2021 NEHRA’s Annual Functional Programming Bundle

  • 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

  • NEHRA's Virtual Talent Summit - February 11 & 18, 2021

    Contains 30 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Designed for professionals who handle some or all aspects of Talent Management in their organizations, NEHRA's Talent Summit will be held virtually on February 11 & 18. Participants can look forward to gaining insight from thought leaders and experts and walk away with ideas and tips to use back at the office. Click here for the schedule at a glance, and here for a list of speakers.

    Designed for professionals who handle some or all aspects of Talent Management in their organizations, NEHRA's Talent Summit will be held virtually on February 11 & 18. Participants can look forward to gaining insight from thought leaders and experts and walk away with ideas and tips to use back at the office. Click here for the schedule at a glance, and here for a list of speakers.


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

    9:00 - 10:00am: Opening Panel - The Future of Talent Management
    Moderator - Aaron Green, Co-Founder & CEO, PSG
    Panelists - Melissa Brown, Director, Center for Workplace Development/Instructor - Talent Management, Harvard University 
    Niles da Silva, VP, Talent Management & Development Manager - Americas, Wellington Management
    Michelle La Fleur, Senior Director, Talent Development, Shawmut Design & Construction

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

    10:15 - 11:15am: Keynote Session - Accelerating Onboarding in Remote Work Organizations: The Virtual First 90 Days
    Speaker: Michael Watkins, Co-Founder, Genesis Advisers & Author of the international bestseller, The First 90 Days

    11:15am - 12:15pm: Lunch Break (offline)

    12:15 - 1:30pm: Breakouts (choice of 2)
    1 - The Business Immigration Landscape Under a Biden Administration
     Scott Fitzgerald, Fragomen
    George Lester, Partner, Fragomen
    Anne Roskum, Associate, Fragomen

    2 - Facilitating Effective Planning Sessions
    Speaker: Kerry Unflat, CHRO, HealthcareSource

    1:30 - 1:45pm: Transition Break (offline)

    1:45 - 3:00pm: General Session - How Inclusive Recruitment Empowers Selection
    Speaker: Michelle Michelle Waters Ekanem, Director of Diversity and Civil Rights, Mass Dept. of Environmental Protection

    9:00 - 10:15am: Opening Session - Addressing Bias in Talent Management: From Siloed to Sustainable
    Speaker: Shilpa Pherwani, Ibis Consulting Group

    10:15 - 10:30am: Transition Break (offline)

    10:30 - 11:45am: Breakouts (choice of 2)
    1 - The Surprising Benefits (and Dangers) of Performance Ranking Your Employees
    Speaker: Dave Weaver, President, CHRG

    2 - Insider Lessons on Attracting Top Talent in Uncertain Times
    Speakers: Jen Voss, Managing Director, FlexProfessionals
    Bob Kinder, CEO, Signal 88

    11:45am - 12:30pm: Lunch Break (offline)

    12:30 - 1:45pm: General Session: How to Navigate Your HR Career While Helping Your Organization Navigate the Unknown
    Speakers: Laura Poisson, President, ClearRock
    Piper Sheer, Managing Director and Chief People Officer, AEW

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

    2:00 - 3:00pm: Closing Session - Energizing Your Talent – Creating Proactive vs. Reactive Changemakers
    Speaker: Jason Alexander, Managing Partner, BANKW Staffing

    Jason Alexander

    Managing Partner

    BANKW Staffing

    Jason is Managing Partner of BANKW Staffing, LLC and its portfolio companies Alexander Technology Group, KBW Financial Staffing & Recruiting, The Nagler Group, and Sales Search Partners. BANKW companies were represented in the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Inc. 5000 lists. His passion for client service and dedication to the local community have resulted in rapid growth and multiple awards for his businesses in recent years. Jason was named by Business NH Magazine as one of the state’s top 25 leaders for the future and received the New Hampshire Business Review’s Business Excellence Award for Technology in 2010. Prior to co-founding Alexander Technology Group and BANKW Staffing, LLC, Jason held management and director roles for multiple international services, staffing, and software companies.

