AGENDA: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

07:45 AM
08:50 AM
The Current Landscape: The Silence Breakers, Pay Equity & Creating Change

Time's 2017 person of the year was The Silence Breakers. How can the legal community use this momentum to create more opportunities and diversity? Key metrics such as pay equity and the ratio of women in leadership positions, show that there is inequality both in-house and at law firms. Implicit and explicit sexism is real – what can be done to create change on an individual basis, in organizations and across the country?

This panel will examine:

  • Silence Breakers and utilizing the country’s awareness
  • The current pay equity landscape for female lawyers both in-house and at law firms
  • How can the current momentum be used for change?
  • What does top down change look like?

09:35 AM
Work-Life & Career Management: Creating the Right Blend for Your Goals and Life

Juggling ambition, professional fulfillment and the right career choices is a challenge for many women in the legal profession. What career choices do you have? What realistic sacrifices will you make to pursue a fulfilling, rewarding and balanced career?

This panel will examine:

  • What are the best ways to manage your career?
  • What are the career paths available to you?
  • How to discuss schedule and productivity with your employer/manager?
  • Will working from home negatively impact your career?
  • How to approach this with family/partners?

10:20 AM
Who is My Mentor and Developing a Sponsor

Having a mentor is great but it may not be realistic as you can’t ask a peer at a rival company if you just made a mistake. However, in order to progress your career you must find sponsors to learn and develop. So where can you get mentorship? What people and experience should you seek? How to be seen and heard so the quality of your work can be judged on its own merit?

This panel will examine:

  • The value of good mentorship
  • No mentor? Where to seek guidance
  • Sponsorship and its importance
  • Creating your own meritocracy

11:05 AM
11:40 AM
Developing Your Work Style, Approach and Strengths

Many of today’s successful female attorneys have stated that working with your own style, approach and finding your strengths is a good foundation to build a fulfilling career. Why is this such an important topic? How will you recognize and develop your work style and approach? Conversely, how to catch the pervasive pressures and traps that may cause you to work in someone else’s style?

This panel will examine:

  • Why is developing your own work style important?
  • Traps and pressure to watch out for
  • Training your manager
  • Open forum questions

12:25 PM
Self-Advocacy & Career Development: Effective Networking and Bonding

When networking and self-promotional opportunities come up that are in culturally male-dominant areas, what choices do women have? How can you bond and network with internal & external clients in a manner that enhances your personal brand? What are the other ways you can network and promote yourself?

This panel will examine:

  • How can you take part in male-dominated networking opportunities?
  • What other ways can you promote and build your personal brand?
  • How to utilize social media in the right way?
  • How can you change the culture in your organization?

01:10 PM
01:40 PM
Dessert & Coffee Keynote - Death by Overwork (Karoshi): Is it Sweeping America?

Every era has given and taken something from society. Our technology driven economy has given us instant access to global markets and produced more competition while taking away one of the most precious commodities of human society: time.

Historically, physical work hours in Western society seemed to reach an intense level with the introduction of the industrial era and factories. Translated into today’s socio-economic environment, the new work culture has resulted in accelerating a previously recognized social problem: 'karoshi' or death by overwork. In Japan, "it is said that the only way to prevent death by overwork is to avoid overworking yourself, or to take a rest when you feel tired (if only you could take the time!).” The absurdity of this comment illustrates the losing battle faced by employees in Japan, as well as the U.S.

ln any attempt to demystify the complexity of “overwork” and lack of work life balance, it's important to examine the cultural, historical and legal frameworks in place to lessen work factors that can lead to death by overwork.

02:20 PM
Roundtable Discussions

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

Roundtable 1: Work-Life Balance
Moderator: Jacqueline Beaumont, Shareholder, Call & Jensen

Roundtable 2: Networking and Promoting Yourself
Moderator: Deborah Stein, Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Roundtable 3: Lessons Learned from Female Litigators
Moderator: Salumeh LoeschOf Counsel, Klarquist Sparkman LLP 

Roundtable 4: Developing Your Own Work Style
Moderator: Candice ZeePartner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Click here for more details. 

03:40 PM
04:00 PM
Your Turn: A Call To Action and Creating Change

Key elements from the conference will be reviewed interactively with the audience. What questions/comments do you have about today’s panels, roundtables and presentations? Our panelists will summarize their key takeaways from the panel discussions and facilitate a conversation on how to create positive change for women in law.

This panel will examine:

  • Key points of summary and thoughts on today’s topics
  • How can the country’s attention be utilized for change?
  • Audience questions and discussions
  • Call to action

04:45 PM