5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Join NAWL at the Welcome Reception on Wednesday, July 19 at the Grand Hyatt New York featuring a facilitated networking session entitled Common Challenges; Common Solutions. We hope you will use this opportunity to have candid conversations to cultivate new relationships, deepen existing relationships, and spark solutions to common challenges women lawyers face.

    We've also created a Giving Game to further encourage activities in which women assist each other. Each time an attendee helps another through an idea, introduction, encouragement, information, etc, the “receiver” will enter the “giver” into a gift drawing. The game will begin at the reception on July 19 and continue during all activities on July 20. Drawings for multiple winners will occur at the Closing Reception at the end of the conference.


    7:30am - 8:00am

    8:00am - 9:15am

    How To Advance Your Career By Being Effective At Meetings

    Do you find yourself attending meetings that have no direction? Do you sometimes struggle to keep the meetings you lead focused and on track? This session will provide you with practical tools you can use to run productive meetings and make the most out of the time spent in meetings. Our speakers will share tips on setting an agenda; time-management and efficiency skills; getting buy-in from meeting attendees; re-focusing the group when the conversation goes off course; redirecting great, but off-topic, ideas that arise; managing strong personalities; ensuring that implicit bias doesn’t prevent the ideas and voices of women and minority attorneys from being heard and considered; using the meeting time to accomplish strategic goals; keeping discussions flowing and engaging meeting attendees; and keeping attendees accountable for next steps. Attendees will learn ways to distinguish themselves in their organizations by leading meetings effectively.

    Moderator Nina Faber, Senior Counsel, MSA - The Safety Company
    Renée DeVigne, Associate Dean for Student Academic Development, Professional Lecturer in Law, George Washington University Law School
    Christine White
    , Vice President - Legal Affairs, Northwell Health

    Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

    Attorneys who practice in big firms sometimes consider the perks of starting or joining a small firm. In this session, two former Big Law attorneys will discuss the pros and cons of jumping from Big Law to boutique law. They will tell us about the values and cultures of firms as a function of size and the management issues and personal issues involved. They will also discuss the steps necessary to make the decision… Should I do this? How do I do this? Attendees will gain a unique insight and receive a checklist to do a self-evaluation in making a major go-or-don’t-go decision.

    Cathy Fleming, Partner, Fleming.Ruvoldt PLLC; NAWL President 2006-2007
    Harold J. Ruvoldt, Partner, Fleming.Ruvoldt PLLC

    9:30am - 10:30am

    Is There REALLY A Confidence Gap? How You Can Adopt a CEO Mindset and Drive Your Success
    There are unintended consequences of the focus placed on women’s levels of confidence. This session will illustrate these confidence myths and provide concrete actions women can take to achieve higher levels of personal and professional success. Attendees will explore current research on women in the workplace, challenge assumptions about women and obstacles to their success, and learn specific actions women can take to adopt a CEO Mindset and drive success.

    Moderator Laura Freedman, Financial Advisor, UBS Financial Services Inc.
    Linda T. Coberly, Chicago Office Managing Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
    Maja C. Eaton, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

    Common Challenges; Common Solutions

    The facilitated table talk will focus on common professional challenges women lawyers face. We hope you will use this opportunity to have candid conversations to cultivate new relationships, deepen exisiting relationships, and spark solutions to common professional challenges women lawyers face.

    10:45am - 11:45am

    Things You May Not Know About Advancement

    At the end of his MSNBC evening show, Chris Matthew asks his experts to “tell me something I don’t know.” No matter what your expertise, this is a great question, it keeps you current and learning. This session will answer this crucial question by addressing three concepts in new ways: (1) writing your self-evaluation memo using “soundbites”; (2) integrating what you truly want into your career; and (3) providing great client service on five-minutes a day.

    Karen Kahn, Founder and Managing Partner, Threshold Advisors, LLC
    Leah Rudnicki, Partner, Rudnicki & Roche PLLC

    The Power Of Having a Professional "BFF"

    Most women are aware of the benefits of strong mentoring relationships and the impact these relationships can have on women's success in the workplace. Although it has received less attention, the professional friendship is another relationship that can greatly enhance your career. Having a professional "BFF" can improve confidence, reduce stress, assist your business development and internal marketing efforts, and improve your management of your legal practice. In this session, Gallup COO Jane Miller and Founder and CEO of i2 Leadership Laura Schwarz will lead a discussion concerning obstacles to women's advancement in the workplace and how professional friendship can help women succeed. They will be joined by two professional "BFFs" who will discuss their own relationship and share ho their professional friendship has positively impacted their career.

