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Challenges Facing Higher Education

Saturday, September 28, 2013

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Guests:

Laurie LachanceLaurie Lachance,
President

Thomas College

On July 1, 2012, Laurie G. Lachance, M.B.A., became the 5th president of Thomas College. Her appointment made history at Thomas as she is the first female and first graduate of the college to hold this position.

Thomas College was founded in 1894 as a business school and for decades provided Associate and Bachelor Degrees in Accounting and all areas of Business Administration and Management for the people of Central Maine. In the early 1970s, the college began a 40-year period of growth and transformation by relocating the campus from Silver Street to the banks of the historic Kennebec River.

Since that time, the college has greatly expanded its academic offerings, adding an array of Computer Science and Technology courses, Arts and Sciences degrees in Education, Criminal Justice, and Psychology (which now account for nearly half of all majors), and Master of Business Administration Degrees and Master of Science Degrees in the area of Education.

Thomas is dynamic and growing, with the size of the campus and the student body more than doubling in the past decade alone. In addition, the college has made annual investments in new buildings and infrastructure, including the opening of two, state-of-the-art turf fields in September 2012 that the College has opened to the entire sporting community of Central Maine. Since President Lachance began her tenure, the faculty and administration have launched eight new Baccalaureate and Master programs in such areas as Cyber-Security, Project Management, Educational Leadership, Literacy, and an MBA with a concentration in Health Care Management.

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DrJamesLibbyDr. James Libby,
Academic Dean and Professor

Thomas College

Degrees: Ph.D., University of Maine;
C.A.S, University of Maine;
M.B.A., St. Bonaventure University;
B.S., Nasson College

Dr. Libby has been a faculty member at Thomas College since 2002. He has written four books, including Super U: The History and Politics of the University of Maine System and a 2009 publication entitled, Buxton, along with several newspaper contributions and guest editorials. Dr. Libby is also a former two-term State Senator and two-term State Representative, serving in the Maine Legislature from 1992-2000. In 2002 he received 33.3% of the vote in the state-wide gubernatorial primary election.

Dr. Libby has served on the board of directors for the Maine Community College System, the Waterville Opera House, and the Jobs for Maine’s Graduates Program, and was a member of the Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging Advisory Committee. He is a former political consultant for WGAN Radio in Portland, Maine. Dr. Libby chaired the Department of Business Administration from 2007 to 2012, and has also served as Internship Director, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, and Head Golf Coach during his tenure at Thomas College.

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LucyCampbellPelsmaLucy Campbell Pelsma,

Thomas College

Lucy joined Thomas College in April 2013 as the Assistant Dean of Alumni and Career Services.

In this role, Lucy oversees both Alumni Relations and Career Services for the college. Prior to Thomas College, Lucy worked at Sankaty Advisors, the credit affiliate of Bain Capital, as a Senior Associate of Investor Relations.

Previously, Lucy was an Assistant Vice President at OFI Institutional Asset Management where she spent two years in institutional sales and client relationship management. Prior to that, Lucy worked with family offices and high-net worth investors in BNY Mellon’s Private Wealth Management group. Lucy received an M.B.A. from Boston College and a B.A. Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in Economics from Wheaton College.

Lucy has served as the President of the Young Professionals Board for Big Sister of Greater Boston and is on the Leadership Council for Year Up.

Professional Development

Saturday, September 21, 2013

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Guests:

209Tom Dowd,
Owner of Thomas Dowd Professional
Development and Coaching

Thomas Dowd Professional
Development and Coaching

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With over 23 years of experience in the financial industry in management and leadership roles, Tom was most recently a Senior Vice President at Bank of America. In 2011, he started his own business on the side called “Thomas Dowd Professional Development &; Coaching,” where he helps people creatively find ways to differentiate themselves in the workplace and to find their individual paths toward success. The company tagline is: “Transform into who you really want to be professionally.” 

