MMPA Fall Conference

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Date and time: 
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 9:00am to Friday, September 15, 2017 - 2:00pm
Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort, Lenox

This day-and-a-half event will feature multiple workshops and networking opportunities for municipal human resource professionals across the Commonwealth. The event will feature human resources and management workshops, professional development programming, and networking events. Workshop topics include managing the demands of the HR role, communication and contract negotiation strategies, discipline with public employees, the future of municipal health insurance, and more. The Board of Directors has begun publicizing the conference so members are able to adjust their FY18 budgets accordingly.
Full Conference: $125
One Day: $75
Optional Thursday Night Dinner: $45
Room Rate: $189 per night
To Reserve a Room: The MMPA has set aside a limited number of rooms for Wednesday, Sept. 13, and Thursday, Sept. 14, 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. 14, or when sold out
Conference Registration and Cancellation Deadline: Thursday, Aug. 31
Thursday, Sept. 14
9 a.m.
Conference Registration and Welcome Breakfast
9:15-9:45 a.m.
Pre Conference Content: Managing the Demands of the HR Role
9:45-10:45 a.m.
Communication and Negotiation in Contract Strategies
Presented by Megan Sullivan, Partner, Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn, LLC
10:45 a.m.
10:55 a.m. - Noon
A Guide to Classification and Compensation
Presented by Mark Morse, President, MMA Consulting Group Inc.
12-12:45 p.m.
1-1:45 p.m.
Discipline With Public Employees
Presented by Dan Brown, Attorney, Feeley & Brown, PC
1:45-2:45 p.m.
Practitioner Panel: Navigating the Performance Review Process
Presented by:
Richard Tranfaglia, Human Resources Director, Natick
Sandra Debow Huang, Human Resources Director, Brookline
Moderator: Sandy Stapczynski, President, Human Resources Services Inc.
2:45-2:55 p.m.
3-4 p.m.
The Future of Municipal Health Insurance
Presented by Kevin Feeley, Attorney, Feeley & Brown, PC
4-6 p.m.
Free Time
4:45-5:15 p.m.
Optional Nature Walk
Facilitated by Jayne Schmitz, Wellness Program Specialist, MIIA
6 p.m.
7 p.m.
8:30 p.m.
Fireside S'mores
Friday, Sept. 15
7 a.m.
Sunrise Yoga
7:45 a.m.
Breakfast and Board of Directors Meeting
9-10:15 a.m.
Top 10 Policies Every HR Director Must Have
Presented by Katherine Hesse, Attorney, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey, & Lehane, LLP
10:15-10:45 a.m.
Legislative Update: Is Your Municipality Ready for FY18?
Presented by Nick Downing, MMA Senior Legislative Analyst
10:45 a.m.
11-12:15 p.m.
Employee Engagement and Changing the Workplace Culture: MIIA Rewards Topic
Presented by Cally Ritter, LICSW, Development Consultant, AllOne Health
12:15 p.m.
Boxed Lunch To Go


MMA Member Services Coordinator Devon Elizabeth Williams