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GMVHRA - 2015-04-08 "Wellness Event- Real Ideas for your Organization"

  • 08 Apr 2015
  • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • NECC Riverwalk - 360 Merrimack St., Bldg 9, Lawrence, MA - ENTRANCE: K - 3rd Floor


  • Guest - 1st time attending

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 : "2015  Wellness Event-Real Ideas for your Organization"


This event has been approved for 1.75 general HRCI recertification credits.



TOPIC :  “Number One Health Benefit for 2015”.  Mindfulness has been called “antidote to the 21st-century stress that affects everything from job performance and sleep to your weight.”   


The program would consist of the following:



·         What is mindfulness


·         Brief experiential activity


·         History and development of mindfulness


·         Current research and benefits of mindfulness


·         Experiential activity


·         Next steps – resources



Our Speaker:   Jody Daniels, MBA


Jody is an instructor, coach, and guide in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.  She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Mass. Lowell, teaching courses in Leadership and Organizational Development in the graduate Healthcare Management and Healthcare Informatics program.



Formerly a Senior V.P. with over 20 years of experience in human resources and marketing communications with a mid-size healthcare  organization, Jody also has over eight years clinical experience as a psychiatric social worker at various academic medical centers.



Jody earned her MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Management from Boston University. She has trained at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, MA, completing   programs in MBSR, Practicum for MBSR,  the Teacher Development Intensive, and Mind Body Medicine.



TOPIC:   “Corporate Yoga Informational Session”



The program would consist of the following:


  • Short summary related to the benefits of yoga practice
  • Demonstration of poses
  • Explanation of the poses as relates to target areas –chest, hips, etc
  • Stretching
  • Next steps – resources


Our speaker:  Jessica Hubert


Jessica sees time on the mat as an opportunity to nurture the entire self: health of body, mind, and spirit.  After earning a degree in Public Relations, she set out on what would become nearly 15 years in the corporate world.  In these years, Jessica has been able to maintain the balance between career and personal well-being.  Yoga serves her in this balance while providing useful tools to promote relief and self-healing.  


Jessica's desire to pass along the benefits of yoga served as inspiration to become a certified instructor.  With a deep respect for Ashtanga, and an appreciation for proper alignment, Jessica chose to study the YogaWorks method, under the precise and luminous instruction of Natasha Rizopoulos.  The sequencing lengthens and strengthens, with a focus on healthy alignment for each individual body.  She empowers her students to see each time on their mat as a new moment, an opportunity to listen to the body, clear the mind, work to their own edge, and grow.  Her personal approach is both inspiring and challenging.



TOPIC:   “What is FICO”  What The FICO focuses on, the facts associated with credit scoring to overcome the myriad, and many myths associated with credit scoring.



The program would consist of the following:


  • What are the key drivers of credit scoring?
  • How can you improve your credit score?
  • What is the basic premise and logic behind credit scoring?
  • Best ways to establish a credit score when someone has no score.
  • Positive aspects of a good credit score and negative impacts of a   low credit score.


Our Speaker:  Michael G. Shuman


Michael has been with Merrimack Valley Credit Union as VP of Lending since September, 2013.  He has more than 12 years of experience with credit unions and 27 years of experience in financial services. Michael has a BA from UMass-Amherst and an MBA from Suffolk University.



TOPIC:  " Redefining Wellness in the Workplace" How your company can utilize the latest trends to attract and retain top employees, reduce stress in the workplace and increase productivity to maximize the bottom line. 


The program would consist of the following:


  • The wide spectrum of newer technologies you can use to implement a wellness program in your company both inside and outside of the office. 
  • New cost effective strategies for testing biometrics in health, beyond a blood pressure cuff that are more accurate AND much more effective at increasing employee commitment. 
  • trategies to adapt the workplace that are conducive creating a culture of healthy, happy and productive employees that really pay off regardless of the size of your budget. 


Our speaker:  Kendra Hewitt


Kendra Hewitt is a strategic business coach for Cardinal Concierge Health Consulting and co-founder of Merrimack Valley Wellness Center based out of North Andover, Ma with her husband Dr. Ryan Hewitt.


Raffles, Resources, and Networking throughout the event.


Our Sponsor:   




LegalShield takes the stress and strain of legal and identity theft issues off your employees’ shoulders and puts their focus back at work.  With more and more legal and identity theft situations arising every day, it can be difficult  for employees to handle the amount of paperwork, phone calls, and money required to resolve an issue without cutting into work time.  As affordable voluntary employee paid benefits, LegalShield can also positively affect your company’s bottom line by helping to reduce absenteeism, increase productivity, decrease employee stress , and keep a progressive company image.


Julie Gershon is the Vice President of Group Marketing for MA and RI for LegalShield (independent  associate) and Managing Partner of Unique Benefits Group, Inc.  Over the past 15 years, she has been offering legal and identity theft plans nationwide to individuals, families, and companies as a voluntary employee benefit.  She also provides educational Identity Theft Awareness Seminars, as well as Will Workshops, for employees.


Ms. Gershon is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a B.A. in Legal Studies and a Minor in Criminal Justice Studies from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  She has worked in the legal industry for over 25 years.  She can be reached at  978-658-4235 (direct) or 800-320-3220.  E-mail:; Website:




8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Welcome New Members & Guests

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Chapter Business / Legislative Update
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Sponsor
9:10 AM - 11:30 AM Program

LOCATION: NECC Riverwalk , 360 Merrimack St. Bldg 9, Lawrence, MA ENTRANCE K - 3rd Floor

Location: 360 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, MA ENTRANCE K  Get directions

For more information:

Contact: Lisa Lemieux
Phone: 978-204-3207


183 Rockingham Rd., Ste 2 East

c/o Landmark Benefits

Windham, NH 03087



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