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    PRESIDENT Angela Beranek Brandt is a Partner with Larson · King, LLP in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ms. Brandt is an accomplished first chair trial lawyer and has earned favorable results for clients in front of juries, arbitrators, and judges. She practices in the areas of commercial litigation, employment law, and products liability. Ms. Brandt has served as co-chair of NAWL’s Program, Mentorship, and Membership Committees and has chaired a number of NAWL programs, including Backpack to Briefcase, Taking Charge of Your Career, and the 2013 Mid-Year Meeting. She also has served as the national chair of the NAWL Nights of Giving. In 2008, Ms. Brandt received the "Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member" Award from NAWL. She is particularly proud of her work developing the NAWL Challenge Club. In addition to her work with NAWL, Ms. Brandt is a past president of the Ramsey County Bar Association. She has been elected to membership in the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and American Board of Trial Advocates. Ms. Brandt has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Law & Politics and is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Her work with women is balanced out at home where she has three sons—an eleven-year-old and eight-year-old twins.


    PRESIDENT-ELECT Sarretta C. McDonough, a member of the California Bar and a solicitor of England and Wales, regularly represents multinational clients in connection with competition and corruption issues around the globe. She was recognized earlier this year by Global Competition Review in its publication, Future Leaders 2017, as one of the world’s leading competition experts aged 45 or under. She is Of Counsel in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and a member of the firm’s Antitrust and Competition and White Collar Defense & Investigations practice groups. Ms. McDonough was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP before joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in 2007. Ms. McDonough received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

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    VICE PRESIDENT Kristin D. Sostowski is a Director (Partner) with Gibbons P.C. in Newark, New Jersey, where she is a member of the Employment & Labor Law Department and serves as Team Leader of the firm’s Higher Education practice. Ms. Sostowski provides strategic counsel to clients at all phases of the employment relationship, including compliance with federal and state workplace laws, pre-litigation risk avoidance, and defense of workplace-related disputes. She represents companies and managers in employment litigation in state and federal courts and agencies, with an emphasis on discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, and restrictive covenant matters. Ms. Sostowski also provides employment law advice to in-house counsel and human resources professionals in a variety of industries, including higher education, technology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and financial services. She counsels clients regarding compliance with employment laws, as well as employment issues arising during and after corporate transactions. Ms. Sostowski currently serves as NAWL’s Vice President and as a Trustee-at-Large of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. She has served as co-chair of NAWL’s Pipeline to Equity Partnership program and Program and Membership Committees, and as Board Liaison to the Amicus Committee. Ms. Sostowski is listed in the most recent editions of Best Lawyers® for Litigation - Labor and Employment and New Jersey Super Lawyers for Employment & Labor, and has been named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In 2014, she was named to NJBIZ’s “Forty Under 40” list for her work on behalf of New Jersey employers and her leadership on women attorneys’ issues. In 2010, she received NAWL’s “Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member” Award. Ms. Sostowski received her B.A. from Swarthmore College with High Honors and earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and three daughters. Ms. Sostowski can be reached at 973.596.4855 or ksostowski@gibbonslaw.com.

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    TREASURER Karen S. Morris is Senior Vice President, General Counsel for USAA’s Property and Casualty Group, which offers property and casualty insurance products to members of the military, the military community, and their families. As P&C General Counsel, Ms. Morris serves as the chief lawyer for P&C, and is responsible for providing legal, regulatory, and governance counsel and guidance to the P&C President, the P&C leadership team, and the USAA P&C subsidiary boards. She also leads the P&C Counsel team, which is responsible for providing solution-oriented counsel on all matters affecting USAA’s P&C business, from product conception through delivery and fulfillment. Prior to joining USAA in September 2010, Ms. Morris spent 21 years with Allstate Insurance Company, where she held a wide variety of positions in Law, Marketing, Corporate Relations, and Strategy. Most recently, Ms. Morris was assistant vice president, Corporate Relations. In that position she led a team of professionals accountable for driving the company’s reputation, corporate advocacy, and CEO executive positioning strategies. Prior to joining Allstate, Ms. Morris was in private practice in Chicago. She received a B.A. magna cum laude from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. Ms. Morris is a member of the University of Texas Center for Women in the Law General Counsel working group, and has been active with NAWL since 2008, serving as vice chair of the General Counsel Institute in 2010, chair in 2012 and sponsorship chair in 2013. She received NAWL’s "Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member" Award in 2012.


