

    As schools and daycares announce their plans for Fall 2020, employers and employees are navigating through the uncertainties that lie ahead. Employees with young children are struggling with how to adjust their work schedules with remote and hybrid model learning schedules and employers are grappling with how to address the staffing needs of their businesses given these unique challenges.

    As schools and daycares announce their plans for Fall 2020, employers and employees are navigating through the uncertainties that lie ahead. Employees with young children are struggling with how to adjust their work schedules with remote and hybrid model learning schedules and employers are grappling with how to address the staffing needs of their businesses given these unique challenges. McLane Middleton attorneys will discuss the legal and practical issues employers and employees need to consider as they determine how best to move forward.

     Topics include: 

    • State laws and requirements
    • FFCRA
    • Discrimination Concerns
    • Remote and Flexible Work Arrangements
    • Balancing the Practical and the Legal 

    Presented by McLane Middleton

    Charla Bizios Stevens, Esq.

    Director, Litigation Department & Chair of the Employment Law Practice Group

    Charla is chair of the firm's Employment Law Practice Group and practices in the Education and Health Care Practice Groups. She has extensive background addressing litigated and non-litigated employment issues such as discrimination, harassment, employee classification and wage and hour claims. She assists employers in responding to labor audits, preparing personnel policies and minimizing risk in the hiring, discipline and termination of employees. She conducts management and anti-harassment training and works with employers to maintain legal compliance in a cost-efficient and effective way.  

    Charla has served as the lead external investigator on a number of significant matters for private employers, independent schools and colleges and universities.  She also trains individuals on how to conduct effective internal investigations into issues ranging from workplace complaints to education on sexual misconduct.

    Charla regularly advises independent schools regarding crisis and risk management.  She writes handbooks and policies related to student and adult issues ranging from bullying, hazing, harassment and discrimination and conducts student safety reviews for independent schools.  Charla frequently presents to human resources and education organizations such as National Business Officers Association (NBOA) and Independent School Association of Northern New England. 

    She also has a diverse health care practice representing physician practice groups, health centers, mental health practitioners and ancillary providers regarding compliance, licensing, discipline and other issues.  Charla serves as Vice Chair Human Resources, Health Care, and Workforce Development Committee for the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire (BIA).

    Her litigation background includes practice in the state and federal courts and before numerous state and federal administrative agencies such as the State and Federal Departments of Labor, the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    Charla received her J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law School and her B.A., cum laude, from Merrimack College.

    Areas of Focus

    • Labor & Employment Law
    • Education and Independent Schools
    • Healthcare Law

    Adam Hamel, Esq.

    Director, Litigation Department & Vice Chair of the Employment Law Practice Group

    Adam is a director in McLane Middleton's Litigation Department and vice chair of the firm's Employment Law Practice Group, concentrating his practice in the areas of business, employment and probate litigation. Adam regularly assists clients on a variety of commercial and employment litigation matters, including claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, and violations of restrictive covenants. Adam also has extensive experience working on will contests, fiduciary litigation and guardianships.

    Adam received his J.D., magna cum laude, from New England Law / Boston in 2005.

    Areas of Focus

    • Business Litigation
    • Labor & Employment Law
    • Probate Litigation

  • Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Overview

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Please join representatives from the Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) for a comprehensive overview of the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program. In this webinar, the DFML team will offer information related to the recent regulatory update. The DFML team will address any questions that participants have regarding the PFML program. For more information regarding PFML, please visit http://www.mass.gov/dfml

    Webinar:  Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Overview
    Presented by the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave

     

    Program Overview:

    Please join representatives from the Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) for a comprehensive overview of the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program. In this webinar, the DFML team will offer information related to the recent regulatory update. The DFML team will address any questions that participants have regarding the PFML program. For more information regarding PFML, please visit http://www.mass.gov/dfml

    William Alpine

    Director of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave

    William Alpine was appointed Director of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave in February 2019.  He is responsible for implementing and overseeing the day to day administration, finance, and operations of this newly created program. He previously served as corporate counsel for a nationwide environmental consulting company. He oversaw the company’s environmental claims and cost recovery program. He was previously the Executive Director of the Commonwealth’s Petroleum Product Cleanup Fund. In that role, he was responsible for developing the day to day administrative functions of the Commonwealth’s environmental claims program. William holds a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. 