    Jason also serves as a director, advisor, or trustee on the boards of local organizations such as the New Hampshire High Technology Council, NHTI, Granite State College, and Pinkerton Academy. He speaks frequently at college campuses and professional events throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Jason also earned his Bachelor of Science from Keene State College in Keene, NH.

    Specialties: - Recruiting Expert - IT industry
    - Senior Business Development/Sales Professional
    - Relationship Building & Client Management
    - Public Speaker
    - Career Services/Development Lecturer 

    Melissa Brown

    Director, Center for Workplace Development/Instructor - Talent Management

    Harvard University

    Human Resources professional with over 30 years experience in the learning and organizational development field. Specializing in HR strategy, change management, leadership development, organizational/strategic planning and facilitation.

    Strong leadership and managerial skills, with experience leading large teams of professionals.

    Experience in both the private and non-profit sectors.

    Specialties: Talent management, organizational consulting, facilitation, instructional design, program delivery, project management 

    Niles da Silva

    VP, Talent Management & Development Manager, Americas

    Wellington Management

    Experienced Talent Management professional with an extensive history in the financial and consumer services industries. Enterprise-wide, Service, Sales, Operations, and internal and external client organizations.

    Scott Fitzgerald, Esq.

    Managing Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

    Scott is the Managing Partner of the Boston, Massachusetts office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, and a Managing Director of Fragomen Immigration Services India Pvt., Ltd.

    He has practiced exclusively in the field of corporate immigration and nationality law for more than 25 years. Scott provides multinational corporations, including leading e-commerce and technology companies as well as financial and educational institutions, with strategic counseling on all matters of U.S. immigration and nationality law, regulation, policy and compliance. 

    Scott is a Board Member of the American Immigration Council, the British American Business Council of New England, and the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs. 

    Scott provides pro bono immigration advocacy to Project Citizenship, a nonprofit agency that helps immigrants apply for U.S. citizenship, and Partners in Health, a Harvard-affiliated world health nonprofit organization. 

    Aaron Green (Moderator)

    President & Founder

    Professional Staffing Group (PSG)

    Aaron Green is a recognized authority on staffing, recruiting, and retention. Aaron founded the temporary and direct-hire staffing firm Professional Staffing Group ("PSG") fourteen years ago and has achieved many successes, including steady growth, recognition as one of Boston’s Best Places to Work and awards for customer loyalty from recognized customer service firms. PSG’s customer and employee loyalty program was honored with Staffing Industry Review’s Gold Award for having the best loyalty program in the industry and with a Best in Staffing award from the Inavero Institute, a customer loyalty research organization. PSG was the only local staffing firm in Massachusetts to be named the Best in Staffing by Inverno, an honor achieved by less than one percent of all staffing firms in the country. Each year PSG puts more than 5,000 people to work in the fields of Office Support, Creative, Technical and Finance.

    Green currently serves as Vice Chairman of the American Staffing Association (ASA). The American Staffing Association is the national trade organization for the industry and represents 85% of the staffing business in this country. Aaron's involvement in the ASA provides him with immediate access to new developments and best practices in employment. Aaron is also a member of the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA) and co-chair of NEHRA's diversity scholarship committee. Aaron is also the founder of PSG Global Solutions, which provides offshore recruiting solutions to staffing firms and HR departments. Prior to establishing PSG, Aaron founded a successful executive search firm in Boston. Aaron is a lifelong Boston-area resident, having grown up in Sharon and graduated from Tufts University.

    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.

    Bob Kinder



    A retired military officer with over 24 years of service in both the U.S. Air Force and Army special operations communities, he has led some of our Nation’s most elite counter-terrorism forces during combat operations in Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Bob is the owner and CEO of Signal 88 of New England, providing a full-suite of world-class and industry-leading security services for residential, commercial, retail and institutional customers. An accomplished communicator, Bob’s articles have been published in newspapers and journals nationwide and he is a regular analyst on television and radio stations across the country, providing expert commentary on America’s national security issues. He holds a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Masters-in-Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

    Michelle La Fleur, SPHR

    Sr. Director, Talent Development

    Shawmut Design and Construction

    Committed HR professional, partnering with senior business leaders and employees to align people strategy with business goals; fosters a “culture of care” and creates positive employee engagement through open communication, coaching and consulting. Thrives in rapid-change, high growth environment. Specialties include: Employee Relations, Coaching, Change Management, On-boarding, Training & Development, Compensation and Benefits Implementation. 

