UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
Barbara Bryant will present about Gender Bias in the Selection of ADR Professionals. Barbara has been a full-time provider of mediation and other dispute resolution services since 1994. Prior to that, she was a litigator for 19 years with an emphasis on individual and class action employment, discrimination, and sexual harassment cases. She serves as a Mediation Coach and Mento, speaks regularly on Bias and ADR topics, and teaches Sexual Harassment Law at University of California, Berkeley Law. http://www.bryantmediation.com
Breathe Life Into Your Office With Products That Work Wonders
A professional organizer of 14 years, Kacy Paide has seen a handful of simple office organizing products work small miracles. Sometimes, they are even items most of us have on hand that come to life with a new perspective. Paide gives a tour of 5 humble office organizing products that have transformed hundreds of offices. See your office in a new light after learning exactly what to buy, what to repurpose, and creative ways to use simple tools. “Out of sight, out of mind?” You’ll be especially delighted with these solutions!
Kacy Paide, a professional organizer since 2001, focuses solely on offices & paper. Her clients are left with the ability to find what they need when they need it, a space that reflects their personality, and customized systems to fall back on should the papers start to creep back in. Many of her clients claim to be "out of site out of mind," so she has much success with creative categorizing and alternatives to the traditional filing cabinet. Past clients include: wine expert, lingerie company owner, art gallery owner, attorneys, and more. Kacy lives in Silver Spring, MD and speaks and consults nationally. Learn more at theinspiredoffice.com and on her popular YouTube channel.
Two accomplished employment lawyers Katherine M. Kimpel and Kate Mueting and will be sharing their perspectives on what makes for an effective mediation and why they select particular mediators. Please come prepared with questions and comments. We look forward to an interactive discussion.
Katherine She first rose to national attention when she served as Lead Counsel representing approximately 6,000 female employees in their gender and pregnancy discrimination claims in Velez v. Novartis. After a seven-week trial, the Firm secured the largest employment discrimination verdict ($253 million) in United States history. The National Law Journal named Ms. Kimpel's office as DC’s Employment Litigation Department of the year in 2013 and named Ms. Kimpel one of the 75 most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal professions today and one of DC’s 40 under 40. She was selected for DC’s Super Lawyers list; was identified as a “female powerbroker” by Law360; and was awarded the Women of Inspiration recognition by Ms. JD. Ms. Kimpel is the Senior Editor for Shattering the Ceiling and is often asked to write for national news outlets, legal publications, and for women’s organizations. Ms. Kimpel also teaches a course on Antidiscrimination Law at Yale Law School and she also provides training and coaching to corporations and non-profits seeking to proactively create and maintain diverse, collaborative and equitable work environments.
Kate Mueting is a Senior Litigation Counsel in the Washington, DC office of Sanford Heisler Kimpel, LLP. She represents employees in employment disputes, including plaintiffs in individual and class actions involving gender and race discrimination and other civil rights claims. For example, Ms. Mueting currently represents a class of women with gender discrimination and retaliation claims against a Big Four accounting firm in Kassman et al. v. KPMG. She also negotiates on behalf of employees in other employment matters, including exit packages, severance agreements, non-disclosure agreements, non-compete agreements, and offer letters. Ms. Mueting is a member of the Supreme Court Bar and is a Co-Chair of the Women’s Bar Association’s Employment Law Forum. Ms. Mueting has been recognized as a leading litigator by numerous publications, including the Washington, DC Super Lawyers Magazine, and eBoss Watch. Before joining Sanford Heisler Kimpel, Ms. Mueting worked at Covington & Burling, LLP, DC’s Children’s Law Center, and she clerked for The Honorable Michael J. Melloy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and The Honorable Richard J. Leon on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Building Common Ground to Reduce the Grounds for Conflict: Using Shared Understanding and Commitment to Enable the Productive Resolution of Differences
There are a growing number of cases where divergent groups have come together before a conflict escalates, finding Common Ground and jointly developing creative alternatives that reduce conflict. Using structured processes, and supported by professional facilitation, stakeholders work to develop a Shared Understanding of the various dimensions of Wicked Problems. A deepened appreciation of their shared responsibility for the current situation leads to a Shared Commitment to working together in new ways to bring about lasting improvements that benefit everyone. Learn the principles and practices, and be introduced to interesting cases, in this creative approach to Dispute Systems Design.
*Speaker Bio for **Michael Randel* Michael Randel is the founder of Randel Consulting Associates, a consulting firm that has worked with companies in more than 30 countries, leading organizations through change and growth. Michael is focused on bringing people together in the face of tough, almost unresolvable differences. He supports them by designing and facilitating structured processes that enable them to achieve breakthrough results with complex problems. The influence of his work has been recognized with a number of global awards – including Gold Facilitation Impact Awards from the International Association of Facilitators and being recognized as a “Global Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business”.
Thank you to our October Speaker: Katy Goshtabi
*Differentiate As A Lawyer! Develop Your Personal Brand and Increase Your Business Success* People buy our uniqueness before they ever buy our service as a lawyer. You are a walking billboard for your practice and you alone have the power to attract and grow your business if you have the right personal brand. You have 3 to 5 seconds to make a lasting, positive first impression on those around you. You don’t have to necessarily “do” anything differently, just “think” differently and have self-awareness. 75% of everything we buy is based on how we “feel” about the product or service and not on the content. This is true of all humans, regardless of nationality or origin. Yet as lawyers, the “success” focal point is often on the substantive product/service and less on the emotional value you bring to your practice/clients. This is not surprising given the high level of intellect involved in being successful. In this session, we will focus on the non-substantive element that is responsible for 50% of your business growth and success, your Emotional Resonance Factor ® (ERF).
*Speaker Bio for Katy Goshtasbi* For the past seven years Katy has created a successful personal brand management company where she collaborates with clients on developing, positioning and marketing their personal brands. Their result is measurably increased self-confidence and an ability to effectively communicate their value and worth to develop new business, increase revenue and productivity. Katy is a internationally known public speaker on the subject of personal branding and travels educating audiences about the subject. Her best-selling book, “Personal Branding In One Hour For Lawyers” (ABA Publications) is available. In her prior career, she was been a practicing securities attorney for thirteen years, where she practiced in-house, in a law firm, at the Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington, DC and lobbied on Capitol Hill.