Back to Work Series - All Current & Future Sessions

As businesses and organizations prepare to re-open their doors and return to work, they are looking to HR to help guide the way - we want you to know you can look to us. NEHRA is proud to announce our Virtual Back to Work Program Series beginning May 19. The series will provide the groundwork you need to prepare and inform your team and your organization.  

This package includes all planned and future sessions in NEHRA's Back to Work Series!

SESSION/SPEAKER OVERVIEW:

May 19
10:00 - 11:00am Back to Work Conversation with HR Leaders
As we kick off the Back to Work series, Tracy Burns, NEHRA's CEO will facilitate a conversation with 4 local CHRO's around their organizations preparations for returning to work, as well as their personal perspectives on this experience. Panelists include: SVP/Barry Gale, CHRO, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, Jane Fontiane, SVP of HR & Training, Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU), Emma Woodthorpe, SVP & CHRO, Mercury Systems & Mike Tufts, CHRO, The Norfolk & Dedham Group.

11:00am - 12:00pm Returning to Work: Helping Employees and Managers Cope with the Emotional Transition 
Speaker: Kristin Matthews - LICSW, Vice President of Clinical Services, KGA, Inc.
As many businesses are preparing to re-open, leaders and managers are hearing worries and concerns from their employees. How will you keep us safe? Do I need to come into the office? What if I feel uncomfortable?  Behind many of these questions is uncertainty and anxiety about the re-opening phase. In this session, Kristin Matthews, LICSW, Vice President of Clinical Services at KGA, Inc. will talk about anxiety and other mental health concerns that managers and leaders may encounter as employees return to work. Kristin will discuss best practices among leadership to prepare their workplace for the transition while minimizing stress and anxiety. She will also provide strategies to help participants manage their own stress during this next phase of the pandemic.

12:00 - 1:00pm Break 1:00 - 3:00pm Remote Project Management for HR Teams
Speaker: 
Gina Abudi - Founder, Abudi Consulting Group
In this virtual session, HR professionals will learn a number of best practices to keep team members engaged and focused on their initiatives while reworking remotely. A number of common challenges faced by remote teams, as well as how to address those challenges (and mitigate them from the start!) will be shared in this session. A major focus of this session will focus on how HR professionals can ensure and enable for regular communication and collaboration with team members, the foundation for success across the team. 


May 26
10:00 - 11:00am - Re-Engaging Contract Workers #gigeconomy
Speakers:
Diane Mulcahy – Babson College MBA professor, HBR contributor and author of The Gig Economy
Nancy Persson - Principal, Leadership Growth Solutions

11:00am - 12:00pm - Childcare Considerations Panel 
Moderator: Cheryl Jacobs, MCG Partners
Panelists:
Scarlett Abraham Clarke – Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Cynthia Ring, CHRO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Rachel Robertson, Vice President, Education & Development

12:00 - 1:00pm - Break

1:00 - 3:00pm - Facilities/Office Space Planning & Preparations 
Moderator: Lisa Prior, Founder, Prior Consulting 
Panelists:
Andy Porter - Executive Vice President and Chief People Experience Officer - Relay Therapeutics
Mike Tufts - Chief Human Resources Officer - The Norfolk & Dedham Group


June 2
10:00am - 12:00pm - COVID-19 Employment Law/Litigation Updates

Speaker: Dan Klein- Partner, Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP

Dan Klein is a member of Seyfarth’s COVID-19 Task Force, a cross-disciplinary team of attorneys working together to advise on short-term responses and long-term strategies for dealing with the effects of the pandemic on organizations. Dan will provide practical recommendations and actions to be taken as businesses prepare to re-open, as well as guidance on potential post-COVID-19 litigation issues. This session will review any other rapidly changing laws/regulations related to the pandemic.

