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 necessary to meet NAWL's One-Third By 2020 Challenge. Issued in March 2016, the 2020 Challenge urges the legal profession to increase the representation of women to one-third of general counsels of Fortune 1000 companies, one-third of law school deans, one-third of entering partner equity classes, and one-third of entering law firm lateral hires and to increase by one-third the number of diverse female attorneys (including women of color and LBTQI attorneys) in every segment of the legal profession.

    In addition to programming focused on what institutions can do to increase the number of women in leadership roles, Meeting the Challenge will feature sessions focused on overcoming unconscious bias and strategies for individuals to advance and flourish in their existing environments. NAWL will also unveil its 2017 Survey on the Promotion and Retention of Women in Law Firms administered by Professor Destiny Peery, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

    Don't miss out on the great program featuring:

    Report on NAWL's 2017 Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms
    by Destiny Peery, Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

    Women's Initiatives: Strategies For Meeting The Challenge

    Intersection of Race and Gender by the Numbers
    by David B. Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Director of the Center on the Legal Profession, and Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School

    Strategies for Inclusion and Intersectionality

    Women And Pay Equity Issues - Strategies For Maximizing Your Compensation And Achieving Equity

    View From The Top: Women Leading Corporate Legal Departments and Law Firms


    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 - 4:30 PM

    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Registration and Networking Breakfast

    Welcome and Opening Plenary

    Concurrent Workshops


    Concurrent Workshops

    Concurrent Workshops

    Closing Plenary


    Thank You To Our Sponsors

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    Thank You To Our Partnering Organizations

    Association for Women Lawyers (Wisconsin)

    Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City

    Florida Association for Women Lawyers

    Georgia Association for Women Lawyers

    National Conference of Women's Bar Associations

    New Hampshire Women's Bar Association

    Women Lawyers Association of Michigan

    Women's Bar Association of Maryland

    Women's In-House Network

    National Association of Women Lawyers®

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