Press Release

Maine Center for Creativity director to co-facilitate Innovation Workshop

ROCKPORT, Maine  — Jean Maginnis, executive director of the Maine Center for Creativity, and IDEXX’s Cathy Dexter are slated to lead a sold out workshop aimed to show attendees how grassroots and arts-based initiatives can influence corporate culture, scientific innovation, and deepen relationships with the community. Dexter and Maginnis are community collaborators and have enjoyed exploring how to leverage the arts to increase employee retention, engage employee talents, and encourage R & D innovations.

“This is a fantastic event and we’re excited to be part of the conversation,” said Maginnis. “The convention creates an atmosphere that helps Maine HR professionals thrive and we feel that the addition of creativity-based leadership and arts-based initiatives in the workplace benefits everyone.”

Titled “How the Arts Disciplines Increase Innovation!,” the session is part of the Maine HR Convention being held at the Samoset Resort Thursday, May 7 through Sunday, May 10.

The Maine Center for Creativity (MCC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) led by a volunteer board of directors. Founded in May 2005, MCC is committed to nurturing innovative companies and people in Maine by developing projects and programs that support the growth of creative industries and the arts. Among its educational and creative projects, MCC is organizing Art All Around™, an international design competition to paint the Sprague Energy tanks in South Portland, the Creative Toolbox Series, Pecha Kucha events in Maine and the newly formed Community Art Task Force. For more information, please visit

The Maine HR Convention strives to make a difference for Maine HR professionals by offering keynote speakers from around the country, participatory workshops, and up to 22.25hours of HRCI re-certification credits in an atmosphere where HR careers and Maine workplaces thrive. The convention is the result of collaboration between Northern New England Law Publishers/ and Maine’s SHRM State Council and eight affiliated chapters.

Contact: Linda Varrell

Broadreach Public Relations