    Mary Tibma

    Manager of Customer Engagement and Experience, Department of Family and Medical Leave

    Mary Tibma joined the Department of Family and Medical Leave as the Manager of Customer Engagement and Experience in March 2019. In this capacity she provides services to both employers and employees in order to successfully contribute towards, apply for and receive benefits. This involves working with the business process design and driving the strategy for Agency wide campaign for “Customer Success.” Mary previously worked at the Mass RMV where she served as Deputy Registrar for External Services. She managed the 30 service centers across the Commonwealth as well as the 34 AAA branches that deliver limited RMV services. Prior to her work in state government she was co-owner of a residential design and construction firm for 15 years and has also worked in large corporations and the non-profit sector.

  • Learning and Development Exchange - 08/19/2020

    Contains 9 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Perfect for HR professionals from all levels who are responsible for creating and implementing learning and development programs within their organizations.

    AGENDA:
    *Please note sessions will be recorded and available to registrants to access after the event. 


    9:00 - 10:00am
    Opening Session: Biases in Learning & Development Programming/Strategies
    In response to multiple instances of racial discrimination, IBIS has helped organizations lead with empathy and to better understand racial equity inside the workplace. During this opening session, you will hear about action steps learning and development leaders can take to practice empathy and provide a meaningful educational experience during these unprecedented times.

    Presenters: 
    Shilpa Pherwani, Principal & CEO, IBIS Consulting Group
    Melissa James, Strategic Partnerships Lead, IBIS Consulting Group



    10:15 - 11:15am
    Breakout Sessions (choice of 2)

    1: Developing your Leadership Pipeline: The Critical Elements for Success
    A 2018 DDI Leadership report showed that 86% of leaders were “not confident” in their leadership pipelines. Successful and sustainable organizations must have excellent managers and leaders. These leaders have vision, great communication, people skills and market knowledge. But these great managers and leaders are unicorns - hard to find. Shrewd organizations are growing them from within by investing in robust, engaging Leadership & Management programs. However, there are still many organizations that have little to no effective development opportunities. Given a recent Gallup Poll showing that 93% of Millennials took new jobs at new companies, rather than advancing in their current organization, HR Leaders need to be the catalyst for developing programs to increase retention of great leaders. They cannot dismiss this as "standard millennial job-hopping behavior".

    Join us for a discussion with MassHousing, Chestnut Hill Realty and MCG Partners on their plans, programs and best practices on designing customized leadership programs to ensure the leadership pipeline.

    Presenters:
    Myra Carmona, Vice President of Talent & Culture, MassHousing
    Melissa Hartman, Director of Human Resources, Chestnut Hill Realty 
    Cheryl Jacobs, Executive Coach, Team Facilitator & Leadership Developer, MCG Partners

    2: Bringing Online Content to Life
    Decent online content delivery has a LOT of new competition on the block. What used to be good, solid, serviceable design is still necessary of course - but it's a base line minimum. To capture the hearts and minds and memories of remote, world-weary, zoom-fatigued participants we need to level up to a whole new club scene. We need to go full Kardashian on this. We need next level preparation, personality, presence and participation.  

    In this lively session, you will learn how to:
    1. Prepare for lively, relevant, impactful online delivery
    2. Use your personality to impact learning
    3. Leverage presence to boost and maintain engagement
    4. Apply 3 novel techniques for greater participation in and assimilation of the learning

    Presenter: 
    Julie Lynch, Uncommon Consulting



    11:30am – 12:30pm
    Breakout Sessions (choice of 2) 

    1: Leveraging Technology in Learning & Development to Support Diversity & Inclusion

    We are living on technology right now, but how can technology help learning and development professionals support an organization's diversity work? This session will explore current trends in technology and look at how these can be used to support diversity programs. Details on five different ways that you can use technology to support learning, development and diversity and examples of what resources to check out will also be included. 

