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Fresno Family Law Attorney to Speak on Collaborative Divorce at the February Fresno Women’s Network Luncheon

Fresno, CA (PRWEB) February 5, 2008

Family law litigator and founding partner of Childs & Childs, PLC, Erin Childs, will be giving a short presentation on Collaborative Divorce during the February 12th Fresno Women’s Network monthly luncheon. Erin invites you to attend so that you can gain useful information for yourself, your friends, family or anyone who needs those services for that matter.

Where and When:

Where: Love and Garlic at 5351 N. Diana Court

Fresno, CA 93710

When: February 12, 2008 at 11:30 a.m.

at the Fresno Women’s Network monthly luncheon


If you would like to attend, but are not a member of the Fresno Women’s Network, contact Anna VanderPoel of our office and we can arrange to have you admitted.

What is Collaborative Divorce? Collaborative Divorce is an innovative approach where a couple agrees in writing to dissolve their marriage with respect, dignity and honesty. These divorces often resolve more quickly than traditional divorce litigation and for a fraction of the cost. Couples also benefit from the use of trained professionals such as attorneys, financial and child specialists and therapists to reach the best settlement that meets the needs of all involved.

Besides the time and financial benefit of collaborative divorce, the primary benefit is that participants avoid the trauma, character assassination and humiliation that take place during most traditionally-litigated divorces. The collaborative process seeks to preserve relationships. This is done with the idea that most divorces involve children and couples must co-parent for many years after a divorce is done.

This method of divorce was started by a family law litigator, Stu Webb, about a decade ago. Mr. Webb was tired of seeing how families were destroyed and resources depleted after “scorched earth” litigation. Back then, divorcing couples only had two options, doing it themselves or do it through litigation, which inevitably led to years of fighting, court appearances, stress, trauma and financial devastation.

Since then, collaborative divorce has spread like wildfire and more and more, couples are choosing collaborative divorce. These couples are spending a fraction of the money they normally would on a traditional litigation as well as a fraction of the time. They are saving time and money, but most importantly, through the help of trained professionals and divorce coaches, they are preserving relationships for the years after a divorce enabling them to effectively co-parent. They are also protecting their children from the bloodbath that is family litigation while having the protection, and advice of their own attorney.

It is estimated that internationally over 20,000 professionals have received training in collaborative divorce. Erin states, “This is definitely not a flash in the pan type of divorce. It is here to stay and hopefully grow and grow. Locally, we are training ourselves every chance we get and have been trained by one of the best, Pauline Tesler, a leader in the international collaborative movement. We are very excited about this, and want to see less emotional destruction and more peace. Hopefully, this can help many people in our local area and internationally.”

If you are anticipating a divorce, or if you know someone who is, please let him or her know this is a new option in the Central Valley and invite that person to attend the February 12th luncheon. This is an alternative that many couples would choose if they knew it was an option. We just need your help to get the word out!

If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like more information or would like to speak to an attorney who can help you, contact Childs & Childs at your earliest convenience. We would be more than happy to sit down and discuss your options with you.

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Donna Brazile to Speak at Walden University Academic Residency in Dallas

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) January 16, 2009

Donna Brazile, the nationally acclaimed political strategist and commentator and chair of the Voting Rights Institute, will deliver an address titled “The Political Environment and Mood of the Country” at Walden University’s winter academic residency. The event will take place on Thursday, January 22 at 1:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.

Brazile’s plenary address will touch on her breadth of political experience, which includes running the Gore/Lieberman campaign in 2000 and serving as chief of staff and press secretary to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C. She will also offer an overview of the political environment and discuss trends shaping and driving the mood of the country.

Brazile has worked on every presidential campaign since 1984, making history in 2000 as the first African American to lead a major presidential campaign. After the Gore-Lieberman campaign, she was appointed chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute, an organization established in 2001 to help protect and promote the rights of all Americans to participate in the political process.

Walden is offering 200 free tickets to the event on a first-come, first-served basis (two per person). While supplies last, tickets will be available at Borders bookstore located at 10720 Preston Road in Dallas. For more information call (214)363-1977.

Walden’s academic residencies provide face-to-face sessions that give Walden doctoral students the opportunity to interact and develop critical-thinking, writing and research skills. The sessions are attended by a diverse community of career professionals and faculty, and serve to establish meaningful networks that promote quality graduate research while students attend the university online. Academic residencies are held throughout the year across the United States and internationally. More than 1,200 doctoral students will participate in the Dallas residency.

For more information about this online university, visit http://www.WaldenU.com.

