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New Virtual Program Addresses Legal Strategies for Women Business Leaders

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Michigan Business Network
March 28, 2022

Women Business LeadersGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Michigan ranks in the “Top 10 States” with the highest percentage of women business owners at 36.8% per capita, according to maxfilings.com. To help women leaders stay up to date on the laws, regulations and other resources that may benefit them, Foster Swift has developed a “Legal Strategies for Women Leaders” webinar series. The series, with episodes in April, June, August and October of 2022, will kick off on April 19.

Topics for the first year are geared towards women who are established in their businesses, as well as women business executives. While not a substitute for legal advice, the goal of this program is to educate attendees and communicate that it is not up to one person to keep a business going but that it takes a team of different professionals to get the work done.

“Keeping a finger on the pulse of the evolving legal landscape and available resources creates a competitive advantage,” says Amanda Dernovshek, attorney with Foster Swift’s business and tax practice. 

“Our goal in developing this program is to discuss legal issues that women-owned businesses face and provide a platform to promote resources for women-owned businesses as well as provide women leaders with a framework for evaluating options and selecting qualified legal counsel so they may achieve goals personally and professionally. We hope that our presentations will be approachable, informative, and demonstrate our interest and dedication to advancing women in business.”

The first session is scheduled for April 19 at 9 am EST. Each session will last about 30 minutes. Amanda will be discussing ‘Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Certification.’ This conversation will address the following questions:

  • What is the women owned small business certification?
  • What agency or organization certifies a business as women-owned?
  • What are the requirements for WOSB and how can Foster Swift assist in the process?
  • How can certification benefit women business owners?
  • See the full recording of this session here: https://youtu.be/AFgATw-YOoA 

Each session will have ample opportunities for participants to ask questions and discuss the legal opportunities and challenges that women leaders face.  The remaining tentative topics in the coming months include:

  • Executive compensation options & negotiation with employee benefits attorney Mindi Johnson on June 7.
  • Protecting your business assets and the importance of a pre-nuptial agreement to protect your business with family law attorneys Jackie Dupler & Andrea Badalucco on August 9.
  • Effective estate planning and planned giving with estate planning attorney Amanda Afton Martin on October 4.

To register for the April 19 session, please use the following Zoom link:

Below is a list of all women attorneys at the Foster Swift law firm:

Name

Practice Area

Office

Leslie A. Abdoo

Municipal & Public Entity

Grand Rapids

Andrea Badalucco

Family Law

Southfield

Alicia W. Birach

Workers’ Compensation

Southfield

Amanda J. Dernovshek

Business & Tax

Lansing

Jackie A. Dupler

Family Law

Lansing

Julie I. Fershtman

Insurance Defense

Southfield

Sarah J. Gabis

Municipal & Public Entity

Southfield

Laura J. Genovich

Bankruptcy & Municipal Law

Grand Rapids

Anna K. Gibson

Estate Planning

Lansing

Stefania Gismondi

No-Fault Litigation

Southfield

Julie L. Hamlet

Employee Benefits

Grand Rapids

Mindi M. Johnson

Employee Benefits

Grand Rapids

Amanda Afton Martin

Estate Planning

Southfield

Alaina M. Nelson

Estate Planning

Lansing

Rachel G. Olney

No-Fault Litigation

Southfield

Caroline Renner

Health Care Law

Grand Rapids

Katherine A. Ruttkofsky

Insurance Defense

Southfield

Patricia J. Scott

Bankruptcy Law

Lansing

Anne M. Seurynck

Municipal & Public Entity

Grand Rapids

Hilary J. Stafford

General Litigation

Lansing

Sydney Steele

General Litigation

Southfield

Deanna Swisher

Commercial Litigation

Lansing

Jennifer B. Van Regenmorter

Health Care Law

Holland

Emily R. Wisniewski

Business & Tax

Lansing