Curriculum Vitae

J. LENORA BRESLER, J.D., SPHR, ASC, GSI

987 Lake Hollingsworth Drive

Lakeland, FL 33803

(863) 255-3942

jlenorabresler.com

jlenorabresler(at)yahoo.com

Dynamic, substantive thought leader in the fields of leadership, law, and human resources, author of three books, popular national speaker, trainer, university instructor, and business coach

 

Admitted to The Florida Bar 1988, practicing attorney #748633

Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1989

Admitted to practice in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1992

Certified Human Resource Professional achieved December 2001

Certified Senior Human Resource Professional achieved May 2002

Certified Achieve Global Zenger Miller Skills facilitator achieved April 2003

Certified DDI Transitional Facilitator achieved May 2003

National Speakers Association designation achieved 2004

Graduate International Speakers Network Speakers Institute achieved May 2009

Advanced Speakers Certification, International Speakers Network achieved May 2009

 

Current Positions:

Owner, Bresler Training (January 1, 2002–present)

·         Owner of keynote speaking and human resource training and motivation firm

·         Public speaking appearances throughout the nation to professional associations, organizations, and companies

·         Consult with employers to determine training and coaching needs, design programs, and present entertaining, interactive training on site.  Facilitate strategic planning retreats and meetings.  Consult with employers on employment law and law-related issues including risk management, discrimination laws and compliance issues, proper interviewing techniques and questions, teamwork, evaluation procedures

Topics: Supervisory skills, leadership, motivation, employment, teamwork, conflict resolution, diversity, multi-generation workforces, strategic planning, mentoring, creating environmentally-friendly cultures, stress and time management, performance evaluation, effective recognition programs

 

Adjunct Instructor, University of South Florida Polytechnic (Summer 2000–present)

Subject: Business Law (broad spectrum course includes civil litigation, contracts, torts, criminal law, federal constitutional law, consumer protection)

 

Adjunct Instructor/ Independent Contractor, Valencia Community College (2003-present)

                Subject: Instructor courses inclusive of all modules of Society for HR

Management Learning Program to prepare applicants for the PHR and SPHR certification exams.

In addition, design and present programs for open enrollment and customize trainings and facilitations for individual companies on topics such as The Least Employment Law You Need to Know, Maximizing Employee Performance, Customer Service, Supervising Skills, and Strategic Planning.  Assists with individual business consultation on employment issues including law

               

Adjunct Instructor, Polk Community College (2001–present)

Topics: Design and present programs in leadership training, conflict resolution, diversity, effective oral and written communications, change management, coaching, effective performance evaluations, teambuilding, motivation, and legal labor issues

 

Adjunct Instructor, Hillsborough Community College (2007-2008)

Topics: Design and present programs for interviewing and selection, legal employment issues, and networking

 

Adjunct Instructor, Lake Sumter Community College (2001-2005, thereafter annual staff training speaker)

Topics: Design and present programs in leadership training, conflict resolution, diversity, effective oral and written communications, dealing with the media, change management, coaching, effective performance evaluations, teambuilding, motivation, and legal labor issues

 

Radio Talk Show Host and Legal/Political/HR Resident Expert, Florida Talks 1570 Radio

                (2004- 2008)

Former host of “Courtroom and Congress: This Week in Law and Politics,” a weekly radio  talk show covering law, politics, and HR related topics; former host of “Out of the Book: Footnotes on the Bible” a daily show bringing analysis to Scripture; Host of “Timely Comment: Lessons from History” segments extrapolating lessons from little-known historical events; frequent guest on other radio talk shows; legal expert for nationally syndicated radio talk show The Lynne Briedenbach Show

 

Former Positions:

 Executive Director; Senior Consultant, Polk Works WorkForce 2020

        (Executive Director, June 2000–December 31, 2001, Senior Consultant 2002-2003)

 Duties:  Originated, developed and implemented comprehensive program designed to educate Polk County employers how to hire, train, motivate, and retain quality workers.  Scripted and presented interactive, full-day seminars and topical roundtables on human resource and economic development issues.  Performed individual consultations for businesses on workforce issues and employment law.  Wrote articles for newspapers, magazine, and newsletters.  Wrote and presented five-minute weekly radio spots which aired four times a week for 1 ½ years.  Designed and facilitated special events such as The Future of Health Care Summit and strategic planning retreats for Polk Works. Spoke to over 100 separate community and professional associations regarding workforce and economic development issues. 

