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    • 03/09/2021
    • 7:45 AM - 9:30 AM (EST)
    • Virtual Zoom Meeting
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    Implicit Bias

    **This event will be held virtually via Zoom**

    Program Overview:

    Please join us for a interactive discussion presented by Weber Gallagher's Diversity & Inclusion leaders Kenneth Sharperson and Carolyn Mirabile. They will explore the functions of unconscious bias and navigate the impact our decision-making processes.

    We will examine how implicit bias affects our ability to work and authentically connect with colleagues, clients, and the community. 

    The discussion will include:

    • What is Implicit Bias
    • How Implicit Bias affects our ability to work and do business with others
    • What we can do to improve our relationships and culture


    About Our Speakers:



    Carolyn Mirabile is a partner at Weber Gallagher, and she serves as the Chair of both the firm’s Family Law Group and the Women's Initiative Committee. She concentrates her practice on all aspects of divorce, support, custody, property distribution, and drafting of marital settlement agreements and prenuptial agreements. An active member of the Montgomery Bar Association, she is a former President of the organization. She also served as Co-Chair of the Association's Diversity Committee. Carolyn frequently speaks before professional groups and attorneys about important issues, and she has been recognized for her exemplary family law work by being included in “Super Lawyers” and “Best Lawyers” numerous times. Carolyn has also received a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating. Additionally, she is an active member and former Chair of Weber Gallagher’s Diversity Committee.


    Kenneth Sharperson is a partner at Weber Gallagher, Chair of the Diversity Committee, and Editor of the firm’s “Diversity Matters” newsletter. He serves as national counsel for clients in sophisticated insurance coverage litigation and commercial litigation matters before federal and state trial and appellate courts. Kenneth has handled the defense of claims related to directors and officers insurance matters, mass tort and environmental issues, media, technology and cyber liability, residual value insurance, financial institution bonds, errors and omissions, employment practices liability insurance, property insurance, and professional liability matters. Kenneth often presents and writes for professional organizations on diversity and inclusion topics. In 2019, he was recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the top “Diverse Attorneys of the Year.”


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    • 04/13/2021
    • 7:45 AM - 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual Zoom Meeting
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    Bethany Adams & Dr. Patricia Sullivan present:

    Micro-Learning:

    Bite Sized Lessons, Deep Learning

    **This event will be held virtually via Zoom**

    Program Overview:

    With employee time and attention already stretched thin in the modern organization, finding time for meaningful develop opportunities can be a challenge. Micro-learning combats these challenges with mini, blended learning programs. In this session, we will help you understand how to develop micro-learning programs through micro-learning. Be prepared for bite sized lessons with deep learning. Learning objectives include: (1) Describe micro-learning and the benefits of this technique for deeper learning. (2) Explain how to move from traditional training to a micro-learning model. (3) Understand how micro-learning and technology can be used to build awareness and/or enhance performance. (4) Improve transfer-of-knowledge in current training programs.

    About our Speakers:


    Bethany Adams

    Bethany holds a BA in Psychology and a MA in Organizational Management, as well as her SHRM-SCP. She is currently the Associate Director of Marketing & Strategy in Villanova's Graduate HRD program. Before Villanova she served as the HR Director for a growing restaurant in Texas, Blue Baker, LLC, and as a General Manager and Corporate Trainer for Starbucks Coffee Company.  She has taught a variety of business, HR, and marketing courses for several colleges including Villanova University, Blinn College, Delaware County Community College, and George Washington University.  Bethany hosts a podcast called HR Tea featuring interviews with HR leaders, researchers, students and influencers that is available on iTunes and Google Play.  Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram @bethanyjadams.


    Dr. Patricia Sullivan

    Dr. Patricia Sullivan is a leadership coach and trainer, with over 20 years in leadership development and HR executive roles.  Patricia earned her Ph.D. at the University of South Florida in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Adult Education.  Her research focuses on leadership effectiveness, self-awareness, and organizational commitment. She was awarded an undergraduate and graduate degree from Temple University, with a Human Resources concentration. Her many certifications include: Energy Leadership Coach, Wellness Coach (Yoga Therapist), Conflict Resolution Mediator, Master Trainer, Web-Based Instructional Designer, SHRM-SCP, and SPHR.  Her passion for creating best places to work and leadership excellence has directed her profession and learning activities.  As HR consultant, she brings culture change initiatives to organizations that are striving to create learning organizations, highly engaged workplaces, and leadership excellence.

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    • 05/11/2021
    • 7:45 AM - 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual Zoom Meeting
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    Stephanie Rawitt presents:

    FMLA/ADA/Worker's Compensation

    **This event will be held virtually via Zoom**

    Program Overview:

    The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and state workers' compensation statutes all protect employees who need to take time off from work because of medical, disability, or family issues. These laws intersect and overlap, and in some cases, all three may protect an employee.

    This presentation will prepare human resources personnel to address and assess leave requests under these statutes and help them to better navigate difficult performance and termination decisions that arise while an employee is on job-protected leave. The presentation will outline an employer's obligations under the FMLA, ADA, and other leave protection laws, and best practices for documenting performance issues and disciplinary actions and avoiding retaliation claims.

    We will review these and other relevant issues:

    • How can employers respond to common types of employee leave abuse without violating the law?
    • How can employers ensure compliance in situations where they must navigate multiple laws regulating employee leave?
    • How can employers approach disciplining an employee claiming entitlement to leave, special ADA consideration, or workers' comp?
    • What are the best practices to implement to avoid retaliation/discrimination claims under the FMLA, ADA, or workers' comp?
    • When is it permissible to terminate an employee on FMLA leave?
    • How do courts evaluate timing issues in retaliation cases?

    About Our Speakers:

    Stephanie Rawitt

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    • 06/08/2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual Zoom Meeting
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    David Horning presents:

    Lead With Laughs: Using Humor To Put The Human In HR

    **This event will be held virtually via Zoom**

    Program Overview:

    We have been conditioned to believe that "work isn't the time or place to laugh" but studies have conclusively shown that this couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, managers and CEOs who use humor as a leadership tool are more effective motivators, better communicators, and they reduce workplace stress better than leaders who don't.

    Not only do we need to laugh for our own sanity, being able to laugh at the absurdity of everyday life and at our own mistakes makes adversity easier to stomach while boosting our creative problem-solving.

    In a lighthearted program deemed “a wake-up call for businesses,” "incredibly timely," and "wildly unprofessional," keynote speaker and comedian David Horning combines hilarious anecdotes with the science of humor and action steps you can use in work and everyday life, even if you're not funny


    About Our Speakers:

    David Horning

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