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Why Location Matters in DEI Initiatives

Saturday, February 6, 2021 @ 10am

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James Dinkle
Executive Director

Kennebec Regional Development Authority

Jim Dinkle is the Executive Director of the Kennebec Regional Development Authority in Oakland, Maine.  In his role, he markets for sale FirstPark, a 280-acre commerce and technology park that is located at Interstate 95 and State Route 137 at Exit 127.  The Authority was created by a 1998 Act of the Maine Legislature.  Businesses and property owners in FirstPark include LL Bean, T-Mobile, MaineGeneral and One River CPA’s.

Jim moved to Maine with his partner of 20 years, Carlos, in November 2017.  They reside in Oakland.  Jim has served on the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees and as deputy chief of staff for a governor and as an aide to the Mayor of Chicago.  In 2018, Jim and Carlos established an endowment at the University of Kentucky that created the Dinkle-Mas LGBTQ Resource Center in the University’s new student center.  The Dinkle-Mas Center has become a place for networking, making new friends, programming and wellness.

Jim says that he and Carlos have been especially inspired by fellow Kentucky alumni Greg Bourke and Michael DeLeon, who were plaintiffs in the landmark 2015 US Supreme Court case Obergefell vs. Hodges that established marriage equality.

Jim’s mantra are the words of polio vaccine inventor Dr. Jonas Salk, “The greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.”

Reset, Refuel, Renew

Saturday, January 30, 2021 @ 10am

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Coleen Greco
Joyologist and Founder
Reset Refuel Renew

Coleen Greco is a Joyologist and founder of Reset Refuel Renew, a coaching practice that develops health and well-being programs for both corporations and individual clients.  She is a certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist with a mind/body/soul approach to health and well-being.

With over 25 years of sales and marketing leadership experience in the IT industry, Coleen knows a thing or two about the daily grind and having worked exclusively remotely for the last 14 years she believes balance and joy are within everyone’s reach.

With the onset of COVID, she faced her calling head-on by developing a health and well-being program for a global fortune 500 in the IT space to support employees struggling with their new-found challenges of isolation, balance and depression.  Her goal is to help each and every person within her reach with affordable and practical solutions to their health and well-being goals.

Coleen pioneered the SNAP method which is a methodology that she uses with every single one of her clients to discover joy, recenter their thoughts and renew their souls even in the toughest of times.

Maintaining Mental Health at Work

Saturday, January 23, 2021 @10am

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Lindy Graham
LCSW and Founder
Wellspace Maine

Celine Frueh
Human Resources Director
Allagash Brewing Co.

Lindy Graham, LCSW, launched her psychotherapy practice in Portland, Maine, fourteen years ago, addressing the needs of adults, adolescents, and couples. Her primary areas of focus have been, and continue to be, anxiety, depression, eating disorder treatment and LGBTQ health. In tandem with these services, Lindy and her team created a two-year psychotherapy fellowship program for therapists interested in deepening their clinical practice. In order to more clearly position her portfolio of services, Lindy reorganized the practice last year into three divisions for individual clients, employer clients, and training candidates. Her practice today operates under the umbrella name WellSpace Maine, while its independently-managed employer division is called WellSpace@Work.

After attending St. Michael’s College in VT, Celine Frueh studied HR Management at Bentley University outside of Boston, while starting her HR career in the technology industry. Celine has now practiced HR for over twenty years, and has advanced certifications from SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) and HRCI (Human Resources Certification Institute.) After 8+ years as HR Director at Allagash Brewing, she continues to enjoy the creative and collaborative world of craft beer, its unconventional and authentic approach to business, and HR as integral support to keep companies strong. Celine has a history of service in the community, serving in the past as a member of SHRM Maine’s Legislative Committee, and presently serving on the Executive Committee of Craft Beer Human Resources, on the Human Resources Committee for the Portland Museum of Art, and as a board member of Falmouth Youth Lacrosse Association. In her spare time, she enjoys the great outdoors with her three active boys and husband and attempts to take in as much of Portland’s good food and live music as life allows.

COVID 19 and Workers’ Compensation

Saturday, January 16, 2021 @10am

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Elizabeth Smith
Counsel, Employment and Labor Group

Beth has litigated numerous employment and labor law matters in the course of her practice, primarily defending claims brought against Maine employers. She has handled cases at all stages of litigation before state and federal trial courts, state and federal administrative agencies, and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court sitting as the Law Court.

Beth has a particular depth of knowledge in workers’ compensation law, including the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Beth is a member of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN), and an American Bar Association College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Fellow.