NFALA and Pinay Powerhouse recognizes that next month is MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH and in line with the Well-Being in the Law Institute along with other legal organizations and professionals, we are practicing Well-Being in the Law Week during the first full week of May! All programs are free for NFALA members. Please join us as we gather in wellness for the following programming:
Sunday, May 2 @5pm PST/8pm EST "Pinay Powerhouse Circle"
Kicking off the week, Pinay Powerhouse is hosting its monthly Pinay Powerhouse Circle which takes place every first Sunday of the month in 2021. This month's circle is for self-identified Pinay lawyers and future lawyers and will focus on our social well-being to expand our circles. We are excited that Pinay Powerhouse Sarah Adriano will be facilitating this month's circle. Please register for this Circle by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah is a partner at Adriano & Associates, an intellectual property boutique in Pasadena, California. She represents clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (including before the Patent and Trademark Appeals Board), provides strategic counseling regarding patent protection in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and coordinates worldwide patent portfolio development. She has advised clients on issues of patentability, inventorship, patent validity and infringement and has managed due diligence investigations and pre-litigation analyses. Sarah was formerly a partner at Merchant & Gould and a research associate at City of Hope Cancer Research Center.
Monday, May 3@12noon PST/3pm EST "Office Yoga for Every Body"
On Monday, Pam Palpallatoc, will be leading us through a physical and spiritual well-being practice of office yoga for every body incorporating breath work, physical poses, mindfulness, meditation, and music, for an inclusive, accessible, practical, and brief respite, from the seemingly perpetual WFH hours. Poses have been vetted and approved by licensed physical therapists, for practice at a desk, without a mat, and without fancy yoga pants.
Pam serves as an Associate Attorney at Jackson Lewis, where she represents employers in workplace law matters, including defending businesses through all phases of multi-party and single-plaintiff actions, preventative advice and counseling, and anti-bias, anti-racism training for workplaces. She served as the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California’s in-house counsel committee co-chair, and completed the inaugural mid-career fellowship for the California Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Cal-APABA) Leadership Education for Attorney Development (LEAD) program. She has obtained mindfulness, spaceholder, and instructor certifications including Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 200, Office Yoga(TM), and Mental Health First Aid (Catholic Charities).
Tuesday, May 4 @2pm PST/5pm EST "Culture as Connection: Beyond Representation"
Please join us for a Wellness Week session on engaging in cultural symbolism as a means to connect with and support others in the AAPI communities, facilitated by June Casalmir. If possible, bring an example of a symbol, tradition, or practice that is special to you. We will discuss strategies for sharing these traditions in a more meaningful way as an expression of support and to deepen connections.
June Casalmir is currently as Associate General Counsel at Verizon, where she leads support of Verizon’s retail store practices and policies and provides strategic and operational support. She is one of the hosts of NFALA's "In the Pocket" podcast series and has recently gotten involved in efforts to support AAPI members of the Verizon legal department.
Wednesday, May 5 "Schedule & Take Some Mid-Week Rest"
NFALA Wellness Director & Pinay Powerhouse Visionary Founder Christine Start encourages you to intentionally schedule and take at least 20 minutes of rest in your day today! Our clients, our co-workers, our family and all whom we interact and impact deserve the very best and we can't be our very best, unless we are foundationally well! Whether it's a restorative nap, a mid-day stretch session in your office, a sound healing meditation.sensory rest away from your computer screen or iphone, an evening walk around your neighborhood or enjoying the nature of your own backyard, please schedule and follow through with taking a moment to rest in your own way-- your relations deserve a rested you!
Thursday, May 6 @5pm PST/8pm EST "Building Resilience: Daily Practices to Decolonize Mental Health"
On Thursday, LMFT Ruth Christine Dimagmaliw will be hosting a workshop for our community on "Building Resilience: Daily Practices to Decolonize Mental Health." This workshop will cover what it means to decolonize mental health as a Filipinx community. Workshop attendees will be able to identify symptoms of trauma and the five types of resilience to strengthen their connection with themselves and other people. They will also learn how to implement self-care strategies effectively into their daily practice.
Ruth Christine Dimagmaliw (she/her) is the Community Engagement Associate at Therapin*y, an organization that strives to build Filipinx resiliency through collective care, kapwa, and liberation. She also currently works as a Lead Mental Health Clinician at KIPP Public Schools Northern California, where she provides individual, family, and group therapies as well as develop and implement social emotional learning programs within the school system. Ruth is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California and has worked in the mental health field for eight years. She held various mental health positions in different settings, such as intensive home services, outpatient clinics, and school-based services. Ruth primarily works with youth and families from diverse populations, such as individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, youth in foster care and in the process of post-adoption, and youth in the juvenile legal system. When she is taking a rest from creating a positive social impact and sustainable change, Ruth loves to read a good fiction novel or a psychology book, indulge in eating from restaurants on her foodie list, and hike in nature.
Friday, May 7 @12:30pm PST/3:30pm EST "Retirement on the Horizon"
On Friday, Christine Ahluwalia and Christopher Bieler will conclude the week with a financial well-being presentation "Empowering Everyone for Financial Freedom: Retirement on the Horizon" where they will be sharing practical steps for retirement which will include a presentation on retirement risks, sources of retirement income, including Social Security, strategies for liquidating assets, estate planning and planned giving.
Christine Ahluwalia and Christopher Bieler of Capstone Partners, will be leading the final series flow of NFALA's Friday Financial Freedom Series. Disclosure: Christopher Bieler is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory services and financial planning through MML Investors Services, LLC. Member SIPC www.SIPC.org. Supervisory Office: 4695 MacArthur Ct, Suite 1000 Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949) 660-1717. Transactions may not be accepted by e-mail, fax, or voicemail. MassMutual refers to Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company.