Fearless Fridays: Week 3

What Were You Thinking?!? 10 Lessons Managers Don't Want to Learn the Hard Way
by Mindi Wells, Esq.

Managing people is hard work and some lessons you do not want to learn the hard way -- like getting your company sued! College didn't prepare us for the unique challenges that come with being a manager. For many of us, we learned some of what we think managers should (or shouldn't!) do through observing and learning the good, the bad and the ugly from our own managers throughout our careers. In this fast-paced and interactive session, employment attorney and business owner Mindi Wells will share some of the landmines she's seen managers face during her 20+ year career in human resources and provide practical tips so you don't have to learn the hard way! Whether you are a brand-new manager or someone who has been in the trenches for awhile, this session is for you! Even if you're not yet a manager but want to be ready when the opportunity arises, you will want these tips!


About Mindi Wells, Esq.
Mindi Wells is the Founder and Managing Attorney at Wells Law. An attorney for over two decades, Mindi has extensive financial and organizational leadership experience that gives her a unique perspective in working with her clients. She understands the need to carefully consider organizational culture and operational realities in providing legal advice to small businesses, entrepreneurs and colleges. Mindi’s clients appreciate her practical approach in simplifying legal complexities developed from years as a business professional herself. Her no-nonsense style and humorous stories come from a career spanning over 20 years in leadership roles in human resources, financial administration and operations management in higher education and government.

Mindi counsels employers on strategies to minimize workplace disputes, and reduce discrimination, harassment, workers’ compensation claims, and FMLA and ADA issues. She also assists employers on compliance with policies, state and federal employment, labor and benefits laws, and regulations including ERISA, HIPAA, FMLA, FLSA, ADA, Title VII, and workers’ compensation. In addition, Mindi also has experience in labor relations, public records, and education law including Title IX investigations and training.

A native of rural Allen County, Mindi is a first-generation college graduate and comes from a family of small business owners. She earned both her juris doctorate degree and her bachelor’s degree in economics from Ohio Northern University, and completed her coursework for her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Bowling Green State University with a focus on ethics in leadership. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio, State of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. She is also a certified civil rights investigator by the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) and holds the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute. In addition, she is trained in Lean Six Sigma methodologies.

Prior to forming her own business, Mindi was the Deputy Administrative Director/Chief Operating Officer for the Supreme Court of Ohio. While there, she was also tapped to serve as The Court’s Interim Administrative Director and Interim Director of Human Resources. In addition, Mindi has nearly fifteen years’ experience in college administration, serving as the Assistant Dean for Administration and Student Services with the College of Law at Ohio Northern University, and as the University's first Director of Human Resources. Mindi also served as Of Counsel to Worley Law in Westerville, Ohio and worked for insurance defense firms in Gainesville and Ocala, Florida.

Mindi’s other passion is teaching. In addition to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, Mindi is also a frequent presenter and trainer on employment law, HR topics, Title IX, policy development, and risk management.

When she’s not working, Mindi enjoys roadtrips in her Jeep with her labradoodle co-pilot, volunteering in the community and exploring random festivals and restaurants.

You can find a full schedule of workshops that Mindi offers regularly at WellsLawLLC.com

You can follow Mindi on Twitter: @mindiwells