WOMEN LEGAL 2019

Illustrating the business imperative for the advancement, retention and succession of female leadership in the legal profession - while identifying opportunities to open up business dialogues and make useful connections

Details

  • 07 February, 2019
  • 08:30 - 17:30

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Agenda

Brochure
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8:30AM Registration & Refreshments
 
9:00AM Introductions Conference Chairperson
Patricia K. Gillette, Public Keynote Speaker and Member of JAMS 
 
9:15AM   KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Moving From Why to How…
Alan Bryan, Senior Associate General Counsel, Walmart Inc.
 
10:00AM   IMPACT UPDATE 
Impact of Diversity Innovations: The Mansfield Rule Diversity Pilot
Caren Ulrich Stacy, Creator of Diversity Lab & OnRamp Fellowship
 
10:30AM Morning Coffee Break
 
11:00AM   PANEL DISCUSSION
Retaining Women in Law: New Strategies For Engaging and Retaining Women Lawyers
Michelle P. Crockett, Hiring, Diversity & Development Principal, Miller Canfield, Chris Boyd, Chief Knowledge & Talent Officer, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Shanin H. Lott, Managing Director, Talent and Professional Resources, Stikeman Elliott LLP
 
11:45AM   PANEL DISCUSSION 
The Art of the Ask (and how to navigate difficult conversations)
 
PANEL
Marci A. Eisenstein, Managing Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP, Colleen T. Davies, Senior Counsel, Reed Smith LLP, Others TBA
 
12:30PM Networking Luncheon
 
1:30PM   CO-PRESENTATION
The Confidence Gap — How Women Can Create the Career of their Dreams, After all 
Gail J. Cummings, Esq., Strategic Leadership & Career Advisor, Psychotherapist, Executive Coach and Kimberly Rice, President and Chief Strategist, KLA  Marketing Associates 
 
2:15PM   
Social Networking to Enhance Your Professional Brand
Kim Jewell, Americas Marketing Leader, Forensic & Integrity Services, Ernst & Young LLP
 
2:45PM   Afternoon Coffee Break
 
3:00PM   PANEL DISCUSSION
Your Career is Impacting Your Life...
PANEL
Miko A. Brown, Partner, Davis Graham & Stubbs, Jessica L. Pollet, Counsel, 
Buckley Sandler LLP, Stephanie Burns, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Amazon.com 
 
3:45PM   CLOSING WORKSHOP-STYLE SESSION (Wine & Cheese Included)
Best Laid Plans...
Facilitators:
Andrea L. Alliston¸ Partner, Knowledge Management, Stikeman Elliott LLP,
Shanin H. Lott, Managing Director, Talent and Professional Resources, Stikeman Elliott LLP
 
5:00PM
Q&A / Closing Remarks 
Patricia K. Gillette, Public Keynote Speaker and Member of JAMS 

Full Description

The business case for diversity and inclusion has been made...  

In countless studies, greater diversity and an inclusive environment enhances team performance, attracts superior talent, better reflects the customer base, increases productivity by fostering an environment accepting of broad ideas, creates better strategies and solutions, and ultimately improves the bottom line.  And these are only some of the reasons “why” we should seek diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. 

So why haven’t we found it? 

Women lawyers are entering the profession at near 50% of law graduates, but they constitute less than 30% of chief legal officers and less than 20% of equity partners in firms, while facing gender gaps from compensation to leadership positions. Despite the obvious reasons why the legal profession should push for greater gender parity at all levels, progress has been glacial. 

To compound the issue, research reveals that the most experienced women in the profession are also leaving in their 40s and 50s—as these women ought to be reaching the highest levels of leadership within their organizations.  The higher up the chain you look within the nation’s largest firms, the fewer women you’ll find. 

Clearly, we need to better understand the career dynamics of women lawyers, as this incredible loss of talent and expertise is something that the legal profession (and our justice system) simply cannot afford!

Ark Group’s 12th annual WOMEN LEGAL conference will once again examine actions that have had a direct impact on the advancement or preservation of organizations committed to diversity and inclusion—shedding light on what some firms are doing to address stagnation around gender parity and advance retention efforts of women in law. 

We hope you’ll join us this February in San Francisco as we collectively explore how the profession can start “moving from why—to how.”  It’s time for greater innovation and experimentation as we aim to inspire future generations of women lawyers!

Top industry speakers

Patricia Gillette

Public keynote speaker and member of JAMS

Alan Bryan

Senior Associate General Counsel, Walmart Inc.

Caren Ulrich Stacy

Fouder annd CEO, Diversity Lab & OnRamp Fellowship

Michelle P. Crockett

Hiring, Diversity & Development Principal

Chris Boyd

Senior Director of Professional Services, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Shanin Lott

Managing Director, Talent and Professional Resources, Stikeman Elliott LLP

Marci A. Eisenstein

Managing Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP

Colleen T. Davies

Senior Counsel, Reed Smith LLP

Gail J. Cummings, Esq.,

 Strategic Leadership & Career Advisor, Psychotherapist, Executive Coach

Kimberly Rice

President and Chief Strategist, KLA  Marketing Associates 

Kim Jewell

Americas Marketing Leader, Forensic & Integrity Services,  Ernst & Young LLP

Miko A. Brown

Partner, Davis Graham & Stubbs

Jessica L. Pollet

Counsel,  Buckley Sandler LLP

Stephanie Burns

Vice President & Associate General  Counsel, Amazon.com 

Andrea L. Alliston

Partner, Knowledge Management, Stikeman Elliott LLP

Shanin Lott

Managing Director, Talent and Professional Resources, Stikeman Elliott LLP