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Carol Bergeron
Bergeron Associates
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Dr. Jackie Freiberg
GREAT Companies
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Thomas College
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Jim Edholm
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Carrie Zeisse
United Way of Greater Portland
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How to Develop a
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Leadership and Career Paths

Saturday, August 16, 2014 @ 10am

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Dr. Ed LiuX
Dr. Ed Liu

The Jackson Laboratory

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Dr. Liu is the president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory. Previously, he was the founding executive director of the Genome Institute of Singapore (2001-2011), and was the president of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO) from 2007-2013.

Between 1997 and 2001, he was the scientific director of the National Cancer Institute&;#039;s Division of Clinical Sciences in Bethesda, Md., where he was in charge of the intramural clinical translational science programs. From 1987 to 1996, Dr. Liu was a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was the director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Specialized Program of Research Excellence in Breast Cancer; the director of the Laboratory of Molecular Epidemiology at UNC’s School of Public Health; chief of Medical Genetics; and the chair of the Correlative Science Committee of the national cooperative clinical trials group, CALGB. Dr. Liu is an international expert in cancer biology, genomics, human genetics, molecular epidemiology and translational medicine.

Dr. Liu’s own scientific research has focused on the functional genomics of human cancers, particularly breast cancer, uncovering new oncogenes, and deciphering the dynamics of gene regulation on a genomic scale that modulate cancer biology. He has authored over 300 scientific papers and reviews, and co-authored two books. He obtained his B.S. in chemistry and psychology, as well as his M.D., at Stanford University.

He served his internship and residency at Washington University’s Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, followed by an oncology fellowship at Stanford. From 1982 to 1987 he was at the University of California, San Francisco, at the G.W. Hooper Foundation.


From HR to Legislature

Saturday, August 9, 2014 @ 10am

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Susan WasserottX
Susan Wasserott
Director of Legislative Affairs

Dept of Labor

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Susan worked in the Human Resources field for over 20 years after earning her Master’s degree in Human Resources Administration in 1990. After running for the State legislature, she became fascinated by the political world, in particular the operations of Maine state government.

In 2010, she was named the Legislative Aide for the state’s then-Speaker of the House. Late the following year, she joined the Maine Department of Labor as Director of Legislative Affairs. In that role, Susan serves as the Department’s liaison with the Maine Legislature and congressional delegation. She prepares legislation and testimony, testifies before legislative committees, serves as the Department’s Rulemaking Liaison, and coordinates resolution of constituent issues for legislators. Susan started her career in college admissions, interning for her alma mater, Wilkes University, and then working professionally at Widener University in Wilmington, DE.

Her extensive travel for those positions provided the foundation for her role at the Vanguard Group, where she traveled nationwide discussing financial products for employee’s retirement plan options. After thousands of miles and hundreds of flights, Susan transitioned to a Human Resources position at the Vanguard Group, where she worked as a Corporate Trainer before deciding to work full time on her Master’s degree. After graduating – and getting married – Susan became the first Human Resources Manager at Sathers, a brand new candy and food products company in Pennsylvania.

Upon moving to Maine in 1994, she worked in several HR leadership roles at Mid Coast Health Services in Brunswick, Maine. After her first run for the Maine Legislature in 2006, Susan started a cable television show called In My Backyard where she interviewed state and local leaders so citizens could see how legislative decisions made in Augusta affect their lives every day. The show aired on Bath Community Television for two seasons.

Susan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wilkes University, as well as a Master’s degree in Human Resources Administration from the University of Scranton. She is a graduate of Leadership Wilkes-Barre in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and Midcoast Maine Leadership Institute in Brunswick, Maine. While working in healthcare, she was a member of the Maine Society for Healthcare Human Resources Association, and she has served on the boards of the American Red Cross, Midcoast Maine Leadership Institute, and The Plant Home.



Dante VespignaniDante Vespignani

Career Assessment -

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Dante Vespignani has spent his entire career in the food and restaurant industry. Prior to starting Turma, Inc., he entered the business in 1973 with an Arby’s franchisee, growing the franchise to 21 restaurants with two full service concepts Tequila Junction and the Samari Steakhouse, Switching from franchise to company operations Vespignani held various senior management positions before leaving in 1993 as Director Operations NE United States, encompassing over 800 restaurants with 227 franchise groups. 


