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AOEP Presents: November Webinar Series

November 9, 10:00am - 11:00am ET

November 30, 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET

Held via Zoom

Panel I - Creative Solutions for Well-Being

Wednesday, November 9th

10:00am - 11:00am ET



  • Meredith Pizzi, Founder, Roman Music Therapy Services

  • Kali Patrick, Founder, Kali Patrick Sleep Coaching

Panel II - DEIB Recruitment Challenges and Retention Strategies

Wednesday, November 30th

2:00pm - 3:00pm ET



  • Moderator: Anne Rush, Founder and CEO, Elasta Jobs

  • Arturo Natella, Consultant, Diversity@Workplace

  • Tissa Hami, Founder, Korsi Consulting

AOEP Presents: A Month of Learning

November 4, 11, and 18, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET

Held via Zoom

Meeting the Moment: Supporting Employees’ Mental Health with Kristin Matthews

Thursday, November 4th

12:00pm - 1:00pm ET


Kristin will share practical examples of how you can support employees’ mental health and emotional wellbeing with empathy, compassion, and respect. Kristin will help you to discover ‘self-care’ techniques to manage your own stress and continue to lead with focus on growth and resilience.

Legal Chat with Tracy Thomas Boland

Thursday, November 11th

12:00pm - 1:00pm ET


Tracy will speak on the Biden Administration’s guidance for employers of 100 or more employees relative to the new vaccine mandate as well as rules and best practices for managing mandatory and other vaccination programs including how to handle religious and medical exemptions

Getting Hybrid Right with Heather Borges

Thursday, November 18th

12:00pm - 1:00pm ET


New research reveals what employees want from the workplace post-pandemic. During this session, we’ll explore how you can get started with hybrid transformations

Creating a Personal Brand as a Recruiter

December 9, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET

Held via Zoom


Henry Glickel has been recruiting for 25 years.  He has completed work on over 2,070 searches for his client companies. On December 9, Henry will be the keynote speaker for the final installment of the 2020 AOEP webinar series.


In this seminar he will go over the change that proactively engaged in moving his recruiting practice from a 80% straight contingency to a 80% engaged contingency practice that has been successful over the last two and half years. This includes the CV-19 pandemic tenure. Henry developed a marketing program that include a Digital Introduction to his practice approach, search summaries for completed assignments, and infographics.  These have helped separate himself from the crowded recruiting landscape and have helped define how he is different.

For recruiters in agencies, individual practices, or third-party recruiters, this webinar will provide relevant information and examples.  This may help fine tune your approach and give you some food for thought on your own marketing and business development.

In the spirit of giving, 50% of ticket proceeds will go to the Greater Boston Food Bank.


Unraveling the Beast of Burden: Supporting Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities in 2020 & Beyond:

November 17 - 19, 2020

Held via Zoom


Still not sure how to support your colleagues who have parenting or adult caregiving duties, on top of their workload? Worried about what the latest legal precedents and upcoming legislation means for your ways of working and how you support your employees? Join the AOEP for a three-part Zoom series to discuss what employers can do in real-time to support those who may be struggling, and adapt their standard ways of working to best support their employees from here on out. Your ticket will give you access to all three webinars, so feel free to join for as many as you can!


Session 1: Working Parents at the Crossroads: Trends and Strategies for Support

Tuesday, November 17th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET

Visit with Sarah Douglas and Amanda Hemm of Soutiens, and Jennifer Sabatini-Fraone of the BC Center for Work and Family will leverage their years of experience bridging the gap and studying how best to support parents in the workforce and their wellbeing to discuss the hard data and solutions for working parents during the COVID-19 crisis, and what lessons we can build into our standard ways of working when we move beyond this crisis.


