Thank you to everyone who joined us for Strategic HR at Mt. Washington in 2016! The following information is from the completed Retreat.

Check back in the spring for 2017 updates!

Pre-Conference Experiences

SATURDAY at 8:00 p.m. A dessert and wine reception in the conservatory is the perfect setting for the start of your retreat networking and conversations. 

Hosted by:    Checkmate Logo

SUNDAY at 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Welcome Brunch & Big Ideas.

Beth Rattigan

Seven in Seven: Economic Trends Impacting the Law of the Workplace. During Sunday brunch, attorney Beth Rattigan will describe seven key economic trends impacting the world of Human Resources. Some of the trends are front and center. Others are just on the horizon. All require the attention of HR leaders. Beth will analyze each trend in seven minutes, offering strategic nuggets that you can bring back to work. We’ll review trends impacting compensation, demographics, technology, recruiting, the gig economy, culture, and engagement issues.

Approved for HRCI BUSINESS credit and SHRM credit. 

Brunch is included only for those pre-registered for this session.

Hosted by:    Downs Rachlin Martin

SUNDAY at 10:30 a.m. Our retreat wellness guru - Beth Bielat - leads her renowned LifeBreath wellness session for those arriving early at Mt. Washington. She also offers individual coaching and wellness sessions throughout the day.

8:00 am             Sunday Registration Opens

Registration remains open throughout the day. With appreciation to Bernstein Shur, our registration sponsor, CGI Benefits for providing the retreat bags, Gatti & Associates, our Mobile App Sponsor, and Ultimate Software for providing the retreat name badges.

Visit the Conservatory. Enjoy complimentary specialty coffees by the baristas from Bard Coffee of Portland, Maine. Connect to the world at the Mobile Hub, hosted by JobsInTheUS. And move about the property courtesy of concierge and transportation sponsor Aflac.

With special thanks to our Co-Lead Sponsors:

 Concentra Logo McLane

1:00 - 1:30     The Opening Bell

                         Celebrating our Fifth Year at Mt. Washington

Joe Andrews

Louis Efron

Louis Efron, author of How to Find a Job, Career and Life You Love, and Joe Andrews, who previously served as Senior VP of HR for Progress Software and was a member of NEHRA's Board of Directors,  join us for the grand opening of this year's edition of Strategic HR at Mt. Washington. 

Louis opens the event with a lesson in "Purpose Meets Execution," setting up a path to success at the 2016 Retreat. 

Joe helps us celebrate our 5th year and then turns his attention to Big Idea Sunday, where he will moderate the three plenary sessions that follow this afternoon. 

Plus hors d'oeuvres and prizes!

1:30 - 2:30     Big Idea Sunday

                         Tales from a CEO and a Journalist

Hiring to match your values and imbuing ethical standards of behavior are critical for startups and mature companies alike. We are delighted to welcome to the Mount Washington stage: Mike Bonney and James Bandler, two respected voices on these subjects. Mike will share the story of how a startup’s first hiring choices are mission critical, with a particular focus on his time as CEO at Cubist Pharmaceuticals and that company’s superbug antibiotics. James will discuss his investigative business reporting at the Wall Street Journal, where he was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team that uncovered a stock option backdating scandal. After their presentations, we’ll engage our special guests in a fireside chat to tie the discussions together.

Approved for HRCI BUSINESS credit and SHRM credit.

Mike Bonney

Profile: Mike Bonney is a former partner at Third Rock Ventures in Boston, was the CEO of Cubist Pharmaceuticals from 2003-2014, he currently chairs the boards of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Bates College and serves on the boards of CELGENE Corporation, Global Blood Therapeutics, Revolution Medicine, Tekla Capital Management, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. 

James Bandler

Profile: James Bandler is a researcher and partner at Birch Run Capital, where he studies leadership and corporate culture. He began his career as a Sunday writer for the Rutland Herald in Vermont, then moved on to the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, and Fortune. His exposés of corporate bad deeds have won numerous awards for journalistic excellence.

