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Wednesday, March 24, 2021


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.

    Laura Greif, Certified Sommelier

Thursday, March 25, 2021


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
You are welcome to use this time for a break but we have also used these 15 minutes to provide a networking opportunity.

Quick Conversation: Virtual Meeting Best Practices
Join us for a quick conversation on the virtual meeting best practices you have learned over the past year and how you hope to improve your professional presence.

NETWORKING  |  1:30 PM - 2:00 PM ET

waistUPwardrobe™ - Dominate from Behind the Desk!
Civil engineer and attorney turned personal style expert, Christine Vartanian is the founder of jade. for all seasons COLLECTIVE in Newport Beach, California, specializing in the development of signature styles aligned with personal brands. In 2020’s virtual environment, Christine launched waistUPwardrobe™, including a podcast and styling resources, focused on creating an outstanding virtual office that allows your brand and image to shine. Join us for a networking break and interactive discussion covering not just your waistUPwardrobe™, but everything you need to know to show up on brand and professionally for your next virtual meeting.

    Christine Vartanian, Founder, jade. for all seasons COLLECTIVE


The Virtual Lawyer: How Remote Work and Technology are Transforming the Practice of Law
Technology is ubiquitous, and we rely on it in our daily lives. We have transitioned from office to remote work for the past year and counting, and as lawyers, we rely on all things technology now more than ever before. For some of us, remote work may continue for the foreseeable future, but for all of us, technology will continue to have an impact and be a necessity for every lawyer in our virtual world. Our panel of lawyers with diverse expertise and experiences and a federal magistrate judge will share best practice tips and address the following topics to ensure your success as a Virtual Lawyer.

    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
    Darcy Shearer, Senior Corporate Counsel, Expedia, Inc.
    Moderator: Phi Tran, Esq., Director, Forensic Technology, KPMG

First 60 Days of the New Administration and Congress
This panel will provide an overview of the first 60 days of the Biden administration and the 117th Congress with a projected look at the first 100 days. The conversation will focus on issues impacting women, underserved groups, and NAWL’s mission. 

    Margaret E. Daum, Partner, 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, AT&T Services, Inc.


Building Confidence in Public Speaking Through Improv
Immediately after Thursday’s concurrent sessions, join NAWL Mid-Year Meeting attendees for a fun, interactive improv session! Build confidence – engage the court - think on your feet! Hosted by Erik Escobar, a comedian who holds an MFA in comedy theory and studies from Goddard College, and who has performed all over the United States, including appearing on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Buzzfeed, VH1, and the upcoming feature film VHYes.

    Erik Escobar, Comedian

Friday, March 26, 2021


Wellness Class
Join NAWL Past President Deb Froling for a wellness session to get your heart rate pumping, your body moving and your muscles warmed up to jumpstart the final day of the NAWL 2021 Mid-Year Meeting. The session will be appropriate for any level of fitness and is designed to show you easy to do exercises and stretches to help you move more throughout the day. No special equipment is necessary but a mat, towel and water bottle is recommended. If you’re feeling adventurous, light dumbbells or other weights can be utilized as well. 

    Deborah S. Froling, NAWL Past President and Partner, Kutak Rock LLP

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
You are welcome to use this time for a break but we have also used these 15 minutes to provide a couple networking opportunities.

Quick Conversation: Deeper Dive in "Finding Purpose In Your Career"
Join us for a quick conversation to take a deeper dive into what was discussed during the Finding Purpose In Your Career session.

Quick Wellness Break
If you're in need of a stretch, join us for a quick yoga session to help you step out of your chair and refocus before the concurrent workshops.


Supporting Your Team From Your Home Office
This panel is made up of in-house counsel and law firm leaders discussing the challenges of managing a team in a work from home environment. They will cover tips on being resilient, supporting our colleagues, how to address concerns about team members’ mental health, productivity, engagement, and lack of a formal workspace. 

    Teresia Bost, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Jazz Pharmaceuticals
    Niki Irish, Outreach & Education Coordinator, DC Bar Lawyer Assistance Program
    Kara Maciel, Founding Partner, Conn Maciel and Carey
    April Meagher, Owner, Site Solutions, Inc.
    Lauren Walrath, Senior Director of Public Affairs, Kyowa Kirin
    Moderator: Fern Fleischer-Daves, Of Counsel, Conn Maciel and Carey

Purposeful Engagement and Business Development: How In-House and Outside Counsel can leverage relationships to support each other
This panel will explore the importance of investing in relationship building and purposeful engagement as a long-term tool to for professional growth and development. The panelists will discuss what steps outside counsel must take to engage in-house counsel and develop business, what outside counsel can and must do to fuel the success and progression of their in-house counterparts, and how being in the business development “driver’s seat” can give you career purpose and help you make the impact you want to make. The panelists will also discuss best practices and strategies to advance inclusivity within your organization when you are in the position to give business (in-house counsel) or assign work (outside counsel) within your organization.

    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 
    Enjoliqué A. Lett, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

BREAK  |  2:15 PM - 2:30 PM ET
You are welcome to use this time for a break but we have also used these 15 minutes to provide a couple networking opportunities.

Quick Conversation: Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch
Join us for a quick conversation to help perfect your elevator pitch.

Quick Wellness Break
Join NAWL Member and Certified Pilates Instructor Barbara Klas for a 15 minute wellness break to refresh you during the final day of the NAWL 2021 Mid-Year Meeting.  Barbara’s program combines movement, stretching and intentional breathing.  It is designed to help us develop a regular wellness practice in our (home) offices.


Adapting to the New Reality: Social Activism and the Workplace
Employee political and social activism is on the rise. This panel will discuss the impact of the current political environment and social activism at the workplace. Speakers will address employee and employer social activism, employment law considerations and companies’ lobbying efforts. Speakers will also share insights and stories about employee activism and engagement.

    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, Litigation Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    Moderator: Davida Osei, Senior Managing Counsel, Allstate