    George Lester



    George has 25 years’ experience practicing in the field of U.S. immigration and nationality law. He advises diverse U.S. and multinational companies seeking to hire foreign professionals, scientists, business persons and artists and represents them in all procedures to obtain temporary or permanent immigration status before relevant U.S. government agencies.  

    In Fragomen‘s Boston office, George manages a team of associate attorneys, paralegals and client service professionals working with clients in a wide variety of industries including technology, manufacturing, retail, finance, consulting services, academia and non-profit, of all sizes, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies.

    In addition to providing immigration representation and account management services to corporate clients, George has extensive experience advising companies on immigration-related compliance, including representing clients in government investigations, and in assisting clients in Congressional advocacy for H-1B and H-2B visa programs.

    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.

    Laura Poisson

    President & Owner


    As President and owner of ClearRock, Laura guides the strategic direction, evolution and growth of ClearRock’s three practice areas. She values the unique strengths of each member of her team and cultivates an environment of inclusivity, collaboration and transparency. Laura continues to strengthen ClearRock’s unparalleled reputation by remaining focused on delivery excellence, implementing infrastructure and expanding capabilities that allow ClearRock to grow, while remaining high-touch and relationship-focused. Laura has an unwavering belief that the cornerstone of success in business and in life is human connection.

    With over 20 years of experience in talent management and talent acquisition, Laura is a trusted advisor to leaders across many industries as they navigate sensitive and complex business challenges. She is a sounding board and thoughtful listener who understands the needs of her clients, thereby employing an integrated approach that respects both the individual and the organization. Whether the goal is to improve hiring outcomes, manage staff reductions, build leadership capabilities or handle employee separations with care, Laura is a true partner in creating positive outcomes and optimizing talent.

    Anne Roskom



    Anne is an Associate at Fragomen’s Boston office, where she counsels clients on a variety of employment-based visa categories.

    Anne has experience representing foreign nationals and employers in a range of immigrant and nonimmigrant matters, including H, L, O, TN, J, K and E filings and all stages of the PERM process. She applies her legal research and writing skills to develop and implement strategies to solve complex immigration issues for clients.

    Anne also has experience drafting legal briefs and assisting clients with other complex processes, such as responses to Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny, PERM audits and Motions for Reconsideration.

    Anne has provided pro bono legal services through Catholic Charities.

    She speaks English and Spanish.

    Piper Sheer

    Managing Director and Chief People Officer


    Piper Sheer directs the activities of AEW's Human Resources Group. She has more than 27 years of broad-based human resources experience. Prior to joining AEW in April 2018, Ms. Sheer served as the Managing Director for the Global Human Resources Group at State Street Bank. Prior to that, she spent 15 years in Human Resources at IDG. Ms. Sheer is a graduate of University of Vermont (B.A.).

    Melissa Tobler

    Health Strategies- National Practice Leader

    Hays Companies

    Melissa’s position at Hays Companies draws on her career as a registered nurse, during which time she has actively been involved in developing and overseeing case management, utilization review, quality assurance/improvement, and disease management strategies for insurance plans, vendors, and employers. Melissa is a patient advocate who has created win-win solutions for groups and employees, balancing the needs of the individual with the fiscal responsibilities of the group. In her role at Hays Companies, Melissa partners with employers to understand the impact of health on their productivity, absenteeism, health plan costs, and ultimately profitability. She works with clients in strategically designing and implementing health related programs to support individual health and well-being as well as organizational growth and development. 

    Jen Voss

    Managing Director

    FlexProfessionals, LLC

    Jennifer Voss is the Managing Director of FlexProfessionals, a niche recruiting and staffing service, specializing in part-time and full-time-flex professionals. She oversees all Boston operations, including business development, sales, account management, and recruiting. During her nearly 4 years in this role, Jennifer lead the Boston team in year-over-year 3-digit growth, a key contributor to the company's winning a spot on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list for the 4th year in a row.

