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Mid Year Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, March 15, 2023


Drinks and Dreams
Spirits, mocktails and chasing your dreams will be some of the topics covered during our time with inspiring leaders - Tia Barrett, Ashely Jackson, and Marvina Robinson. Join us for an hour of discussion and networking.

    Tia Barrett, Beverage Director, Esmè Chicago
    Ashley Jackson, Founder, Halo 7 Rum
    Marvina Robinson
, Founder& CEO, B. Stuyvesant Champagne

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Thursday, March 16, 2023


Keynote with Sandra Leung
Join us as we open our session with Sandra Leung who is the General Counsel of Bristol Myers Squibb. She will discuss her leadership journey from her role advising a global biopharmaceutical company to her leadership experience in the non-profit and bar organization sectors.

    Sandra Leung, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Bristol Myers Squibb

BREAK  |  1:15 PM - 1:30 PM ET

NETWORKING  |  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM ET

Living with Intention: Building your Vision to Achieve Your Goals Note: not CLE eligible
How do you set out to live intentionally? Neuroscience has established that visioning primes the brain to grasp opportunities that may otherwise go unnoticed. Visioning is an extremely powerful tool that trained coaches use to help their clients clarify and achieve their goals. Join former NAWL President and executive and leadership coach Karen Morris in this fun and interactive coaching workshop to learn more about how to find your purpose, clarify your goals, and experience the power of visioning to build a plan to achieve them. 

    Karen S. Morris, President, Suizzo Morris Group LLC


The Dos and Don'ts of Data Privacy 
Whether you’re a data privacy neophyte or an expert with PIAs, join four data privacy experts for a fast-paced, interactive discussion of the ever evolving world of data privacy. After providing an overview of the latest federal, state and EU developments, they’ll dive into the issues keeping in-house attorneys, outside counsel, and government regulators up at night.  Whether it’s revamping your privacy policy, harnessing the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning, or identifying key risks when integrating an acquired company’s data, these data experts will provide practical advice as they walk through real-world hypotheticals that will help you up your privacy game.

    Hillary Brennan, Managing Director, Tech and Data Legal, Morgan Stanley
    Madeleine FindleyPartner & Co-Chair, Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, Jenner & Block
    Rachel Marmor
, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
    Neelofer Shaikh
, Attorney, California Privacy Protection Agency

An ESG Conversation: Perspectives and Insights
Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) is an emerging topic in the US legal and investment communities. Join this extraordinary female leadership session where panelists will share their firsthand insights and perspectives. This will be an engaging, open panel discussion, aimed at exploring what ESG means, its practical impact, and how it is evolving.

    Franchesca M. Fowler, Head of Legal & Compliance, US and Global Associate General Counsel, Demant
    Alyssa Gelbard
, CEO and Founder, Point Road Group
    Sarah Teslik
, Senior Advisory Team Lead, Value(s) Management and Investing, Greenspoon Marder LLP
    Diana Toman
, CEO, Toman Advisory Group, LLC

Writing to Win: Legal Writing Workshop
What makes a written document a winner? Learn best practices and insightful tips for drafting persuasive briefs and motions during this engaging and interactive session that will add significant firepower to your writing tool chest!

    Hon. Kem Thompson Frost, Former Chief Justice, 14th Court of Appeals of Texas (Ret.)
    Michele M. Jochner
, Author, The Write Stuff and Partner, Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck LLP
    Hon. Jean P. Rosenbluth
, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Women Empowering Women
A powerful session moderated by a trailblazer in the DEI space. This session will explore racial/ethnic, cultural, generational, socio-economic among other barriers that women may encounter when trying “to show” up for one another. It will discuss how to break down these barriers and distill reasons as to why it has been a traditionally taboo subject. Last, the panelists will discuss realistic best practices on how women can empower women in various institutions. 

    Michelle M. Bufano, Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
    Moderator: Y. Lisa Colon, Partner, Saul Ewing LLP
    Dr. Pearlette Ramos, Founder, Pearlette Ramos LLC and Documentarian, Three Extraordinary Women LLC
    Bärí A. Williams, Advisor, BandwagonFanClub, Inc. and Vera, Author, Diversity in the Workplace

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Friday, March 17, 2023

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

Lead to Win Note: not CLE eligible
Join a fireside chat with Carla Harris as she discusses how to be a powerful, impactful, influential leader in any environment. 

