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Performance improvement is a topic that is on a lot of association member's minds at this time of year, as annual budgets are evaluated and we look for ways to streamline and improve productivity and performance in our industry.

Board member Dominique Barclay, vice president of finance for Versaton Canada, explains how her company conducts an annual performance improvement evaluation of their manufacturing processes--an evaluation that last year saved Versaton over $750,000!

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Accounting Manager - Versaton Canada

The Accounting Manager is responsible for all areas relating to financial reporting. Responsible for developing and maintaining accounting principles, practices and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial statements. Coordinates with department heads to address the reporting needs of each area and program of the organization. This position operates under tight deadlines and a wide range of accounting activities including bookkeeping, financial reporting, year-end audit preparation and budget preparation. Contact Amelie Venet (amelie@versaton.ca), HR Director at Versaton Canada.

Database Administrator - Opus West

Opus West is searching for a Database Manager, who will be primarily responsible for supervising & maintaining the member database in iMIS. Duties include but are not limited to the accurate execution of the entire donation process, from donation entry, credit card processing, acknowledgement letters, billing, importing and exporting data, daily and monthly report generation and account reconciliation; and providing general membership assistance and customer service. Contact Clara Chen at Opus West.

Member Spotlight

Jane Johnson
Jane Johnson is the Director of Accounting for Versaton Europe. A native of Scotland, Jane is a graduate of Cambridge University and worked at Dun and Bradstreet for six years before joining Versaton. At Versaton, she worked with John Tan in the marketing department at the corporate headquarters in Los Angeles before transferring back to the UK to head the membership department in the European office. Jane loves living in London and feels fortunate to work with so many talented people!

Jane is a member of the iMIS Association's Awards Committee, and particularly enjoys event planning and celebrating the achievements of the best and brightest in our industry. (If you have enjoyed attending our annual gala, Jane is one reason we have such fantastic entertainment and a beautiful setting for the awards.)  She is married to William, an anesthesiologist with the NHS, and is the mother of  first graders Clare and Cecilia. She enjoys biking and hiking with her girls.

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Confronting Addiction in the Law Firm


In 2016, The Journal of Addiction Medicine published a groundbreaking study by Hazelden Betty Ford and the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs: The Prevalence of Substance Use and Other Mental Health Concerns Among American Attorneys. Although it has been commonly presumed that the legal profession had a heightened rate of these problems as compared to the general public and other... Details
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Are you already networking but all that effort is not translating into results? Does everyone seem to be getting further ahead even though you are just as smart? Are you looking for a new job or up for a promotion? Do you have great ideas but no one seems to be listening to them? If any of these situations resonate, this book is for you!

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Need to turn around disengaged and poor performing people? Your people are your greatest asset and key to your success. Register for this program to gain cooperation and effect positive change professionally and personally. Attend this webinar and you learn about a unique skill that will change your life dramatically!

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In this one-hour program, anthropologist Philip Folsom will reveal the ancient mysteries of humanity that can have a transformational impact on the health and high performance of today’s organizations. He will describe how, by invoking the universal lessons of tribal behavior, leaders can turn average or poorly functioning groups into highly collaborative teams. Folsom will lead you through this program that is based on his years of first-hand experiences studying human and animal... Details
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Full Title: Intelligence Quotient vs. Emotional Quotient: What Legal Managers Need to Know

Keeping up with lawyers requires intense time and energy and a special kind of “intelligence.” Like our lawyers, we earn degrees and certifications, acquire and refine technical skills, and hope to be administrative and management experts. Being smart is important, but it is not all one needs to be successful and fulfilled. Having an understanding and connection to... Details
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Full Title: What's EQ Got to Do with It: Using Emotional Intelligence to Maximize Everything

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a powerful tool that can inspire how you see and respond to the world around you. Utilizing your EQ can have a profound positive effect on you as well as the people you work with. Developing your EQ can give you skills to: enhance relationships, communicate more effectively, read and appropriately respond to the social cues of others,... Details
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Full Title: Motivating Without Money: No-Cost Steps for Dramatically Improving Productivity and Engagement