12:00 - 1:00pm Break

1:00 - 3:00pm - ‘Before & After’: Reshaping Work with Boston Medical Center’s HR Team
Moderator: Robin Lucier, Director/HR Business Partner, BMC
Panelists:
Manager Training & Support Tools - Dan Friel, Labor Relations/Human Resources Attorney, BMC
Psychological & Emotional Training & Resources - Beth Milaszewski, Employee Assistance Clinician, BMC
Benefit Tools & Resources including the CARE Team - Kerry Ryan, Benefits Analyst, BMC
Furlough Process & Resources Developed during COVID-19 Response - Mick Verran, Senior Director, Organization Effectiveness, BMC

  • Back to Work Series - Session 4 - 6/9

    Contains 9 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Schedule includes: Managing Your Workforce and Their Return to Work, COVID-19 Screening in the Workplace & Updates to Your Background & Drug Test Screening Processes, Workforce Management in the Time of COVID-19 & Post-Pandemic Future of Work Considerations: From Reaction to Re-emergence​​

    June 9:
    10:00 – 11:00am
    Managing Your Workforce and Their Return to Work 
    Presenter: Maggie Sloan, Principal, Mercer - Boston Office

    The coronavirus crisis is causing employers to face new and difficult challenges each day – including the latest debate on when and how to reopen the economy and get employees back to work. Join Mercer experts to hear the most up-to-date information on returning to work and a point of view on the actions you can take to help your business and your employees navigate this extraordinary time. Our discussion will cover the following organizational considerations:
    Mercer's 3 R's (respond - return - reinvent) framework 
    Workplace and worker readiness
    Workforce support
    Enterprise resilience

    11:15am – 12:15pm
    The Future of COVID-19 Screening in the Workplace & Updates to your Background/Drug Test Screening Processes 
    Presenters: Christine Cunneen, CEO & Co-Founder, Hire Image, LLC
    Laurie Jantz, Orasure Technologies
    Jackie Pirone, Orasure Technologies

    We have experienced extraordinary times over the past few months, the effects of which are far-reaching and long-lasting. In this session, employers will learn about the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 on background screening and drug testing. We will address what has changed with background screening and what employers can expect as they bring employees back to work. We will examine alternative methods for safely drug testing applicants and what to expect in the way of testing employees for COVID-19.


    12:15 - 1:00pm
    Offline Break


    1:00 – 2:00pm
    Workforce Management in the Time of COVID-19
    Presenter: Tanya Taupier, SVP, CVS Health & Head of HR, Aetna

    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, business leaders across the world are having to adjust their approach to workforce management. Tanya Taupier, SVP of CVS Health, and Head of HR for Aetna will share how CVS Health has pivoted and embraced changing workforce dynamics. She will provide a framework for how companies can not only think through immediate employee needs, but also plan for the workplace of the future.

    Attendees will hear about:
    Ensuring employee health and safety
    Measuring employee productivity and supporting motivation
    Assessing necessary changes to talent processes
    Preparing leaders to lead in a new environment
    Planning for what the workplace of the future will look like

    2:15 – 3:15pm
    Post-Pandemic Future of Work Considerations: From Reaction to Re-emergence
    Presenter: Christa Manning, Director HCM Innovation, Ultimate Software

    Remote Work Capabilities. Flexible Hours. Wellness Programs. Initiatives previously viewed as perks or "nice to haves" have transformed into organizational necessities overnight. Please join us for a discussion led by Christa Manning, Ultimate Software's Director of HCM Information. As a group, we'll talk about post-pandemic return to work considerations and the stages businesses have been working through - from reaction to re-emergence.


    Christine Cunneen

    CEO & Founder, Hire Image, LLC

    As CEO of Hire Image LLC, Christine Cunneen sets the company’s vision and strategy while overseeing the operations, finance and business development functions nationwide.

    Ms. Cunneen is the past chair of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and held leadership roles on the Global Advisory Council, Government Relations Committee, Advocacy Committee, Finance Committee and Ethics Committee for NAPBS. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) at both the national and local level. She is a director of the Rhode Island SHRM Board and serves on the Advocacy team, Legislative Committee and Sponsorship Committee. Cunneen served on the Executive Board of Directors and Governance and Finance Committees for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State. She serves on her town’s planning board and is a past Board member of her local Chamber of Commerce. She is proud to have been an Advisor to the Sue Weaver C.A.U.S.E. (Consumer Awareness of Unsafe Service Employment).

    Ms. Cunneen is a frequent guest speaker at business, human resource and background screening association events throughout the U.S., educating employers and other professionals about background screening topics, and is often quoted for her expertise in the news media. On a regular basis, she travels to Washington, DC to meet with legislators and is active in campaigns and advocacy pertaining to laws and regulations that impact the background screening profession, business owners and small business entrepreneurs.

