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AGENDA: Wednesday, November 7, 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
LGBTQ in Law & Leadership: The Silent and Invisible Minority

How has the #meetoo movement and the current awareness around discrimination in the workplace impacted LGBTQ lawyers? What are the unique challenges that LGBTQ attorneys face and where is the common ground that can generate the change for greater diversity?

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 and 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 mirco-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: Succeeding in Male Dominant Environment 
Moderated by Kate Stimeling, Partner, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, LLP

Roundtable 2: Self-Advocacy
Moderated by Alicia A. Baiardo, PartnerMcGuireWoods &
Carolee Anne Hoover,

Roundtable 3: Unconscious Bias & Discrimination
Moderated by Kristin Walker-Probst, Partner, Severson & Werson

Roundtable 4: Creating a Harassment Prevention Program That Actually Makes a Difference
Moderated by Betsy Carroll, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine
Christiane A. Roussell, 
Counsel, Davis Wright Tremaine 

Click here for more info.

03:30 PM