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WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception

Enjoy wine and light hors d'oeuvres while networking with other women attorneys from the National Association of Women Lawyers, the National Association of Women Judges, and Texas Women Lawyers. You'll have the opportunity to get to know other conference attendees in advance of the full day of programming and meet and mingle with NAWL Board Members, speakers, and judges in this more intimate setting. Be sure to bring your business cards, you're sure to make new connections! 


THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Networking Breakfast


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Welcome Remarks & Opening Session

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Hon. Tonya Parker
Presiding Judge
116th Civil District Court of Texas

LESSON IN THE LABEL

Nearly a year into her first term as an elected official, Judge Parker made national headlines. Not for the way she cleared-out scores of dated cases in the severely backlogged court she inherited. Not for her award-winning service to the legal community. Not for breaking barriers as one of the few African-American judges or female judges or openly gay judges. Judge Parker was labeled “The Gay Judge,” splashed across social media for declining to exercise her privilege to officiate marriage ceremonies, and later compared to Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis. Join us as she takes the stage to talk about the lessons she learned from being so prominently labeled. Since being elected to the 116th Civil District Court of Texas, Judge Parker consistently is recognized as an exemplary jurist with ratings from the Dallas Bar Association Evaluation Polls among the highest at over 90 percent. Reportedly, the first openly gay African-American elected to any office in Texas, she serves as a mentor and role model across multiple communities and inspires young women to run for public office.


10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Concurrent Workshop Programming

TRACK A: TODAY'S HOT TOPICS
Planning for and Navigating the Storm: Crisis Management and Board Governance

Data breaches. Sexual harassment allegations. Product issues. A crisis could strike your company at any time, and bring scrutiny from your investors, the media, the public, and the government. Your company’s reputation and employees depend on you to be prepared and ready to tackle any disaster. This panel of expert counsel will share their experiences, techniques, and tips so you can steer your company through the storm. 

Meredith Bjorck, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, HMS
Cecily Gooch
, Assistant General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary, Vistra Energy 
Jennifer Ingram, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. 
Yvette Ostolaza, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Tracy M. Preston, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, The Neiman Marcus Group

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TRACK B: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Value-Based Branding: Why Building Relationships Trumps Selling

Authentic and confident self-promotion isn’t about selling at all. Why? Because the basis of any business relationship is the relationship itself. In this seminar, Akin Gump’s Cybersecurity Co-Leader, Michelle A. Reed, and Chief Marketing Officer, Aleisha Gravit team up with Kimberly-Clark Assistant General Counsel, Chasity Wilson Henry, to provide practical tips on how both in-house and outside counsel can build strong relationships that ultimately result in increased opportunities for internal promotion and generating business. Participants will explore how to discuss business in both personal and professional settings, how to use conversations to get others to open up about their business needs and how to boldly and clearly communicate their value to peers, clients, colleagues, and executive leadership. 

Aleisha Gravit, Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Chasity Wilson Henry, Assistant General Counsel - Corporate Affairs and Legal Strategy, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Moderator Michelle Reed, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP 

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11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Concurrent Workshop Programming

TRACK A: TODAY'S HOT TOPICS
TIPS FROM THE TRENCHES:
WOMEN TRIAL LAWYERS IN ACTION

In this animated discussion you won’t want to miss, come hear lead women trial lawyers and judges who have collectively tried and presided over hundreds of cases share secrets to success that have led not just to winning in the courtroom, but also in managing to do so in the legal practice generally and in life.  There is no magic bullet to succeeding in the practice of law — and while there are many commonalities among women who achieve success, there also are many different styles and ways of getting there. This panel will share their own style and substance that leads to success so you that can hopefully take away some nuggets that fit your style and help you as you continue on your own unique path.

