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Vermont SHRM State Conference



    W e d n e s d a y, 1 0: 4 5 -  N o o n

    Harassment Training That Isn’t Dull (Track: Legal Hawk) Scott Rowland & Matthew Vardaman

    Performance Management 1.0: Basics for the New HR Practitioner (Track: New to HR) Jamie Resker

    Business Strategy for a New Workforce Ecosystem: Total Talent Management Comes of Age (Track: Get Strategic) Raleen Gagnon

    Data Privacy and Security: Rise of the Machines? (Track: Skill Building) Mike Wasco

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    Convince Your Skeptics! Modernize Performance Management Processes (Track: Skill Building) Jamie Resker

    Modern Workforce (The New Hiring Model): How Temporary Labor Can Strengthen Your Employment Strategies (Track: Get Strategic) Raleen Gagnon

    Engaging the Generational Divide (Track: Talent Acquisition) David Ciullo

    Working to 65 and Beyond... Understanding Medicare and its Impact on Group Health Coverage (Track: Skill Building) Tom Wright

    Let’s Make A Deal: Exercises to Improve your Negotiation Skills (Track: Legal Hawk)  Elizabeth Rattigan, Amy McLaughlin, Kerin Stackpole

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    Cultivating Talent: Creating Business Farm Teams (Track: Skill Building) Melissa Norman, Panel Moderator Panelists: Clarena Renfrow, Rutland High School; Kathi Terami, Careers CLiC; Lori Smith, Vermont Futures Program; Meg Gras, National Life Group; Polly Cipperly, Southwest Vermont Health Care

    Point/Counterpoint (Track: Legal Hawk) Kerin Stackpole and Julio Thompson

    How to Get Certified (Track: Personal Development) Dr. Alexander Alonso

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    Legislative and Regulatory Update (Track: Legal Hawk) Annette Bechtold

    Retention Strategies for a Diverse Workforce (Track: Global & Cultural Awareness) Curtiss Reed, Jr.

    What the Heck is Agile and Why HR Needs to Know About It? (Track: Get Strategic) Scott Rowland & Matthew Vardaman

    Casting a Wide Net (Track: Get Strategic) David Ciullo

    Getting the Form, I-9 Process Right (Track: New to HR) John Wilson


    2 0 1 8  S C H E D U L E


    7:00 - 8:15

    Registration & Breakfast w/ Exhibitors

    8:15 - 9:00

    SHRM Welcome Address, Awards

    9:00 - 10:15

    Keynote: Jason Hewlett

    10:15 - 10:45

    Break/EXPO/Book Signing

    10:45 - 12:00

    Concurrent Session #1 (choose one)

    12:00 - 12:30


    12:30 - 1:15


    1:15 - 1:45

    Dessert w/ Exhibitors

    1:45 - 3:00

    Concurrent Session #2 (choose one)

    3:00 - 3:30


    3:30 - 4:45

    Keynote: Tom Brennen

    5:00 - 6:00

    Networking Reception

    6:15 - 8:30

    Dinner & Entertainment


    7:00 - 8:00

    Registration & Breakfast w/ Exhibitors

    7:00 - 8:00

    Early Bird Sessions (choose one)

    8:00 - 8:15

    Welcome: Day Two

    8:15 - 9:30

    Keynote: Erica Keswin

    9:30 - 10:00


    10:15 - 11:30

    Concurrent Session #3 (choose one)

    11:30 - 12:00

    Break/Final EXPO/Prize Drawings

    12:00 - 12:45


    12:45 - 1:45

    Keynote: Terry L Choate, Jr.


    Closing Remarks

    Thank you to our Signature Sponsor:




    EXPO Hall

    65+ Exhibitors, Prizes and Networking Opportunities!

    Don’t miss the EXPO Hall! Visit with over 65 companies that provide the resources and services you need, relax in the HR Recharge & Wellness Station, enter to win great prizes from the exhibitors and grab a complimentary coffee drink from the Barista Station. The EXPO Hall is the place to be for gathering, networking and having fun!

