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CLIMBING THE MOUNTAIN WHEN YOU ARE AFRAID OF HEIGHTS: Building skills to foster resilience  August 27, 2020

Presented by the Women in Environmental & Energy Law.Life has a way of putting new mountains in front of us, many very much out of our control. Building our resilience skills help us navigate so that our life decisions can be made in spite of obstacles not decided for us because of obstacles. Almost ten years after her panic attack, Libby Stennes is still afraid of heights.  She climbs mountains anyway – sometimes reaching the top, other times not so much.  Libby shared some things she has learned along the journey.

PRESENTER: Libby Stennes (Greenbery Traurig)

Back to Work:  Rules for the New Normal in the COVID-19 Era  July 29, 2020

Presented by the Women in Employment Law. As employers reopen, or expand current operations, they face host of new issues, including who can return to work, how to ensure social distancing, what needs to be done to protect the safety of employees and how to maintain employee morale in such uncertain times.  This webinar addressed the key considerations employers should begin to examine now, in order to adjust to the New Normal.  Practical guidance and best practices for moving forward were offered.

PRESENTERS: Michele Ballard Miller (Cozen O’Connor), Beth Kaufman (Schoeman Updike Kaufman & Gerber),
Ariane Panter (McDonald’s Corporation), Nandini Sane (Cozen O’Connor), Jessica D. Shaw (Publix Super Markets, Inc.)

Business Continuity During the COVID-19 Pandemic...and How Alternative Dispute Resolution Can Help! June 23, 2020

Presented by Women in Insurance + JAMS. Our esteemed panelists discussed tactics to encourage business continuity during this uncertain time and how ADR can support your organization's efforts.

PRESENTERS: Sheryl Axelrod (The Axelrod Firm), Laura B. Frankel (JAMS), Nancy Holtz (JAMS), and Heather Howell Wright (Bradley)

An Employer's Action List for Employee Benefit Plans   June 15, 2020

Presented by Women in Compliance.This informative and timely presentation focused on action items to help employers and their legal counsel navigate through these challenging times, including recent federal legislation, regulatory guidance and other current issues affecting employee benefit plans as a result of COVID-19.

PRESENTERS:  Sherrie Boutwell (Boutwell Fay LLP), Alison Fay (Boutwell Fay LLP)

Mindfulness: Cultivating Resiliency and Well-Being During Times of Stress   May 20, 2020

Presented by Women in Intellectual Property & Tech Law. While modern legal practice can be intellectually and professionally satisfying, it can also produce intense pressure and stress. Clients and colleagues expect immediate responses. Deadlines loom. These days, it feels like lawyers are expected to be “on” 24/7. Often lawyers need to juggle too many balls. How do we relate to ourselves and others under stress or when one of those balls drops? “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf them.” This quote, by Jon Kabat-Zinn, sums up the usefulness and benefits of mindfulness. Mindfulness practices can be like a surfboard to help us ride the inevitable waves of life as a human. Indeed, how we respond to stress can make or break our health, well-being, relationships and careers. Science is providing insight into skills we can actively cultivate and build to deal with stress more effectively in the moment, to have more focus, to be more present for and kind to ourselves and others, and to live more integrated lives in alignment with our goals and values. A body of developing research shows practicing mindfulness and compassion can enhance our health, reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, and increase healthy habit. In this one-hour webinar, Ruth provides a general overview of mindfulness skills, shares some of the research findings that demonstrate its benefits and offers

practical ways to incorporate it into daily life to reduce stress and increase well-being and resiliency

PRESENTER: Ruth Hauswirth, Special Counsel, Cooley LLP

GOOD Guys Program, Part 2 - The GOOD Guys Panel, May 6, 2020

GOOD Guys is a national model program designed by the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations to break the impasse in advancement of women and diverse men by engaging male leaders to join us in leveling the playing field.
In this discussion, our distinguished panelists:

- Sheryl L. Axelrod, Esq., President and CEO of The Axelrod Firm
- Gerard Gregoire, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Litigation Services West at Allstate
- Marty Lorenzo, Vice President Legal Affairs & Assistant Corporate Secretary of Petco
- Phillip Rudolph, former Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Jack in the Box Inc.

will share their tips on what men can do to help women achieve economic parity, their stories about why they are invested in doing so, and what they've done to advance women.

How New York City's Matching Funds Program Empowers Candidates and Votes, April 29, 2020

Women in Public Service host Amy Loprest, Executive Director of NYC's Campaign Finance Board, to explain how NYC's landmark matching funds program empowers candidates for office and the voters who support them. She will outline the aims of the program and how it works.

COVID-19's Impact on Corporate Transactions, April 29, 2020

Women in Corporate Transactions host this presentation led by Heather Bethancourt, Partner at
McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Stacie Cargill, Counsel, at Alston & Bird. Heather will discuss Contract Issues During COVID-19 & Beyond and Stacie will share an Overview of COVID-19 Relief Loan Programs.

California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA): Impacts, Updates, and Implications, April 28, 2020

Women in Compliance will get you up to speed on the latest round of revisions to the draft regulations and find out what processes businesses have implemented to come into compliance with the CCPA now that it has been effective for nearly 5 months. 

PRESENTERS: Hilary Gardner (Corporate Counsel, Credigy Solutions) and Mitzi L. Hill (Partner, Taylor English)

GOOD Guys Program, Part 1 - The Profitability of Diversity: How Leveling the playing field for women and minorities can increase your bottom line. April 1, 2020

Women in Litigation present an interactive webinar where Ms. Axelrod, President of The Axelrod Firm, a woman-owned
law firm with offices in Philadelphia and Washington, DC, will explore what we know about the profitability of diversity.
She will discuss how much money U.S. law firms are losing by not having greater gender inclusion, what gender equality would look like, and how we can create more inclusive work environments.

PRESENTERS: Sheryl L. Axelrod and Teresa L. Beck.

Hot Employment Law Trends & 5 Tips for Non-Employment Lawyers, February 25, 2020

Women in Employment Law present a fast-paced discussion of the top employment law trends and developments that may impact your practice and your clients -- even if you’re not an employment lawyer. We’ll cover worker classification, fair pay, recent legislation, #MeToo developments, and new leave laws. We’ll highlight what you need to know and explain the impact for corporate transactions, contracts, and litigation, and best practices for compliance.

PRESENTERS: Michele B. Miller (Cozen O'Connor) and Carolyn Rashby (Covington & Burling LLP)

Anti-Bribery/Anti-Corruption Compliance, February 24, 2020

Presented by the Women in Compliance, Winston & Strawn partners, Eva W. Cole and Staci Yablon, discuss anti-bribery laws, the hallmarks of an effective ABAC compliance program, key ABAC compliance flashpoints, and the potential for the intersection of bribery issues with other compliance areas such as antitrust and sanctions.

CCPA Ripple Effect: The Impact of CCPA Outside of California, February 18, 2020 (audio only)

Presented by Women in Intellectual Property & Technology Law with guest speaker Debbie Reynolds, "Data Diva" Founder, CEO, Chief Data Privacy Officer of Debbie Reynolds Consulting, LLC

User's Guide to the ABA Private Market M&A Deal Points Study, February 6, 2020

This presentation -- from Women in Corporate Transactions Co-chairs Jessica Pearlman (K&L Gates LLP) and Tatjana Paterno (Bass, Berry & Sims PLC) -- is the ultimate primer on the latest and greatest Private Target M&A Deal Points Study published by the American Bar Association. Learn about the study’s scope, what it tells us about market trends in M&A, and what it tells us about practitioners in this space, all directly from the chairs who are the architects of the study.