    Presenters:
    Kari Heistad, Founder, Diversity Dashboard & Culture Coach International
    Phil Strazzulla, Founder, SelectSoftware Reviews

    2: Positive ROI: Effective Mentor Program Design for Workforce Development
    This session will explore both formal and informal mentoring. Mentoring is one of the best ways to strengthen skills or to take a leadership role in developing future leaders or followers. Mentoring can also be very cost effective for organizations. This interactive session will provide examples of mentoring successes with a strong return on investment. Examples of New England and national companies I have partnered with on designing and evaluating a mentor process will also be shared.

    This topic and workshop is relevant to HR professionals because retaining and developing top talent is the responsibility of all leaders in organizations. Mentoring is a cost-effective way to strengthen organizations and companies that often provides a strong ROI.

     Attendees will:
    1. Learn the components necessary to support and design both formal and informal mentor programs that are successful.
    2. Discover how mentoring can provide a strong return on investment for businesses and organizations.
    3. Understand how to find a mentor that is appropriate for their development.

    Presenter: 
    Sarah Scala, Founder, Sarah Scala Consulting



    12:30 – 1:30pm
    Break



    1:30 – 2:30pm
    Breakout Sessions (choice of 2)

    1: Enhancing Your Virtual Presence
    This session is all about you! How you, as the facilitator, are showing up directly impacts participant’s ability to stay engaged and motivated to learn. This session will provide you with easy to apply techniques for keeping engagement and capturing mindshare during remote learning. We will explore best practices for enhancing your physical presence, positioning your message for maximum understanding, and maintaining energy and focus.

    Presenter:
    Melissa Christenson, Founder and President, Creative Training Resources


    2: How to Handle Performance Management During the Pandemic
    As our routines have disappeared, our days and weeks are running together.  With today’s altered and virtual work arrangements there’s no better time to move from reviewing past performance.  Learn how to set your managers and employees up with a performance conversations experience that emphasizes current and near-term contributions.

    Learn how Mark Millett, HR Manager at A.I.M. Mutual Insurance transitioned from annual reviews to the continuous performance management process.  Hear how he created the case for change, gained buy-in from senior leaders, prepped managers and employees, and managed the program rollout.  Jamie Resker, Founder and Practice Leader at Employee Performance Solutions will share the tools and basic ingredients you’ll need to pivot from traditional performance management to performance development conversations.    

    Attendees will:
    Learn how to drive and align performance with a simple process that ensures managers and direct reports are engaging in quick, but productive conversations
    Discover how to implement performance development conversations with the 10-Minute Questions framework
    Continue to measure and track performance without ratings like 'meets or exceeds expectations'

    Presenters:
    Jamie Resker, Founder & President, Employee Performance Solutions
    Mark Millett, HR Manager, A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Company




    2:45 - 3:45pm
    Closing Session: The HR & OD Trusted Advisor in Uncertain Times
    Leaders and organizations have increasingly sought the expertise and counsel of their HR and OD practitioners, especially in the last four to five months. As we collectively face an uncertain economy, a public health crisis, a largely remote workforce and opportunities for social  change and racial justice, managers and leaders are faced with unprecedented challenges. 

    Please join Margarete Dupere, Senior Partner and Managing Director of Keystone Partners Leadership Development for a discussion on building your capability as the trusted advisor in your organization. Marge will be joined by a panel of her Partners and by Omar Saldana, Keystone Partners Vice President, Client Success who will serve as Moderator.  With dozens of coaching and consulting engagements as their source,  Partners will share the practices, competencies, approach and mindset that differentiate the best leaders during this time of change, challenge and uncertainty and how to best serve as a coach and trusted advisor. 


    Moderators:
    Margarete Dupere, Senior Partner and Managing Director of Keystone Partners Leadership Development
    Omar Saldana, Keystone Partners Vice President, Client Success

    Panelists:
    Bob Hewes, PhD, Senior Partner and Leadership Development Practice Leader
    David Brendel, MD, PhD, Partner and Coaching Practice Leader
    Nancy Ortega, Partner and Chicago Practice Leader

    Shilpa Pherwani

    Principal, IBIS Consulting Group

    Shilpa Pherwani, the principal of IBIS and a leading expert in diversity and inclusion, has been guiding global organizations for over 12 years on leveraging diversity as a business advantage. An organizational psychologist by training, she partners with organizations to effect sustainable organizational change by conducting cultural assessments, developing comprehensive strategic diversity action plans, and designing compelling and interactive classroom-based and online training.

