Menu

linkedin-icon.png twitter-icon.png

08:00 AM
REGISTRATION & CHECK IN
09:00 AM
OPENING COMMENTS


09:15 AM
Caregiving & Career: Mastering the Balancing Act

Working remotely has created a new set of challenges, especially for those in a caregiver role—often women. Whether you are caring for children, elderly parents or just having a balanced work-life integration, COVID-19 has placed an even greater strain on those already trying to keep up with the demands of a successful career.

This panel will explore:

  • Best practices for working remotely
  • Why companies should support – not penalize – parents and caregivers now and in the future
  • Realistic tips for achieving balance
  • The silver lining: How the pandemic will change the way we work and create more opportunities for flexibility








10:00 AM
NETWORKING BREAK
10:15 AM
From Recruitment to Retention: The Role of Sponsorship & Mentorship

To create a rewarding legal career, one must seek out challenging and visible professional opportunities: getting on the right case, satisfying the important client, winning the big settlement. For women and minorities, however, finding these opportunities often isn’t enough; effective sponsors and influencers are needed to help seize them.

Behind closed doors, who is vouching for you and pushing your name forward for the opportunities you want? What can you do to strategically foster sponsors and influencers?

This panel will explore:

  • The importance of women and minorities in law
  • Differentiating sponsors from influencers
  • Identifying current and potential sponsors
  • Redefining the “old boys network” in the legal profession












11:00 AM
NETWORKING BREAK
11:15 AM
From Competition to Collaboration: Shifting the Paradigm

Women leaders in both business and the legal profession are still rare. Because creating and maintaining a gender-balanced workforce is no longer a gesture of good will, but essential to financial growth, finding ways to foster diversity in corporate leadership is imperative.

This panel will explore:

  • Bridging the gap between the business and legal units
  • Recruiting and sustaining female talent
  • Increasing awareness of the effects of implicit biases around female stereotypes:
    • They are not tough enough
    • They are more invested in their families than their careers
  • Tips and Success stories












12:00 PM
NETWORKING BREAK
12:15 PM
Rewriting the Rules in the Age of COVID-19: Becoming a Futurist

We do not have a crystal ball but for a moment, let’s pretend we do. What does the workplace look like? Will we go back to brick and mortar or continue to work remotely? What will this mean for DEI initiatives? While the virus has pushed us out of our comfort zones, it has also presented a unique opportunity to look at our options and evolve as professionals and as humans.

 This panel will explore:

  • Letting go of the past and finding new ways of adapting to the changes ahead
  • What are the obstacles and challenges?
  • What are the silver linings?
  • How we can leverage the new normal to create more opportunities to promote DEI?






01:00 PM
NETWORKING BREAK
01:15 PM
Disrupting the Noah’s Ark Approach to DEI: Creating a Culture of Inclusion

According to Bible scholars, there are no unicorns left in the world because they never made it on to the Ark. It is thought that they were running late or they had a disagreement with Noah. No one is quite sure. The point is that who knows how many other creatures missed the boat!  In The Loudest Duck by Laura Liswood, she writes that at some point, corporate diversity came to mean the inclusion of at least two of every kind. Far too many managers and leaders figured that if you crammed a pair of each minority into a company or into a boardroom, you had accomplished the task of creating a diverse work environment. Nothing could be further from the truth! 

This panel will explore: 

  • How can partners and associates engage their firm in more creative D&I initiatives? 
  • How can firms show their clients that they are sincerely implementing change and not just using a broad brush? 
  • How is credit given at law firms and what has to change? 
  • What responsibility do in-house counsel have in helping law firms to become more diverse? 
  • What can corporations do to become more diverse? 










02:00 PM
NETWORKING BREAK
02:15 PM
The Time for Change is NOW: Attracting, Promoting & Retaining Leaders of Color

Leaders of color are resolute in their determination to get ahead. Why then do so few make it to the top in Big Law or major corporations? The numbers are abysmal with 2.81 percent in equity partnership positions and 3.9 percent in the C-suite. Due to ongoing events since the spring of 2020, public outcry for change is at an all-time high. And while diversity and inclusion initiatives are becoming more commonplace in both law firms and corporate America, progress is slow.

This panel will explore:

  • Challenges that minority leaders face in the legal profession
  • Why law firms and other employers should care about retaining and advancing people of color
  • Performative vs. Substantive change
  • Affinity groups and other resources
  • Success stories - Advice for young attorneys of color








03:00 PM
CLOSING COMMENTS


03:15 PM
NETWORKING RECEPTION & RAFFLE