    Jayme L. Butcher, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
    Amy J. Coles
    , Partner, Blank Rome LLP
    Jane E. Miller, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, The Gallup Organization
    Laura Schwarz, Founder & Executive Coach, i2 Leadership, LLC

    12:00pm - 2:00pm

    NAWL Presidents' Addresses

    Presentation of Awards
    Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award
    recognizing leading NAWL members for their exemplary work and contributions to NAWL - this year we will honor Margaret Drew, Director of Clinics & Experiential Learning, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; Mimi B. MacDonald, Assistant Vice President - Senior Legal Counsel - Wholesale Litigation, AT&T; Ramona Romero, General Counsel, Princeton University; and Eva M. Spahn, Associate, Greenberg Traurig LLP

    M. Ashley Dickerson Award
    in recognition of lawyers who promote diversity to Hon. Wilhelmina M. Wright, Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

    Lead By Example Award
    in recognition of a leading male attorney who supports the advancement of women within his organization to Mark Roellig, Chief Technology and Administrative Officer, MassMutual

    President's Award
    to HP Inc. for championing policies, programs, and procedures to retain, promote, and advance women attorneys - Cynthia Bright, Vice President, Associate General Counsel, U.S. Litigation and Government Investigations, will accept the award on HP's behalf

    Arabella Babb Mansfield Award
    in recognition of professional achievement, positive influence, and valuable contribution to women in the law and in society to Hon. Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Senator from Minnesota

    Installation of 2017 - 2018 Executive Officers & Board

    2:30pm - 3:30pm

    Safe And Sound or Shaky Ground? Reviewing and Reflecting on Supreme Court Frameworks for Women's Rights

    This engaging, interactive session will review some of the United States Supreme Court decisions that led up to and formed the foundation of women's protection under the law. It will engage participants with respect to their knowledge of opinions, discuss the contexts in which they were decided, and compare those contexts to today for any insight into current issues.

    Leondra Hanson, Associate Professor and Legal Studies Department Chair, Hamline University

    Straight Talk From In-House Leaders to Firm Leaders: What Our Nation's General Counsel Want You To Know About Their Diversity Priorities

    A “must attend” event for law firm managing partners and law firm leaders. This panel of influential leaders from some of the country’s largest companies will speak candidly about the changes they must see law firms embrace to be their preferred outside counsel. They will also discuss why diversity is necessary for their businesses and the future of the profession. This conversation will go beyond a generic statement promoting and seeking diversity among their panel counsel. The panelists will address issues including how diverse teams of outside counsel fulfill their organization’s business objectives; how changes in firm management impact their clients; and what specific attributes in-house counsel want to see as they collaborate with, hire, and retain attorneys and law firms.

    Moderator Susan Alker, Deputy General Counsel, Medley Management Inc.
    Stuart Alderoty, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, CIT Group Inc.
    Alan Bryan
    , Senior Associate General Counsel - Legal Operations and Outside Counsel Management, Walmart
    Cynthia Bright, Vice President, Associate General Counsel, U.S. Litigation and Government Investigations, HP Inc.
    Jane Howard-Martin, Assistant General Counsel, Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc.

    3:45pm - 5:00pm

    Moving Diversity Forward: A Collaborative Effort

    This outstanding panel features the individuals leading our country's most prominent national specialty bar associations representing over 225,000 attorneys. This group will discuss the challenges they see and the ways in which their organizations are working together to make the legal profession more diverse and inclusive.

    Moderator Raven Moore, Managing Counsel, Commercial Litigation, McDonald's Corporation
    Diandra D. Benally, General Counsel, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation; President, National Native American Bar Association
    Angela Beranek Brandt, Partner, Larson King LLP; President, National Association of Women Lawyers
    Cyndie M. Chang, Los Angeles Managing Partner, Duane Morris LLP; President, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
    Maria C. John, General Counsel, The Trayner Group Ltd.; Regional Director, National Bar Association
    Bendita C. Malakia, Inclusive Leadership Professional, Certified Professional Coach, and Attorney, Malakia Group; Board Member, National LGBT Bar Association
    Erica V. Mason
    , Shareholder, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP; President-Elect, Hispanic National Bar Association

    5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Before you depart for the day, join us to unwind, debrief your favorite sessions, and network with all of your new contacts and former NAWL presidents! We will also conclude the "Giving Game" by drawing multiple winners throughout the reception.

    Please note, a "full day" ticket is not required to attend the closing reception

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