Plunkett Cooney names five attorneys as new shareholders

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By: Plunkett Cooney 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: January 14, 2019
CONTACT: John Cornwell (248) 901-4008

Plunkett Cooney names five attorneys as new shareholders

 

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI – January 14, 2019 – Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, recently named five attorneys as its newest shareholders.

Chase M. Kubica, Mitchell McIntyre, Christopher J. Scott, Kimberly K. Seibert and Andrea Forsyth Telling were unanimously approved by the firm’s Board of Directors as the firm’s newest shareholders. The promotion from associate attorney is based on the recommendations of the firm’s Shareholder Evaluation Committee and is effective January 1, 2019.

kubica2015_colorKubica is a member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office who focuses his litigation practice in the areas of motor vehicle liability, no fault law and premises liability. He represents national insurers, corporations and individuals in first- and third-party automobile negligence claims, as well as uninsured and underinsured motorist benefits. Kubica also has experience handling cases that involve alleged fraud and suspicious insured and medical provider claims related to motor vehicle accidents.

Admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Kubica has been named as a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2013. He is a 2010 cum laude graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and a 2006 graduate of Michigan State University.

mcintyre2019McIntyre is a member of the firm’s Transportation Law Practice Group. He has extensive experience with insurance coverage, no-fault and high exposure transportation litigation and also specializes in transportation network claims and ride-sharing. McIntyre represents some of the largest carriers and rental car corporations in the country and acts as Michigan panel counsel for one of the premier network transportation companies.

A member of the firm’s Detroit office, McIntyre graduated, cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School in 2012 where he received both the Silver and Bronze Key Academic Awards.  He received his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University in 2008.

Scott is a member of the firm’s Flint office who focuses his practice in all areas of law concerning personal injury, property damage or commercial liability. He handles matters that include premises liability, construction liability, trespass/tree removal liability, civil rights, medical liability, trusts and estates, probate litigation and litigation involving motor vehicle no-fault and negligence claims.

Scott graduated from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 2003. He graduated from the University of Michigan – Flint in 1998.

Seibert serves as co-leader of Plunkett Cooney’s Transportation Law Practice Group. She focuses her practice in the areas of motor vehicle negligence and no-fault law, routinely defending insurers, rental car companies, trucking companies, and corporations in no-fault coverage disputes and negligence suits.

A member of the firm’s Detroit office, Seibert has been named for the past two years as a Michigan Rising Star in Civil Litigation Defense by Michigan Super Lawyers. She received her law degree from Wayne State University Law School in 2011 where she received the Bronze Key Certificate. Seibert received her undergraduate degree from University of Michigan in 2008.

telling2018_colorRounding out the list of Plunkett Cooney’s new shareholders is Andrea Forsyth Telling, who is a member of the firm’s Grand Rapids office. Forsyth Telling focuses her practice in the area of transportation law with particular emphasis on first- and third-party motor vehicle liability claims. Her practice has particular emphasis on the representation of national insurance providers in complex medical fraud litigation, complex attendant care matters and extra-contractual litigation disputes.

Admitted to practice in Illinois, Colorado and Michigan, as well as the federal courts in Illinois and Michigan, Forsyth Telling received her law degree, with high honors, from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2005 and her undergraduate degree from DePaul University in 1998.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, another leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also recently selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year winner.

 

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s (@PlunkettCooney) newest shareholders, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.


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25 CAPTRUST Office Teams Named to NAPA Top DC Advisor Teams List

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By: Captrust 

 

25 CAPTRUST Office Teams Named to NAPA Top DC Advisor Teams List

The CAPTRUST Clarkston, MI office ranked largest 401(k) advisor team in Michigan.

The National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) publishes an industry list that recognizes top defined contribution (DC) advisor teams. The list, compiled by NAPA’s Nevin E. Adams, features teams with a DC practice and includes 25 CAPTRUST teams. When ranked by DC assets under advisement, CAPTRUST teams constitute half of the list’s top 10.

The list also includes data regarding each team’s total number of DC plans supported, as well as the total number of participants covered by those plans.

To view the entire list, please click here.

About CAPTRUST

CAPTRUST Financial Advisors is an independent investment research and fee-based advisory firm specializing in providing investment advisory services to retirement plan fiduciaries, endowments and foundations, executives, and high-net-worth individuals. Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, the firm represents more than $278 billion in client assets with 38 offices located across the U.S.

Ali, High, Kinney, Shefferly join Plunkett Cooney

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By: Plunkett Cooney 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: December 17, 2018
CONTACT: John Cornwell (248) 901-4008

 

Newly-minted attorneys join
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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI – December 17, 2018 – After they recently passed the Michigan Bar exam, Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, has added the talents of four new attorneys.

