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Wage & Hour Update

Saturday, February 22, 2014

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Our Guest:

Mark Ventola


Mark J. Ventola
Employment Attorney
Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green

Wage & Hour Update –


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.

Corporate Wellness and Negativity

Saturday, February 15, 2014

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Our Guests:

Lisa Jing


Lisa Jing
CEO & Founder
Synergy At Work

Employee Health and
Corporate Wellness –

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Lisa G. Jing is Founder / CEO of Synergy at Work, a consulting company dedicated to transforming the workplace into an environment where people are their whole and best selves.

Lisa specializes in an integrated, whole-person approach to Employee Engagement which emphasizes Employee Health and Well-being as a cornerstone of company culture. Prior to starting her own company, Lisa was recognized as a thought leader in integrated health solutions in the corporate sector.

As Senior Program Manager on Cisco’s award-winning employee health initiative, Lisa developed strategies and implemented programs to enhance the well-being of employees and their families. Her focus was integration of mental and physical health to build greater resilience and sustainability in both individuals and organizations; development of industry leading metrics to optimize the human capital management strategy; and innovative approaches to explore how health and well-being contribute to overall employee engagement. She is a popular speaker, panelist, and exhibitor at corporate and industry events.

Her passion is to bring more spirit to the workplace through organizational culture change and groundbreaking programs which foster integration of mind, body, and spirit. Lisa holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. Her career portfolio includes clinical counseling and crisis intervention, healthcare marketing, technical recruiting, consulting, and human resources. She is a contributing author to the bestselling Adventures in Manifesting series.

Dr.  Amy Wood


Dr. Amy Wood, psy.d.
Life Your Way

Navigating Negativity
in the Workplace –

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Through speaking, training, consulting, and one-on-one sessions, psychologist Amy Wood has helped countless adults from all walks of life and work to articulate and accomplish their own versions of success.

Known for her pragmatic optimism, she believes that every human being is a unique and valuable individual with the inner resources necessary to overcome any challenge. Dr. Wood earned her doctorate from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, is certified by the College of Executive Coaching, and is based in Portland, Maine.

Dr. Wood is the author of Life Your Way: Refresh Your Approach to Success and Breathe Easier in a Fast-paced World an award-winning personal improvement book that surpasses quick-fix self-help rhetoric with a sustainable program for adapting to our perpetually hectic age. She is a co-founder of sPeak performance, an organization offering presentations, coaching, and consulting for professional development.

She is a National Speakers Association member, and is often called on for her expert opinion by media ranging from local newspapers to Parade Magazine. To learn more about Dr. Wood, visit her websites at and

Visual Thinking

Saturday, February 8, 2014

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Our Guest:

Todd Cherches


Todd Cherches
CEO and Co-founder


Visual Thinking &
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BigBlueGumball is a┬áNew York-based consulting firm specializing in leadership development, management training, and executive coaching. He is also an adjunct professor at NYU where he teaches a popular graduate course entitled “Transformational Leadership & Teambuilding” for their Leadership & Human Capital Management master’s program.

With a background in the media and entertainment industries, what makes BigBlueGumball unique is their innovative visual thinking-based approach which leverages the power of visual imagery, metaphor, analogy, and storytelling. Their service offerings include leadership development, management training, teambuilding, presentation design and delivery, and executive coaching for every level of the organization from new managers to senior executives.

Todd holds a Master of Arts degree in organizational and interpersonal communication (magna cum laude) from the State University of New York at Albanys School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF); the Organizational Development Network (ODN); the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD); and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

FMLA Issues

Saturday, February 1, 2014

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Our Guest:

Anne-Marie Storey


Anne-Marie Storey
Employment Atty.
Rudman Winchell


Family and Medical Leave Act Issues –

Anne-Marie was born in New York City but grew up primarily in Virginia. She is a graduate of Middlebury College, after which she served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.
Anne-Marie then graduated cum laude from Vermont Law School, where she was a Notes Editor for the Vermont Law Review. Anne-Maries practice areas include Employment and Labor Law, Workers Compensation Law, and Legal Education for Clients. She is the immediate Past-President of the Maine State Bar Association and is a member of the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar Professional Ethics Commission.
Anne-Marie serves on the Board of Directors of the Maine Discovery Museum, the Bangor Y, and the Bangor Humane Society. She is also an ex officio member of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce and is a recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award from the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce. She is a frequent speaker to human resource professionals and other groups on employment related topics, and regularly contributes articles to various business-related publications including Thompsons HR Compliance Expert Newsletter.
She lives in Winterport with her husband, John Hamer, daughter Zoey, and their St. Bernard, Madeline. Bar Admissions Maine, 1995 U.S. District Court, District of Maine, 1995 Education Vermont Law School South Royalton, Vermont, 1995 J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence Law Review: Vermont Law Review, Notes Editor, 1993-1995 Middlebury College Middlebury, Vermont, 1989 B.A., Bachelor of Arts Major.