The Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association

An affiliate of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) serving and advancing the HR profession through educational programs, legislative updates, and networking.


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Upcoming events

    • 07 Jan 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EST)
    • Webinar

    Thursday, January 7, 2021

    Remote Meeting

          8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Welcome from Amy Sabato
                 8:15 AM - 8:55 Legal Update and Q&A with Deb Najjar

                 9:00 - 10:30 Program

    Please note that the link to the meeting will be sent out 1 day prior to the event      

          Approved for 1.50 SHRM credits, HRCI credits pending

    Topic: Succession Planning Blown Up

    Tired of talking about succession yet no one listens? Please join us for a discussion on succession planning in January. Perhaps some of these stories resonate with you?

    • You just completed your fourth nine-box exercise in two years and yet no one moves up or out, senior management keeps reorganizing until you are so frustrated you stop even thinking of succession. Good people move on. Lousy performers stay.
    • You organize leadership development programs after creating a high performers list with your peers. Participants engage only to find that stretch assignments aren’t followed up on, workloads don’t adjust to allow the time for learning and development and mentors are cancelling their meetings.

    Come to this session to learn how-to blow-up succession planning and get down to meaningful talent development actions that produce your next top leaders. Your best people are the most vulnerable to leave and you need to be focusing on what keeps people engaged and fulfilled.

    Let’s move from assessing “high performers” to discovering and nurturing highly engaged leaders. It’s a simple solution that’s hard to do.

    You will walk away with:

    • A framework of engagement that can be measured
    • Critical coaching tools that reframe succession into, “So, What’s Next?”
    • A roadmap of activities that promote the movement of talent throughout the organization 
    • Crisis planning

    Our Speaker: Jim Kimberly, President of Sapphire Consulting,

    Jim Kimberly is President and founder of Sapphire Consulting, LLC. Formed in 2002 as a boutique leadership development and coaching firm, Sapphire is dedicated to bringing relevant human capital solutions to their client partners. Sapphire is proud to have exceptionally talented coaches and consultants who focus on quality and consistency in its offerings.

    Jim personally seeks to unlock potential in every leader. He has spent a career helping individuals and their teams develop by leveraging their strengths and accelerating meaningful personal and professional growth. Leadership demands learning about oneself and his/her environment in a way that enhances connections with others and Jim ensures that every leader learns.

    Learning through understanding ones’ emotional intelligence has been a hallmark of Jim’s coaching work for the last 18 years, becoming a Master Trainer in EQi and EQ360 instruments. He brings the power of EQ to create a robust picture of how personality, emotion and behavior impacts business success. He trains teams around The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team to prepare them for transformational development. He is certified in MBTI, Hogan and several other assessments.

    Jim offers leadership coaching, leadership development programming and organizational development consulting to its clients in healthcare, finance, insurance, utilities, bio pharma, manufacturing, higher education and telecommunications industries. These organizations have valued Jim’s highly interactive presentation style that yields positive change and engagement.

    Before starting Sapphire, Jim spent 21 years in the behavioral healthcare industry bringing innovative managed care, EAP and consulting/OD solutions to its customers. Jim led an AIDS counseling program and helped transform the community response during the early years of the epidemic.

    Jim graduated with an MSW from SUNY Buffalo and a BA in Sociology from Ripon College. Jim volunteers for the YMCA and has served several community committees/boards. He enjoys boating, fishing, golf and woodworking in his NH home and beyond.

    Our Sponsor: Interesting in Sponsoring? Contact Julie Moore at 



    For more information:

    Contact: Lisa Lemieux, PHR, SHRM-CP

    Phone: 978-204-3207

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