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Karen M. Richardson is the Executive Director of the National Association of Women Lawyers. As such, she manages the strategic direction and operations of the organization, including finance and sponsorship, brand management, membership and volunteer engagement, the HR and risk management functions, and the development and implementation of the strategic plan. Karen has a passion for NAWL’s mission and will continue and expand on its 120-year legacy, leading its continued efforts to advance diversity and inclusion in the profession and expanding our advocacy in the areas of judicial representation and gender rights. Karen served as NAWL's long-time program director and before rejoining NAWL in 2019, was a business development coach for a mid-sized, full-service law firm in Chicago. Karen received her J.D. and B.A. from Loyola University Chicago and can be reached at 312.988.6196 or


Chelsea Robinson is the Program Manager at the National Association of Women Lawyers. As such, she works with a group of talented and passionate lawyer volunteers to plan and execute large scale conferences including NAWL's Annual Meeting, Mid-Year Meeting, and General Counsel Institute, which incorporate continuing legal education, networking opportunities, and leadership development for thousands of members. Prior to joining NAWL, Ms. Robinson spent 6 years as the director of events for The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. Ms. Robinson received her B.S. from Florida Gulf Coast University. She can be reached at 312-988-6729 or


Helena B. Rogers is the Membership Engagement Manager at the National Association of Women Lawyers. Ms. Rogers leads the strategic planning, project management, and execution of NAWL’s membership outreach and engagement work. She is responsible for ensuring that all members of NAWL are fully engaged through its Practice Area Affinity Groups, Book Club, and other opportunities. She is also responsible for leading the Membership and Mentorship committees. Ms. Rogers graduated from North Park University with a degree in Business Administration. She can be reached at 312.988.6725 or

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Ashley B. Urisman is the Marketing & Development Manager at the National Association of Women Lawyers. She is responsible for oversight of all programmatic and association marketing and serves as NAWL’s media relations contact. Ashley also oversees NAWL’s development activities, including managing all sponsor relationships. Ashley determines sustaining and event sponsorship offerings, such as pricing, benefits, and outreach and she establishes benchmarks for sponsorship levels year-over-year to track progressions and trends. Ashley joins NAWL with more than five years of professional fundraising and non-profit development experience, including work at a professional association. Ashley received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She can be reached at 312.988.5861 or


Isabell Retamoza is National Association of Women Lawyers' administrative coordinator. She is an integral member of the small, but mighty NAWL team and provides support to NAWL Staff, Board, and Members by handling a variety of tasks in order to ensure that all interactions between the organization and others are positive and productive. Though in the early stage of her career, Isabell joins NAWL with a strong customer service background, nonprofit experience, and a passion for empowering women and people of color.  She received her B.A. in Literature and Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She can be reached at 619.916.9054 or

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