HR Conference – October 25, Hosted by BRCC and EMDC

This conference provides business owners and others who manage human resource with the tools they need to do so successfully!  This annual event attracts a variety of attendees from small business owners, to HR managers to directors of non-profits.   Topics include hiring and retaining employees, how to administer performance reviews and creating a positive culture in the workplace.  The event is kicked off with the Chambers Early Bird Breakfast followed by break-out sessions and wraps up with a Q&A session.  Attendance ranges from 100 to 200 people.   The cost to attend the conference is an affordable $100.00 that includes breakfast and lunch.    

Presenting Sponsor:  

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 7AM – 2PM
Hilton Garden Inn, Bangor


7:00 – 7:30  Networking

7:30 – 9:00  Early Bird Breakfast

“The Multi-generational Workforce – Making it Work in Your Workplace”

David Pease, Senior VP and Director of Human Resources for Bangor Savings Bank

Millennials will be 75% of the workforce by 2025 – it’s time to fully immerse them into our organizations and stop defining them as “different”.  David will share lessons learned from his experience as a human resources leader to help you successfully navigate the complexities and embrace the opportunities when attracting, managing and coaching multi-generations in your workplace.


9:00 – 9:30 Networking Break

9:30 – 10:30 Session 1 (Choice of one)

  • #1 Hiring Do’s and Dont’s
    Anne Marie Storey, Esq., Rudman Winchell Attorneys at Law
    The hiring process is one of the most important aspects of a business or organization, but the potential pitfalls in the process are often misunderstood or overlooked.   Attend this session to learn what you can do, what you should do, what you cannot do, and how to improve your chances for making the “right” (and lawful) hire.
  • #2 How to improve morale and reduce conflict
    Jonie Dunivan, Wayfair and Ginger Green, Ward Green Group
    Creating an atmosphere where people enjoy coming to work is critical to attracting and retaining the best employees, especially in a competitive job market.  But, no matter how hard you try to create a positive culture, conflicts will occur.  Attend this session for some new ideas to improve your culture and to reduce and manage conflict.
  • #3 Beyond the performance review—creating a culture of coaching!
    Natalie Brown, Director of HR for Eastern Maine Development Corporation
    Performance Reviews are broken and widely despised by both managers and employees alike.  Join us as we discuss best practices and emerging trends in the Performance Feedback space, including, dare we even say it….eliminating it entirely!  We’ll discuss ways you can increase the feedback and coaching acumen of your business so that you are able to actually motivate your employees and see real results.

10:30 – 10:45 BREAK

10:45 – 11:45 Session 2 (Choice of one)

  • #1 Employee Relations – Top 10 things to know about hiring, retaining and letting them go
    Sarah Newell, Eaton Peabody
    As a HR manager you deal with all sorts of employee questions, challenges, opportunities and issues.  Whether you are onboarding a new employee, coaching them to success or letting them go, this session will provide you with the tools to help you make the best decisions and follow best practices when it comes to managing your employees.
  • #2 Conduct a great interview: Tools for success and preserving applicant dignity
    Mike Brown, E.J. Prescott
    Effective interviewing helps you discover the knowledge, character, and goals of those wishing to join your team. Truly great interviewing allows this to happen while preserving the respect and dignity of all applicants. We’ll discuss overlooked sources of information, including body language, attire, handwriting, and conversations with previous employers.  We’ll also discuss just what it means to treat applicants with dignity and respect whether they become your employee or not.
  • #3 Why encouraging workplace wellness is good for your bottom line
    Elizabeth Clayton, EMHS and Paige Wilcox, Wilcox Wellness & Fitness
    We’ve all heard about the importance of wellness programs in the workplace.  But what does that really look like and why does it matter?   Our speakers will offer their expertise on this subject including examples of ways companies of every shape and size can make “wellness” part of their culture and the positive impact it can have to employees and to your bottom line!

