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2020 Mid-Year Meeting
Wednesday, March 11 - Thursday, March 12

Swissotel
323 East Upper Wacker Drive | Chicago, IL

NAWL invites you to join us for the 2020 Mid-Year Meeting & Awards Luncheon in Chicago. The comprehensive program offers both professional development opportunities and skills training to help attorneys in all fields of legal practice thrive in their careers. Members will have the opportunity to shape the future of NAWL and the legal profession. We will also recognize and honor leading lawyers and business leaders who have made a significant impact on improving and diversifying the legal profession. As always, there will be plenty of time for networking built in throughout the event.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

NAWL Challenge Club Event | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

***Event for In-House attorneys and NAWL Challenge Club members***

Welcome Reception | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Kick off the Conference with a fun opportunity to catch up with colleagues, make new friends, and create valuable connections and benefiting a local charity.
***EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL CONFERENCE ATTENDEES***

Committee Dinner | 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

***Invitation only event for host committee & NAWL Board***

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Optional Group Walk | 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM 

When registering, let us know if you're interested in joining a brisk group morning walk.

Registration & Networking Breakfast | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM  

Start the conference by caffeinating and creating valuable connections.  

Opening Session - BEST PRACTICES FOR REAL CHANGE | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM  

For twelve years, NAWL's Annual Survey of the Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms has tracked the professional progress of women in the nation’s 200 largest law firms. While the representation of women has increased, women continue to be underrepresented among equity partners and firm governance and while women work as much as men, their client billings and compensation continue to lag behind that of similarly-situated men. But there are signs of positive change, with firms adopting more women and family-friendly policies, investing more in training and support for women and diverse attorneys, and some recent activity, such as the make-up of new classes of equity partners, showing increasing representation of women.

This session will turn the tables and ask the audience to lead a discussion around best practices that actually help women lawyers succeed professionally. Roll up your sleeves and help us create real change!

Concurrent Workshops | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM  

More details to come.

AWARDS LUNCHEON | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 

We will recognize and honor leading lawyers and business leaders who have made a significant impact on improving and diversifying the legal profession.

Concurrent Workshops | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM  

More details to come.

Plenary Session - MINDFULNESS FOR LAWYERS 101 | 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM   

As lawyers, we immerse ourselves in conflict and competition daily and these pressures can take a serious toll - stress, anxiety, and burnout are enormous problems in the profession. Mindfulness offers an alternative to our habits of worry, anxiety, and frustration. Derived from ancient meditation methods and validated by modern science, it is a simple mental practice that introduces a calmer, more satisfying mode of being. Join this session to learn how mindfulness can produce remarkable changes in a short time.

Plenary Session - POWER PANEL  |  4:00  PM - 5:00 PM 

This panel of leaders will discuss how they attained their positions of power and how they’ve used those positions to empower others.

Closing Networking Reception | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM 

Before you depart, join us to unwind, and debrief your favorite sessions.

Optional Networking Event | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

More details to come.

Thank You to Our Planning Committee

Tamela Merriweather
The Northern Trust Company
Chicago, IL
Conference Co-Chair

Jennifer Mikulina
McDermott Will & Emery
Chicago, IL
Conference Co-Chair

Kelly Clark
Allstate
Northbrook, IL
Board Liaison

Kristy Gonowon
Allstate
Northbrook, IL
Program Co-Chair

Johnna Darby
Fox Rothschild LLP
Wilmington, DE
Sponsorship Co-Chair

Nicole Denise Allen
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
Atlanta, GA

Lisa Atty
McGuireWoods LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Eleanor Atkins
McDermott Will & Emery
Washington, DC

Elizabeth Banzhoff
Perkins Coie LLP
Denver, CO

Kathleen Blaszak
Eversheds Sutherland LLP
Washington, DC

Gretchen Miller Busch
Faegre Baker Daniels
Denver, CO

Elizabeth Carter
JAMS
New York, NY

Melodie Craft
McGrath RentCorp
Dallas, TX

Diedre Dunn
McDonald's Corporation
Chicago, IL

Leora Freire
Gray Robinson
Boca Raton, FL

Susan Freeman
Freeman Means Business
San Francisco, CA

Rachel Reingold Mandel
Ogletree Deakins
Boston, MA
Program Co-Chair

Lauren Steinhaeuser
Faegre Baker Daniels
Minneapolis, MN
Marketing Co-Chair

Nioura Ghazni
Manatt
San Francisco, CA

Elizabeth Gingold 
Clark Alston & Bird LLP
Atlanta, GA

Megan Gold
Allstate
Northbrook, IL

Jenny Goltz
Cozen O'Connor
Chicago, IL

Erika Goven
Kutak Rock LLP
Omaha, NE

Cassie Johnson
Alston & Bird
Atlanta, GA

Barbara Joan Klas
Casepoint LLC
Minneapolis, MN

Kaitlyn Lavaroni
Jackson Lewis, PC
Sacramento, CA

Teresa Lii
Paul Weiss
New York, NY

Rosanna Lopez
Lopez and Wu
Reston, VA

Mimi MacDonald
AT&T
St Louis, MO

Amie Penny Sayler
Bassford Remele
Minneapolis, MN
Logistics Co-Chair

Sara Markert
Bryan Cave
Irvine, CA

Brigid McCarthy
McDermott Will & Emery
Chicago, IL

Jordan McCarthy
Perkins Coie
Chicago, IL

Margie Meier
The Rudnicki Firm
Oklahoma City, OK

Michele Miller
Cozen O'Connor
Santa Monica, CA

Jodie Wilner Moran
Jackson Lewis PC
Chicago, IL

Aracely Munoz
Center for Reproductive Rights
Washington, DC

Lauren Nevidomsky
McDermott Will & Emery
Chicago, IL

Maureen O'Brien
McDermott Will & Emery
Chicago, IL

Lizbeth Ochoa
Fisher and Phillips
Irvine, CA

Rana Odeh
Allstate
Northbrook, IL

Linette Wright
State Farm
Bloomington, IL
Logistics Co-Chair

Emily Pontius
Fredrickson & Byron
Des Moines, IA

Sree Surya Rao
Allstate
Northbrook, IL

Carolyn Rashby
Covington & Burling
San Francisco, CA 

Katherine Sandberg
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
San Francisco, CA

Heather Stenmark
Allstate
Northbrook, IL

Libby Stennes
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Minneapolis, MN

Daniel Taylor
Faegre Baker Daniels
Minneapolis, MN

Carrie Trabue
Carrington Legal Search
Austin, TX

Phi Tran
Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
Denver, CO

Gabriela Traxler-Romin
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Anna Wermuth
Cozen O'Connor
Chicago, IL