||Registration & Coffee Service
Get to know the early risers in our group over a cup of coffee.
||Welcome and Introductions
J. Richard Moore, Bleeke Dillon Crandall, Indianapolis, IN
Sarah Thomas Pagels, Laffey, Leitner & Goode, LLC, Milwaukee, WI
||Super Women: Women Empowering Women
Join us for a fireside chat with Heidi Friedman interviewing Debbie Epstein Henry on her journey as a lawyer turned professional speaker, author, and public speaking coach -- inspiring women around the world to lead our best lives. Heidi and Debbie will provide specific tips to uncover our superpowers as women: using our intelligence, skills, relationships, and judgment to empower other women. In doing so, we empower ourselves.
Deborah Epstein Henry, Southold, NY
Heidi B. Friedman, Thompson Hine LLP, Cleveland, OH
||Generational Lessons on Leadership: Lessons from Ted Lasso
During this session, emerging leaders will explore the future of leadership from a unique and entertaining perspective, focusing on how we can apply the leadership approach of the entertaining sports comedy Ted Lasso to our legal workplaces. The panel will delve into how Ted's "be a good person, respect others, and judge no one" philosophy can help your organization not just survive but thrive in changing and challenging times. This presentation will include entertaining examples from Lasso, the fictional English soccer coach, and share the top ten ways legal organizations can apply Lasso’s unique style to build success and satisfaction.
Laura Emmett, Strigberger Brown Armstrong LLP, Ontario, Canada
Elizabeth Sorenson Brotten, Foley & Mansfield, Minneapolis, MN
||The Community Needs You: Lawyers Serving on Nonprofit Boards (Ethics)
Join our panel to explore how lawyers can volunteer for nonprofit boards of directors without always having to give legal advice. The discussion will present the ethics of lawyers helping the community and how to balance that with your day job and other responsibilities. Also learn how in-house counsel handle volunteering and value when their outside counsel serve on nonprofit boards.
Rebecca A. Nickelson, Sinars Slowikowski Tomaska, St. Louis, MO
Niki Schaeffer, Reliability First, Cleveland, OH
Kristine K. Campbell, U-Haul International, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
||DRI Cares - Blessings in a Backpack
On your way to lunch, support Blessings in a Backpack, DRI Cares, and the DRI Foundation by filling a bag with food for a child experiencing food insecurity in our community. Feed a child before you feed yourself to make a difference in the lives of children and families all over our country and in this local community.
||DRI Networking Lunch
Join us for a special hour as we celebrate the newest recipient of the Mary Massaron Award.
Lunch is included in your registration fee. Please indicate on your registration form whether you plan on attending so that we can get an accurate headcount.
||Breakout Sessions (choose one)
|Young Lawyers Breakout
Make Your Mark: Marketing Yourself as a Young Lawyer
This breakout session will focus on the practicalities and mindset of marketing yourself as a lawyer. Topics will include tips for building your brand; ethical issues to avoid when self-marketing; differentiating yourself by embracing what makes you you; and overcoming self-doubt and imposter syndrome.
Ericka Esposito-Kull, Littleton, Park, Joyce, Ughetta & Kelly LLP, Radnor, PA
Allison Laffey, Laffey, Leitner & Goode LLC, Milwaukee, WI
Maggie Ogletree, Norman, Wood, Kendrick & Turner, Birmingham, AL
|Succession Planning: Preparing and Empowering the Next Generation
Join our group of seasoned women lawyers to talk about how law firms and their clients are best served by being transparent about their succession plans. Learn why early (and frequent) discussions of how and when transitions should happen are not just best practice but a client requirement.
Anne R. Yuengert, Bradley, Birmingham, AL
Karen K. Karabinos, Chartwell Law, Atlanta, GA
Sheila M. M. Schiffman, Vitesco Technologies, Auburn Hills, MI
||Committee Business Meeting
||Small Group Networking Activities
In addition to “Together We Network!” session (listed below), additional small group networking opportunities will be provided after registration.
||Small Group Networking Opportunity
Together We Network!
Join Marianne Trost, long-time friend of DRI’s Women in the Law Committee, for a fresh take on business development and networking. In this interactive session, you will learn from each other as well as take away some tips to hit the ground running at your next networking event. Try them out at the WITL Reception later that evening!
Marianne M. Trost, The Women Lawyers Coach, Fountain Hills, AZ
||Premier Networking Reception
Join fellow seminar attendees at our Premier Networking Reception. More details to come.
||Large Group Networking Activities
More details to be provided after registration.