The number of people 55 and older in Maine’s workforce continues to rise, setting the stage for potential generational snafus in the workplace. Whether in communications or expectations, how we connect with co-workers can be rife with unintended consequences. Is an ellipsis passive-aggressive? Are emojis unprofessional? One university study says we lose $37 billion a year because of crossed wires in the workplace.

Join us on Feb. 19 to hear from experts in the field.

This event takes place before the library officially opens, so please enter on Elm Street, located across the street from the METRO hub for easy public transportation access. The library’s bicycle racks are right by this entrance as well.

Doors open at 7:15 a.m. Program starts at 7:45 a.m. Street parking is free until 9:00 a.m.

Thank you to Coffee By Design, who will serve a complimentary selection of roasts and teas to attendees.

About the moderator:

Hosted by Business Projects Editor Carol Coultas. Carol Coultas has been practicing journalism in Maine since the mid-‘80s and focusing on business journalism since 2003. She oversaw an award-winning staff as the business editor at the Press Herald from 2014 to 2019. This year, she transitioned to a new role as Business Projects Editor, focusing on events, an intern program and other projects to support quality, Maine business journalism.

Dennis Boyle, President of Seacoast Dx

Dennis has spent 25 years in leadership training with businesses as large as Siemens and Kodak, as well as many smaller companies. An adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire, he also holds a certificate in business ethics and etiquette from the Emily Post Business Institute. Dennis is also a member of the Maine Institute for Family-Owned Businesses.

Genevieve Fullilove, Vice President of Permanent Placement Services at Robert Half

Genevieve  has been with Robert Half for more than 12 years and started in the company’s Accountemps division, managing temporary placements in the accounting and finance industry. Since then, she’s held roles as Division Director, Branch Manager and now Vice President of the permanent placement team. During her long career in professional staffing, she has sat on the board for the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and has been a sought after speaker for the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). Outside of the office, she has spent much of her time volunteering – particularly with the Portland Adult Education where she’s helped candidates prepare for the job search.

Debby Olken, Business Development Director/HR Consultant, KMA  Human Resources Consulting

Debby is an experienced human resources professional. For nearly 20 years, she worked as HR director for two complex organizations (the Maine Judicial Branch and the Maine State Legislature), and as a KMA consultant, she has worked with a variety of small and medium-sized businesses. As KMA’s Business Development Manager, Debby meets regularly with prospective clients to understand their HR needs and explore how best KMA can provide immediate assistance and solutions. She earned her SPHR and her SHRM-SCP designations, and served on the Board of the HR Association of Southern Maine.  She also holds a BA in History and Political Science, a Masters in Judicial Administration, as well as a Certification in Mediation from USM.


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