Creative Workforce Solutions for New Hampshire Businesses: How to Attract and Retain Talent


Stonyfield Farm ( and the New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility ( present Business Speak, an event with panel discussions and a networking luncheon. Various topics on “Creative Workforce Solutions for New Hampshire Businesses: How to Attract and Retain Talent”, will be brought to the public by Stevenson Kellogg® ( and 36creative ( on January 22, 2016, at 8:30am, at Great Bay Community College’s Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus.

What are the economic challenges facing New Hampshire today? First and foremost, we are losing our young graduates. The in-migration of past years has now become out-migration. In fact, between 2000 and 2010, New Hampshire ranked 48th in the country for demographic percent change within its 35-to-44-year-old population. Meanwhile, the state is becoming older – one of the oldest overall demographics in the nation.

In addition, New Hampshire's workforce growth is stagnant, and it has been estimated that some 125,000 Granite Staters commute out of state for work daily. And this number is only expected to increase. New Hampshire is falling behind, and the trend lines are not encouraging. It will therefore take creativity, as well as a joint effort to change direction. We have an educated and resourceful population that is ready to work; from young people, to returning veterans, to retirees.

Now is the time to collect our resources, learn about best practices from industry leaders, and then take action. So we invite the public to join us for our first informative series and luncheon of the New Year at Great Bay Community College’s new campus, located at the Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth, in the new Student Success Center, which just celebrated its grand opening on November 5, 2015.

We are excited to have Sue Melvin, VP of Human Resources at Stonyfield, as our Keynote Speaker for this event. Sue will then facilitate a panel discussion concerning “How to Attract and Retain Millennial Talent”. Sue’s panel will include Jill Holt (Timberland), Katie Jette (Stonyfield), David Mercieri (Velcro), Pam Brill (Velcro), Harper Marshall (Devine Millimet) and Isys Johnson (Stevenson Kellogg).

The second of two panel discussion will be facilitated by Michelle Veasey, Executive Director of New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility. Michelle’s panel will have particpants from Gillian Tierney (Newmarket International), Brett Cromwell (Medtronic Advanced Energy Systems), Dan Harris (Market Street Talent), Bruce Montville (LifeWise Community Projects) and Bill Whyte (Badger Balm).

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Primary sponsors of the event are Stonyfield Farm, New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR), Stevenson Kellogg, and 36creative.

Supporters of the event include but are not limited to Timberland, Velcro, New Hampshire Business Review, Great Bay Community College, Market Street Talent, Newmarket International, LifeWise Community Projects, Badger Balm, New Hampshire Brand Project, Medtronic Advanced Energy Systems, Devine Millimet and Monadnock Paper.

To register for the event, please go to or visit by January 15, 2016.
For more information about the event, please contact Isys Johnson at, or 617-784-8989.

Business Speak®
Founded by Stevenson Kellogg® together with 36creative, Business Speak® is an organization with a mission to promote excellence in business. Business Speak® champions the process of continuous learning by systematically bringing together experts in their fields to share best practices across a multitude of disciplines.

Stevenson Kellogg®
Agile, adaptive and experienced, Stevenson Kellogg is an independent management consulting firm with offices in the US, Canada and the UK. We help our clients achieve new possibilities and opportunities. Valuing agility and responsiveness, we combine our historical strengths with innovative, forward-looking thinking. When you have been consulting as long as we have, the experience is deep and wide — and we still continue to learn. Management consulting itself must change to reflect client needs. There is no such thing as a “cookie-cutter” approach at Stevenson Kellogg. Strategic, practical and effective, Stevenson Kellogg delivers a broad range of consulting services, embracing strategy and action both for all sizes and types of clients. Our approach is to take a “360” view, combining technical and human viewpoints in order to provide fully integrated and comprehensive solutions. Stevenson Kellogg serves a full range of private sector businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and public sector entities. We have a strong reputation for the quality and practicality of our work, and our dedication to our clients' strategic objectives.

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