Driving Diversity in Law & Leadership: Chicago

September 21, 2022


We Are Thrilled to be Presenting In-Person Once Again!

The past two years have brought unprecedented disruptions and uncertainty to our professional and personal lives. As we begin to transition back to face-to-face interactions, how will we do business, socialize, and educate our children? The CenterForce Diversity in Law Series will explore this “new normal” and the effect it will have on the career paths of women and underrepresented professionals in legal and Corporate America. Clearly, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives have become an imperative in the workplace. Further, DEI is no longer being defined as a gender issue or a race issue, but rather, as a people issue. In order to truly foster change, we need to get all stakeholders in the room. Therefore, all genders are welcome!

How is leadership evolving to meet the challenges of the post-pandemic world? Are companies doing enough to create a culture of inclusion that goes beyond metrics? What are the best strategies for recruiting and retaining diverse talent? How can we enlist the dominant group to become our allies and advocates? What does success look like for you and what is the most effective way of bringing it to fruition?

The conference will provide networking and learning opportunities on the below-listed topics and more!


Asha L.I. Spencer
Bartlit Beck LLP
Folarin Dosunmu
Vice President & General Counsel
Levy Restaurants
Kristen Hardy
Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Secretary
Northwestern Mutual
James Botana
Jackson Lewis, P.C.
Rebecca Weinstein Bacon
Bartlit Beck LLP
Ana Maria Tyrrell
Senior Associate
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP
Michelle Jacobson
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP
Jessica Nguyen
General Counsel
Monica Khetarpal
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Mary Frances Edmonds
Vice President & Assistant General Counsel
The Williams Companies, Inc.
Carly O. Machasic
Clark Hill PLC
Dana Williams
Senior VP, Assistant General Counsel
Northern Trust Corporation
Jeannil Boji
Perkins Coie LLP
Mary Kostopoulos
Global General Counsel
Coforge Limited
Lalania Gilkey-Johnson
Associate General Counsel
GE Appliances, a Haier Company
Melissa Harrup
SVP & Chief Counsel – North America
Mondelez International
Tiffany Gehrke
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
Amber Williams
SVP & Deputy General Counsel
Bath & Body Works
Ida Shafaie
Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Gray Mateo-Harris
Fox Rothschild LLP
Brian Toth
General Counsel
ND Paper
Nicole Sorell
Senior Counsel
Tajanae Mallett
General Counsel and Secretary
Arjo Inc.
Heather Snider-Levinsky
Segal McCambridge LLP
Amy G. Doehring
Office Managing Partner
Akerman LLP
Laura Balson
Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
Paul Krause
Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
Valarie Hays
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Meghan Riley
Associate General Counsel
Peter Nadimi
Deputy General Counsel
Aptos Labs
Prasanth “Prash” Akkapeddi
General Counsel - North America Zone
Kraft Heinz
Bridget Hoy
Lewis Rice LLC
Winnalynn Nacu Kantaris
Director and Associate General Counsel
Alter Domus
Karin Lee
Senior Vice President & Senior Legal Counsel
Northern Trust
Javaria Neagle
Associate General Counsel – Litigation & IP
United Airlines Inc.
Kathleen Barrett
Member of Firm
Epstein Becker Green
Cameron Woods
Senior Counsel, Global Labor & Employment Law
McDonald's Corporation
John Mielitz
Director, Legal Services
Christine E. Hollis
Director of Attorney Recruiting, Development, & Diversity
Freeborn & Peters LLP
April Morgan
Chief of Staff, Office of the Chairman
Chicago Transit Authority


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