NEWPORT, RI (May 22, 2017) – The Newport County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Marsh & McLennan Agency to create an interactive human resources informational series. The Chamber’s HR Roundtable series aims to help local businesses continue to be successful through panel discussions with HR industry leaders.

This series will kick-off with an engaging discussion highlighting Recruiting and Retention, facilitated by Laura Chabot, Human Resources Manager of SEA CORP, on Tuesday, May 23rd from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Newport County Chamber of Commerce (35 Valley Road, Middletown). Peer panelists will include: Bob Selle (CHRO, Ocean State Job Lot); Doug MacNiel (Vice President Talent Acquisition and Sourcing, Lifespan); Neal Harrell (President, Brooks Marine Group); and Carrie Beers (Co-founder, Lead Like a C.O.A.C.H.).

The HR Roundtable series’ panel will discuss topics such as: Creating and Maintaining Your Talent Pipeline; Employee Retention; and Strategic Considerations.

“We look forward to developing the Roundtable series where people can share their experiences, challenges and learn from their peers to better the HR community,” says Ken LeGendre, Vice President of Health & Benefits at Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC.

Additional HR Roundtable events have been scheduled for throughout the year, with topics to include: Compliance Issues in the Defense Industry (July 25th); Unemployment Insurance (September 26th); Employment and Labor Law Update with Cynthia J. Butler, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Butler & Associates (October 24th); and Diversity (November 14th).

“We are excited to re-launch this very important and popular roundtable series in partnership with Marsh & McLennan and Panera Bread.  The Chamber strives to provide quality, informative programs that help businesses access the resources they need in order to succeed,” says Newport County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Erin Donovan-Boyle, “I know working with Marsh & McLennan to provide important updates related to human resource issues and the ability for participants to earn CREs will prove to be an impactful partnership!”

This complimentary Chamber series would not be made possible without the support of our sponsor, Marsh & McLennan Agency, as well as our media sponsors, 1540 WADK, MIXX 99.3, and The Newport Daily News.

Lunch for this series will be provided by Panera Bread. Those interested in attending should RSVP by calling 401.847.1608 or visit


The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is one of the state’s largest business advocacy organizations. With over 1,100 members representing over 50,000 employees, the Newport County Chamber’s goal is to find solutions for quality jobs, quality growth and quality of life. As a trusted and reliable source of information for nearly 100 years, the Newport County Chamber connects members with success while encouraging the development of the community.