Taher K. Ali, Matthew J. High, Celeste C. Kinney and Kelly J. Shefferly have joined the firm as associates. They will handle matters involving insurance coverage, employment law, business law and torts and litigation.

Ali2018_ColorAli is a member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office who practices primarily in the area of insurance law. He represents major property and casualty insurance companies in coverage cases throughout the Midwest. His coverage work includes research and coverage opinions regarding general liability policy issues.

Ali received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School. While there, he worked as a certified student attorney for the Environmental Law Clinic. He also served as a summer intern at the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Office of the Solicitor General in Madison, Wisconsin. Ali received his undergraduate degree with distinction from the University of Michigan in 2015.

A member of the firm’s Torts & Litigation and Labor & Employment Law practice groups, High handles matters involving premises liability, employment law and general negligence, including allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment, breach of contract and civil rights claims. An associate in the Bloomfield Hills office, he also assists with municipal law matters, including zoning issues, telecommunications matters, charter revisions and annexations issues on behalf of municipalities.

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High recently received his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. While there, he worked as a student attorney with the State Appellate Defenders Office Criminal Advocacy Clinic. He also served as a summer intern for a Fortune 100 Company. He received his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University in 2015.

A member of the firm’s Detroit office, Kinney will spend approximately the next two years working as a judicial law clerk at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She will return to Plunkett Cooney in September 2020.

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Kinney is a member of the Detroit Bar Association, the Wolverine Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan. Admitted to practice in Michigan, she graduated earlier this year, cum laude, from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. While there, she worked as a student attorney with the State Appellate Defenders Office Criminal Advocacy Clinic. Kinney received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2015.

The final associate to join the firm is Kelly J. Shefferly who is a member of the Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights and Transactional Law practice groups. Shefferly handles contracts and litigation, including collections and breach of contract claims. He also represents business clients in mergers and acquisitions and real estate law.

Shefferly2018_OriginalShefferly is a former judicial extern for the Hon. Wendy Lynn Potts in the Business Court at the Sixth Circuit Court in Pontiac, Michigan. He also worked as a judicial extern for the Hon. Deborah L. Thorne of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago. A 2018 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, Shefferly received master’s degrees from The George Washington University in 2014 and DePaul University in 2010. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2007.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also recently selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as the business publication’s first ever Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s newest associate attorneys, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Don’t Get Left in the Smoke: Marijuana in the Michigan Workplace, Pt. II.

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By: Sterling Insurance Group

 

SIG.AMERISURE 01.09.2019

Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the last two months, you’ve already heard: Marijuana is legal in the state of Michigan as of December 6th, 2018. To be clear, recreational marijuana has been legalized for personal use. As a business owner or HR professional, you’re likely wondering:

What does this mean for my team?

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Sterling Insurance Group and Amerisure Insurance cordially invite you their joint event:
Dont Get Left in the Smoke: Marijuana in the Michigan Workplace, Pt. II
Be sure to RSVP for this important, timely event before space runs out!
Head to sterlingagency.com/events today to reserve your spot.

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Wednesday, January 9th, 2019
8:30 – 10 AM
Automation Alley: 2675 Bellingham Dr, Troy, MI 48083
Questions? Contact Joan Giffels: 586.685.0137  | jgiffels@sterlingagency.com

Free tools + Join the new membership: MWC + WELCOA

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By: Michigan Wellness Council

 

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two is better than one!

MWC members can now receive access to WELCOA tools and resources!

Michigan Wellness Council is excited to offer an opportunity to our members where you have access to leading national resources and tools through WELCOA and continue to receive discounted access to our regional events. We hope that the combined membership will allow you to enhance your work in the workplace wellbeing field and engage with practitioners on both a national and regional level.

Our mission at MWC is to continue to look for ways to inspire implementation of leading workplace wellness strategies through thought-leadership and education. Our partnering with WELCOA is another way to fulfill our goals and have an impact in our communities. And by Joining both WELCOA + Michigan Wellness Council you will save… A combined WELCOA + MWC memberships is $400. Already a WELCOA member? Add MWC membership for $75. Already a MWC member? Add the WELCOA membership for $325. We hope you take advantage of this great opportunity!

New to WELCOA? They offer more than 40 training and certification courses included in the cost of membership, and hundreds of resources aimed at improving your worksite wellness outcomes. As a way to get to know the WELCOA’s resources, we are excited to be able to make available to share a tool to use as a guide to consider compliance issues. (WELCOA members have monthly access to a legal webinar to hear the latest news on compliance, and to ask questions of a legal expert.)

