By Women...For Women...In the Law
Save the date for our annual Women in the Law conference on May 16, 2014, at the School of Law. This year’s conference will feature current New Hampshire Governor Margaret Hassan '85. The conference provides career guidance and professional development growth to women attorneys and other professionals at all stages of their careers and brings together powerful decision makers from Boston and beyond.
A block of rooms at the nearby Colonnade Hotel has been reserved for out-of-town guests for a discounted rate of $255/night. These are available on a first come, first served basis and the hotel deadline is April 24th. Make your reservations soon by clicking this link or call the Colonnade and ask for the Northeastern rate.
Check back often as details evolve!
2014 Conference Schedule:
(Draft – subject to change)
*All sessions take place in Dockser 240, unless otherwise noted.
8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome, Dean Jeremy Paul
Sofia Lingos ’09 and Christina Miller ’98 (Conference Chairs)
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Keynote Address
Governor Margaret Hassan ’85
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Coffee and networking with Governor Hassan
Location: Lounge outside 240 Dockser
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Panel 1
Taking Risk in an Unforgiving World
Risk can be difficult to manage and embrace — especially for lawyers trained to exhaustively anticipate and answer every last question — but it's often integral to success. The reality is that circumstances will eventually require you (as a lawyer and as a human being) to leap, whether you practice for-profit or public interest law, in a small or large firm or as a solo practitioner. In this session, you will hear from those who have taken risks: panelists will share stories of how they handled challenges, how they might have done it differently (or not) and how the experience impacted their careers. Having landed firmly on the other side of various legal leaps, these professionals will offer insights on the ways embracing risk brought them to where they are today.
Margaret Burnham, Professor of Law, Northeastern University
Adriane Dudley ’72 Senior Partner, Dudley Rich Davis LLP, Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands
Erin V. Freeborn ’10, Executive Director, Juvenile Court Restorative Justice Diversion
Maura Healey ’98, Candidate for Attorney General
11:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. Panel 2
Know Thyself: Pre-Leap Planning
Before taking a risk, you need to make sure you're prepared. That means doing your homework: looking inward to understand your motives and clearing up unfinished business cluttering the way. It's particularly important to recognize how we, as women, often sabotage our own success — fearing to fail so that we never try, believing that failing is bad or simply chalking up our achievements to luck and timing rather than hard work and talent. On this panel, you'll meet women reflecting on how they prepared to embark on their journeys. Learn how they looked within, talked back to those false perceptions and have become FEARLESS.
Kate Cook, Chief Legal Counsel, Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts
Doctor Bridget Cooper, Leadership Training Expert, Executive & Life Coach
Betty Francisco '98, Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations and General Counsel, Millennium Partners Sports Club Management LLC
Kathy Henry ’00, Deputy General Counsel, Plymouth Rock Assurance
Moderator: Doris Roach '86, Executive Coach, Management Consultant and Courage Specialist
12:40 – 1:40 p.m. Professional Headshots
Complimentary photos taken for participants who have signed up in advance – for your Linkedin and websites.
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch
Location: Dockser Commons
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Breakout I
Taking and managing risks differs depending on your practice area. Join your colleagues in practice specific sessions as they share how they’ve leaped to success.
- Public Interest and Government
Christina Miller ’98 Chief`, District Courts, Suffolk County District Attorney's Office
Melissa Shannon ’99, Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs at Commonwealth Care Alliance
- Litigation: Civil, Criminal and Personal Injury
Breakout Leaders include:
Monica Kieser '99, Staff Attorney, New Hampshire Public Defender's Office
2:55 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Break Out II
Professional Development/Speed Mentoring
Marketing You/Creating Your Own Personal Brand
In a service based industry branding is directly related to who we are and how we appear. Come hear how to promote your personal brand.
Sofia Lingos ’09
Location: 42 Dockser
Exceptional Leadership Skills: Learning to Lead and take Risks at the Appropriate Times
Experienced attorneys lead by example, managing through wisdom gained through tough experiences and complex problem solving. Learn from those who manage egos, personalities, and fears about how to lead with confidence and insight.
Co-Breakout Leader: Carmelyn P. Malalis '01, Partner, Outten & Golden LLP
Just like it sounds -- In 15-minute blocks of time, mentors will evaluate next steps, advise on fearless career decisions and more.
Location: Dockser 46
Speed Mentors include:
Navjeet Bal ’89, Counsel, Nixon Peabody, Public Finance Group
Vanessa Candela ’00, Senior Corporate Counsel, EMC Corporation
Kelly Douglas ’92, Senior Employment Counsel/North America; Data Privacy Officer/U.S.
Cynthia Stewart Reed '80, President and CEO, LTR Holdings, LLC
We gratefully acknowledge the efforts of our Women in the Law Conference Steering group:
- Navjeet Bal ’89
- Kelly Bonnevie ’92
- Professor Emerita Judy Brown
- Vanessa Candela ’00
- Kelly Douglas ’92
- Kathy Morris ’75
- Gina Perini ’01
- Cindy Reed ’80
- Rachael Rollins ’97