Saturday, July 4, 2015 @10am
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Chief Executive Officer
The Career Strategy Group
100 Conversations for Career Success –
With job search management expertise as an award-winning career innovator and résumé writer, master networker, and Fortune 500 corporate insider with flagship firms such as The Walt Disney Company and America Online, Laura M. Labovich is often affectionately referred to in the media as “a job seeker’s best friend.”
As Chief Executive Officer of The Career Strategy Group (www.thecareerstrategygroup.com), a boutique career management, outplacement firm, and Lincolnshire company, headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Laura’s contagious enthusiasm and powerful methodology make the perfect recipe for getting job seekers unstuck in their job search. Laura and her team at The Career Strategy Group empower job seekers to develop proactive, targeted job search marketing plans that increase momentum and achieve breakthrough results. Laura is known for saying that she was “born and raised professionally at Disney.
After receiving her first promotion out of her polyester costume, she recruited nationwide for the highly competitive Walt Disney World College Program, led the recreation recruiting and staffing efforts for both Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach water parks, and staffed up Disney’s Animal Kingdom for its inaugural launch. At America Online, she developed and launched AOL’s college internship program, hiring more than 100 MBA interns in its first year, and coached hundreds of employees – from entry-level to executive – on how to fit in, stand out, and move up in the company and in their careers. Laura’s national job search expertise, passionate delivery, and easy-to-implement approach has garnered attention from such national news media as The Washington Post, Sirius XM Radio, Fox 5 (DC), NBC 6 (Miami), U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Yahoo, and Monster.com, to name a few. And as a former amateur nightclub singer, she certainly knows how to tackle, inspire, and entertain a tough crowd.
Laura is the co-author of the book 100 Conversations for Career Success: Learn to Network, Cold-Call and Tweet Your Way to Your Dream Job (LearningExpress, 2012), a book about “what to say and how to say it” in your job search, a 2013 top career book selection by FORBES. Laura is also the author of the newly launched job search course through Pearson Workforce Development, HIRED! The Ultimate Job Search Course, a 40+ hour online self-paced course that teaches job seekers how to land a job faster!
Saturday, June 27, 2015 @10am
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Emergency Medical Director
Tufts Medical Center
Massachusetts Law Update –
Rob is the Emergency Management Director at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Since 2010, he has been solely responsible for the design, development, and sustainment of the Emergency Management Program at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston. Functioning in a command role for a myriad of emergency situations: weather emergencies, utility disruptions, hazardous materials events, full-scale exercises, planned Boston city events, and any incident threatening to disrupt normal hospital operations, staff, or patient safety.
He works in one of the oldest hospitals in the country (built by Paul Revere), yet employs a very creative and modern training and development tool-vicarious rehearsal.
He will tell you how this simple tool is used at Tufts in a variety of every day crises and emergencies and he will share the story of how it helped his team manage the unthinkable: the immediate aftermath of the Patriots’ Day bombing.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
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Mark J. Ventola
Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green
New Mandatory Massachusetts Sick Leave Law –
Mark Ventola is a member of the Firm’s employment and labor law, business consulting, and litigation practice groups. Mark’s focus is on employment and labor law, advising clients about the many aspects of the relationship between employer and employee.
He provides advice and drafts agreements, policies, and protocols concerning hiring, trade secret, termination and separation, wage and hour, family and medical leave, employment discrimination, noncompetition, and other compliance issues. A significant portion of his practice also involves handling employment litigation in the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Superior Court and Federal Court.Mark represents public and private employers in collective bargaining with labor unions and serves as labor counsel to a city in the Greater Boston area. He is experienced in handling grievance arbitrations, and unfair labor practices matters. To assist clients in litigation avoidance efforts, Mark has developed training programs for managers and staff concerning sexual harassment, management, and human resource issues. He also supervises and conducts internal investigations for the Firm;s management clients.He has lectured and written on sexual harassment, training, and numerous employment law topics. Mark serves as general counsel to a number of closely-held businesses in a variety of industries, providing advice on corporate governance and general business issues. In the litigation area, Mark’s experience includes the defense and prosecution of complex business, shareholder and partner disputes, product liability, aviation, commercial, real estate, professional malpractice, construction, insurance coverage and extra-contractual matters. From 2005 through 2009 Mark has been selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyers in the field of labor and employment law in Law and Politics magazine after an extensive survey of attorneys across the state.He is a former director of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and of the Defense Research Institute. He is a member of the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations, and the Justinian Law Society. Mark has served as an advisor to the Harvard Law School Mock Trial Programs. Mark has also served as a Pretrial Case Conferencer for the joint Boston Municipal Court/Boston Bar Association Program. As an active member of the community, Mark serves on the Board of Directors for the Stoneham Chamber of Commerce, where he was named the New Member of the Year in 2005.
Mark has served on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Greater Melrose Charitable Foundation and as the Vice President of the Malden Catholic Alumni Association. He has served as Chairman of the Melrose Youth Task Force, and as a member of the Melrose Historic District Commission. Mark also serves on the Board of Directors for Stoneham Youth Basketball, where is he a coach. He is also a member of The Order of Sons of Italy, the Appian Club and the National Italian American Foundation. Mark recently became a member of the Finance Council for Saint Patrick Parish in Stoneham. He was also recently appointed to the Stoneham Middle School Building Committee. Mark received a J.D. degree in 1986 from the Boston University School of Law, where he was recognized as a G. Joseph Tauro Scholar and an Edward F. Hennessey Scholar. He received a B.S., magna cum laude, from Boston College in 1983. He is a member of both the Massachusits and New Hampshire bars.
Saturday, June 13, 2015 @10am
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Southern Maine, Division of Extended Learning
Adult Professional Development Tools –
I serve as the Executive Director for Husson University Southern Maine campus located in Westbrook Maine. Serving as the primary administrator for the academic programs and offerings at this campus, I develop and execute strategy to optimize student enrollment and retention, facilitate program offerings, and provide adjunct faculty development opportunities.
Prior to my work with Husson University, I served as the State Director for the Maine Community College System sponsored Early College for ME, a comprehensive high school to college transition program. I served 10 years as Dean of Students at Central Maine Community College, a residential and Commuter College serving 3000 students. Prior to serving as Dean, I worked as the colleges Director of Admissions.I hold a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership form Nova Southeastern University, an MBA from Thomas College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire.My current and past professional associations include; The Westbrook/Gorham Chamber Board of Directors, The Westbook Children’s Project Board, The Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Sales and Marketing group, The College Board – 2-Year College Advisory Committee; The Maine Temporary Assistance to Needy Families(TANF) Advisory Board; NEASC Regional Accreditation Institutional Representative.