    SECRETARY Jennifer A. Champlin is an Associate General Counsel – Employment for Edward D. Jones & Co., L.P. in Saint Louis where she partners with company leaders to provide legal advice on all manner of employment issues. Prior to her position at Edward Jones, Ms. Champlin was a Director of HR for Walmart U.S. supporting Merchandising and Health & Wellness advising business partners on HR issues, including but not limited to performance management, talent planning, talent development, organizational effectiveness, and diversity & inclusion. Ms. Champlin also led the Training & Development and Systems & Analytics teams for Health & Wellness HR. Prior to taking on an HR role, Ms. Champlin was an attorney in the Walmart Legal Department supporting the company’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) investigative efforts. Before that she was a member of the Employment Division of the Legal Department where she partnered with leaders to provide legal advice on employment issues and managed the defense of employment litigation and administrative charges nationwide for Sam’s Club. Before joining Walmart, Ms. Champlin practiced as a commercial litigator at Crowe & Dunlevy in Tulsa, Oklahoma and as a white collar criminal defense attorney in the Boston office of Nixon Peabody LLP. Ms. Champlin has been actively involved in NAWL since 2010. She received the “Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member” Award from NAWL in 2013. Ms. Champlin currently serves on NAWL's Sponsorship Committee, co-chaired the 2015 Women’s Initiative Leadership Boot Camp and has also been part of the planning leadership teams for regional GCI programming in Minneapolis and Atlanta and several other NAWL programs. Ms. Champlin is an avid Boston Red Sox fan and when not cheering for the Sox, she spends her time gleefully chasing after her two children, Grant (7) and Mallory (5), and volunteering on the advisory board of the collegiate chapter of Alpha Chi Omega at the University of Arkansas. She obtained her B.A. in English with honors from Oklahoma State University and her J.D. from Cornell Law School.

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    ASSISTANT SECRETARY DeAnna D. Allen is a Partner in Cooley LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. Her practice focuses on patent litigation and she counsels clients in a variety of areas such as telecommunications, semiconductors, computer related technologies, and biotechnology. Ms. Allen serves as Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. She also co-chairs the Programs Committee of the Intellectual Property Subsection of the ABA Section of Litigation, and she is a member of AIPLA and the National Bar Association. Ms. Allen previously served as in-house counsel to Burger King Brands and as a design engineer for Florida Power & Light. She has received multiple Benchmark Litigation recognitions. Ms. Allen has been listed as one of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women” in the Washington, D.C. area (National Diversity Council, 2010), and “WomenWorthWatching®” (Profiles in Diversity Journal, 2015, 2009), and a member of the “Hot List” of “professional and entrepreneurial powerhouses under the age of 40” (Black Enterprise, 2007). In 2012–2013, she co-chaired NAWL’s Membership Committee and is currently the Board Liaison to NAWL’s Diversity Committee.


    IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Leslie Richards-Yellen is Director of Inclusion – Americas at Hogan & Lovells US LLP. She previously served as Hinshaw & Culbertson's chief diversity and inclusion officer, in addition to managing her public finance practice. Ms. Richards-Yellen has over 30 years of experience as in-house counsel and in private practice. Previously, Ms. Richards-Yellen was associate general counsel with The Vanguard Group, where she provided legal services and analysis for the Fixed Income Group. Ms. Richards-Yellen was a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers’ Steering Committee, was appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (“ISCCP”), and served as the Chair of the ISCCP's Diversity Committee. She was on the Board of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms and sits on the Boards of NAWL and the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, as well as the Advisory Board of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession. Ms. Richards-Yellen is a frequent speaker on issues related to diversity and inclusion.


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    Peggy Steif Abram is a Partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group in the Minneapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. She advises clients on business matters, including corporate governance, compliance, Securities and Exchange Commission reporting, and major corporate transactions, and for the past several years provided general counsel services for a Minnesota-based global technology manufacturer. Ms. Abram is President of the Faegre Baker Daniels Foundation, which funds social, cultural, and legal non-profit organizations, and she chairs the firm’s Sponsorship Steering Group. She is a founding member of the firm’s Women’s Forum for Achievement, and a member of the Forum’s Leadership Council. Ms. Abram serves on the national U.S. Law Firm Group Corporate and Securities Committee. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Guthrie Theater. In 2013, she was honored with a “Women in Business” award from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Ms. Abram graduated summa cum laude from Carleton College, earned her M.A. from The University of Chicago Divinity School, and received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and is the proud mother of two daughters.

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    Diane E. Ambler is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of K&L Gates LLP, practicing in the area of financial institution regulation under federal securities laws. She is a frequent speaker and writer in this area and has testified as an expert witness in her field. Ms. Ambler focuses her practice on mutual fund governance, compliance activities of mutual funds, private funds, and variable insurance product issuers and distributors, and activities of related service providers. She champions women’s leadership initiatives in the profession, including as a charter member of the K&L Gates Women in the Profession Committee. Chambers USA has ranked Ms. Ambler as a top lawyer practicing in the areas of Investment Funds and Registered Funds, and she is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Mutual Funds and Private Funds Law. Ms. Ambler has an AV® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, reserved for lawyers who have been recognized for having the highest levels of skill and integrity, and she is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, exclusively for women attorneys who have received the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards from their peers. Ms. Ambler is a member of The American Law Institute, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, Chair of the Board of Consultors for Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, and an executive board member of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum and the Women in Law Empowerment Forum.