    Shilpa collaborates with key stakeholders to strategically plan, implement, and measure diversity initiatives. Shilpa has worked with global organizations to guide management and executives on being effective across cultural and geographical boundaries. She delivers outcome driven and systemic consultation to diversity committees, senior members of HR and business leaders. Shilpa’s clients include Aetna, Barclaycard US, Boeing, Campbell Soup, Framingham State University, Grainger, Genzyme, Microsoft, Nestle, Progress Software, Sun Life Financial, State Street Bank, Texas Health Resources, Thrivent Financial of Lutherans, Tredegar Corporation, and Williams Sonoma.

    Shilpa Pherwani graduated from Kanpur University (India). She received her Master’s from Springfield College in Industrial/Organizational Psychology where her focus was on Organizational Development.

    Melissa James

    Strategic Partnerships Lead, IBIS Consulting Group

    Melissa James is the Strategic Partnerships Lead at IBIS. Over the past 10 years, she has successfully helped early stage companies grow revenue and scale their internal capacity. She is a seasoned HR professional with experience in strategic partnership development, a passion for increasing diversity and inclusion, and a proven strategist for effective diversity recruitment initiatives.

    Melissa is also the author of  “When Are You Going To Get A Real Career: A Guide to Designing a Career You Would Be Proud Of!”,  a roadmap for millennials starting out in their career and experienced executives crafting their next move. Shared stories and experiences provide insightful knowledge and steps for anyone navigating different aspects of their career.

    She is also the recipient of the U.S. Presidential Service Award, the UMass Distinguished Young Alumni Award, and the 2015 Pursuer Award from the African Youth Excellence organization for her relentless commitment to the community. Born and raised in Boston, Melissa graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a bachelors in journalism and legal studies. In 2019, Melissa was presented with the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Pine Manor College.

    Cheryl Jacobs

    Senior Vice President, MCG Partners

    Cheryl Jacobs is Senior Vice President, Executive Coach, Leadership Developer & Facilitator at MCG Partners, a women-owned consultancy specializing in leadership and talent optimization. With over 20 years’ experience leading teams and organizations to sustainable success, Cheryl develops and delivers a broad spectrum of customized training and development programs. Her program participants span various organization levels, industries, and cultures, and speak to Cheryl’s ability to create personalized learning experiences and transformative and sustainable changes.

    A skilled interactive and collaborative facilitator, Cheryl has extensive expertise in solving the leadership challenges of individuals and organizations. She specializes in employee and leadership effectiveness, succession planning, organizational innovation, change and alignment. Cheryl is a Harvard Business School executive coach providing coaching and advisory services to attending global executives. Previously, Cheryl leveraged her passion for developing people and founded Talent Transformation, a coaching, training and talent management consulting firm.

    Cheryl also served as the Executive Director of Sales for The Providence Journal Company, a multimedia organization owned by Belo Corporation. At The Providence Journal Company, she oversaw a sales and marketing staff of 60 and drove strategies, revenue, and multimedia product development with a $50m budget. Prior to the Providence Journal, Cheryl spent 10 years in Sales and Strategic Planning at Boston.com and The Boston Globe.

    Cheryl holds a BA from Boston College and a MBA from Suffolk University. In addition, Cheryl is a certified Executive Coach through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and is a certified Analyst in the Predictive Index® (PI®) and DiSC®. She is also certified in several 360 assessments. She is also a faculty member of the Northeast Human Resource Association (NEHRA), a SHRM chapter.

    Cheryl lives outside of Boston, MA with her husband and three boys.

    Melissa Hartman

    Director of Human Resources, Chestnut Hill Realty

    Since joining Chestnut Hill Realty in 2002, Melissa Hartman is responsible for the management of all human resources operations, systems, and programs, ensuring legal compliance at the federal, state, and local levels. 

    These responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the recruiting, hiring, and exit processes, health and retirement benefit administration, payroll processing, communicating with employees, managing performance reviews, providing management training and support, and coordinating with senior leadership.