Session 2: Supporting People Who Are Caring for Aging Loved Ones

Wednesday, November 18th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET

Michelle Woodbrey, CEO of 2Sisters Senior Living Advisors, joins us to give insight to the emotional and financial challenges faced by those who are caring for an elderly parent, family member or loved one and how you can use these to help best support these employees. Michelle will also talk about the differences between childcare and adult caregiving, and how to help prepare a workforce that will increasingly need to be caregivers and the impact this will have on the workforce.


Session 3: Sick & Tired (of COVID-19)

Thursday, November 19th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET

Learn from Tracy Thomas Boland, Partner at Morgan, Brown & Joy LLP, about all the haves and have-nots within the legal realm – focusing on areas directly related to the MA PFMLA law going into effect in 2021, the CARES Act, ADA key COVID-related cases that will help to inform your ways of working and more!


Sarah Douglas & Amanda Hemm

Sarah and Amanda are the Founders of Soutiens, whose mission is to help companies attract, retain, and support confident working parents. Sarah and Amanda specialize in developing comprehensive programming to help working parents who are juggling the priorities of career and parenthood. From navigating the realities of parental leave to building community within an organization, Soutiens's flexible resources are designed to fit the unique needs of the clients. Through individual coaching & consulting, online courses, virtual workshops, and many other practical tools, Sarah & Amanda help companies meaningfully care for expectant and working parents. As parents themselves, veterans of the corporate world, and perinatal professionals, Sarah and Amanda have seen the pitfalls that trip up so many working parents. They founded Soutiens because they believe that - with the right resources - working can improve parenting satisfaction and parenting can improve job performance. 


Jennifer Sabatini-Fraone

As the Director of Corporate Partnerships at the Boston College Center for Work & Family, Jennifer manages corporate relations and programming for the Boston College Workforce Roundtable, a premier learning and networking community for HR leaders at progressive organizations. Jennifer collaborates with and advises global organizations on topics such as parenting and caregiving, workplace flexibility, diversity & inclusion, employee well-being, career development and management, and improving the total employee experience. Jennifer enjoys presenting at local and national conferences and has been featured on Marketplace, NPR, Fox 25, NECN, and in Money, Time, Fortune, the Boston Globe, Working Mother, Human Resource Executive and other publications. Jennifer received her BS in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University and her Master of Social Work and Master of Business Administration from Boston College. Jennifer and her husband John are the proud parents of two spirited teenagers.


Michelle Woodbrey

Michelle Woodbrey is the Co-Founder and CEO of 2Sisters Senior Living Advisors, a woman-owned placement, referral and coaching service that specializes in helping families navigate senior living and care options within Massachusetts.

A Certified Senior Advisor and Certified Dementia Practitioner, Michelle is passionate about helping adult children develop a strategic plan to care for their aging parents. Prior to founding 2Sisters, she held director-level positions in activities, operations, and sales and marketing for a variety of senior living companies.

Michelle is a sought-after public speaker, having presented at numerous industry conferences and events, including the Alzheimer’s Association, the Massachusetts Councils on Aging, Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services and the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association (MassALA), among others. In addition, she is the publisher of 2Sisters Speak!, a monthly newsletter offering advice and elder care insight.

Michelle is the Vice President of the Cape Cod Women’s Association and sits on the National Board of the National Placement and Referral Alliance (NPRA). She has a BA from Ithaca College in New York, a Masters from Prescott College in Arizona, and is a member of the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS®. 


Tracy Thomas-Boland

Tracy is a partner at Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP, a law firm specializing in the representation of employers in labor and employment matters. Tracy represents her clients in the full range of employment law issues including counseling, training and litigation. Tracy maintains strong relationships with clients with both a local and broader geographic presence that run the gamut from non-profit organizations to small businesses to businesses that are leaders in their respective industries. Tracy is a frequent lecturer on traditional, novel and emerging employment law issues. Tracy truly enjoys working with her clients to attain compliance with the law in a way that affords them the efficient operation of their organizations and businesses.

