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MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2019

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Welcome Reception & Night of Giving

Enjoy wine and light hors d'oeuvres while networking with other women attorneys from the National Association of 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! 

The Welcome Reception will also include a Night of Giving to benefit Florence Crittenton Services located in Denver, Colorado. We are asking each attendee to share in this philanthropic endeavor by donating items from the organization's wish list. For information about Florence Crittenton Services and to view the wish list, click here.


8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
Welcome Remarks & Opening Session

High Stakes Presentation and Networking Skills for Women Lawyers

There have been several articles written about how women network differently than men. We also know that gender can influence how an individual markets herself and her public speaking style. To kick off the conference, we will have an interactive session focused on how to elevate our networking and presentation skills to achieve our professional goals.

Imagine knowing the habits to bring your mind, body and heart into all of your communications. Join us for this skills-based, interactive program to: 

  • Elevate your speaking, facilitating and networking to the next level
  • Work with performance fear and your physiology
  • Connect with any audience
  • Establish your authentic leadership presence
  • Take the lead in shaping conversations to influence and inspire
  • Teach others how to increase trust and critical debate
  • Pursue larger speaking engagements
  • Introduce yourself in business settings
  • Move easily into casual referral conversations
  • Comfortably discuss the economy, your expertise and your employer’s goals



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Keynote Speaker
Kendall Colman
, Founder & CEO
Total Coaching Systems, Inc., The Corporate Coaching Company


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

Sexual Assault and Title IX:
How are Colleges and Schools Responding?

Since 2011, Title IX processes and policies for both college campuses and K-12 schools have undergone significant changes.  Proposed regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education in November 2018 could signal even more upheaval for institutions responsible for preventing and responding to allegations of sexual violence.  Our panel will discuss the recent history of Title IX, the regulatory landscape that remains in flux, and practical implications for educational institutions trying to address allegations of sexual assault.

Natalie Hanlon Leh, Chief Deputy Attorney General, Colorado
Cari Simon, Attorney, Fierberg National Law Group
Valerie Simons, Associate Vice Chancellor & Title IX Coordinator,Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, University of Colorado Boulder
Moderator Janna Fischer, Senior Associate, King & Spalding


Negotiating Compensation:
What to Expect and How to Get It

In-house counsel, outside counsel, and industry experts will discuss compensation trends and negotiation, including differences they have seen in male and female candidates when negotiating a starting salary or raise.

Melinda Delmonico, President & CEO, 
Gibson Arnold & Associates, Inc.
Jennifer Jaskolka, Assistant General Counsel, 
Xcel Energy
Andrea (Andie) S. Kramer, Partner, 
McDermott Will & Emery
Jyll Lottner, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Vail Resorts Management Company 
Moderator Josephine Gartrell, Esq., Director, Willis Towers Watson 



12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Fireside Chat with General Counsel

Please join us during lunch for a dynamic Fireside Chat with General Counsel from public and private companies including Molson Coors, The Scoular Company, Summit Materials, and Western Union. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from local leaders on important topics ranging from client service to diversity and inclusion.

Megan Belcher, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, The Scoular Company
Anne Benedict, Chief Legal Officer, Summit Materials
Lee Reichert, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Affairs Officer, Molson Coors
Caroline Tsai, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Western Union
Moderator Kourtney Merrill, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Concurrent Workshop Programming

Intergenerational Engagement and Effective Communication

 A panel of attorneys will discuss effective communication skills across generations, including how to advance and promote women colleagues from within. 

Sabrina Danielson, Associate, Perkins Coie LLP
Mishele Kieffer, Senior Associate, Arnold & Porter
Cathleen Osborn, General Counsel, SRC Energy
Moderator JP Box, Millennial Lawyer Consultant


Women on Boards

Several studies have shown that diversity within an enterprise drives better outcomes, and as a result there has been a recent push to increase diversity in business, whether it be within a law firm, in the C-Suite or on the board of a company.  In an effort to increase gender diversity on public company boards, California recently passed SB826, mandating that public companies based in California add a minimum number of women to their board of directors, beginning by the end of 2019.  This panel will focus on the implications of SB826, how other countries have addressed gender diversity on corporate boards, and other avenues for achieving greater gender representation in the boardroom. Additionally, the panelists will share advice for those looking to join a corporate board.

Nilsa Guerrero-Mahon, Founder, NG Mahon Business Consulting; Audit Committee Chair, NioCorp Developments Ltd
Professor Celia Taylor, Director of International Legal Studies Program, Nanda Chair, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Rebecca Wing, Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, LW Lands, Corp.
Moderator Emma Rodriguez-Ayala, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Closing Session

Women on the Bench: Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Favorite Local Judges

Our panel of leading women judges will discuss their perspectives on developing skills that are critical to success, provide advice on adapting to constant change within the judiciary and the legal profession more broadly, and share strategies for overcoming obstacles participants may face as they navigate their careers.

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Christine Arguello
United States District Court of Colorado

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Olympia Fay

Denver County Court

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Hon. Terry Fox
Colorado Court of Appeals 

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Hon. Elizabeth Harris
Colorado Court of Appeals 

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Hon. Melissa Hart
Colorado Supreme Court 


Gina Rodriguez
Hogan Lovells US LLP 

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 Colorado 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