    As Director of Human Resources, Melissa has played an indispensable role in improving the work-life experience of CHR's many employees. She has created a company benefits fair; helped institute CHR's mentoring program, serving as the program coordinator; introduced Create Healthy Results, a nationally recognized wellness program; and launched a volunteer program in which employees can accrue paid time while providing charitable service in and around CHR's various communities. Additionally, she has helped facilitate the newly formed Senior Leadership Team and serves as Chair of the Wellness Committee, co-Chair of CHR's University initiative, and is on the Strategic Operations Committee.

    Melissa is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, Northeast Human Resources Association, and World at Work. She received her bachelor's degree from Stonehill College.

    Myra Carmona

    Vice President of Talent and Culture, MassHousing

    A seasoned professional with more than 15 years of experience in Human Resources, Myra Carmona oversees MassHousing’s investment in staff development and organizational improvement; drives employee engagement, inclusion and recognition; and leads the Agency’s learning and professional development programs.

    Prior to joining MassHousing, Ms. Carmona led a human resources team for the City of Manassas Park, Virginia, working closely with the city’s police and fire departments in recruitment, leadership development and performance management. As Director of Human Resources at The Community Builders, she developed a recruitment process; managed employee relations, performance management systems and a mentoring program; and helped to create efficiencies with the use of technology.

    Julie Lynch

    Principal & Founder, Uncommon Consulting / UPSchool

    Described as a Motivation Catalyst, a Communication Wizard and an Uncommon HR Practitioner, Julie Lynch is Principal of Uncommon Consulting and founder of UPschool. She facilitates inspiring, energizing programs on motivation, management and meaningful work and provides practical tools to get the results you seek.

    Julie brings over 25 years of experience in human resources leadership, management development, and personal motivation. She has been a speaker for the Northeast Human Resources Association, Human Capital Institute and Achieve Engagement. Her programs are designed to connect people more meaningfully to the work they choose to do. The results are greater motivation, better management, increased productivity, improved relationships and more meaningful work at every level.

    Phil Strazzulla

    Founder, SelectSoftware Reviews

    Phil has always been interested in business, having started investing at the age of 12. This led him to NYU where he studied finance. After graduation, Phil started his career working as a venture investor at Bessemer Venture Partners. Subsequently, he attended Harvard Business School to get his MBA where he taught himself how to program and started his entrepreneurial journey.

    Phil got into the HR world when he founded NextWave Hire in 2015. NextWave helps companies build their employer brands through better career websites, talent communities, employee testimonials and more.

    Phil is originally from the South Shore but now lives in Boston's South End. He's an aspiring golfer, meditator, and chef - but all three of these are still a work in progress.

    Phil Strazzulla is the Founder of SelectSoftware Reviews, a website that helps HR leaders buy the right software through free online guides.

    Kari Heistad

    CEO, Culture Coach International and Diversity Dashboard

    Kari Heistad has been working in the fields of diversity, equity and inclusion and cultural competency for over 30 years. With diversity as the hallmark of her work, her experiences have brought her into contact with world leaders, inner-city youth, non-profit organizations and business people.  She leads two teams - one for Culture Coach International and the other for the Diversity Dashboard. Both companies are supporting diversity professionals in providing programs and services that promote diverse and inclusive workplaces. She has worked across a wide range of industries, has spoken before more than 18,000 people, has developed more than 300 products and tools and has served as a media resource. 

    Sarah Scala

    President and Principal Consultant, Sarah Scala Consulting

    As a dynamic consultant, executive coach, and educator, Sarah Scala has over 20 years of experience in supporting organization development, leadership, coaching, talent management, learning design, team effectiveness, and change management for diverse client organizations. Sarah brings high energy, optimism, and adaptability to new challenges. She has led talent development initiatives for start-ups to Fortune 100 companies as a partner and trusted adviser. She is passionate about creating solutions that strengthen interpersonal skills and support positive change with individuals, teams, and organizations.
    Education:
     Masters degree in Organization Development and Adult Education from Alverno College
     Bachelor degrees in Business Management and Adventure Recreation from Green Mountain College.

