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    GMHRA Presents: Getting Talent Back to Work - Eliminating Barriers to Employment

    Date: October 11, 2019, 7:45am – 10:00am
    The Orvis Company
    178 Conservation Way, Sunderland, VT 05250

    The address is 178 Conservation Way Sunderland 05250. If using a GPS, the best address to enter is Orvis Road in Sunderland, Vt. When you come up the driveway, you will see visitor parking on your left and then walkways that will lead you to the main entrance.

    Special location notice from Orvis:
    Orvis has adopted a Dog Policy, allowing dogs to come in to the office. Dogs have always been welcomed outside of the building, but are now part of our regular, daily guests in the building. Orvis does have dog-free conference rooms. If you have allergies, or have any questions about this policy, please let us know.

    In addition, Orvis has a few people in the building who have difficulty/ allergies with strong fragrances. One of the individuals happens to be Orvis' receptionist, Janet, who will be there to greet you when you arrive. Orvis is mindful of fragrances (perfume, cologne, and strong flowers), for our guests, vendors and associates who are in the building every day. There are a few other people throughout the building who have similar sensitivities.”
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    Meeting Agenda
    7:45 - 8:00:      Networking
    8:00 - 8:30:      Business meeting
    8:30 - 10:00:    Presentation

    Moderator: Melissa Norman, SPHR

    Many of you have heard about ‘ban the box’, ‘first step act’, ‘open hiring’, ‘returning citizens’, ‘values-led hiring’ – the common thread is Inclusion and Diversity – essential components to a full and productive workforce.

    So what is Inclusive Hiring? It is about eliminating the barriers preventing people from getting back into the workforce. It could be people who have dealt with addictions in the past and are struggling to find work. Parents who have been out of the workforce for a period of time and want to get started again. Veterans struggling with a disability who are having a hard time breaking into the civilian workplace. New Americans looking for opportunity and a place to prove themselves. A recently homeless parent trying to keep their family together and provide stable housing. Or someone trying to get a fresh start after incarceration, looking to move forward from the mistakes of the past. In short, it’s about learning to meet people where they are and see what they can become, not judging them for who they were or their circumstance.

    An inclusive hiring model requires companies to identify a new type of business partner – organizations that serve individuals who are struggling to get back into the workforce and understanding the needs of the people they serve. It’s about more than giving someone a job, it’s about sharing ideas, expertise, and networks to help your community partners do the things they do better and ultimately, serve more people.

    As a business community, we can provide someone with a routine to get back into that leads to self-worth and financial stability. For some the opportunity will lead to a long career and for others a stepping stone that leads them to their true calling. Businesses have the opportunity to create a sense of pride, wellbeing, and community. We’ve all struggled at one time or another and it’s heartwarming to know that there is an organization and a community that’s there to support you and not label you because of the challenges you’ve faced or the mistakes you’ve made.

    Our panel consists of regional employers and their community partners talking about their journey toward Inclusive Hiring and sharing best practices and tools to help you get started or improve upon the work you are already doing.

    ·   Chris DesRoches, Vice President of Customer Care with Casella Waste Services

    ·   Beth Wirsul, Recruitment Specialist, The Vermont Country Store

    ·   Colleen Hobbs, Account Manager with Working Fields

    ·   Kelly Osborn, Senior Vice President of Client Services with Goodwill NNE

    ·   Chuck Nettleship, Interim Executive Director with The Veterans Place

    ·   Gen Habeck, Director of Education & Community Outreach with InvestEAP

    ·   Dan Warnecke, Associate Director with United Way of Rutland County

    Participants in this session will learn:

    ·   Why regional employers have implemented inclusive hiring practices.

    ·   How to establish inclusive hiring practices at your organization.

    ·   How to establish community partnerships to support inclusive hiring practices.

    ·   How to refine your hiring and retention strategies to support inclusive hiring practices.


    Pending Approval for Professional Development Credits.
    Presentation Materials will be distributed in advance of the meeting. Certificate of Attendance for SHRM & HRCI will be distributed at the meeting and to those participating by GoToMeeting