COVID-19 & HR/Employment Law - What You Need to Know with Tracy Boland

May 8, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET

Held via Zoom


There are many things unfolding as each week progresses and we want to be sure we provide our members with helpful information.  AOEP is bringing you one of the top Employment Attorneys in Boston, Tracy Boland of Morgan Brown and Joy. She will provide valuable and timely information to help you and your organization plan for the short- and long-term employment landscape. Join us to understand what's next and how to navigate employment laws and strategies.



Listen and stay abreast of the current unemployment laws and Human Resource frequently asked questions during this pandemic. AOEP brings to you relevant, timely and critical topics for you to refresh, confirm or learn. This session will cover COVID-19 related employment law and human resources topics. 



  • Furloughs and layoffs

  • Unemployment benefits

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act

  • What to be aware of during this time, related to our employees

Tracy Thomas Boland, Partner and Employment Attorney at Morgan Brown and Joy

2019 Event - Reimagine Your Talent Strategy 
June 13, 2019 4:30pm - 7:30pm ET

Tesaro Waltham, MA



Collaborate and draw from other Human Resource professionals to refresh and conceptualize an innovative talent strategy. AOEP brings to you a fresh, creative, engaging space for you to explore the many ways to enhance your talent strategy. You will leave this event with:

1. A visual story board to showcase your vision for your future talent strategy.

2. Practical information to identify and tell a story by diving into your past talent moments of success and impact as well as the moments you will cultivate for the future.

3. Tools and strategies to influence your talent initiatives and change through an effective communication plan.

4. Stronger HR connections and relationships by participating in a non-conventional event.

Meghan Steinberg, President of Steinberg HR, Human Resources Consultant, People and Culture Strategist
Trisha Griffin-Carty, Founder, Griffin-Carty Communications, Storyfinder, Speaker, Presentations Coach
Megan Marini, Marini West Training, Corporate Leadership Trainer

4:30-5:00 pm    Registration/Networking
5:00-7:15 pm    Vision Board | Story | Quantum Leap  
7:15-7:30 pm    Networking 


2017 Annual Recruiting Summit
Friday, November 3, 2017 7:30am - 12:00pm ET

UMass Lowell Lowell, MA


Our theme was Storytelling:  Branding and Corporate Vision. Returning as a speaker was Ed Nathanson, along with with two new

speakers - Trisha Griffin-Carty and Annette Carroll. 


Networking at Night

Tuesday, June 25, 2017 5:30 - 8:00 pm ET

Bay Colony "The Learning Center" 1000 Winter Street, Waltham, MA

Following up to our first summer event in 2014, we enjoyed networking, hors d'oeuvres, drinks and a great view of the patio overlooking the Cambridge Reservoir. while Rita Allen guided us on how to:

Accelerate Your Career through Personal Branding and Marketing Yourself

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 7:45am - 10:00am ET

Babson College Wellesley, MA


How does a strong personal brand contribute to our success? Personal branding and marketing yourself empowers us to 'own our career', and seize opportunities we aspire to achieve. Personal branding and the ability to market ourselves is an essential ingredient to successfully manage our careers. Learn how to create a framework to embrace and develop this core competency as you take charge of your career as well as to help others manage theirs.


Rita Balian Allen is the president of Rita B. Allen Associates, a national career management firm specializing in executive coaching, leadership development, management training and career development. She is a lecturer at Boston-area universities, a sought-after speaker and presenter, the author of numerous articles, blogs and the book, "Personal Branding and Marketing Yourself: The Three Ps Marketing Technique as a Guide to Career Empowerment". She is a regular Huffington Post blogger and writes a career management column for Leadership & Management Books. Rita was voted one of the top ten executive coaches by the Boston Women's Business Journal and has worked with leaders across all industries and professions.

