Local Law Firm Participates in Baystate Health Diversity and Inclusion Conference Wednesday, Sept. 17

 Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., the leading labor and employment law firm serving the greater Springfield, Mass. area, today announced Partner Susan G. Fentin will participate in the Baystate Health 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Conference. This one-day conference will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., featuring keynote speakers, skill development workshops, best practice sessions, and networking, offering the region’s diversity champions and leaders information and inspiration to build and support a diverse, inclusive and culturally competent workforce. Skoler Abbott Partner Susan G. Fentin will be representing the firm at the event, which will feature Attorney Fentin’s perspective as a panelist in a session titled, “Tackling Barriers to Success,” from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“I am pleased to join in the discussion of appropriate solutions to some of the problems that may accompany increased diversity and inclusion in the workforce,” said Attorney Fentin. “Skoler, Abbott & Presser exclusively represents the interests of employers, and we support efforts by our clients to increase diversity and inclusion in their workplaces. The panel discussion in which I will participate will educate attendees about creative solutions for some common challenges and pitfalls of diversity and inclusion, ways to maintain focus, passion, and forward motion with limited budgets and resources, and strategies for engaging middle managers in diversity and inclusion efforts.”

This is the second year for Baystate Health’s conference on diversity and inclusion, which was an overwhelming success in 2013.  Baystate Health believes that diversity and inclusion are a business imperative, and this conference supports that goal. In alignment with its business goals, development goals, and in support of the community, the 2014 Baystate Health Diversity and Inclusion Conference will offer a unique opportunity to collaborate, share best practices, and collectively define what diversity and inclusion means for the greater Springfield region. Registration for the conference remains open until Monday, Sept. 15, includes parking and can be completed online at www.baystatehealth.com under the “About Us” tab. Registration fees for the full conference are $160 per person or for groups of eight or more at the discounted rate of $144 per person.

Attorney Susan G. Fentin has been a partner at the firm since 2004. Her practice concentrates on labor and employment counseling, advising large and small employers on their responsibilities and obligations under state and federal employment laws and representing employers before state and federal agencies and in court.  She speaks frequently to employer groups, conducts training on avoiding problems in employment law, and teaches master classes on both the FMLA and ADA.  She is routinely named as a Super Lawyer, and since 2010, she has been ranked as one of the top labor and employment attorneys in the state of Massachusetts by the prestigious Chambers USA rating firm.