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Catherine Lamson – Making Mentoring Work


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Affinity groups, mentoring, sponsorship, in many organizations, employees will say, we have these programs, but they have limited success.

So how does an organization recognize the need for such a program, and even more so, how does an organization make it work?

In this episode of HR Power Hour, join host Tawny Alvarez of Verrill as she talks with Catherine Lamson, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at MEMIC as she discusses how the Million Women Mentors program acted as the catalyst for her and her team to create a mentoring program to emphasis STEM work within the insurance and provide MEMIC employees with an opportunity to connect with co-workers in a mentor/mentee fashion.

Catherine will also discuss the successes and hiccups experienced in rolling-out MEMIC’s mentoring program in the midst of a pandemic and how the program has organically evolved to meet the needs of the MEMIC team, resulting in a tripling of program participants in the first year

About The Guest:

Catherine is the Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at MEMIC. She came to MEMIC in 2002.

After 10 years in banking, she entered the healthcare sector working for MaineHealth, the largest healthcare system north of Boston, and gained another 11 years of experience in a tertiary care hospital and medical laboratory setting.

She is responsible for the corporate administrative functions of the organization which are inclusive of human resources, compensation (cash and non-cash), benefits, training and education, along with responsibility for all real estate holdings and all facilities management functions throughout the system.

Catherine received her bachelor’s degree from the University of New England. She has earned the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute and the Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designations from the Society for Human Resource Management along with Workers Compensation Professional (WCP) designation from AmComp. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Civic Leadership.

Catherine is the recipient of the Tower Award for Alumni Achievement, 2018 from UNE, the Woman of Distinction Award from Girl Scouts of Maine in 2019, and in 2020 the ACORD Millenial Women’s Insurance Advancement Award as well as the STEMConnector, MWM Trailblazer Award.

Catherine is currently a member of the Board and Board Secretary of the Olympia Snowe Women’s leadership institute. She is also the President of the Dorcas Society of Hollis & Buxton, a local philanthropic charity group since 1897 and the State of Maine Chair for the national Million Women Mentors movement, and national chair of the States Committee of the Women in Insurance group that is focused on moving women up in the insurance industry.

She has served as the Board Chair of the Park Danforth, which is a senior residential community and assisted living facility, and the Portland Downtown District Board as Treasurer in addition to being a member of the Board of the Town and Country Federal Credit Union and the Center for Grieving Children.


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Are you a little too comfortable with Self-loathing?

Tired of feeling like you are not enough? Our guest says this book is for you!

In this episode, host CMA’s David Ciullo discusses with author, attorney, single mom, and business owner Carrington Smith her new book Blooming: Finding Gifts in the Shit of Life.

We discuss how shit is quite literally fertilizer that can take you from trauma to triumph.

About The Guest:

Carrington Smith is a single mom, attorney, business owner, and executive search professional.

Despite being born with a silver spoon in her mouth, life gave her a hard kick in the tail. She has survived sexual assault, two divorces, piles of debt, abuse, religious mind games, the death of loved ones, and the loss of close friends.

In her bestselling debut memoir, Carrington combines wit and wisdom to share her journey through the shit, with a positive attitude and a shift of mindset, into a life bursting with joy, opportunity, and purpose.

A graduate of UT Austin and Tulane Law School, Carrington resides in Austin, Texas, with her two teenage boys.

Douglas Currier – Managing Difficult Employees


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On the next HR Power Hour, workplaces are comprised of a variety of people with a diverse array of personalities and skills.

While the spectrum of personalities can be vast, most employees conduct themselves in a professional manner, they understand the expectations that their position holds, and they respect authority, their fellow employees, and the company.

But what happens when an employee’s attitude and actions change? As a leader, do you and your teammates have the tools and resources to manage difficult employees with the goal of finding a solution that allows all parties to overcome the issues at hand and move towards a positive and productive work environment.

At the same time, are your team members aware of the legal pitfalls that could await if there is a misstep?

For answers to these questions and a lively discussion about managing difficult employees, join co-host Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Labor and Employment Attorney Doug Currier about managing the practical and legal risks that difficult employees can bring to the workplace.

About The Guest:

Douglas P. Currier is a Partner at Verrill. Since he began practicing law more than 30 years ago with Verrill, Doug has earned high regard in the region for his litigation skills and proactive counsel to management on employment issues such as discrimination suits and traditional labor law issues like collective bargaining agreements, union grievances, and elections.

As a member of the Verrill’s Employment & Labor Group, Doug represents companies in diverse industries such as health care, higher education, manufacturing, professional services, banking and finance, and agriculture. In the employment arena, Doug works with clients to develop workplace strategies that achieve objectives and navigate an intelligent path through complex personnel issues while maintaining compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and other relevant laws.

He advises on issues ranging from drug testing, whistleblowers, and workplace investigations to compensation and exit strategies, succession planning, and class actions. Doug is also litigation counsel for businesses facing legal challenges arising from traditional labor issues such as union campaigns, labor arbitrations, wrongful discharge, OSHA citations, and discrimination claims.

April Sabral – The Positive Effect


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Retail is the heartbeat of a thriving economy and community, and our guest’s mission is to inspire a new era of leadership, one that teaches leaders to value their most precious asset, their people.

In this episode, host CMA’s David Ciullo discusses with April Sabral, author of her new book The Positive Effect: A Retail Leaders Guide to Changing the World.

April shares her personal journey, lessons learned, and how to lead with a positive attitude against all the odds.

About The Guest:

April Sabral loves retail and developing leaders. April is an experienced retail operations leader, entrepreneur, executive coach(WABC), and Author.

April has led retail teams for brands such as Paul Smith, Apple, Banana Republic, Starbucks, Holt Renfrew, and DAVIDs TEA. April’s retail experience is vast, from a part-time sales associate to a vice president of stores in three international markets UK, US, and Canada, and is now the founder and CEO of

April’s mission is to inspire a new era of leadership, one that teaches leaders to value their most precious asset, their people. In 2019 April launched retailU the online leadership portal for retail managers to develop their core leadership skills and published her book “The Positive Effect” A retail leader’s guide to changing the world. April has mentored and developed thousands of leaders throughout her career. Aprils clients hire her to coach and develop their leaders to perform at their best, her clients include Ardene, a Canadian fast-fashion brand expanding into the US market, and other privately owned retailers.

She is also working with non-profits to secure youth internships with major retailers into field leadership positions to support get the next generation of retail leaders.
April is a member of the prestigious Forbes coaching council, an invitation membership that recognizes career coaches that are making a difference in their industry. She is also a John C. Maxwell coach and a certified corporate coach which is part of the world association of business coaches. April also received the 2022 rethink retail influencer award for adding value and making a difference in retail.

This award recognizes 100 top experts, press, and other leaders that make a difference in retail.