HR 101: Back to the Basics


May 07, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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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?



Employment Law & Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)/Vermont Parental and Family Leave (VTPFL)

Compensation & Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Safety & OSHA

Performance Development

Talent Acquisition

Culture & Coaching


About our Speakers

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 three 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 at 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, SPHR

Principal, Beth Gilpin Consulting LLC

With 30 years’ experience providing HR, executive search and general recruiting services to Vermont growth companies and non-profits, Beth Gilpin is passionate about helping employers find, attract, and retain the right people at all levels of an organization; navigate the world of HR and employee relations; and simplify and/or create processes, policies and procedures aligned with the organization’s values and supportive of the desired workplace culture.

Beth has had the good fortune to work with clients across a diversity of industries, including: consumer products (food, furniture, technology, and clothing); hospitality; technology services and products; and professional services (IT, accounting, and wealth management).

Before running her own consulting practice, Beth served as HR Manager for Rossignol Ski Company and Skis Dynastar; Merrell Footwear and Karhu/Trak Skis; and Vermont Country Cyclers (d.b.a. Travent and Four Seasons Cycling). Beth keeps a foot in the outdoor product/activity side of her career by introducing others to the beauty of backcountry skiing through weekend clinics at Bolton Valley Resort.


Ross Gibson

Director of Benefits Consulting at The Richards Group

Ross Gibson is leadership and organizational development consultant and facilitator.  As the Director, Client Operations and Consulting at The Richards Group, Ross works with organizations to help develop positive leadership growth.   Prior to working as a consultant, Ross was Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources at World Learning, a global academic institution and Non-Governmental Organization based in Brattleboro, Vermont.  Ross has held other several senior level positions including Vice President, Learning and Organizational Development at Charles River Labs and Vice President, Human Resources at both American Superconductor and Cambridge Neuroscience, Inc. 

Ross holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Psychology from Tufts University and a Master’s Degree in Management of Human Services from Brandeis University.  He is a certified facilitator of several of the Franklin Covey programs including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as well as being certified in the DISC behavioral assessment program.

Ross is active in several local and regional Human Resources and training organizations and is a past President of the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA). Ross is a Board member of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Vermont State Council of SHRM and an active member of the Sunshine Rotary Club of Brattleboro. 

Shelly Masson

Director of People & Culture at Vermont Mechanical

Shelly Masson has over 20 years of experience in HR and Organizational Development.  Shelly serves as Adjunct Faculty at Champlain College and teaches in the Positive Organizational Development certificate program.  Shelly has worked in numerous industries from higher education, manufacturing, healthcare, finance and now construction.  Currently serving as the Director of People and Culture for Vermont Mechanical, Shelly is passionate about helping organizations create a thriving culture. 






Friday, May 7

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

·         Talent Acquisition

·         Performance Development

Thursday, May 13

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

·         Safety & OSHA

·         Culture & Coaching

Friday, May 21

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

·         Employment Law/FMLA/VTPFL

·         Compensation & FLSA


Registration includes access (via Zoom) to all three days as well as recordings of all the sessions.

*Final schedule is subject to change


 Submitted for SHRM & HRCI credits


$99.00 VTHRA Member Ticket
$129.00 after 12:00 am April 24

$149.00 Non-VTHRA Member
$179.00 after 12:00 am April 24