    Prior to FlexProfessionals, Jennifer was General Manager, New Markets at reacHIRE, spearheading growth into new markets. There, she initiated sales to several large Fortune 500 corporations. Prior to this, Jennifer filled a key role at Veritude, a Fidelity-owned staffing firm, focused on making sure the company was aware of, reacted to and anticipated the ongoing changes in the temporary staffing business. 

    Overall, Jennifer has more than fifteen years experience in the staffing and consulting industries, specializing in business growth, entrepreneurial marketing, and sales. Jennifer graduated from Williams College with a BA in Economics and received her MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives outside of Boston with her husband and two children. An active member of the community, Jennifer has held leadership positions in her children’s school PTAs, Minuteman National Park and several Harvard Business School alumni organizations.

    Michelle Waters-Ekanem

    Director of Diversity & Civil Rights

    Mass Department of Environmental Protection

    Michelle Waters-Ekanem is the Director of Diversity and Civil Rights for the Department of Environmental Protection [MassDEP] in Boston, MA. MassDEP is the state agency responsible for safeguarding the environment through research, policy, compliance, enforcement, and public participation. Ms. Waters-Ekanem is responsible for Governor Charles Baker’s equal opportunity mandate, Executive Order 529.

    Michelle’s experience includes working with protected group members based on disability, race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, and religion.  Through this experience, she utilizes an inclusive process that has assisted in increasing hiring opportunities for diverse applicants and challenging to fill positions.

    Michelle’s expertise includes strategic planning, coaching, organizational assessments, facilitation, cultural competency, mediation, and investigations.  She also manages MassDEP’s Internship Program to equally accommodate internships for women and men of different backgrounds, and to assist with succession planning.

    Ms. Waters-Ekanem is the recipient of many awards of distinction, including the Massachusetts Equity Award, the Dow Landrum Award for legal services to underrepresented groups, the National Lawyers Guild Award, and the Diversity Coalition Award. In her diversity work, she commonly says: “You have to do more than offer a seat at the table. Making sure that everyone is included at the table is the true art of cultural dining.”


    Michael Watkins


    Genesis Advisers

    Michael has spent the past two decades working with leaders, both corporate and public, as they transition to new roles, negotiate the future of their organizations, and craft their legacy as leaders. A recognized expert in his field, he ranked among Thinkers50’s top fifty management influencers globally in 2019. He is the author of the international bestseller The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, the globally acknowledged handbook for leadership and career transitions, which recently earned the accolade of Amazon’s Top 100 Leadership Books. He is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change Management at the IMD Business School in Switzerland and previously served on the faculty at INSEAD and Harvard University, where he earned his PhD in Decision Sciences.

    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.


    Kerry Unflat



    Kerry is the Chief Human Resources Officer for HealthcareSource, a software organization that specializes in talent management software for healthcare. Kerry has over 25 years of experience providing HR support and leadership in academia, entertainment, and software. Her broad experience includes organizational development, talent management, employee and labor relations, benefits, compensation, technology, and talent acquisition. Prior to joining HealthcareSource, Kerry served as the Managing Director of HR Operations at WGBH Educational Foundation. She served in various finance and human resources leadership roles at Harvard University for ten years, working for the General Counsel’s office, the Police Department, and the Office for Sponsored Programs. Prior to joining Harvard University, Kerry was the HR Manager for Clear Channel Entertainment - Broadway in Boston and was the local HR leader and management representative for four of Boston’s largest theaters. Kerry earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY and possesses a Senior Certified Professional certification from SHRM (SHRM-SCP) and a certification from ODDP in Executive Coaching. 

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  • NEHRA's Virtual Legal Summit - May 13, 2021

    Contains 18 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In our current ever-shifting environment, it is especially crucial for HR professionals to stay ahead of legal and legislative changes and updates. This summit equips attendees with the tools needed to prepare for upcoming local and federal modifications and give them a better overall picture of today’s employment law landscape. The day includes a combination of general sessions, breakouts and networking.

    In our current ever-shifting environment, it is especially crucial for HR professionals to stay ahead of legal and legislative changes and updates. This summit equips attendees with the tools needed to prepare for upcoming local and federal modifications and give them a better overall picture of today’s employment law landscape. 