    Sarah’s Formal Credentials:
     International Coach Federation - Certified Coach (ACC)  Gestalt International Study Center - Certified Gestalt Coach
     Emotional Intelligence (MSCEIT ™) - Certified practitioner
     Situational Leadership II ® - Certified practitioner
     MBTI ®, FIRO-B ®, and Thomas Kilman Conflict Instrument ® - Certified practitioner

    Ongoing Education: I love to learn and completed these courses in addition to reading 50+ books annually:
     Wharton School of Business: People Analytics
     Stanford University: Learning Technology Design and Sustainability
     Case Western Reserve University: Coaching, Learning, Leadership and Change
     Case Western Reserve University: Leading Positive Change through Appreciative Inquiry
     Case Western Reserve University: Inspiring Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence
     Cape Cod Institute: Creating Resonance in Your Life as a Leader
     Cape Cod Institute: Developmental Coaching for Leadership Agility  Cape Cod Institute: Developing Better Leaders through Coaching, Emotional Intelligence, Renewal and Resonant Relationships
     GISC: Cape Cod Training Program
     GISC: Enhancing Your Therapeutic Skills  GISC: Working with the Body in Mind 1 and 2

    AFFILIATIONS:
    Sarah is the Founder and Chair of the Granite State Learning and Organizational Development Round Table, a professional association that provides learning and development to HR and Learning leaders. Sarah serves as Professional Associate for the Gestalt International Study Center and Coach for Babson College’s Coaching for Teamwork and Leadership Program (CLTP) . In addition, Sarah is a member of the International Coach Federation, Human Resource Leadership Forum, Organizational Development Network, and Association of Talent Development / American Society of Training & Development. In her free time, Sarah enjoys cycling, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and travel. She also enjoys volunteering to provide meals to those in need, and frequently speaks at conferences and events for organizations that support Human Resource leaders and entrepreneurs.

    Melissa Christenson

    President, Creative Training Resources

    Melissa Christenson, president of Creative Training Resources (CTR), has over thirty years of progressive experience in learning and organizational development. Melissa’s passion is helping individuals, sales teams, and executives enhance their communication and public speaking skills to ensure they are delivering the right message in the right way.

    In addition to providing presentation training and coaching, Melissa has designed and delivered numerous programs, including communication skills, customer service, interviewing techniques, interpersonal skills, team building, management development, meeting management, performance management, and a variety of client specific programs. She holds certifications in change management, management/leadership development, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and time management. Melissa has also received three National Telly Awards for her video-based learning programs. Prior to founding CTR in 1998, Melissa was the worldwide training manager at Reebok International where she implemented the corporate development strategy and oversaw all programs within The Reebok Professional and Management Development Center.

    Melissa has been a speaker at the Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly ASTD) and the Society for Human Resources Management international conferences. She has served as part of the New England Human Resources Association’s (NEHRA) faculty delivering sessions on Enhancing Executive Presence for the Leadership Level Human Resources and the Executive Development for Female HR Leaders series for the past five years. She also served on the Board of Directors for VideoNitch, an enterprise learning company. Melissa received both her Master of Education in Organizational Development and Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

    Jamie Resker

    Founder & Practice Leader, Employee Performance Solutions

    Jamie is a recognized innovator in the area of performance management.  She has a uniquely singular focus - optimizing employee performance through reshaping communications between managers and employees based on two-way informal conversations designed to drive and align performance expectations.   She helps organizations make the shift away from reviewing and rating past performance to building the capacity of everyone in the organization to speak regularly and candidly about strengths, accomplishments, and more methodically re-direct off-target performance.  Her ground-breaking work as the originator of the Performance Continuum Feedback Method® and Conversations to Optimize Employee Performance training program provide managers and employees with the skills to engage in continuous performance discussions.  The work is based on the principles of neuroscience and Appreciative Inquiry.  It's particularly effective when unproductive or disruptive behaviors need to be addressed.  The framework has broad application; transcending organization industry, size, geographical location, and culture.Jamie is known for being ahead of her time and has dedicated half of her three-decades long HR career to re-framing performance management.  As a thought leader on the topic of modernizing performance management, she is a frequent contributor on the subject.  She holds a BA in Business from Emmanuel College, and is an instructor at the Boston University Corporate Education Group. She is also on the faculty for the Northeast Human Resources Association, is a contributor to Halogen Software's Talent Space Blog, and is an editorial advisory board member for HR Examiner.

