Members Only Summer Speaker Series: Recruitment & Retention


In this virtual summer series, guest speakers will explore strategies on strengthening today’s workforce. Topics will include strategies for tapping into diverse applicant pools, how to maximize your staff’s strengths, and building inclusive work environments.

Location and Time: Thursdays 10-11am: 07/14, 07/28, & 08/11. See below for session details.

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Session I: Thursday, July 14, 10-11am 
Retention Strategies

Led by trainer and consultant, Jim Ognibene of Visioneer Consulting, this interactive discussion will focus on specific actions to retain current staff.

During this session, participants will:

  • Discuss at least three high impact actions you can implement to build retention
  • Learn about recent research, post Covid, on what is important to the next generation
  • Hear from other agencies about successful retention strategies and build collective knowledge

About the presenter:             

Jim Ognibene is a Workshop Leader, Career Coach, Facilitator, and Consultant.  Jim has been deeply immersed in the field of Organizational and Talent Development for over two decades. His passion is helping both individuals and organizations set and reach personal and professional goals. He and his team have designed leadership development, supervisory skills, and motivational interactive team building sessions while Jim has personally delivered over 1,300 professional development workshops.  His sessions are all about engagement and walking away with action items! Jim loves being a part of the Providers’ Council community. He enjoys being in a training room (actual or virtual) with so many kind, thoughtful caregivers. Jim says, “Leading workshops with Providers’ Council members and friends is rewarding knowing I am enabling those who are enabling others; that is a good feeling.” Jim has one goal, to help you be your best! Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing from George Mason University, Virginia and a Master of Education in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  Jim is the Owner and Managing Director of Visioneer Consulting, LLC.  He can be reached at


Session II: Thursday, July 28, 10-11am
Retention Begins with Recruiting

Recruiting and retention have only become more challenging during the pandemic. But it’s not all bad news. If you’re willing to learn from the data, leverage your strengths, and make small changes you can find the best talent for you. In this workshop we’ll learn from trends and from each other in roundtable format.

During this session, participants will:

  • Explore pre- and post-pandemic data on retention and recruiting
  • Identify and explore the main drivers and impact of retention and recruiting problems
  • Examine targeted interventions and learn from your peers

About the presenter: 

John Howard has worked for 20 years in the nonprofit sector in ME and MA, including roles in direct care, clinical, management, organizational development, and HR. He has worked for organizations serving adults and children battling mental illness, trauma, and seeking to attain the resources and skills to thrive. Most recently, John joined the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, a human rights organization based in Cambridge, MA as Human Resources Director. He is a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) from the Society for Human Resources Management.

Session III: Thursday, August 11, 10-11am
Equity, Recruitment, & Hiring

In this presentation, we will explore how biases, speed, and convenience play roles in a lack of diversity in recruitment and hiring. Participants will learn methods of tailoring job descriptions, postings, and recruitment materials to broaden a candidate pool and will examine how their own biases impact hiring decisions and how self-awareness and vulnerability are key to countering them.

During this session, participants will:

  • Learn how to apply diversity, equity, & inclusion principles in the resume review, phone screening, and interview process
  • Explore how different variables may cause a lack of diversity in recruitment and hiring
  • Examine how their own biases impact hiring decisions and gain tools for increasing self-awareness and vulnerability

About the presenter: 

Guimel is Wayside’s first Vice President of People and Culture and Chief Diversity Officer. Her pronouns are She/Her/Hers. Prior to her current role, she was the Program Director for Wayside’s Framingham Family Networks and worked for the Department of Children and Family Services in Compton, California. Guimel’s current role allows her to utilize her experience as a social worker while maximizing her organizational and analytical strengths. Guimel sees the position of Vice President of People and Culture and Chief Diversity Officer as an opportunity to expand upon and broaden culture, fortify communication among staff, boost staff morale, empower staff to consider their career development and prioritize and streamline process efficiencies across Wayside.

Guimel is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and a Society of Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional. In 2019 she was awarded the Elizabeth Funk Emerging Leaders Award from the Association of Behavioral Health for her work embedding equity and inclusion across the agency. In 2020 she was named to the 50 Most Influential Business People of Color list by Newton-Needham Metrowest Regional Chamber. She speaks fluent Portuguese and lives in Natick with her wife and son.


FREE for members