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

    THURSDAY MAY 13, 2021
    9:00 - 10:30am: Opening Panel: Where Risk Meets Culture
    Moderator: Nancy Persson, Principal, Leadership Growth Solutions
    Panelists: Dan Klein, Partner, Labor & Employment, Seyfarth Shaw
    Jane Moyer, SVP & CHRO, Commonwealth Financial Network
    Doreen Nichols, Vice President of Talent, Culture and Organizational Development, Eversource
    Bob Selle, Chief HR Officer, Ocean State Job Lot

    10:30 - 10:45am: Transition Break (offline)

    10:45am - 12:00pm: Breakouts (choice of 2)
    1 - Business Immigration Update: New Direction Under a New Administration 
    Speakers - Scott Fitzgerald, Managing Partner, Fragomen
    Michael Moore, Associate, Fragomen
    Anne Roskom, Associate, Fragomen

    2 - Managing the Interplay Between PFML, FMLA, Earned Sick leave, PTO, Workers Comp
    Speaker: Martha Zackin, Partner, Bello Welsh, LLP

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

    1:00 - 2:15pm: Breakouts (choice of 2)

    1 - Uncertainty UI Update: Successfully Navigating Unemployment Insurance for Your Organization
    Speakers: Tim Phelan, Esq., General Counsel & Vice-President of Client Services, UTCA, Inc.
    Meghan Avery, SVP, UTCA, Inc.

    2 - When to Use an Outside Investigator
    Speakers: Deb Cohen, Founding Partner & Attorney, Cohen Kraemer Law, LLC
    Andrea Kraemer, Founding Partner & Attorney, Cohen Kraemer Law, LLC

    2:15 - 2:30pm: Transition Break (offline)

    2:30 - 3:30pm: Closing Keynote - Keeping Employee Mental Health a Priority While Staying Compliant
    Speaker: Charla Stevens, Director, Litigation Department, McLane Middleton

    Meghan Avery


    UTCA, Inc.

    As Senior Vice President, Meghan oversees client services and all aspects of the claims department, and management education. Meghan earned her undergraduate degree from Hofstra University and brings over a decade of professional experience to UTCA. She conducts education seminars for clients, industry associations and various employer groups across the country. Lauded for her insightful, humorous presentations, she has been instrumental in helping HR leaders effectively understand and control their unemployment costs.

    Deb Cohen

    Founding Partner & Attorney

    Cohen Kraemer Law, LLC

    Deb Cohen is a founding partner of Cohen Kraemer Law, LLC in Massachusetts, where she focuses her practice on conducting workplace investigations. She also provides workplace training for managers and employees, develops employee handbooks and policies, and advises and counsels employers on labor and employment law matters. Deb has experience representing and advising public and private entities in various industries, including the banking, finance, technology, manufacturing, utility, health and related services, retail, restaurant, and hotel industries. With over twenty-five years of labor and employment law experience, Deb strives to help companies find better solutions to their most sensitive workplace issues, before they lead to employee turnover and costly litigation.

    Prior to establishing Cohen Kraemer Law, LLC, Deb worked as an attorney at a labor and employment law firm in Boston and then as the sole proprietor of her own employment law firm. She regularly advises clients on a wide variety of personnel-related matters and compliance issues, including sexual harassment and discrimination complaints, matters surrounding hiring, performance, discipline, terminations and layoffs, wage and hour issues, and leave of absence and accommodation matters. She conducts workplace investigations involving complaints of discrimination, harassment and other alleged misconduct. She also regularly trains human resources professionals regarding how to conduct their own internal workplace investigations and develop effective investigative reports.

    Deb is approved by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) to conduct workplace investigations and to conduct training to prevent discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. She has also completed Association of Workplace Investigators seminars on conducting workplace investigations in the public and private sectors. Deb currently serves as a member of the Personnel Board for the Town of Wayland, Massachusetts.

    Scott Fitzgerald, Esq.

    Managing Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

    Scott is the Managing Partner of the Boston, Massachusetts office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, and a Managing Director of Fragomen Immigration Services India Pvt., Ltd.

    He has practiced exclusively in the field of corporate immigration and nationality law for more than 25 years. Scott provides multinational corporations, including leading e-commerce and technology companies as well as financial and educational institutions, with strategic counseling on all matters of U.S. immigration and nationality law, regulation, policy and compliance. 

