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*Please note this schedule is subject to time/content changes; more details/topics/activities will be added at they are confirmed.

All-day: Local Activities available through DiscoverNewport (tours of the Breakers Mansions, winery/brewery visits, Newport Art Museum, and more!)

All-day: Treatment discounts at
the Spa at The Newport Harbor Island Resort - 20% discount for all attendees and their guests!

9:30am – 4:00pm: Check-In/Registration Open

10:30am – 12:30pm: Pre-Conference Master Classes (choice of 3)

*pre-registration required, additional cost; information coming soon

1 - Live & In-Person Employment Law Update - Cultural Flashpoints Edition WITH Christina Duszlak, Associate, Seyfarth Shaw LLP & Dan Klein, Partner, Labor & Employment, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
2 - Building Trust in the Workplace: Insights from the World of Improv WITH Sarah Filman (she/her/hers), Performance Activist, & Founder, Playful Perspectives & Jordan Hirsch, Jordan Hirsch, ACC, CPC, Leadership Coach, Facilitator, and Trainer, Fish Tree

3 - Systems Thinking for Organizations WITH Jeff Boudro, Executive Director, Power+Systems, Inc.

12:30 – 2:00pm: Lunch (for Master Class attendees)

3:30 – 5:30pm: Welcoming Remarks, Opening Keynote Session & Welcome Playshop with Gary Ware, Founder of Breakthrough Play: 
Maximize Workplace Performance Through The Power of Play
Join Gary in this exhilarating keynote and playshop, where he'll guide us through an exploration of the critical role play serves in fostering joy and connectivity within our workplaces and lives. Delve into the power of play and learn how it can significantly impact teamwork and organizational culture.

Discover strategies for cultural transformation that can elevate overall performance, and leave with actionable activities to immediately implement, enhancing team engagement and cohesion. Unlock the potential of play to revolutionize your workplace dynamics and foster a thriving, collaborative atmosphere

5:30pm - on: Continue the connections and conversations – join fellow attendees for dinner in Newport one at one of their many fabulous restaurants! (reservations are recommended).


7:00am – 5:00pm: Check-In/Registration Open

7:00 – 9:30am: Continental breakfast, visiting with sponsors, and connecting with attendees

9:30 – 10:45am: Welcoming Remarks & Opening Culture Conversations

11:15am – 12:15pm: Breakout Sessions (choice of 3)

1 - Rethinking the Art & Science of People Data WITH Demetra Anagnostopoulos, Chief Success Officer, SurePeople & Sarah Mann, Executive Coach
2 - Isolation, Inclusion and Workplace Community Care: Strengthening Employee Mental Health WITH Anouska Bhattacharyya, VP of Programs, YW Boston & Samantha Isabel Calero, MPH, VP of People and Culture, YW Boston

3 - Coming soon!

12:15 – 1:15pm: NEHRA's 2024 Annual Awards Celebration & Lunch

1:15 – 1:45pm: Dessert with Sponsors

1:45 – 2:45pm: Breakout Sessions (choice of 3)

1 - Situational Awareness & De-Escalation in the Workplace WITH ProActive Response Group LLC

2 - The Power of Play: A Hands-On Adventure in Connection and Growth WITH Gary Ware, Founder, Breakthrough Play

3 - Coming soon! WITH Sam Thomeier, MBA, CEBS, Senior Sales Director/East Region, Herron Palmer

2:45 – 3:30pm: Break and Sponsor Activities

3:30 – 4:30pm: Breakout Sessions (choice of 3)

1 - AI in the Workplace: Panel DiscussionWITH Bucky Dodd, CEO, ClearKinetic

2 - Building a Culture for Workers and Companies to Thrive in Times of Change WITH Tim Driscoll, Executive VP, Keystone Partners & Shawna Simcik, Senior VP, Leadership Development, Keystone Partners

3 - The Power of Presence WITH Melissa Christenson, President, Creative Training Resources

4:30 – 6:00pm: Welcome Reception – grab a drink, an hors d’oeuvre, a couple of new contacts, and relax! (dinner on own)


7:00am – 2:00pm: Check-In/Registration Open

7:00 – 9:30am: Breakfast, visiting with sponsors, and connecting with attendees

8:30 – 9:30am: Breakout Sessions (choice of 2)

1 - Managing your Company's evolution to an Employer of Choice WITH Josh Varone, SVP, Human Resources, Centreville Bank

2 - Disability Etiquette WITH Bonnie Rivers, Director of Employee Relations, Work Without Limits

9:45 – 10:45am: Breakout Sessions (choice of 3)

1 - Strategic Flexibility: Navigating Talent Shortages with Flexible Hiring Practices WITH Ashley Moore, Director of Client Services, FlexProfessionals & Leanne Rodd, Director of Talent, FlexProfessionals

2 - Hands-On Thinking: Building a Culture of Adaptability for Organizational Success WITH Rach SebellShavit, ICF PCC, Founder/CEO, HELM365

3 - Coming soon!

10:45 - 11:15am: Break and Sponsor Activities

11:15am – 12:15pm: Breakout Sessions (choice of 3)

1 - Cultivating Well-Being and Maximizing Performance in Your Workplace WITH Luz Frazier, Founder & CEO, The LeadHumano Collective

2 - A Radical Approach to Stay Interviews - Retain, Engage, and Improve! WITH Nancy Gervais, Associate Director, Talent Acquisition, Berklee College of Music

3 -  Coming Soon! 

12:15 – 2:00pm: Lunch, Grand Prize Raffle Drawing & Closing Keynote Session

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