The 10th annual Women in the Law Conference was held at the School of Law on Friday, May 18. This conference provides career guidance and professional development growth to women attorneys and other professionals at all stages of their careers and brings together powerful decisionmakers from Massachusetts, Alaska, Canada, California, Illinois, New York, Washington, DC, and beyond.

Friday, May 18, 2018 | 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

We emphasize practical, useful information to take away from the full day's programming to further develop your career.

  • Top-notch panels, breakout sessions and speed mentoring with high level practitioners.
  • Learn how to position yourself to take the leap into a power role and be inspired by our expert panelists as they touch on topics such as civil rights, pay equity, economic and social justice, and best practices for advocacy.
  • Network, network, network – whether you want to advance where you are or move to a new opportunity, this is a great space to network for that next step.

Women in the Law Conference 2018 Podcast

Keynote Speaker: Victoria Reggie Kennedy

Victoria KennedySenior Counsel, Greenberg Traurig
Board President and co-founder of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Victoria Reggie (Vicki) Kennedy is both an accomplished attorney and a non-profit leader. As senior counsel in the corporate and securities practice group at Greenberg Traurig, she advises clients on governance and regulatory issues and assists them in devising strategies for the resolution of complex business problems.

She is President of the Board and co-founder of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, a non-partisan, non-profit organization in Boston that educates the public about the unique role of the United States Senate in our democracy. The Kennedy Institute has won international awards for its innovative and interactive design and approach to encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities. (view bio)

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Special Presentation

Karen Holmes Ward, Director of Public Affairs and Host of "CityLine," WCVB Channel 5 Boston, will conduct an interactive discussion with Andrea Campbell, Boston City Council President, District 4 City Councilor.

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A curated list of articles on topics related to Women in the Law. 

2018 Conference Chairs: 

Stacy CowanStacy Cowan ’97, Founder/CEO, SLC Advisory Services 

Stacy Cowan is Founder/CEO of SLC Advisory Services.  She advises companies in all aspects of employment law and HR related matters.  Prior to that, Stacy was a partner at Morgan, