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Navigating the Big Shift – Replay

Saturday, December 31, 2016 @10am

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Our Guest:

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Founder/CEO
Play Big Inc.

Navigating the Big Shift

Strategic Futurist | Corporate Strategist | Event Catalyst | Keynote Speaker
Described as endlessly optimistic, Nancy is a strategic futurist with a drive to help enterprise organizations and visionary leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations ahead. Recognized as one of the world’s top female futurists, she has spent her career building, shaping and evolving a portfolio of $50 billion worth of major global brands with her unique abilities to sense and synthesize the shifts ahead and to guide those ready to build more relevant and sustainable solutions for us all.

With an early career at several of the most influential ad agencies in NY, Chicago, and LA, Nancy has spent the past 10 years as Founder/CEO of Play Big Inc, a strategic inspiration company, applying her broad understanding of the intense cultural and technological shifts we’re facing. Her extensive knowledge of the drivers shaping our future (and driving business) have guided transformation projects with The Coca Cola Company, Brinker International, Sprint, Nestle, Acumen, Energizer, Mercedes Benz and many other Fortune 500 companies. And through keynote talks to CXO leaders in wide range of industries including entertainment, travel, food, business, homebuilding, culture/talent and more.

Diving more deeply into the intersections of tech, business and society, she recently worked to frame the internal culture and talent infrastructure for a provocative artificial intelligence company and currently is producing Gigaom Change, a Leader’s Summit diving into the seven most disruptive technologies for enterprise. She has been ranked as one of the World’s Top Female Futurists (research by Ross Dawson) and was voted 7th Woman of Influence on the Future of Leadership list (Women Speakers Association). She was the first global TEDx licensee and currently leads a youth-led team to produce one of the globe’s largest TEDx events for teens, hosting nearly 1000 annually.

Nancy’s distinctive ability to design meaningful, future-forward solutions and pathways is honed by her active collaboration with idea-centric organizations such as TED, The World Future Society, REX, Voice & Exit, and the newly forming Global Synthesis Network. She partners with (and learns from) many of the most provocative influencers currently building our collective futures — whom she describes as PYNKrs: people you need to know.

Nancy lives in Austin with three fast growing, very curly teens and her ideas can be found on her blog Cultural Acupuncture, often featured on The Huffington Post.

Chasing the Rabbit – Replay

Saturday, December 24, 2016 @ 10am

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Our Guest:

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Derek Volk
Co-Owner, Volk Packaging
Author
Chasing The Rabbit
‘A Dad’s Life Raising A Son on the Spectrum’

Derek Volk’s oldest child – his only son – was two-years-old when his wife suggested, “Something is not quite right with Dylan.” They struggled for the next several years as they were bounced from one “expert” to another, each offering a unique perspective on Dylan’s challenging behaviors. Finally, at eight-years-old, Dylan was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and the Volk family was able to start making sense of Dylan’s differences.

In Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising a Son on the Spectrum, Derek Volk shares his experiences raising a son on the Autism spectrum. Both Dylan and Derek write about the challenges, triumphs and coping strategies from the early days to the adolescent years to life in the “real world” as a young adult. This book showcases the unique relationship between a father and his son who has spent his entire life chasing the rabbit.

Referendums and Salaried Workers

Saturday, December 17, 2016

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Our Guests:

Jean Paquette

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Jeanne Paquette
Commissioner

Julie Rabinowitz

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Julie Rabinowitz
Director of Communications

Maine Dept of Labor

Minimum Wage and Salaries –

We discuss the impact of the blocking of the new Fair Labor Standards Act regulations that were due to go into effect on December 1, 2016.
They also talk about how with the passing of the new Maine Minimum Wage ballot initiative, Maine employers still will have an Exempt Salary rate increase as of January 1, 2017 which has nothing to do with the federal regulations. Jeanne, Julie and host David also discuss a new training initiative from the Maine DOL for employers that focuses on impairment training for supervisors.

The Maine Department of Labor is committed to serving Maine workers and businesses:

  • Helping employers recruit and train a talented workforce;
  • Providing workers with the skills they need to be competitive in the economy;
  • Assisting individuals when jobs are lost;
  • Ensuring safe and fair workplaces for people on the job; and
  • Researching and analyzing employment data to support job growth

The Impact of Ballot Initiatives

Saturday, December 10, 2016 @10am

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Our Guest:

Peter Lowe, Atty.
Brann & Isaacson

The Impact of Maine’s Ballot Initiatives –

Peter is a partner at Brann & Isaacson. He provides advice and counsel on labor and employment law and education law.

Peter serves as lead labor counsel for some of the premier employers in Maine, including L.L. Bean, Inc. In this role, he advises clients on personnel practices and employee relations matters, including discrimination and harassment issues, layoffs and plant closures, union grievances and collective bargaining, disability and religious accommodation issues, conducting and supervising internal investigations, coordinating state and federal leave laws, and negotiating and drafting employment contracts and separation agreements.

Peter also represents public school districts and municipalities throughout Maine. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® (2013) (Employment Law-Management).

Peter presents each year at the Maine Human Resources Conference (2002 to present); the Annual Employment Law Update for Central Maine Human Resources Association (2004 to present); the Maine School Management Conference (1996 to present); the Maine Education Law Conference (2007 to present); and the L.L. Bean Human Resources Law Training (1999 to present).

In 2009, Peter was selected to edit the Maine Employment Law Letter, a monthly newsletter published by M. Lee Smith Publishers LLC.