About Walden University:

Since 1970, Walden University has offered working professionals the opportunity to earn advanced degrees through distance learning. Today, this comprehensive, accredited online university offers master’s and doctoral degrees in education, psychology, management, public policy and administration, nursing, and health and human services, as well as master’s programs in engineering and IT and bachelor’s programs in business, psychology, and child development. Walden University is a member of Laureate International Universities, a leading global network of accredited campus-based and online universities.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit http://www.ncahlc.org or call (312)263-0456.

Author of Groundbreaking Caregiver’s Book to Speak at Cambridge Credit Counseling’s July Community Seminar

Agawam, MA (Vocus) July 3, 2009

The current economic downturn has forced many Americans to make substantial changes in their lifestyle. Across the country, families are dealing with the crisis of foreclosure, rapidly increasing unemployment, and a general lack of confidence in the economy’s ability to rebound. As life within the country becomes more challenging, perhaps the group most adversely affected is the elderly. Over the last two years, there’s been an increase in the number of elderly parents moving back in with their children, very likely out of economic necessity. Until now, there were very few resources to assist individuals who were thrust into the position of caregiver for their aging parents.

The recently released When Your Parent Moves In; Every Adult Child’s Guide to Living with an Aging Parent, written by David Horgan and Shira Block, is a book that addresses these issues head on. Through a series of personal stories, case studies and expert analysis, the book provides individuals with strategies they can use to make a successful transition to living with one’s parents. Among the topics discussed are the pros and cons of having an aging parent move in, the possible pitfalls of such a change and how to avoid them, adjusting the family dynamic, and most important, how to manage and protect everyone’s assets.

“Among the life changes our counselors help the public manage, having one’s parent’s move in is among the most intricate,” stated Christopher Viale, president and CEO of Cambridge Credit Counseling. “There are a host of concerns to consider, and, in that sense, the timing of Mr. Horgan’s book could not be better. It will make a fantastic resource for those faced with these circumstances by not only providing advice, but also empowering families to come closer together.”

Cambridge Credit Counseling is fortunate to have the author, David Horgan, conduct a special community seminar at their offices on July 15, 2009. Mr. Horgan will discuss a variety of topics from his book, with a special focus on the financial concerns of such an arrangement. Afterward, Cambridge’s certified credit counselors will be available for individualized sessions to help families establish budgets and address any other credit related concerns they may have.

Cambridge’s seminars are offered free to the public each month. Because space is limited, those interested in attending are encouraged to contact Thomas Fox at 413-241-2362 to reserve seating.

About the Authors:

David Horgan (Ludlow, MA) is an award-winning medical educator, filmmaker, and director who brings his firsthand account of what to do, what not to do, and what can happen (the good and the bad) when a parent moves in. He has been interviewed on this subject by USA Today and ABC News. Mr. Horgan has been repeatedly interviewed by NPR, ABC, NBC, CNN, USA Today, New York Times, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Entertainment Weekly, and other media outlets.

Shira Block (Wilbraham, MA) is a popular lecturer, freelance writer, and personal coach. She is the author of The Way Home and Step-by-Step Miracles: A Practical Guide to Achieving Your Dream. She has a master’s degree in psychology and counseling with a concentration in family therapy.


Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. is a professional debt counseling agency dedicated to educating young adults on the importance of sound financial management and providing financially distressed Americans with education and debt management services appropriate to their needs. Visit Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. online at http://www.cambridgecredit.org. To learn more about Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. and the community, please visit http://www.youtube.com/CambridgeCredit.

Contact: Thomas Fox

Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp.




VirtualPiggy and Xsolla to Speak at Game Developers Conference 2012 in San Francisco

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 28, 2012

Dr. Jo Webber, Chair and Founder of Virtual Piggy, Inc. (OTCBB: VPIG), an innovator in safe online youth purchasing, and Pradeep Ittycheria, Co-Founder, today announced that they would join Albert Donahue, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Xsolla (an in-game payment solutions company specializing in online games) in a panel discussion at the 2012 Game Developers Conference. The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world’s largest professionals-only game industry event.

The panel, titled Like, OMG: Reaching Tweens & Teens (Presented by Xsolla), will provide attendees with insight in to how to effectively reach tweens and teens in games, and how to gain parents’ trust in the process. The Under 18 audience has an estimated $ 50 billion in spending power and Virtual Piggys innovative technological solutions will help bridge the gap between children, parents and game publishers.

Virtual Piggy is a tool designed to provide a secure mechanism so children can initiate purchases online that are parent-approved. VirtualPiggy enables youth (without credit cards) to purchase virtual goods to use within their favorite games. The technology enhances the game experience by providing an instant, parent ‘pre-approved’ in-game transaction.

