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July 20
Verrill’s MEFMLA Rules webinar


July 27
Sean Lemson
One Drop of Poison: How One Bad Leader Can Slowly Kill Your Company


August 3
Replay – Linda Ridell, MS
Addressing In-Work Poverty


August 10
Replay – Dr Anna Marie Frank
Enhancing Employee Health Holistically


August 17
Replay Karin Hurt and David Dye 2024 Show 1
Release of the World Workplace Conflict and Collaboration Survey


August 24
Replay Karin Hurt and David Dye 2024 Show 2
Powerful Phrases for Dealing With Workplace Conflict


August 31
Chris Cluff
“real” world DEI




Erik Peters – Anatomy of a Severance Agreement

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Show Topic:

Severance Agreements are tools often used by companies when ending a relationship with an employee.

A separation agreement may be used to assist the employee in landing on their feet or because the company recognizes that there could be some risks related to the termination or because that’s just how the company has always operated.

Regardless of the reason why a company chooses to offer a separating employee a severance agreement, understanding the terms that should be included in such an agreement and what rights or responsibilities those terms create is important.

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join host Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Erik Peters, a Partner in Verrill’s Labor and Employment practice group about the use of severance agreements and the terms that are often included within them.

About The Guest:

Erik is a Partner in Verrill’s Labor & Employment Group. He regularly conducts workplace investigations, advises clients on employment law and human resources compliance issues, and defends companies accused of discrimination or harassment based upon disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, whistleblower retaliation, and wage and hour violations. Additionally, he has successfully represented many individuals who were the victims of discrimination.

A significant part of Erik’s practice involves conducting workplace investigations. In conjunction with this, he successfully completed the Association of Workplace Investigators’ Training Institute, which teaches the knowledge and skills necessary to perform impartial workplace investigations. Erik also regularly conducts anti-harassment training for his management side clients and for other attorneys.

Throughout his legal career, Erik has represented individuals, businesses and municipalities on thousands of claims and lawsuits involving motor vehicle collisions, premises liability, products liability, wrongful death, construction defects, property disputes and subrogation. Erik has also represented businesses of all sizes in disputes involving breach of contract, business torts, breach of fiduciary duty allegations and shareholder issues.

Erik lives in Freeport with his wife, family and animals. In his spare time, he skis, hangs out on his family’s sailboat, Venture, and goes to many high school sports games.

Wendy Sellers – The HR Lady

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Show Topic:

Have your ever reflected as a leader, manager, or HR professional and asked yourself “Am I part of the problem?” Managers and leaders need to understand that 1. Your personality annoys us, 2. Common sense isn’t common, and 3. You suck at communicating.

In this segment, host David Ciullo and national speaker and author Wendy Sellers, The HR Lady® discuss the things leaders should know to get stuff done! This is honest, authentic, and direct conversation that will help to make you a better professional and human in life and at work.

About The Guest:

Wendy Sellers is The HR Lady®. Her expertise stems from personal experience, as she entered the field of HR without a clear plan and faced numerous challenges along the way. This has made her authentic, transparent, results-oriented, and committed to providing practical solutions without hidden agendas. The HR Lady® is an HR Consultant offering management training, conference speaking, and HR advisory services and resources. With over 25 years of experience, Wendy has worked in many areas, such as HR operations, downsizing, change management, corporate culture, coaching, training, education, and leadership development.

In addition to her formal education (Master’s in Human Resources and Master’s in Health Care Administration), Wendy has been certified with many monikers, including the SPHR (HRCI) and SHRM-SCP certifications (she also taught the SHRM course), Certified Internal Investigation Administrator, a DiSC certified personality style trainer, health/life insurance licensed (to scare off any agent who might try to take advantage of your company), a Dale Carnegie course graduate focusing on leadership and empathy, and is also an active and past board member and volunteer for multiple non-profits.

Wendy’s straightforward style means she doesn’t sugar-coat things. She believes that people are a company’s greatest asset and should be treated as such. That means training and empowering managers, supervisors, and employees to succeed is not an option; it is mandatory. Wendy trains administrators on HR compliance and managers on the rest: the people part, from hiring to termination.

She has served businesses of all sizes, ranging from local startups to global enterprises. Wendy has worked in and across diverse industries, including healthcare, dental, professional services, technology, manufacturing, construction, engineering, non-profit, higher education (college & universities), federal contractors, public safety, and government agencies – to name a few.

Dr. Andrea “Andi” Simon – Anthropology at Work

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Show Topic:
If you were an anthropologist studying your work environment, what would you learn? What is your organization’s culture? How do you create belonging within the organization?

What is the lingo, or language, of the work environment that new hires may have difficulty understanding or integrating into? Do you use mentors and what are those mentors’ role within the organization?

When we view an organization from a social science perspective, much is revealed about the organization itself, including aspects that can make it successful and what may be its Achilles heel.

In this episode of HR Power Hour, join host Tawny Alvarez from Verrill as she talks with Andi Simon, a pioneering corporate anthropologist and author of three books, including her newest, “Women Mean Business,” about how she brings the tools of anthropology into businesses to help the organization see, feel, and think in new ways.

About The Guest:

Dr. Andi Simon, a pioneering corporate anthropologist, is renowned for her expertise in guiding companies through transformative change. With a remarkable portfolio including two acclaimed books, Andrea has recently unveiled her third masterpiece, “Women Mean Business: Over 500 Insights from Extraordinary Leaders to Spark Your Success,” co-authored alongside Edie Fraser and Robyn Freedman Spizman.

Her fervor for nurturing cultural development and instigating leadership transformations is evident through her role as Founder and CEO of Simon Associates Management Consultants, an award-winning agency revered for integrating anthropological methodologies into business strategies. Additionally, Andrea’s podcast, “On the Brink with Andi Simon,” has soared to the top 5% of global podcasts, underscoring her influence and expertise in the field.

Her latest release, “Women Mean Business,” offers an unparalleled exploration of the journeys, strategies, and wisdom of over 100 inspiring women leaders, positioning Andrea as a trailblazer in the realm of business and empowerment.

Tony Martignetti – Campfire Lessons for Leaders

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Show Topic:
Want to discover how understanding your past can supercharge your future as a business leader? Learn key insights revealing 10 powerful lessons from individuals who chose intention over default living?

Then join host David Ciullo and guest Tony Martignetti, Chief Inspiration Officer at Inspired Purpose Partners, as they unveil the secrets of intentional living in Tony’s new book, “Campfire Lessons for Leaders. “Don’t miss this opportunity to transform your leadership journey with practical advice and inspiring stories.

About The Guest:

Tony Martignetti is the Chief Inspiration Officer at Inspired Purpose Partners. He is a trusted leadership advisor, entrepreneur, idea generator, and people connector. He brings together practical experience, formal training, and extreme curiosity to elevate leaders and equip them with the tools to navigate through change and unlock their true potential.

Before becoming a leadership development advisor, he was a finance and strategy executive with experience working with some of the world’s leading life sciences companies. Along his journey, he also managed small businesses and ran a financial consulting company. Tony is the host of The Virtual Campfire podcast, where he has conversations with leaders about the powerful lessons learned on their transformation journey.