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May 25 – Replay
Ken Lizotte
Consulting Group

What Would Henry Do?

Jun 1
Joe Hart
Dale Carnegie Training
Beyond Technology:
Preparing People for AI

Jun 22
Cathy Riley and
Barbara Applebee

Berry Dunn
Wealth Management

Retirement Issues

Jun 29
Michelle Anderson
Junior Achievement
Financial Education
John Bishop
Hire To Compete
How to NotHire a Turkey



Culture of Philanthropy – Replay

Saturday, December 27, 2014 @ 10am

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Carrie Zeisse

United Way of Greater Portlandsara1

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Sara Ruef Lindquist

Maine Women’s Fund

How to create a culture of philanthropy

     Chief Operating Officer at United Way of Greater Portland, Carrie Zeisse holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Maine College of Art as well as a Masters of Business Administration from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Through this unique combination of left brain/right brain skills, she has spent the last twelve years in the non-profit sector supporting innovative, community-level change initiatives to advance the common good.

A native of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Carrie lived in New York, NY and Boston, MA for several years before returning home to join the United Way team in 2012. She currently oversees several key operational functions such as human resources, finance and information technology, as well as an innovative cross-functional team comprised of marketing and communications, story telling and volunteer engagement professionals. This team creates a vibrant experiences, messages, and media that provides community stakeholders with opportunities to forge strong connections to United Way’s impact work.

Prior to joining the United Way team, Carrie was the Vice President of Economic Development and Finance at the Boston Harbor Island Alliance, where she developed public-private partnerships and capital projects to help bring the Boston Harbor Islands National Park area to life for visitors and residents alike. This was after serving as the Director of Marketing and Strategy for the Trust for Public Land’s Conservation Vision and Conservation Finance services, where she launched the National Leadership in Conservation Awards program and the Conservation Almanac.

Carrie has served on the Board of Directors for Women Standing Together and is currently on the Finance Committee of Maine College of Art. She resides in Falmouth with her husband and daughter.


As CEO, Sarah Ruef Lindquist works with the Board and staff to develop and implement long-term strategies to increase the Fund’s philanthropic assets and grow the Fund’s impact and influence throughout Maine. In less than three years under her leadership, the fund’s assets have grown 52%, and the annual fund 60%.

Sarah has extensive experience in fundraising, grant making and building organizations’ fiscal efficiencies. She served as the senior gift planning consultant at Planning for Good, a Maine-based consulting practice she founded, and her law practice focused on estate and trust planning. She was vice president for Southern Maine at the Maine Community Foundation, and later served for over five years as vice president and senior administrative trust officer at Union Trust Company in Ellsworth and Camden, Maine.

She has served on the boards of many organizations in Maine and New Hampshire. She is a current trustee of Unity College, Maine Planned Giving Council and West Bay Rotary. Sarah received her B.A. from Southern Methodist University and her J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center, now the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She is a graduate of the Institute for Civil Leadership in Portland, Maine and attained her Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers of the American Bankers Association.


Engagement Report and HR Events

Saturday, December 20, 2014 @ 10am

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Don Macpherson,
Modern Survey

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, CEOBud Bernstein Publishers

2015 HR Events-

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Hiring Over 50 Part 2

Saturday, December 13, 2014 @ 10am

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Lori ParhamX

Lori K. Parham, Ph.D.
Maine State Director


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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.

Time and Connecting

Saturday, December 6, 2014 @ 10am

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Tom DowdX
Thomas Dowd
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.


Susan Dench

Susan Dench
Founder and President

The Connect Works Academy


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ew PartnershipSusan 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.