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  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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    Registration

    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Early Check-In
     Optional 
     

    Pre-Conference Sessions

    3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    HR Metrics & Analytics: Engaging Employees, Retaining Talent & Improving KPIs

    Do you know how to measure employee engagement at your organization? Not by simply doing another engagement survey, but actually using that data to measure true connection and engagement, and its impact on the bottom line? What role should HR metrics and HR analytics play in all of this?

    Now more than ever, you need to connect with your workforce to create engagement, motivate key talent, retain millennials and deliver on your bottom line. In this session, you’ll learn how to use employee engagement survey data to create meaningful metrics and measurements for your organization. You’ll also see how to instantly implement these solutions, with a live example of how to create a responsible engagement culture at your company.

    You will discover how to leverage HR Big Data and HR analytics to gain deeper insights into what’s driving employee engagement, and how HR can use the levers at its disposal to boost engagement levels, staff retention, and key performance indicators. We will demonstrate how to apply several MS Excel functions on your existing big data, allowing you to begin doing simple HR analytics when you get back to your office! 

    Speakers:
     Optional 
    3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    What to Do When: A Practical Guide to Navigating Legally Complex Employee Issues
    HR professionals are faced with challenging and complex employee issues on a daily basis, such as pay equity, leaves of absence, requests for accommodation, use of social media, political disagreements, and the use of medical marijuana, just to name a few. Knowing "what to do when" can be difficult for even the most seasoned HR professional. This highly interactive program is designed for people who juggle the high-stakes responsibilities of human resources every day - from hiring and firing, leaves of absence, addressing workplace disputes, and complaints of discrimination or harassment. We will provide the latest laws and best practices to help you navigate through these areas by applying them to real-world scenarios. This program will consist almost entirely of practical and hypothetical examples designed to encourage audience participation.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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    7:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Breakfast
    Join your peers and exhibitors for breakfast in the Nauset Center!
     Optional 
     

    Registration

    7:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Check-In
     Optional 
     

    Breakout

    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Repeal, Replace, or Remodel? What to Expect When You’re Expecting Changes to the ACA -Repeat Session

    The Better Care Reconciliation Act. The American Health Care Act. The Affordable Care Act. Where are we now? Understanding what has changed and what has not changed about the ACA is crucial to managing your health plan compliance in 2017 and beyond. What else will change, and when, may be a moving target for some time to come.

     

    HUB International’s President of Employee Benefits, Mim Minichiello, and HUB’s Compliance Attorney, Russell Denver, will discuss the status and the proposed changes of the repeal and replace legislation. You CAN survive employer and plan obligations under ACA, while at the same time complying with retooled elements. We’ll prepare you for the anticipated short and long-term impact of the Affordable Care Act.

     

    Take a moment, and make the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. 

     Optional 
    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Surviving an Incident of Violence at Work: Protecting Yourself and Your Employees!

    Successfully surviving a sudden incident of violence is 90% mental and 10% physical skill. This course focuses on the 90% mental, while concurrently providing skills to survive the 10% physical - as a last resort. This Surviving an Incident of Violence Course provides a solid foundation for gaining the skills necessary to prepare for “making good decisions in fractions of a second.” Ultimately, this session will develop the foundational skills to be able to develop an overall violence at work plan that is based on and guided by good, solid policy. This session brings highly critical and general skills in mastering the decision making process by providing participants with a solid understanding of both themselves and their opponent - “the bad guy”. In a business environment, the most important factors are recognizing signs of violence in advance and becoming proficient in de-escalation techniques and skills. We will also cover Practical Personal Defense designed to keep your employees safe while away from work via preparation for an incident of violence primarily through awareness, avoidance, and mental strength building. This material includes 100% practical, highly effective tactics and techniques, which are not dependent on what your opponent does. Finally, we will prepare you in the event of the worst case of a real violent encounter. This part is all about tactics!

    Participants will: 

    • Walk away with a mindset and thought process that will keep them safe both at work and home.
    • Learn and review tactics for developing a plan that is based on and guided by solid and consistent policy
    • Resources to help you prepare your employees and give them the absolute best chance to successfully navigate an incident.
     Optional 
     

    Keynote

    9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Broadcasting Happiness, Creating Success through Positive Engagement,

    "Best-selling author and researcher Michelle Gielan will share research-based strategies that will turn employees at all levels of your organization into influential leaders!

    Empower your organization with tools proven to:

    • Strategically drown out the toxicity of negative people
    • Strengthen a positive company culture and decrease attrition Cultivate a purpose-driven work place Improve communication clarity Encourage innovation"
     
    10:45 AM  -  12:30 PM
    Learning and Networking in the Nauset Center
    Join us in the Nauset Center for engaging learning and networking opportunities led by industry leaders and local professionals.
     