 

Executive Director, Imperial Symphony Orchestra (July 1996 – June 2000)

Duties: Administrative, public and media relations, advertising, contracting, consulting on legal issues, writing, presentations, public speaking, image and design, actress, narrator, spokesperson

 

Civil Litigator, Anderson & Artigliere, P .A. (July 1991-December 1995)

Partner/shareholder, July 1993 to Dec. 1995

Associate, July 1991 -July 1993

Duties: All aspects of civil litigation, appellate work, mediation and arbitration

Concentration: Civil Trial Practice; Appellate Law; Professional Malpractice Defense; Insurance Defense, Employment Law

Senior Staff Attorney, Florida Second District Court of Appeal (1988-1991, 1996)

Senior Staff Attorney to Judge John Scheb (1988-1991)

Senior Staff Attorney to Judge James Whatley (temporary one-month full-time job June 1996)

Duties: researched and analyzed civil and criminal plenary appeals and writs of certiorari,

                presented analyses to judge panels, drafted opinions

 

Teaching Fellow, Stetson University School of Law (1987)

Duties: taught second semester freshmen legal writing, legal research, and persuasive argument

 

Professional Organizations and Awards:

 

 Society for Human Resource Management (2001-date)

Mid-Florida SHRM (VP for Administration 2011-date, Legislative Affairs Chair 2010-2011, member since 2001)

National Speakers Association (2004-date)

American Society for Trainers and Developers (2004-date)

Florida Bar Board of Bar Examiners: reader/grader/contributor

The Florida Bar Exam (1993-date)

Lakeland Bar Association

President (1994-1995), President-elect ('93-'94), secretary ('92-'93),

treasurer ('91-'92); Editor of Noble Pursuits monthly magazine ('94-'95)

Willson American Inn of Court (founding member, former treasurer)

Polk County Trial Lawyers Association

The Florida Bar (Member Trial Lawyers Section)

The Federalist Society

America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals (2006-2007)

Who’s Who in American Professionals (2002-2003)

Who's Who Among Outstanding Americans (1995-1996)

Outstanding Young Women of America (1988,1991)

Omicron Delta Kappa Nat'l Leadership Honorary (1984-date)

 

Education:

 

Stetson University School of Law (J.D. cum laude 1987)

Florida Southern College (B.A. summa cum laude 1985;

Major: English; Minors: Political Science, History) .

Florida real estate salesman licensee (current status: inactive)

H & R Block Tax Preparation Course (1988)

Certified Human Resource Professional (2001)

Certified Senior Human Resource Professional (2002)

                Certified Achieve Global Zenger Miller Skills Module facilitator achieved (2003)

                Certified DDI Transitional Facilitator achieved (2003)

 

Law School Awards and Honors:

 

Recipient, Victor O. Wehle Trial Practice Award

American Jurisprudence Awards for Trusts and Estates, Remedies,

Damages and International Law

Dean's List

Honor Roll

Freshman Mentor (five semesters)

Academic Affairs Committee

Inn of Court Committee

 

Community Interests:

 

Southside Baptist Church (member since 1976, leadership roles since 1995)

Adult II class and College Class Sunday School teacher, choir member, soloist,

member of drama team, chair, Innovative Services Ministry committee, secretary, Strategic Planning Committee, editor of InVision monthly newsletter

 

HIS Company Ecumenical Acting Troupe, sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland, Co-

                chair of Board of Directors, actress (2008-date)

 

Cambridge Study Center Board of Directors (2003-2011)

 

Geneva Classical Academy

Board of Directors, Marketing Chair (2008-2011)

Parent Teacher Foundation (2006-2007)
Multiple special events coordinator for Reformation Day, Scared to Death by Literature, and Colonial Christmas (2006-date)

 

Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland

Grants Committee member (1999– 2006)

 

Lakeland Regional Medical Center Community Advisor (1998-2005)

 

City of Lakeland Citizens Academy 2002 (2002 – 2003)

 

Junior League of Greater Lakeland, Inc. (former member of the Board of Directors,

chairman of the Endowment Task Force, editor of League Lines monthly magazine, chairman of Communications )

