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#MeToo: Sexual Harassment Goes Viral

Saturday, January 27, 2018 @ 10am

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Guest:

Debra Weiss FordDebra Weiss Ford
Office Managing Shareholder
Litigation Manager

Jackson Lewis LLP

#MeToo: Sexual Harassment Goes Viral –

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
  • Management Education
  • Public Sector Representation
  • Reductions in Force, WARN Act
  • Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition
  • Wage and Hour Compliance

Education

  • Temple University J.D., 1982 Dean;s List
  • Drew University B.A., 1979 magna cum laude

Admitted to practice

  • U.S. Supreme Court 1992
  • 1st Circuit Court of Appeals 1984
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims 1991
  • Massachusetts – D. Mass. 2002
  • New Hampshire – D. N.H. 1982
  • Maine 2010 * Massachusetts 2000
  • New Hampshire 1982

Bar & professional association memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • New Hampshire Bar Association

2018 Workplace Trends and Programs

Saturday, January 20, 2018 @10am

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Our Guest:

Alison Andrews
Founder, Program Director
OmBody Health

2018 Workplace Trends and Programs –

Allie believes that health is multi-dimensional, individual, and requires diligence. So much more than what we eat or how much we move, our level of wellbeing at any given time is defined by how aligned we are with our values – in thought, belief and behavior.

Allie was introduced to the world of holistic health and wellness through the lens of yoga. After almost 10 years of practice, Allie received her Yoga Teaching Certification in 2012 from the Association for Yoga and Meditation in India. Since then, Allie has undergone additional trainings in both Yoga Anatomy and Adjustments at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.

Allie started OmBody Health (previously Maine Wellness Partners) in 2014, the same year that she received her Health Coaching Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Since then, Allie has devoted herself to supporting individuals and companies in optimizing their health and potential. Allie is the primary Health Coach at OmBody Health, providing healthy lifestyle workshops, in addition to group and individual health coaching. Through her work, Allie supports her clients in articulating and achieving their version of optimal health by implementing lifestyle change that feels sustainable and aligned with their goals and values.

In December 2016, Allie published her first book, a comprehensive self-care guide titled Wake Up! You’re Alive, But Are You Living? 40 Simple Self-Care Rituals for a Healthy, Abundant, and Purposeful Life. Allie is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Education with a focus in Corporate Wellness.

LL Bean: An HR Success Story

Saturday, January 13, 2018 @10am

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Our Guest:

Sarah Cox
Vice President
Human Resources
LL Bean

LL Bean: An HR Success Story –

Sarah joined L.L.Bean in 1986 and for the next several years held operational leadership and training roles in Customer Satisfaction while completing her Master’s Degree with a focus on organizational ethics.  After obtaining her graduate degree, she moved to Human Resources as a member of the Corporate Learning department where she developed leadership and management development programs.

Over the next two decades, she moved on to lead the company’s internal Organization Development consulting group focusing on organizational change initiatives, and then formed the Talent and Development function which included talent acquisition, strategic talent management, and corporate learning initiatives such as leadership development, executive coaching, rotational assignments and succession planning.  Most recently, Sarah has assumed leadership of Human Resources as Vice President.

When Employees Speak Out

Saturday, January 6, 2018 @10am

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Our Guest:

Tawny AlvarezAlvarez_Tawny_03
Associate
Verrill Dana

When Employees Speak Out –

Verrill Dana is a full service law firm with more than 130 attorneys and a growing number of service-based practice groups. The firm has a regional presence in the Northeast, with offices from Maine to Washington, D.C., allowing us to serve clients with interests across the country and around the world. Through scalable staffing, careful communication and skillful project management, Verrill Dana helps individuals and businesses achieve their goals in a manner that suits their unique legal needs and preferred work methods.

We embrace the principles behind the Association of Corporate Counsel Value Challenge. We are committed to providing value-driven, quality legal services and practical solutions in a cost-effective manner. Our lawyers are not satisfied being only quality service providers. We strive to earn the status of trusted counsel, advocates and allies in our clients’ success.

Verrill Dana’s enduring commitment to quality client service is complemented by our commitment to community service. Verrill Dana believes that its role as a leading New England business carries a corresponding obligation to give back to the communities in which we live and work. This obligation is fulfilled through the personal service of our lawyers and staff in numerous community organizations, the firm’s prominent charitable giving program and the direct provision of pro bono legal services.