Driving Diversity in Law & Leadership: Chicago

April 19, 2023
Awareness Into Action


Society is calling for change, and businesses are racing to pivot DEI initiatives from being a “should have” wish list item to a “must have” priority; and giving leaders passionate about DEI the perfect opening, and the power, to create true, sustainable change in their workplaces.


The Driving Diversity in Law and Leadership Summit is an annual event dedicated to exploring and brainstorming solutions to these issues within the legal sector by creating a platform for leaders and stakeholders to exchange ideas, network, and learn latest trends and best practices to driving diversity.

 We are excited to announce that this year’s conference will feature engaging keynote speeches, interactive panel discussions, and informative breakout sessions that will explore topics including driving inclusion through ESG initiatives, recruiting, developing, and retaining diverse talent, methods to benchmarking DEI initiative success, and more!

 Join us for this inspiring event that will help you gain a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding DEI and provide you with the tools to make a real difference. Together, we can drive meaningful change and promote a culture of inclusivity and belonging that goes beyond metrics within the legal industry.


Rebecca Weinstein Bacon
Bartlit Beck LLP
Mischa Boardman
Zausmer, P.C.
Cinnamon Plonka
Zausmer, P.C.
Nancy DePodesta
Saul Ewing LLP
William T. ‘Toby’ Eveland
Chicago Managing Partner
Saul Ewing LLP
Donna Haddad
Vice President, Associate General Counsel
IBM Corporation
Kara Goodwin
Vice President, Associate General Counsel - Employment, Labor, Compliance
RR Donnelley
Gerald Pauling
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Nashunda Williams
Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Olivia Luk Bedi
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
Robyn Frank
Vice President, Diversity & General Counsel
CenterForce Conferences
Erica Longfield
Allstate Insurance Company
Kathleen Amuzu
Senior Counsel
CNA Insurance
Kyle Lewis
Senior Counsel, Insurance - Claims Litigation
Jessica K. Robinson
Product Counsel
Anna Marie Armstrong
Senior Director of Recruiting
Paragon Legal
Lisa Davis George
Director & Assistant General Counsel
Discover Financial Services
Vania Montero Wit
VP & Deputy General Counsel
United Airlines
Samera S. Ludwig
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Javaria Neagle
Associate General Counsel – Litigation & IP
United Airlines Inc.
Heidi Azulay
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Shannon Clark
Global Director and Associate General Counsel, Data Protection & Privacy
CBRE Group
Cindy Sobel
Bartlit Beck LLP
Markena D. Peavy
Senior Counsel
BMO Financial Group
Shannon M. Traylor
Reed Smith LLP
Raymond Rushing
Corporate Counsel - Global Litigation
Cummins Inc.
Eligio Pimentel
McAndrews Held & Malloy
Joanne Moon
Senior Counsel
Uber Technologies, Inc.
Maggie Mendenhall Casey
General Counsel
City of Chicago Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability
Jennifer Andres
MSMR Director
Kathleen Barrett
Member of Firm
Epstein Becker Green
Dana Williams
Senior VP, Assistant General Counsel
Northern Trust Corporation
Tajanae Mallett
General Counsel and Secretary
Arjo Inc.
Julie Mehta
Assistant General Counsel – Industrial
Maggie Sklar
Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
Krystin Hernandez
Managing Counsel, Senior Director
McDonald's Corporation
Lalania Gilkey-Johnson
Associate General Counsel
GE Appliances, a Haier Company
John Mielitz
Director, Legal Services
April Morgan
Chief of Staff, Office of the Chairman
Chicago Transit Authority
Lynn Janulis, Ph.D.
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun
Maureen O’Neill
SVP, Strategic Client Experience and Diversity & Inclusion Officer


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