12:00 – 1:00 PM LUNCH 
– Sponsored by:

1:00 – 2:00 PM Q&A – HR Panel facilitated by Deb Neuman



David Pease, Bangor Savings Bank

David Pease is Senior Vice President – Director of Human Resources at Bangor Savings Bank. His HR career spans 30 years in business, nonprofit, healthcare, academia and corporate America. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member in Thomas College’s graduate school. David views human resources as a transformational driver in an organization’s strategy, culture and performance. He has a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Lesley University. David also has the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and the Senior Certified Professional (SCP-SHRM) national designations. David is the former State Director of Maine SHRM and received the distinguished Maine HR Leader of the Year award. He is a frequent speaker at state and national conferences. David serves as mentor and coach to numerous professionals in all stages of their career.


Ginger Ward-Green, WardGreen Group

Ginger Ward-Green co-owns the WardGreen Group, a Bangor based training, management consulting and coaching business.  With over 25 years in the “people development business”, she is an experienced trainer, facilitator and coach and has worked with individuals and groups on many different issues related to improving individual and organizational effectiveness.  She is especially interested in helping people develop confidence and skills related to leadership, team effectiveness, managing conflict and change, and managerial courage.  Ginger is a Master Life Coach certified with the Martha Beck Institute, a certified trainer of Power & System’s Organization Workshop simulation and a long-standing member of the NTL Institute.

Ann Marie Storey

Rudman Winchell

Anne-Marie L. Storey, practices employment law, including general advising of employers, litigation, administrative actions, trainings, and workers’ compensation.  Anne- Marie is a frequent speaker to human resource professionals and other groups on employment related topics, including the Northern New England Law Publishers Comp Summit, which focuses on workers’ compensation in Maine, and the Maine HR Convention, Maine’s largest human resources convention.  She is also a repeat presenter for the Maine State Bar Association’s Bridging the Gap and Legal Year in Review programs


Natalie Brown

Eastern Maine Development Corporation

Natalie Brown, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, brings a wealth of Strategic HR and Organizational Development (OD) experience gained from nearly 15 years through the HR and OD environments. Her experience spans public and privately held organizations, most recently working in the Non-Profit sector, and she has also worked in both Union and Non-Union environments within industries spanning from Construction and Materials to cutting edge Tech & Healthcare Information Management and thoroughly understands the nuances and challenges of working in any of these spaces.


Sarah E. Newell, Eaton Peabody

Sarah Newell represents employers in the private, nonprofit and public sectors and her practice is focused on employment and labor law. She assists clients with a broad range of issues including wage & hour, sexual harassment, FMLA, employee discipline and discharge, discrimination, whistleblower actions, collective bargaining, contract administration, labor arbitration, and other employment and labor issues.  Sarah also investigates complaints of discrimination for employers, colleges, and universities on a regular basis. Prior to joining Eaton Peabody, Sarah served as State Office Representative to United States Senator Susan Collins. Sarah represented the Senator in Androscoggin, Oxford, and Franklin counties.


Mike Brown, E.J. Prescott, Inc.

Mike graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in Zoology, and has over 25 years of Human Resources experience, mainly in the construction industry. Mike has also worked independently as a trainer, providing safety, leadership and management training to the construction industry.  Over his career, Mike has interviewed roughly 6,000 applicants and hired about 600 new employees, with a six-month retention rate of over 80%. Mike is currently employed as the Director of Human Resources for E.J. Prescott, Inc., a Waterworks Distributor with 28 locations spread over nine states.


Paige Wilcox, Wilcox Wellness & Fitness

Paige Wilcox holds an MBA from the University of Maine.  In 2012, Paige and her husband, Mike opened Wilcox Wellness & Fitness with the mission of helping people enhance their lives by forming healthy habits they can sustain for a lifetime.  Wilcox Wellness & Fitness is a personal training facility offering private and group personal training.  Wilcox Wellness & Fitness supports their clients with all aspects of living a healthy lifestyle movement, nutrition, and mindset.

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