The Future of the Workplace

2020 forced almost every organization to do things differently. Has that shifted what companies prioritize and what has changed for employees and their preferences: structure vs. flexibility, downtown office space vs. ability to work from home? How do these come into play as you evaluate returning to work and what that looks like? What are things every company needs to consider: vaccines, building safety and space, IT needs? And how do these decisions impact workplace culture and employee retention and recruitment?

Moderated by Andrea Goodkin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Executive Vice President, Human Resources Consulting, HUB International.

Andrea has over 26 years of combined in-house human resource leadership and consulting experience across diverse organizations and has developed a specialized talent for building and developing high-performing human resources programs and teams. She applies her extensive experience to help clients build and implement cost-effective and cutting-edge workforce strategies and solutions.

Before joining HUB, Andrea was head of Human Resources for the Northern California offices of Baker & McKenzie, LLP. She also led HR teams AtomFilms/AtomShockwave, the Washington State, Department of Labor and Industries, and Federated Department Stores.

Andrea graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (Industrial/Organizational) from the University of Washington, where she also completed the Washington State Executive Management Program. Andrea holds a Certificate from the Human Resource Executive Program at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute, and is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

On the panel:

Tony Payne, Senior Vice President / External Affairs, MEMIC

Tony is the Senior Vice President for External Affairs at The MEMIC Group, Maine’s largest workers’ compensation insurance company which employs nearly 500 people from Maine to Florida. The company insures more than 18,000 Maine employers and their estimated 200, 000 employees.

Tony has been a member of the Maine business community for more than 40 years and an executive in the insurance industry for nearly half his career. He is a specialist in crisis communications and is a recipient of the Edward L. Bernays Award, recognition for lifetime achievements in the practice of public relations. In addition, he currently serves of the Portland Regional Chamber and chairs the Advocacy Committee.

Lisa Whited, Chief Transformation Officer, Workplace Transformation Facilitation

Lisa is a workplace strategy and change management consultant who has been helping organizations be more effective with virtual working. She is a Senior Associate at Advanced Workplace Associates in the UK and is the founder of Workplace Transformation Facilitation based in Portland.


Lisa DeSisto, CEO & Publisher, Portland Press Herald

Lisa DeSisto is the Chief Executive Officer of Masthead Maine, the state’s largest media network. She oversees the companies that publish the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Morning Sentinel, Kennebec Journal, Sun Journal, Forecaster newspapers, western Maine weeklies, Times Record, and Mainely Media. She also oversees Masthead Maine Press, comprised of two commercial printing plants in Lewiston and South Portland.

Lisa sits on the board of the Associated Press, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine. Lisa hosts a bi-monthly live event; “Like A Boss” where she interviews other Maine CEOs on their leadership principles.

Before joining Masthead Maine in November 2012, Lisa spent 17 years at The Boston Globe where she served as Chief Advertising Officer and General Manager for Lisa is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and lives with her family and a herd of alpacas in North Yarmouth.