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Making Mentoring Work – Replay

Saturday, September 4, 2021 @ 10am

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Catherine Lamson

Show Topic:

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 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 Maine Health, 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.

 


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Retail Pride

Saturday, February 27, 2021 @10am

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Guest:

Ron Thurston
Author
Retail Pride

Jim practices in the areas of management side labor and employment law with an emphasis on assisting employers in effectively avoiding, or defending against, employment disputes. He represents organizations ranging from multi-national corporations, to closely-held, family-owned businesses, to not-for- profit entities and public sector employers. Since joining the firm in 1989, Jim has expanded an already well-established employment law practice group. This group is now recognized as one of the best labor and employment practices in Northern New England.

Jim has extensive experience handling matters before the New Hampshire Department of Labor, the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor as well as other state and federal agencies.

He regularly writes articles and presents seminars on a wide range of employment law topics. He is frequently asked by the media, business groups and human resources

Learning From Your Failures – Replay

Saturday, February 20, 202 @ 10am

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Guest:

Robert Baldacci, MPA
Baldacci Consulting 

Bob brings a successful 30 year career in real estate, development and corporate finance. He has held leadership positions at the state level as well as involvement in several national organizations.

Bob served as Chairman of the Finance Authority of Maine, Vice Chairman of the Maine Guarantee Authority, President of the Bangor Region Development Alliance, Board member of the University of Maine Board of Visitors, President of the Economic Development Council of Maine, and Board member of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations. Robert has also served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Maine.

Bob has developed over $30 million in various residential and commercial real estate projects, served as Managing Partner of Pierce Atwood Consulting (an affiliate of the law firm Pierce Atwood), represented two major universities in negotiating memoranda of understanding with Queens University and the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland facilitating student and faculty exchanges and joint research opportunities. Bob also served as Vice President of Development for Ocean Properties, Ltd., one of North America’s largest owner operators of hotels and resorts. Most recently, Bob assisted with the acquisition of the Blethen Maine Newspaper Group which include three daily newspapers in Maine; the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, and Waterville Sentinel as well as Maine Sunday Telegram and MaineToday.com.

Bob received his BA and Masters in Public Administration from the University of Maine.

Everything Owners Need to Know About Boards

Saturday, February 13, 2021 @ 10am

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Guest:

Colleen McCracken
Strategic Business Advisor

Everything Owners Need to Know About Boards –

Colleen McCracken is a Strategic Business Advisor with over thirty-three years of successful business and senior leadership experience in non-family owned and family-owned businesses. Colleen has held numerous positions in Finance, Operations, and senior leadership throughout her career with large multi-national companies including WR Grace and G.H. Bass. Prior to joining Planet Dog, a designer and retailer of premium dog products, as its CEO in 2013, Colleen was the CEO and CFO of Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, Inc., a manufacturer, and retailer of premium hand-crafted American furniture.

Colleen’s areas of strength and where she spends most of her time helping clients, is in the development of strategic plans and business plans, building financial models that help leaders better understand the financial performance of their businesses, leadership development and succession, executive coaching, and in governance; helping companies build and develop strong boards. Because Colleen herself has been a CEO for several companies, she uniquely understands the challenges business owners and CEO’s face in growing and improving their business performance.

Colleen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Bentley University and completed an Executive MBA program in 2014, achieving High Honors distinction from Boston University. As a strong advocate for education, Colleen serves as the Vice Chair of the Board for Junior Achievement of Maine. Colleen has also served on the Board of the Institute for Family-Owned Business for many years, with her final role as its Board Chair. She has been an adjunct professor at UNE and often guest lectures on Leadership, Entrepreneurship, as well as many other business topics.