    Lunch

    12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM
    Lunch
    1:30 PM  -  2:00 PM
    Dessert with Exhibitors
     

    Breakout

    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    HR Learning & Development: Where Will We Go Next?

    Have you ever wondered what successful HR looks like in the future? Do you find yourself pondering the best ways to develop?  Dealing with macrotrends like the GIG economy, shifting labor forces, and the reintroduction of aging workers call for a nimble and agile form of HR.  During this session, Dr. Alexander Alonso, SHRM’s Senior Vice President for Knowledge Development & Certification, will describe ways in which the HR profession can focus development to address these trends and develop like other leaders.

     

    Attendees will be able to:

    • Define the key areas where development for HR leaders differs from development of other leaders.
    • Describe the key approaches to professional development that will close the gap.
    • Build a competency-based development plan geared toward global macro-economic trends in the future.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Jeopardy - The Do's and Don’ts of Background Screening and Compliance

    This session is fun and interactive way for participants to learn and refresh their knowledge regarding background screening and compliance through the game of Jeopardy. Categories will include FCRA Compliance - Background Checks, EEOC Guidance, Verifications, Drugs in the Workplace and Background Screening Potluck. Each topic will have 5 selections starting at 100 points and increasing to 500 points per topic. This session will be an interactive fun way for HR professionals to learn about the latest in background screening and drug testing.

    Participants will:

    • Walk away with an increased knowledge of background screening and drug screening processes
    • Review updates including FCRA compliance, Ban the Box legislation, gender equity laws impacting employment verifications, individualized assessments, drug testing changes, use of criminal history information in the hiring process, and more!
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Organizational Development on a Shoestring Budget - How to Gain Momentum and Reap Benefits!

    We have all been faced with internal growth challenges in the workplace. Have you ever said to yourself, ""things would be so much easier if only I could hire an OD expert”, but don’t have the budget to do so? In this highly interactive session, we’ll explore some key concepts and definitions of OD. You'll discover some simple steps to build your own movement in your organization, without having to hire an outside OD specialist.

    Participants will:

    • Learn a new way of thinking about organizational development.  
    • Discover a framework to help permeate their voice throughout the organization, and set the stage for a mindset shift amongst employees.
    • Come away with three strategies to help expand their sphere of influence throughout the organization, and be seen as an trusted internal change agent.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Becoming a Talent Driven Organization: Challenges and Victories when Changing Corporate Culture

    This session will describe one company’s journey to win the war on talent after surviving the 2008 recession. The lessons learned can be applied to any organization that has suffered through economic downturns. In 2015, Shawmut Design and Construction’s CEO shared a vision to become a “talent driven organization” in order to differentiate themselves from their competitors in the construction management industry. All HR processes were impacted as Shawmut shifted to a talent-driven culture. Initially, they considered taking a phased approach, where they would change only one or two processes a year. In the end, they decided to “rip off the Band-Aid” and change everything in one fiscal year! As a result, this change process contributed to the Company’s being named #50 in Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Medium Workplaces for 2016. In this session, Kathleen Gallanar and Michelle LeFleur will share how the Shawmut team moved this vision from concept to reality. The topics discussed will include how the team succeeded in: Creating and communicating an empowering talent philosophy and vision Simplifying their annual talent cycle Identifying priorities including flex-work and diversity and inclusion Developing talent driven skills amongst their employees Leading organizational change

    Participants will:

    • Discover how to hold senior leaders accountable in order to make this change in culture a success.  
    • Learn how to apply an organizational change model:  Frame, Engage, Design, Enable, Sustain, (FEDES) helped Shawmut to drive the change and keep momentum going
     Optional  Closed 
    3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    How Does Student Loan Debt Affect Employees Across Generations? Strategies to Help Employees

    Figuring out how to pay for college is an ongoing and complex process. For young professionals who recently graduated from college, this process likely involves repaying student loans from undergraduate study and contemplating the best ways to pay for graduate school. For mid-career professionals, this process may involve repaying student loans from undergraduate and/or graduate study, and potentially figuring out the best way to save for college for their school-aged children. Mature professionals are often concerned with figuring out how to pay for their high-school graduating children's college, or managing finances to keep them enrolled once they matriculate. As college costs have risen at a much greater rate than inflation, and as student loan debt has exceeded 1 trillion dollars, figuring out how to pay for college is a significant concern for employees across all industries. This session will demonstrate the different ways employees can pay for college before enrollment, during college, and after graduation. Did you know you can you get free money for college by not going to college? What are employers doing to assist employees with student loan repayment? How do you get a free room on campus? Can you have a student loan bill of ZERO DOLLARS a month? What are states doing to provide employers an incentive to include student loan repayment as an employee benefit? How can employees who work at a non-profit organization have their loans forgiven? In this highly interactive session, attendees will engage with each other and the session leader to answer these and many other questions.

