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Look for the next installment BusinessWest and The Healthcare News Lecture Series

BusinessWest and Healthcare News are pleased to present to our readers a Lecture Series. This series of lectures, panel discussions and presentations will address timely and important business information. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet industry leaders and network with area business professionals.



All Future Tense lectures will be held at:
Tech Foundry
1391 Main St., Floor 9
Springfield, MA 01103
Join us for a limited leadership series exclusively for business owners, CEOs, and CFOs in the region.


Inaugural Event: An Unprecedented Technology Disruption.
Thursday, February 22, 2018 – THIS LECTURE IS SOLD OUT
8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Cost: $25 donation to Tech Foundry
Presenter: Delcie David Bean IV: Paragus IT, Chief Executive Officer

What’s Next in the Pioneer Valley Business World? Big changes are up ahead, and they are coming unexpectedly faster than anything exponentially faster than anything experienced in the history of the world. We’re talking 4 times bigger than the internet in a shorter time frame – with an impact that will be larger than any other cultural or business innovation of the last 100 years. Join us for an exclusive roundtable breakfast event series open to CEOs and business owners in the region. Space is limited.

What Got You Here Might Not Get You There: Mistakes Business Owners Make Before and After Retirement
Thursday, May 17, 2018
8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Cost: $25 donation to Tech Foundry
Presenter: Amy Jamrog: The Jamrog Group, Wealth Management Advisor

  • Feel like you’re doing a good job running your company, but wonder if you should be doing more?
  • Are you as prepared as you could be for the eventual sale of the business?
  • Are you willing to delay some tax gratification now for a more efficient retirement later?
  • Are you focused on accumulation, but forgetting about the equally important decumulation strategy when it comes to your wealth?
  • How do you take care of yourself, impact your community, and provide legacy for the family—is it possible to do it all?
  • Hear about proactive strategies to align your team of advisors and get you best equipped for your future.


Change Considerations: An Examination of Lean Process, Market Disruption and The Future of Your Business
Thursday, September 20, 2018
8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Cost: $25 donation to Tech Foundry
Presenters: Mark Borsari: Sanderson & MacLeod, President; Jim Barrett: Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C., Managing Partner

Mark Borsari, president at Sanderson MacLeod, will discuss change and innovation through lean concepts, and focus on resulting cultural considerations. With increasingly automated business processes, AI and machine manufacturing, lean concepts will be more important than ever in terms of staying competitive.

Jim Barrett, managing partner at Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C., will discuss already active market disrupters that will effect business processes in various industries, but more specifically, technology disrupters in financial management and reporting. This includes financial and statistical tools, data collection, and reporting dashboards used for making financial and strategic business decisions.

Future Tense – Power of the Pause
Thursday, November 8, 2018
8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Cost: $25 donation to Tech Foundry
Presenter: Susan O’Connor, Esq.: Health New England, Vice President & General Counsel; Moira Garvey: Potential Project, Senior Consultant and Facilitator

It’s not easy managing in today’s fast-paced, complex, dynamic work environments. Leaders are required to remain focused in the face of a myriad of commitments, to have clarity of mind, to ensure they are doing the right things (not just doing ‘things’), and maintain calm in the midst of daily storms. But what if we as leaders could hit the “pause” button during our day, step back, and meet challenges with a sense of space, clarity and focus? What if there was a way to not just “get things done,” but ensure that what does get done connects us with ourselves, with the people we work with and ultimately, with our organization’s deepest values? Mindfulness is a compelling tool for performance, teamwork and effectiveness as well as presence, kindness and balance. Moira Garvey, Senior Consultant and Facilitator with the Potential Project, will share why mindfulness is relevant in the workplace and why companies around the globe are incorporating mindfulness to support workplace performance and employee well-being. 

In this session you will hear how Springfield-based Health New England brought mindfulness training to its Associates. In 2015, HNE ran a pilot to enhance their high performance culture – 30 leaders participated in a 4 month course. HNE leadership knows the key to success is the ability to work at a high level of mental effectiveness, while also remaining resilient in the face of stress. In many industries including health care, the velocity of change, competition and complexity are constant challenges. Since the successful 2015 pilot HNE has continued to  invest in Mindfulness training as a way to fortify a culture of high performance that is focused and intentional. In 2017, 63% of the participants held leadership positions

In the foundational session Moira will provide an overview of the nature of the mind and attention, while sharing information on the most recent scientific findings regarding how the brain works and how it can be rewired to enable us to be more focused, calm and effective at work every single day. She will teach a basic mindfulness practice and offer a focus strategy for immediate application.

About the Presenters:

Moira Garvey: Potential Project, Senior Consultant and Facilitator, Potential Project
Moira Garvey, M.S., is a Senior Consultant and Facilitator with Potential Project, a global leader in customized leadership and organizational training programs based on mindfulness. She brings years of experience as an Organizational Development Consultant, Facilitator, and Coach. These roles have enabled leadership positions in start-ups, a Fortune 80 company, as well as consultations with non-profits, and Fortune 500 companies. Her consultations leverage her skills and knowledge in areas such as change management, team dynamics, productivity, and leadership effectiveness.  Moira’s mindfulness practice and training spans over two decades. She regularly coaches and teaches mental effectiveness and resiliency (aka mindfulness) to leaders and teams – involving the intersection of neuroscience and positive psychology. Her mindfulness clients include, McKinsey, MIT, United Technologies, Health New England, Hudson Bay Company, ComEd and The Nature Conservancy.

Susan O’Connor, Esq.: Health New England, Vice President & General Counsel
Sue’s responsibilities include leading all aspects of corporate and strategic legal initiatives, while overseeing both in-house and outside counsel.

Sue joined Health New England in 2008, and served in various roles including Assistant General Counsel and Director of Legal Services, and more recently as Director of Government Programs, where she was responsible for leading the growth of Health New England’s Medicare and Medicaid lines of business and overseeing operations related to government programs. Prior to joining Health New England, she was Director of Legal Affairs and Compliance for the Pioneer Health Group, and worked in private practice and with the City of Springfield Law Department. Prior to her career in law, Sue worked as a social worker for Families in Crisis, Inc., and the Connecticut Association for Human Services.

Sue received her Juris Doctor degree from Western New England University School of Law, earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Clark University. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association, and is a Board member of the Massachusetts Association

Future Tense Lecture Series 2018

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