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    2014 Annual Meeting Highlights


    Up for the Challenge: Harnessing Our Power to Lead


    7:30 AM - 8:00 AM


    8:00 AM - 8:15 AM


    8:15 AM - 9:45 AM

    The Art of Self-Promotion: It's Not Bragging, It's Building Your Brand

    Moderator: LENA BECK ROERVIG, Co-founder & CEO, Beck Global Consulting

    PEGGY STEIF ABRAM, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
    VERÓNICA GÓMEZ, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Exelon Corporation
    SARRETTA C. McDONOUGH, Of Counsel, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

    Working hard at your desk and waiting for someone to recognize that and hand you a partnership, promotion or tenure is not an effective strategy. Learn from an expert panel how to effectively deliver an elevator pitch, develop a brand, and self-promote. We will also discuss the importance of utilizing your network to brag for you. Finally, we will touch upon how self-promotion differs for men and women and the most effective ways to do it.

    Building & Leveraging Trusting Relationships

    Moderator: ALICIA LOWERY ROSENBAUM, Senior Attorney, Microsoft Corporation

    MARY DEVLIN CAPIZZI, Executive Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
    KRISTEN K. HALL, Senior Director - Head of Privacy, Shire
    HILARY M. WANDALL, Associate Vice President, Compliance and Chief Privacy Officer, Merck & Co., Inc.

    The panel will discuss what factors lead to long-lasting relationships with outside counsel and how to internally build and leverage relationships. The focus will be on building and leveraging relationships that can lead to success for both in-house and outside counsel.


    9:45 AM - 10:00 AM


    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Lessons From Men Who Lead By Example

    Moderator:  DORIAN DENBURG, NAWL President 2010-2011; General Attorney, AT&T Services, Inc.

    JONATHAN FEIGELSON, Senior Managing Director, General Counsel and Head of Corporate Governance, TIAA-CREF
    DANIEL J. GOLDSTEIN, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, Pitney Bowes Inc.
    BENJAMIN F. WILSON, Managing Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

    To be successful in meeting the NAWL Challenge, women need the support of allies. During this panel, we will hear from men who lead by example in their legal departments and law firm.  They will discuss issues facing women at work and effective ways to raise these issues and engage men in the conversations. In addition, we will explore how unconscious bias may impact developing, evaluating, and promoting women.

    Navigating Choppy Waters: Understanding & Maneuvering Organizations and Their Politics

    Moderator: NANCYE L. BETHUREM, Division Counsel/Assistant Chief Counsel for the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    COL. MARITZA "RITZ" S. RYAN, Professor & Department Head, U.S. Military Academy
    ISABELLE M. SALGADO, General Attorney & Associate General Counsel, AT&T Services, Inc.
    KATHLEEN J. WU, Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP

    In every organization, you need to understand the organization and its culture to obtain the next role and succeed in it. This panel will discuss how understanding organizations and their priorities and values can help you develop, improve your brand, and get to the next level. It will also discuss how expectations and roles may change with each promotion and after each promotion—what got you here may not get you there. For example, for in-house attorneys the expectations change at each level. For outside counsel, if you are a non-equity partner, how do you get to equity partner status, get a seat on a critical committee, or run the department.


    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM


    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Welcome Remarks

    Presentation of Awards 

    Arabella Babb Mansfield Award, the oldest award given by the National Association of Women Lawyers, in recognition of professional achievement, positive influence, and valuable contribution to women in the law and in society to Mary Jo White, Chair, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. This award is named after the first woman admitted to a state Bar in the United States

    President's Award, presented by the current president as a special recognition of an organization that has championed policies, programs and procedures to retain, promote, and advance women attorneys - to Exelon Corporation

    Lead By Example Award, presented to a male practicing lawyer who is a leader in his law firm, company, government unit, or public interest entity and supports the advancement of women - to Jonathan Feigelson, Senior Managing Director, General Counsel and Head of Corporate Governance, TIAA-CREF

    M. Ashley Dickerson Award, named after trailblazer Mahala Ashley Dickerson, NAWL's first African-American President (1984-85), this award is presented to a lawyer who has promoted and advanced diversity in the legal profession - to JoAnne A. Epps, Dean, Temple Law School

    Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award recognizing leading NAWL members for their exemplary work and contributions to NAWL - to Kelly A. Clark, Allstate Insurance Company; Joy C. Fuhr, McGuireWoods LLP; and Sheila M. Murphy, MetLife, Inc.

    Installation of 2015-2016 Executive Officers & Board


    2:00 PM - 2:30 PM


    2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    Risk Taking: It's Time To Jump In The Pool

    Moderator: DEBORAH EPSTEIN HENRY, President of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC  

    JENNIFER L. CHU, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    , Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
    CATHLEEN E. McLAUGHLIN, Partner, Paul Hastings LLP
    SERINA M. VASH, Executive Director, Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement, New York University School of Law

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. This is what happens when you stay in your comfort zone and expect that your position will change. Our panel will discuss how rational risk-taking can enhance your performance and profile and how to become more comfortable with being uncomfortable. As part of the session, you will brainstorm risks you will take in hopes of moving your career forward.

    Creating Your Legacy: A Pipeline for the Next Generation

    Moderator: LAURA A. CHUBB, Associate, Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP

    RICARDO ANZALDUA, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, MetLife, Inc.
    MARY C. GILL, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP
    JENNIFER L. ROSATO PEREA, Dean, DePaul University College of Law

    Achieving and sustaining the NAWL Challenge to increase to at least 30% the number of women equity partners, women chief legal officers, and women tenured law professors is going to take work by current attorneys and also future attorneys. How do you build a strong pipeline? The panel will discuss such topics as motivational leadership, stretch assignments, and coaching, mentoring, and sponsorship. For senior women we will discuss the skills that they should be using and for junior women, what you should be looking for in mentors and sponsors and how you can attract them (both men and women).


    4:00 PM - 4:30 PM


    Before you depart, please join us to unwind, debrief your favorite sessions, and connect with new (and old) contacts and friends.  This is also a great opportunity to connect in-person with the members of NAWL's Practice Area Affinity Groups.

    There is no additional registration/charge required.

    4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

    *subject to change

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