    Wednesday Networking Reception, 5:00 - 6:00pm

    After a full day of conference activities, enjoy cocktails and appetizers at the Networking Reception. This reception will span the exhibitor space.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enjoy drinks and appetizers among our many exhibitors. Free to Everyone AND Special Surprise Roaming Entertainment!

    Wednesday Dinner and Entertainment @ the DoubleTree

    6:15 - 8:30pm

    Enjoy a delicious Vermont-themed dinner buffet as you continue conversations with colleagues, speakers and exhibitors.

    Featuring Dr. Steve Taubman’s Transformational Hypnosis Extravaganza! Relax and laugh like you’ve never laughed before as we wrap up our day with  mind-blowing, thought-provoking, audience-participation showthat will not only make you laugh until you cry but will introduce time- tested concepts for getting centered and staying sane in the midst of your chaotic job. Dr. Taubman is a bestselling author, mindfulness expert and transformational hypnotist... and every one of his shows includes a message and takeaways for thriving under pressure and mastering your emotions on the “battlefields of life.”

    Expect to laugh, gasp, think, and laugh some more... the PERFECT end to an action packed day!

    Tickets for dinner and entertainment are $45 per person.


    W e d n e s d a y , 9 : 0 0  -  1 0 : 1 5 a m

    The Promise: The Engagement Experience

    Motivational Keynote Speaker Jason Hewlett’s unique ability to bring to life the legendary performers of stage with incredible musical impressions (Michael Jackson, The Temptations, Diana Ross, Louie Armstrong), helps audiences make the connection to their own “performances” as they impact those in their world. With relatability and insight, he poses powerful questions to every person in the room:

    •     What is your Signature Move?

    •     Are you keeping The Promise to your ‘audience’ - those customers who count on you to deliver mission, vision, and value – every time?

    •     Do you embrace the amazing talents of each member of your team, filling your workplace with a culture of encouragement and trust?

    Filled to the brim with smart business strategies and solutions for gaining and retaining clients, Jason’s message also integrates tools and techniques to take Work Teams to entirely new levels. When that happens, employee engagement soars, job fulfillment catapults, overall health improves as stress levels plummet, and then? The work team transforms into a Work Family.

    Through hilarious and touching stories, analogies, music, artistry, and corporate-appropriate comedy, Jason expertly takes your audience on a journey unlike any presenter in the world. This message empowers listeners to take stock of their relationships with customers, teammates, family and friends -- and take a second look at the promises we all make, keep, or break with ourselves.

    The Promise moves audiences equally between tears of laughter and those of joyous resolution. With humor, heart, and tremendous connectivity, Jason inspires audience members to step into the positive shifts necessary to empower their lives both at work and at home.

    Jason Hewlett’s speaking career began following the performance of his popular One-Man Show at a corporate event. The client was so impressed with the powerful messaging in his act, Jason was asked to be keynote speaker for their Management & Leadership Conference the following year. Jason’s presentation, content, music and comedy, was so well received it turned into multiple speeches for nationwide clients.

    While Jason has received awards in the arts and entertainment industry, he has been hired for some of the largest corporate events in the world. His reputation has transformed from someone who delivers an incredible, standing ovation show worthy of Las Vegas praise, AND a keynote speaker sharing practical business principles applicable for leadership, entrepreneurship, and cultural impact.

    Jason’s talks combine authenticity, humor, music, and impersonations. His greatest accomplishments – wife, Tami, and four incredible young children – serve as his inspiration and help deliver material for his presentations.

    W e d n e s d a y , 3 : 3 0  -  4 : 4 5 p m

    Taking The Last Shot

    Tom Brennen was the University of Vermont head coach for 19 years. As the Vermont Catamounts’ Coach, he piloted the team to several America East Championships. With humor and insight, Tom will provide insight into the challenges of coaching and mentoring individualistic, high-energy and (sometimes) overconfident young men into a winning team.