2:45 - 3:45     Big Idea Sunday with Ann Rhoades

                             A Story in Values Centric Leadership                       

Ann Rhoades

JetBlue's HR on the Wing. Creating models for high performance cultures is Ann Rhoades' motivation, drawn from her experiences with some of America’s best human resources teams. Today’s discussion will focus on her groundbreaking work at JetBlue, where she was one of the airline’s founding executives and a 14-year member of their Board of Directors. Ann will convey three objectives. First, a look at her premise that leaders drive values: values are linked to behaviors, behaviors define the culture, which ultimately Harry Spencerdetermines the performance and success of your business model. Second, how JetBlue recognized, from the start, how all this plays into an elevated role of the people function within the organization. And third, a specific example of how the linking of these objectives encouraged an innovative, total rewards and compensation philosophy at JetBlue. Harry Spencer (JetBlue's VP for Compensation, Benefits, and Corporate Responsibility) joins Ann for this part of the discussion. In the process, they will demonstrate how to operationalize work behaviors that create values buy-in, and how to sustain values over time, keeping them fresh and relevant without changing their core.

Approved for HRCI BUSINESS credit and SHRM credit.

Profile: Ann Rhoades is Founder of People Ink and the author of Built on Values. She has helped shape the workplace cultures as Chief People Officer at Southwest Airlines, Doubletree Hotels, and JetBlue. Her work has included service on the Boards at JetBlue (where a plane was named in her honor), P.F. Chang's, and the Executive Council of Brigham and Women's Hospital's Center for Patient Safety in Boston. Connect with Ann at
Profile: Harry Spencer has 20+ years of leadership experience managing total rewards at significant organizations (i.e., JetBlue Airways, Time Warner Inc. and ExxonMobil). Harry combines his passion for great programs with his finance background to identify innovative plan designs and solutions. His initiatives have delivered millions in annual savings, improved utilization, streamlined the participant experience and bolstered appreciation.

4:00 - 5:00     Big Idea Sunday with Rob Osgood

                             HR Business Lessons from the Emergency Room 

Rob OsgoodTufts Medical Center Employs Vicarious Rehearsal. How do you map strategy for workplace emergencies? What tools are at your disposal? And how do you find opportunity in vulnerability? Rob Osgood, Director of Emergency Services at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, will share a story and a process. He works in one of the oldest hospitals in the country (built by Paul Revere), yet employs a creative and modern training and development tool – vicarious rehearsal. In this powerful keynote, he will tell you how this simple tool was used at Tufts in crisis management, from the immediate aftermath of the Patriots’ Day bombing to the recent Ebola response. Tap this vicarious rehearsal tool to help: 1) correctly identify warning signs of a crisis; 2) engage in the actual response rollout; and 3) measure and assess the aftermath. In the process, you’ll discover how to scale this strategy for the more day-to-day trajectory of your business.   

Approved for HRCI general (HR) credit and SHRM credit.

Profile: Rob Osgood is a student of the theater, world traveler, and a communicator of the first order. At age 26, he was the Emergency Management Director at Tufts Medical Center, and just a few years later has become Tufts Director of Emergency Services. He employs all those experiences as he rolls out his vicarious rehearsal platform.

5:00 - 6:00     Meet the Author and Book Signing

Built on Values                                              Louis Efron Book

Ann Rhoades: Built on Values           Louis Efron: How to Find a Job, Career and Life You Love

5:00 - 6:30     Welcoming Reception

Your first opportunity to build friendships for this conference and beyond. Mingle with the faculty, our sponsors, and your peers from across the six New England states.

Hosted by:  Company Kitchen

6:30 - 11:00     Join Us for Dinner and Entertainment

A sumptuous dinner buffet is included with your registration. Then follow us to The Cave at 9:00 p.m. for music, dancing, and conversations.

Sunday's Dinner and Entertainment hosted by our friends at Hays Companies of New England.