Mainebiz Women's Leadership Forum

Event information

Date: April 6, 2017
Time: 7:30am-10:30am
Location: Abromson Center (Hannaford Hall)
88 Bedford St, Portland

Online registration for this event is closed. Walk-ins welcome.   

Join Mainebiz on April 6th for the 7th Annual Mainebiz Women's Leadership Forum 

Forum Topic: The gender wage gap - Why is this still a thing?     

Mainebiz has invited several professionals from the legal and HR sector to discuss the reality of the gender wage gap here in Maine. Joining them will be executives and leaders who will address what employers expect to hear from women in the workforce and what tools women have to negotiate compensation plans.  The goal of this forum is to share ideas for solutions and ways we can bridge the gap today.     


The Panel:

Anne-Marie L. Storey, Attorney at Law at Rudman Winchell practices employment law, including general advising of employers, litigation, administrative actions, trainings, and workers’ compensation.  Anne- Marie is a frequent speaker to human resource professionals and other groups on employment related topics, including the Northern New England Law Publishers Comp Summit, which focuses on workers’ compensation in Maine, and the Maine HR Convention, Maine’s largest human resources convention. She is also a repeat presenter for the Maine State Bar Association’s Bridging the Gap and Legal Year in Review programs. 



Barbara Babkirk is a Master Career Counselor and principal at Heart At Work Associates, an innovative career counseling and outplacement firm in Portland. Barbara coaches clients to recognize and exercise their options as they negotiate job offers or severance, propose new roles, and articulate their professional value for a promotion. She is committed to strengthening Maine’s workforce by guiding individuals to positions that align with their skills and life stage priorities.





Dawn Harmon is a director and shareholder at Perkins Thompson, specializing in employment law.  Ms. Harmon’s employment law practice includes assisting clients with discrimination, wrongful discharge and wage and hour claims before the Maine Human Rights Commission as well as state and federal courts.  Ms. Harmon regularly advises clients on wage and hour laws, employment contracts, terminations and discrimination and harassment matters. She also routinely conducts training seminars on important employment law matters for her clients and serves as an independent investigator for companies investigating claims of harassment and discrimination to charges of discrimination.



Joan Fortin is a shareholder and the director of attorney recruiting at Bernstein Shur. Having helped shape the tax increment financing (TIF) statute, from proposing amendments to the law to creating programs under it, she goes above and beyond to explain the finer details of TIF and to offer her clients efficient, cost effective solutions that they hadn’t even thought were possible. Joan brings that same knack for innovative problem solving and ability to communicate with different audiences to her role as director of attorney recruiting. In charge of the firm’s recruiting, retention, and diversity initiatives, she is the go-to person for attorneys seeking to join Bernstein Shur and new attorneys looking for a strong advocate and ally.



Guest speakers 

Karen Dobbyn has extensive experience in multiple facets of human resources management. She has a proven track record in strategic planning, employee and labor relations, contract negotiations, and executive leadership. She has also demonstrated expertise in: benefits administration, downsizing and restructuring, policy setting, performance management, incentive programs, recruitment, organizational development, risk management and compensation. 



Jean Hoffman founded, chaired the Board of Directors and led Putney as President and CEO from inception to a $200 million exit in April 2016. Jean developed the strategy, raised over $60 million in debt and equity and recruited the outstanding team that built Putney into America’s leading generic drug company for pets. Putney had the highest product market shares of any U.S. generic veterinary company as well as the highest growth rate amongst all U.S. animal pharmaceutical companies. In April 2016, Putney sold 100% of the company to Dechra Holdings US Inc., a subsidiary of Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC for $200 million in cash. 


Christina McAnuff is the Executive Director of the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute, a 501(c)(3) organization with school partnerships in all 16 Maine counties. The Institute’s mission is to elevate the confidence and aspirations of high school girls by helping them build the leadership, collaboration and problem solving skills needed to be successful in their lives, families, careers and communities. Christina is responsible for programming, volunteer recruitment and training, program expansion, communications and fundraising. She is committed to creating a network of accomplished and caring Maine women that not only mentors and encourages the next generation of Maine leaders, but also one another.


Eliza Townsend is the Executive Director of the Maine Women’s Lobby. She represented part of Portland in the Maine House of Representatives for 8 years, then moved into the non-profit sector when she became the first Executive Director of the Maine League of Conservation Voters & Maine Conservation Voters Education Fund. During Eliza’s tenure, the Conservation Voters convened the Environmental Priorities Coalition, comprising two-dozen diverse groups that agree to and advocate for a common legislative agenda. Eliza left the Conservation Voters when she joined the Maine Department of Conservation, where she served first as Deputy Commissioner and later Commissioner.



General admission: $30.00 


7:30 am Arrival, registration, coffee, networking, and breakfast

8:15 am Welcome and introductions

8:30 am Panel discussion and guest speakers - Moderated by Donna Brassard, Mainebiz Publisher

10:00 am Panel finishes, Q&A begins

10:30 am Conclusion




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