Natalie Arbaugh, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
Paula Hinton, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
Hon. Maricela Moore, Presiding Judge, 162nd District Court of Texas  
Nicole Wrigley, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

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TRACK B: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
ESCAPING THE DRAMA TRIANGLE:
SHIFTING YOUR FOCUS TO THE POSITIVE

In work and in life, our brains are programmed to focus on problems, complaints and fault finding, a focus that creates burnout, frustration, and lost productivity. Attorneys are especially susceptible to this. This inevitably affects our clients, our coworkers, and our personal lives. Lawyers need to recognize when they are stuck in a problem focused dynamic (what studies refer to as a “drama triangle”). Join Dr. Pladziewcz for a discussion on how attorneys can use certain skills to shift their focus to the positive outcomes they want and that their clients want, which results in improved productivity, accountability, and engagement in their practice. Although many participants find these concepts and skills equally relevant to personal and family relationships, the primary focus of this program will be on how to change the way you practice law and the impact of the drama triangle on attorneys. The presentation will include examples of how attorneys tend to enjoy their work, clients, and coworkers more.

Dr. Cynthia Pladziewcz

 



1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Luncheon & Featured Speaker

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Vivia Chen
Senior Columnist, The American Lawyer and Law.com; Creator & Chief Blogger, The Careerist

MALE CLIENTS STILL FAVOR MALE PARTNERS - WHAT'S THE FIX?

Why do men still dominate the top earner spots at major law firms? It's not that women are lousy at business development or firms are failing to give women opportunities to shine. It's male clients still favoring male partners - choosing women to lead on 17 percent of their work, a rate below the national percentage of female equity partners (19 percent). If knocking ourselves out by attending seminars, getting coached, even taking up predominantly male activities such as golf hasn't worked, what will? Join Vivia Chen, Senior Columnist for The America Lawyer and Creator of the Careerist blog, for her incisive, irreverent, and unapologetically provocative take on how to "fix" this problem.


2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Concurrent Workshop Programming

TRACK A: TODAY'S HOT TOPICS
#METOO. WHY NOW? WHAT'S NEXT?

2017 was a watershed year for bringing awareness to the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. Women who had been shamed and dehumanized found their power. They were being heard, believed, and saw real consequences being taken against their perpetrators. What was it that brought about this sudden empowerment? And what can we do to make sure that the spotlight remains bright? Our panelists will discuss sexual harassment in the workplace, the historical events that brought about the movement, and will also discuss what we can do as lawyers and members of our community to make true social change. 

Cheryl Allison, Founder of WOW FILMS and Producer of the documentary "Shatter the Silence" 
Lori M. Carr, Founding Member, Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC
Meaghan Kuelbs, Senior Trial Attorney, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Katie Pothier, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Texas Rangers Baseball Club

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TRACK B: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
STAYING TRUE TO YOU:
UNLEASHING THE POWER OF AUTHENTICITY IN THE WORKPLACE

Be Honest. Are you leaving your true authentic self at the office door on Monday morning? Are you tirelessly wearing a variety of masks during the work week to gain  perceived “acceptance” at work? Studies of highly accomplished women consistently cite authenticity as the most significant positive difference in accelerating achievement and amplifying professional success. So what are we afraid of? Why wouldn’t we be our authentic selves in the work environment? And if authenticity truly is the recipe for confidence, effectiveness, and success – how do we find the courage to get there? Our panel of amazing women, who happen to be successful lawyers, will share their unique experiences on how they found the courage to be authentic and how it has impacted their careers. Learn how letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are can make all the difference. 

Amy Dinn, Managing Attorney, Environmental Justice Team, Lone Star Legal Aid
Marci A. Eisenstein, Managing Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP
Karen Morris, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, P&C Group, USAA
Moderator Annmarie Simonson, Vice President, P&C Claims Litigation, USAA

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4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Closing Session
SUCCESSFUL LEADERSHIP: STRATEGIES FOR HOW TO ADAPT AND EXCEL

Our panel of leading women lawyers and judges 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 crises, dealing with the challenges of implicit and explicit biases, as well as fostering an environment of mentorship and inclusion.

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Jerry K. Clements
Partner and Chair Emeritus, Locke Lord LLP

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Hon. Eva Martinez Guzman
Justice, Supreme Court of Texas

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Sandra Phillips Rogers
Group Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

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MODERATOR
Deneen Donnley

Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, USAA


5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Networking Reception

Before you depart for the day, join us to unwind, debrief your favorite sessions, and network with all of your new contacts!

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NAWL will apply for CLE in Texas and Illinois, with reciprocal credit pending in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.
For all other jurisdictions, the attorney must apply for CLE credit individually