    Participants will:

    • Learn practical tips and techniques to successfully engage all generations of employees on the topics of student loan repayment and saving for college
    • Learn how to take passive employees holding student loans and transition them to active, fully engaged and empowered employees who proactively seek out the best options and strategies to save for college, to pay for college, and to manage student loan debt effectively.  
    • Leave with ideas of what their organizations can do to support employees

     

    Speakers:
     Optional 
    3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Off Ramping and On Ramping: How Organizations Can Support Women Leaders During Key Transitions

    The working Mom- A phrase that refers to Career Committed Mothers and what has become a known “brand”. There’s been research done and resources developed to highlight the work life balance and other needs of the working mom. Despite this, there are constant concerns felt by women around the perception of a working mom and the impact that these perceptions may have on career development and professional success. Our workshop will focus on the organizational solutions and best practices that support working mothers through challenging transitions, ensuring that their growth and advancement. Be ready to explore data that supports these needs, review working mother trends, and analyze the business case and strategies for retaining working mothers.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Describe the organizational investment necessary to retain and advance women leaders during key career transitions.
    • Identify talent development gaps in your organization, specifically for women leaders.
    • Deploy some best practices to create and sustain a culture that supports well-being, work-life balance, and growth and development for working mothers during key career transition.
     Optional 
     

    Reception

    4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM
    Reception in the Nauset center
    Join us in the Nauset Center for a great chance to meet other attendees, exhibitors, and Speakers.
     
    6:00 PM  -  9:00 PM
    Welcome Party!
    Join us in the Ballroom for our annual welcome party, sponsored by Hays Companies!
  • Thursday, September 28, 2017
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    Sunrise Connections

    6:30 AM  -  7:30 AM
    Beachfront Yoga
    Please note this class will take place on the poolside deck. A limited number of mats or towels are available for those who do not have one; but we ask if you have one, to please bring it.
     Optional 
    6:30 AM  -  7:30 AM
    Rise & Shine - A Mindful Start to Your Day

    Mindfulness practices have been proven to increase focus and decrease stress. Join us for a Morning Mindfulness and Meditation session designed to support you in:

     

    • Placing your Attention on your Intention
    • Practicing Moment to Moment Awareness
    • Experiencing a Guided Meditation
     Optional 
     
    7:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Breakfast in the Nauset Center
     

    Breakout

    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Lessons from the Gig Economy: A Briefing for the HR Professional
    The gig economy is here to stay - 34% of the world's workforce is part of this movement -- creating a whole new class of independent workers adept at self-promotion and managing their own careers outside of traditional corporations. Gig workers’ success, day-to-day and month-to-month, depends upon their ability to attract and maintain good “clients” or “customers” on labor platforms like Upwork, Uber, Mechanicalturk and Leadvine. There are many benefits to the traditional corporate model of employment, which can allow workers to focus more on longer-term projects and on building a loyal, productive relationship with a company over time. But it can also result in career complacency that does not serve anyone’s needs -- not the company and not the individual. In this session, a senior corporate HR Professional and a solo HR Lawyer will join forces to educate participants on the online labor market, exploring the mechanics of how it works, highlighting effective strategies that gig workers us, and helping participants understand the mindset that results from a life outside of corporate employment. We will also explore the role of the HR professional in uniting the two worlds. We will engage in activities that allow us to understand what the gig economy has to offer to our corporations. We want to be mindful of training ourselves and our employees to rethink the value we add as employees to our organizations with this competitive challenge. We will close with best practices for applying gig worker principles to the management of both gig workers and corporate employees. " Participants will: Gain insight on evaluating job candidates from the gig economy Discover how to manage a hybrid workforce of employees and gig workers Assist in nurturing valuable gig economy characteristics in traditional employees
     Optional 
    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Living Intentionally: How To Not Lose Yourself in The Daily Shuffle of Life

    When you woke up today, how did you feel? Were you excited and just couldn't wait to get going? Or, were you like many other people “preparing and getting ready for the same thing“ just on a different day? Are you surviving or thriving? Are your circumstances being dictated to you or are you choosing to live Intentionally? These are just a few of the questions Amy will cover with participants as she shares the process she calls "Building Your Home", which focuses on bringing balance to you and your family. Creating Intentions is nothing new. But taking time to be Intentional every day can be a challenge. Having the time to not only think about your Intentions but plan how you will implement them. But what process do you use? How do you keep up with it each day? Imagine waking up in the morning and giving yourself a few minutes to set your actions for the day. Imagine knowing the direction you want to be heading and setting your own agenda on what is important for you versus urgent for others. Imagine making decisions based on whether they are GROWTH opportunities for you, helping you to move toward your positive direction or if they are DEPLETING ones that will take you away from yourself and the direction you want to be headed. Imagine living your best life, intentionally. Living Intentionally has less to do with perfect planning than your willingness to take action, take a risk and unleash your inner Warrior and rediscover who you truly are. During this Workshop, Amy will discuss and share stories to help you with your own empowerment, self-motivation, and overall success - how you define it.

