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Wednesday, March 24, 2021



OPTIONAL NETWORKING  | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET

Bubbles Tasting and Networking
We invite you to mingle and reconnect as we kick-off the NAWL 2021 Mid-Year Meeting with an interactive sparkling wine tasting lead by Certified Sommelier Laura Greif.

Thursday, March 25, 2021



WELCOME & OPENING SESSION  | 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET

Resilience and Purpose: Finding It, Keeping It and Thriving
The Opening Session of NAWL’s Mid-Year Meeting sets the tone and focus on resilience and purpose. In this extraordinarily difficult time, the pandemic, political upheaval, social injustice, and vast uncertainty of the future are causing people to feel deeply stressed, overwhelmed, and directionless. In this session, you will be guided into a deeper sense of resilience and purpose through a combination of science-based teachings, experiential exercises, and facilitated practices – across five core components of your self-identity. Finding Your Resilience & Preserving Your Purpose is designed to inspire your mind, uplift your heart, and catalyze your resilience and purpose in 2021, and far beyond.  

    Jarrett Green, Esq., M.A. (Psychology), Well-Being, Stress Resiliency, & Peak Performance Consultant 
    Rebecca Simon Green, Esq., Well-Being and Resiliency Champion to the Legal Industry

BREAK  |  1:15 PM - 1:30 PM ET

NETWORKING  |  1:30 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Waist Up Wardrobe

CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS  |  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

The Virtual Lawyer: How WFH and Technology is Transforming the Practice of Law
Technology is ubiquitous in every industry including legal and we rely on it in our daily lives, now more so than ever as we have transitioned from office to remote work for the past year and for some of us, potentially for the long-term foreseeable future. What technologies and tools are transforming the practice of law and how have corporations, law firms and courts adapted to our remote/virtual world? How can we leverage existing and emerging legal technology to increase efficiency and effective communications in a secure environment taking into consideration data privacy concerns. What does the proliferation of data and usage of collaborative apps like Zoom mean for discovery and how will the practice of law be permanently changed?

    Michelle Briggs, Esq., eDiscovery Counsel, Goodwin Procter
    Hon. Christina A. Bryan, United States Magistrate Judge, Southern District of Texas
    Jill Fukunaga, Esq., Director of Legal Operations, Docusign 
    Barbara Klas, Esq., Director, Casepoint
    Katie Sluss, Esq., Senior Counsel, Global Litigation, Twitter
    Moderator: Phi Tran, Esq., Director, Forensic Technology, KPMG

First 60 Days of the New Administration

    Margaret E. Daum, Congressional Investigations Attorney, Squire Patton Boggs
    Stephanie J. Peters, Esq., Senior Director, Congressional Government Affairs, Microsoft Corporation
    Lyric Thompson, Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy, International Center for Research on Women
    Moderator: Carol M. Anderson, NAWL Advocacy Committee Co-Chair and Assistant Vice President, Senior
    Legal Counsel, State External & Legislative Affairs, Western Region, AT&T Services, Inc.

OPTIONAL NETWORKING  | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Public Speaking Skills Through Improv

Friday, March 26, 2021



OPTIONAL NETWORKING  | 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM ET

Wellness Class
Join NAWL Past President Deb Froling for a wellness break to jumpstart the final day of the NAWL 2021 Mid-Year Meeting.  Deb’s class is appropriate for all levels and designed for a work from home environment. 

PLENARY SESSION  | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Finding Purpose In Your Career
There is no greater satisfaction than when your skills, gifts and purpose align with your work.  This session will highlight the importance of self-inventory and crafting an intentional career. It will also address effective ways to transition and course correct if your career is no longer serving your purpose.  This panel will provide tools to help you identify and overcome barriers that prevent you from finding and achieving purpose in your career. Speakers will also discuss the specific issues that women, and particularly BIPOC women, are facing during the pandemic, and how those challenges can be overcome through networking, using best practices for job searching and being bold, brave and confident in your purpose.

    Kimberly Cook, Esq., Dovetail Conflict Resolutions, LLC
    Ryane LeCesne, CEO, INSPIRE Brand Consulting
    Joelle Schulze, Founder & Principal, Prospect Point Recruiting
    Moderator: Valerie J. McCarthy, Counsel, Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, P.C.

BREAK  |  1:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET

CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS  |  1:15 PM - 2:15 PM ET

Supporting Your Team From Your Home Office

    Teresia Bost, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Jazz Pharmaceuticals
    Kara Maciel, Founding Partner, Conn Maciel and Carey
    April Meagher, Owner, Site Solutions, Inc.

Supporting Your Purpose Through Business Development and Engagement to Build Your Career
This panel will explore how we invest in relationship building to create the kind of career you want to have and impact you want to make, not as a passive recipient of the opportunities that happen to come your way, and how to create opportunities for others.

    James L. Chosy, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel, U.S. Bancorp
    Tara D'Orsi, Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel, Kyowa Kirin
    Karen Kaplowitz, The New Ellis Group

BREAK  |  2:15 PM - 2:30 PM ET

CLOSING SESSION  | 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Adapting to the New Reality of Social Activism in the Workplace

    Saat Alety, Director of Federal Affairs and Public Policy, Allstate
    Ashley P. Cuttino, Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
    John Gleeson, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Former Federal Court Judge
    Deborah Martin Owens, East Coast Diversity Director, Sidley Austin, LLP
    Marisa R. Taney, Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP