Saturday, November 28, 2015 @10am
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Mind Bridge Partners
Free Agent: The Independent Professional’s Roadmap to Self-Employment Success –
Katy Tynan is the author of practical guides to career transitions, as well as a speaker and consultant in how work is evolving. She advises organizations on how to leverage the free agent workforce and integrate independent professionals with internal teams.
Katy is an expert in how the employer/employee relationship is changing, and how individuals, businesses, and educational institutions need to adapt to the evolving landscape of work. Over her 20 year career in IT and operations consulting, Katy has advised hundreds of organizations on how to find practical, sustainable solutions leveraging technology and human capital for competitive advantage.
Katy has been part of multiple successful startup exits including Winphoria Networks (acquired by Motorola in 2003) and Thrive Networks (acquired by Staples in 2007). In 2013, Katy founded MindBridge Partners to provide strategic advice and guidance to organizations and educational institutions as they manage through business model transitions and organizational growth. Katy is the author of Survive Your Promotion! The 90 Day Success Plan for New Managers, and her most recent book Free Agent: The Independent Professionals Roadmap to Self-Employment Success. When shes not working, Katy can be found traveling, kayaking, sailing, or reading. Katy, her son, and her dog live near Boston, Massachusetts, and she is a proud graduate of UMass Amherst.
Saturday, November 21, 2014 @ 10am
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Debra Weiss Ford
Office Managing Shareholder
Jackson Lewis LLP
Fearless Firing –
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
- 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
Saturday, November 14, 2015 @10am
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ACA Update –
At Cross Insurance, a focused product-line which includes a wide array of insurance products and choices, and a commitment to personal service have helped the agency grow into northern New England’s largest independent insurance provider.
Cross insurance, a family owned insurance agency founded in 1954 by Woodrow Cross, now operates more than thirty offices across Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Our company has a proud tradition of serving clients, both large and small, with the honesty, fairness, and diligence they deserve.
While known for more than fifty years as a leader in home, auto, and business insurance, Cross Insurance also offers our clients the expertise of a successful bond and employee benefits department. “In many cases, people and businesses would like to find their insurance all in one place,” says CEO of Cross Insurance, Royce Cross. With a vast pool of talented insurance professionals, Cross clients can draw from individuals with the wide range of skills necessary to serve all their needs.
Using our agency’s bonding department, contractors of all sizes can turn to a knowledgeable and professional staff with decades of experience. This experience has enabled Cross Insurance Agents to come to the aid of small residential contractors who have been hit hard in the recent economic downturn. “Through bonding, we have been able to get homebuilders into commercial construction, and help them stay in business,” says Royce Cross.
Customer service, no matter how routine or complex is always Cross Insurance employees’ top priority. Agents are able to offer their clients the best rates because of our agency’s long relationship with a wide array of contracted insurers.
Cross Insurance has grown extensively through the acquisition of small agencies around New England. Royce Cross says that the agency offers an attractive alternative to many large corporations that are in the business of incorporating smaller agencies into their portfolio. “When an agency is looking to us as a buyer, they’re talking to someone who runs a family-owned business that is exclusively insurance,” says Cross.
In addition to being committed to our customers and employees, Cross Insurance is proud to be actively involved in many local civic, religious and non-profit organizations within their branch communities.
The company’s motto, Where Security meets Strength, is more than a slogan for Cross Insurance; it is a commitment to the values set deep in the company since its inception.
Saturday, November 7, 2015 @10am
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Choosing a Payroll Company –
HR. Payroll. Taxes. Time. Talent. Benefits. Retirement. Insurance.
From recruitment to retirement, there’s a lot that goes into managing your people.
With ADP, you’ll get comprehensive, cloud-based solutions to keep things streamlined, accessible, and easy to manage.
And you’ll work with our industry experts every step of the way.