2021 Women in the Law Virtual Seminar Agenda

Women in the Law Virtual Seminar April 28-30, 2021

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Time (Central) Program
3:00 p.m. Opening Session
4:30 p.m. First-Timer Meet Up Breakouts
5:30 p.m. Break
6:30 p.m. Virtual Dine-Around/My Favorite Things

Small networking groups around dinner to enjoy a meal together. As an icebreaker/conversation starter, everyone will be asked to talk for a few minutes about one of their favorite things. We will compile a list from all dine-arounds and share it to all registrants/WITL members. Let us know ahead of time if you’ll be joining us.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Time (Central) Program CLE
10:45 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

E. Todd Presnell, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Nashville, TN
C. Meade Hartfield, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Birmingham, AL
11:00 a.m. Dare to Lead - Coming Through Crisis Stronger and Braver

Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator, lawyer, advocate, and inclusion and belonging strategist Kori S. Carew, Esq. will share how a crisis can test women lawyers’ leadership skills, resilience and perspective. Learn how to be more empathetic and more flexible during a crisis. In the process, learn how to own your voice and your professional dream and lead with courage. Kori will inspire you to be brave and authentic, with grounded confidence, as you rumble with the difficult things that arise from an unexpected crisis.

Koriambanya S. (Kori) Carew, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Chicago, IL
12:00 p.m. Network and Nosh

Attendees are welcome to use this time as a break or catch up with attendees before the next session begins.
12:30 p.m. Wonder Women (and Men) – Lessons Learned in the Pandemic Trenches

Reflecting on the fundamental changes to our clients’ businesses, this panel will examine the broad implications the global pandemic has had across different industries. Topics include the science behind infectious diseases, effects on the workplace environment, supply chain impacts, business interruption and liability insurance claims, litigation challenges, and human resources protocols.

Karen K. Karabinos, Drew Eckl & Farnham LLP, Atlanta, GA

Kristine K. Campbell, U-Haul International Inc., Phoenix, AZ
Colette Durst, 3M Company, St. Paul, MN
Aya M. Salem, Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., Princeton, NJ
Alexis Sauer-Budge, PhD, Exponent, Natick, MA
Nandra Weeks, Geosyntec Consultants, Chicago, IL
1:30 p.m. Chat over Coffee

Attendees are welcome to use this time as a break or catch up with attendees before the next session begins.
2:00 p.m. All the Voices of the Rainbow – Adding and Maintaining Diversity in the Legal Profession

This panel will address ways in which the legal profession can achieve growth across the diversity spectrum. Topics will include law firm initiatives, opportunities as in-house counsel, and experiences from the bench.

Lynne O. Ingram, Campbell Conroy & O’Neil PC, Berwyn, PA

Harpreet Chahal, University of California, Oakland, CA
Honorable Lynn M. Duryee (Ret.), Marin County Superior Court, San Rafael, CA
Cari Almo Gallman, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lawrence, NJ
Honorable Teri L. Jackson, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Three, San Francisco, CA
3:00 p.m. Virtual Afternoon Activities

Please select an activity to sign up:
4:00 p.m. Networking Breakout Rooms
EQ over IQ – How Emotional Intelligence Can Impact Performance on the Client Team

Develop greater self-awareness and emotional regulation, improve team efficiency and productivity, communicate with greater clarity and impact, and have difficult conversations with enhanced facility and ease. Add value to your legal team by becoming more internally aware of what you are doing. Improve team work-product by improving your own emotional intelligence.

Lauren Weinstein, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Palo Alto, CA
You are Worth It! Money Management – The Key to Attaining Financial Goals

Learn the ins and outs of money management while enhancing your ability to better understand your clients' financial position and perspective. We will share tips on how to use financial statements to measure financial success and the ability to access outside funding – keys to attaining your financial goals and to gauge your clients’, or opposing parties’, ability to pay a negotiated settlement or fund litigation.

Leanne Gould, CPA/ABV/CFF, ASA, Gould Consulting Services, Atlanta, GA
Bridget Grimes, CFP, Wealth Choice, San Diego, CA
Corporate Counsel Breakout

(For In-House Counsel Only) Enjoy an open forum to compare notes on best practices and developments in the legal industry.

