Workshops & Training

2024 Municipal HR & Management Conference

Sponsored by: Maine Municipal Association
Date: 6/12/2024
Location: University of Maine at Orono - Wells Conference Center
Cost: MMA Member: $95 | Non-Member: $190

Training for: Animal Control, Assessor, Clerk, Code Enforcement, Finance, General Assistance, Human Resources, Librarian, Manager, Parks & Recreation, Planning, Public Safety, Public Works, Tax Collector & Treasurer, Water & Wastewater, MMA

8:00 am:    Registration/Continental Breakfast/Visit with Sponsors

8:45 am:    Welcome
Catherine Conlow, Executive Director, Maine Municipal Association

9:00 am – 10:00 am:  Keynote Presentation

The Business of Shared Leadership
Kevin Hancock is an award-winning author, speaker, and the senior executive of one of America’s oldest family businesses, Hancock Lumber.  In this talk, Kevin will discuss the potential for encouraging innovation to advance humanity by creating an employee centric work culture designed to disperse power, share leadership, and strengthen the voices of others.  In this way, organizations can learn to soar to unprecedented heights on the wings of thriving humans at work. Learn more at 
Presenter:  Kevin Hancock, Managing Owner and Chairman, Hancock Lumber Company
MTCMA Certification – TBD

About our Presenter:
Kevin Hancock is the managing owner and Chairman of Hancock Lumber Company, one of America’s oldest family businesses, as well as an award-winning author and nationally-recognized public speaker. Established in 1848, Hancock Lumber Company is led by its 720 employees operating 11 lumberyards, 4 sawmills, a truss manufacturing facility, and timberlands in Maine and New Hampshire.  Hancock Lumber is a ten-time recipient of the ‘Best Places to Work in Maine’ award. The company is also a recipient of the Maine Family Business of the Year Award, the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence, the ProSales National Dealer of the Year Award, and the Maine Retailer of the Year Award.
Kevin is a past chairman of the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association, the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association, and the Bridgton Academy Board of Trustees.  Kevin has also served of the Board of Directors for the Hussey Seating Corporation in Maine, the Seneca Sawmill Corporation in Oregon, and the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission.
Kevin is a recipient of the Ed Muskie ‘Access to Justice’ Award, the Habitat for Humanity ‘Spirit of Humanity’ Award, the Maine Development Foundation ‘Ken Curtis Leadership Award’, and the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame ‘Directors Award’.
He is the author of three books: Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse; The Seventh Power: One CEO’s Journey into the Business of Shared Leadership; and 48 Whispers from Pine Ridge and the Northern Plains.
Kevin is a frequent visitor to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and an advocate of strengthening the voices of all individuals—within a company or a community —through listening, empowering, and shared leadership.  He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and lives in Maine with his wife Alison.

10:00 am – 10:15 am:  Break/Visit with Sponsors

10:15 am – 11:15 am:  Block 1

Help Wanted: Turning Your Workplace into a Talent Magnet
Maintaining a well prepared, contemporary workforce is fundamental to ensure your agency’s continuity of operations. In essence, it’s akin to a risk management strategy because what delivers services are qualified, mission-oriented people motivated to build a stronger community. At the same time, the public sector’s traditional ways of retaining and attracting top-flight talent are not always effective and are often viewed as antiquated.  In this webinar, you will learn specific steps you can take to immediately strengthen your employer brand (i.e. your brand is your reputation, not your logo), increase your retention of A+ performers, and modernize your approach to recruitment.
Presenter: Patrick Ibarra, Co-Founder and Partner, The Mejorando Group
MTCMA Certification – TBD

The What, Where, When, and How of Documentation in Municipal Government
In this presentation, we will explore all aspects of documentation related to supervision and management in municipal government, including specific tools and strategies that HR professionals and managers can utilize for success!
Presenter: Betsy Oulton, President, HR Maine Consulting
MTCMA Certification – TBD

11:15 am – 11:30 am:  Morning Break and Visit with Sponsors

11:30 am – 12:30 pm:  Block 2

Mental Health – Getting the Most out of Resources for your Employees
Life is not always easy. Employees often turn to their manager or Human Resources for guidance with navigating the mental health benefits that are offered through their employer. This session, led by Anne Charles, Health Promotion Manager for the Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust, will educate participants on the resources that are available so you can feel confident guiding your employees. Join us to learn about the benefits MMEHT has to offer, including Anthem EAP, Talkspace, Aspire365, Mental Health First Aid and wellness classes. In addition, we will discuss how employers can create a culture that supports employees and their mental health. Please note this session will be most beneficial for worksites that offer MMEHT health insurance plans. 
Presenter: Anne Charles, Health Promotion Manager, Maine Municipal Employees’ Health Trust
MTCMA Certification – TBD

Paid Family Medical Leave Updates
This session will provide an overview of the law, including any updates related to the rules and regulations to date and discuss what employers can be doing in anticipation of the law taking effect.
Presenter: Ann Freeman, Shareholder, Bernstein Shur
MTCMA Certification – TBD

12:30 – 1:30 pm:  Lunch/ Networking

1:30 – 1:45 pm: Dessert, Coffee and Visit with Sponsors

1:45 – 2:45 pm:  Block 3

Coaching for Success: Bringing Out the Best in Your Supervisors
Today’s supervisors must learn to lead by example, actively listen, and foster an environment where feedback is valued and acted upon. This training focuses on developing these soft skills that will teach organizations to transform mere managers into influential leaders who empower their teams to achieve their full potential. Teaching supervisors to shift from relying on the authority of their position to leveraging the persuasive power of their personal credibility and trustworthiness will lead to more engaged and productive teams.
Presenter: Adam Gormely, Abbe Chabot, and Cynthia Brann, Dirigo Risk Management Solutions

The Do’s and Don’ts of Due Process 
This section will deal with the complexities of the disciplinary process, including due process requirements, union issues, and the legal landscape to follow - and the land mines to avoid. We’ll also explore case studies of how things can go horribly wrong - and what to do if that happens.
Presenter: Matthew Tarasevitch, Shareholder, Bernstein Shur
MTCMA Certification – TBD

2:45 – 3:00 pm:  Afternoon Break and Visit with Sponsors

3:00 – 4:00 pm:  Block 4

Reasonable Accommodations for People with Disabilities
This session is a module from Windmills: An Employment Disability Inclusion Program. This session will acquaint participants with the creative process in identifying possible reasonable accommodations for a variety of disabilities. This is a hands-on session where attendees will participate in the interactive communication process to develop accommodations, become more knowledgeable on the ADAAA definition of reasonable accommodation, and gain information on resources available.
Presenter: Sharisse Roberts, Rehabilitation Consultant, Maine Department of Labor
MTCMA Certification

Office Ergonomics
Contrary to what some may believe doing an Ergonomic Assessment does not require a degree in Kinesiology or an expert in Kinetics. In this session we’ll cover some of the common injuries faced by improper ergonomics, show you how you can conduct you own in-house evaluations and improve the health and well-being of your fellow employees in a class which will attempt to de-mystify the field of ergonomics and show how simple changes can make a profound difference.
Presenter: Jason Johnson, Loss Control Consultant, MMA Risk Management Services
MTCMA Certification

Cancellation policy:
Cancellations must be submitted using this Cancellation form to cancel your registration for an event. Cancellations received before 6/5/24 will be assessed a $15 administrative fee for processing. Cancellations received on/after 6/5/24 will be charged 50% of the course fee. Any registrant who does not attend and does not cancel their registration (i.e., no-show) and any cancellation received the day of the event will be charged the full registration fee.

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