HR 101: Everything you need to know to get started in HR

May 30, 2018
7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
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DoubleTree Hotel
1117 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT

Are you new to HR or simply just need a refresher? Are you a small business owner and not sure where to start when it comes to HR? Then this full-day seminar is for you! We’ve gathered some of Vermont’s local experts to educate attendees on some essential HR topics. This day-long workshop is designed to target entry-level HR professionals to give them a thorough introduction into the world of HR. Seasoned HR professionals are also encouraged to attend, everyone could use a refresher, right?

Subjects & Speakers:

Compensation & FLSA - Brenda Sabin, CBP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CHRS, Director of HR Compliance & Payroll Solutions at Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence

Employment Law - Kerin Stackpole, SPHR, Director, Paul Frank + Collins

FMLA - Kerin Stackpole, Director at Paul Frank + Collin

Benefits Administration - Michelle Lewis, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPB, CCP, Owner, HR Delta

Safety & OSHA - Mary Beth Morrisseau, Safety Consultant, Green Mountain Safety Consulting

Talent Acquisition - Beth Gilpin, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Owner, Beth Gilpin Consulting LLC


About our Speakers:


Director of HR Compliance & Payroll Solutions at Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence

 Brenda joined Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence in 2013 and has worked in the field of human resources and payroll for over twenty-seven years. She was the Payroll & Benefits Manager for a major and rapidly growing national company based in Vermont. This growth and its ensuing challenges enabled Brenda to gain expertise in benefits, payroll, regulatory compliance, and best practice procedures in HR administration.

After leaving the corporate world in 2003, Brenda founded an HR Consulting & Training business which she continued for 10 years. Key Concepts, LLC was an organization dedicated to providing a wide array of benefit

communications and awareness programs for employees of small to medium sized organizations. Brenda worked with organizations to help them in the compliance areas of various HR and payroll obligations. In addition, Brenda conducted a variety of workshops nationally that focused on HR-related regulatory compliance, best practice procedures and benefits administration for employers of all sizes.

From September of 2005 through April of 2011 she was employed with an online human resources management and HR compliance service created for small businesses while maintaining her training and consulting business.

Brenda has traveled the US for companies such as National Seminars providing training on payroll and taxation of fringe benefits. She also teaches Payroll 101 courses and is a speaker at many payroll conferences. She is the Past President of the Green Mountain Payroll Association. She is also an active member of the Government Relations Task Force connected to the IRS for any updates and comments on new procedures and taxability discussions.

Brenda currently holds the certifications as a Certified Benefits Professional (CBP), a Senior Professional HR (SPHR), a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and a Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist (CHRS).


Kerin Stackpole, SPHR

Director at Paul Frank + Collins

Kerin Stackpole leads the Employment + Labor Law Group. She provides practical and proactive advice to senior leaders and management teams regarding a wide range of labor and employment issues, including workforce planning, hiring and on-boarding, performance management, legal and recordkeeping compliance, leave management, employee engagement, policy development and implementation, union avoidance, and discipline and discharge. Kerin firmly believes that the best defense against legal claims begins well before those claims are made – with positive and continuous employee engagement, good education for supervisors and managers, fair and consistent practices, and solid documentation.

Kerin is also an experienced litigator and a skilled teacher. She has taught at several law schools and colleges on the East Coast, and she regularly designs and presents training programs for businesses and municipalities seeking to strengthen the skills of their management team. Kerin has been a featured speaker at conferences for numerous state and local human resource associations, municipal and payroll associations, Lorman Educational Services, and the Champlain College Management Excellence Series.


Michelle Lewis, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPB, CCP

HR Consultant, HR Delta, LLC

Michelle helps organizations think differently about People, Pay, and Processes through her work as an HR Consultant with HR Delta, LLC. Building on formal training and education in HR, Michelle has held frontline and managerial HR positions with local organizations such as Howard Center and IDX and with global organizations such as General Electric, Texas Instruments, and Wyeth. Michelle applies her training and experience in Compensation and Benefits, Leadership Development, HR Systems, and Lean Six Sigma to help organizations optimize their compensation strategies, develop their leaders, create succession plans for the future, and streamline their HR processes and systems. She has worked to advance HR education and practice through service on the board of the Vermont HR Association, including two terms as president. Michelle’s community involvement also includes serving on the board of the King Street Center in Burlington.



Mary Beth Morrisseau

Safety Consultant, Green Mountain Safety Consulting

As a Safety Consultant at GMSC, Mary Beth started her career in manufacturing as an apprentice for General Electric.  At GE she trained and worked in every area of manufacturing from Machining to Quality Assurance.  From there she received her bachelor’s degree and became a certified life and business coach.  For the past 12 years she has had roles in Safety and Human Resources for both small and large manufacturing companies.  Mary Beth has completed the Ergonomic Certification course from Roy Matheson & Associates.  She has taught numerous trainings on lifting and ergonomics as well as completed many ergonomic assessments.  Mary Beth’s knowledge of manufacturing in conjunction with her education in safety, HR and coaching brings a complete package for general industry & office environments.

Beth Gilpin, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Principal, Beth Gilpin Consulting LLC

Beth has provided HR consulting and recruiting services to a diversity of Vermont employers for over 25 years. Her passion is helping organizations attract and hire optimal talent through a creative and collaborative approach to this critical piece of talent management. For employers looking to develop and/or improve in this area, Beth’s holistic service offerings can help organizations define their employer brand, strengthen the skills of HR and hiring managers involved in this effort, optimize the candidate experience, and ensure sound practices aimed at developing, engaging, and retaining great people.
During the winter months you can find Beth volunteering as a backcountry and telemark ski instructor for the Catamount Trail Association. 




$129.00 Member of VTHRA, GMHRA or RVHRA
$99.00 Earlybird rate before May 1

$179.00 Non-Member
$149.00 Earlybird rate before May 1