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.


    Program Agenda

    8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    REGISTRATION & NETWORKING BREAKFAST

    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    WELCOME REMARKS & OPENING SESSION

    10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    A REPORT ON NAWL'S SURVEY RESULTS FOR 2017
    NAWL will unveil its Report of the Tenth NAWL Survey on the Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms which reports objective statistics regarding the advancement of women lawyers into the highest levels of private practice. For over ten years, NAWL’s Survey has tracked the professional progress of women in the nation’s 200 largest law firms by providing a comparative view of the careers and compensation of men and women lawyers at all levels of private practice, and by analyzing data about the factors that influence career progression. 

    Destiny Peery, Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law 

    10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    NUDGING TO MEET NAWL'S 2020 CHALLENGE
    Ordinary dynamics of supply and demand, which sees firms closing the gender gap by hiring from an increasing supply of gender-diverse talent, has not yielded the solution, so firms must act to recruit and retain more female talent. In this session Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio’s will show how small pushes – or “nudges” – work to close the gender gap. 

    Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio, Senior Search Fellow at Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School; Faculty Chair, Executive Leadership Research Initiative for Women and Minority Attorneys, Harvard Law School

    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    STRATEGIES FOR MEETING NAWL'S CHALLENGE
    This distinguished panel of women who lead their organizations’ efforts to increase the number of women in leadership roles will discuss the practical steps (and missteps) their law firms and corporate legal departments have taken.

    Moderator Sharon E. Jones, President, Jones Diversity, Inc.
    Jane D. Goldstein, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP
    Sheila M. Murphy, Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, MetLife, Inc.
    Sally Olson, Chief Diversity Officer, Sidley Austin LLP

    12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
    LUNCHEON

    12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
    INTERSECTION OF RACE AND GENDER BY THE NUMBERS
    Join us for an informative presentation on the important intersection of race and gender based on data from After the JD (a ten-year nationwide longitudinal study of lawyers' careers); The Harvard Law School Career Study (examining, among other things, differences in the experiences of male and female graduates and the careers of lawyers who do not practice law); and The New Social Engineers (charting the historical development and current experiences of black lawyers in corporate law practice). 

    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

    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
    STRATEGIES FOR INCLUSION AND INTERSECTIONALITY
    After Professor Wilkins' luncheon presentation highlighting the critical importance of intersectionality in the legal profession, our panel of diversity and inclusion professionals will discuss challenges that intersectional attorneys face and strategies to overcome those challenges, as well as how allies can be of practical and lasting support to their intersectional colleagues. This session is intended to provide a positive space for honest, thoughtful discussion as well as an empowering opportunity for attendees to develop concrete, innovative steps towards improving the legal profession for ALL women in law.

    Anna Brown, North America Diversity and Inclusion Leader, Baker McKenzie 
    Lizette M. Pérez-Deisboeck
    , General Counsel, Battery Ventures
    Sandra Yamate
    , Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession

    3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
    WOMEN AND PAY EQUITY ISSUES - STRATEGIES FOR MAXIMIZING YOUR COMPENSATION AND ACHIEVING EQUITY
    The Equal Pay Act and Title VII were signed into law in the 1960s, yet women's compensation is still lagging over fifty years later. This session will examine what states like California and Massachusetts have done to narrow the gender pay gap as well as how this gap uniquely affects the legal profession. This engaging session will identify drivers of inequity and discuss tangible steps organizations and individual attorneys can take to narrow the pay gap.

    Lauri A. Damrell, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
    Andrea Kramer, Founding Attorney, Kramer Frohlich LLC

    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    A VIEW FROM THE TOP: LESSONS FROM LEADERS IN THE LAW
    Our panel of leading women lawyers will discuss their perspectives on developing skills that are critical to success, provide advice on adapting to constant change, and share strategies for overcoming obstacles you may face as you navigate your careers.

    Moderator Kate R. Cook, Of Counsel, Sugarman Rogers
    Sue Lee
    , Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Entegris, Inc.
    Leslie M. Turner
    , Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, The Hershey Company
    Rachael Rollins, Strategic Consultant and former General Counsel of Massachusetts Port Authority, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    CLOSING NETWORKING RECEPTION
    After a day of exciting programming, join NAWL for a networking reception.


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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

    Minority Corporate Counsel Association

    National Asian Pacific American Women's
    Bar Associations

    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 Bar Association of Massachusetts

    Women's In-House Network



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