    Paricipants will:

    • Have a greater understanding of who you are as a person, and how you want to show up each day
    • Learn how you can take your intentions and turn them into action! It's about taking those first steps and that's what you will do.
    Speakers:
     Optional  Closed 
    9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Can “Soft” Leadership Create Hard Results? Discover the 5 Skills that Build the Bottom Line

    As more Millennials enter the workforce demanding a meaningful work experience, a leader’s ability to build relationships, inspire and motivate becomes even more critical. While skills such as time management, planning and problem-solving are still important, studies show that it’s actually the softer leadership skills—such as communication, appreciation and interpersonal skills—that are creating results in the workforce today. As employee priorities evolve, so too must leadership. In a day where companies compete to be included in the “best places to work,” the skills required to be a great leader are not the skills of your father—or even your big brother. If companies want to attract and retain top-notch talent, they must enhance their focus on employee development and fulfillment at work, which begins with effective leadership. In this session, Dr. Lisa Aldisert explores how “soft” leadership skills lead to bottom-line results, more engaged employees, and higher productivity in the workplace. She identifies how multi-generational workforce trends are driving leadership focused on people, relationships, personal motivators, and value. Dr. Aldisert describes the five soft leadership skills that affect the bottom line the most directly—Emotional Intelligence, Communication Skills, Coaching Skills, Interpersonal Skills and Appreciating Others—giving practical examples and ideas on how to measure and improve these critical skills. She also explores how these five skills can be applied for heightened effectiveness, productivity and results—making you a better leader and a better person. During the session, audience members will break into small groups to explore the concepts presented, and report back to the group with answers and ideas.

     

    Participants will:

    • Understand the generational preferences that have created the need for soft leadership skills 
      Be able to identify the five soft skills needed in today’s changing workplace—and how they apply to the leader personally
    • Receive ideas and methods for practicing these five skills in own leadership on the job
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM
    If You Can’t See Them, How Do You Know They Are Working? How to Enable Distributed Teams

    An engaging learn-by-doing workshop, this session provides participants the opportunity to walk through elements of a multi-modal communication plan and prepare to create one. Most employees do not come into to same building at the same time each day. With a plethora tools and technology, and the strong desire for work/life balance, formal or informal distributed teams are now the norm for many companies. In addition, congested traffic has created long frustrating commutes - even if employees don't live that far away! While technology has provided employees the ability to work anytime and anywhere, many leaders are still concerned with "how do I know they are working if I can't see them?", and virtual team projects often fail due to inadequate communications. This session will help your HR team as they focus on building leadership competencies of Organizational Effectiveness, Communication, and Managing Effective Teams. A strong communication plan helps leaders set expectations and successfully orchestrate a diverse group of employees from millennials to boomers, distributed in-house to remote. It also eliminates uncertainty, ensures standardization of business process and promotes inclusion and ensures remote workers get what they need to stay connected with their team and company.

    Particiapnts will: 

    • Be equipped with new ideas and tools that can be used immediately, and be ready to fully apply and share concepts they have learned
    • Have access to the communication plan workshop training deck, template and other communication strategies to bring back to their companies and share with team leaders.  
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM
    What to Do When: A Practical Guide to Navigating Legally Complex Employee Issues (Repeat Session)
    HR professionals are faced with challenging and complex employee issues on a daily basis, such as pay equity, leaves of absence, requests for accommodation, use of social media, political disagreements, and the use of medical marijuana, just to name a few. Knowing "what to do when" can be difficult for even the most seasoned HR professional. This highly interactive program is designed for people who juggle the high-stakes responsibilities of human resources every day - from hiring and firing, leaves of absence, addressing workplace disputes, and complaints of discrimination or harassment. We will provide the latest laws and best practices to help you navigate through these areas by applying them to real-world scenarios. This program will consist almost entirely of practical and hypothetical examples designed to encourage audience participation.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Massachusetts Pay Equity Panel
    The MA Pay Equity Act goes into effect on July 1, 2018. It may seem like you have plenty of time to push this to the back of your desk, but actually, there is a lot of work you can and should do now in anticipation of that effective date. This panel will cover the following issues: Questions employers can and cannot ask in the hiring process as to pay history and verification Assessing comparable work across functional areas The limited scenarios in which variations in wages are acceptable Steps employers can take now to protect an organization once the law takes effect The role of Human Resources, compensation specialists, and managers in communicating about compensation and avoiding retaliation under the law
     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Organizational Transformation from the Inside Out

