Working Together in a Post #MeToo World 
    2018 Meeting the Challenge Conference
    Friday, October 5, 2018
    Hilton Minneapolis | 1001 Marquette Avenue

    Looking for information on NAWL's
    Invite Only Legal Leadership Summit,
    to be held Thursday, October 4, 2018
    at the Hilton Minneapolis?

    Click here for more details & to view
    the Summit agenda>>

    The Meeting the Challenge Conference is NAWL's distinctive forum during which attendees learn from thought-leaders, share best practices, and forge the meaningful and lasting connections necessary to meet NAWL's One-Third by 2020 Challenge. Issued in March 2016, the 2020 Challenge urges the legal profession to increase the representation of women, particularly diverse women, in every branch of the legal profession. This conference will offer attendees skills to develop their own leadership potential as well as strategies for making systemic change. NAWL will also unveil the results of its 2018 Survey on the Promotion and Retention of Women in Law Firms, administered by Professor Destiny Peery of Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law at the conference. 


    Meeting the Challenge Schedule

    Thursday, October 4

    Networking Reception | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    Enjoy wine and light hors d'oeuvres while networking with NAWL's Legal Leadership Summit attendees. You'll have the opportunity to get to know other conference attendees in advance of the full day of programming and meet and mingle with NAWL Board Members, speakers, and leading women lawyers in this more intimate setting. Be sure to bring your business cards, you're sure to make new connections!

    Friday, October 5

    Networking Breakfast | 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    Join us for a networking breakfast to connect with other Meeting the Challenge attendees including outside and in-house counsel, and attorneys from government, military, non-profits, and academia.

    Plenary Programming | 8:30 AM - 10:15 AM
    Keynote Speaker Ellie Krug

    Plenary Programming | 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
    Current Status of Women in Law:
    A Report on NAWL's 2018 Survey Results

    Concurrent Breakout Session Programming | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

    Luncheon & Featured Panel | 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
    Minnesota Supreme Court Justices Panel

    Concurrent Breakout Session Programming | 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

    Plenary Programming | 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
    General Counsel Panel

    Closing Reception | 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
    Before you depart for the day, join us at Ruth's Chris Steak House to unwind, debrief your favorite sessions, and network with all of your new contacts!

    Click here to view the full agenda>>

    Pricing & Venue Information

    Ticket Pricing

    On or before August 17, 2018
    Early Bird NAWL Member Rate: $175
    Early Bird New Member Rate: $305
    (includes NAWL membership through July 2019)

    After August 17, 2018
    NAWL Member Rate: $225
    New Member Rate: $345
    (includes NAWL membership through July 2019)

    Hotel Reservations

    Special overnight guest room rates of $199/night plus applicable taxes are available for Wednesday, October 3 and Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the Hilton Minneapolis. Please note that reservations at these rates will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. The cut-off date for the special conference rate is Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

    Reservations may be made, modified, or cancelled online or by calling 1.612.376.1000.
    1001 Marquette Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN 55403


    Thank You to Our 2018 Legal Leadership Summit &
    Meeting the Challenge Conference Sponsors



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    Thank You to Our Partnering Organizations

    Association for Women Lawyers

    Association of Corporate Counsel- Minnesota Chapter

    Dominican Bar Association

    Federal Bar Association

     Florida Association for Women Lawyers

    Gender Justice 

    Law Alliance

    Minnesota American Indian Bar Association

    Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association


    Minnesota Association for Justice

    Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers

    Minnesota Black Women Lawyers Network

    Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association 

    Minnesota Women Lawyers

    Minnesota Women’s Consortium

    National Association of Women Judges- District 10

    National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations

    Twin Cities Diversity in Practice




    Thank You to Our Planning Committee

    Peggy Steif Abram
    Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
    Minneapolis, MN
    Abigail R. Nesbitt
    TCF Bank
    Minneapolis, MN

    Alison Bure
    Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
    Minneapolis, MN
    Sponsorship Co-Chair

    Cindy Chen Delano
    Whitebox Advisors
    Minneapolis, MN
    Sponsorship Co-Chair

    Michelle Gierke
    Minneapolis, MN
    Program Co-Chair
    Jenny J. Huang
    Fish & Richardson P.C.
    Minneapolis, MN
    Marketing Co-Chair

    Gina Janeiro
    Jackson Lewis P.C.
    Minneapolis, MN
    Program Co-Chair

    Sara Stenberg
    US Bank
    Minneapolis, MN
    Marketing Co-Chair

    Brenda Arndt

    Cargill, Incorporated
    Minneapolis, MN

    Raha Assadi

    Steward Bradbury PLLC
    Dallas, TX

    Joan Bibelhausen
    Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
    St. Paul, MN
    Molly Borden
    Bliss Lawyers
    Chicago, IL

    Kendra Brodin
    Briggs & Morgan
    Minneapolis, MN
    Amanda R. Cefalu
    Kutak Rock LLP
    Minneapolis, MN
    Stephanie L. Chandler
    Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
    Minneapolis, MN

    Neera Chatterjee
    Wells Fargo
    Minneapolis, MN

    Elizabeth Gingold Clark
    Alston & Bird LLP
    Atlanta, GA

    Marilyn Clark
    Dorsey & Whitney LLP
    Minneapolis, MN
    Annamarie Daley
    Jones Day
    Minneapolis, MN

    Johnna Darby
    Fox Rothschild LLP
    Wilmington, DE
    Vanessa Deniss Decourcy
    Best Buy
    Minneapolis, MN
    Heidi Fessler
    Barnes & Thornburg
    Minneapolis, MN

    Giselle M. Girones
    Shullman Fugate PLLC
    Jacksonville, FL
    Jess Anna Glover
    Mentor Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN
    Ana Guzman
    Thomson Reuters
    New York, NY
    Kristin Haugen
    KC Haugen Law, LLC
    Savage, MN

    Jackie Haydock
    Minneapolis, MN
    Lauren Hertz
    Piper Jaffray
    Minneapolis, MN

    Michelle Huntley
    UnitedHealth Group
    Minneapolis, MN
    Mercedes Jackson
    Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
    Minneapolis, MN
    Barbara Klas
    Casepoint, LLC
    Minneapolis, MN

    Cathy Landman
    YA | Engage
    Minneapolis, MN
    Sarah Lockner
    Minneapolis, MN
    Arleen Nand
    DLA Piper LLP
    Minneapolis, MN

    Diane L. Peterson
    Kutak Rock LLP
    Minneapolis, MN

    Alona Rindal
    US Bank
    Minneapolis, MN

    Holly Robbins
    Littler Mendelson P.C.
    Minneapolis, MN

    Mary Rosen
    Wells Fargo
    Minneapolis, MN
    Amy Taber
    Prime Therapeutics
    Minneapolis, MN

    Alisha Telci
    Minneapolis, MN

    Elizabeth Temple
    US Bank
    Minneapolis, MN

    Shelley Carthen Watson
    University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN


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