Re-define

The conference to re-invent ourselves and our workplaces

Re-Define is the premier summit to end workplace abuse. We believe all employees deserve dignity and respect at work for well-being. At Re-Define, we help targets of workplace abuse take back their personal power and show them how to accept nothing less than healthier, safer workplaces. It’s fast-paced and solutions-oriented.

Join visionary leaders and experts for the workplace reinvention event of the year.

Friday, October 18, 8am-5pm | Hilton Garden Inn, Worcester, MA

1 day. 1 vision: Re-invent ourselves and our workplaces.

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Subject to change. Some workshops will run at the same time as others.

Workplace abuse isn’t actually war — it’s genocide. The only way to survive genocide is to get out. Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Bill Lead Sponsor and Senator Paul Feeney puts these stories in the context of what workplace abuse is and how he’s fighting for our dignity in the State Legislature. A panel of targets shares their harrowing stories of workplace abuse and what their lives are like in the aftermath.

Speakers: Senator Paul Feeney, Marycatherin DeFazio, and Rebecca Dupras

Advocates across the nation have called for workplace abuse legislation. But how exactly will it protect you if and when it’s enacted? After attending this session, you’ll be able to understand exactly what the Healthy Workplace Bill will do and how it fills a huge gap in the law.

Speakers: Senator Paul Feeney and Chiuba Obele

Navigating workplace abuse can be a minefield. Who will and won’t help you? What steps should you expect in the emotional process? After attending this session, you’ll better understand what you’re going through and what’s worked and hasn’t worked for other targets of workplace abuse.

Speakers: Deb Falzoi, Amy George, and Janice Gilligan White

When it comes to encouraging state legislators to take action, there are steps you can take to be effective. After attending this session, you’ll be able to identify several ways to expand your influence and make an impact in the State House.

Speakers: Emilia DaSilva-Tavarez, Deb Falzoi, and Chiuba Obele

Shame and vulnerability cause you to hide and to feel alienated after workplace abuse. After attending this session, you’ll be able to know how to climb your mountain again, feeling empowered and wiser.

Speaker: Robbin Miller

Feel validated that you’re not in this journey alone. Meet other advocates and targets over lunch.

“Because the worst of the transgressions already are illegal, lawmakers seem satisfied to call for… leaders to promise that they’ll crack down on offenders more quickly in the future,” says LA Times‘ David Lieberman about #MeToo cases. “But legislators can do more to address the problem. They can make workplace bullying illegal. Too many corporate leaders find it expedient to look the other way when bosses… systematically intimidate and humiliate underlings. Bullies who believe that their whims matter more than other people’s dignity often don’t see why their sexual impulses shouldn’t be just as indulged.” Members of this panel explain their crucial work in the #MeToo movement and what it means for the workplace abuse movement. After attending this session, you’ll be able to understand how workplace abuse legislation would mean more protections for those in protected classes (sex, race, age, etc.).

Speakers: Rebecca Pontikes, Senator Becca Rausch, and Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa

What exactly is meant by trauma, and how can trauma change the brain? Find out about some of the most recent treatments for trauma and how these treatments reset the brain so it is no longer affected by the trauma. After attending this session, you’ll be able to walk away with a greater understanding of how trauma affects you and those around you.

Speaker: Diane Spindler

Trauma has several effects on the body that can impact our day-to-day behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. After attending this session, you’ll know several self-care strategies to help mitigate those symptoms and foster healing. You’ll also know when to seek counseling, what to expect from counseling, and interventions that will be helpful to manage trauma symptoms.

Speaker: Emily Mocerino

When you’ve spent enough time frustrated and unhappy at work, gaining the confidence to make a change can feel impossible. How do you get clear on what would make you happy? How do you trust yourself to make the right decision? Where do you get the confidence to take action? Learn what’s causing you to feel stuck and how making a change can be easier than you think. Find out where clarity and confidence really come from and how to access them so you can lift yourself out of an unhappy circumstance to find work that’s truly fulfilling. After attending this session, you’ll restore hope that change is possible and begin to set your sights on achieving new levels of happiness and fulfillment.

