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  • 14 Apr 2021
  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Live Webinar


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Save the Date for our April 14th Program
8:00 am (7:30 A.M. Virtual Breakfast Social)

A Dual Program Between ATD Bay Colonies & RI SHRM

Dynamics of Leadership and Change, During and After COVID-19


SPECIAL PRESENTATION:  ROCKING THE SHOT Dr. James McDonald, RI Dept. of Health Official– Vaccine Update in RI

Focus:  Hear from a RI Dept. of Health Official Dr. James McDonald, on the most up to date information regarding Vaccine Efficacy and Rhode Island’s ever expanding Vaccination Program.  This is vital information for Human Resource Professionals as they begin to work towards opening their businesses and bringing employees back to the workplace.


Focus:  As change leaders, HR Professionals are responsible for setting the example of mitigating fear and mistrust in the workplace.  Delve into how perception and reality relate, especially when dealing with decision making and change in an organization.  Learn how to build employee trust in a post pandemic era, especially with people returning to the workforce and workplace.  Presented by Chris Forcino for ATD Bay Colonies.


Focus:  Build trust and overcome the fear of the unknown, leading toward positive change in a post COVID environment.  Look on the positive side of change through effective leadership and proven models of change with effective results as new protocols emerge post COVID.  Presented by Gary Convertino, Ed.D., SHRM-CP/PHR, CPC for RI SHRM.

This program has been submitted for HRCI Credits


Dr. James McDonald – for RI Department of Health

Dr. McDonald has served at the Rhode Island Department of Health since 2012 as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline. He is also the medical director for the COVID unit, as well as the Center for Customer Services and the Drug Overdose prevention program. He is also a member of the Governor’s task force on Preventing Overdose deaths. 

Dr. McDonald earned his MD from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, his pediatric residency in the US Navy, and his preventive medicine residency from the State University of New York. He earned is MPH from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. McDonald is board certified in pediatrics as well as preventive medicine. 

His diverse career includes officership in the US Navy, as well as private practice in rural areas and in the Navajo Nation. Dr. McDonald lives in North Kingstown with his wife,  three children and 2 dogs Rosebud and Daisy.

Gary Convertino, Ed.D., SHRM-CP/PHR, CPC – for RI SHRM

Gary is a seasoned Human Resources Executive, Consultant, Professional Coach, and Professor with 20 years of successful experience in human resources management, strategy, business development, change management, administration and financial stewardship.  Gary is the head of HR at Bristol Community College, and is a Sr. Consultant and Coach with 3P HR Consulting, which focuses on the 3 Ps of HR – People, Process and Policy, with the most important being People.  Gary is a Board Member of Rhode Island’s Society for Human Resource Management (Workforce Development and the Legislative Committee), on the HR Advisory Committee at the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club, and is the Chairperson for the Pawtucket Personnel Board.  In addition, Gary supports people in transition at Job Club RI, and is a “Big Brother” for students through RISE (Rhode Islanders Serving Education) among other volunteer venues her pursues.  Gary is also a full-fledged Chef, and makes a great lasagna.

Chris Forcino, MED, for ATD Bay Colonies

As a Training Specialist at the Navy's leadership Center of Excellence, The Naval Leadership and Ethics Center (NLEC), Chris develops and executes a comprehensive leader development curriculum for every level of seniority in the US Navy. Chris is researching leader development principles and applying cognitive, affective and cognitive learning theories to design of on-the-job training, virtual resources and classroom training. Chris is advising and training NLEC staff on the facilitation of adult learning and reflective learning, as the primary learning tools for leader development. Chris is also the VP of Marketing for the ATD Bay Colonies Chapter.

For more information on these and other topics, please feel free to contact the
Workforce Development Committee at RI-SHRM
or call 401-573-9408

Association for Talent Development


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