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Wednesday, July 20, 2022


Morph & Mingle
Welcome to the NAWL Annual Meeting’s Pre-conference reception. Looking forward to two days of programming focused on Metamorphosis: Re-emerge Transformed. After 2 years of “cocooning,” adapting to a pandemic world, political and social turmoil, and living with constant uncertainty, 2022 is the opportunity to re-emerge, transform and drive positive change in our personal lives, our communities, our professional lives and globally. This is our opportunity to be proactive vs. reactive. Like the butterfly effect, we have learned that our individual actions impact each other and society at large. This year's conference will be centered around the idea of transformation – from cocoon to butterfly – renew, re-energize to adapt, evolve and transform. Re-emerge. Transform. Renew.

Thursday, July 21, 2022


Architecture Walk/Run
Give your brain and body a boost before launching into a full day of conference activities! We will pass buildings such as the Chicago Art Institute designed by Renzo Piano (well, just the new addition), the Pritzker Pavilion designed by Starchitect Frank Gehry (a portmanteau of star-architect, which denotes a certain level of celebrity), and the Aqua Tower designed by Jeanne Gang (the studio behind the new O’Hare extension). Just to name a few. Consider this a great opportunity to get in a light 3.5-mile run while learning about the history of Chicago architecture! For the walkers, we’ve got a great 2.6 mile route that will showcase Chicago's Gilded Age through the late 20th Century. The loop takes us past historic buildings  designed and constructed after, and in response to, the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 where the Chicago architecture school  developed the modern skyscraper.  You’ll get a view of public artwork and Millennium Park as well, giving your brain and body a boost before launching into a full day of conference activities! If this sounds like a great way to start your morning, sign up for the NAWL Architecture Run/Walk by emailing by July 20, 2022.

BREAKFAST  | 8:30 - 9:30 AM CT

Grab and Go Breakfast
Grab a quick, light breakfast and mingle with fellow meeting attendees before joining us for the Opening Session.

OPENING SESSION  | 9:30 - 10:30 AM CT

Harness Your Power for Brave Living: Mind-Body Pathways for Transformation
(ADr. Kody will present on the topic of harnessing your power for transformative change. Her presentation will include knowledge and skills from The Daring Way™ and mPEAK (Mindful Performance Enhancement, Awareness, and Knowledge), two transformative, empirically-validated methodologies for performance optimization, focus, and courageous, values-driven living. Dr. Kody will facilitate experiential exercises which cultivate self-awareness and skill development on the following topics: vulnerability, courage, shame, mindfulness as a tool for optimal performance, focus, and flow. Attendees will develop resilience skills to rise stronger through struggles, and learn to embrace vulnerability to, ultimately, transform to live more authentic and courageous lives. Dr. Kody will also help attendees develop skills to address and overcome inherent bias or prejudice in personal and professional interactions and relationships.

    Dr. Carli Kody, Ph.D., LP, CDW, Licensed Psychologist, and a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator (CDWF), & Certified mPEAK Coach


Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: Navigating Potential Emergent Workplace Pitfalls (approved for 1 CLE credit hour in IL)
Employers and employees are facing changing environments and office dynamics during the return to in-person life. The panelists will address recent, major shifts in the workplace, including handling increasingly polarized social and political conflicts, the impact of the Dobbs decision in the workplace and bridging the generational gap in discussions on #metoo issues. This session is for anyone who wants to know how to draw the line between “can’t” and “shouldn’t” and how to handle both.

    Ashley Prickett Cuttino, Office Managing Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins 
    Kerry Lin Davidson, Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig
    Tiffany Renee Harper, Lead, Strategy & Operations, Twitter
    Zandra E. Foley, Partner, Thompson Coe   

Pivot to Transform: Make Your Side Hustle Your Success (approved for1 CLE credit hour in IL)
Hear from a panel of inspiring women lawyers turned entrepreneurs, each of whom took the leap of faith and launched her side hustle into a successful business. The Moderator of this panel is a business lawyer who supports entrepreneurs and start-up companies, including one of the panelists!  The panel will address the legal process and challenges in supporting a business launch and incorporation, and each entrepreneur will share her unique journey and success story to inspire us all to make our dreams a reality. 

