Wednesday, May 10

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.

6:30 - 7:30    Morning Yoga

Start your day with focus. Our Convention Wellness Guru Beth Bielat will lead you through a gentle yoga session at the Samoset’s fitness center. Sign up at the Convention registration desk.

6:45 - 8:30     Breakfast is Served

Your Host:   Cross Employee Benefits


Convention Registration Opens. Registration remains open throughout the day.

Be sure to take advantage of Convention amenities including:

  • Sherman's Convention Bookstore hosted by Strategic Information Resources 
  • Mobile Hub hosted by
  • Bard Coffee hosted by Kaplan University
  • Gorgeous Gelato from 12:30-3:30 on Wednesday and Thursday hosted by Employer Support of the Guard Reserve
  • 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 

Additional Thanks to Convention Workshop Sponsor: Group Dynamic, Inc., WorkWell, and Combined Benefits United/Washington National.

Lead Sponsor:       Registration Sponsor:       

7:00 - 8:00     EARLY BIRD SESSION: Maine Great Leaders Series

                       Sandra Monfiletto and Teresa Schulz from Martin's Point Healthcare

"Building Powerful C-Suite Relationships." Start your Wednesday morning with two Maine leaders who have refined the rhythms between HR and company operations. Sandra Monfiletto, COO, and Teresa Schulz, CHRO, join us from Portland-based Martin's Point Healthcare. They will discuss their effective partnership and how it affects both strategic planning and smooth day-to-day management. They’ll share creative initiatives underway at Martin's Point – a healthcare organization whose patients include some 70,000 Mainers. You’ll see how Teresa’s stewardship of people and culture and her work in organizational process improvement (LEAN) meshes with Sandra’s involvement with delivery systems, legal, IT, compliance, and strategic planning. They’ll talk about developing a strategic plan that creates value for their customers, and the challenges of executing that plan in today’s world of talent shortages and an ever changing political environment. You will also experience a healthy dose of the personal dynamics that go into building this kind of effective relationship.

Approved for SHRM credit and HRCI BUSINESS credit.

Track: Get Strategic
Sponsored by: ProSearchLiveWorkMaine

8:30 - 9:45     KEYNOTE: Honor in Recognition

  Presented by Jarrett Krosoczka | Author of the Lunch Lady SeriesJarrett Krosoczka

In Jarrett Krosoczka’s world, lunch ladies are super heroes – serving up cafeteria food and justice! Join us for Wednesday morning’s keynote as Jarrett shares the inspiration behind his award-winning Lunch Lady children’s book series, where three curious students discover the crime-fighting ways of their heroic lunch lady and team up to keep the school safe from cyborg substitutes, conniving photographers, and mutant mathletes. Along the way we will hear tales of real-world everyday heroes, including Jarrett’s very own lunch lady, and learn lessons of dedication, humility, and gratitude – powerful virtues too often neglected in the workplace.

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

Track: Keynote

 Keynote Sponsor:    Community Health Options

10:15 - 11:45     CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

Agents of Change    Conduct a Great Hiring Interview    Pay Equity
Active Listening    Beyond the Balance Sheet    Wellness

11:45 - 1:00     Lunch and HR Expo

Enjoy a scrumptious buffet lunch and meet with our Business Partners to view their products and services for the HR community.

Lunch Sponsor: Cigna 

1:00 - 2:00     KEYNOTE: Lifting the Unconscious Bias Roadblock: A Talent Quest

                          Presented by Allison Manswell | Senior Consultant, Cook Ross

For this hour, we travel to the intersection of unconscious bias and your talent needs. In her keynote presentation, Allison Manswell will help you identify where such biases might exist within your team and within yourself. We will explore what you can do to open up the possibilities for great hires and talent development. And then we’ll turn our attention to the institutional changes necessary to mitigate the effects of unconscious bias in your organization. Consider this a journey to our better selves and to a better bottom line. 

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

Track: Keynote

Keynote Sponsor:   Community Health Options

2:00 - 2:45     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!

Hosted by: Cross Employee Benefits


Mastering HR Coaching Skills    ADA and Reassignment    Secret Recruiting Advantages
Lewiston HS    C-Suite Buys in    Wellness puzzle

4:15 - 6:00     Reception and HR EXPO

Please join us for hors d'oeuvres, conversations about all the day's exciting moments, and a chance to win some great prizes.

Hosted by:   CMA     Dale Carnegie Training   HR Power Hour

9:00 - 11:00     Entertainment 

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

Hosted by:   Northeast Delta Dental