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5:30pm - 7:00pm

Join other Annual Meeting attendees as we meet and network on Wednesday, July 18 at the Grand Hyatt New York.


9:30am - 10:15am

Join us for a networking breakfast to connect with other Annual Meeting attendees including outside and in-house counsel, and attorneys from government, military, non-profits, and academia. Learn more about the Diversity Committee and network with other diverse Annual Meeting attendees in a more intimate setting before the conference kicks off.

10:15am - 11:30am

Practical Strategies for Building Inclusive Organizations from Within 

How can individuals build more inclusive organizations? This distinguished panel of corporate leaders will discuss the practical steps they and their corporate legal departments have taken to effect change both within the legal department and company-wide. Learn what initiatives have been successful in increasing the number of women and diverse attorneys in leadership roles, recruiting men as allies, and creating inclusive organizations from within. 

Featured Speakers: 
Colleen A. DeNoto
, Vice President, Corporate Counsel, The Prudential Insurance Company of America 
Katisha D. Fortune, Senior Associate Counsel, Walmart
Charles Horwitz, Director of Government Contract Compliance, Program Leader, 3M's Men as Advocates, 3M Company 
Kristin Smith, VP & interim Chief Counsel - General Corporate, MetLife, Inc. 
Moderator, Sharon E. Jones, CEO, Jones Diversity, Inc.  

Current Issues in Cybersecurity and Privacy

Companies are increasingly exposed to cyber threats that evolve in sophisticated ways that are difficult, if not impossible, to predict. These threats can expose customer data and cause companies significant financial loss and reputational harm. This panel of prominent lawyers in cybersecurity will discuss recent news, trends, and regulatory developments in the ever-expanding world of cybersecurity. During the panel discussion, you will learn more about topics ranging from blockchain technology and digital currencies, to ICOs and smart contracts. Our experienced panelists will also discuss how women can break into and excel in this fascinating emerging market. 

Featured Speakers:
Robyn Eckerling
, Chief Privacy Officer, AllScripts
Adrienne Valencia Garcia
, Chief Senior Blockchain Counsel, IBM
Charlyn Ho
, Associate, Perkins Coie LLP
Jane Shvets
, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Moderator, Alanna Rutherford, Vice President, Global Litigation, Visa, Inc.

12:00pm - 1:45pm

NAWL Presidents' Addresses

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Angela Beranek Brandt
Partner, Larson · King, LLP 
NAWL President 2017-2018
Sarretta C. McDonough
Associate General Counsel, Antitrust &
Commercial Litigation, Intel Corporation
NAWL President 2018-2019


Presentation of Awards

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Arabella Babb Mansfield Award

in recognition of professional achievement, positive influence, and valuable contribution to women in the law and in society to Roberta Kaplan, Partner, Kaplan & Company, LLP

M. Ashley Dickerson Award

in recognition of lawyers who promote diversity to Sandra Phillips Rogers, Group Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary, Toyota Motor North America, Inc. 



President's Award

to 3M Company for championing policies, programs, and procedures to retain, promote, and advance women attorneys - Ivan Fong, Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs & General Counsel, will accept the award on 3M Company's behalf

Lead By Example Award

in recognition of a leading male attorney who supports the advancement of women within his organization, to Ben Wilson, Chairman, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Virgina S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award

recognizing leading NAWL members for their exemplary work and contributions to NAWL - this year we will honor Theresa Baker, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, MetLife, Inc.; Arleen Nand, Partner, DLA Piper LLP; Gigi Rollini, Shareholder, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson; and Sima Sarrafan, Senior Attorney, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft 

Theresa Baker
Arleen Nand
Gigi Rollini
Sima Sarrafan

2:00pm - 3:15pm

An Interview with Roberta Kaplan

Join NAWL and Emmy-award winning journalist, Carol Jenkins, for a candid conversation with Robbie Kaplan, distinguished litigator, advocate, and founding partner of Kaplan, Hecker & Fink, LLP. Robbie will share insights from her long history in the law and role as a changemaker, focusing on the cross-section between women as litigators and pioneers for equality. She will also discuss the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund and how the #MeToo movement has upended conversations about the future of women’s rights and how this movement is impacting law firms, board rooms, and C-suites. 


Roberta ("Robbie") Kaplan is the Founding Partner at Kaplan & Company, LLP. A formidable litigator with decades of experience in both commercial and civil rights litigation, Ms. Kaplan is one of the founders of the Times Up Legal Defense Fund and was the architect of the United States v. Windsor case, which she successfully argued in the U.S. Supreme Court. 
Carol Jenkins is a writer, media analyst, commentator, and speaker on media issues, as well as an Emmy-award winning journalist and documentary producer. She served as the founding president of the Women's Media Center and now focuses on the health of women and girls. Ms. Jenkins enjoyed a 30-year, award-winning tenure with several New York City news departments, including 23 years at WNBC-TV, where she co-anchored the pivotal 6pm newscast.  


3:30pm - 5:00pm


RBG__horz.jpg "RBG" Screening

At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans - until now. "RBG" explores Ginsburg's life and career. 

Join us for a screening of "RBG", a revelatory documentary exploring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's exceptional life and career, directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.


"RBG" Filmmaker Betsy West will be in attendance to introduce the film.
Ms. West is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and educator. She was executive producer of the Makers documentary and digital project (AOL & PBS, 2012), the feature documentary The Lavender Scare (2017) and the short doc 4%: Film's Gender Problem (Epix, 2016). She is a Principal at Storyville Films where she co-produced Constantine's Sword (First Run Features, 2007).

A producer and executive for over two decades at ABC News, Ms. West received 21 Emmy Awards and two duPont-Columbia Awards for her work on "Nightline" and "PrimeTimeLive" and the documentary program "Turning Point," where she served as executive producer. As senior vice president at CBS News from 1998-2005, she oversaw "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours," and was executive in charge of the CBS documentary 9/11, winner of the Primetime Emmy Award in 2002.


5:00pm - 6:30pm

Before you depart for the day, join us to unwind, debrief your favorite sessions, and network with all of your new contacts and NAWL's past presidents! 

Please note, a "full day" ticket is not required to attend the closing reception