Speaker: Julie Boyer

The subconscious mind can reveal why the same behavior patterns repeat. LICSW Michael Landgren talks about ego and self-esteem strengthening using hypnotherapy, a form of communication with the subconscious mind where habits are established and memory is stored. After attending this session, you’ll learn how to develop healthy coping strategies for patterns in the subconscious mind.

Speaker: Michael Landgren

Hear from real targets of workplace abuse, including the mother of Jason Bennett Almeida, a nurse who took his life after enduring abuse at a healthcare facility on Cape Cod. The film was created by thebullyexposed.com and lockedinproductions.com (an Australian film company). Directed by Richard Santiago (Ms. Understanding; Bullying, No Laughing Matter). He’s currently working on the film When Bullies Become Bosses.

Does it seem like your dreams are hopelessly far away or even non-existent? Perhaps magic and miracles aren’t even on the radar. But specific, simple changes in your thoughts and actions can transform your life from humdrum to exceptional; from living the life that is handed to you to living life on purpose. After attending this dive into the Law of Attraction and the mysteries of manifesting, you’ll know the practical process of discovering the source of your own power and activating it to create the life you are excited to wake up to every day.

Speaker: Donna McGurk

SPEAKERS

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Julie Boyer

Julie Boyer

Author of Just Give Me Meaningful Work, CPCC, MFA
Julie Boyer helps women who are stuck in the wrong job create soul-fulfilling careers so they can make a difference by doing what comes naturally to them. A highly trained and experienced coach, Julie helps women set down old patterns that have kept them stuck — and exhausted — for years, and expand into their natural strengths, confidence, passion, and purpose. She believes work isn’t just a paycheck; it’s something that can lift us to new heights of happiness and meaning in our lives, if we take the right approach. Julie is a Certified Professional Co-Active coach, CTI-trained leader, and Lucid Living Great Story Coach and Mentor to coaches. She’s also author of the book Just Give Me Meaningful Work; Escape Your Exhausting Job and Start Making a Difference, which is a guide for getting unstuck and finding work you love. Julie offers grounded insight into how to realize a vision when there are many unknowns and owes this to her years of experience as an artist — she holds her Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Through her Jumpstart to Loving Your Job Again program, she’s coached lawyers, consultants, coaches, business owners, teachers, project managers, and more. She frequently holds events in the Boston area, where she lives with her little labradoodle, Zoe. Find her at Julie Boyer Coaching.
Emilia DaSilva-Tavarez

Emilia DaSilva-Tavarez

Rhode Island Healthy Workplace Bill Coordinator, MBA, CPCS
Emilia pushes for workplace abuse legislation in Rhode Island and led efforts to make Rhode Island the second state in the nation to pass the workplace anti-abuse Healthy Workplace Bill through its state Senate. (The bill now sits with the House Labor Committee.) She builds and creates relationships with legislators and canvassed for a politician who now helps her navigate the legislative process. "Getting to know your legislators is the best way to get results, in our case to push the Healthy Workplace Bill through committees," she says. She's worked in healthcare for over two decades and enjoys educating on compliance and equality. She believes that taking accountability for actions is important for building trust and strengthening communication, key components for healthy relationships at work. Emilia is married with three children. Her eldest daughter graduates from college at the end of the year, and she has a 12 year-old son and a nine year-old daughter.
Marycatherin DeFazio

Marycatherin DeFazio

Advocate
Marycatherin shared her gutwrenching story of workplace abuse in the Commonwealth prison system with Boston Globe Spotlight reporter Jenna Russell in ‘I’m a shell of who I used to be.’ A female prison guard’s tale of torment. In the piece, Russell beautifully captures the nuances and emotions of workplace abuse, opening with how detached Marycatherin felt after a traumatic experience with her husband. Marycatherin believed the worst was behind her, but the torment was only beginning. This abuse was set against a culture where management claimed workplace bullying would not be tolerated. The result: financial devastation, emotional trauma, and a lost career. Marycatherin says she once had it all together. Now she’s a shell of who she used to be. Told for its severe cruelty, her story involves some textbook elements of workplace abuse: The target is left confused about why the abuse happens in the first place. The abuse escalates. Management ignores the abuse, even if they claim they don’t tolerate it. There’s a club whose members “other” people who don’t fit into their distorted views. There’s gaslighting, or blaming the target by calling him or her “sensitive” for having normal reactions to abnormal situations. Targets have nowhere to turn, feeling isolated and enduring financial loss, emotional trauma, and career loss.
Rebecca Dupras