    She is a 1990 graduate of Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY) where she received a bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting. Prior to joining Hire Image, she enjoyed a 13-year financial career in New York as a certified public accountant specializing in taxation for such companies as Barnes & Noble and ING, and maintains her Certified Public Accountant designation.

    Ms. Cunneen is a 2006 recipient of the “Make Mine a Million $ Business™” (M3) award from Count Me In™ and AMEX Open and, when breaking the $1M revenues barrier, credited the program for helping her achieve that goal and contributing to her growth and success. In 2016, Ms. Cunneen participated in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, as a member of the national cohort based out of Babson College. Ms. Cunneen continues to serve as a mentor to other women-owned business leaders across the country.

    Laurie Jantz

    Orasure Technologies

    Laurie helps employers create a safe and drug-free workplace, and supports laboratories and their sales teams by customizing oral fluid testing to meet their needs. Drug monitoring programs are an additional area of focus. 

    Christa Manning

    Director HCM Innovation, Ultimate Software

    Christa Manning is a research-driven thought-leader supporting organizations and helping individuals understand and use the latest technologies to enable workplace productivity and performance.

    Jackie Pirone

    Orasure Technologies

    Maggie Sloan

    Principal - Boston Office, Mercer

    What brings me the greatest joy in life is helping others by giving them the resources - education, time, compassion, strategy/planning, and more - they need in order to feel empowered and completely confident to pursue their goals in life. To me, healthcare is similar to personal development. It is an industry explosive with performance examination and desire for improvement, with the aim of producing changes that ultimately result in a better, more efficient, healthier population.

    My professional career has been centrally focused in healthcare as I have worked with providers, producers, vendors, and sponsors professionally and as a purchaser personally. Whether working in a hospital, a public health agency, an insurance carrier, or a consulting firm, my varied experiences have brought me to a deeper, more comprehensive understanding of the work-in-progress that is the complex American healthcare industry.

    As a consultant, I have the privilege of working with talented professionals both internally at my company and externally among my clients. Each client has unique service needs and requires a customized approach based on their industry, demographics, geography, finances, culture, key contacts, and more. My role allows me to make a larger scale impact by serving as a resource and advisor to clients on a range of health and benefits topics that ultimately impact thousands of employees.

    Tanya Taupier

    Senior Vice President, CVS Health and HR lead, Aetna

    Tanya is the Senior Vice President, CVS Health and HR lead for Aetna.  She is responsible for leading an HR organization that supports Commercial and Government insurance products, as well as the Markets.  Tanya provides human capital and business consultation to Karen Lynch, President of Aetna, and her leadership team who are responsible for driving the CVS Health strategy to deliver consumer-focused, high-value healthcare to the nearly 45 million people that Aetna serves.  She develops and implements talent strategies required to successfully execute Aetna’s business strategy and goals based on business, industry and market conditions.  Her internal clients have also included Healthagen, National Accounts, National Care Management, Enterprise Sales, Product & Marketing, Specialty businesses and the Integration and Strategy office.

    Prior to joining Aetna, Tanya was an independent consultant and coach to entrepreneurs.  In addition to her consulting experience, Tanya worked at UnitedHealth Group in various human resources leadership positions, as well at Asea Brown Boveri Inc. (ABB), a global leader in power and automation technologies.  At both United and ABB, her responsibilities included talent development, succession planning, organization development, business reorganization, and merger and acquisition integration. Tanya holds a bachelor's degree in human resources from Western New England College and a master's in project management from George Washington University.

  • Back to Work Series - Session 3 - 6/2

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Schedule includes: COVID-19 Employment Law/Litigation Updates & Mobilizing the HR Troops –Caring & Connecting with Employees

    As businesses and organizations prepare to re-open their doors and return to work, they are looking to HR to help guide the way - we want you to know you can look to us. NEHRA is proud to announce our Virtual Back to Work Program Series beginning May 19. The series will provide the groundwork you need to prepare and inform your team and your organization.  