    Culture change is not easy. However, we all know that culture eats strategy for breakfast! If a company’s culture is not aligned with their strategy, it will not succeed. So how do you drive culture transformation and what role does HR play? This session will walk through the steps PTC, a technology solutions company, has taken to successfully drive a multi-year culture transformation initiative. The session will include a mix of interactive activities, group discussion, and sharing of best practices and lessons learned. The emphasis will be on practical steps, tools, and metrics that participants can use in leading change efforts in their organizations.

    Participants will: 

    • Learn about PTC's methodology for driving change
    • Hear about key initiatives that were most successful
    • Discover how PTC measured change readiness throughout the journey, and inspired and empowered employees to be the change! 
     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  11:45 AM
    The Next Baby Boom in the Workplace: The Millennials Become Parents
    After years of putting off marriage and children, the men and women of Generation Y are starting to become parents en masse, with about 9,000 babies born to Millennials in the U.S. each day. These young parents differ from previous generations in their approach to gender roles and combining work and family in ways that workplaces sometimes find perplexing. Because of their later start as parents, they have also attained roles of greater responsibility and influence in the workplace, impacting both their needs and their expectations. How can organizations help support their employees (both men and women) as they navigate through this challenging transition phase in their lives? Jennifer Sabatini Fraone of the Boston College Center for Work & Family will provide an overview of the latest research and trends on Millennial parents and paid parental leave, including new research from a 2016 report on Millennial Dads. Tina Wiskow, Director of Global Wellness at John Hancock and Kara Cronin, Director of Work Life Strategies at Shawmut Design and Construction will share their organizations' comprehensive approaches to supporting new parents through this transition and working to retain them over the long term. Participants will: Understand the implications of current demographics and trends in parenting on the workplace and how companies are responding Learn what progressive employers in two very different industries are doing to anticipate the needs of their new parents and provide the supports necessary to assist them through this major life transition Examine the business rationale/ business case for undertaking such programs and services for employees Participate in an interactive group discussion of innovative ideas or initiatives that can be developed to support new parents
     Optional 
     

    Lunch

    12:15 PM  -  1:30 PM
    Annual Awards Lunch
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Dessert in the Nauset Center
     

    Breakout

    3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Repeal, Replace, or Remodel? What to Expect When You’re Expecting Changes to the ACA Repeat Session

    The Better Care Reconciliation Act. The American Health Care Act. The Affordable Care Act. Where are we now? Understanding what has changed and what has not changed about the ACA is crucial to managing your health plan compliance in 2017 and beyond. What else will change, and when, may be a moving target for some time to come.

     

    HUB International’s President of Employee Benefits, Mim Minichiello, and HUB’s Compliance Attorney, Russell Denver, will discuss the status and the proposed changes of the repeal and replace legislation. You CAN survive employer and plan obligations under ACA, while at the same time complying with retooled elements. We’ll prepare you for the anticipated short and long-term impact of the Affordable Care Act.

     

    Take a moment, and make the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. 

     Optional 
    3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    So the Employee Development Plans are Written… Now What?

    This engaging session will cover how to connect development plans to the overall performance review cycle and the overall business strategy; how to write development plans for maximum action and impact, and best practices for ensuring development plans are implemented, with a focus on accountability.

    Participants will:

    • Discover how to hold senior leaders accountable in order to make this change in culture a success.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Unconscious Bias & HR: A Theatrical Experience

    Using interactive theater as the modality, this session features professional actors bringing unconscious bias issues in the workplace to life. Using real-life scenarios, the team will illustrate unconscious bias, include and exclusive behavior, examples of diversity and inclusion best practices, and explore ways in which you can impact outcomes at your organization.

    IBIS’s Interactive Theater is a unique methodology which engages participants at a level that surpasses any conventional presentation format, immediately giving them identification with situations and characters. Participants connect with the characters, each other, and themselves in a way that is informative, illuminating, and non-threatening. It enables each audience member to make discoveries about their own unconscious biases and beliefs about how others operate, and opens their minds to different ways of interacting.

    The scenarios and activities are designed to help you:

    • Diagnose challenging situations and explore options for productive, high-impact interventions you can make as HR leaders. Recognize ways in which your own thinking, unconscious biases, and behaviors can foster or inhibit a diverse and inclusive workplace.
    • Identify and practice alternative strategies for moving an organization along the D&I maturity framework.

