Strategies for Attracting, Hiring and Keeping Top Talent Focus of August 9 TechWomen Power Breakfast

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The New Hampshire High Tech Council (Council) will host its next TechWomen Power Breakfast on Wednesday, August 9 from 7:30 to 9 am at the Manchester Country Club, 180 South River Road in Bedford. The event – moderated by Shannon Herrmann of Alexander Technology Group – will feature a distinguished panel of human resource executives who will focus on two main areas: finding talent and streamlining the hiring process, and retaining talent and building a corporate culture. The three presenters include Shannon Hathaway, director of human resources at Single Digits; Andrea Kokolis, vice president of human resources at Newforma; and Colleen Cone, vice president of talent and culture at Skillsoft.

“Now more than ever, New Hampshire businesses are feeling the crunch of trying to find quality employees in a very limited pool of candidates,” said Michelline Dufort, director of business relations for the Council. “This program is an invaluable one to learn about strategies from the pros for identifying and recruiting top talent, and then creating the right kind of culture to hire and keep them.”

Shannon Hathaway is the director of human resources at Single Digits. She has over 20 years of experience specializing in providing guidance and leadership to senior managers in startup, growth, and stable organizations. Her experience includes benefits, employee relations, payroll, talent acquisition and management across various industries including professional services, technology, and retail.


Andrea Kokolis is executive vice president of human resources at Newforma. She ensures the company has the appropriate resources and programs in place to allow the company to scale to the next level of growth. Prior to this position, Kokolis has helped a variety of companies develop the key talent to grow and achieve successful exit events. She has been involved in 14 mergers/acquisitions and IPO events during her career.

Colleen Cone is vice president of talent and culture at Skillsoft, where she has global responsibility for attracting, hiring and retaining top talent. She also leads initiatives to enhance and evolve workplace culture, drive employee engagement, and provide organizational development support. Before joining Skillsoft, Cone spent five years leading the HR function at Dyn (now Oracle), where she created and fostered an award winning workplace culture, culminating in the company’s acquisition by Oracle last fall.

The TechWomen|TechGirls breakfast series is sponsored by TD Bank, Measured Progress and Newforma, and the August breakfast is sponsored by Microsoft. Tickets for the Power Breakfast are $10 for members of the Council and $20 for not-yet-members, and includes breakfast. Register here or call 603-935-8951. Seating is limited, so individuals are encouraged to register early.