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    VTHRA Session - HR 101

    Date: May 30, 2019, 7:30am – 4:30pm
    Trader Duke's Hotel
    1117 Williston Road
    South Burlington, VT 05403
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    HR 101

    Are you new to HR or simply just need a refresher? Are you a small business owner and not sure where to start when it comes to HR? Then this full-day seminar is for you! We’ve gathered some of Vermont’s local experts to educate attendees on some essential HR topics. This day-long workshop is designed to target entry-level HR professionals to give them a thorough introduction into the world of HR. Seasoned HR professionals are also encouraged to attend, everyone could use a refresher, right?

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    • Employment Law & Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)/Vermont Parental and Family Leave (VTPFL)
    • Compensation & Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
    • Safety & OSHA
    • Performance Development
    • Talent Acquisition


    Time Topic Speaker
    7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration, Breakfast & Coffee  
    8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Welcome & Announcements  
    8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Compensation & FLSA Michelle Lewis
    9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Break  
    9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Performance Development Ross Gibson
    11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Safety & OSHA Mary Beth Morriseau
    12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch  
    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Talent Acquisition Beth Gilpin
    2:00p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break  
    2:15p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Employment Law & FMLA Kerin Stackpole
    4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Closing  











    *Final schedule is subject to change

    About our Speakers

    Kerin Stackpole, SPHR

    Director at Paul Frank + Collins

    Kerin Stackpole leads the Employment + Labor Law Group. She provides practical and proactive advice to senior leaders and management teams regarding a wide range of labor and employment issues, including workforce planning, hiring and on-boarding, performance management, legal and recordkeeping compliance, leave management, employee engagement, policy development and implementation, union avoidance, and discipline and discharge. Kerin firmly believes that the best defense against legal claims begins well before those claims are made – with positive and continuous employee engagement, good education for supervisors and managers, fair and consistent practices, and solid documentation.

    Kerin is also an experienced litigator and a skilled teacher. She has taught at several law schools and colleges on the East Coast, and she regularly designs and presents training programs for businesses and municipalities seeking to strengthen the skills of their management team. Kerin has been a featured speaker at conferences for numerous state and local human resource associations, municipal and payroll associations, Lorman Educational Services, and the Champlain College Management Excellence Series.

    Michelle Lewis, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPB, CCP

    HR Consultant, HR Delta, LLC

    Michelle helps organizations think differently about People, Pay, and Processes through her work as an HR Consultant with HR Delta, LLC.  Building on formal training and education in HR, Michelle has held frontline and managerial HR positions with local organizations such as Howard Center and IDX and with global organizations such as General Electric, Texas Instruments, and Wyeth.  Michelle applies her training and experience in Compensation and Benefits, Leadership Development, HR Systems, and Lean Six Sigma to help organizations optimize their compensation strategies, develop their leaders, create succession plans for the future, and streamline their HR processes and systems.  She has worked to advance HR education and practice through service on the board of the Vermont HR Association, including two terms as president.  Michelle’s community involvement also includes serving on the board of the King Street Center in Burlington.

    Mary Beth Morrisseau

    Safety Consultant at Green Mountain Safety Consulting

    As a Safety Consultant at GMSC, Mary Beth started her career in manufacturing as an apprentice for General Electric.  At GE she trained and worked in every area of manufacturing from Machining to Quality Assurance.  From there she received her bachelor’s degree and became a certified life and business coach.  For the past 12 years she has had roles in Safety and Human Resources for both small and large manufacturing companies.  Mary Beth has completed the Ergonomic Certification course from Roy Matheson & Associates.  She has taught numerous trainings on lifting and ergonomics as well as completed many ergonomic assessments.  Mary Beth’s knowledge of manufacturing in conjunction with her education in safety, HR and coaching brings a complete package for general industry & office environments.

    Beth Gilpin, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

    Principal, Beth Gilpin Consulting LLC

    Beth has provided HR consulting and recruiting services to a diversity of Vermont employers for over 25 years.  Her passion is helping organizations attract and hire optimal talent through a creative and collaborative approach to this critical piece of talent management.  For employers looking to develop and/or improve in this area, Beth’s holistic service offerings can help organizations define their employer brand, strengthen the skills of HR and hiring managers involved in this effort, optimize the candidate experience, and ensure sound practices aimed at developing, engaging, and retaining great people. 
    During the winter months you can find Beth volunteering as a backcountry and telemark ski instructor for the Catamount Trail Association. 


    Ross Gibson

    Director of Benefits Consulting at The Richards Group

    Ross Gibson is leadership and organizational development consultant and facilitator.  As the Director, Client Operations and Consulting at The Richards Group, Ross works with organizations to help develop positive leadership growth.   Prior to working as a consultant, Ross was Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources at World Learning, a global academic institution and Non-Governmental Organization based in Brattleboro, Vermont.  Ross has held other several senior level positions including Vice President, Learning and Organizational Development at Charles River Labs and Vice President, Human Resources at both American Superconductor and Cambridge Neuroscience, Inc. 

    Ross holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Psychology from Tufts University and a Master’s Degree in Management of Human Services from Brandeis University.  He is a certified facilitator of several of the Franklin Covey programs including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as well as being certified in the DISC behavioral assessment program.

    Ross is active in several local and regional Human Resources and training organizations and is a past President of the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA). Ross is a Board member of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, Director-elect of the Vermont State Council of SHRM and an active member of the Sunshine Rotary Club of Brattleboro. 


    $149.00 GMHRA or RVHRA Association Member
    $99.00 Earlybird rate before May 8

    $149.00 VTHRA Member 
    $99.00 Earlybird rate before May 8

    $179.00 Non-Member
    $129.00 Earlybird rate before May 8