According to Society for Human Resource Management, attracting, engaging and retaining skilled and semi-skilled workers, especially those who can collaborate effectively, is a leading concern of American employers. In this educational session, learn how leaders, managers and supervisors can measurably increase employee engagement, performance and... Details
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The legal economy is growing, and law firms are again focusing on training and retaining their associates. Progressive law firms want to help their associates become next-generation rainmakers and find that associates stay longer at firms that provide professional skills training. Of course, first-year lawyers should undertake different activities than seventh-years, which makes it difficult to provide a customized education. In this presentation, we'll lay out a step-by-step,... Details
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If the truth isn't found in an investigation or inquiry, trust can wither and litigation risk can skyrocket. HR and legal management professionals often conduct investigations but receive limited training on this critical skill set. This presentation provides a proven phase-based process model, practical and actionable techniques, and critical insight for assessing, planning, understanding and completing investigations. The dynamic, multimedia presentation also leverages critical... Details
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Have you ever had to calculate and produce a payroll check without the use of payroll software? If not, you will have the skills after attending this session as we focus on payroll from beginning to end. It is important to understand all aspects of deductions and taxes being withheld from paychecks. We'll also cover the specific rules related to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) requirements and employee deductions.

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To compete in today’s hyper-competitive market, firms must become obsessed with ingraining a culture of business development throughout the organization. This won’t happen on its own, so leaders must learn how to get lawyers laser-focused on building powerful networks, enhancing client loyalty, being internally collaborative and attracting new work. During this 60-minute program, award-winning consultant, trainer and coach David H. Freeman, JD, will provide practical, proven... Details
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Do you want to be a leader people want to work for? Creating a strong, engaged team translates into a more positive work environment, lower turnover and greater productivity and collaboration. It also has a direct effect on your organization’s bottom line: Companies with highly engaged employees outperform others by over 200%. Connected Leadership will help you develop the specific skills you need to better connect with your employees. Discover how you can become a leader who... Details
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Writing is one of the most powerful strategies for establishing thought leadership, increasing visibility and credibility, and growing your business. Yet, many professionals don’t believe they have the time or expertise to write. In this interactive and engaging session, book coach Cathy Fyock leads attendees in a series of writing exercises to develop writing muscles that will help grow their businesses and careers. Attendees will walk away with an action plan for writing a series... Details
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As many offices are making plans to reopen, attend this webinar to learn best practices for preparing your space. We will discuss where law firm office design is heading so that safety concerns with COVID-19 are in place. Also explore how the pandemic has accelerated law office trends and why it is important to return to the physical law firm.

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Full Title: A Law Firm's Competitive Edge: Writing Effective Business Continuity Plans

We all know that a comprehensively written business continuity plan is an essential part of your firm's business continuity program. Is your current plan gathering dust on a shelf? Are you struggling to put together a written plan that not only prepares your firm in the event of a disaster but also meets client compliance and audit requirements? What about request for... Details
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Full Title: Shaping Hearts, Minds, and Firm Cultures: Effective Prevention Training in the #MeToo Era

New York recently legislated sweeping sexual harassment prevention training requirements and more states are sure to follow. The growing realization is that yesterday’s training has not worked to shape much-needed change within corporate cultures, and we must address that fact. This session re-examines training content, instructional methods, organizational ... Details
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Full Title: Successfully Navigate the Future: Develop Staying Power Despite Today's Stress and Speed of Change

Change is happening at the speed of imagination, often causing high levels of confusion and strain on individuals and organizations. Today’s challenges require new levels of confidence and psychological safety. People in every role must be able to respond to the needs of situations without struggle and with emotional intelligence and caring. In... Details
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Full Title: From Diversity to Inclusion: Creating a Culturally Competent Law Firm

The goal of this presentation is to enhance knowledge and skills for building and maintaining a multicultural organization and becoming positive change agents for our workplaces. This program asks participants to understand and reflect on their role as a leader responsible for promoting inclusion and building successful and effective working relationships within our... Details
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