    Kristin L. Bauer is a Principal with the Dallas office of the national employment law firm, Jackson Lewis PC. Ms. Bauer represents management exclusively in workplace law and related litigation. In addition to handling an active employment litigation docket, she counsels management on preventive strategies, including termination decisions, investigations, employment agreements, non- compete issues, wage and hour laws, policies and handbooks, and other issues affecting the workplace. Ms. Bauer also advises employers on the numerous laws touching ill and injured workers, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, and strategies to manage those risks. She has been recognized as a “Texas Super Lawyer” 2014-2017 and repeatedly as a “Rising Star”. Ms. Bauer has served as pro bono general counsel to The Family Place, a Dallas-based non-profit agency serving the victims of domestic violence and their families, since 2005. In 2012, Ms. Bauer received the “Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member” Award from NAWL.


    Sharon E. Jones is a lawyer by training and a diversity consultant who specializes in providing diversity/inclusion consulting and training to individuals, law firms, corporations, and other types of organizations. She is the Founder and President of Jones Diversity, Inc. She works to create diverse and inclusive workplace culture and empowers individuals to successfully navigate their workplace environments. Her firm’s broad range of services enhance an organization’s competitive edge by enabling the organization to fully utilize, retain, and promote diverse individuals into leadership roles. Ms. Jones is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College.

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    Susan (Susie) L. Lees is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of The Allstate Corporation. She leads Allstate’s 1,400-person legal team to guide the company’s business strategy, ensure sound compliance and foster a healthy legal, legislative and regulatory environment. Ms. Lees joined Allstate in 1988 and moved up through the ranks, holding a variety of leadership positions with increasing responsibility, most notably in her previous role as senior vice president and deputy general counsel for Allstate Financial. During her extensive tenure at Allstate, Ms. Lees led a multitude of complex initiatives, including the company’s acquisition of American Heritage Life Insurance Company. While leading the corporate law division of Allstate’s law and regulation department, she gained extensive experience working with business areas throughout the corporation. Earlier in her career, Ms. Lees built a foundation of business acumen through professional sales roles at Celanese Corp. and Exxon Chemical.

    Ms. Lees is a champion of solutions to key societal issues and serves on The Allstate Foundation Board of Trustees. In addition to her service at NAWL, she serves on the Boards of the Rand Institute for Civil Justice, the Institute for Legal Reform, and the National Network to End Domestic Violence. She is past president of the Board of Directors for the Riverside Foundation, a non-profit organization offering life-enrichment opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities and she is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Life Insurance. Ms. Lees’ story is one of challenge and accomplishment. She launched her career as a part-time lawyer balancing a rich family life with professional expectations and successfully forged a path to the highest levels of corporate law. Her involvement with NAWL underscores her personal commitment to empower more women to pursue thriving legal careers. Ms. Lees has worked to not only promote the mere fact that more women are practicing law, but to celebrate women’s unique contributions to the profession. She holds an A.B. degree in political science from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.


    Elizabeth A. Levy is an attorney with experience in intellectual property and corporate/regulatory practices in private practice and in-house law departments. She also serves as a hearing officer for attorney discipline matters with the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. Ms. Levy graduated with honors from Suffolk University Law School and the University of Texas. She was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery’s Boston office before taking in-house legal positions at Bayer Corporation, Siemens Healthcare, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She chaired NAWL’s 7th General Counsel Institute and its first Night of Giving in Boston. She led GCI 8’s sponsorship team and was a mentor in NAWL’s mentoring program. She received the “Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member” Award in 2013. Ms. Levy can be reached at 617.838.5946 or lizlevy@comcast.net.

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    Suzan (Sam) A. Miller is Vice President, Intel Corporation. Currently on sabbatical, Ms. Miller’s previous roles at Intel include Vice President, Corporate Secretary, and Deputy Gen­eral Counsel, leading the Intel worldwide Corporate Legal Group, providing legal support for corporate governance, security law, corporate finance, and treasury; Vice President of the Business Legal Group and General Counsel of Intel Capital. Ms. Miller is an active advocate within Intel and externally for diversity and in­clusion in the legal profession and the technology industry. She is the execu­tive sponsor for the Santa Clara Women at Intel Network, a member of Intel’s Network of Executive Women Leaders, and is on the Boards of the National Association of Women Lawyers (“NAWL”) and the Minority Cor­porate Counsel Association (“MCCA”). Ms. Miller is also on the Boards of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley and Silicon Valley Cam­paign for Legal Services. She received her B.S. from Bryn Mawr College and her J.D. from Santa Clara University. Ms. Mill­er can be reached at sam@intel.com.


