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Wednesday, July 17th
4pm – 5:30pm
Online via Zoom

If you can’t make the live event, you can still register to receive a link to the recording once it’s available.

Feeling stretched thin? You’re not alone. Lawyers are renowned for their demanding workloads, but many also juggle caregiving responsibilities for younger and older generations-often times both (referred to as the “sandwich” generation). This webinar offers practical strategies and support for navigating the challenges of these dual roles while prioritizing your mental well-being.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • Effective time management techniques and approaches that work for lawyer-caregivers.
  • Communication strategies and boundaries for managing expectations at work and at home.
  • Self-care and self-compassion practices to combat stress and maintain emotional resilience.
  • Building a support network: Resources and tools to connect with others for tactical, strategic and/or social support.

Q&A will follow the program, giving you the opportunity to ask any questions you have.

Co-Sponsored by the National Association of Women Lawyers, the Women’s Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys

 

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MEET OUR PANEL

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Leslie Forde
Moderator

Leslie Forde is the CEO and Founder of Mom’s Hierarchy of Needs®. The business provides evidence-based tools for Moms to reclaim time from the never-done list for wellbeing and helps Employers retain caregivers.

Over 3,500 parents have participated since March of 2020 in the Mom’s Hierarchy of Needs research study. The longest running of its kind about the pandemic’s ongoing impact to work/life, care, and wellness needs, for parents.

Leslie has used research to inform growth and innovation strategy for over 20 years. Most recently, she held leadership positions at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Care.com and CSpace, an Omnicom market research agency.

And for the past decade, she’s focused on media and technology for the childcare, eldercare, mental health, and education sectors.

She’s a frequent speaker and consultant to organizations on how to retain and support parents, caregivers, and people of color, including HubSpot, Merck, Scholastic and the Barr Foundation.

Her writing about wellbeing, equity and the future of work has appeared in The Washington Post, Slate, Parents Magazine ,TLNT, Directorship and her website, Mom’s Hierarchy of Needs among other publications.

She’s been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNN, National Geographic, Fast Company, US News & World Report, SHRM, and many other outlets.

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Candace Dellacona, Esq.
Panelist

Candace Dellacona is a Principal and Shareholder in Offit Kurman’s Estates and Trusts practice group in the NY office. She is considered “a family’s lawyer,” however you may define family. She works closely with multiple generations of family members to protect what they have throughout every phase of their lives. Candace focuses her law practice on Estate Planning, Asset Protection Planning, Elder Law, Estate Administration, Special Needs Planning and Advocacy, including the areas outlined below.

Sandwich Generation: Adult family members who find themselves providing care and support to an aging loved one and who are either in the midst of raising a child or providing financial support to an adult child. Members of the “sandwich generation” are in between balancing the needs of themselves and the needs of aging relatives and dependent children.

Elder Law Advocacy: An advocate for the elderly, Candace helps her clients remain independent and comfortable for as long as possible. When loved ones require long-term care, she advises families while protecting their life savings.

LGBTQ+ Community: An important part of Candace’s practice includes working with members of the LGBTQ+ and polyamorous communities and their families. She creates tailored estate plans while advocating for security and dignity in the treatment of all her clients.

THE SANDWICH GENERATION SURVIVAL GUIDE PODCAST

Candace hosts and explores the challenges and strategies of navigating life caught between the demands of caring for aging parents and ourchildren while maintaining our own well-being.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Candace has been a guest speaker on numerous podcasts and radio shows; some examples: “Elder Law with Candace Dellacona,” Caregiver SOS on Air, June 2023

“Financial Elder Abuse – How to Avoid the Pitfalls,” Fading Memories: Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support podcast, February 2023

Presenter, Caregivers’ Support Group, Five Towns Premier Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, NY, “Different Ways to Watch Out for Elder Abuse,” Caregiver Dave Podcast Series, May 2022

EDUCATION

St. John’s University, J.D.

American University, B.A.

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April English, Esq.
Panelist

April English serves as the Chief Secretary to Governor Maura T. Healey. As Chief Secretary, she oversees the administration’s efforts to fill appointments on boards and commissions and throughout the administration. Prior to joining the Governor’s office, Chief Secretary English worked in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office for over 19 years. She began her career in the Attorney General’s office working as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division. As a civil litigator, Chief Secretary English handled a wide range of cases including matters of telemarketing fraud, telecommunications, lead in children’s toys, debt settlement and credit counseling, false advertising, and mortgage fraud. Eventually, Chief Secretary English transitioned to the Criminal Bureau where she served as Deputy Division Chief and as Director of the Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division/Unit. As a prosecutor in the Criminal Bureau, she investigated and prosecuted those who committed fraud against insurers and against the Commonwealth’s unemployment insurance and worker’s compensation system.

During her last 6 years at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Chief Secretary English served as the first Chief of Organization Development & Diversity/Inclusion. In this role, she oversaw the workplace composition and culture across the Office, and helped manage recruitment, professional development, mentoring, diversity, inclusion, retention, and racial justice and equity throughout the work of the office.

Chief Secretary English also worked as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court from 2001-2002. She received her undergraduate degree from Spelman College in 1997 and her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in 2000.

April is a parent to a 25-year-old transgender son who she had in her second year of law school. She was also a caregiver to her mom who had dementia and passed 4 years ago.

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Amy Mariani, Esq.
Panelist

For over twenty years, Amy represented individuals and businesses in employment, personal injury, and business disputes. Many of those cases went to trial, but Amy resolved many others through effective and creative negotiation. Her experiences working for regional and national firms exposed her to the unique needs of individuals, small and medium businesses, and multi-national corporations. This in turn gives her insights into their similar and disparate interests and concerns during the mediation process.

Since 2013, Amy’s mediation skills have saved hundreds of individuals and businesses thousands of dollars, countless hours of time, and immeasurable amounts of stress. Using a comprehensive pre-mediation process, she tailors her strategy in each case to the needs of the parties, maximizing the opportunity for success. Once in the mediation, she draws upon her extensive experience as an attorney to help the parties understand what their interests are and how those interests align with the proposals on the table. Her ability to bring parties together calmly and effectively keeps her on the short list of attorneys seeking to resolve six and seven figure cases.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame (GO IRISH!) and Boston College Law School, when she’s not mediating, Amy can be found watching her kids play sports, in the stands supporting Boston area sports teams, coaching youth and teen athletes, chatting with her husband about their next family vacation, or cuddled up with a good book and her two dogs. If you want to start a conversation with her, ask her about the first football game she saw at Notre Dame Stadium, the amazing truffle pasta she had in Venice, or what it is like to be a mom coaching a boys’ Squirt hockey team.

Amy is a member of the “sandwich” generation, balancing caring for her two boys (aged 17 and 19) with assisting her parents (her dad is 84 and her mother recently passed away at age 86 following a long battle with dementia) and her mother-in-law (88) with their short- and long-term care needs.

Anant Saraswat

Anant Saraswat, Esq.
Panelist

Anant Saraswat is Counsel at Wolf Greenfield, a full-service intellectual property firm, where he represents companies in federal court, the International Trade Commission, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in intellectual property cases. Anant has experience with numerous aspects of intellectual property litigation. In addition, he maintains an active pro bono practice.

Prior to law school, Anant was a software engineer at Oracle Corporation, and was a member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic and the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. He also clerked for Judge Juan Torruella of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Anant lives in Newton with his wife, 10-year-old twins, and a very rambunctious beagle.

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