2023 Leadership & Management Conference: Cultivating an Engaged Workplace

2023 Leadership & Management Conference: Cultivating an Engaged Workplace

This course has been pre-approved for SHRM PDCs

15th Annual Conference for Managers, Supervisors, Team & Project Leaders

Last spring's conference is back!!
Winter 2024 Leadership & Management Conference: Cultivating an Engaged Workplace

As organizations emerge from a period of great change, implementing creative and sustainable employee and workplace engagement strategies will be integral to their continued success. Join UNH Professional Development & Training for a one-day conference focused on building a holistic culture of engagement. Hear from a dynamic roster of speakers on topics including hybrid work, employee retention, and inclusive and equitable engagement strategies. This conference is designed for executives, managers, and team leads that are invested in developing realistic and timely engagement strategies for their organizations. 

Confirmed 2024 Conference speakers and presentations include:

  • Keynote Presentation from Robert Half ~ Talent Solutions | Travis Palmer, Metro Market Director
  • Succeeding in a Hybrid Work Environment | David Liddell, Executive Coach, President & Founder | Liddell Consulting Group
  • Organizational Culture and Retention Issues | John P. Tansey, Consultant & Trainer | PM Partnership
  • DEI for Managers | James McKim, Jr., PMP, ITIL
  • Nurturing Wellness: Recognizing Employee Stress and Cultivating a Positive Work Environment | Jamie Clavet
  • No Cost + High Impact: How to improve your hiring process AND retain your workforce…without spending a dime | Krystal Hicks, Career Strategist, Founder | JOBTALK, LLC
  • Building a Winning Workplace | Brylye Collins, CDR

Your 2024 Leadership & Management Conference enrollment includes full access to the conference including:

  • Admission to keynote presentation
  • Admission to any of 6 concurrent sessions through the day
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch
  • Free on-site parking
  • All conference materials



What You Will Learn


2023 Leadership & Management Conference: Cultivating an Engaged Workplace

Succeeding in a Hybrid Work Environment
presented by David Liddell 

Like it or not, the hybrid workplace is here to stay in some form or another. Whether it is working from home or providing greater flexibility for employees, leaders must learn to adapt if they want to achieve effective levels of employee engagement and productivity. Managing in a hybrid environment brings real challenges. Leaders have reduced visibility into workloads and processes and have fewer opportunities for spontaneous conversations with their direct reports. This creates a sense of losing control, lack of collaboration, and places limits on camaraderie within teams.

Leading successfully in a hybrid work environment requires clear and consistent communication, flexibility, collaboration, trust, and empowerment. A few subtle, but focused, adjustments in leadership behaviors will help mitigate the risks.

  • Focus on and manage to outcomes, not hours worked.

  • Define success for each employee and measure it.

  • Be generous with responsibility and authority. People like some autonomy.

  • Learn how to really trust people and build sense of team togetherness.

  • If things aren’t working, don’t be afraid to change it up.

Organizational Culture and Retention Issues
presented by Peter Hughes

The organizational culture and retention presentation will open up by discussing the contributing factors that lead to retention issues with employees. We will profile specific reasons why employees quit and leave their organizations for other opportunities with other companies. Once we have a full understanding of the contributing factors we will focus on several major themes and specific strategies for each theme that will tend to contribute to high levels of employee retention.

These themes will consist of the culture itself and specific strategies that can be instituted to build a more enabling and empowering positive organizational culture. We will explore specific actions required of a team to make sure everyone is included, appreciated, and respect it. 

Finally, we will identify specific leadership actions and strategies that will contribute to high levels of employee retention loyalty and motivation. In essence, we are creating a roadmap based on strategies, actions, and behaviors that will create and support a culture of engagement and inclusion based on trust, respect, and openness.

No Cost + High Impact: How to Improve Your Hiring Process and Retain Your Workfore Without Spending a Dime
presented by Krystal Hicks

With so many trainings, platforms, tools, and consultants to choose from, it doesn’t take long to blow out your budget on trying to “fix” your hiring or retention challenges. This session will skip the theoretical lecturing and get right down to the brass tax by outlining several actionable steps you can take right now that can help improve your organization’s recruiting & hiring processes, candidate experience, and overall employer brand in the market.  If you're genuinely worried about retaining the people you know you can’t afford to lose, this session is for you. 

DEI for Managers
presented by James McKim

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) is a proven way to elicit superior performance from teams and individuals. But that performance does not just happen by itself. Even if there is a DEI Plan, that plan needs to be carried out day-to-day. So, how do you bring diversity into your group? How do you engage everyone equitably so that they perform at their best and your team performs at its highest level? This workshop explores how to embed DEI into your daily work as a manager.