    June 2: 
    10:00am - 12:00pm
    COVID-19 Employment Law/Litigation Updates
    Speaker: Dan Klein- Partner, Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
    Dan Klein is a member of Seyfarth’s COVID-19 Task Force, a cross-disciplinary team of attorneys working together to advise on short-term responses and long-term strategies for dealing with the effects of the pandemic on organizations. Dan will provide practical recommendations and actions to be taken as businesses prepare to re-open, as well as guidance on potential post-COVID-19 litigation issues. This session will review any other rapidly changing laws/regulations related to the pandemic.


    12:00 - 1:00pm Break


    1:00 - 3:00pm
    Mobilizing the HR Troops –Caring & Connecting with Employees
    Moderator: Robin Lucier, Director/HR Business Partner, BMC
    Panelists: 
    Furlough Process & Resources Developed during COVID-19 Response - Dan Friel, Labor Relations/Human Resources Attorney, BMC
    Psychological & Emotional Training & Resources - Beth Milaszewski, Employee Assistance Clinician, BMC
    Benefit Tools & Resources including the CARE Team - Kerry Ryan, Benefits Analyst, BMC 
    Manager Training & Support Tools - Mick Verran, Senior Director, Organization Effectiveness, BMC

    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.

    Robin Lucier, SPHR

    Director, HR Business Partner, Boston Medical Center

    Robin Lucier has distinguished herself as an innovative leader in Human Resources through strong perception of organizational culture with a multi-level communication strategy. In addition to HR best practices, her business acumen includes deep knowledge of operations, sales, human relations, and cultural diversity. Above all, her compassion for people guides her to successfully navigate employee lifecycle activities.

    Robin has held a number of leadership positions within the retail, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and food production industries. As a strategic leader, she has experience streamlining processes and leveraging technology for employee recruitment, recognition, retention, compensation, benefits & wellness, training, and performance development. This is most recently relevant in her role as HR Director at Injured Workers’ Pharmacy, where she managed a comprehensive compensation analysis to develop a structured pay grade system. Fair and consistent compensation in addition to effective employee engagement practices resulted in the organization outpacing the industry average with a 76% employee retention rate among call center personnel.

    Thriving as a member of high-performing teams, Robin brings experience aligning HR missions to meet organizational objectives and has helped drive growth through process improvement while supporting initiatives to increase employee morale and workplace satisfaction.

    Robin holds a Master of Science in Training and Development from Lesley University, a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Psychology from Cambridge College, and is certified through SHRM (SCP) and HRCI (SPHR).

    Specialties Include:
    Strategic Business Partner | Predictive Index Analyst | Employee Relations | Talent Management | Training & Development | Workforce Planning | Benefit & Wellness Programs | Complex Compliance Requirements | Employment Law | Policy Architect | Building & Leading High Performing Teams | Building Internal & External Partnerships 

  • Back to Work Series - Session 2 - 5/26

    Contains 7 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Schedule includes: Re-Engaging Contract Workers #gigeconomy , Childcare Considerations Panel, & Facilities/Office Space Planning & Preparations

    As businesses and organizations prepare to re-open their doors and return to work, they are looking to HR to help guide the way - we want you to know you can look to us. NEHRA is proud to announce our Virtual Back to Work Program Series beginning May 19. The series will provide the groundwork you need to prepare and inform your team and your organization.  

    May 26
    10:00 - 11:00am
    Re-Engaging Contract Workers #gigeconomy
    Speakers: Diane Mulcahy – Babson College MBA professor, HBR contributor and author of The Gig Economy & Nancy Persson - Principal, Leadership Growth Solutions

    As the growth of the Gig Economy impacts the employee/employer relationship, having “contract” workers has become more common in many organizations. Join us for a conversation with gig economy guru, Diane Mulcahy, where we will discuss strategies for re-engaging gig workers. In this facilitated conversation, we will offer ways to rethink how you might leverage their skills/abilities in new and different ways in order to meet your workforce needs in our new normal. 