College Recruitment Today: Important and Relevant Issues of College Recruiting in today’s employment landscape

Moderated by Lou Gaglini, Executive Director, Center for Career Development at Boston University, our panel included these University Executives specializing in career services:

Boston College
Joe Du Pont, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Career Services

Babson College
Margaret Jones, Associate Director, Graduate Center for Career Development

Bentley University
Len Morrison, Director of Undergraduate Career Services

College of the Holy Cross
Amy Murphy, Director, Center for Career Development

Northeastern University
Maria Stein, Associate Vice President, Cooperative Education and Career Development
We'd like to thank our Sponsors and Allied Members for this event: Talent Works International, King & Bishop/Finish Line Staffing, and Henry Glickel, BAO Staffing, who donated copies of his book, The Power of Proactive Recruiting.

2016 Annual Recruiting Summit
Friday, October 21, 2016:  7:30am - 12:00pm ET
Regis College, Weston, MA

We had a great turnout for the 2016 Recruiting Summit held in a new location at Regis College ( in the Student Union Center. Also new this year was the ability to offer 2.75 HRCI credits for those who attended!  Our presenters this year were:

Glenn Gutmacher, Diversity Sourcing Consultant, State Street Corporation:  Diversity and Inclusion:  how State Street Leverages Employee Resource Groups and Diversity Sourcing and Consulting for their client groups

Ellen Keiley, President of EMK Consulting Group and Carol Salloway, Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant:  Driving Your Career Forward – Mentors, Sponsors, Coaches

Jennifer Sabatini Fraone, Associate Director, Boston College Center for Work & Family:  What Millennials Want: Views on Work, Life and Success

We'd like to thank our Sponsors for their great donations to the event:  King & Bishop (Bruins tickets), Talent Works International ($50 Starbucks gift card), and Barclay Personnel Systems (coffee mugs). 


Employment Law Update
Friday, April 15, 2016 7:30am - 10:30am ET

MITRE Corporation, Bedford, MA

The Association of Employment Professionals was excited to host our spring workshop on Friday, April 15th from 7:30 - 10:30am with an Employment Law update.

Karen Whitley, Esq., an Employment Law Attorney with Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, PA, presented the latest employment updates and hot topics that we all need to know.  Using a game show format (get ready to volunteer!), she brought us up to speed on legal changes in 2015 and those expected in 2016.  Topics included the proposed FLSA regulations, transgender issues, reasonable accommodation, and other cutting edge developments.
Karen has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in the area of Employment Law since 2011.  Her full bio can be found
The event was held at The MITRE Corporation, 202 Burlington Road, Bedford, MA 01730-1420.  The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit company that operates multiple federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs). (



2015 Best Practices Recruiting Summit
Friday, October 16 7:30-12:30am ET
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, Quincy, MA

65 recruiting professionals joined us for the 2015 Recruiting Summit at a new location at BCBSMA in Quincy. 

Joining us were Ed Nathanson, founder of Red Pill Talent and employer branding expert extraordinaire, and Glenn Gutmacher, one of our favorite presenters, who shared his favorite top sourcing techniques learned at last month's SourceCon conference in Dallas. We also brought back the “Hot Topics” panel where attendees heard about trending topics in the recruiting field and had an opportunity to ask the experts questions.

Ed Nathanson, founder of Red Pill Talent:  “The Quest to Quantify:  Measuring the Impact of Your Talent Brand”

Glenn Gutmacher, Vice President, Diversity Sourcing Team, State Street & founder,  “Top Sourcing Tips from SourceCon 2015 Dallas” “Hot Topics” Panel

Henry Glickel, Manager, Talent Acquisition & Employee Retention, BAO, Inc., who will talk about Employee Engagement and Employee Referral programs

Malu Siskind, Talent Acquisition Manager, BCBSMA:  “How Mature Companies, Like BCBSMA, Can Attract and Retain Millennials”

Kate Morgan, Founder / CEO of Boston Human Capital Partners:  “How Science Can Be Used To Hire Top Talent” (for a preview, here is her blog on the subject)

Ed and Glenn stayed around to contribute to the discussion and answer additional questions.  We ended the day  with a raffle for two Bruins’ tickets, graciously provided once again by King & Bishop, and a $50 Starbucks gift card, donated by Talent Works International, both Allied Members.


