MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2019

    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    Welcome Reception

    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! 

    TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019

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

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

    Networking, Marketing and Presenting Skills

    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.


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    Keynote Speaker
    Kendall Colman
    , Founder & CEO, Total Coaching Systems, Inc


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

    Title IX

    During the Obama administration, the procedures under Title IX were greatly expanded.  The current administration has proposed to roll back the scope of Title IX, particularly as it relates to allegations of sexual assault on campuses.  This panel will focus on current developments under Title IX and the way institutions are addressing these developments.

    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

    Negotiating Compensation

    In-house counsel and outside counsel will discuss compensation requirements and negotation, including differences they have seen in male and female candidates when negotiating a position and recent trends in hiring and compensation.

    Melinda Delmonico, President & CEO,
    Gibson Arnold & Associates, Inc.
    Jennifer Jaskolka, Assistant General Counsel,
    Xcel Energy
    Moderator Josephine Gartrell, Esq., Director,
    Willis Towers Watson 


    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Luncheon & Fireside Chat

    Fireside Chat with In-House Counsel

    During lunch, there will be a dynamic fireside chat with general counsels from multiple organizations.

    Anne Benedict, Chief Legal Officer, Summit Materials
    Megan Belcher, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, The Scoular Company
    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 Engagment 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 Keiffler, 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, 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 
    Moderator Emma Rodriguez-Ayala, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP


    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Closing Session

    Women on the Bench

    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, and share strategies for overcoming obstacles you may face as you navigate your 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

    National Association of Women Lawyers®

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