How to Attract and Retain Talent Business Breakfast Hosted by Thomas College and Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce on January 10 in Waterville

Published: Friday, December 14, 2018

George Fennell

WATERVILLE, Maine, December 2018 – IDEXX’s corporate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Giovani Twigge, will speak about attracting and retaining talent at Thomas College and Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce’s January Business Breakfast. The breakfast will be held on Thursday, January 10, from 7:15 to 9:00 a.m. in the Spann Student Commons Summit Room on Thomas College’s campus at 180 West River Road in Waterville.

Twigge will discuss why traditional approaches to attracting and retaining are more likely to fail and what you should do instead.

Twigge joined IDEXX in August 2010 as chief human resources officer (CHRO). He has over 30 years of domestic and international HR experience.

Prior to IDEXX, Twigge held international HR leadership roles, supporting employee bases of up to 12,000 people, for multibillion-dollar company Abbott Laboratories. Over a period of 11 years, he progressed through roles ranging from regional HR director to divisional vice president of HR, focused on growth, change management and turnaround. This included the successful turnaround of Abbott’s $3.5B Diagnostics Division as well as the separation of the company’s US and international nutrition businesses into a newly formed $4B global division with 6,000 employees. At the regional level, Twigge provided HR leadership for multi-country areas under Abbott International, including its European operations comprised of 31 affiliates and 5,600 employees. During this time, he led a number of key initiatives ranging from reorganizations to talent-focused programs in Latin America, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.

Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce holds monthly informative presentations on a variety of educational business topics at Thomas College’s Spann Student Commons. The cost of the Business Breakfast is $18 for members, $25 at the door & for non-members. Breakfast is included with the reservation. To register, e-mail mailto:programs@midmainechamber.com or call 873-3315.

The sponsors for the Business Breakfast are: AT&T; People’s United Bank; Cross Employee Benefits; Nicholson, Michaud & Company; O’Donnell, Lee, McCowan & Phillips, LLC; print media sponsor Morning Sentinel, a division of MaineToday Media, Inc. and radio sponsor MIX107.9.

About Thomas College: Celebrating its 125th anniversary, Thomas College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in programs ranging from business, entrepreneurship, and technology, to education, criminal justice, and psychology. Its Guaranteed Job Program, the first of its kind in the nation, is built on students’ academic, career, and leadership preparation. Thomas is also home to the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation and the Center for Innovation in Education. Money Magazine recently ranked Thomas 23rd in the country for adding the most value to their degrees, and data reported by the New York Times ranks Thomas in the top 15 percent of all college and universities in the U.S. for upward mobility of its graduates. For more information, visit www.thomas.edu or contact MacKenzie Riley at rileym@thomas.edu or 207-859-1313.

About Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce: is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and advocating for business prosperity and regional economic improvement.  Its region includes the towns of Albion, Belgrade, Benton, Branch Mills, Burnham, China, Clinton, Fairfield, Hinckley, Oakland, Rome, Shawmut, Sidney, South China, Thorndike, Unity, Vassalboro, Waterville, Weeks Mills and Winslow.  For more information on the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, including how to become a member, call (207) 873-3315 or visit www.midmainechamber.com.

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