 

Florida Southern College Alumni Association

Member of Executive Committee (1990-2001)

President (1994-1996), president-elect (1992-1994), secretary (1990-1992)

 

Florida Southern College

Member of the Board of Trustees and member of its Development Council (1994-1996)

 

WOW (Women of Worth) Weekly Bible Study, First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland (2001-2004)

 

C.S. Lewis Reading Discussion Group (1998 – date)

 

Imperial Symphony Orchestra (subscriber and member of its Friends of the Opera

Committee and other fundraising efforts – July 2000 - date)

 

West Area Adult Community Education Advisory Council (2000-2001)

 

Citrus Blossom Country Music Association (Head Judge 1999-2001)

 

United Way of Central Florida, Spirit of the Family Awards judge (2001)

 

Pied Piper Community Players, member Board of Directors and Marketing chair (2003-2004)

 

The Polk Theatre, Inc. (drama for special events/fundraising 1988-1992)

 

Cleveland Court Elementary Advisory Council (1993-1994)

 

Publications and Addresses:

 

Author, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships (2012) published by 360 Degree Books

Author, Mission Possible, with Steven Covey and Brian Tracy (2006) published by Insight Publishing

Author of Best of the Best (2008) published by Insight Publishing

Editor of Jump Starts: Breakfast for Champions by Timothy Richardson (1989)

Author of Instant Leader for Polk County Business Journal

Author of numerous guest columns including ABWA National Magazine

Author of e-newsletter Word for Word

Contributing author for Employee Motivation and Incentives nationally-distributed monthly newsletter (2001- 2004)

Contributing author for Woman to Woman magazine, The Polk County Democrat, Mulberry

Press, and Lake Wales Review (2001-2004)

Editor and author of Abundant Living column, InVision monthly newsletter (2003-2007)

Contributing weekly radio guest for WLKF Talk Radio (2001-2003)

Occasional guest on radio show Law Talk with Rick Andrews (2001- 2004)

Often returning guest on radio spot Lakeland Lowdown with Steve Githens (1998-2005)

Literally hundreds of speeches and presentations on legal and professional subjects,

inspirational, and historical matters (details available upon request)

Editor, Noble Pursuits monthly newsletter (1995-1996)

 

National and Regional Convention Presentations:

                                National Association of Workforce Boards (Washington D.C.)                   Workforce Learning Conference (Chicago)

                                HR Florida

                                HR Florida Leadership Conference

                                HR Tampa

                                Coca-Cola Human Resources Conference

                                Lockheed Martin Human Resource Summit (Bethesda, Maryland)                          Florida’s Annual Workforce Summit

                                International Association for Personnel and Employment Services

                                Florida Hospital Association

                                Florida Recyclers Association

                                Clemson University Professional Development for Women Conference

                                Gulf Coast Human Resources Conference

                                ASTD Florida Learning is Leading Conference

                                West Coast Health Care Human Resources Association

                                Space Coast Human Resources Association

                                Central Florida Human Resource Association

                                Hotel Human Resources Association

                                Florida Association of Child Care Managers

                                Sarasota Manatee Human Resources Conference

                American Business Women’s Association multiple regional conferences and numerous local chapters

                                                Mid-Florida chapter of Society for Human Resource Management

                                                Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

                                                Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce

                                                Bartow Chamber of Commerce

                                                Haines City Chamber of Commerce

                                                WorkForce 2020 Roundtable Sessions

                                                Disabilities of Florida

                                                Heartland for Children

                                                Henkels & McCoy Statewide Counselor Conference

 

Romantics, Renegades, and Rascals presentations (approximately 50 a year for 1996-2000)

The Christmas Collection Christmas show written, produced, and narrated for radio - aired two Christmas seasons in a row

Christmas Folklore presentation

St. Valentine's Day, The Heart of the Matter presentation

Designer and performer of "total immersion" dramatic vignettes

Multiple narration and acting for the Imperial Symphony Orchestra masterworks, children’s, and outdoor concerts

Radio voice overs (1996-date)

 

Family and Hobbies:

 

Husband: Joshua A. Bresler, Higher Education Administrator  Son: Tristan Joshua Bresler

 

Hobbies:  Piano, singing, classic movies, throwing creative parties