    Carla A. Harris, Author, Lead to Win and Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Interviewer: Nikaela Jacko Redd, Vice President, Legal and Compliance, Morgan Stanley

Following the fireside chat, join a breakout session to discuss the following leadership topics with industry experts:
    Finding Your Voice as a Leader:
This interactive discussion will explore how each of us can tap into our inner leader and will provide practical advice, key takeaways, and help leaders avoid leadership pitfalls.
       Doneene K. Damon, Director, Immediate Past President, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.
       Megan Cremins, Chief Litigation Officer, Prudential Financial.
       Raquel Smith, Counsel, Lowenstein Sandler LLP

    Beginning your Career or Leading a Team in a Hybrid World: This breakout session will explore the challenges and opportunities of starting a new job or transitioning to a new role in your organization during a hybrid working model.  It will also examine how our leadership styles must shift to accommodate a new normal. 
       Nicole D. Bearce
, Global Head, Litigation Conduent
       Markiana J. Julceus
, Associate, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
       Stephanie M. Panico
, General Counsel, Reinsurance, QBE

    Stretching Outside of the Legal Department: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in a non-legal role? Join an interactive discussion led by two women who have stretched beyond the limits of a traditional legal role and who have found great job satisfaction and leadership opportunities doing so.
       Jennifer A. Champlin, Director, DEI Incubator, Edward Jones
    Monica Watson
, Vice President, Legal Head, Integrated Marketing & Customer Experience, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

BREAK  |  1:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET

Optional Mindfulness Activity
Explore mindfulness in a delicious way! During this sweet, introductory mindfulness exercise, you will be guided to focus your attention on enjoying a piece of chocolate using all your senses (sight, smell, touch, hearing, and taste). Any other small piece of food will also work. 

    Kara McCarthy Perry, Founder, Just Brilliant LLC


A Collaborative and Open Discussion about Client Origination and Matter Management: What In-House Counsel and Law Firm Leaders think needs to be done to promote greater equity in the process Note: not CLE eligible
Client origination and matter management can be a bit of a black box and women in particular can be at a disadvantage. Our panel of distinguished in-house counsel and law firm leaders will facilitate an enlightening, honest discussion about client origination, matter management and advice on ways to promote greater equity in the process.

    Lynne Anderson, Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
    Patricia A. Barbieri, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.
    Moderator: Lynda Bennett, Partner and Member of Compensation Committee, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
    Colleen Giusto, Assistant Vice President-Labor & Employment, L'Oreal
    Diana Manning
, Managing Principal, Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C.
    Lisa Martinez Wolmart
, Chief Legal Officer, US Businesses, Prudential Financial

Compliance Law in Young, Heavily Regulated Companies 
Inside and outside counsel will discuss best practices for building and maintaining compliance programs in heavily regulated industries, with particular discussion about AML and sanctions to illustrate these practices. Counsel will share their experiences and advice to assist lawyers to design and implement such compliance programs successfully and avoid various pitfalls.

    Dennine Bullard, Executive Director, Legal & Compliance Division, Morgan Stanley
    Hillary Gardner
, Senior Corporate Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Credigy Solutions, Inc.
    Anika S. Jones
, Chief Compliance Officer, The Kelly Group
    Rachel Maimin, Partner, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
    Kate Mathews
, Associate, Davis Polk

The Art of Reinvention Note: not CLE eligible
During a legal career, women may need to reinvent themselves. This could be due to a forced situation, like a layoff or being forced to move on from a law firm. The reinvention could be a product of an evolution in wanting to have a different role or different practice. No matter what the reason is, change is difficult. This workshop will discuss how to make the most difficult time of your career the start of your next chapter and how to embrace your network in the process.

    Michelle M. Comella, Global Director of Career Services, McDermott Will & Emery
    Rhonda Payne Harmon, Of Counsel, Womble Bond Dickinson
    Melanie Heller
, Career Advisor, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
    Rashelle Tanner
, Director, Culture Programs, Meta
    Cyndi Wheeler
, Former Senior Director, Intellectual Property, Slack

The Power of Resiliency
Although stress is common and affects everyone, lawyers tend to have heightened pressure between client expectations, demanding schedules, and heavy workloads, which may contribute to increased stress levels. Fortunately, developing resilience can have a direct and positive effect on navigating those issues.  Robin will share concrete strategies you can use to develop a resilient mindset and improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

    Robin Belleau, JD, LCPC, Firmwide Director of Wellbeing, Kirkland & Ellis

BREAK  |  2:15 PM - 2:30 PM ET


Keynote with Renada Williams
    Renada M. Williams, Vice President, Head of Legal, Kenneth Cole Productions

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