8:30 a.m.             

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.                               


Kathy M. Morris '75, Chief Training and Development Officer, Sidley Austin; 2010 Women in the Law Conference Director

Keynote Address:

The Honorable Carol S. Ball '76, Massachusetts Superior Court

9:45 to 10:45 a.m.       

Panel 1: Leveraging Your Professional Value

Many women spend much of their time thinking about the well-being of OTHERS. This session will help you focus on YOU, inventory how to invest in your own career and show you steps to enhance your stock in the workplace. A slate of three leaders in their fields will talk about how to build your individual currency (including how to bring in additional business to your firm or company); how to present your worth in the best light to both internal and external clients; and how to discuss the importance of team work (successful leading up and managing down). The panel will be followed by in-depth breakout sessions for a chance to delve in greater detail into the derivative issues involved in these topics.
Panelists include:

Mandie R. Araujo LeBeau, President, Pardon Me, Inc.; Director of Career Services, New England School of Law
Navjeet K. Ball '89, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Revenue
Wendy B. Zazik '94, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Fidelity Investments
Moderator:  Professor Emerita Judith O. Brown

11:00 a.m. to Noon                                  

Breakout Sessions

Putting Your Best Foot Forward                              
Moderator: Mandie Araujo
This breakout session will discuss professional etiquette, presence, attire and more.

Trusting in Teamwork
Moderator: Navjeet Bal '89
This breakout session will cover how to effectively negotiate 360 degree relationships within your organization for maximum yield and mutual satisfaction.

Building and Balancing Your Skill Set                 
Moderator: Wendy Zazik '94
This breakout will cover taking into account your standout strengths and divesting yourself or perceived workplace weaknesses.

Noon to 1:15 p.m.   
Boxed Lunch and Networking Exercise         

Moderator: Kathy Morris '75

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.                  

Panel 2: Managing Your Personal Portfolio

This panel will focus on the opportunities and costs facing women when we opt for a less linear or nontraditional career trajectory. How do you position yourself to manage life's transitions, large or small? Is your internal GPS working correctly? Three established practitioners will discuss their career paths and offer solution-based advice to those at various stages of work life. Are you taking time off, returning to the workplace after raising children, moving to another job or taking on a consultant's role?  The panelists will discuss how to broker one's temporary departure from the workplace, how to use flexibility on pay and hours as a tool for true satisfaction and how to fit (back) into a firm/organization on your terms. The panel will be followed by in-depth breakout sessions to allow for additional discussion and questions.
Kathleen G. Noonan '95, Managing Director, PolicyLab, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Katherine B. Miller '87, Of Counsel, Tucker, & Ciandella, PLLC
Michele A. Whitham, Partner and former Co-Managing Partner, Foley Hoag, LLP
Moderator: Mary O'Connell '75, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

2:45 to 3:45 p.m.                  

Breakout Sessions

Negotiating Life's On and Off Ramps                                 
Moderator: Katherine Miller '87
This session will discuss how to structure a departure from work, planning for re-entry and how to maintain control over your life and your living.  

Capitalizing on the Versatility of Your Law Degree 

Moderator: Kathleen Noonan '95
This breakout session will discuss ideas that can help you grow and diversify your career to enhance your life, even with the unpredictability in today's market.

Taking it Like a Woman 
Moderator: Michele Whitham
Learn to be an expert negotiator for tangible compensation and intangible benefits (e.g., raises, promotions, flexible work schedules, job sharing, etc.) and sharing the wealth by helping other women.

4:00 to 5:30 p.m.                  

Networking Reception in Dockser Commons
Mix and mingle with guests, faculty and presenters.


In order to sustain this important program, the cost of this full-day conference and networking event is $50 for NUSL graduates;  free for NUSL graduates who graduated in the last five years (2005-2009) or NUSL graduates who are currently unemployed; $100 for non-NUSL graduates.  If you have extenuating circumstances, where the conference fees present a hardship, please don't hesitate to email us at

Other Programs

Make sure to check out our yearlong schedule of Women in the Law Programs.