 

Tom is currently the Vice President of Education for Dirigo Toastmasters Club in Belfast, Maine. As a founding member of the club, Tom has been involved in Toastmasters since September 2008. Tom is an ACG and ALB and has his High Performance Leadership (HPL) certification. Tom was awarded the District 45 Outstanding Toastmaster for 2010-2011 representing over 100 clubs in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and the three Eastern Canadian Provinces of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Tom has also exhibited consistent success when competing at the division and district level in the Humorous, International, Table Topics, and Evaluation contests.

He is currently the two-time reigning Table Topics District 45 champion (2012-2013). Additionally, he is a member of the National Speakers Association. Tom graduated from the University of Delaware in 1990 with a Communication degree, concentrating on interpersonal and organizational communication. In September 2012, Tom published two books that have recently garnered recognition in the business field. The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World, a book detailing Tom’s own professional growth based on lessons learned in his career, received honorable mention in the business category at the 2012 New England Book Festival, while From Fear to Success: a Practical Public Speaking Guide received the Gold Medal in the Business Reference category at the 2013 Axiom Book Awards, Honorable Mention at the 2013 New York Book Festival, and Honorable Mention at the 2013 Paris Book Festival. An audio book of Fear is currently in the editing phase. Tom lives in Camden, Maine, with his wife and three daughters.

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208Patrick Riley,
CEO and Founder
Modern Survey
Modern Survey

Big Data –

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As the CEO and Co-Founder of Modern Survey, Patrick oversees company growth strategy and product development initiatives. Patrick is a Human Resources technology expert with nearly two decades of experience in the field of employee measurement. Prior to founding Modern Survey, Patrick designed employee measurement solutions at American Express. Patrick is an expert technologist whose thought leadership has been featured by numerous media organizations including Talent Management Magazine and National Public Radio.

New Cost Saving Medical Tools

Saturday, September 14, 2013

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Guests:

NeilKNeil Kutzen,
Principal

BidRX

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Neil has spent 30 years in all phases of HR. He trained staff at Motorola in the early stages of 6 Sigma. He rolled out quality improvement training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital soon after the 3 hospitals merged. He has a BA and MA in Psychology. As a benefits consultant, he has seen that helping employers move to less costly plans is like moving deck chairs on the Titanic. The way the consumer can help with spiraling healthcare costs is by becoming a smarter shopper. Providing powerful transparency tools is key to that goal.

 

HankcHank Christiansen,
VP/Eastern Regional Director

Consult A Doctor

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Consult A Doctor+ allows employees, members and their families to have 24/7 access to a network of 6,000 doctors by phone (land or mobile), computers, pads, and video. Our doctors access the members Electronic Medical Record and two years of prescriptive drug history; records of consultations are sent to the members Primary Care Physician. Many predict that most all in the US will have access to telemedicine within the next 5 years. Hank is a trained family therapist who for the past 20 years has worked with employers nationally to design behavioral health programs and benefit designs for employees.

He’s worked in the EAP industry for two companies, The Wellness Corporation, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales, headquartered in Massachusetts and ESI, in Upstate New York. For several years he worked for Segal Sibson, a national benefits, compensation and retirement consulting firm , as a behavioral health consultant. Hank has been with Consult A Doctor+ for one year, he works with benefit brokers and consultants, unions, associations and other groups to promote and expand the use of telemedicine. He resides in Massachusetts.

Federal and State Requirements

Saturday, September 7, 2013 @ 10am

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Julie Dumont Rabinowitz,
Director of Communications

Maine Department of Labor

Julie holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied public policy argument, and undergraduate degrees in Communication Arts and History from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
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A published author and instructor of college-level communication courses, Ms. Rabinowitz has served as both executive staff and on the boards of numerous non-profits in Maine and beyond. She’s handled internal and external communication as well as managed finances and developed and implemented strategic plans. Ms. Rabinowitz has worked at the FDR and JFK presidential libraries and currently serves as the director of communication for the Maine Department of Labor.