    Participants Will:

    • Learn about key inflection points: moments in recruitment, hiring, career development, and performance management where they have the opportunities to make a difference from a D&I perspective
    • Come away with strategies such as using behavioral interviewing techniques to ensure bias-free interviewing, reviewing job descriptions for key competencies and not just generic skills, as well as tips for reviewing resumes
     Optional 
     

    Keynote

    4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
    The 9 Faces of HR!
    You’ve heard the buzzwords surrounding becoming a great HR leader.  Get a seat at the table.  Get strategic.  Know the business.     Sounds great, right?  Not so fast, my friend.     In this keynote session, Kris Dunn (CHRO at Kinetix and the founder of the widely-read blogs The HR Capitalist & Fistful of Talent) and Dawn Burke (VP of Talent for Daxko) are going to pitch you a hard, yet compelling reality that every HR professional on the planet can be classified as one of 9 Faces.    Millions of HR pros, 9 total faces or personas.  Some of them can know the business, get strategic and find the seat.  Others can’t.  Kris and Dawn will look out on the HR landscape and profile the 9 Faces of HR pros in existence today, complete with comparisons to Hollywood, the Jackson family, TMZ, Silicon Valley and of course, Van Halen.      

    How does the system work?  Join us and Kris and Dawn will break down their system for you, characterized by two non-negotiable factors in the unique 9 Faces model:   
    1. The career level and subject matter expertise held by the HR Pro in question (this is what you’re used to); and;   
    2.  The HR pro’s behavioral capability towards adding true value and driving change in the organizations they serve (what no one has ever told HR pros “focused on items like cognitive speed, assertiveness,  sensitivity and rules/detail/team orientation).   

    The result?  HR pros with the same career experience and subject matter expertise occupy radically different faces/personas One HR pro can easily be tagged a ‘Cop’, while another HR pro with a similar career level and subject matter expertise is tagged an ‘Assassin’.  In addition to breaking down each of the 9 Faces of HR, Kris and Dawn will break down the career tracks for each face, what behavioral markers make you an assassin instead of a cop,  what the ROI for each face is from a business and career perspective, macro-trends are driving the behavior and market demand for each face and what to do if you don’t believe the face you actually are.   Which face are you? Which one do you want to be?  Join us and let’s profile the HR pros you love, and some of the ones you don’t.
     
    5:15 PM  -  6:30 PM
    Speed Networking Reception
    Back for 2017 – our popular Speed Networking session! Based on the concept of ‘speed dating’, you’ll complete a profile regarding your topics of interests and areas of expertise, and our facilitator, SpeedNetworking.com will match you with intentionally with several people of interest. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with each for a few minutes in a relaxed environment while enjoying a drink and appetizers! *Please note: space is limited for this reception, and does require advance registration. Onsite registration will not be available,
     Optional  Closed 
    6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM
    Shore Dinner

    Join your fellow NEHRA members for a wonderful private Clambake. Enjoy 1 1/2 pound Maine Lobster, Local Steamer Clams, East Coast Mussels, Chorizo Sausage, Sweet Corn on the Cobb and Poached Baby Potatoes. Clambake is enhanced by Fresh Baked Corn Bread, Cape Clam Chowder, Angus Burgers & Jumbo All Beef Hot Dogs with Fixings, Garden Salad & Caesar Salad, BBQ Roasted Free Range Chicken, Sliced Summer Fruit Platters, Just Baked Warm Cookies, Iced Tea, Lemonade. 

     This event is being offered and run by the Sea Crest hotel, please click here to reserve your spot. 

     Optional  Closed 
    6:30 PM  -  10:00 PM
    Dinner on Own
  • Friday, September 29, 2017
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    Sunrise Connections

    6:30 AM  -  7:30 AM
    Beachfront Yoga
    Please note this class will take place on the poolside deck. A limited number of mats or towels are available for those who do not have one; but we ask if you have one, to please bring it.
     Optional 
    6:30 AM  -  7:30 AM
    Rise & Shine - A Mindful Start to Your Day

    Mindfulness practices have been proven to increase focus and decrease stress. Join us for a Morning Mindfulness and Meditation session designed to support you in:

     

    • Placing your Attention on your Intention
    • Practicing Moment to Moment Awareness
    • Experiencing a Guided Meditation
     Optional 
     
    7:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Breakfast in the Nauset Center
     

    Breakout

    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Building a Skills-Based Volunteering Program to Develop an Engaged and Prdouctive Workforce

    Two of the private sector’s biggest HR challenges are employee engagement and leadership development. The rise of the purpose-driven professional and increased corporate demand for qualified leadership present new challenges and opportunities for executives looking to recruit, develop and retain an engaged and productive workforce. Skills-based volunteering is one of the most effective solutions to building leadership and talent, while delivering on employee desires to put their business skills to work in the community. These engagements knit together cross-sector expertise and create an entirely new set of multi-sector competencies. While the business case is compelling, building a talent development program takes significant investment and coordination across a company’s leadership as well as thoughtful partnership with nonprofits. In this interactive session, Common Impact and its partner John Hancock will share proven models of volunteer engagement, and facilitate a dynamic dialogue that informs and empowers HR leaders across industries how to overcome barriers and make the business case to develop their own programs.