    Bob Hewes, PhD

    Senior Partner, Keystone Partners

    Bob serves as an executive coach as well as Keystone Partners' Leadership Development Practice Lead. He has designed and delivered executive coaching and leadership development services across multiple industries, impacting hundreds of clients, including the Organizational Leaders Program (OLP). Bob’s areas of expertise include strategic thinking, decision making, communication, innovation and change leadership, collaboration, and development. His specialty is working with experts making the shift to becoming broader business leaders.

    Bob brings 25 years in management consulting, including his time as the Managing Director and Partner of Strategic Decisions Group where he led the Power and Gas Industry practice and was a member of the executive committee.

    Omar Saldana

    Vice President, Keystone Partners

    Omar serves as a trusted advisor to organizations to achieve their business goals through leadership development and career management.

    He joined Keystone Partners with more than 20 years’ experience in management and human resources, with expertise in performance management, leadership development, career development, and compensation. Previously, Omar worked in the biotechnology, professional services, technology, and higher education sectors for organizations including Harvard University, Genzyme, and Cubist. He is SPHR certified and is fluent in Spanish.

    Omar is an active member of NEHRA and HRLF, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts as well as its Board Nominating and Development Committee, and its Membership Committee. He holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern Graduate School of Business and a BS in Consumer Economics from Cornell University.

    Nancy Ortega

    Partner, Keystone Partners

    Nancy works with leaders to help raise their game in situations of growth, challenge, and change.

    Nancy is able to quickly assess human capital needs against business strategy and customize an executive coaching program to meet those needs. She has extensive international experience working and living in Latin America, Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, and Europe.

    Nancy has coached senior executives and leaders of all levels in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, professional services, healthcare, financial services, higher education, etc. Nancy utilizes her broad coaching background to customize engagement for Keystone clients. Nancy’s coaching style is straightforward, candid, and thorough.

    David Brendel, MD, PhD

    Partner, Keystone Partners

    David empowers clients to enhance their leadership skills by making critical mindset and behavior changes to drive growth and success. He has many years’ experience coaching executives and high-level professionals in healthcare, biotech, pharma, technology, financial services, higher education, insurance, law, and manufacturing. A Harvard-trained psychiatrist, David specializes in applying evidence-based psychology to help individuals and teams manage stress and reach peak performance.

    David is an experienced author, blogger, teacher, public speaker, and thought leader in these areas of expertise. As the Coaching Practice Lead, he provides teaching and consultation for associates to ensure high-quality services for all Keystone Partners clients. He also trains and provides certification for executive coaches.

    Margarete Dupere

    Senior Partner, Managing Director, Keystone Partners

    Marge leads the leadership development division of Keystone Partners. She oversees a highly skilled team of coaches, consultants, and faculty who help client organizations build leadership capability that drives business results and unleashes the potential of individuals and teams.

    Earlier in her career, she was SVP of Global HR with State Street Corporation, leading talent management, diversity and inclusion, and corporate communications. She was also Global Head of Organization Development for Analog Devices and a Consultant with Hay Group, and was formerly Treasurer and Board Member of Worldwide Association for Cooperative Education.

    Mark Millett

    Human Resources Manager, A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies

    Mark Millett is the Human Resources Manager at A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies.  He has been in the HR profession since 2001, setting and implementing the strategy, design, and delivery of effective HR programs for multiple companies. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Northeast Human Resource Association, and is a past president of the Central MA Chapter of the Association for Talent Development.

  • DEI Community Forum Series: Leading through Racial Tension: How Companies are Supporting their Employees During Racial Unrest - August

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Join us for a live conversation with HR & DEI leaders, as they share how their organizations are addressing the impact of racial tensions, and specifically how they are supporting their Black employees. You'll hear both the specific steps organizations are taking as well as what each of these leaders thinks needs to happen in order to create systemic change in our workplaces.​

    Join us for a live conversation with HR & DEI leaders, as they share how their organizations are addressing the impact of racial tensions, and specifically how they are supporting their Black employees. You'll hear both the specific steps organizations are taking as well as what each of these leaders thinks needs to happen in order to create systemic change in our workplaces.