    Moderator: Laurie Bauer, Managing Partner, Cooley LLP
    Alissa Jubelirer, CEO, Dynamic Jack Cannabis Co. and General Counsel & Head of People, AeroPay
    Leslie Pearlman, Founder & Director, Good Ground Yoga
    Kate Westad, Founder, Palette by pak®️    


The Winding Road: Navigating Different Pathways Through Life and Career (approved for 1 CLE Diversity & Inclusion credit hour in IL)
An in-depth conversation on personal and professional growth through every season of life. Speakers will share how they’ve advanced their careers, overcome challenges, and the choices that have shaped their success.

    Bernadette Catalana, Partner, MG+M
    Kristy Gonowan, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Counsel, Allstate
    Jennifer Kraft, SVP, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Starbucks
    Moderator: Anupama Prasad, Counsel, Cozen O'Connor
    Stephanie Riley, Of Counsel, Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

LUNCH  |  11:45 AM - 12:30 PM CT

PLENARY SESSION  |  12:30 - 1:30 PM CT

HCF-The Human Connection Factor: The Power of Nonverbal Communication
How you capture the attention of another person impacts your level of success both personally and professionally. Imagine possessing the skills to communicate on the highest level that will leave an impression that will result in a powerful and memorable connection. In this interactive stage presentation, the audience will walk away with:

  • the "3 Keys" to activate the Human Connection Factor
  • reading the nonverbal cues that reveal their next move
  • the power and impact of your words
  • what the face, hands, and feet reveal in conversation, and much more...

    Linda Clemons, Global Sales, and Nonverbal Communications Expert, and CEO of Sisterpreneur Inc.


Hear from the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Presidents who led the organization through a metamorphosis brought about by COVID to transform the organization to better meet its members’ needs during an unprecedented time. At the celebration we will hear from NAWL President, Jenny Champlin and welcome Incoming President, DeAnna Allen, and celebrate our incredible 2022 NAWL award recipients:

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AFTERNOON SESSION (1) |  3:00 - 4:00 PM CT

Data Privacy in a Post-Roe World (approved for 1 CLE credit hour in IL)
The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs rejected the idea of a constitutional right to privacy. The fall-out from this decision and its implication for other privacy rights has made protecting privacy more imperative than ever. This panel’s experts will cover what Dobbs means for privacy and  how to protect privacy in a post-Roe world. 

    Erin Fonté, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth
    Amy Hogan-Burney, General Manager of Digital Crimes Unit and Associate General Counsel, Microsoft
    Ashley Jackson, VP & Deputy General Counsel, Privacy & Privacy Officer, Olive AI
    Moderator: Jena M. Valdetero, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig

AFTERNOON SESSION (2)  |  4:00 - 5:00 PM CT

Preserving Democracy by Protecting the Vote: Election Laws & Voting Rights (approved for 1 CLE credit hour in IL)
In the last decade, people eligible to vote in U.S. elections have faced increasing barriers to participating in a central aspect of democratic governance. In conversation, this panel of voting rights and election law lawyers will unpack “how we got here” on the voting rights front and explore what all of us can do to ensure the right to vote is protected.  

    Ami Gandhi, Senior Counsel, Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
    Anne Houghtaling, Deputy Director, Thurgood Marshall Institute, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
    Moderator: Kristen Johnson, Pro Bono Counsel, Cooley LLP
    Melina M. MeneguinAssociate, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP

CLOSING REMARKS  |  5:00 - 5:15 PM CT


Join old friends and new as we celebrate NAWL’s first in-person conference since the pandemic. Mingle with our incredible award recipients, speakers, and members as we re-emerge, transform, and renew.