VirtualPiggy is breaking the barrier between children, parents and gaming publishers by helping parents to teach their children how to safely buy virtual goods online. With VirtualPiggy, children no longer have to continually ask their parents for their credit card – the parent(s) can quickly and conveniently set up an account for their child and designate an amount for them to be able to spend online, which teaches children financial responsibility. It’s a win-win situation for all parties, and we are proud to be a part of this process, bringing children, parents and gaming publishers together in a safe environment, stated Albert Donahue, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Xsolla.

To attend this informative panel discussion, visit Room 2020, West Hall, 2nd Floor of the Moscone Center in San Francisco on Thursday, March 8 from 2:00- 2:30 p.m., or stop by Booth 415 at GDC to meet with VirtualPiggy executives to learn more. Please visit http://www.reachtweensandteens.eventbrite.com to RSVP for the panel discussion; Attendees must have a GDC All-Access or Main Conference pass to attend.

About Virtual Piggy, Inc.:

Virtual Piggy, Inc. is the first e-commerce solution that enables kids to manage and spend money within a parent-controlled environment. The technology company delivers online security platforms designed for the Under 18 age group in the global online market, and also enables online businesses the ability to function in a manner consistent with the Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and similar international childrens privacy laws. Virtual Piggy enables the Under 18 audience to play, transact and socialize in a secure online environment guided by parental permission, oversight and control. The company is based in Philadelphia, PA and on the Web at: http://www.virtualpiggy.com

About Xsolla:

Xsolla specializes in online games, providing localized in-game payment solutions for global reach. Xsolla has been providing payment solutions with easy integration and high payment conversion rates for over 6 years. Xsolla’s headquarters are in Los Angeles, California, with offices in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Xsolla partners with over 300 payment service providers offering credit and prepaid cards, mobile payments, e-wallets, cash and e-cash, payment kiosks and offers- all within one platform- with no installation, currency exchange or chargeback fees. Xsolla partners with more than 300 game publishers worldwide, including many of the leading casual and social game companies such as Valve Corporation (Steam), Aeria Games, S2 Games, Gameforge, Bigpoint, Wargaming.net and more. For more information or a free proposal, please visit Xsolla online at http://www.xsolla.com.

Media Contact for VirtualPiggy:

Bender/Helper Impact

Melisa Gotto/Sabrina Khan




Media Contact for Xsolla:

Heather Hudechek

818-435-6613, x. 1055



CEO Christine Gibbs Invited to Speak at World Vision Chapel Service and Luncheon

Federal Way, Washington (PRWEB) March 12, 2012

CEO Christine Gibbs of Olympia, Washington based Summit Marketing, and Click2Rank Consulting LLC. has been invited to speak at the World Vision chapel service and luncheon Wednesday March 14, at the World Vision headquarters in Federal Way, Washington.

The weekly chapel service, hosted by World Vision executives, brings together more than 1,000 peopleincluding faculty, distinguished business leaders and community membersto explore the opportunities and challenges that people encounter in today’s world.

As a recognized leader and inspiration for young entrepreneurs, Gibbs will participate in the discussion regarding child protection with an emphasis on abuse, trafficking, child labor, and exploitation. Drawing from her past experiences, Gibbs will discuss her passion for giving hope to lives of the most vulnerable children in the world. The theme of this service is ‘Hope and Transformation,’ which is exactly what we should all strive for in our daily lives, says Ms. Gibbs.

About World Vision

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. They serve close to 100 million people in nearly 100 countries around the world. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, visit World Vision at WorldVision.org.

About Christine Gibbs

Based in Olympia, Washington, Christine Gibbs is a visionary business leader and philanthropist, simultaneously running multiple fast growth business process services companies while consistently finding new ways to make a positive impact in the world by giving her time and resources to several charitable organizations including World Vision, Smile Train, and FCOPI, among others.

To learn more about Christine Gibbs, please visit ChristineGibbs.com. You can also find her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter at @ChristineGibbs.

Karen Hawkins, Director IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, to Speak at Tax Debt Resolution Industry Conference

Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 20, 2012

Karen Hawkins, director of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), will be a featured speaker at the inaugural meeting of the National Association of Tax Debt Resolution Companies in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 2012.

The OPR has promised to take a “closer look” at the tax debt representation industry and the Director will detail her offices concerns and the continuing obligations of those who are authorized to appear before the IRS.

The conference will be a chance for industry colleagues to learn about the new challenges for the industry and public policy options while helping to create a unique voice for tax debt resolution businesses.

About Karen Hawkins

Karen L. Hawkins is the Director of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility. Prior to taking this position in April, 2009, Ms. Hawkins was in private practice at the Oakland, California law firm of Taggart & Hawkins where she specialized in civil and criminal tax controversy cases for nearly 30 years.