Recruit Like a Start-Up
Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 7:30-10:00am ET

Bay Colony, "The Learning Center," 1000 Winter Street, Waltham

40 guests joined us for a panel discussion of professionals from local start-ups.
Our panelists:

Vasilios Alexiou, the co-founder of, a site that takes people behind the scenes at companies using photos and videos so they can find a job they love

Paul Crowley has been recruiting for many years, working for such companies as Microsoft, Sybase, Juniper, BEA Systems, Cisco, PegaSystems, and Intuit.  Paul is also one of the founders and moderator of the Boston Recruiters Group (BRG)

Mitchell Schneir, Director of Talent Acquisition, Actifio, formerly of RSA, the security division of EMC, and a veteran of several start-ups

Topics of discussion to include:

How to recruit without a significant budget
What are the primary tools
The fast hiring pace
Potential lack of internal process
Lack of resources
How they utilize social media (different than a larger company)


2014 Annual Recruiting Summit

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 7:30am - 12:00pm ET
UMass Lowell Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell, MA

We mixed things up a bit this year with a new format and location!

Eighty attendees joined us on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, from 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the UMass Lowell Conference Center, 50 Warren Street in Lowell, MA.  This was a great opportunity to hear Glenn Gutmacher and Conni LaDouceur, two of our favorite presenters, speak about the latest sourcing techniques.  There was also a “Hot Topics” panel where attendees heard about trending topics in the recruiting field and had an opportunity to ask questions of experts in their fields.

Talent Sourcing Turbocharging via Free and Low-Cost Automation and Productivity Tools and Methods
Glenn Gutmacher, North America Sourcing Group Manager, Avanade Inc. & founder,

Does your talent sourcing need to support multiple recruiters, or do you manage a recruiting team that needs to figure out how to scale its sourcing efforts more efficiently?  Whether your leads go into an ATS or a recruiting CRM, then you first need to look at the front end of the funnel.  What can save you time so you can fill it faster?
This session is a part 2 to complement the methods and tools that Glenn showed in his session last year (if you don't have that slide deck, get it so you'll be ready for more!) with totally different ones that aren't just whiz-bang, but also proven to save time for recruiters and sourcers, with a particular focus on free browser-based add-ons, apps compatible with both computers and mobile devices, productivity boosters within the ubiquitous Microsoft Office suite, and (of course) tools and tricks to improve search results.

Impossible Search?  NOT!  Hire the most qualified talent, not the most available
Conni LaDouceur, Chief Sourcing Strategist and Trainer, ExecuQuest Corporation

You’ve analyzed your ATS, browsed your Boolean, rifled through the resumes, searched the social sites, tweaked the technology…but still can’t locate talent for that hard-to-fill role!  Learn critical sourcing survival skills and see how one of the world’s leading sourcing experts employs names found online to strategically and efficiently identify key talent by phone for all industries, all functions, and all levels, worldwide. This highly-rated program will take a traditional approach to recruiting and turn it on its head by offering several innovative techniques to make you the “go-to” expert at your firm. Whether you are a new or a seasoned search professional, you'll want to reduce your sourcing time while increasing your efficiency and effectiveness – and the quality of your results – as you build your personal brand as the Deliverer of Results!

"Hot Topics" Panel Discussion

John Tocci, Partner at Tocci & Lee
Employment Law

Suzanne Kearns, Lead HR Generalist at MITRE
Social Media / Sourcing Tools

Henry Glickel, Talent Manager at BAO
Candidate Management

We discussed the latest updates in employment law, recruiting and social media tools, and the candidate experience and how to manage it - all topics that your organizations are facing today.


Proactively Manage Your Career - Discussion and Networking
June 12, 2014

Bay Colony, "The Learning Center," Waltham, MA

Please join us on Thursday, June 12th, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Bay Colony Corporate Center, 1000 Winter Street North, Waltham, for a night of valuable discussion and great opportunity to network!

