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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?

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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!

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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
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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