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    November Chapter Meeting - HR Dept of One

    Date: November 13, 2019, 7:30am – 9:30am
    Greater Monadnock Society for Human Resource Management
    Courtyard Marriott 75 Railroad St., Keene, NH 03431
    Members Free - Non-Members $15
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    Non-members welcome Registration, networking, and a light breakfast begin at 7:30 am; meeting and educational sessions run from 8:00-9:30 am.

    Session Overview - 

     Thriving in an HR Department of One…..or More

    In many small and midsize companies, the human resources department consists of one person, aka “The Department of One” (DOO).  As such, they handle every HR function for the entire organization including recruiting, onboarding, training, compensation, benefits, employee relations, compliance, technology, analytics, and strategy—and are frequently responsible for other business processes at the same time.  

    Join us for an informative program about how to thrive in an HR Department of One where will discuss the following:

    • Changing how companies view HR
    • Understand what the “C” Suite/Management want
    • Building credibility
    • Solo HR challenges and suggestions
    • Taking HR to the next level
    • Action Plan for HR Department of One
    • Tools, Tips, Techniques & Resources



    Catharine Mirabile, SHRM-SCP, SPHR –  Director
    Chief Human Resources Officer, CGI Business Solutions
    171 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH, 03106
    (603) 232-9325,

    Catharine is the Chief Human Resources Officer at CGI Business Solutions and has over 25 years of experience in the Human Resources field. She currently manages the HR Support and Benefits Administration Department of CGI, which includes compliance, benefits administration, COBRA and human resources solutions for CGI's clients. She has a diverse background in the area of human resources, including compliance, staffing, employee relations, training, benefits, compensation, and payroll. Catharine has utilized these skills in a variety of industries including banking, manufacturing, and technology firms.   She has served in a variety of volunteer leadership roles in her local chapter and state level with SHRM and is currently the Director for the HR State Council of New Hampshire, on the Board of Directors for NAPBA (National Association of Professional Benefits Administrators) and on the Board of Trustees with Catholic Charities New Hampshire.  In addition, Catharine is heavily involved with workplace advocacy efforts with SHRM, serving as an Advocacy Captain.  Catharine has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Central Florida and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) as well as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

    Meeting Sponsor    

    Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, McLane Middleton is one of New England’s premier full-service law firms with offices in Manchester, Portsmouth, and Concord, New Hampshire, as well as Woburn and Boston, Massachusetts.  Driven by the firm’s depth of sophisticated legal expertise and an unwavering commitment to client service, McLane Middleton has built collaborative and lasting relationships with a broad spectrum of domestic and international clients.  McLane Middleton is guided by the principle that attorneys and staff should be active participants in the communities in which we live and work.

    McLane Middleton employment group partners with clients to design and implement problem-avoidance measures tailored to each client’s business needs.  Techniques used include: focused workplace audits; company-specific policy development and maintenance; strategic workforce training; timely workplace investigations; targeted employment agreements; and day-to-day responsive consultation services. The firm’s risk management approach also minimizes its clients legal costs by addressing critical and sensitive personnel matters promptly and effectively.  In short, the firm represents your organization by understanding your workforce and business, implementing measures to avoid problems, and promptly resolving issues that do arise.

    Our experienced employment lawyers handle complicated employment law compliance matters for a wide variety of manufacturing, service, educational and technology businesses. We have substantial experience in the following areas: discrimination; harassment; disability; data privacy; family and medical leave; military leave; drug testing; federal and state regulatory compliance; OSHA; wage and hour; reductions in force; immigration; non-compete and employment agreements; ERISA; COBRA; data security; records management; and other benefits and personnel-related laws.

    No matter what your business, our goal is to protect your organization through proactive risk management counseling. We also utilize the diversity of talent from other departments in the firm to offer comprehensive representation for businesses.

    Networking & Informal Discussion Afterward

    You are encouraged to stay to chat with fellow GMSHRM members and, perhaps the speaker when available, at the Marriott until 10:00 am.  This is in response to member requests to connect with fellow GMSHRM members after the monthly meetings to continue networking and have informal discussions regarding whatever hot topics you are facing.  Help yourself to whatever food is still there, but please understand that the Marriott staff will be working to clear the room by 10:00.

    RSVP & Guest Policies

    Bring an HR friend or colleague!  Non-member guests may attend our monthly educational sessions for the nominal charge of $15 each.  If you wish to save time that morning, guest registration is available in advance at  No advance registration is required for this meeting; please join us!  Come share information with fellow HR professionals.   

    Winter Weather

    Just a reminder that education sessions are held regardless of weather, as we cannot reschedule meetings due to room and speaker constraints.  We hope you can join us!

    Credit Hours

    • Greater Monadnock SHRM is certified by SHRM as a Preferred Provider to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, and this program has been registered for 1 PDC in the SHRM Body of Competency & Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™).
    • Programs are submitted for 1 General HR Credit Hour toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR certification through the Human Resources Certification Institute.