    Participants will leave with:

    • A snapshot of the business case, including key industry publications and statistics that will help build internal leadership support and buy-in for these programs 
    • A framework for designing and developing a community-based talent development program that is customizable to your employee engagement and leadership development goals, company size and work culture 
    • A toolkit to actively measure the results of these programs along the dimensions of employee engagement, talent development and volunteer impact 
    • A close network of peers who can provide live support as participants go back to your office and develop their programs! 
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Total Rewards Trends in 2017 and How They Impact Your Organization

    Knowing how your compensation practices stack up against your peer organizations is critical. There are many compensation programs, practices, and trends that constantly change and have a profound impact on your organization. The Compensation and HR Group (CHRG) has conducted several Compensation and HR Surveys to capture these trends and best practices. Our team of compensation experts then analyzes and presents this information in an easily digestible format. This session dives into the most relevant and compelling points from these surveys that will influence compensation in the future. Compensation is typically the largest expense for any organization, therefore, placing a significant focus on plans and programs is essential.

    During the session we will review how various organizations are allocating and spending their money, including hiring trends, turnover and benefits. We will also review the Massachusetts Pay Equity Act, and how HR professionals can prepare their organizations for this groundbreaking legislation. We will explore how to conduct a pay equity analysis to protect your organization from legal action.

    Participants will:

    • Learn how their peers are implementing and executing key compensation plans and programs
    • Discover how other organizations are allocating total rewards programs in 2017, including increased budgets, benefits, and hiring practices
    • Hear about strategies deployed in delivering pay for performance programs
    Speakers:
     Optional  Closed 
    9:15 AM  -  10:15 AM
    Financial Courage: What is it and How is it Affecting Your Workforce

    Did you know that on average 13 hours of an employee’s working hours per month is spent addressing or worrying about financial-related issues or decisions? In this session we will present recent findings from Mercer’s Inside Employee’s Minds survey on Financial Wellness that address the true cost of financial stress for employees and their employers as well as the psychology and behavioral science of addressing engagement challenges. We will demonstrate the ubiquity of the Financial Wellness issue across all employee groups and provide a step-by-step roadmap for incorporating Financial Wellness programs into your total wellbeing and rewards strategies. From traditional retirement readiness to more recent trends in addressing student debt concerns, we believe employers will play an ever-increasing role in the establishing the financial wellness behaviors that will drive outcomes from presenteeism and productivity to more effective workforce management and recruiting. We’ll look at lessons learned from the more established (physical) health wellness sector with best practices and emerging tools that will change the way we think and act towards financial health.

    Participants will: 

    • Leave this session with a much clearer understanding of the current working definitions of Financial Wellness and several emerging employer best practices in benefit and program design
    • Receive insights from recently published data in Mercer’s proprietary 'Inside Employee’s Minds' Financial Wellness national survey and delve deeper into the psychology of employee engagement on this topic
    • Walk away with a roadmap from which to develop their own unique approach to financial wellness within their organizations with actionable steps and suggestions
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:15 AM
    Stick-ability –Critical Success Factors to Make Your Leadership Development Programs Stick

    In this interactive presentation, we will identify 5 critical success factors for making development programs stick. We will use a Leadership Development Program (LDP) that has stayed relevant and current for over five years and has over 80 graduates as the backdrop for making things stick. The critical success factors are:

    1. Building 2-level sponsorship – truly involving senior leadership and making sure the appropriate participants attend.  We will discuss how the senior leaders makes an impact at the beginning, during and at the end of the program.  We will include key learnings on the cachet of using a nomination approach to participation. 

    2. Engaging in “Leader Exchanges” – introducing and illustrating the concept of a “Leader Exchange” whereby a senior leader gives a practical, “how I do it” view of leadership capability. We will show how Northeastern has used leader exchanges with participants to build a common language of leadership.

    3. Creating accountability for personal development - showing a structured coaching approach grounded in practical application, self-awareness and development planning that has value for the person, their manager and the organization.