    Dani Monroe

    Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at Mass General Brigham

    Dani Monroe has led the c-suites of Fortune 100 companies to success in global diversity, inclusion and organization effectiveness - favorably impacting their bottom line, reputation and business potential. Over a 20 year career, she has brought definition and depth to the dialogue about diversity and set the pace for change and precedence in strategies of global diversity and inclusion.


    Monroe's valued expertise in strategy and international practice defined her success as Senior Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion at the Pfizer Corporation, the world's largest research-based biomedical and pharmaceutical company with revenues of $48.4 billion. Her work impacted the company's 85,000 employees and thousands of people globally. In this highly visible global role, Monroe designed and facilitated organization change strategies that integrated all components for the diversity and inclusion strategy -- from metrics and accountability for senior leaders to leadership curriculum and inclusive work processes.

    Shilpa Pherwani

    Principal, IBIS Consulting Group

    Shilpa Pherwani, the principal of IBIS and a leading expert in diversity and inclusion, has been guiding global organizations for over 12 years on leveraging diversity as a business advantage. An organizational psychologist by training, she partners with organizations to effect sustainable organizational change by conducting cultural assessments, developing comprehensive strategic diversity action plans, and designing compelling and interactive classroom-based and online training.

    Shilpa collaborates with key stakeholders to strategically plan, implement, and measure diversity initiatives. Shilpa has worked with global organizations to guide management and executives on being effective across cultural and geographical boundaries. She delivers outcome driven and systemic consultation to diversity committees, senior members of HR and business leaders. Shilpa’s clients include Aetna, Barclaycard US, Boeing, Campbell Soup, Framingham State University, Grainger, Genzyme, Microsoft, Nestle, Progress Software, Sun Life Financial, State Street Bank, Texas Health Resources, Thrivent Financial of Lutherans, Tredegar Corporation, and Williams Sonoma.

    Shilpa Pherwani graduated from Kanpur University (India). She received her Master’s from Springfield College in Industrial/Organizational Psychology where her focus was on Organizational Development.

  • What’s Next Starts Now: Re-architecting Your Total Rewards Pie to Drive Employee Connection

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In a matter of months, the COVID-19 pandemic radically transformed our work and personal lives. Traditional incentive programs and perks are in the process of being disrupted significantly thanks to this "new normal." Organizations have been jolted into having to rethink their employee value proposition, and consider radically new and different programs that meet the needs of both the organization and its people. It's time organizations take inventory of traditional pay and perk programs, and create a better employee experience through non-traditional programs that drive connection and engagement, and impact the bottom line.

    In a matter of months, the COVID-19 pandemic radically transformed our work and personal lives. Traditional incentive programs and perks are in the process of being disrupted significantly thanks to this "new normal." Organizations have been jolted into having to rethink their employee value proposition, and consider radically new and different programs that meet the needs of both the organization and its people. It's time organizations take inventory of traditional pay and perk programs, and create a better employee experience through non-traditional programs that drive connection and engagement, and impact the bottom line. 

     

    This session will highlight the impact of these non-traditional, employee-centered programs in this next phase, and the value creation possible through the power of gratitude and a culture of recognition.

     

    You will learn:

    o    Why companies should thank, talk, and celebrate people more frequently throughout the year.

    o    How crowdsourced pay has the power to help build a strong employer brand and culture, deepen connections, and drive employee engagement.

    o    How to find the budget for a program that rewards employees for displaying the values throughout the year.

     

    David Stott

    Sr. Solutions Consultant, Workhuman

    David has over 20 years of broad HR leadership experience, including senior level roles in Talent Management, HR Operations, Compensation, L&D, Social Responsibility, and Diversity at leading, global organizations such as GE, PepsiCo, Symantec, Priceline, and Criteo. Dave is passionate about building amazing workplace cultures through the power of recognition and continuous performance management, where people are inspired and empowered to do their best work, and organizations achieve improved business outcomes.