Meeting Archive:
Reducing the High Cost of Workforce Substance Abuse: Making Informed Choices as an Employer

Meeting Description:
Nearly 1 in 10 U.S. workers will struggle with abuse or dependence on illicit drugs, prescription medications, and alcohol each year. The resulting health care costs, absenteeism, accidents, theft, and lost productivity costs the total U.S. economy an estimated $276 million annually. Employers can deploy effective programs to greatly reduce their costs while improving their employees’ quality of life and work. During this webinar you will learn:

1) What happens when weed goes corporate, understanding the distinction between adult-use cannabis and medical cannabis

2) Pros and cons of substance abuse testing in the workplace

3) Employee Assistance Programs – an important tool to combat substance abuse

4) Last chance agreements and the employer’s role in recovery


This seminar will be led by Medora Marisseau who is a litigation attorney with Karr, Tuttle, Campbell and Sherrie Gietzen, HMA's Chief People Officer. There will be 30 minutes of content and time to answer your questions. 

HMA Inspire is part of the HMA Connect series of curated content and events. View for the complete schedule.

Date: Tue, Sep 17, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM PDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Karen Howe
 Presenter Information
Sherrie Gietzen
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Sherrie is the company’s Chief People Officer and brings more than 18 years of global experience in talent and leadership development, organizational effectiveness, cultural transformation, and performance management. She brings to HMA significant people leader coaching and is an integral member of the executive leadership team. 

Prior to HMA, Sherrie was the Americas Vice President of Human Resources at HTC and a Director of Human Resources at the fast-growing architecture and design firm, NBBJ. She has also held several senior human resource positions at Shin Nippon Biotechnology Laboratory, Zodiac Aerospace, and Xcyte Therapies T-Cell Biotechnology.

Sherrie has a BA from the University of Washington and Master of Arts, Organizational Development from Antioch University Seattle. Additionally, she is a Senior Professional In Human Resources (SPHR) and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR). 

Medora Marisseau
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Medora Marisseau provides employment, ERISA, and employee benefits advice and litigation services to large and small companies throughout the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Pennsylvania. Ms. Marisseau has more than 20 years of experience assisting clients with investigating and defending claims for discrimination, civil rights, wage and hour violations, disability accommodation, retaliation, and wrongful discharge, and assisting clients with non-compete agreements and trade secret violation litigation. She is a shareholder at Karr Tuttle Campbell in Seattle.