Thursday, September 27, 2018 – 8:30am to
Friday, September 28, 2018 – 12:15pm

The Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association will hold its second annual Fall Conference at the Cranwell Resort in Lenox on Sept. 27 and 28.

The conference will run on Thursday, Sept. 27,  from 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. with cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7:15 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 28, from 7:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Full Conference: $175
One Day: $100
Optional Thursday Night Dinner: $55
Room Rate: $189 per night

To Reserve a Room: The MMPA has set aside a limited number of rooms for Wednesday, Sept. 26, and Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort. To reserve a room, call Cranwell at (413) 637-1364 and mention the MMPA Room Block to get the discounted rate. Room registration deadline: Monday, Aug. 27, or when sold out.

Conference Registration and Cancellation Deadline: Thurs, Sept. 6.


Thursday, September 27

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

9:30 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Mary Beth Bernard

9:45-10:45 a.m.
Flying Solo: Top Tips for Succeeding as a Department of One
Margie McGinnis, Town Administrator, Leverett
Andrea Llamas, Town Administrator, Buckland
Moderator: Heather Budrewicz, Town Administrator, Ashburnham

10:45 a.m.

10:55 a.m.
Mini Labor Law Update: Strategies for Pay Equity and Paid Leave
Katherine Hesse, Partner, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP.
Kier Wachterhauser, Attorney, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP.

Noon-12:45 p.m.
Rose Terrace

1-3 p.m.
Introduction to Compensation Strategy and Costing out Contracts
Kevin Feeley, Attorney, Feeley & Brown, PC
Dan Brown, Attorney, Feeley & Brown, PC

Master Class: Exploring Intersections of Conflict and Culture
Margaret Arsenault, Director for Workplace Learning & Development, UMass Amherst
Mary Acardi, Associate, Edward J. Collins Center for Public Management
Melissa Scheid Frantz, Employee and Organizational Development Specialist, UMass Amherst

3-3:15 p.m.

3:15-4 p.m.
Social Media Policies for Municipalities
Liz Valerio, Principal, Valerio, Dominello & Hillman, LLC.
Nick Dominello, Principal, Valerio, Dominello & Hillman, LLC.

4-6 p.m.
Free Time

6 p.m.
Rose Terrace

7:15 p.m.
Music Room

8:30 p.m.
Fireside S’mores

Friday, September 28

7 a.m.
Sunrise Yoga

7:45 a.m.
Breakfast and Networking

8:30-9:45 a.m.
Top 10 Policies Every HR Director Must Have
Megan Sullivan, Partner, Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn, LLC.

9:45-10:05 a.m.
Legislative Update

10:05 a.m.
Strategic Plan Update
Maureen Valente, Principal, Valente & Associates

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Contagious Cues in Leadership: What Secrets Are You Missing?
Shelly O’Donovan, Lead Trainer, Illuminate the Message, LLC.

12:15 p.m.
Boxed Lunch To Go

For more information about the conference or the MMPA, contact Member Services Coordinator Devon Elizabeth Williams at the MMA.

Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort, Lenox

MMA Member Services Coordinator Devon Elizabeth Williams