Prior to starting his own restaurant consulting firm he was the Director of Franchise Operations/Sales for a start up, full serve restaurant chain, growing that concept to over 100 restaurants. Turma, Inc., DBA The Entrepreneurs Source, evolved as a need based organization, bridging the gap for many franchise operators with different concepts, whose expertise was lacking in the areas of marketing, operations, P&L and cost analysis. Additionally, there was a need for his considerable consulting/coaching skills in mentoring would be business owners, thru the often muddy waters of business ownership. 


native of Pittsburgh, PA, he attended The Pennsylvania State University, Blanchard Training and Development, Management 2000 and various American Management Association courses. Married and now living outside Portland Maine, his business acumen and experience gives him a unique perspective of the models necessary to succeed in the New England market

Criminal Issues

Saturday, August 2, 2014 @ 10am

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Anne-Marie Storey


Anne-Marie Storey
Employment Atty.
Rudman Winchell


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Anne-Marie was born in New York City but grew up primarily in Virginia. She is a graduate of Middlebury College, after which she served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.
Anne-Marie then graduated cum laude from Vermont Law School, where she was a Notes Editor for the Vermont Law Review. Anne-Maries practice areas include Employment and Labor Law, Workers Compensation Law, and Legal Education for Clients. She is the immediate Past-President of the Maine State Bar Association and is a member of the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar Professional Ethics Commission.
Anne-Marie serves on the Board of Directors of the Maine Discovery Museum, the Bangor Y, and the Bangor Humane Society. She is also an ex officio member of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce and is a recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award from the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce. She is a frequent speaker to human resource professionals and other groups on employment related topics, and regularly contributes articles to various business-related publications including Thompsons HR Compliance Expert Newsletter.
She lives in Winterport with her husband, John Hamer, daughter Zoey, and their St. Bernard, Madeline. Bar Admissions Maine, 1995 U.S. District Court, District of Maine, 1995 Education Vermont Law School South Royalton, Vermont, 1995 J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence Law Review: Vermont Law Review, Notes Editor, 1993-1995 Middlebury College Middlebury, Vermont, 1989 B.A., Bachelor of Arts Major.


European Approach to HR

Saturday, July 26, 2014 @ 10am

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Mike Burgneay
Managing Director


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My first experience of career guidance was in my sixth form at school. From what I recall, and it was a while ago, the advice I was given was “Pass your A levels and go to Uni. If you fail get a job at Natwest or Midland.” That was it. Looking back, nobody asked me what I wanted to do, what interested me or what excited me. Fast forward to 2014 and the career transition support we provide people couldn’t be further from that rather pitiful help I received all those years ago.

Anyway, I’m pleased to say I didn’t listen. I wanted to work in advertising. It looked fun, glamorous and exciting. After a spell in the media I landed a fantastic job with one of the most creative recruitment ad agencies of the time. And I can honestly say it lived up to the fun and exciting bit – not sure about glamorous though! During the 90s I was helping my clients plan and implement advertising strategies to attract what we used to refer to as the ‘casual browser’ and ‘passive job seeker.’ As we headed in to the 00s my conversations with clients began to change. We were talking less about advertising and more about employer branding. And of course, the internet was beginning to transform how candidates found employers and, critically, vice versa.

I learnt a lot during my time in recruitment comms. First and foremost, it was clear that attracting talent into an organisation is only part of the story. Managing, developing and engaging talent is how the really successful businesses gain an edge.

At the back end of 2011 I joined Chiumento. I’d met Ian Gooden way back in the 80s at Austin Knight (hands up who remembers AK) and I am living proof that networking can be the most successful of routes to a new job. Chiumento was a breath of fresh air for me having worked in large scale agencies and consultancies. Agile, nimble and flexible – it’s a business that is equally adept at delivering very big as well as very small projects. And I like that.

My client-facing role is to ensure we develop a deep understanding of our clients’ needs and are able to design and implement solutions that make measurable difference and are aligned to their corporate goals. My management responsibility is to ensure Chiumento’s talent consultancy continues to delivers a quality service to our clients and commercial success to the business.

Outside work I’m a family man with a love of getting out on the fells of the Peaks, Lakes and Dales. And seeing Palace finish mid-table in the premier league this season against all the odds has been very, very enjoyable. Just shows the power of hard work, belief and teamwork!