By the end of this session, participants will know how to:

  • create a culture for your group to live into DEI
  • include DEI in the talent life-cycle (attract, recruit, hire, and retain)
  • encourage DEI in your team’s communication, decision-making, and general project management

How the Body Stores Tension – and What to Do About It
presented by Kristen Lamb

In this session we will examine the tell-tale signs of a body holding tension, stress and burn out. We will explore what helps individuals feel more present, grounded and at ease in their work environment, leading to happier and healthier workplaces.

How Do you Build a Workplace That Attracts Top Talent, Retains Existing Employees and Gives you a Competitive Advantage?
presented by Brylye Collins

The race to attract, develop, and retain employees is a top priority for many organizations right now. Losing your best people impacts productivity, engagement, and morale. In this session you will explore:

  • The current state of retention
  • The connection of employee engagement and retention and 
  • Insights on how to develop a strategy for employee retention

Other topics you may explore include the importance of onboarding and training, feedback/recognition, coaching, compensation and exit interview.

Travel & Site Information


2023 Leadership & Management Conference: Cultivating an Engaged Workplace

The Spring 2023 Leadership & Management Conference will take place at the Wentworth-by-the-Sea Hotel at 588 Wentworth Rd, New Castle, NH 03854 

Free parking will be available for all conference attendees. 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the conference and is included in the cost of enrollment.


Instructor Bios


2023 Leadership & Management Conference: Cultivating an Engaged Workplace

  • Brylye Collins, CDR | Founder of Rose Talent Consulting

    Brylye Collins, Founder of Rose Talent Consulting, is recognized as a top Talent Acquisition Partner in the Recruiting Industry.  Prior to her successful professional recruitment career, she honed her skills in management for 15 years. Brylye has brought positive outcomes to her clients by maintaining a positive mindset, creating partnerships, and always striving for significant outcomes. Brylye's experience interviewing thousands of people throughout her career has helped her understand the importance of having a career that brings people joy and happiness. She is passionate about helping others find their authentic purpose on their career journey. She is a Certified Diversity & Inclusion Recruiter, Certified Technical Recruiter, and a Certified Career Coach. Brylye is on the Board of Directors for Community Action Partnership Strafford County, Ambassador for the Great Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and on the Business Program Advisory Committee for Spaulding High Roger Creatu Career Technical Center. She has rreviously volunteered as an Ambassador for the Dover Chamber of Commerce. While at the Dover Chamber, she participated in the Cocheco Arts Festival committee.

  • Krystal Hicks, Career Strategist | Founder, JOBTALK, LLC

    Krystal Hicks (UNH ’07) is a Career Strategist and the Founder of JOBTALK, LLC, a career counseling practice that provides inclusive and accessible one-on-one support to professionals in transition, as well as employer branding and recruitment consulting to companies looking to improve how (and who) they hire. Prior to starting her practice in 2019, Krystal spent 11 years in staffing, career services, and corporate recruitment, most recently overseeing all U.S. hiring for Lindt & Sprüngli in Stratham, NH where she helped expand diversity, overhaul their employer brand, and fill 220+ corporate roles without agency assistance. Krystal also served as UNH’s Director of Career Services and spent three years facilitating a weekly, pre-release employment program for inmates at the Strafford County Department of Corrections. In 2017, she was recognized as one of the Seacoast’s 10 to Watch winners for her economic development work and continues to teach her College to Career courses to undergraduate students at UNH’s Paul College. Her advisory, board, and committee history include Exeter’s Racial Unity Team, the Seacoast HR Association, BLM Seacoast, and Shtudy.co, a UNH alumni-founded platform that helps companies connect with recent graduates of color.

  • Peter Hughes, M.Ed | Founder, High Performing Leadership LTD

    Peter Hughes, M.Ed., is a part-time faculty member at the University of New Hampshire’s Paul College of Business and Economics, where he teaches organizational behavior. He also teaches at Cambridge College’s Graduate School of Management leading courses in operations and total quality management, organizational development, and transformational leadership. Peter has worked with numerous hospitality and service organizations. More recently, he was hired by the country of Anguilla to help improve the tourism experience for international visitors. Peter’s business career encompasses diverse industries where he has served as Manufacturing Manager, Corporate Project Manager and Director of Organizational Development. He is also the President & CEO of High Performing Leadership, Ltd, and the author of the book, Leadership and the Road to High Performance.

