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08:00 AM
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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
A Few Good Men: Moving Beyond the MeToo Hashtag

Rarely do we see inclusion strategies that stress the need to include, listen to, and work with the dominant group — the one that is seeing its preeminence questioned. However, that is where leadership is most needed: in helping today’s dominant group embrace tomorrow’s reality. While it goes without question that women and minorities in positions of power must help others to move the needle, a better approach may be to engage everyone in bringing about change. When it comes to women’s advancement, men matter. 

This panel will explore:

  • Identifying Male Allies
  • Developing an engagement strategy
  • How you can self-advocate in order to get buy-in from others
  • What law firms and corporations can do to help
  • Tips and success stories from the panelists








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
NETWORKING BREAK
03:15 PM
Networking in a Pandemic: How to Stay Sane, Self-Advocate & Be Successful in the New Normal

While the pandemic has certainly generated undue hardship, it has also offered us more than a few silver linings. These include more flexibility in regard to where we work and when we work.  As a result, many are choosing to pursue new opportunities and nontraditional paths. However, this requires confidence, creativity, and the necessary personal awareness to get in touch with what is important to you. It also requires a strong network and the ability to ASK for what you want.         

 This panel will explore: 

  • Getting clear with what you really want  
  • How to build a strong network in a virtual world….it’s a skill that needs to be developed! 
  • The ASK: Asking for what you want and knowing why you deserve it 
  • Paying it forward: How best to advocate others 








04:00 PM
NETWORKING RECEPTION & RAFFLE