    Scott is a Board Member of the American Immigration Council, the British American Business Council of New England, and the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs. 

    Scott provides pro bono immigration advocacy to Project Citizenship, a nonprofit agency that helps immigrants apply for U.S. citizenship, and Partners in Health, a Harvard-affiliated world health nonprofit organization. 

    Daniel B. Klein, Esq.


    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

    Andrea Kraemer

    Founding Partner & Attorney

    Cohen Kraemer Law, LLC

    Andrea is a founding partner of Cohen Kraemer Law, LLC and an experienced employment law attorney. Andrea focuses her practice on conducting workplace investigations and workplace training, developing employment policies and handbooks, and providing employment law counseling and advice.

    Prior to establishing Cohen Kraemer Law, LLC, Andrea was a partner in the employment law and commercial law practice groups in the Boston office of a large national law firm where she counseled employers and Human Resources professionals regarding employment matters, including reasonable accommodation requests, reports of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, workplace investigations, and wage and hour issues; drafted employment policies and handbooks; conducted harassment and discrimination prevention training; and represented employers before administrative agencies and in state and federal court. Andrea also managed the defense of all Massachusetts cases for a major East Coast Health Club chain and supervised, mentored, and trained associates and paralegals through all phases of litigation.

    Andrea draws on her extensive employment litigation and counseling experience to help her clients create a culture that reflects their organization’s core values and unique culture and avoid situations that may give rise to employment law claims.

    Andrea doesn't just help you check a box when it comes to compliance. She helps you demonstrate your organization's core values by putting your values into your policies and your policies into action through impartial and thorough workplace investigations, dynamic and interactive workplace training, and reliable and effective employment law counseling and advice.

    Andrea is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Women's Bar Association, and the Association of Workplace Investigators. She has been trained to conduct workplace investigations in the private and public sectors and to deliver training to prevent discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Andrea has completed Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) certified courses, including Train-the-Trainer: Preventing Workplace Discrimination & Harassment; and Conducting Internal Discrimination Complaint Investigations. She is on the MCAD referral list for employers seeking a discrimination prevention trainer or internal investigator.

    Andrea is also a member of the American Diabetes Association's Advocacy Attorney Network and has been trained as a parent advocate through the Federation for Children with Special Needs. As a parent of a child with Type 1 Diabetes, Andrea is passionate about using her professional skills to improve the lives of individuals and families living with diabetes. Andrea provides advice and counseling to parents of children with Type 1 diabetes, schools, and employers on drafting diabetes care plans, conducting training for school staff, and exploring accommodations in schools and the workplace.

    Andrea earned her law degree from New England Law Boston, where she graduated cum laude.  During law school, Andrea participated in an Honors Judicial Clerkship for the Honorable John T. Lu and published an article in the New England Journal of Criminal & Civil Confinement.

    Prior to law school, Andrea earned her undergraduate degree in sociology and a certificate in human relations & work from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. During college, Andrea was a member of the Women’s Varsity Lacrosse Team, earned an NCAA Division II All-Star Designation, was an Athletic Honor Roll, Bronze Finalist (top 11-15% of class), and received the Coach’s Award for leadership, commitment, and excellence on and off the field.

    Super Lawyers Magazine has recognized Andrea as a "Rising Star" (2017).

    Michael Moore



    Michael is an Associate at Fragomen’s Boston office, where he practices U.S. business immigration law. He assists corporate clients with employment-based immigration matters, particularly nonimmigrant visas and the permanent residency process.

    During law school, Michael served as a Law Clerk at Fragomen’s Boston office, where he assisted the legal team in responding to Requests for Evidence and supporting the nonimmigrant and immigrant visa needs of individual and corporate clients.

    Michael has represented detained clients pro bono at bond hearings before the Boston Immigration Court as part of the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project’s “Home for the Holidays” campaign. He also volunteers at the annual Citizenship Day event in Boston.

    Jane Moyer

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

    Commonwealth Financial Network

    Jane Moyer is the SVP & CHRO at Commonwealth Financial Network in Waltham where she is responsible for all aspects of the employee experience. Prior to heading HR at Commonwealth, she was the CHRO and Vice President, Human Resources Management at Northeastern University in Boston.

