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The Meeting the Challenge program is designed to bring together key leaders and stakeholders to develop and share strategies to make the NAWL Challenge a reality. Issued in March 2016, the NAWL One-Third by 2020 Challenge urges the legal profession to increase the percentage of women attorneys to one-third by 2020 – including to one-third of general counsels of the Fortune 1000, one-third of law school deans, one-third of entering partner equity classes, one-third of entering law firm lateral classes – and to increase by a third the number of diverse female attorneys (including women of color and LBTQI attorneys).

Meeting the Challenge is a forum for law firms, corporations, government, nonprofits, and other stakeholders to share best practices, learn from thought leaders, and forge meaningful and lasting connections.  Distinguished practitioners, academics, consultants, and leaders will gather for a candid discussion and programming focused on making women’s initiatives effective and impactful. In addition to programming focused on institutional success, there will be programming focused on strategies for women to advance and flourish in their existing environments.  

Thank You To Our Sponsors


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Special Thanks To

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Thank You To Our Partnering Organizations

Association of Black Women Attorneys

Association for Women Lawyers (Wisconsin)

Attorneys Serving the Community

Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law

Dallas Women Lawyers Association

Florida Association for Women Lawyers

Georgia Association for Women Lawyers

Jacksonville Women Lawyer's Association

Lawyers Club of San Diego

LGBT Bar Association of Wisconsin

Minnesota Women Lawyers

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

New York Women's Bar Association

South Asian Bar Association of New York

Texas Lawyers for Children

The Women Lawyers' Association of Greater St. Louis

Travis County Women Lawyers' Association

Women Lawyers of Franklin County

Women Lawyers of Long Beach

Women's Bar Association of Maryland

Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts

Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Women's In-House Network

Thank You To Our Planning Committee

Kristin L. Bauer
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Dallas, TX
Board Liaison

Lucy Anderson
City of Houston Legal Department
Houston, TX
Program Co-Chair

Ann LaFeir
San Antonio, TX
Program Co-Chair

Paula W. Hinton
Winston & Strawn LLP
Houston, TX
Marketing Co-Chair

Deborah K. Wright
Prudential Financial, Inc.
Dallas, TX
Marketing Co-Chair

Laura L. LaValle
Beveridge & Diamond, PC
Austin, TX
Logistics Co-Chair

Christie M. Villarreal
AT&T Services, Inc.
Austin, TX
Logistics Co-Chair

Suzette M. Long
Caterpillar Inc.
Peoria, IL
Sponsorship Co-Chair

Jane Mallor McBride
Optimus Legal
Dallas, TX
Sponsorship Co-Chair

Nancye L. Bethurem
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Dallas, TX
Jane Bockus
Dykema Cox Smith
San Antonio, TX
Michelle S. Bourianoff
AT&T Services, Inc.
Dallas, TX
 April Boyer
K&L Gates LLP
Miami, FL
Merrie M. Cavanaugh
Texas Lawyers for Children
Dallas, TX
Jenny A. Champlin
Bentonville, AR
Linda Bray Chanow
UT Center for Women in Law
Austin, TX
Melodie Craft
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Dallas, TX
Elana Einhorn
MehaffyWeber, P.C.
Austin, TX
Kimberly Gdula
Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Sarah Martucci Green
Academy Sports + Outdoors
Houston, TX
Janet A. Hendrick
Fisher & Phillips LLP
Dallas, TX
Stephanie R. Holan
Holan Law, PLLC
Grapevine, TX 
Laura Ellis Kugler
Bailey,Crowe & Kugler, L.L.P.
Dallas, TX
Michelle V. Larson
Andrews Kurth LLP
Dallas, TX
Maggie Murphy
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Austin, TX
Toni Nguyen
Luminex Corporation
Austin, TX
Stephanie L. Perkins
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Austin, TX
Penny R. Phillips
Phillips Law Firm
Plano, TX
Carolyn D. Roch
Hughes Roch LLP
Houston, TX
Elizabeth C. Rogers
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Austin, TX
Cindy Saiter
Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP
Austin, TX
Kimberly M. Solomon
Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP
Austin, TX
Ruthie N. White
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Houston, TX

Angela Zambrano
Sidley Austin LLP
Dallas, TX