Become a member today to further develop and celebrate your organization as a healthy place to work. Start today by taking advantage of another resource – WELCOA’s Checklist by clicking here .The Checklist is a 150-item organization-facing assessment which measures the extent to which an organization is following WELCOA’s 7 Benchmarks. Upon completion,  customized reporting is provided with recommendations and links to the corresponding WELCOA resource.

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American Society of Employers (ASE) Releases Preliminary Results to its Drug Testing and Marijuana Legalization Survey

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By: American Society of Employers

American Society of Employers (ASE) Releases Preliminary Results to its Drug Testing and Marijuana Legalization Survey – Employers are Confident in Responding to New Marijuana Law

Media Contact: Heather Nezich, Communications Manager, ASE, 248.223.8040, hnezich@aseonline.org

Livonia, Mich. —November 26, 2018 — The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, has released a new survey around the legalization of Marijuana in Michigan – its Drug Testing and Marijuana Legalization Survey.  The survey results were released by ASE President & CEO, Mary E. Corrado.

 “ASE has reacted swiftly to this new law with this survey as well as several briefings for our members,” stated Corrado.  “We don’t expect employers to make any sweeping changes to their drug policies and our preliminary results confirm that.”

Michigan is the first Midwestern state to legalize the use of recreational marijuana by a vote of 56% to 44%. What does that mean for Michigan employers? The preliminary data from ASE’s Drug Testing and Marijuana Legalization Survey provides insight into employers’ first thoughts on where their policies and practices currently stand and what changes, if any, they are considering.

183 organizations from across Michigan have participated in ASE’s Drug Testing and Marijuana Legalization Survey.  66% of these organizations are located in the metro Detroit region. 90% of the organizations that responded have 1-500 employees, and nearly 66% of the respondents are classified as manufacturers.

68% of employers have confidence that their organizations’ policies will be able to successfully address their employees’ marijuana usage.  Additional insights include:

  • 15% of employers will likely change their policies, while 51% of employers will not.
  • Of those contemplating change, 42% will remove marijuana testing from their policies altogether, and 31% will ignore any positive marijuana results.
  • Similar to the stance taken with drug testing policies, half of surveyed employers will not consider making changes to their workplace drug or substance abuse polices/practices. 36% remain unsure, and only 14% will consider making a change.

Although the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act has triggered much interest amongst businesses in Michigan, employers feel confident that their current policies and practices are equipped to handle this new law. “ASE recommends that employers treat marijuana similar to how they treat the use of alcohol amongst employees.  Any substance abuse policies should refer to working while under the influence of marijuana, since it will now be a legal substance similar to alcohol,” stated Mary E. Corrado, ASE President & CEO.  “We don’t advise employers to alter their current polices at this time.”

Some additional points to consider:

  • Workers’ Compensation – Employers will have to consider the impact that their drug testing policies may have on Workers’ Compensation premiums. The removal of marijuana testing could lead to hesitation from the carrier to provide the best rates. This will most certainly lead to higher premiums.
  • Medical Review Officer – When conducting a drug test, results should be certified by a Medical Review Officer who will analyze and validate the results.
  • Safety Sensitive Positions – If an employee is hired into a safety sensitive position, it would be beneficial to continue drug testing, including marijuana.

 

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization

The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers for over 115 years. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

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DBusiness names Plunkett Cooney attorneys among Top Lawyers

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By: Plunkett Cooney

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: November 20, 2018

CONTACT: John Cornwell (248) 901-4008

 

DBusiness names Plunkett Cooney attorneys among Top Lawyers

 

Bloomfield Hills, MI — November 20, 2018 —DBusiness magazine recently named 20 metro Detroit attorneys from Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, to its 2019 list of “Top Lawyers.”

The DBusiness Top Lawyers list was compiled based on a peer-review survey open to all metro Detroit lawyers. Each year thousands of votes are cast to honor attorneys for excellence in 48 practice areas. There is no commercial relationship to the listings, and no payment is required to be listed and listings cannot be purchased. The list was published in the October/November edition.