This event will present a panel discussion on "Proactively Managing your Career".  Panel presenters include Jay Blackington, Sr. Vice President, Human Resources at Avid Technology, and Rachel Davidson, Vice President, Gatti & Associates, with moderator John Bogosian, President, King & Bishop.

Come for a drink (beer and wine will be served) and some apps, stay for lively conversations and meet new people.  Sign up today, space is limited! The cost is $5.00 which includes one drink ticket for the beverage of your choice.


The Times Are A'Changing:  Impact of Changing Federal Regulations on Companies in Hiring and Reporting of Veterans & Persons with Disabilities

March 26, 2014

Bay Colony, "The Learning Center," Waltham, MA

On March 24, 2014 new regulations will be enforced that pertain to hiring and reporting of veterans and persons with disabilities.  In this AOEP Seminar, the new requirements were described in detail with discussion on actions you can take to improve your ability to comply and face audit. Rathin Sinha, President of America’s Job Exchange, outlined the changes and describe the impacts on employers.  Gayle Sommer and Brian Andrews, of the Career Place, a Massachusetts Department of Employment Training Facility, described services that are available to Massachusetts employer who are working to comply with these new requirements.  David Beccia, Project Coordinator, Riverside Community Care, Central Mass Employment Collaborative, discussed the people with disabilities perspective.


Recruiters Best Practices Summit and Excellence in Employment Awards
September 17, 2013

Bentley University, Waltham, MA

Our keynote speaker this year was Dave Mendoza,, a multi-award-winning talent acquisition thought leader and global speaker. He provided talent strategy roadmaps and customized innovations which promoted the convergence of Big Data, Social Data API and CRM technologies on behalf of leading Fortune 500 companies.  Most recently he was a Finalist for the  HROA's Trustee Award "North American Thought Leader, 2013" as a reflection of his Innovations on behalf of Talent Acquisition and Workforce Planning. 

Other Workshops included:

Employee Referral Programs - Tips, Tidbits and Traps by Henry Glickel, BAO, Inc. (our 2012 Excellence in Employment award recipient)
Supercharge Your Front-End Online Sourcing Efforts for Free (or Nearly) by Glenn Gutmacher, Avanade
Employment Law Updates:  Employment Based Immigration:  Advanced Topics for Corp HR & Third Party Firms by Mathew Lee, Managing Partner, Tocci, Goss & Lee PC

We finished out the day with - Crack the Code:  Top Talent Not on the Web which addressed recruitment strategy at the highest level, along with phone sourcing techniques for effective search/research and sourcing.  Presented by Conni LaDouceur, Chief Sourcing Strategist, ExecuQuest Corp., novice and tenured recruiters and sourcers alike benefited from this results-driven, interactive telephone training session, and the opportunity to raise questions and comments, problem-solve on current search engagements/challenging open positions.  

Recruiting on the Run

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Bentley University, Waltham, MA

With increasing capability and availability of smartphones and tablets, more and more people are migrating away from desktop computers.  This, combined with a shift away from traditional big boards as a job search tool has created the need to insure that your on-line recruiting presence is accessible and optimized for mobile devices.  AOEP was pleased to present insights from Joel Glick, Vice President at Buyer Advertising who presented key considerations to address in preparing for this change and some options to consider for implementation.


One key consideration is that candidates using mobile devices are often on the go and may see your posting as they are involved in activities in addition to job search.  Does your posting content read more like a court summons than an inviting description of an attractive career choice?  Are you struggling as you try to make your posting look good while including all of the disclaimers and compliance concerns that may cause problems?  Following our key note speaker, a panel of recruitment professionals (Chris McMahon, Director of Talent Acquisition, Vistaprint and Henry Glickel, Manager of Talent Acquisition and Employee Retention, By Appointment Only, (BAO), discussed their concerns and approaches to this challenge.  This presentation was an opportunity to hear what other practitioners are doing to address this challenge and offered attendees the opportunity to engage in discussion with peers. This was a desirable session to attend for those who needed to effectively engage candidates fast and first.