    11:15am - 12:15pm 
    Childcare Considerations Panel
    Moderator: Cheryl Jacobs, MCG Partners
    Panelists:
    Scarlett Abraham Clarke – Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Bright Horizons Family Solutions
    Cynthia Ring - CHRO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
    Rachel Robertson - Vice President, Education & Development, Bright Horizons Family Solutions

    As employers begin planning for returning to work, the lack of both childcare and in-person schooling will significantly impact workers’ ability to resume their typical schedules. This panel will discuss the challenges employers and employees will face both in the immediate future as well as what is being called the ‘second wave’ of childcare issues – will daycares re-open? will there be enough spots open for all children returning? what if schools continue to remain physically closed into the next school year? Join us as we discuss ways to get out ahead of these challenges and lessen the effects of this issue.


    12:00 - 1:00pm
    Break


    1:00 - 3:00pm
    Facilities/Office Space Planning & Preparations
    Moderator: Lisa Prior, Founder, Prior Consulting 
    Panelists: 

    Andy Porter - Executive Vice President and Chief People Experience Officer - Relay Therapeutics
    Mike Tufts - SVP/Chief Human Resources Officer - The Norfolk & Dedham Group

    Before reopening physical workplaces and offices, companies will need to have plans underway to reduce risk of COVID-19 exposure for their employees and other individuals. In this session, two local HR executives, with deep facility management experience, will discuss what they are doing to prepare their office spaces including shared spaces, individual offices, etc. as well as other general preparations they are making for employees to return.

    Scarlett Abraham Clarke

    Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Bright Horizons Family Solutions

    As the Senior Director for Diversity and Inclusion at Bright Horizons, Scarlett is responsible for creating and implementing the overall strategy for ensuring Bright Horizons is an organization that recruits, retains, enables, and empowers a talented, diverse workforce.  From designing employee feedback and training sessions to staying abreast of changes in regulatory and market conditions, Scarlett ensures that Bright Horizons is actively cultivating an atmosphere in which employees of all backgrounds and beliefs feel welcome and valued, and come together for the common purpose of seeing the company succeed nationally and globally.  In addition, Scarlett serves as a consultant and strategic partner to Bright Horizons Executive Leadership and department managers to create and fairly implement policies, coach and support employees’ development, and become aware of unconscious bias and the business value of creating an inclusive and diverse team.

    Scarlett holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Developmental Psychology from Suffolk University, serves on the board of the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA) and has over 10 years in the field of HR.

    Cheryl Jacobs

    Senior Vice President, MCG Partners

    Cheryl Jacobs is Senior Vice President, Executive Coach, Leadership Developer & Facilitator at MCG Partners, a 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.

    Diane Mulcahy

    Babson College MBA professor, HBR contributor and author of The Gig Economy

    DIANE MULCAHY is the author of The Gig Economy: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want (Harper Collins). The title is a  best-selling book on Amazon that has been translated into five languages, and featured widely in national media including CNN, Forbes, Huffington Post, NPR, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Oprah.com, PBS, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Worth. Mulcahy is a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, an advisor to startups, a coach to individuals, and a frequent speaker and writer. She is also an adjunct professor at Babson College, where she created and teaches a popular MBA class on the Gig Economy. Her course was named by Forbes as one of the Top Ten Most Innovative Business School Classes in the country. Mulcahy earned graduate and undergraduate degrees from Harvard University.

    Nancy Persson

    Principal, Leadership Growth Solutions

    Nancy Persson 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.

    Lisa Prior

    Founder, Prior Consulting

    A recognized authority in leadership development and culture change, Lisa Prior has worked for two decades with leaders at all levels, from start-up to Fortune 100 organizations, serving the healthcare, biopharma, biomedical, academic, financial services, asset management, retail, and non-profit sectors. Lisa’s mission as a leadership coach and culture change consultant is to enable leaders to bring out the best in themselves and their people so they create win-win relationships with one another and the organization.

    Practical and results-oriented, Lisa works with leaders and teams at all stages of growth and transition, both personal and organizational. Clients say they value the unique combination of Lisa’s powerful questions and organizational experience that leads to useful insights, actionable steps, and measurable outcomes. 

    Andy Porter

    Executive Vice President and Chief People Experience Officer - Relay Therapeutics

    Andy Porter is Executive Vice President and Chief People Experience Officer for Relay Therapeutics.  Most recently, Porter was the chief people officer at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. There, he lead the Human Resources and Facilities Planning and Operations functions and was responsible for creating an organizational environment that fully enables the success of the Broad mission by attracting, developing, and retaining top talent.

