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REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM


WELCOME & PLENARY SESSION
POWER FOR CHANGE

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Each of us has the power to effect change within our organizations and communities. Power for Change, the latest published work from the Center for Women in Law’s Power series, calls on all women lawyers to assume responsibility and take the lead to advance women across the legal profession. CWIL’s Executive Director, Linda Chanow will discuss seven foundations for change and the critical role that mindset plays in achieving these objectives for ourselves and other women.

Linda Bray Chanow, Executive Director, Center for Women in Law, The University of Texas School of Law


NETWORKING BREAK

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM


WORKSHOP SESSIONS

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRACK
SENDING THE RIGHT MESSAGE - EFFECTIVE (AND ETHICAL) CLIENT COMMUNICATIONS

Sending the right message – both internally and externally - is critical for our success as attorneys. This panel explores how women can create and send the right messages to both our internal and external clients, fostering better client relationships as we progress forward in our careers.

Moderator: Jane Mallor McBride, Principal and General Counsel, Optimus Legal Management and Consulting

Panelists:
Kim J. Askew
, Partner, K&L Gates LLP
Joanna K. Horsnail, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
Melissa Crowe Schopfer, Shareholder, Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC

WOMEN'S INITIATIVE DEVELOPMENT TRACK
WOMEN'S INITIATIVES BEST PRACTICES

How do you build a women's initiative program, and what makes some programs more successful than others? Our panel will discuss the successes and challenges they've experienced implementing women's initiative programs in their firms and legal departments, and share the best practices they've learned along the way.

Moderator: Carol Frohlinger, President, Negotiating Women, Inc.

Panelists:
Michelle R. Copeland
, Assistant General Counsel, Fluor Corporation
Kathleen J. Wu, Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP
Angela C. Zambrano, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP


NETWORKING BREAK

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM


WORKSHOP SESSIONS

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRACK
OWN THE TABLE: NEGOTIATING FOR YOUR CLIENTS AND YOURSELF

In this session, you will learn how to employ effective advocacy in legal negotiations and representing your clients; navigate the courtroom and the boardroom as you advance in your legal career; use case law effectively in negotiations; project a positive attitude in negotiations throughout your legal career through proactive problem solving; guard client confidences while negotiating ethically; and take steps to eliminate bias in the legal profession.

Moderator: Kelly Frazier, Associate General Counsel, Sharyland Utilities, L.P.

Panelists:
Maureen Cushman
, Executive Director-Legal, Dell
Andrea S. Kramer, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
Cecilia H. Morgan, Neutral, JAMS

WOMEN'S INITIATIVE DEVELOPMENT TRACK
WOMEN'S INITIATIVES BEST PRACTICES ROUNDTABLE

Continue the conversation with roundtable discussions on the Women’s Initiative best practices presented by the panelists.

Moderator: Carol Frohlinger, President, Negotiating Women, Inc.


NETWORKING BREAK

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM


LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
CREATING INCLUSIVE WORK CULTURES

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

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Nina Godiwalla, US Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright; bestselling author of Suits: A Woman on Wall Street

Nina will discuss the importance of creating inclusive work cultures and stepping up and speaking out for others when they're treated differently with Leslie Richards-Yellen, NAWL President and Partner and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.  Following their discussion, Nina will take questions from the audience.


NETWORKING BREAK

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM


WORKSHOP SESSIONS

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRACK
LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM THE TOP

The world seeks more women leaders – now is the time to be one. Leaders have a special challenge in setting the direction of their organizations, large or small, and understanding the implications of that direction for all their stakeholders, including the coming generation of leaders. Assess and advance your skills with Leadership Lessons from The Top. Accomplished executives from the corporate sector and in public service will share their experiences and best practices, thereby encouraging attendees to harness their own leadership abilities and empower themselves to be effective leaders.

Moderator: Kara Altenbaumer-Price,  Senior Vice President, Corporate Risk & Governance, USI

Panelists:
Ward Farnsworth
, Dean, The University of Texas School of Law
Kim Lubel
, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, CST Brands, Inc.
Stephanie Zapata Moore
 , Vice President and General Counsel, Luminant
Hon. Beth Van Duyne
, Mayor of Irving, Texas

WOMEN'S INITIATIVE DEVELOPMENT TRACK
NEW FRONTIERS FOR WOMEN'S INITIATIVES

After the morning session focused on best practices for women’s initiatives, our panel will discuss the future of programs and activities that allow women to obtain the skills, visibility, and opportunities they need to advance within their organizations. The panelists will discuss new initiatives that harness technology to help women lawyers achieve their goals. The SMART (Solutions to Measure, Advance and Reward Talent) software platform will be discussed--a gender-neutral reporting and evaluation system that promotes the retention and advancement of women by aligning firm values and culture with compensation and promotion, as developed through the winning Women In Law Hackathon program.

Moderator: Jennifer Queen, Principal, J. Queen Consulting LLC

Panelists:
Tené L. Green
, HR Director - Health and Wellness Operations, Walmart
Elizabeth Ross Hadley
, Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Paula W. Hinton
, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
Debbie A. Robinowitz, Partner, Jackson Walker L.L.P.


NETWORKING BREAK

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM


PLENARY SESSION
GENERAL COUNSEL PANEL

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Today’s General Counsel face constant challenges and changes as counselors to their clients and as leaders to their departments. Successful GCs only grow stronger from their challenges, setbacks and even their mistakes. Our distinguished panel shares their experiences and how those experiences have shaped them and allowed them to flourish. Our panelists will also discuss how they have worked to increase diversity within their legal department and in their outside counsel.

Moderator: Margaret J. Strange, Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C.

Panelists:
Tracy J. Holland
, General Counsel and Secretary, Wayne Fueling Systems
Roberta Lang
, Global Vice President and General Counsel, Whole Foods Market
Kim McCormick
, General Counsel, Vice President, Lincoln Property Company
Karla Pascarella, General Counsel, Isolux Corsan USA

 


CLOSING NETWORKING RECEPTION

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

After a day of exciting sessions, join NAWL for hors d'oeuvres and wine while networking with all of your new contacts!