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2016 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon Programming


7:30 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 8:15 AM


8:15 AM - 9:45 AM

Using the Media to Build Your Personal Brand and Drive New Business

In this interactive session, national media consultant Cari Brunelle will teach you how to build your personal brand and industry reputation through the media, ultimately driving new business to your practice. You will learn how to create a personal media campaign, develop your key messages, and work with the media in delivering them to your audiences. Participants will leave with a worksheet to guide them in designing and implementing a media campaign.

Cari Brunelle, Founding Partner, Baretz+Brunelle 

Providing Full Spectrum Legal Advice: Partnering in Both Business and the Law

Now more than ever, lawyers are called upon to provide full-spectrum legal advice to clients. Both complex and routine legal engagements often require advising clients on the strategic business implications of their choices in addition to providing legal solutions. Full-spectrum lawyering, for example, includes being able to provide media analysis via a common-sense questioning of whether a response to an issue will pass a “Wall Street Journal / New York Times" test, if released. This session will explore how to leverage being a savvy lawyer to become a trusted advisor to both in-house counsel and business people alike. Strategies include taking advantage of unexpected career opportunities, developing executive presence, understanding the business perspective, the partnering of in-house and outside counsel, and finally, speaking the client’s language to effectively communicate with business people. This session is geared to outside and in-house counsel, as well as lawyers in government, military, and virtually any position; every client has needs and expectations of its lawyer that go beyond pure legal advice.

Moderator: Arleen Nand, Finance Partner, DLA Piper LLP
Suzanne Alwan, Senior Vice President and Managing Counsel - Capital Markets Banking, Wells Fargo & Co.
Molly Carpenter, General Counsel - Commercial Banking & Corporate Secretary, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Anne Collier, Founder, Professional Certified Coach, Arudia
Kathleen Smith Ruhland, Corporate Partner, DLA Piper LLP


9:45 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Shattering the Unseen: Strategies for Counteracting Unconscious Bias, Building a Coalition of Allies, and Propelling Your Career

Well over a decade of analysis of unconscious bias shows how it is holding us back . . . but it also offers great insight into how we can strategically work together to not only counteract bias, but achieve our professional aspirations. As a rising tide lifts all boats, we can rise, to overcome this bias by working smartly and strategically together. Our panel of experts will share insights and then lead table discussions to brainstorm solutions in a unique workshop format that will empower each participant with hands-on skills and concrete strategies to dismantle bias, build a coalition of allies, advance women in the profession, and achieve success. Participants will work together with our panel to help each other learn how to become diversity champions and professional powerhouses.

Moderator: Galit Kierkut, Member, Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. 

Sheryl L. Axelrod, President, The Axelrod Firm, PC
Stewart Hirsch, Executive Coach and Managing Director, Strategic Relationships LLC
Andrea S. Kramer, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery  


“Linking In”: How to Enhance Your Legal Marketing, Trial, and Other Practitioner Skills Through Social Media

Social media has profoundly impacted the legal profession. It has enabled lawyers to quickly develop a unique name and brand and effectively communicate with current and prospective clients through tweets, videos, blog posts, and other online content. Lawyers, however, have to take great care to ensure they are adhering to the mandated professional guidelines. Social media can also be used as a litigation tool. Used effectively, it can enlighten jury selection and identify juror misconduct during trial; but if used incorrectly, it can lead to disciplinary action. Increasingly, clients are seeking advice regarding social media law.  To meet that need, lawyers must understand the complexities of social media use in order to properly guide the organizations they represent. Please join us for a 90-minute panel discussion based on hypotheticals regarding the use of social media to build your professional reputation, your trial skills, and your practice, while avoiding the legal and ethical pitfalls in this rapidly evolving area.  

Moderators:  April Boyer, Partner, K&L Gates LLP and Gail Gottehrer, Partner, Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

Leslie Ellis, Ph.D., Director, DecisionQuest
Jennifer M. Mikulina, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery 
Desiree Moore, Partner, K&L Gates LLP
Megan Pavich, Senior Attorney, Allstate Insurance Company
Nancy E. Zangrilli, Partner, McDonnell & Associates, P.C. 


11:30 AM - 12:00 PM


12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Welcome Remarks

Presentation of Awards 

President's Award
Facebook, Inc.

Arabella Babb Mansfield Award
Vanita Gupta, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Head of the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division 

Lead By Example Award
Alan Bryan, Senior Associate General Counsel, Legal Operations & Outside Counsel Management, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 

M. Ashley Dickerson Award
Sheri Lynn Johnson, Associate Dean for Public Engagement and the James and Mark Flanagan Professor of Law, Cornell Law School 

Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award
Beth K. Baier
, Principal Counsel, Media Distribution, The Walt Disney Company
LTC Mary E. Card-Mina, Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army
Lindsay G. Carlson, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP 

Installation of 2016-2017 NAWL Board of Directors


2:00 PM - 2:30 PM


2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials: Working Effectively Across the Generations

Three generations of women dominate the current legal workforce – Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials. While many see their different life experiences and generational expectations as a breeding ground for conflict, women from all generations share many of the same values, needs, and perspectives and can develop productive and meaningful working relationships. This panel will bring together women from across the generations with work/life experts to discuss how members of each generation can successfully navigate the challenges of generational divides, effectively communicate with colleagues and clients from other generations, and work together and learn from each other to make women of all generations more successful. The panel will also discuss how women can use the same skills to support and lift up other women by building stronger and more fulfilling relationships between women of different generations. 

Moderator: Sharon E. Jones, CEO, Jones Diversity, Inc.

Katherine Larkin-Wong, Associate, Latham & Watkins; Immediate Past President, Ms. JD
Janis M. Meyer, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Lia Moeser, Corporate Counsel, Amazon
Maeve O'Connor, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 


How to Stand Out in the Crowd Using Emotional Intelligence: Book Smarts Alone Will Not Be Enough

At its core, Emotional Intelligence involves recognizing emotion, demonstrating empathy, and being self-aware.  Experience and research confirms that intellect only gets one so far. Given that law and business are primarily about human interaction, it is not surprising that getting along with others, regulating one’s behavior, and expressing empathy are skills that increase success. Individuals with Emotional Intelligence are more successful at business development, building and maintaining relationships, and maintaining higher levels of productivity. They also make better decisions and are effective team builders and managers. This interactive program will highlight the traits of Emotional Intelligence and identify ways in which to utilize and enhance such traits for success.

Moderators: Kelly A. Clark, Corporate Counsel, Allstate Insurance Company and Elizabeth Shampnoi, Director, Stout Risius Ross, Inc.

Thomas Kim, Chief Compliance Officer, Thomson Reuters and General Counsel, Thomson Reuters’
Global Growth Organization
Carol Vallone Mitchell, Ph.D., Founding Principal, Talent Strategy Partners LLC
Sara Ross, Vice President – Head of Innovation, Research and Training, Institute for Health and Human Potential


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

*Session information subject to change.