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AGENDA: Thursday, November 1, 2018

07:30 AM
08:30 AM
Increasing the Diversity of Legal & Corporate Leadership

When 25% or more of management and/or board members are women, profit and retention of an organization rises. What impact would an overall expansion in diversity in leadership have in the legal & corporate world? How can diversity be increased - the economic business case is clear.

  • Take advantage of the current landscape to create change
  • What can individuals do?
  • How are organizations approaching diversity?
  • The important role law firms play in improving legal diversity
    • The impact on corporate diversity
    • More diverse partners & retention

09:15 AM
Dealing with Unconscious Bias & Discrimination

Whether discrimination comes from overt prejudice or unconscious bias, minorities and women are not receiving equal opportunities or treatment. In fact, the impact of unconscious bias can be insidious and underestimated or rationalized too easily. How can unconscious bias and information be dealt with and overcome?

  • The types of unconscious bias to look out for
    • Power of language
    • Intuitional bias
    • Ignorance and education
  • How to approach
    • Managers
    • Peers
    • Direct reports
    • When an official approach is needed – reporting bias

10:00 AM
Lessons Learned from Female and Minority Leaders, Litigators & Deal-Makers

Females and minority deal-makers, litigators and leaders have overcome challenges, preconceptions and prejudices that can provide valuable insights and lessons learned.  In the current landscape more opportunities for women and minorities could be opening up.  What are the skills that you will need to rise in your career today and the future? 

This panel explores:

  • Will more opportunities be opening up for women and minorities?
  • What were the obstacles and challenges you faced that surprised you?
  • What are the keys to gaining the best mix of work and personal/family life?
  • What do you notice as more females and minorities move into leadership roles?

10:45 AM
11:20 AM
Sponsors, Influencers & Career Engineering

To create the career and professional opportunities that are the most rewarding, effective sponsors and influencers are needed. Behind closed doors, who is vouching for you and pushing your name forward for the opportunities you want? There are two ways to approach Sponsorship and career engineering – with intention or with hope – and hope is not an effective strategy. What can you do to strategically foster sponsors and influencers?

  • Defining sponsors & influencers
  • Another definition “old boys network”
  • The importance for Women in Law
  • Identifying your current sponsors
  • Getting vote approval before
    • Identifying a potential sponsor

12:05 PM
Self-Advocacy & Countering Personal Negation

As you advance in your career, very rarely do you have all the skills, experience and capabilities that new opportunities require. Pursuing growth opportunities requires the ability and confidence to see your own potential, the right mentor, and the drive to develop the career and life that best fits your aspiration. What are the tools and ways that you can build confidence to self-advocate more effectively?

  • The positioning of your current success and experience
  • Dealing with rejection – every no means you are closer to a yes
  • Utilizing peer groups to enhance confidence
  • Panelist success stories

12:50 PM
01:20 PM
Dessert & Coffee Panel: Succeeding in Male Dominant Environments

For many female minorities in the law industry, company and culture often mean that they are the only one in the room or office. This brings up many challenges and is a micro-study for women and minorities that offers insight in how to create change, effectively self-advocate and succeed.

02:05 PM
Roundtable Discussions

Four rotating, 20-minute discussions hosted by a topic expert.

Roundtable 1: Dealing with Unconscious Bias & Discrimination
Moderated by Sumaya Ellard, Associate, Greenberg Traurig

Roundtable 2: Self-Advocacy & Countering Personal Negation
Moderated by Hillary Rightler, Senior Associate, Kilpatrick Townsend

Roundtable 3: Mentorship & Sponsorship
Moderated by Jennifer Marino, Partner, Litchfield Cavo LLP

Roundtable 4: Understanding and Overcoming Your Own Unconscious Bias
Moderated by Amie M. Willis, Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. 

Roundtable 5: Succeeding in a Male Dominated Environment
Moderated by Ellen W. Smith, Partner, Parker Poe
Shalanna Pirtle, 
Partner, Parker Poe

Roundtable 6: Strategies to Attract & Retain Diverse Talent
Moderated by Lisa H. Lemke, National Director of Talent DevelopmentCounsel On Call 

Roundtable 7: Lessons Learned From Female & Minority Leaders, Litigators & Deal-Makers
Moderated by Lan Kennedy-Davis, Partner, Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell


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04:35 PM