    Jane was Vice President, Global HR Shared Services for ICON PLC, a worldwide provider of clinical research to the pharmaceutical and medical products industry based in Dublin, Ireland. There she managed all HR Shared Services and HRIT through regional service centers in the US, Europe and India and provided OD and business partner support to senior management. Prior to Ireland she lived in Copenhagen and was Global Head of HR for Operations at Maersk Line, the largest shipping company in the world, where she supported global business partnering and led a significant culture change resulting in a turnaround of the company to profitability. Jane has also held senior leadership roles at Starbucks including global organizational design, and Head of HR for Starbucks Canada, based in Toronto. At Kendall-Jackson Wines, Jane was the VP HR for Shared Services and led the comp and benefits, HRIT and staffing functions.

    In addition to her corporate HR roles, Jane was a lecturer in Penn State’s World Campus for the School of Labor Studies and Employer Relations for ten years, and was the 2017 recipient of Penn State’s prestigious Kelly-Willits Award for excellence in online instruction. Jane is the current co-chair of the School of Labor Studies and Employer Relations’ Alumni program board that works to support the School and its students.

    Jane has degrees from Penn State (including studies at the University of Cologne, Germany) and Cornell and has presented and lectured nationally on issues of compensation, equity and stock, AI and HR, organizational agility and justice in the workplace. She has been a featured executive in numerous publications including The Advocate and Fast Company. Jane was a Fellow at the Sierra Institute, an HR research and advocacy group, and currently serves as a Board member on the Northeast HR Association. She previously served on TIAA’s Advisory Council. She is a member of the International Guild of Sommeliers and has served on numerous boards for local charities and media arts organizations. 

    Doreen Nichols

    Vice President of Talent, Culture and Organizational Development


    As Vice President of Talent, Culture and Organizational Development, Doreen has primary responsibility for planning and directing corporate-wide organizational change, employee engagement strategies, and initiatives that support Eversource’s business objectives and the company’s vision, mission and values.

    Doreen joined Eversource Energy in 2017. She brings more than 25 years of global human resources experience in both big brand corporations and early-stage start-ups. Prior to joining the Eversource team, she led teams in outstanding companies and institutions such as Genzyme, a Sanofi Company, Staples Inc., LensCrafters, and Tulane University. She is recognized as a thought leader in global diversity and inclusion, operations, acquisitions, divestitures, talent strategy, and performance management. Doreen holds a BS in Human Resources Management from DeVry University, Certificate in Human Resources from Bentley, and both the SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.

    In her spare time, Doreen is a make-up artist, and competitive tennis player on the USTA and Central Massachusetts Indoor Tennis Association. She enjoys traveling, recreational cooking and spending time with her family.

    Nancy Persson (Moderator)

    Principal, Leadership Growth Solutions

    The Change Leadership series will be facilitated by Nancy Persson, Principal of Leadership Growth Solutions, a management consultancy providing executive coaching, leadership development and change leadership solutions across various business sectors and not-for-profit organizations. 

    Nancy is an expert facilitator, executive coach and development consultant, with deep expertise in change management and change leadership earned through academic rigor and the unrelenting school of life and professional experience. In addition to her academic credentials in the field, she has taught change leadership in organizations for more than two decades, and led the global change management effort for a $14BB  merger integration. As a result, she balances both academic and practical insights in the program, ensuring that participants will learn critical insights and walk away with usable tools they can apply in their workplaces. 

    Nancy brings significant experience in developing and driving talent strategies in business environments including multi-channel operations, global businesses, and small entrepreneurial ones. Nancy’s 30+ years of business experience, and her 10+ years as an executive coach have forged a talented leader known for work ethic, versatility, passion, and compassion.

    Before founding Leadership Growth Solutions in 2017, Nancy held senior leadership positions in financial services, retail, and e-commerce businesses, as well as line leadership experience. She learned early on to speak the language of the business and is recognized for practical bottom-line solutions. Nancy is an expert facilitator, communicator, executive coach and development consultant, widely recognized for her authenticity, energy, and creativity.

    A committed life-long learner, Nancy has earned a first-degree Black Belt in Tae Kwan Do and has more recently added kickboxing and beekeeping as hobbies. Nancy lives is South Easton, MA and is passionate about her family, her work, downhill skiing, and gardening.