    With more than twenty years of experience, Porter’s previous roles included Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Merrimack, he served as head of Human Resources at Dyax Corp, worked for several years as an independent consultant within the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, and held roles in Human Resources at Harvard-affiliated hospitals. Additionally, Porter has spent time outside of his full-time roles teaching as an adjunct professor at MCPHS University, and sharing his views on organizations and talent management as a contributor to the blog “Fistful of Talent.”

    Porter holds a B.S. degree in organizational psychology from Bridgewater State University, and an M.S. in organizational development from American University.

    Cynthia Ring

    CHRO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

    Cynthia Ring has served in a variety of Leadership roles within Human Resources over the last twenty years.  Her current role is as Chief of Human Resources at Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare where she serves to champion a People and Business Strategy.  Prior to joining Harvard Pilgrim, she served as Vice President of Human Resources & Patient Experience at Central New England HealthAlliance Hospital.  Prior to joining HealthAlliance Hospital in 2012, Ms. Ring served as Executive Director of Human Resources for Commonwealth Medicine/ University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She also served as Director of Human Resources for Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest health system for over ten years.

    She was instrumental in implementing a number of workforce investment and development programs as well as talent acquisition strategies.  Over the last six years, she received special recognition from the Stepping-Up Program, JobClubRI and the Governor’s office for her work in establishing an innovative career ladders program and her commitment to community workforce investment and development programs.  She is committed to community service and corporate responsibility and serves on many non-profit Boards.

    Ms. Ring holds a masters degree in business administration from Bryant University, and an undergraduate degree in English from Framingham State University.

    Rachel Robertson

    Vice President of Education and Development, Bright Horizons

    As Vice President of Education and Development at Bright Horizons, Rachel leads the education, curriculum, and field learning & development teams, contributing to the development of young children, and employees who teach early childhood education. Rachel is host of the Bright Horizons parenting podcast, Teach, Play, Love: Parenting Advice for the Early Year

    Mike Tufts

    Chief Human Resources Officer - The Norfolk & Dedham Group

    Michael Tufts is the Chief Human Resources officer at the Norfolk & Dedham Group. Prior to joining The N&D® Group, Mike spent the bulk of his career in the investment management industry, first at Harvard Management Company (eighteen years) and then for a short stint as a consultant at Bain Capital.

    Mike brings over fifteen years of human resources experience (ten plus in the C-suite) to his current role. Mike is a business enabled and results oriented CHRO with deep expertise in strategic workforce planning, performance management, people strategy, culture, change management, facilities management, corporate finance and business continuity planning.

    Mike was born and raised just outside of Boston in Quincy, Massachusetts and now lives in Marshfield with his wife Hillary and daughter Shea.  

  • Back to Work Series - Session 1 - 5/19

    Contains 6 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Schedule includes: Back to Work Conversation with CHRO's, Returning to Work: Helping Employees and Managers Cope with the Emotional Transition & Remote Project Management for HR Teams

    As businesses and organizations prepare to re-open their doors and return to work, they are looking to HR to help guide the way - we want you to know you can look to us. NEHRA is proud to announce our Virtual Back to Work Program Series beginning May 19. The series will provide the groundwork you need to prepare and inform your team and your organization.  Interested in details on the full Back to Work Series? Click here to view all sessions.

    May 19:
    10:00 - 11:00am
    Conversation with CHRO's
    As we kick off the Back to Work series, Tracy Burns, NEHRA's CEO will facilitate a conversation with 4 local CHRO's around their organizations preparations for returning to work, as well as their personal perspectives on this experience. Panelists include: SVP/Barry Gale, CHRO, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, Jane Fontiane, SVP of HR & Training, Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU), Emma Woodthorpe, SVP & CHRO, Mercury Systems & Mike Tufts, CHRO, The Norfolk & Dedham Group.


    11:00am - 12:00pm
    Returning to Work: Helping Employees and Managers Cope with the Emotional Transition Kristin Matthews - LICSW, Vice President of Clinical Services, KGA, Inc.
    As many businesses are preparing to re-open, leaders and managers are hearing worries and concerns from their employees. How will you keep us safe? Do I need to come into the office? What if I feel uncomfortable?  Behind many of these questions is uncertainty and anxiety about the re-opening phase. In this session, Kristin Matthews, LICSW, Vice President of Clinical Services at KGA, Inc. will talk about anxiety and other mental health concerns that managers and leaders may encounter as employees return to work. Kristin will discuss best practices among leadership to prepare their workplace for the transition while minimizing stress and anxiety. She will also provide strategies to help participants manage their own stress during this next phase of the pandemic.


