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Human Resource Workshop Series


To bring current trends and tools to attract and retain a talented workforce through education and leadership development.

What We Do

Navigating the Human Resource of today and beyond for employers of all sizes.


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About The Human Resource Council

The Human Resource Council's goal is bringing current trends and tools to attract and retain a talented workforce through education and leadership development. The Council provides an opportunity for HR Professionals to discuss employment related topics, exchange ideas with their peers and receive professional development and training. We are in charge of creating engaging events, informational workshops and addressing recent legislative changes/requirements. Some of the topics for discussion include recruiting, termination policies and employee incentive and retention programs.

Past Workshops

Thursday, June 3, 2021 - COVID-19 & OSHA Standards for Employers & their Employees

Presented by: Marianne Bonito, Bridgeport OSHA Area Office

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - Self Awareness & Adaptability

Presented by: Maureen Ross Gemme, CEO of Emerge Leadership Academy

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - Rising to the Challenges of Covid-19: Part 2: Panel discussion with HR Representatives

Presented by: Pam Martinez, DATTCO, Inc.; Stephanie Heil-Grover, Middlesex YMCA; Thomas DaCunha, Liberty Bank and Cindi Haire, Bishops

Monday, November 16, 2020 - CT Paid Family Medical Leave: Changes are Coming - What You Need to Know

Presented by: Justin Theriault, Jackson Lewis P.C.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - Family First Coronavirus Response Act & Paid Medical Leave

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - The New HR During COVID-19

Presented by a panel of experts

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - Industry Changes in Onboarding New Employees

Presented by: Julie Perett, Middlesex Health, Cindi Haire, Bishops Automotive, & Karen Maines, Connecticut Water

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - Employment Law

Presented by: Matthew K. Curtin, Partner, Murtha Cullina

Wednesday, November 19, 2019 -The Multi-Generational Workplace

Presented by: Kevin Thompson, Assistant Professor in-Residence, University of Connecticut

Wednesday, October 29, 2019 - Effective Multi-Generational Employee Communication

Presented by: Karen Hinds, Published Author

The Human Resource Council meets the third Wednesday of every month at 8:00 a.m. at the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, 393 Main Street, Middletown, CT.

For more information, please contact Daniellelee Gagnon-Smith at or call 860-347-6924.