    4. Fostering manager involvement – discussing how to ensure manager involvement so participants focus on real development items and are supported.  

    5. Using the graduate cohort to apply development learnings and get things done – showing how the Northeastern LDP built a common leadership language and a sense of trust in the program so participants could take “LDP” actions into the real work environment.  We’ll also include how creating the right mix of people and building networks (both within the cohorts and across all graduates) builds the stickiness of an LDP.

    We will present each critical success factor in a practical, conversational manner with tips and lessons learned. The presentation will include real material used in the LDP. We’ll toss in a war story or two that the audience will relate to. 

    Participants will: 
    Receive a takeaway sheet of the critical success factors
    Get practical tips on how to implement the critical success factors
    See live examples of the success factors
     
     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:15 AM
    You Hate Your Managers - So Let's Get Rid of Them (and replace them with Coaches)!
    By now you’ve heard the advice the “experts” are giving you – you should kill the performance review.  You could do that, but consider this – a recent study by CEB shows that across companies who have eliminated the performance review, managers actually coach less, delivering a 14% drop in manager/employee conversation quality and a 6% drop in engagement.
     
    That means the problem isn’t necessarily the review – it’s the managers.  This session will give you the blueprint to create better coaches across your organization, focusing on these key takeaways:
    Better Goal Setting - Is this Russia, Danny? They didn’t think so, so Kris and Dawn will show you a better way to engage employees in your goal setting process over simply telling them what to do.
    Coaching Models – The first person to speak loses.  Most of your managers are waaaay to directive when it comes to coaching.  KD and Dawn will intro a simple coaching model that mandates the manager stop talking at least 2 times in a two-minute stretch. Good times.
    Good vs Great – Whatever your rating scale, the best managers of people approach performance feedback in a way that transcends a number or a tag – they make the employee in front of them believe they’re interested in making them great.  Our crew will show you how good/great contrast is the key to any performance review session.
    Career Agency – The best managers of people aren’t just managers or even coaches.  They’re promoters of talent who create trust by looking at every performance component through the lens of the employee.  Kris and Dawn will wrap up this session by sharing 4 things that all great managers do on weekly basis to create this vibe.
     
    BONUS – multiple pop culture references, including Lady Gaga, Roger Goodell memes and a quick analysis of the pros and cons of the Trump handshake.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Diverse & Dispersed: Overcoming Employee Wellness Challenges

    Creating behavior change in a diverse and dispersed population requires an innovative wellness strategy. In this session, you will get the details behind the research study that Wellness Workdays is conducting with Harvard University and BJ's Wholesale Club, and find out how you can use a similar approach at your organization. Zirui Song, a physician and health economist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Christine Durkee, VP of HR Operations at BJ's Wholesale Club; and Debra Wein, CEO of Wellness Workdays, will describe the ongoing research study, the strategy behind the initiative, the wellness program and the results to date.Attendees will be asked to determine the overall barriers they might face when targeting this type of population, and will be tasked with developing viable solutions before the speakers present the actual data and facts. The session will wrap up with a discussion of best practices for engaging diverse and dispersed employees in behavior change, the obstacles that have been overcome and the lessons learned.

    Participants will:

    • Learn how to develop a custom wellness strategy that targets a diverse and dispersed population, while implementing best practices that promote behavior change
    • Discover critical steps that need to be taken to create programs that will successfully engage employees
     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Ocean State Job Lot's Journey to Becoming an Employer of Choice
    Ocean State Job Lot, a 40 year old private retailer based in Rhode Island made a bold commitment in 2015 to become an employer of choice. Learn the strategy and execution that was needed to become a 2017 Forbes Best Midsized Employer. Although there is a long way to go, Ocean State leaders will share their experience and lessons learned along the journey. Participants will walk away with 6 proven imperatives for success, including leadership alignment, shared goals starting at the top, taking on a customer service mindset both internally and externally, discovering the "TREAT" alignment on mission, vision, and values, open and honest 2-way communication, and internal branding and communication strategies. We will also discuss how to ensure employees feel aligned with the organization's mission, vision and values, and that they have the opportunity to learn and are recognized for their effort and results.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
     

    Keynote

    12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
    Building a Culture of Resilience Through Motivational Intelligence

    During this entertaining and thought-provoking session, the audience will learn how to use motivational intelligence to take control of their thoughts, feelings, and attitudes, how to deploy emotions to resolve conflict instead of escalating it, how to defeat the negative effects of stress, and how to keep fear from hijacking the brain.

     We will learn how critical thinking and sound emotional intelligence during times of pressure and stress can lead to high-performing teams that thrive through strong working relationships, effective communication, motivating leadership, trust, respect and collaboration. Participants will walk away with simple action steps that produce immediate results.

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