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AGENDA: Wednesday, June 10, 11am CDT

11:00 AM
OPENING COMMENTS
11:05 AM
A Country in Crisis: How the Pandemic Has Exacerbated Economic Disparities in America

We are in the midst of a pandemic and it will be a long recovery from COVID-19. Among the many issues is the reality that companies will continue to cut pay and lay more people off. Studies show that the choices they make will have a disparately negative impact on attorneys of color and women. This has far reaching consequences that go beyond the workplace. Access to good work is one thing, but the problem goes much deeper. Access to healthcare, and other vital resources, has long been in an issue. As recent events in Minneapolis and around the globe have demonstrated, we’ve reached a tipping point. 

This panel will explore:

  • How this pandemic has contributed to uncovering the disparity between marginalized and privileged groups
  • How to make this an opportunity to have some difficult but necessary conversations
  • Why it is important to double down on diversity and inclusion efforts, emphasizing a commitment to those values.
  • How leadership in both law firms and companies can create a sense of community and belonging and why it is especially important during times of crisis. 










11:55 AM
BREAK
12:05 PM
Redefining Success in the Age of COVID-19: A Bridge to the New Normal

Women often do not apply for a job or a promotion if they don’t check every box, whereas men regularly seek jobs for which they are only partially qualified. The challenge can be even more daunting when considering a dream job or career choice that is not part of the normal trajectory. While the virus has pushed us out of our comfort zones, it has also presented a unique opportunity to explore our options. Pursuing these options (whether it be a raise, a promotion or a nontraditional path) requires the confidence courage to see your own potential in order to go after what is important to you.

This panel will explore:

  • Letting go of the past and finding new ways of adapting to the changes ahead
  • Getting clear with what you really want and making the current climate work for you
  • The ASK: Asking for what you want and knowing why you deserve
  • The role of sponsors, mentors and allies in getting us closer to our goals
  • How best to advocate for ourselves and others










12:55 PM
CLOSING COMMENTS