8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
REGISTRATION & NETWORKING BREAKFAST
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
PLUGGING THE LEAKY PIPELINE: AN INTERACTIVE SESSION TO JUMPSTART THE NAWL 2020 CHALLENGE
In 2006, NAWL issued a Challenge to increase the number of women equity partners, chief legal officers, and tenured law professors to at least 30 percent by 2015. Since then, NAWL has championed and tracked progress towards this goal - disappointingly, the needle has barely moved particularly within law firms. Join us for an interactive session that will help you jumpstart your organization's efforts to plug the leaky pipeline and achieve NAWL's renewed One-Third by 2020 Challenge.
Lisa B. Horowitz, 2008-2009 NAWL President; Founder & Principal Strategist, Attorney Talent Strategy Group, LLC
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
CURRENT STATUS OF WOMEN IN LAW -- A REPORT ON NAWL'S SURVEY RESULTS FOR 2017
With more women joining the profession than ever before, are we finally seeing more progress in advancement? Join us as NAWL unveils its Annual Survey of the Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms. For over ten years, NAWL’s Survey has tracked the professional progress of women in the nation’s 200 largest law firms through a comparative view of the careers and compensation of male and female lawyers at all levels of private practice, and data analysis focusing on the factors that influence career progression. This Report and the Conference will highlight best practices to meet the NAWL On-Third by 2020 Challenge to increase the number of women in leadership roles in the profession.
Destiny Peery, Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and NAWL 2017 Survey Author and Principal Researcher
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
THE NUDGE APPROACH -- FORGING A PATH TO THE TOP
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. How can firms consciously work 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, Chair, Executive Leadership Research Initiative for Women and Minority Attorneys and Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
BETTER PRACTICES AND STRATEGIES FOR WOMEN'S PROGRESS IN THE PROFESSION
What real world practices are working to put more women in leadership roles? This distinguished panel of women leaders will discuss the practical steps (and missteps) their law firms and corporate legal departments have taken to effect change and increase the number of women in leadership roles, as well as reflect on the best practices highlighted by NAWL’s and Dr. Cecchi-Dimeglio’s research.
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 - 2:00 PM
LUNCHEON & KEYNOTE PRESENTATION - "Senator Harris, Let Him Answer" Exploring the Intersection of Gender and Race in the Careers of Black Harvard Law School Graduates
Join us for an informative presentation on the important intersection of race and gender, and cutting-edge trends in diversity and inclusion. Using data generated 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, we’ll hear what academic research relating to the profession and lawyers’ career trajectories has found and what we can expect to be new issues and challenges in the future.
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
Intersectionality has garnered greater attention in recent years as an area to watch. After Professor Wilkins’ highlights the critical importance of intersectionality, a panel of professionals will discuss challenges that intersectional attorneys face and share 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.
Moderator Elizabeth R. Khoury, Partner-Elect, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
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. Over 50 years later, women’s compensation is still significantly lagging that of men. This session will examine what proactive measures states like California and Massachusetts are instituting to narrow the gender pay gap, as well as how this gap uniquely affects the legal profession. Join us as we discuss real world answers to hard questions concerning women lawyers and their answers, including how to identify drivers of inequity, tangible steps organizations and individual attorneys can take to narrow the pay gap and best practices for negotiating for higher compensation to reduce the gender pay gap.
Moderator Diane M. Saunders, Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Lauri A. Damrell, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Andrea Kramer, Founding Attorney, Kramer Frohlich LLC
Lauren Stiller Rikleen, President, Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
A VIEW FROM THE TOP: LESSONS FROM LEADERS IN THE LAW
What does it take for women lawyers to succeed as 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. Topics will include leading with confidence and managing through crisis, dealing with the challenges of implicit and explicit biases, as well as fostering an environment of mentorship and inclusion.
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
Ruth H. Silman, Partner and Boston Office Managing Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
CLOSING NETWORKING RECEPTION
After a day of exciting programming, join NAWL for a networking reception.