Building Employee First Workplaces: HR Policies & Handbooks

Event Details:
When: June 2, 2020 9:00 am – June 2, 2020 3:00 pm
Location: Online Workshop via Zoom Meetings

Cost To Attend:
Nonmembers – Varies
VBSR Members – Varies

Registration is open

Event hosted by: VBSR


Join us, for the first workshop in our Measure What Matters series:

Building Employee First Workplaces: HR Policies & Handbooks
Tuesday, June 2nd
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

This workshop will take place virtually via Zoom Meeting.


This workshop will take a deep dive into the ins and outs of creating, improving, and implementing personnel policies and an employee handbook that put social responsibility at the forefront. Attendees will learn from business and human resource leaders who will present a breadth of theory and real world examples, equipping attendees with ready-to-use tools for improving their HR policies and employee handbooks.


Meet our presenters:


Brittany LaValley


Brittany LaValley, Company Care Manager, Mamava

Brittany LaValley is a multi-faceted professional with broad industry experience ranging from operations to sustainability. She is passionate about creating well-run and well-supported systems that lead to a happy work environment. Her work ethic is paralleled only by her ability to provide levity in most any situation. She considers herself an eternal learn-it-all. Mamava is a women-owned and certified B-Corp dedicated to transforming the culture of breastfeeding.


Kristina Brines


Kristina R. Brines, PHR, SHRM-CP, Director, Paul Frank + Collins P.C.Paul Frank + Collins Attorneys Logo 2018

Kristina Brines is a Director at Paul Frank + Collins in the Employment + Labor Law Group.  Her employment practice focuses on a wide range of employment issues, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as workforce management, training, workplace investigations, and employment litigation.  Kris has been designated as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, New England, for each year since 2013.


Susan Graham


Susan Graham, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Sr. Human Resources Consultant, NFP HR Solutions

Susan Graham has been an HR professional for over 30 years. Her move to Vermont 20 years ago shifted her focus from corporate HR management to the unique HR needs of the state’s relatively small employers. She established her own consulting business, taking on interim HR management roles that often involved leading organizations through significant HR transitions. In 2016, she joined NFP to work with their brokerage clients and other businesses throughout the area in developing and maintaining effective and compliant HR functions.


Beth Gilpin


Beth Gilpin, Principal, Beth Gilpin Consulting, LLC

With 25+ years’ experience providing HR, executive search and general recruiting services to Vermont growth companies and non-profits, Beth Gilpin is passionate about helping employers find, attract and retain the right people at all levels of an organization; navigate the complex world of HR and employee relations; and simplify and/or create processes, policies and procedures aligned with the organization’s values and supportive of the desired workplace culture.
Before running her own consulting practice, Beth served as HR Manager for Rossignol Ski Company and Skis Dynastar; Merrell Footwear and Karhu/Trak Skis; and Vermont Country Cyclers (d.b.a. Travent and Four Seasons Cycling). Beth keeps a foot in the outdoor product/activity side of her career by introducing others to the beauty of backcountry skiing through weekend clinics and tours at Bolton Valley.


VBSR’s Measure What Matters workshop series is your opportunity to learn from some of the best companies in New England, see how you measure up against industry leaders, and find new ways to improve your business operations. Workshop attendees will leave with tools for change and an expanded network of professionals who believe in business as a power for good! Modeled after the B-Corp Impact Assessment, this new series will help members to better support their communities, reduce the impact of their operations on the environment and to create the best workplace for their employees.

Join us for a single workshop or two or the entire series. With a multi-workshop registration, different employees in your organization can attend different workshops. Workshops are available for members and non-members alike.


Click here to register for the workshop series or a single workshop.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Series Underwriters

VSECU LogoVSECU is a member-owned cooperative and not for profit credit union for everybody who lives or works in Vermont, offering a full range of affordable financial products and services to its individual and business member-owners. VSECU is committed to improving the lives of Vermonters by empowering the possibilities for greater social, environmental, and financial prosperity. Together we make change, simply by banking. VSECU is a VBSR Champion Member.


Mascoma Bank LogoMascoma Bank was founded in 1899 by community members seeking ways to establish a healthy local economy. For over 118 years, Mascoma Bank’s foundation of mutuality has continued to be a force for positive change supporting communities to reach thriving sustainability. Now as a Certified B Corporation® we continue our mission to be Best for the World®, a company where we don’t answer to stockholders, but respond to the needs of our communities.

Series Sponsors

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Series Friend:

Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs


Sponsorship Opportunities are available for the Measure What Matters series and for single workshops. Please contact for more information.