In-Person Panel: Leading Change & Shaping Culture with a Lean HR Team
Includes a Live In-Person Event on 03/14/2024 at 8:30 AM (EDT)
Are you part of a 'lean' (read: small but mighty, solo, stretched thin, understaffed, etc.) HR department looking to drive impactful change and shape a thriving workplace culture? This panel is designed just for you! Through knowledge-share, group discussions, and Q&A, this interactive Panel will address the most pressing issues you face, and help you to realize you're not alone.
In recent years, managing people has become more complex and the demand for strong HR leadership has increased exponentially. Many small organizations that started out with the owner or another executive handling employment issues are now looking to their small HR departments to lead change and influence the direction of the organization. Join us for this panel where you'll have the opportunity to hear from leaders who have been in your shoes, ask your most burning questions, and network with peers who are facing the same challenges as you.
Whether you're a one-person HR powerhouse or part of a small HR team, this session is for you!
8:30 - 9:00am: Continental Breakfast, Registration, and Connecting with Peers
9:00 - 10:30am: Panel and Q&A
Cancellation Policy: Requests for cancellations must be received via email a minimum of 5 days prior to the event.
Moderator: Tracy Burns (Moderator)
Meet Tracy Burns, the CEO behind NEHRA since November 2010. Tracy left a two-decade-long corporate HR career, finding her perfect fit at NEHRA. In her role, she stays closely connected to the HR space, championing and developing those working to meet the challenges in today’s work environment.
Tracy believes in more than just steering the largest HR organization in New England; she sees it as a duty to consistently propel HR professionals forward. For her, that goes beyond making sure HR leaders have what they need to support their own organizations; it also includes providing them with a chance to focus on their own development within NEHRA.
Her passion for women's leadership led her to play a pivotal role in launching NEHRA's first Executive HR Women’s Program in 2017. Recognizing the impact COVID had on HR professionals, in 2022, she collaborated with local business leaders to unveil NEHRA’s groundbreaking Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace resource platform.
Tracy is the go-to expert on "all things workplace," often lending her insights to local and national media outlets. She's been featured on industry-related podcasts like The Hennessy Report, HR Rebooted, and Wellbeing Walks.
Beyond NEHRA, Tracy is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the American Society of Association Executive (ASAE). She's a supporter of fundraising efforts for The Children’s Place, serves on the Work Without Limits Business Advisory Council at UMass Medical School, and actively participates in Boston's DEI community.
Tracy’s HR journey started early, leading her to earn a degree in business/human resources from California State University and later a master’s degree in organizational development from Lesley University. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Tracy has called Greater Boston "home” since 1996. Besides being a certified yoga instructor, she cherishes quality time with friends and family, especially her two fabulous sons. Tracy Burns isn't just a CEO; she's a dedicated advocate for growth, wellbeing, and genuine human connections.
Senior VP of HR
STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning, Inc
Heather has had the pleasure of working in the People field for 15 years, developing HR departments from the ground up for private-equity backed companies during times of rapid growth and expansion. As Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Accelerate Learning, Inc., she helps this growing ed tech company achieve ambitious business objectives through its people strategy.
Director, Head of Human Resources
PanAgora Asset Management
Drew Hussar is currently the Director and Head of Human Resources at PanAgora Asset Management. Prior to that, he worked at Harvard Management Company, Inc. where he held various positions such as Senior HR Generalist, HR Generalist, and HR Generalist from 2007 to 2018. Before joining Harvard Management Company, Inc., Drew worked at Harvard University in different departments including Alumni Affairs & Development and Harvard Medical School, where he focused on human resources and staffing. Drew also gained experience as a Recruiting Specialist at Harvard University's Central Administration. In his earlier career, he worked at DHR International as a Senior Associate and Director of Research.
Human Resources Manager
Housing Opportunities Unlimited
Vice President, People & Business Operations
Thursday, March 14, 2024
20 CityPoint, Totten Pond Road
Waltham, MA 02451