    Tim Phelan, Esq.

    General Counsel & Vice-President of Client Services

    UTCA, Inc.

    Timothy Phelan, J.D. manages the Client Services area of UTCA and is lead faculty speaker and trainer in his role with UTCA. Tim has been a featured trainer for numerous employer groups including the nationally recognized training companies, Council on Education in Management and Lorman Education Services. Tim also provides in-house legal guidance to staff and field associates and is widely recognized as a foremost leading expert in unemployment law with over 25 years experience in the UI field and employment law.

    Anne Roskom



    Anne is an Associate at Fragomen’s Boston office, where she counsels clients on a variety of employment-based visa categories.

    Anne has experience representing foreign nationals and employers in a range of immigrant and nonimmigrant matters, including H, L, O, TN, J, K and E filings and all stages of the PERM process. She applies her legal research and writing skills to develop and implement strategies to solve complex immigration issues for clients.

    Anne also has experience drafting legal briefs and assisting clients with other complex processes, such as responses to Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny, PERM audits and Motions for Reconsideration.

    Anne has provided pro bono legal services through Catholic Charities.

    She speaks English and Spanish.

    Bob Selle

    Chief People Officer

    Ocean State Job Lot

    Recognized as an HR ICon, Futurist, and Culture Transformation Influencer. Bob is fortunate to head people operations for the northeast's premier close-out retailer Ocean State Job Lot. His team is leading a transformation that has named them a Forbes Best Midsize Employer three of the past four years as well as DEI recognition and multi state safety and associate wellbeing awards.

    He feels blessed to be considered a thought leader on topics such as working human, culture, transformational leadership, and organizational transformation in the new world of work. He makes time to share insights through writing and speaking on the importance of focusing on value alignment and creating a purpose driven workforce. As a believer in collaboration and giving back, he is a published writer, presenter, and collaborator for conferences, networks and organizations. He is also inspired to pay it forward by consulting and advising several startups. His volunteer work includes the Rhode Island Free Clinic and mentoring at the Non violence Institute. Simply put, we need to lead with LOVE. You can follow his work on bobsellethehrguy.com.

    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

    Martha Zackin, Esq.

    Partner, Bello Welsh, LLP

    Martha has 30 years of experience advising and representing clients on a broad range of employment law issues and in adversarial proceedings. In her role as an advisor to employers, boards of directors, and executives, she regularly provides practical advice and counsel on a wide range of employment-related issues, including employee relations and policy matters; employee classification and wage and hour laws; violations of noncompetition, nonsolicitation, and nondisclosure agreements; employee training; employment and separation agreements; affirmative action; mergers and acquisitions; and internal investigations. Martha has represented clients before administrative and governmental agencies, courts, arbitrators, and mediators.

    Before joining Bello / Welsh, Martha was Of Counsel to Mintz Levin, a large Boston law firm, where she was a member of the Employment, Labor and Benefits department. From 1994 through 2007, Martha was corporate counsel for Keane, Inc., a billion-dollar multinational corporation with, at its peak, approximately 12,000 employees. Beyond her responsibilities as the sole employment lawyer for Keane, (now NTT DATA, Inc.) Martha assisted the company with Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, corporate governance, M&A due diligence, SEC matters, and risk assessment. Prior to joining Keane in 1994, Martha was with another major Boston law firm.

    Martha was the Editor of and a frequent contributor to Mintz Levin’s Employment, Labor & Benefits blog, Employment Matters. She is frequently asked to provide expert commentary on various employment issues, and has appeared on The Emily Rooney Show and been quoted in MSNBC.com, Boston Business Journal, Business Insurance, and Workforce Management, among other publications.

    Martha is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., and before the Federal District Court in Massachusetts, the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Central District of Illinois. She received her B.A. from Emory University, her M.A. in Psychology from Boston College, and her J.D. from Boston College Law School.

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  • New Date: 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?
    Frank Dadah, VP, Consulting Services, MCG Partners

    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 

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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


    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.


    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.


    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



    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.


    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


    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


    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.

  • 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!

    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
    - Kari Heistad, CEO Culture Coach International & Diversity Dashboard
    - 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

    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