Saturday, December 20, 2014 @ 10am
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Fall 2014 State of Engagement Report –
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Don is responsible for leading the sales, marketing, and consulting departments at Modern Survey. Drawing on 17 years of experience in the field of employee measurement, Don’s areas of expertise include understanding of employee and customer motivations, development of effective leadership, and creating processes for gathering feedback from transitioning employees.
Among a variety of interests, Don volunteers his time to the A Better Chance Foundation. He has been a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters since 1998. Don’s undergraduate studies in Denmark and his stint as a professional basketball player in Germany have helped him understand the global challenges organizations face today. He earned his degree in History and Mass Communications from St. Cloud State University.
Bud Bernstein, CEO
2015 HR Events-
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Saturday, December 13, 2014 @ 10am
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Lori K. Parham, Ph.D.
Maine State Director
Hiring over 50 Part 2 -
Lori is AARP Maine’s State Director. Prior to joining AARP Maine she worked as senior advisor to AARP’s Executive Vice President for the State and National Group in Washington, DC, overseeing the reorganization of the Association’s Government Affairs unit and the creation of a new Office of Volunteerism Service.
She began her career at AARP in Florida. Before becoming State Director in early 2007, she served as Advocacy Manager for State Affairs and was responsible for policy and legislative advocacy. Her service includes terms on the boards of the Florida Patient Safety Corporation, the Florida Council on Aging and the American Hiking Society. Before joining AARP, Parham served as a legislative analyst for the Florida Senate, providing technical expertise to the Committee on Health, Aging and Long-Term Care.
Her duties included oversight of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Florida Medicaid program. She also served as staff for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), focusing on long-term care issues. Prior to her work at AHCA, Parham worked at the Florida State University, Pepper Institute on Aging, where she was involved in multiple research projects on long-term care facilities and quality, assisted living facility training, work and the lifecourse, and inequality.
She has a B.A. in Sociology from Belmont Abbey College, as well as a M.S. and Ph.D. with a specialization in Political Economy and Aging from the Florida State University. She is currently a member of the National Academy for Social Insurance, the Gerontological Society of America, and the Maine Gerontological Society and sits on the Board of ITN America.
Saturday, December 6, 2014 @ 10am
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Speaker, Author, Trainer, Coach
Thomas Dowd Professional
Development & Coaching
Time Management Manifesto –
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Tom Dowd, AKA Transformation Tom™, is a loving father of three beautiful daughters and a devoted husband from a small town in Maine. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Communication degree, concentrating on interpersonal and organizational communication. Tom is a prize-winning speaker, an award-winning and Amazon best-selling author, trainer, coach, and radio host—all spurred by his need to be more than a painfully shy and introverted individual on a rollercoaster ride of success.
With over 24 years of experience in the financial industry in management and leadership roles at the same organization and a plethora of inconsistency on this professional journey, Tom received the call nobody wanted: “We’re downsizing.” After unexpectedly losing his full-time job, Tom landed in a better place in just 59 days using methods from his coaching and training. He is now a VP at one of the larger financial institutions in North America. In 2011, he started his own side business “Thomas Dowd Professional Development & Coaching” where he continues to use the lessons learned on his climb up the corporate ladder to help people creatively find ways to differentiate themselves in the workplace and to find their own individual paths toward success. The mantra is “Transform into who you really want to be.” Tom is the award-winning author of two books. “The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World,” details Tom’s own professional growth based on lessons learned in his career, which received Honorable Mention at the 2012 New England Book Festival. “From Fear to Success: a Practical Public Speaking Guide” won the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in the Business Reference Category. Both are available in book and eBook versions, while “Fear” is also available as an audiobook. His most recent book, derived from the unemployed stint, “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job” was published in March 2014 and received Honorable Mention at the 2014 Paris and New York Book Festivals. In September, Tom will begin hosting the “Transformation Time with Transformation Tom” live radio program on the Intertainment Network: Talk4Media (W4CY Radio)- distribution to iTunes, iHeart Radio, and Live 365.
Founder and President
The Connect Works Academy
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ew Partnership -Susan Dench is an expert on people engagement, master of the art of conversation and founder and president of The Connectworks Academy, a communications training, development and advisory firm. A veteran marketer and former global training manager, her trademarked system helps organizations that want to accelerate the advancement of a diversified workforce engage employees through communication and personal connections.
Susan Dench is an expert on people engagement, master of the art of conversation and founder and president of The Connectworks Academy, a communications training, development and advisory firm. A veteran marketer and former global training manager, her trademarked system helps organizations that want to accelerate the advancement of a diversified workforce engage employees through communication and personal connections.
Susan is also the founder of the Informed Women’s Network, a non-profit, non-partisan organization which engages, educates and empowers women on pocketbook issues. Her latest book, “Connectworking™: The Savvy Woman’s Guide To Turning Small Talk Into Big Business,” is a must-have handbook for any woman who wants to own the room, smash through glass ceilings or take their business to greater heights.
As her family will be only too happy to confirm, Susan is never afraid to give her opinion if asked (and usually if not asked). Endlessly curious, active in the community, a home design fanatic, Boston Bruins nut and keen soprano, she lives on the coast of Maine with her exceedingly indulgent husband and admittedly spoiled dogs.
Saturday, November 29, 2014 @ 10am
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VP of Human Resources
Wilmington Trust Co.
Board of Directors
Being an HR Influencer -
Bette Francis is a senior professional in human resources with 25 year’s experience developing talent and improving productivity in rapidly growing organizations.
Francis has designed the human resources services in medical device manufacturing, in a rapidly-expanding healthcare management consulting organization with a primary focus on merger and acquisition, nutraceutical ingredients and in a telecommunications organization named to the INC 500 of fastest growing private companies.
Francis is currently Vice President/Director, Human Resources, with Wilmington Trust, Wealth Advisory Services. In addition to senior HR roles, Francis has held executive leadership roles within the businesses including technical services, customer service, compliance, ethics and administrative operations. Strategic contributions include developing, implementing and communicating the balanced scorecard in three organizations that included developing the corporate strategy map, mission and values, culture, organizational development, and customer excellence.
Francis is a graduate of Thomas Edison College and an active member of SHRM since 1990. Francis has held leadership positions in the North Jersey-Rockland Chapter, chaired the Garden State Council’s Employer of Choice, Vendor and Annual Conference committees prior to becoming Executive Director, Garden State Council. During her tenure as State Director, the GSC was awarded the first state council Pinnacle Award. In addition, Francis has served on the Area Board chairing the committee that designed the first Area (now regional) scholarship awards, the first Area (now regional) Workforce Readiness Committee initially known as Welfare to Work. She was also a contributor to Tapping into Experience, A Guide to Optimizing the Talents of Senior HR Officers created in the Northeast Region.
Francis served two years on the Human Capital Measurement Special Expertise Panel. Prior to her appointment as a Director-at-Large on the 2007 SHRM Board, Francis served as the MAC Representative for the Northeast Region. Francis has held adjunct faculty positions at Bergen Community College and New York University’s Marketing and Management Institute and has been a guest lecturer to the Stevens’ School of Management Technology and Fordham University’s School of International Business Management. Francis has also facilitated HR Fundamentals and the HR Learning System at Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey.
Currently, Francis serves as the 2013-2014 Chair, Board of Directors for the Society for Human Resource Management. She is a member of the Advisory Board, Thomas Edison College School of Business. Francis is also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and holds the designation of Fellow in Board Leadership.