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.
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?
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:
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?
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?
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.
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 Development, Counsel 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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