ASA Virtual Event for Staffing Company Owners: Managing Change Now and Planning for the Future

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The virtual event featured the following sessions, which are now available as on-demand recordings: 

  1. Make Your Strategy a Reality - featuring Chris Taylor, chief executive officer,
  2. Ask the ASA Legal Team—Your Pressing Questions - featuring, Stephen Dwyer, Esq., senior vice president and chief legal officer; Toby Malara, Esq., government affairs counsel; Brittany Sakata, Esq., associate general counsel; and Ed Lenz, Esq., senior counsel, ASA
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    This is the recording of the session, Ask the ASA Legal Team—Your Pressing Questions. Please click on the title of the recording to continue.

    This is the recording of the session, Ask the ASA Legal Team—Your Pressing Questions.

    This Q&A session will be a fast-paced and unique opportunity to get your current legal questions addressed by some of the most knowledgeable attorneys in the staffing industry. By participating in this session, you can get up-to-the-minute information and perspectives from the entire ASA legal team, which has been working with other legal experts and ASA allies throughout the pandemic to ensure that staffing companies have the information and resources they need.

    Stephen Dwyer

    Senior Vice President and Chief Legal and Operating Officer

    American Staffing Association

    Stephen Dwyer is a leading authority on the legal and public policy aspects of staffing. He engages in and coordinates the association’s legal and public affairs activities and advises the staffing industry on labor and employment law and policy issues. He has testified before legislatures and regulatory bodies regarding, and written extensively and spoken widely on, the staffing industry. Before joining ASA, he was associated with the New York multinational law firm Chadbourne & Parke, as well as De Forest & Duer, a 100-year-old Wall Street firm. Dwyer is a member of the New York; New Jersey; Massachusetts; Virginia; and Washington, DC bar associations.

    Brittany Sakata, Esq.

    Associate General Counsel

    American Staffing Association

    Sakata is an experienced labor and employment attorney with more than 10 years of experience litigating matters on behalf of individuals and employers. She advises American Staffing Association members on labor and employment law and policy issues, including equal employment opportunity, wage and hour, immigration/I-9, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and National Labor Relations Board issues. Sakata graduated from George Mason University and earned a juris doctorate degree from the Washington College of Law at American University.

    Toby Malara, Esq.

    Vice President, Government Relations

    American Staffing Association

    Malara is vice president of government relations for the American Staffing Association. He advises on all staffing-related legislation and regulation, including the Affordable Care Act, immigration/I-9, paid sick leave, sales tax, and per diem issues. He also directs the association’s political activities through its political action committee, StaffingPAC. Malara graduated from Georgetown University and earned a juris doctorate degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.

    Ed Lenz, Esq.

    Senior Counsel

    American Staffing Association

    Lenz is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the legal and policy aspects of staffing. He joined the American Staffing Association in 1989 as the association’s first general counsel and later, as senior vice president for legal and public affairs, was the industry’s chief legal and legislative strategist. Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, Lenz has led the industry’s advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration regarding how the ACA uniquely affects staffing companies. Before joining ASA, he was vice president and assistant general counsel for regulatory affairs with Kelly Services and chairman of the ASA legislative committee. In addition to his ongoing leadership role with ASA, Lenz also serves as senior adviser for employment, labor, and benefits to the law firm Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

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    This is the recording of the session, Make Your Strategy a Reality. Please click on the title of the recording to continue.

    This is the recording of the session, Make Your Strategy a Reality.

    Your world has been rocked by current events. You know you need to adjust your company’s strategy—and you may already have a plan for how to do that. But how do you engage your people to take action and execute that plan? How do you prepare your team to make necessary changes quickly and navigate new realities? According to a recent McKinsey study, 70% of strategies fail. The issue, however, is rarely bad strategy—but rather how your people interpret that strategy and shift behaviors to make it a reality.

    As CEO of, Chris Taylor has worked with more than 2,000 organizations across 17 countries and virtually every business sector to increase the likelihood that strategic programs can succeed. By the end of this session, you will be able to effectively communicate your growth strategies and tactical adjustments in a way that engages the hearts and minds of your teams and increases your odds of success.

    Chris Taylor


    Taylor founded Actionable in 2008 with a goal of helping leaders and teams access new ideas through actionable books. More than 10 years later, Actionable is used in more than 400 organizations in 14 countries. A sought-after speaker, and the creator of the “21st Century Workplace” podcast, Taylor speaks about the forces causing culture change and affecting the learning and development landscape. Prior to founding Actionable, Taylor held senior sales and marketing leadership roles in advertising and consumer goods companies. Taylor lives in Toronto with his wife and young son.