    Through Tom’s storytelling, he will share with you how he successfully lead his “employees” with very different backgrounds, experiences and personalities and created teams united and focused on accomplishing the goal!

    Tom Brennen is a radio and television sportscaster and former men’s basketball head coach at the University of Vermont from 1986 to 2005. In 1986, Brennan began his 19 year-tenure, at University of Vermont. The longest of any coach in the history of the America East and is tied for the longest current stint at one school, among New England Division I programs. During his 19 years, as the head coach of the Vermont Catamounts, he led the team to several America East Championships, along with the defeat of Syracuse University in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.  Brennan has been honored as America East Coach of the Year three times in 1992, 1998, and 2002; as well NABC District I (New England) Coach of the Year on two occasions in 1992 and 2002.  He was also named National Coach of the Year by the New Jersey Sportswriters in 2005.

    Formerly, Brennan co-hosted one of the most popular morning radio shows in Vermont history called the “Corm and the Coach Show,” with radio personality Steve Cormier. Currently, Brennan is a College Basketball Analyst for SiriusXM.

    Thursday, 8:15 - 9:30 a.m.  

    Bring Your Human to Work: Smart Companies Honor Relationships
    Erica Keswin, The Spaghetti Project

    This flagship talk is based on Erica’s twenty years as a consultant for some of the most iconic brands in the world, as well as her recent research for her book on what makes a company more “human.” Erica offers powerful case studies and walks leaders and managers through her ten sure-fire ways to help them design a more human workplace, which all comes down to one simple thing— honoring relationships.

    Erica Keswin is an expert in the business of relationships helping businesses, organizations and individuals improve performance by honoring relationships in every context, always with an eye toward high-tech for human touch.

    Signed copies of her new book, Bring Your Human to Work: Ten Sure-Fire Ways to Design a Workplace That is Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World, will be at the conference! Erica worked for over twenty years in organization and leadership development, and the human capital space.  Inspired by a 2015 Cornell study showing firemen who eat together are better at their jobs, and as a hats-off to the firemen and their go-to firehouse meal, she calls her work the Spaghetti Project. Erica received her MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and her BA from UVM. She sits on the Advisory Board of DoSomething Strategic, the strategy arm of, non-profit that connections millennials and Gen Z with volunteer opportunities.

     Thursday, 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.  

    Understanding and Surviving a Sudden, Unplanned Incident of Violence
    Terry L. Choate, Jr, Blue-U Defense

    This presentation is the foundation for all Blue-U Defense training and is the starting point for a life-changing and potentially life-saving mindset.  It includes analysis of the how, what and why of sudden, unplanned incidents of violence/active shooters; the incident itself, the mindset and motivations of the “bad guy”, and tactics that potential victims can implement to increase their chances for survival. We discuss self-defense tactics that are simple, effective, practical and require no additional training. Lessons that are taught transcend the workplace and apply to all aspects of daily life regardless of the type of violent act that might be encountered.

    Terry Choate is a Co-Founder and Training Specialist for Blue-U Defense.  He has served as Team Commander of the Monadnock Regional Special Response (SWAT) Team and for 11 years as a Lieutenant with the Jaffrey (NH) Police Department.  Prior to law enforcement, Mr. Choate spent over 20 years in management positions with Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Choate is an author and subject matter expert on:

    •     Criminal behavior – understanding mind, motivations and decision-making processes of the criminal, how to influence the outcome of criminal situations, and practical and effective methods to solve problems and protect lives.

    •     Drug Abuse and Abusers – behavior leading to/result of abuse learned through extensive experience and training in illegal drugs undercover work, arrests, search warrants, and drug operations.

    In addition, Mr. Choate’s experience with Executive Security International provides expertise in Security Surveys, Advances, Personal and Executive Protection, CCTV Surveillance, Stalking and Dangerous Human Behavior, Anti/Counter Terrorism, and Business Security.




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    September 12-13, 2019

    DoubleTree by Hilton | Burlington, VT



    We’re excited to announce Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM (the world’s largest HR professional society) will be kicking off next year’s conference!