In July, many of Freed Maxick’s female employees from offices in Buffalo, Batavia and Rochester joined together for internal training and programming relating to Freed Maxick’s E.A.R.N (Employee Advancement and Retention Network) program, developed to provide all employees within the Firm with educational programming, career and professional development, guidance and special events.

Two events were scheduled at Batavia’s Terry Hills Golf Course, Restaurant and Banquet Facility, with the goal of a guest speaker offering up insight, best practices and guidance related to the art of confidence, conflict resolution and finding your authentic self.

Freed Maxick welcomed Dr. Uma Gupta,  a speaker and consultant on STEM, leadership, organizational and personal development and women’s issues. Dr. Gupta’s philosophy is simple: Do Good. Be Happy. Find your “flow” and do great things.

Gupta was a Fulbright Scholar to the University of Malta in 2013 and is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur, and Professor of Business with more than two decades of experience in helping businesses become happy and productive. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of a non-profit,, an online community that connects US high school and college students with universities and businesses to promote STEM ( among many other accomplishments. She holds a PhD in industrial engineering and an MBA from the University of Central Florida, and a graduate degree in mathematics from Stella Maris College.

Topics discussed during both Friday morning through afternoon sessions included happiness and the workplace, effective conflict resolution, networking skills, personal branding and even tips regarding appropriate dress code.

One attendee, Buffalo’s Sandi York, CPA shared with us something she learned: “Top take away: everybody else is just as uncomfortable networking. The doubts/insecurities I have are universal, so just get out there and do it.”

With unique Firm events such as these, employees from each office have the opportunity to meet and network with one another- some for the very first time, helping to connect one another to their individual skills and practice areas. Connection and communication are two key areas of focus for the Firm, and events such as these provide great opportunities to learn and connect.

To learn more about Freed Maxick’s corporate culture and all that we have to offer our employees, read this Freed Style blog to gain insight and information about what makes working at Freed Maxick great.

Pictured in the photo above are five of Freed Maxick’s six female Directors, Michelle Sullivan, Barb Danner, Laura Landers, Laura Forthman, Dr. Uma Gupta, our newest female Director Samantha Southall, and Kathy Barrett.