  • Kristen Lamb, Executive Director | Center for Wildlife

    After two years in general business administration at Bentley College, Kristen switched gears and attained her B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from UNH. In 2012 she accepted the Executive Director position at Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, Maine, and in her tenure has led the organization through a $7M multi-phased capital campaign and operational transition to a state-of-the-art conservation medicine and nature center facility, along with sustainable growth and expansion of services and community impact. She is a member of the Nottingham Conservation Commission and Leadership Seacoast Alumni. One of the highlights of her position beyond promoting the intersection of wildlife, environmental and human health, is sharing the tools used for CFW’s recent successful growth with other non-profits and organizations in the field, particularly around topics of work culture, sustainable growth and strong financial strategy.   

  • David Liddell

    David Liddell, Executive Coach | President and Founder, Liddell Consulting Group LLC

    David Liddell is a seasoned leadership consultant with a remarkable career spanning over three decades. David's client-centric approach, informed by his deep understanding of diverse industries, has revolutionized businesses' strategies for transformative growth. A thought leader featured in prominent publications, he frequently speaks at conferences on strategic leadership, change management, and organizational transformation. David's impact extends beyond the professional realm, as he actively engages in philanthropy and mentors emerging leaders, shaping the future of leadership practices.

  • James T McKim, Jr., PMP, ITIL | Managing Partner, Organizational Ignition, LLC

    James McKim is a sought-after organizational performance speaker, coach, change manager, and author of the best-selling book The Diversity Factor: Igniting Superior Organizational Performance. Over his 35+ year career, he has helped small and large organizations, for-profit and non-profit, spark efficiency and growth through the aligning of people, process, and technology. Mr. McKim is known internationally for his current focus on organizational and individual performance through diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). He is recognized by industry watchers such as Atd, Brandon Hall, Bersin Associates, Axelos, and PMI for his dedication to creating win-win situations between organizations and their employees. In addition to founding 2 companies, he has held senior leadership roles at or worked with organizations such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Fidelity, Dartmouth Hitchcock, and the Massachusetts Partnership for Diversity in Education in defining and executing strategic plans with an eye toward organizational performance. As the Chair of the Episcopal Church’s National Executive Council Committee Anti-Racism & Reconciliation, Mr. McKim was the principal writer of the church's guidelines on anti-racism and reconciliation. As President of the Manchester Branch of the NAACP, he works regularly with governments and businesses to eliminate discrimination.  He is a frequent conference presenter, a guest on radio and television shows, serves as Chair of the Finance Committee of the NH PBS Board  of Directors, and delights in being the vocalist for the jazz band The Episcocats.  

  • Barry Roy, Sr. Regional President | Robert Half, Northern New England

    Barry Roy is a Senior Regional President for Robert Half, the world’s first and largest talent solutions firm. Barry oversees the company’s divisions that specialize in recruiting and placing talented professionals in the accounting & finance and administrative fields in Northern New England. Barry has climbed the management ranks since coming to Robert Half in 2002. He previously owned a real estate advertising publication. In his time with Robert Half, Barry has become a media spokesperson for the company and serves as a regional expert on hiring trends, recruitment, and other workplace issues. He is often featured in local newspapers and other news outlets. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Barry holds a BA in Business Administration from the Whittemore School (now Paul College of Business).




2023 Leadership & Management Conference: Cultivating an Engaged Workplace

Spring 2023 Leadership & Management Conference: Cultivating an Engaged Workplace
April 25, 2023

8:30am | Registration & Continental Breakfast | Lobby

9:00am | Welcome | Wentworth Ballroom

9:15am | Keynote Address | Barry Roy | Wentworth Ballroom

10:30am | Break

10:45am | Concurrent Sessions A:

  • Succeeding in a Hybrid Work Environment | David Liddell | Wentworth Ballroom
  • Organizational Culture and Retention Issues | Peter Hughes | The Grand Ballroom

12:00pm | Buffet Lunch | Lobby

1:00pm | Concurrent Sessions B:

  • No Cost + High Impact: How to Improve Your Hiring Process Without Spending a Dime | Krystal Hicks | Wentworth Ballroom
  • DEI for Managers | James McKim | The Grand Ballroom

2:15pm | Break

2:30pm | Concurrent Sessions C:

  • How the Body Stores Tension - And What to Do About It | Kristen Lamb | Wentworth Ballroom
  • How Do You Build a Workplace that Attracts Talent, Retains Existing Employees, and Gives You a Competitive Advantage? | Brylye Collins | The Grand Ballroom

*Conference concludes at 4:00 pm*

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