Recruiters Best Practices Summit and Excellence in Employment Awards

September 19, 2012


Our keynote speaker this year was Gerry Crispin, who, along with Mark Mehler, is one of the creators of CareerXroads® and the CareerXroads® Colloquium.  He writes an award-winning blog and has served as SHRM’s national employment committee chair, as a member of Staffing Management’s and SHRM’s board of directors.  The line-up included:

The Candidate as Customer: Myth or Trend? Inevitable or Impossible? Gerry Crispin; Boolean / Sourcing 101 by Doug Cohen; Advanced Online and Phone Sourcing by Glenn Gutmacher, Avenade; Employment Law Updates with Megan Taylor of West Hill Technology Counsel; Using Today’s Tools to Maximize the Recruitment Process by Jill Curley, JCSI; Mastering Client Relations for the Recruiter (aka: “The Proper Care & Feeding of Your Hiring Managers!) by Dan Kilgore, Riviera Advisors and a case study on an award-winning strategic use of technology by TMP's Mike Vangel.  Our sponsors were SIMPLY HIRED and JCSI.

Current Insights on Hiring Transitioning Military Personnel and Veterans

May 10, 2012

With the ongoing withdrawal of forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, the issues surrounding employment for transitioning military and veterans have become a visible topic.  Many employers have employees who have been called for deployment and are now returning.  Many service men and women are facing an often difficult transition from the military to civilian life due to ongoing reductions.  There is a lot of publicity and calls to action to proactively hire veterans, most notably the President’s VOW to Hire Heroes Act that was signed in November.  Our speakers addressed the legislative mandates that may apply to government contractors, taking advantage of available tax credits for hiring veterans and a good approach to documented outreach efforts to this population.

Our Presenters:  Beth Foley, Veteran Employment & Training Manager for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development: Department of Career Services (EOLWD/DCS); Bob Boley, Raytheon's Wounded Warrior Program Manager, working in Global Talent Acquisition; and David Hirsch, Managing Partner of Transition Assistance Online (

Trends in Employment Screening – What Every Recruiting Team Should Know

March 1, 2012

Kellie O’Shea of Creative Services, Inc. presented a one-hour webinar on exposing the most common mistakes and misconceptions of background checks. She highlighted pitfalls to watch for and delivered practical steps to overcome real-world everyday challenges. She outlined and defined key components of a screening program, identified complex search components, and properly executed the steps in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance. She also highlighted recent litigation and compliance issues in employment screening and explored emerging trends in the screening industry.

Our Presenter:  Kellie O’Shea graduated from Bridgewater State College with a BA in English and is currently pursuing her Juris Doctor at the University of Massachusetts School Of Law at Dartmouth where she sits as an Associate Member of the University of Massachusetts Roundtable Symposium Law Journal. Kellie is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), which complements her project and account management experience. Kellie joined Creative Services, Inc. (CSI) in 2003 where she now manages account education and implementation for high profile accounts, successfully implementing over 900 client programs including multi-location, national and global accounts.

Reviews:  "Great success, speaker was very well-received, offered a wealth of information"

On March 24, 2014 new regulations will be enforced that pertain to hiring and reporting of veterans and persons with disabilities.  In this AOEP Seminar, the new requirements were described in detail with discussion on actions you can take to improve your ability to comply and face audit.  Rathin Sinha, President of America’s Job Exchange, outlined the changes and describe the impacts on employers.  Gayle Sommer and Brian Andrews, of the Career Place, a Massachusetts Department of Employment Training Facility, described services that are available to Massachusetts employer who are working to comply with these new requirements.  David Beccia, Project Coordinator, Riverside Community Care, Central Mass Employment Collaborative, discussed the people with disabilities perspective.

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