Wednesday, September 14, 2022 – 8:30am to
Thursday, September 15, 2022 – 12:00pm

Massachusetts Municipal Human Resources will host its annual Fall Conference on Sept. 14 and 15 in Hull.

Conference sessions will cover topics such as diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging; resilience for municipal leaders; mental health impacts of the pandemic; and trends in collective bargaining.

Registration and networking will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 14. The program will start at 9:15 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to join an outdoor cocktail reception immediately following the first day of the conference for beverages, snacks and networking.

Breakfast and networking will begin at 8 a.m. on Sept. 15. The program will start at 9 a.m., and the conference will conclude at noon.

The conference will be held at the Nantasket Beach Resort at 45 Hull Shore Drive in Hull. The registration fee is $185 for the full conference or $110 for Wednesday-only. The registration fee does not include the cost of hotel rooms.

Hotel rooms are available on Sept. 13 and 14 for a nightly rate of $211.36, including taxes and fees. To make hotel reservations, attendees must call the hotel directly at 1-888-641-4175 and request to book for the Massachusetts Municipal Association conference. The deadline to reserve hotel rooms is Friday, Aug. 12.

The MMA is currently requiring attendees to show proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID (card, photo or QR code). Exemptions are allowed with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours. Masks are optional. These safety protocols are subject to change based on the latest public health data and guidance.

The non-COVID related cancellation deadline is September 6. To cancel your registration, please send an email to After September 6, refunds will only be considered for COVID related cancellations. If you need to cancel a hotel reservation, you must call the hotel directly to cancel.


Wednesday, September 14

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Conference Registration and Welcome Breakfast
Surf Ballroom

9 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks

9:15 a.m.
Legislative Update
Dave Koffman, MMA Legislative Director

9:45 a.m.
DEI Workshop: Assessing Your Community’s Needs & Supporting Your DEI Hire
This interactive workshop will focus on how municipalities can assess their DEI needs and readiness for DEI work, and how they can support DEI hires. Topics will include aligning DEI initiatives with the community’s strategic goals/plan, identifying resources/support, communication plans, and an interview of a DEI officer/manager in a community that has had success with this position.
Rachel Glisper, Principal, Crossroads DEIB, LLC

Noon-1 p.m.
Event Pavilion

1-2:30 p.m.
Emotional Wellbeing in the Workplace: Identifying and Supporting Employees Struggling with Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues
Surf Ballroom
This session will focus on how the pandemic has impacted mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, how municipal HR leaders can recognize when employees are struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues, and how to identify mental health resources and providers to support employee mental health and wellbeing.
Dr. Treniece Lewis Harris, CEO & Founder, CulturaPsy

2:30-3 p.m.
Healthy Snack Break

3-4:30 p.m.
Trends in Collective Bargaining
This session will focus on trends that labor attorneys are seeing in collective bargaining.
Melissa Murray, Partner, Norris, Murray, & Peloquin, LLC

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Free Time

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception
Event Pavilion
There will be light hors d’oeuvres served at the cocktail reception, but there will be no formal dinner. There is a restaurant on-site at Nantasket Beach Resort, and a list of other area restaurants will be provided.

Thursday, September 15

7 a.m.
Sunrise Yoga
Roof Deck

7:45 a.m.
Breakfast and Networking
Surf Ballroom

9-10:30 a.m.
Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST): What Municipal HR Directors Need to Know
This session will provide an overview of the Massachusetts POST certification process required for all police officers
Chief Michael Wynn, Pittsfield Police Chief and POST Commissioner
Enrique A. Zuniga, Executive Director, Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission

10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.-Noon
Resilience for Human Resources Professionals
This session will focus on how municipal HR leaders can support themselves and protect their own mental health and well-being in the face of significant ongoing change and turmoil in the workplace.
Cally Ritter, Principal, Positive Ripple Training & Consulting

Boxed Lunches will be available for attendees to take to-go

Nantasket Beach Resort, Hull

MMA Senior Member Services Coordinator Isabelle Nichols Jenkins,
Massachusetts Municipal Human Resources