She has been a frequent speaker and writer on a variety of diverse tax law topics including: Innocent Spouse Relief, Attorney’s Fees Awards; Collection Due Process; Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties; Tax Court Litigation; International Tax issues and Ethics in Tax Practice. Ms. Hawkins has a number of reported precedent-setting tax cases to her credit in the US Tax Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Hawkins holds several degrees including: MBA in Taxation, J. D. and M.Ed. Among her many honors and awards are: V. Judson Kelin Award from the California Bar’s Taxation Section and the National Pro Bono Award from the ABA’s Taxation Section.

About the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility

The Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) establishes and enforces consistent standards of competence, integrity and conduct for tax professionals (enrolled agents, attorneys, CPAs, and other individuals and groups covered by IRS Circular 230.

OPR supports the IRS strategy to enhance enforcement of the tax law and to ensure that attorneys, accountants and other tax practitioners adhere to professional standards and follow the law.

The Office of Professional Responsibility provides education and outreach to the tax professional community and administers the enrolled agent exam. To support the IRS’ strategic priorities, OPR ensures the integrity and credibility of the American tax system by working through tax professionals and with IRS operating divisions and functions. Circular 230 changes have created a need to increase awareness among tax professionals regarding the consequences of non-compliance.

Additional Conference Sessions

New Federal Regulation Targeting Tax Debt Resolution Companies: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Financial Fraud Enforcement Taskforce

On June 23, 2011 the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) issued its Federal Register Notice for defining “larger” non-depository industry participants. The Notice outlined the industries that the Bureau will immediately seek to regulate.

One of the industries to be regulated is “debt relief services” which includes providers of services that “offer to reduce medical or tax debt.”

The newly created Consumer Protection Working Group of the federal Financial Fraud Enforcement Taskforce has stated that it will work across federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies, and with state and local partners, to strengthen efforts to address consumer issues, including schemes targeting vulnerable populations, such as the unemployed, those in need of payday loans, and those suffering from the burden of high credit card and other debt.

The Future of Deferred Enforcement of the Federal Trade Commissions Telemarketing Sales Rule

On October 17, 2010 the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) became effective thus regulating “debt relief services” which included individual or companies that negotiate or settle “tax debts owed to the government.”

The same day the TSR became effective, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a policy statement that it was unclear if tax debts are “unsecured” one of the triggering elements of the TSR. In this session you will learn the history and current status of the treatment of tax debt in the TSR and the FTCs work to regulate the industry.

Continuing Education Requirements and Compliance Solutions

Enrolled agents, certified public accountants, attorneys, registered tax return preparers all have differing requirements for continuing education and compliance. This session will review the current “what” you have to do as well as provide the “how” to remain compliant to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

View of the Industry from the U.S. Senate

The Congressional football of jurisdiction over tax debt resolution companies and their IRS approved employees is being bounced around from Committee to Committee with each claiming some part of the industry but not the industry as a whole. Learn the perspective of the Senates view of the issue in comparison to that of the House of Representatives.

Referrals, Lead Generators and Marketing on the Internet

The increasing use of a “person that, in the regular course of business, supplies a provider with the name of a potential customer, directs a communication of an individual to a provider, or otherwise refers a customer to a provider” brings a host of opportunity and a wide variety of legal challenges. In this session you will learn how the laws of deceptive advertising, unfair and deceptive trade practices and liability for “down-stream” users of referrals can impact your business.

View of the Industry from the U.S. House of Representatives

In this session you will be briefed on the House of Representatives perspective of the FTCs efforts to regulate tax debt resolution service providers, current efforts to protect consumers and the prospects for the introduction of legislation that will regulate the industry.

Federal and State Legislative and Regulatory Briefing

Mark Guimond, the state and federal lobbyist for the TPRSC, will brief you on the current status of recent proposals to regulate the industry including the still-deferred Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), California Senate bill 708, legislation proposed to Congress, the state Attorneys General proposal and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Registration Information

Registration fees are not refundable and do not include transportation, parking, lodging, meals, incidentals or other expenses except where otherwise noted.
All fees are per person.
All speakers and subjects may change without notice.
Early registration rates are only valid until March 31, 2012. After this date, registration rates will increase.

A specially priced block of rooms only for conference participants is available on a first-come-first-served basis. Reservations may be made by calling the Madison Hotel directly at 1-800-424-8577 and indicating group code 3u44vm or online at:


Early Registration is only $ 459 for the first person and $ 399 for each additional person from the same company.

Early registration rates are only valid until March 31, 2012. After this date, registration rates will increase to the standard rate.

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