    12:00 - 1:00pm
    Break


    1:00 - 3:00pm
    Remote Project Management for HR Teams
    Gina Abudi - Founder, Abudi Consulting Group
    In this virtual session, HR professionals will learn a number of best practices to keep team members engaged and focused on their initiatives while reworking remotely. A number of common challenges faced by remote teams, as well as how to address those challenges (and mitigate them from the start!) will be shared in this session. A major focus of this session will focus on how HR professionals can ensure and enable for regular communication and collaboration with team members, the foundation for success across the team. 

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    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.

    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.

    Jane Fontaine

    SVP, Human Resources & Training, Digital Federal Credit Union

    Jane leads the human resources and training function for Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU) the largest credit union in New England. Reporting directly to the CEO, she is responsible for overseeing all Human Resources functions including Talent Management, Benefits Administration, Organizational Development, Payroll, Compensation, and Training.

    Jane possesses over 25+ years of human resources experience in a variety of organizations including the healthcare, insurance and business services sectors. She holds a BS and MS degree from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI; a Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree from St. Joseph’s College in Standish, ME and an MBA in Organizational Development from Upper Iowa University. Jane is certified by the Society of Human Resources Management as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is the Vice President for the Human Resources Association of Central Massachusetts.

    Barry Gale

    SVP/CHRO - Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston

    Barry has more than 35 years of experience in Human Resources in industries as the diverse as Financial Services, Legal Services, and Hospitality. He was named Chief Human Resources Officer at Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (FHLBank Boston) in 2013. As CHRO, Barry is responsible for the overall leadership, vision, strategic direction, and oversight for FHLBank Boston’s human resources activities and operations, facilities management and administration, as well as the Bank’s diversity and inclusion efforts. 

    In his role, Barry provides advice and guidance on strategic and business initiatives to the Board of Directors and Senior Leadership. He serves on various FHLBank Boston committees, including the executive leadership team, providing invaluable guidance by leveraging his expertise, insight, and collaborative approach. Barry also serves as a member of the FHLBank Systems Human Resources Officer and Diversity & Inclusion Groups. 

    Throughout his career, Barry has focused on being a valued business partner. He has extensive domestic and international experience working in the Financial Services, Online Publishing, and Professional Services industries where he has delivered effective performance consulting, influenced decision making, and contributed to driving business results in complex environments. Barry is recognized for his commercial orientation, customer centric focus, and exceptional relationship building skills that deliver organizational results. 

    Barry earned his B.S. in Management from the University of Massachusetts.

    Kristin Matthews, LICSW, CEAP

    Vice President of Clinical and Work-Life Services, KGA

    Kristin joined KGA in January, 2007 and is currently KGA’sVice President of Clinical and Work-life Services. She oversees the daily operations for the EAP team, as well as provides assessment, counseling, and referral services to managers, HR, employees, and their families. Kristin has extensive experience counseling children, adolescents, and adults in various settings. Prior to KGA, she worked as an HR Representative for a Fortune 500 U.S. technology company in Cork, Ireland. Kristin received her BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Bowdoin College and her MSW from Boston University.

    Mike Tufts

    Chief Human Resources Officer - The Norfolk & Dedham Group

    Michael Tufts is the Chief Human Resources officer at the Norfolk & Dedham Group. Prior to joining The N&D® Group, Mike spent the bulk of his career in the investment management industry, first at Harvard Management Company (eighteen years) and then for a short stint as a consultant at Bain Capital.

    Mike brings over fifteen years of human resources experience (ten plus in the C-suite) to his current role. Mike is a business enabled and results oriented CHRO with deep expertise in strategic workforce planning, performance management, people strategy, culture, change management, facilities management, corporate finance and business continuity planning.

    Mike was born and raised just outside of Boston in Quincy, Massachusetts and now lives in Marshfield with his wife Hillary and daughter Shea.  

    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,