Rebecca Dupras

Attorney, Orson & Brusini, Providence, RI
Rebecca has worked for several large charities, including the Rhode Island Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Georgetown University. Her experience with workplace abuse was highlighted in April 2018 in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, as well as Forbes Magazine and The New York Times. Rebecca wrote an opinion piece on the effects of bullying in the nonprofit sector for the Chronicle of Philanthropy in June 2018. She has spoken on the topic in a podcast (Nonprofit Visionaries with Gregory Nielsen), to fundraising professionals (Association of Fundraising Professionals in San Diego, CA) and to graduate students (University of San Diego). She continues to use her voice to advocate for an end to workplace bullying and is actively trying to enact legislation in Rhode Island. Rebecca is an attorney in Providence, Rhode Island who works primarily with individuals and families in the areas of estate and tax planning, as well as estate and trust administration. She also advises nonprofits in the areas of governance and oversight. She recently gave a presentation to the Rhode Island Bar Association at their 2019 Annual Meeting focused on Nonprofit Board Governance, including topics on whistleblower policies and ethical governance issues.
Deb Falzoi

Deb Falzoi

Founder, Dignity Together
Deb seeks to elevate the term “workplace abuse” and believes all employees deserve respect at work to maintain their well-being. She educates employees and validates their experiences so they can take back their dignity. She started Dignity Together, an organization that provides coping services and resources for workplace abuse targets, interventions for therapists, and resources for managers on how to lead without abusing. In trying to pass workplace abuse legislation, she built a base of more than 16,000 workplace anti-bullying legislation supporters, the largest by state in the nation. She's helped hundreds of abused employees understand their situations, discover their self-worth, and learn how to move on from their toxic work cultures. She's been quoted in numerous media outlets including Redbook, Forbes, Monster, Alternet, Elephant Journal, Thrive Global, and Truthout. Deb has a BA in sociology from Tufts University and an MA in marketing from Emerson College.
Senator Paul Feeney

Senator Paul Feeney

Lead Sponsor, Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Bill
State Senator Paul Feeney is serving in his second term representing the Bristol & Norfolk State Senate District, consisting of Medfield, Walpole, Foxborough, Mansfield, Norton, Seekonk and Rehoboth, as well as parts of Sharon and Attleboro. Senator Feeney was sworn in to the State Senate in November of 2017 after winning a special election to fill the unexpired term of his predecessor for whom he served as Chief of Staff in 2005. He currently serves as the Senate Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, as well as the Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security and the Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight. Senator Feeney previously served his community as a Selectman in Foxborough as well as Chairperson of that board in 2009. A blue-collar worker prior to his election, Senator Feeney worked for twenty years as a technician for a telecommunications company. He also served as the Legislative Director and Spokesperson for his union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 2222 in Boston Massachusetts. Paul lives in Foxborough with his wife Laura, who operates a licensed family child care business in their home.
Amy George

Amy George

VP, Business Development, Washburn House
Amy George is the Vice President of Business Development for Washburn House in Worcester, providing a full continuum of care for those needing treatment for Co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. She is a graduate of Assumption College, having studied Social Rehabilitative Services and Psychology. Prior to working at Washburn House, Amy has developed her career in the mental health field and was also employed for several years in business development with two other major treatment facilities in Massachusetts. Her main focus has always been to assist individuals, families, and other providers as they maneuver the systems of addiction recovery. Amy’s goals are always client-focused, and she relies on her comprehensive knowledge of the recovery industry to help families navigate the process of finding appropriate and individualized recovery pathways.
Michael Landgren

