Dale Carnegie Training® partners with middle market and large corporations as well as organizations to produce measurable business results by improving the performance of employees with emphasis on leadership skills, sales, team building and interpersonal relations, customer service, public speaking and presentations and other essential management skills. Dale Carnegie’s corporate training specialists work with individuals, groups and organizations to design solutions that unleash your employees’ potential, enabling organizations to reach the next level of performance. Dale Carnegie Training®offers public courses, seminars and workshops, as well as in-house customized training, corporate assessments, online learning and one-on-one coaching.
Dale Carnegie Training is available in 30 languages, covers the entire United States and reaches over 90 countries. Approximately eight million people throughout the world have experienced Dale Carnegie Training, and includes 400 of the Fortune 500 companies as its clients. Additionally, Dale Carnegie’s best-selling book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, was featured on the United States Department of Labor’s list of “Books that Shaped Work in America,” illustrating the legacy of Dale Carnegie and relevance of Dale Carnegie Training today. In May 2014, Dale Carnegie was also named one of the top 50 leadership and management experts on Inc. Magazine online.
Debra Weiss Ford is Managing Partner and Litigation Manager of the Portsmouth, NH office. Ms. Ford has over 30 years of experience representing employers in litigation matters before the state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Ms. Ford also represents employers before the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Hampshire Department of Labor, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the Massachusetts Department of Employment Training.
Ms. Ford also lectures frequently at seminars in New Hampshire and Massachusetts on issues related to employment law, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, reductions in force, termination issues, personnel issues, and contractual issues. She regularly advises clients on employment-related matters.
Ms. Ford received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Drew University in 1979 and her J.D. from Temple University of School of Law in 1982. She is an approved federal and state mediator. She is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Massachusetts Bar Association, Maine Bar Association, American Bar Association, New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association, American Arbitration Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.
She is admitted to practice in the State of New Hampshire, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State of Maine, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, United States District Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States Claims Court, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Ms. Ford was a member of the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners from 1993 to 2005. She was appointed by the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to serve on the Merit Selection Panel to consider the reappointment of the incumbent magistrate. In 2003, she was appointed to serve on the Federal Court Advisory Committee. Ms. Ford is listed by Chambers as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. She is the author of the New Hampshire chapter of Workplace Privacy, a legal reference book for managers and human resource professionals, published by the Thompson Publishing Group, a division of West Publications. Ms. Ford was elected as a Fellow to The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in June 2006.
She is named as New Hampshire’s Best Labor and Employment Lawyer by Business NH Magazine. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America by Woodward White, Inc., and has been recognized by New England Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 women lawyers in New England and one of the top 100 lawyers in New England. She is listed in Top NH Lawyers in Labor and Employment in New Hampshire Magazine and has consistently been named the Best Lawyers’ Manchester Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year. She is also rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Ford was named one of the “Leaders in their Field” in the 2012 Chambers USA Legal Guide. Ms. Ford serves as a board member for the Portsmouth Music Hall, Family Service, Inc., and Seacoast Human Resources Association, and she is an emeritus board member of the New Hampshire SPCA.
Ms. Ford was rated as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer” by Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™ Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
Named Best Labor and Employment attorney in New Hampshire, Business New Hampshire Magazine
Listed in Best Lawyers in America (Labor &; Employment Law)
Listed in Top New Hampshire Lawyers in Labor and Employment, New Hampshire Magazine
Elected as a Fellow to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Listed in New England Super Lawyers (Top 100 attorneys in New England)
Listed in New England Super Lawyers (Top 50 Women in New England, Employment &; Labor)
Listed in Chambers USA as one of the top Lawyers in Labor and Employment artindale-Hubbell, AV Rating
Voluntary Action, Inc. (Board of Directors, 1984)
Ballet New England (Board of Directors, 1987-1988)
Pro Portsmouth, Inc. (Board of Directors, 1988-Present)
First Night/Portsmouth (Vice President, 1991-1992)
NHSPCA (Board of Directors, 2004-Present) * 1st Tee (Board of Directors, 2005-2006; Honorary Board Member, 2005-2008)
Rockingham County Action (Board of Directors, 2009-Present)
Selected for inclusion in 2010 New England Super Lawyers practices
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Disability, Leave and Health Management
Drug Testing and Substance Abuse Management
Labor and Preventive Practices
General Employment Litigation
Public Sector Representation
Reductions in Force, WARN Act
Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition
Strategic Futurist | Corporate Strategist | Event Catalyst | Keynote Speaker
Described as endlessly optimistic, Nancy is a strategic futurist with a drive to help enterprise organizations and visionary leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations ahead. Recognized as one of the world’s top female futurists, she has spent her career building, shaping and evolving a portfolio of $50 billion worth of major global brands with her unique abilities to sense and synthesize the shifts ahead and to guide those ready to build more relevant and sustainable solutions for us all.
With an early career at several of the most influential ad agencies in NY, Chicago, and LA, Nancy has spent the past 10 years as Founder/CEO of Play Big Inc, a strategic inspiration company, applying her broad understanding of the intense cultural and technological shifts we’re facing. Her extensive knowledge of the drivers shaping our future (and driving business) have guided transformation projects with The Coca Cola Company, Brinker International, Sprint, Nestle, Acumen, Energizer, Mercedes Benz and many other Fortune 500 companies. And through keynote talks to CXO leaders in wide range of industries including entertainment, travel, food, business, homebuilding, culture/talent and more.
Diving more deeply into the intersections of tech, business and society, she recently worked to frame the internal culture and talent infrastructure for a provocative artificial intelligence company and currently is producing Gigaom Change, a Leader’s Summit diving into the seven most disruptive technologies for enterprise. She has been ranked as one of the World’s Top Female Futurists (research by Ross Dawson) and was voted 7th Woman of Influence on the Future of Leadership list (Women Speakers Association). She was the first global TEDx licensee and currently leads a youth-led team to produce one of the globe’s largest TEDx events for teens, hosting nearly 1000 annually.
Nancy’s distinctive ability to design meaningful, future-forward solutions and pathways is honed by her active collaboration with idea-centric organizations such as TED, The World Future Society, REX, Voice & Exit, and the newly forming Global Synthesis Network. She partners with (and learns from) many of the most provocative influencers currently building our collective futures — whom she describes as PYNKrs: people you need to know.
Derek Volk’s oldest child – his only son – was two-years-old when his wife suggested, “Something is not quite right with Dylan.” They struggled for the next several years as they were bounced from one “expert” to another, each offering a unique perspective on Dylan’s challenging behaviors. Finally, at eight-years-old, Dylan was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and the Volk family was able to start making sense of Dylan’s differences.
In Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising a Son on the Spectrum, Derek Volk shares his experiences raising a son on the Autism spectrum. Both Dylan and Derek write about the challenges, triumphs and coping strategies from the early days to the adolescent years to life in the “real world” as a young adult. This book showcases the unique relationship between a father and his son who has spent his entire life chasing the rabbit.