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    The National Association of Women Lawyers invites you to join us for the 2017 Mid-Year Meeting & Awards Luncheon in Chicago. This comprehensive program will offer both professional development opportunities and skills training to help women in all fields of legal practice thrive in their careers. NAWL will also recognize and honor leading lawyers who have made a significant impact on improving and diversifying the legal profession. And, as always, there will be plenty of time for networking built in throughout the event. Join NAWL in the Midwest and get inspired!


    Don't miss out on the great networking opportunities available:

    Wine, Women, and Chocolate Welcome Reception
    Thursday, March 9 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile 

    Closing Networking Reception
    Friday, March 10 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM
    (directly following the programming)
    Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile

    Dine Around
    Optional, self-treat dinner
    Friday, March 10 | 7:00 PM
    Location To Be Determined

    Please indicate your desire to attend when registering

    8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

    8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Registration and Networking Breakfast

    Welcome and Opening Plenary

    Concurrent Workshops

    Awards Luncheon

    Concurrent Workshops

    Concurrent Workshops

    Closing Plenary




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    Successful people share common characteristics that drive them on their road to success, including keeping a positive mindset and being comfortable taking on new challenges. No matter what your General Counsel Institute offers a roadmap for getting to where you want to go.definition of success is, the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Twelfth

    In today’s ever changing legal landscape, we invite you to advance your career by securing success through agility and creativity. Gain insight into the hottest topics in the law. Acquire knowledge or enhance your proficiency about the most talked about labor and employment matters. Take a deep dive into today’s regulatory and compliance issues. Tap into technology and embrace the challenges and changes that accompany this ever-evolving area of the law.

    At GCI 12, you will be asked to think outside the box and blaze your own trail of success by articulating your own vision, laying your own foundation, and growing both personally and professionally. Through powerful stories, substantive legal workshops, and GCI’s unique open exchange of ideas, GCI 12 will empower you to embrace opportunities with agility and creativity and gain leadership skills and business acumen on your pathway to success.


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    ABOUT THE BOOK: The Anxious Lawyer provides a straightforward 8-week introductory program on meditation and mindfulness, created by lawyers, for lawyers. The program drawAs on examples from Cho and Gifford's professional and personal lives to create an accessible and enjoyable entry into practices that can reduce anxiety, improve focus and clarity, and enrich the quality of life.

    Jeena Cho is a bankruptcy attorney who speaks and writes about creating a sustainable law practice. She is a contributor to Forbes, Bloomberg and Above the Law, where she covers resilience, work/life integration and wellness in the workplace.

    Karen Gifford practiced law in the private sector and as a litigation and enforcement attorney for the Federal Reserve. She is an investor and advisor on policy and regulatory issues in the financial technology space. She writes about leadership, the workplace and the financial industry for Huffington Post.



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    The Meeting the Challenge program is designed to bring together key leaders and stakeholders to develop and share strategies to make the NAWL Challenge a reality. Issued in February 2016, the NAWL One-Third by 2020 Challenge urges the legal profession to increase the percentage of women attorneys to one-third by 2020 – one-third of general counsels of the Fortune 1000, one-third of law school deans, one-third of entering partner equity classes, one-third of entering law firm lateral classes – and to increase by a third the number of minority attorneys.

    Meeting the Challenge is a forum for law firms, corporations, government, nonprofits, and other stakeholders to share best practices, learn from thought leaders, and forge meaningful and lasting connections.  Distinguished practitioners, academics, consultants, and leaders will gather for a candid discussion and programming focused on making women’s initiatives effective and impactful. In addition to programming focused on institutional success, there will be programming focused on strategies for women to advance and flourish in their existing environments. 


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    ABOUT THE BOOK: On September 2, 2013, at the age of sixty-four, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after swimming 111 miles, nation to nation, Cuba to Florida, in an epic feat of both endurance and human will, in fifty-three hours. Diana carried three poignant messages on her way across this stretch of shark-infested waters, and she spoke them to the crowd in her moment of final triumph:

    1. Never, ever give up.

    2. You’re never too old to chase your dreams.

    3. It looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a team.

    In Find a Way, Diana engages us with a unique, passionate story of this heroic adventure and the extraordinary life experiences that have served to carve her unwavering spirit.

    Diana was a world champion in her twenties, setting the record for swimming around Manhattan Island, along with other ocean-swim achievements, all of which rendered her a star at the time. Back then, she made the first attempt at the Mount Everest of swims, the Cuba Swim, but after forty-two hours and seventy-nine miles she was blown desperately off course. Her dream unfulfilled, she didn’t swim another stroke for three decades.

    Why, at sixty-four, was she able to achieve what she could not at thirty? How did her dramatic failures push her to success? What inner resources did Diana draw on during her long days and nights of training, and how did the power of the human spirit trump both the limitations of the body and the forces of nature across this vast, dangerous wilderness? This is the gripping story of an athlete, of a hero, of a bold mind. This is a galvanizing meditation on facing fears, engaging in our lives full throttle, and living each day with no regrets.

    Listen to the Book Club Recording


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    NAWL's 2016 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon 


    Thursday, July 14, 2016
    Grand Hyatt at Grand Central
    New York, NY

    Over 800 leading lawyers from across the United States and abroad joined NAWL at our 2016 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon held at the Grand Hyatt New York on Thursday, July 14. NAWL recognized and honored leading lawyers who have made a significant impact on improving and diversifying the legal profession, as well as NAWL members who, through their time and effort, have made exceptional contributions to fulfilling NAWL's mission. 



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    Succeeding In-House and
    Navigating the Path to Equity Partnership

    Combined Regional General Counsel Institute and
    Pipeline to Equity Partnership Program

    Friday, April 22, 2016
    The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
    3434 Peachtree Road
    Atlanta, GA

    Exclusive to the National Association of Women Lawyers, this dual program brings together in-house and law firm attorneys for a priceless networking and learning experience. In-house attorneys will experience NAWL's Regional General Counsel Institute (RGCI), designed to advance their legal expertise and enhance their C-suite value. Concurrently, law firm attorneys will participate in the Pipeline to Equity Partnership (P2P) program, which offers frank conversation and an exchange of ideas on the challenges women lawyers encounter on their path to equity partnership. This program features topics uniquely important to in-house and law firm attorneys while offering joint programming applicable to all women lawyers. Save the date for this exciting event!

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    Friday, March 11- Saturday, March 12, 2016
    JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square
    515 Mason Street | San Francisco, CA

    The National Association of Women Lawyers invites you to join us for the 2016 Mid-Year Meeting & Awards Luncheon in San Francisco. This comprehensive program will offer skills training to help women in all fields of legal practice thrive in their careers and professional development opportunities. NAWL will also recognize and honor leading lawyers who have made a significant impact on improving and diversifying the legal profession. And, as always, there will be plenty of time for networking built in throughout the event. Join NAWL on the West Coast and get inspired!



    NAWL Affinity Group Breakfast

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016
    8:30 - 10:00 AM
    Hotel ICON
    220 Main Street
    Houston, TX 77002

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    Beveridge & Diamond and NAWL cordially invite you to a breakfast reception and inaugural gathering of the Houston-area NAWL Women in Environmental & Energy Law and Women in LItigation Affinity Groups. Join us, network with other professionals in these fields, and learn more about the groups and how you can participate.

    Space is limited. Please respond soon.


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    National Association of Women Lawyers®

    American Bar Center MS 19.1, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 T: 312.988.6186 F: 312.932.6450