Sharon D. Stuart, Attorneys Insurance Mutual of the South, Birmingham, AL

Aya M. Salem, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Princeton, NJ
Post-Pandemic: Creating a Vision for Your Practice Going Forward
Take a proactive approach in creating a vision for your practice and aligning relationships and resources to support your goals. Marianne will share tips, inspiration, and real-life examples to guide you through a 2-page worksheet that will help you create a vision for your career in a longer-term context; give thought to adding a soulful element into your practice; release something that no longer serves you; identify the resources you need to achieve your vision for your practice; carve out initial action steps to position yourself to achieve your vision; and identify key relationships to support the achievement of your vision.
Marianne M. Trost, The Women Lawyers Coach, Fountain Hills, AZ
5:00 p.m. Break
6:00 p.m. Networking Event Breakout Sessions (See Below Topics)

Friday, April 30, 2021

Time (Central) Program CLE
10:00 a.m. Women in the Law Committee Business Meeting

Open to all
10:45 a.m. Opening Remarks and Introductions

Jennifer F. Nutter, The Hood Law Firm LLC, Charleston, SC
11:00 a.m. Inner Boss – Overcoming Imposter Syndrome, Managing Fear and Overcoming Self Doubt

Experts estimate about 70% of people suffer from some aspect of Imposter Syndrome. The rigors of law school and law practice may exacerbate this condition for lawyers. Even after reaching the top of our profession, many senior legal leaders experience fear and self-doubt and battle unhealthy perfectionism. Learn techniques to help silence, or at least manage, your inner critic and address related challenges whether you experience imposter syndrome yourself or want to learn how to lead or mentor other lawyers who do.

Michelle Banks, BarkerGilmore LLC, Fairport, NY
12:00 p.m. Network and Nosh
Attendees are welcome to use this time as a break or catch up with attendees before the next session begins.
12:30 p.m. "Glow-Up" – How to Highlight the Strengths of Your Corporate Witness

Learn how to tackle tricky situations with corporate witnesses, ensuring that you maximize the opportunity to let your client shine. This workshop will teach you to play to both your client and your company witness’ strengths.

Sharon D. Stuart, Attorneys Insurance Mutual of the South, Birmingham, AL

Gena M. Bomotti, Costco Wholesale Corporation, Issaquah, WA
Sara Flowers-Dent, AutoZone Inc., Memphis, TN
1:30 p.m. Chat over Coffee

Attendees are welcome to use this time as a break or catch up with attendees before the next session begins.
2:00 p.m. Ethics: Mental Wealth – Addressing the Anxious Lawyer and Ethical Issues with Managing Stress

Explore how mindfulness and meditation can help you find or further your joy and satisfaction in your law practice. Learn how to build more resilience, establish work/life integration, and find wellness in the workplace. You will also learn new strategies to address stress management, work-life balance, increased productivity and overall wellness.

Jeena Cho, JC Law Group PC, San Francisco, CA
3:00 p.m. Networking Breakouts

Are you a cynic or an idealist? Do you need a good ol' fashioned venting session about the past year or do you want to share the joy of all you have learned? Luckily, we will have options for both!

Join one of two breakout rooms to share your gripes or triumphs:

A Festivus for the Rest of Us
Let out some steam and join fellow attendees in airing your latest gripes and grievances. Moderated by Bethany White, Arnett Law Group LLC, Chicago, IL

Channel your Inner Marie Kondo
What sparks your joy? Join in the discussion on what things have made you happy/hopeful/etc. Hosted by Leanne Gould, Gould Consulting Services, Atlanta, GA
4:00 p.m. Closing Ceremony

DRI Cares

Open Books

Open Books, a nonprofit based in Chicago, provides literacy experiences for tens of thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and the sale of donated books. Through their Book Grants, they provide readers of all ages with engaging, appropriate, and high-quality books. Each week, they deliver thousands of books to schools and nonprofits across Chicagoland. Open Books has recently partnered with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to present Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Chicago. The Open Books Imagination Library program will provide every child between 0-5 in Chicago with access to free, age-appropriate books directly to their homes. The books arrive by mail every month from birth until the child turns 5. Each book is brand new and carefully selected by a panel of experts on childhood literacy and early education.

Every year Women in the Law incorporates a philanthropic activity or fundraiser to support during its seminar. With our virtual format this year, we are proud to announce we will be supporting Open Books through our fundraising efforts.

DRI's Women in the Law friendly fundraising competition with Drug and Medical Device is off to a great start! Please continue to send all WITL donations to Rebecca Nickelson via Venmo (@Rebecca-Nickelson) or Paypal.

Open Books' friends, Laura and Paul Mishkin, have agreed to match dollar-for-dollar every gift Open Books receives during their spring fundraising drive—up to $30,000! DRI is effectively kicking off this drive and the Mishkins are thrilled to be part of this drive.

Here is how you can think about your gifts:

  • $25 provides one year (one book a month) of brand-new books to a 0-5 year-old through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.
  • $50 provides books for 5 children through our traditional book granting program.
  • $100 funds one Storytime program to provide babies and toddlers activities, such as read-alouds, sing-a-longs, and early phonics play, to develop foundational literacy skills.
  • $250 funds two weeks of our Reading Buddies program, in which Open Books provides one-on-one or small-group supports for struggling early readers (grades 1-3).
  • $500 provides a scholarship for a high schooler to participate in our Publishing Academy program, through which s/he writes his or her first novel.