Michael Landgren

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Michael Landgren is in his twentieth year of employment with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where works in various law enforcement roles and supervisory positions. Additionally, he is a licensed independent clinical social worker and operates a successful private counseling and hypnotherapy practice. Michael has a unique skill set that combines his extensive training and advanced knowledge in forensics, mental health, and substance abuse treatment. He holds two masters degrees and wrote his thesis on identifying and tracking sex offenders. He was trained by the FBI as a certified hostage crisis negotiator. He is a certified hypnotist and member of the National Guild of Hypnotist. He has witnessed and experienced firsthand what happens when an employee does not go along with the status quo.
Donna McGurk

Donna McGurk

Margaret Lynch Raniere faculty coach, certified Tapping into Wealth coach, and Black Belt Nia instructor
With over 25 years of experience with coaching women to be powerful leaders in their lives, Donna McGurk is committed to empowering women to break through the barriers keeping them stuck at "okay" in their relationships and career. As a coach, Donna brings experience, insight, tools and tips to her clients’ goals. She also brings compassionate and consistent support as clients experience the transformation from a life of perceived limits to an unbounded life of power and confidence. Donna is a Margaret Lynch Raniere faculty coach, a certified Tapping into Wealth coach, and a Black Belt Nia instructor. Find her at Donna McGurk Coaching.
Robbin Miller

Robbin Miller

LMHC
Robbin is a licensed mental health counselor in private practice in Northboro. She openly shares her own experience of workplace abuse to empower others. Robbin wants to educate fellow mental health professionals on using interventions to treat their clients who experienced abuse at work. For Dignity Together, she co-created an online course for therapists about working with targets of workplace abuse, sharing her knowledge of these interventions. She’s an advocate with the Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Advocates to pass legislation for anti-bullying in the workplace and helped spread the word about workplace abuse on her show Miller Chat. Robbin can be reached at miller_robbin@yahoo.com.
Emily Mocerino

Emily Mocerino

Founder of New Hope Counseling Center, LMHC, SAC, CAGS, LSW
Emily is the owner and founder of New Hope Counseling Center. Emily has seventeen years of experience providing a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals, groups, and families including in the following areas: Trauma and Abuse, Complicated Grief, Depression and Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Self-Harm Behavior, Anger and Stress Management, Family and Relationship Issues, and Suicide Assessment and Risk Reduction. She is focused on the impact of loss and trauma and improving intervention to support trauma recovery. Emily attended Canisius College and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and German and her Master of Science in School Counseling. She attended Assumption College and earned her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Counseling Psychology.
Chiuba Eugene Obele

Chiuba Eugene Obele

Advocate
Chiuba has a deep-rooted desire to eradicate workplace abuse and brought his experience as an activist to efforts to make workplace abuse illegal in Massachusetts. He's focused those efforts on strategy, support of targets by leading a Boston-based peer support group, writing, and lobbying legislators and aides at the State House. He shared his powerful testimony at a hearing in front of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development this spring, helping legislators understand lack of protections for targets of severe workplace abuse and the impact of not having protections. He's served on the Mayor’s Youth Council, where he outreached to Boston teens. He has also participated in a number of national conferences with elected officials, advocacy groups, and media personalities.
Rebecca Pontikes

Rebecca Pontikes

Principal, Pontikes Law LLC
Rebecca G. Pontikes, the founder of Pontikes Law, LLC, represents employees in all areas of employment law, particularly gender and family responsibility (caregiver) discrimination, sexual harassment, negotiation of employment contracts and separation agreements, noncompetition agreements, retaliation and whistleblower claims (in all sectors, including the government and financial sectors), violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act, and violations of the wage statutes. Ms. Pontikes regularly speaks on employment law topics for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, bar associations, groups representing employees, and organizations that promote women’s rights in the workplace. She has co-written amicus briefs in support of employees. Ms. Pontikes is an active member of the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association, where she sat on the board of directors for over a decade and chaired the solo and small firm committee for ten years. She is a member of the Women’s Bar Association’s Legislative Policy Committee, focusing her lobbying efforts on the recent passage of the amendment to the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act and on the Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act. She is an active member of the Massachusetts Employment Lawyer’s Association, an association of attorneys who focus on representing employees and currently co-chairs its Amicus Committee and the American Bar Association’s Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee. She graduated from Tufts University, magna cum laude in 1994, and from the University of Michigan Law School in 1997.
Senator Becca Rausch