    Leslie D. Minier is a Partner and the Chief Diversity Officer at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. She has extensive experience representing both private and public companies in mergers and acquisitions, venture financing, and general corporate matters. Ms. Minier represents buyers and sellers in structuring, negotiating, and documenting acquisitions including stock purchases, asset sales, tax-free mergers, and leveraged recapitalizations. She is the co-chair of Katten’s Diversity Committee. She has a strong commitment to public service and holds leadership positions with several organizations including Chicago United and the Joffrey Ballet. Ms. Minier received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. Additionally, she earned her M.S. in Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and her M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She also received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tuskegee University.



    Sheila M. Murphy is Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at MetLife. She leads the United States Regulatory and Retail Litigation Group where she provides litigation, regulatory and risk mitigation advice. Ms. Murphy focuses on providing proactive, strategic advice to identify and resolve complex issues and protects business interests. Ms. Murphy serves on the Advisory Board to MetLife’s U.S. Women’s Business Network and is co-chair of the Legal Affair’s Academy. Sheila previously served on MetLife’s U.S. Diversity Task Force. Previously, she served on task forces focused on increasing Legal Affairs’ efficiencies, effectiveness and engagement. She is a member of the Legal Affairs’ Diversity.

    She is a member of the Boards of Directors of Power Play and the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL). Ms. Murphy is a co-chair of the CARE’s Women’s Network of New York. She previously was a member of the Board for Read Alliance. In 2010, the Women’s Venture Fund awarded her the highest Leaf Award. In 2011, Irish Voice named Ms. Murphy a Most Influential Irish Woman. In 2015, Ms. Murphy received the Benchmark Litigation In-house Award at the Americas Women in Business Awards and the Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award from NAWL. In 2017, Ms. Murphy received the First Chair Award for her significant work for the legal community. Ms. Murphy is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the School of Management at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Prior to joining MetLife, Ms. Murphy was at the law firm of Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP.

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    Eva M. Spahn is an Associate with the Litigation Department of Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office. She handles complex commercial and class action matters in various forums, including state and federal courts in multiple U.S. jurisdictions, as well as domestic and international arbitrations before various arbitral bodies. In addition to participating as a 2010-2011 Ms. JD fellow, her professional and community involvement includes active participation as a board member of NAWL, as well as membership in the ABA and the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Ms. Spahn is also a member of the Board of the Miami Chapter of Dress For Success/Suited for Success, and a member of the winning project team for the 2013-2014 Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Leadership Miami Program. In 2015, Ms. Spahn was shortlisted by the Chambers Women in Law Awards in the Future Leader (Private Practice) category and in 2016 she was shortlisted by the Chambers Diversity Awards USA in the Future Leader – Gender Diversity category. She graduated magna cum laude in 2011 from the University of Miami School of Law and received a B.A. in government from Harvard University in 2006. Ms. Spahn can be reached at 305.579.0500 or spahne@gtlaw.com






    Sandra S. Yamate is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (“IILP”). IILP is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession through its research and programs. A lawyer by training, Ms. Yamate spent ten years as the director of the ABA’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. She was the first executive director of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms. Prior to that, Ms. Yamate was a litigator in Chicago for ten years. She serves on the Enhance Diversity in the Profession Committee of the New York City Bar Association where she co-chairs the Global Diversity sub-committee. She helped found the Asian American Institute, the National Women’s Political Caucus of Metropolitan Chicago, the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area (of which she is a past president), the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and Asian Americans for Inclusive Education. Ms. Yamate is a former co-chair of the Diversity Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and a past president of both the Japanese American Service Committee and the Harvard Law Society of Illinois, and a former board member of numerous civic and community organizations in the Chicago area. She has been honored and recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40”, Chicago Sun Times “Neighborhood Hero”, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association “Trailblazer” Award, To- day’s Chicago Woman “One of 100 Women Making A Difference”, Chicago Department of Human Relations, Chicago Bar Association “Vanguard Award”, the University of Illinois “Asian American Alumni Award” and the Asian American Bar Association “Hall of Fame Award”. In addition to her work within the legal profession, Ms. Yamate is known for her work writing and publishing Asian American children’s literature. A Sansei (third generation American of Japanese ancestry), Ms. Yamate earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School as well as an A.B. in Political Science (cum laude) and History (magna cum laude) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She has written and spoken extensively on community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and multicultural issues. Ms. Yamate and her husband, Brian Witkowski, reside in Chicago with their two dogs, Cashew and Filbert.

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