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 DESCRIPTION

7:45 AM -
8:45 AM

Registration/Networking Continental Breakfast (all attendees)

Sponsored by 

8:50 AM -
9:00 AM

Welcome Remarks

Presenter: Nicole Galli, Founder & President

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Plenary 1
Topic:Tips from the Trenches

Moderator:  Ivy Slater, CEO of Slater Success 

Panel: 
Nancy Mertzel, Principal, Mertzel Law PLLC
Wendy B. Samuelson, Samuelson Hause & Samuelson, LLP
Shira Katz Scanlon, Founder & Partner, Martine & Katz Scanlon
Ariana Tadler, Founding Partner, Tadler Law LLP
Alaina Fotiu-Wojtowicz, Founder & Partner, Brodsky Fotiu-Wojtowicz, PLLC

Join us for an interactive panel discussion with various sizes and types of women owned firms and businesses in the law about how to run your practice, achieve your business goals and stay sane and healthy at the same time.  Topics will include knowing your value and getting paid your worth, technology and automation tools that can help streamline your business processes, running virtual teams, and finding “balance” as a woman entrepreneur.

10:00 AM - 10:15 PM

 Networking Break sponsored by

 

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Plenary 2 
Topic: Innovation in the Law

Moderator: Debbie Epstein Henry, Founder, DEH Consulting, Speaking & Writing

Panel: 
Rebecca L. Rakoski, Managing Partner, Xpan Law Group
N. Damali Peterman, CEO, BreakthroughADR
Cynthia Funaro Towers, President & CEO, JURISolutions
Aviva Will, Co-Chief Operating Officer Burford Capital

Join us for an interactive panel discussion with women owned firms and businesses in the law who are doing it differently. Hear how you can be innovative and creative in both the services and products you offer and how you deliver them to your clients.

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Speed Networking Roundtables

A fast-paced event that provides attendees the opportunity to interact and meet other women entrepreneurs in the law.

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Buffet Lunch sponsored by

    

1:15 PM -
1:45 PM
Annual Meeting of the Members
1:45 PM -
2:30 PM

Keynote

The Transformative Power of Women's Entrepreneurship In the Legal Profession: Why Women Owning the Conference Room Matters More Than Just a Seat At the Table

Presenter:
Carolyn Elefant, Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant & MyShingle.com

2:30 pm -
3:00 pm

Presentation of the Awards

3:00 PM -
3:15 PM

 Networking Break sponsored by

 

3:15 PM -
4:15 PM

Plenary 3
Topic: Best Practices for Partnering with Corporations & Big Law

Moderator: Lisa D. Love, Co-Managing Partner, Love and Long, LLP

Panel:
Valarie J. Allen, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP
Anne Ciesla Bancroft, Associate General Counsel, Exelon Business Services Company, LLC
Jonathan D. Lovitz, Senior Vice President, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (nglcc)
Barbara Stevens, VP and Corporate Counsel, Prudential Financial

Many of us who run their own law firms or other legal services businesses today came out of “Big Law” or other practices in which we worked with large corporations. Does opening your own firm or other business mean that you have to switch your client base to only smaller to mid-market clients? This panel will explore ways that you can continue to serve a large and sophisticated client base – through supplier diversity opportunities and partnerships with other law firms, including large and small majority owned firms.

4:15 PM -
4:30 PM

 Networking Break sponsored by

4:30 PM -
5:30 PM

Plenary 4

Topic: Scaling Women Owned Firms in the Law

Moderator: Desiree Younge, CEO, E2 Entrepreneurs Inc.

Panel:
Kimberly Berger, President & COO, Her Corner
Kelly Rittenberry Culhane, Managing Partner, Culhane Meadows
Beth Kaufman, Partner, Schoeman Updike Kaufman & Gerber LLP
Jessica Mazzeo, COO, Griesing Law, LLC

Every mega-firm firm today started as a couple of men in an office. With the explosion of women owned business over the last 25 years, including in law, it is likely that at least some of the large law firms of the future will be women owned. Join us for a discussion with various women who have scaled law firms and other experts on growing businesses (especially without outside funding)

5:30 PM -
6:30 PM

Cocktail Reception and Closing Remarks sponsored by

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