Senator Becca Rausch

Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex District
Becca Rausch is the Massachusetts State Senator representing the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex District. She is the third woman, the second Democrat, and the first Jewish person to hold her seat. Senator Rausch was elected in November 2018 and sworn into office on January 2, 2019. Senator Rausch serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government and the Senate Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs. Additionally, in the first few weeks of her tenure, Senator Rausch served on the Temporary Committee on Rules, an appointment rarely given to first-year legislators. Prior to her election to the Legislature, Senator Rausch worked for over a decade as a practicing attorney. Her work spanned both the private and public sectors, including several years at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, where she earned a Citation for Outstanding Performance. Senator Rausch is also a former elected local legislator, union steward, and law professor. Her areas of expertise include health law and policy, information governance and knowledge management, and data privacy and security. Senator Rausch is a lifelong advocate for social justice, fairness, and equality for all. She holds degrees from Brandeis University (B.A.), Northeastern University School of Law (J.D.), and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (LL.M.). Senator Rausch lives in Needham with her husband, their two young children, and their dog (a big, floppy Goldendoodle).
Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa

Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa

1st Hampshire District
The first woman to ever hold the State Representative seat in the 1st Hampshire District, Lindsay Sabadosa is a lifelong community organizer. She founded the Pioneer Valley Women's March and serves on the intake team and Board of the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for Emerge Massachusetts, an organization that trains women to run for office, and is a long-time volunteer for the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts. As State Representative, Lindsay has spearheaded the fight for Medicare for All in Massachusetts, co-founding the first-ever Medicare for All Caucus in State House history. In her first session, she filed over a dozen pieces of legislation on a range of issues, including criminal justice reform, reproductive freedom, labor and workplace harassment, and health care access. She serves on the Transportation, Election Laws, and Cannabis Committees.
Diane Spindler

Diane Spindler

Founder of Gentle Reprocessing Resources, LLC, LMHC, LMFT
When Diane first became a psychotherapist, she was frustrated with how ineffective talk therapy was. So she started looking for a way to help her clients heal faster. She discovered that there were no easy roads to mental health but learned many techniques that had promise. She created Gentle Reprocessing in 1998 to prompt rapid emotional relief for her clients in the short term and to empower them for the long term by combining all she had learned in a unique way. Understanding how trauma affects people was a large part of accomplishing that. She has been teaching Gentle Reprocessing in workshops at venues throughout New England, including Boston University, since 2001. She has also presented her work at numerous international and national conferences. With over 30 years of experience in clinics, agencies, and private practice, she is a seasoned clinician and a well-received speaker. She has maintained a private practice in Central Massachusetts for the past 20 years while she continues to learn about trauma and share her knowledge with other therapists.
Janice Gilligan White

Janice Gilligan White

Blogger
After losing a 16 year career in the aviation industry to the horrific effects of workplace abuse, Janice began The Empowered Employee, a blog site for targets of workplace abuse where she shares her insights about workplace abuse to help targets heal. She is committed to spreading awareness, knowledge, and resources available so others may be spared the shock and damage of this growing phenomenon. She holds a BA in psychology and is affiliated with both The Workplace Bullying Institute and EndWorkplaceAbuse.com.

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Regular-priced tickets: $79 while available (non-refundable)

All tickets include a boxed lunch.

A limited number of rooms are available at a discounted rate of $149 plus tax for out-of-town guests. Contact Amy King at amy.king3@hilton.com at the Hilton Garden Inn for details.

Parking is available in the Major Taylor Blvd. Garage across the street from the Hilton Garden Inn. Other options are also available.

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