Below is a list of the Plunkett Cooney attorney who received the Top Lawyer honor from DBusiness:

Jennifer Andreou (Partner, Detroit) – Medical Malpractice Law
Michael P. Ashcraft, Jr. (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Legal Malpractice Law, Professional Malpractice Law
Karen Beach (Associate, Bloomfield Hills) – Appellate Law
Douglas C. Bernstein   (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights Law, Banking & Financial Service Law
Charles W. Browning    (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Insurance Law
Dennis G. Cowan           (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Land Use & Zoning, Municipal Law
Jeffrey C.  Gerish           (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Appellate Law
James R. Geroux           (Of Counsel, Detroit) – Workers Compensation Law
Jeffrey S. Hengeveld    (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Legal Malpractice Law
Marc Jerabek                 (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights Law
Robert G. Kamenec      (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Appellate Law
Mark S. Kopson             (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Health Care Law
David A. Lerner           (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights Law
Mary Massaron              (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Appellate Law
Saulius K. Mikalonis      (Senior Attorney, Bloomfield Hills) – Environmental Law
Kenneth C. Newa           (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Insurance Law
Stanley A. Prokop          (Of Counsel, Detroit) – Insurance Law
Mary Catherine Rentz    (Partner, Detroit) – Insurance Law
Jeffrey M. Schroder       (Senior Attorney, Bloomfield Hills) – Municipal Law
Matthew J. Stanczyk      (Partner, Detroit) – Product Liability

DBusiness is the region’s only independently-published, general-interest business magazine. It provides timely, local business intelligence and insights to over 150,000 readers, including business owners and decision-makers throughout metro Detroit.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs approximately 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms and is listed among the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2018. Plunkett Cooney has also received numerous awards naming the firm as a top place to work within the legal industry.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s 2019 DBusiness “Top Lawyers,” contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Merces Consulting /MMA Health & Welfare Benefits in MI survey is now available for purchase.

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By: Merces Consulting 

 

“Merces Consulting /MMA Health & Welfare Benefits in MI survey is now available for purchase.  The report contains information from over 150 manufacturing, banking and federally quality health centers.  If you are interested in purchasing a report, please contact Linda Budd, Merces Survey Administrator at 248.721.9561 or by email at lmbudd@mercesconsulting.com.”

Plunkett Cooney named among ‘Best Law Firms’ In America

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By: Plunkett Cooney

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: November 16, 2018

Contact: John Cornwell (248) 901-4008

 

Plunkett Cooney named among ‘Best Law Firms’ In America

 

Bloomfield Hills, MI — November 16, 2018 — For the 9th consecutive year, Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, has been ranked as one of the “Best Law Firms” in the nation by U.S. News and Best Lawyers® for 2019.

 Four of the firm’s offices received tier-one ratings in multiple practice areas. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for its scope of practice, understanding of business and needs, expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, civility and client reference.

“Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a combination of law firm leader and client feedback, independent research, and responses gathered from Best Lawyers peer-reviews. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who has received high enough peer-review to be listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers. Firms are eligible in the practice area(s) and metro region(s) in which they have listed lawyers.

Awards were given to law firms in 122 metropolitan areas and eight states based on rankings of more than 14,600 firms in 75 national practice areas. Using a tiered rather than a ranked system, Plunkett Cooney was recognized in the following first- and second-tier metropolitan categories:

  • Metro Detroit
    • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Labor Law – Management
  • Litigation – Construction
  • Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
  • Kalamazoo
    • Banking and Finance Law
  • Lansing
    • Litigation – Municipal

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service in the world. For more than 30 years, the Best Lawyers in America list recognizes the top lawyers in each practice area and metropolitan region in the country. U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and information.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, another leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also recently selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year winner.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s recognition as a 2019 “Best Law Firm,” contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Followup: Nov 6-7 Training + Conference

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By: Michigan Wellness Council 

 

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Nov 6-7 Training + Conference
Exploring Pathways to Positive Workplace Culture

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“This week’s conference was so great, my colleague and I feel bursting with inspiration and new ideas to get rolling. Thank you so much for all your work putting this all together! So valuable!”

On November 6-7, 2018 Michigan Wellness Council hosted a two-day conference. The first day was the workshop training Workplace Wellness that Works (Sponsored by Marsh And McLennan) by Laura Putnam  and the second day were the conference presentations focused on Exploring Pathways to Positive Workplace Culture.

November 6th Pre-Conference Training —Below are links to summaries of the Laura Putnam’s 10 steps of Workplace Wellness that Works and also check out our interview with her on our WellBites podcast:

November 7th Conference Presentations —Below are the links to each set of slides that are available from the conference presenters:

CLOSING KEYNOTE A New Way of Thinking: Wellbeing as the Foundation of Employee Experience by Mindi Cox, Senior Vice President, People & Great Work at O.C. Tanner

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Membership: Two Is Better Than One! Join Both WELCOA + Michigan Wellness Council And Save

Scholarship: Students apply for the Fred Zimmer Memorial Worksite Wellness Scholarship by Feb 1st

Enjoy your day & Happy Thanksgiving!
Contact: Rita Patel, Executive Director