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American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession

2007 Women in Law Leadership Academy -
Presented by the Commission on Women and the Young Lawyers Division

Women in Law Leadership Academy

Women in the Law Leadership Academy 2007
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
November 8-9, 2007


Thursday, November 8, 2007
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 a.m

Opening Keynote Plenary
Welcome: The Honorable Elizabeth S. Stong, Chair, WILL Academy Planning Committee, United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York
Introduction: Raymond L. Ocampo Jr., Principal, Samurai Surfer LLC, San Mateo, CA
Keynote Speaker: Paula Boggs, General Counsel, Starbucks Corporation, Seattle, WA

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

The Good Mentor: How to Find One, How to Be One
Mentoring is a two-way street -- and it has never been more important. This session will provide tips on how to find and learn from a good mentor and also give direction and insight into how to get the most out of the mentor relationship, how to be a better mentor, and how to fulfill your responsibility as a mentee.

Moderator: Pamela J. Roberts, Chair, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Columbia, SC

Tina L. Harris, Chief Diversity Officer, Bryan Cave LLP, Kansas City, MO
Laurie N. Robinson, Assistant General Counsel, CBS Broadcasting Inc., New York
Anita Wallace Thomas, Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Atlanta, GA
Elizabeth Acee, Partner, Tyler, Cooper, & Alcorn LLP, New Haven, CT

Mentoring 101: How to Find One, How to Be One

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Breakout #1
Women’s Initiatives in the Work Place
Women's initiatives make a difference for the women in an organization and for the organization itself. This session will examine how to launch and develop a women's initiative, how to use a women's initiative as an "affinity group" for career development, and how to use a women's initiative to advance women into leadership through leadership development programs.  Best practices for law firms to use in retaining and promoting women will also be discussed.

Moderator: Wendy C. Schmidt, Principal, Business Intelligence Services, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP

Jane DiRenzo Piggott, Principal, R3 Group LLC, Chicago, IL
Patricia K. Gillette, Shareholder, Heller Ehrman LLP, San Francisco, CA
Karen M. Lockwood, Partner, Howery LLP, Washington, DC
Angela Payne James, Patner, Alston & Byrd, LLP, Atlanta, GA

Creating Pathways to Success
Making the Women's Affinity Group Work
The Opt-In Project Report: Making a Case for Balance
Women of Color in Law Firms

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Breakout #2
Marketing 101: How to Win and Keep the Business
How would you like to have your own clients?  This session will provide the tools and resources for identifying potential clients, asking for the business, closing the deal, earning - and getting - recognition for originating the business relationship, and keeping the business through sustaining the client relationship.

Co-Moderators: Charna E. Sherman, Partner and Stephanie Niehaus, Associate, Squire Sanders Dempsey, Cleveland, OH

Kelly Tubman Hardy, Partner, DLA Piper, Baltimore, MD
Christina M. Tchen, Partner, Skadden Arps Meager Slate & Flom, Chicago, IL
Emilia A. Quesada, Partner, Sanchez-Medina, Gonzalez & Quesada, LLP, Miami, FL
William A. Von Hoene, Jr., Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Exelon Business Services Company, Chicago, IL

12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Keynote Luncheon
Introduction: Elizabeth Acee, Partner, Tyler, Cooper, & Alcorn LLP, New Haven, CT
Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Ann Claire Williams, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Surviving Networking and Loving It
Whom do you know?  Your pathway to professional success and satisfaction may begin with the person you just met -- or are about to meet.  This workshop will show you how to identify opportunities for networking that you may already have, how to develop opportunities for new business acquaintances, and how to transform all of these into long-term professional relationships.

Speaker: Diane Darling, Founder and CEO, Effective Networking, Inc.


3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

General Counsel: A View from the Corner Office
The role of the general counsel has never been more important.  This session will highlight the insights of general counsel as to the leadership qualities that they seek in selecting outside counsel and hiring their in-house colleagues and how they exhibit leadership within their own firms, and it will identify keys to assist women in developing those leadership qualities.  This session will also explore how general counsel think about issues of gender.

Moderator: Lauren Stiller Rikleen, Partner, Bowditch & Dewey LLP; Executive Director, Bowditch Institute for Women’s Success, Framingham, MA

Clarissa Cerda, Vice President and General Counsel, Initiate Systems, Chicago, IL
Lena Goldberg, Executive Vice President-Strategic Corporate Initiatives, FMR Corp./Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
Danette Wineberg, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, The Timberland Company, Stratham, NH

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception Honoring Women Corporate Counsel
9:00 - 10:00 p.m. Dessert Reception and Open Microphone Toasts

Friday, November 9, 2007

7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Take Inventory and Take Charge! Career and Leadership Planning Workshop
You ARE the boss of you.  This workshop will provide you with the tools and resources to evaluate your current career path, identify your goals, and develop a personal leadership plan to achieve them.

Speaker: Lisa Horowitz, Senior Manager, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Washington, DC

Take Inventory! Take Charge!

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Women in Negotiation: Skills and Strategies for Successful Negotiating
Are you comfortable as a negotiator?  Would you like to be better at it?  This interactive and practical session will help you explore what works best in effective negotiating for your clients and give you new insights into your own negotiating style.

Speaker: Margaret Shaw, Esq., Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS), New York, N.Y.

Women, Negotiation, and Leadership: Creating Conditions for Career Success

MCLE credit has been requested for this program.

12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Keynote Luncheon
Introduction: The Honorable Elizabeth S. Stong, United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York
Keynote Speaker: Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Former Lieutenant Governor, State of Maryland

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