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RI SHRM Volunteer Leadership Conference

  • 2 Oct 2019
  • 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Save the Bay, 100 Save the Bay Drive Providence, RI 02905


  • Conference for volunteer and potential volunteers.

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RI SHRM Volunteer

Leadership Conference

Are you currently volunteering with RI SHRM or would you want to volunteer with RI SHRM in the near future?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, we hope you will join us for our annual Volunteer Leadership Conference on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 2 – 6 p.m. Followed by networking until 7:00 pm.

Location: Save The Bay, 100 Save the Bay Drive Providence, RI 02905

This is a special event for those who volunteer for the board or any RI SHRM committee and anyone who might be interested in do so.

To view the Conference Agenda please click here.

Additionally, one of our presenters, The Predictive Index, has offered attendees to take their assessment free. Here is the link: http://go1.predictiveindex.com/free

Our Speakers:

  Susan Post, Field Service Director, SHRM

As Field Services Director for the Society for Human Resource Management, Susan Post has accountability for the membership and relationship management strategies for SHRM affiliates in a nine-state territory (CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI and VT.)  She serves SHRM members, prospective members and volunteer leaders from her home office in upstate NY.  

Prior to joining SHRM in 1999, Susan had 15 years of progressively responsible HR experience with several organizations, including Eastman Kodak and Cornell University.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Le Moyne College, is certified as a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

Susan's affiliation with the Society began in the early 1980's, when she served two terms as President of the Le Moyne College student chapter in Syracuse, NY.  Throughout her professional career, Susan held numerous SHRM volunteer leadership roles, including two terms as President of her local professional chapter and District Director on the New York State Council.

Outside of SHRM, Susan has served in a variety of volunteer leader capacities for many organizations. She is currently a member of the Elmira Little Theater board of directors, a non-profit community theater group in Elmira, NY.

 Cortney M. Nicolato, President & CEO, United Way   of Rhode Island

Cortney is an executive leader with two decades of marketing and business strategy experience in nonprofit management, healthcare, and healthcare IT.

United Way of Rhode Island, a nonprofit agency with more than 60 employees and an operating budget of $18.2M. United Way of Rhode Island invests in proven programs that address community issues in order to strengthen Rhode Island. Last year, they awarded $4.7M to 84 nonprofit agencies in support of programs for childhood literacy, workforce development, and more.

Prior to United Way, Cortney held several high-level management positions, each building upon the effectiveness of her transformational leadership style. Most recently, she served as president and CEO of The Senior Source, the largest nonprofit agency for seniors in North Texas. Her previous experience also includes being Senior Advisor, Director of New Business Initiatives at the National Center of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

From the beginning of her career, Cortney’s focus has been on serving the community. This commitment allowed her to effectively lead dedicated teams and improve the lives of individuals and families across the nation. When she’s not working, Cortney enjoys volunteering with her husband David, and their two sons, Jacob and Ian. Outside of being with her family, she enjoys training for triathlons.

 Jackie Dube, VP of Talent Optimization, The Predictive Index

Jackie is the Vice President of Talent Optimization at The Predictive Index. She is responsible for recruiting and retaining a high performance team. This includes talent acquisition, organizational design and development, performance management, compensation and benefits, communication, and employee relations, all the while ensuring that the team is aligned with the fast-paced, high-performance culture. Prior to PI, Jackie held several leadership roles in the human capital field, including VP of HR at Intygral Software, ShapeUp, and Vectrix. She also established and ran her own HR consulting firm. In all of these roles over the past 15 years, Jackie was responsible for building and growing high-performing teams in the technology field. She received her B.S. from the University of Rhode Island, held a SPHR certification, and is a Certified Compensation Professional.

Mike Ritz, Executive Director, Leadership Rhode Island

Training language instructors from multiple cultures while studying applied psycholinguistics at Compania Linguistica in Mexico City sparked Mike's lifelong interests in human behavior and communication.

Over the past 25 years, Mike served as a Tri-lingual interrogator in the U.S. Army, established his first company by the age of 25, motivated people to excel at his fitness Boot Camps, and served as a Regional Manager for an international healthcare company based in the United Arab Emirates. A former on-call interrogation analyst for CNN, Mike has been interviewed hundreds of times for TV, radio, newspapers and magazines. He participated in nine documentaries in the past 15 years; "Songs of War" won an International Emmy.

Under Mike's leadership for the past ten years, Leadership Rhode Island has received numerous accolades, including the Excellence in Public Service Award by Common Cause RI, two National Innovation Awards from the Association of Leadership Programs and two Community Outreach Awards from the RI Press Association for public forums in partnership with The Providence Journal and Rhode Island College. LRI’s innovative Make RI Stronger social enterprise is recognized by Gallup as an inspiration for the global strengths movement.

On the heels of serving as the Rhode Island Chairman for the Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR) since 2012, Mike spearheaded the national transformation from an executive strategic subcommittee to ESGR's first board of directors since its inception in 1972. He was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service before being recruited to serve on the board of a national nonprofit focused on decreasing veteran suicides. 

Mike is also the Chairman of The Avenue Concept, the Director of Cultural Food Initiatives for the award-winning Providence Cultural Equity Initiative, and a newly appointed board member for the national Association of Leadership Programs. @MikeRitz

  Michelle Saunders, Senior Manager, Learning Solutions, Global   Talent Development, IGT

Michelle Saunders leads Learning Solutions at International Gaming Technology (IGT) and is a Strengths Coach for Leadership Rhode Island.   Before IGT, she brought e-learning and classroom facilitation to Ocean State Job Lot and had consulting opportunities at Sensata Technologies, Fidelity and Bryant University focused on learning and development and employee engagement.  She spent ten years as the Director of Workforce Development for AAA Northeast.  In 2017 she was honored by Providence Business News as a Business Woman: Woman to Watch and in 2019 as an Outstanding Volunteer. 

Michelle has over 15 years of experience in HR focused on needs assessment, leadership and associate training and education. She believes that skills and motivation are the keys to workforce success. Acting as a consultant, leader, coach and partner, she helps individuals and organizations assess skills and motivation gaps and develops strategies and programs to prepare individuals and companies for success. She is MBTI, DiSC, Workplace Big Five and Leadership RI Strengths Certified. 

This event is presented by RI SHRM in partnership with our Sponsors.

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