Tuesday, May 9

Thank you for joining us for an incredible HR Convention in 2017! The following information is from the completed event. Check back in the fall for updates on what is ahead for next year.


MONDAY 3:00-6:00 PM


Arriving early to the Samoset? On Monday of Convention week, take advantage of our Early Registration and Open House Networking afternoon. Enjoy Bard Coffee, scrumptious nibbles, and homecoming conversations. Find us in the front lobby, this is the perfect setting for the start of your Convention week!

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WELCOME! Convention Registration Opens. Registration remains open throughout the day.

Be sure to take advantage of Convention amenities including:

  • Sherman's Convention Bookstore hostedby Strategic Information Resources
  • Mobile Hub hosted by JobsinME.com
  • Bard Coffee hosted by Kaplan University
  • Complimentary Cab Rides hosted by Jackson Lewis
  • Professional Development Opportunities: Career Coaching and Mentoring sessions available

Don't forget to download the Convention Mobile App for up-to-the minute Convention news, session materials, venue maps, attendee networking and more! 

Sponsored by: easyBackgrounds 

Provided by: Cvent Web Surveys/CrowdCompass 

Tap into the Convention's Wellness Challenge managed by anthem

Additional Thanks to Convention Tote Bag Sponsor: Bernstein Shur; Convention Guide Sponsor: Springborn Staffing; and Name Badge Sponsor: Employee Benefits Solution/Holden Agency

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This session is available to SHRM State Council members and board members of SHRM's eight affiliate chapters in Maine. In addition to a business meeting, conducted by State Council Director, Amie Parker, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, join SHRM volunteer leaders from across the state for a professional development session designed to enhance your volunteer leader skills and build your HR network! Please note that the Leadership Meeting will overlap with Tuesday morning workshops.

9:30 - 11:30     CONCURRENT SESSIONS   


11:30 - 12:50     LUNCH

Enjoy a scrumptious buffet lunch! Recharge and check emails at the Mobile Hub. Barista-made coffee anyone? Join the fabulous brewmeisters from Bard Coffee in Portland, Maine.

Lunch Hosted by:   

12:50 - 1:00    WELCOMING REMARKS

1:00 - 2:00     KEYNOTE: Active Listening... It Only Takes a Moment

   Erahm Christopher | Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Erahm Christopher

In a world where we are constantly bombarded with messaging – advertisements, emails, smart phones, text messages, streaming videos, music, news feeds, and more – we are conditioned to absorb as much information as possible from as many channels as possible all at once. Has the art of truly listening been lost? In his keynote presentation Erahm Christopher, Director and Producer of the feature film Listen, explores what it means to be an active listener. We will learn how listening has changed with culture shifts throughout history, the depth of the negative impact poor communication practices have in both our professional and personal lives, and tangible tactics we can use to block out the noise and start actively listening. 

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

Track: Keynote

 Keynote Sponsor:    PretiFlaherty

2:00 - 2:30     Dessert and HR EXPO  

Enjoy savory desserts and visit the EXPO Hall to see the quality HR services and products of 80 companies. The support of our EXPO participants makes much of what you see on the convention floor possible!



    LinkedIn Workshop

4:00 - 5:00     Do Rebels Make Good HR Leaders?

                       Keynote with Stacie Mallen from Chandler, Arizona

Stacie Mallen

Stacie Mallen is now with her 7th startup company. It’s called Videoloco, a venture focusing on the emotional power of video in the world of business. She’ll share some stories on how Rules Make Rebels, stories of trial and error, success and failure. And from her experience as an HR leader, she’ll offer disruptive, new ways of thinking designed to help you look at your organization’s HR function and your career in new ways. Think of it as a new rhythm and structure for HR and business. This isn’t about rebellion for rebellion’s sake, rather it’s about constructive non-conformity and how a bit of rebellion can help build trust. It’s about being a catalyst, where impactful HR leaders use the tools of the most effective entrepreneurs – people who tip toe up to the edge of the precipice before jumping.    

Approved for SHRM credit and HRCI BUSINESS credit.

Track: Keynote 

Keynote Sponsor:    PretiFlaherty

5:00 - 6:30     WELCOME RECEPTION

Join the Convention's opening reception. It's a great way to renew HR acquaintances and make new HR friends. Enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres and conversations about all the day's exciting moments.

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 7:00 - 9:00    WELCOME GALA DINNER

Need dinner plans for Tuesday night? Join your friends from Maine SHRM and around the state for a delightful buffet dinner and even more delightful conversations. A great way to continue your peer networking and homecoming chats. Tickets available for purchase within the online registration. Guests are welcome. Seats are limited and will sell out fast!

Hosted by:  MESHRM       Sponsored by:   


It's time for a little music, dancing, and camaraderie! Join DJ Kevin Duran of Double Platinum Celebrations in the Enoteca Lounge at the Samoset!

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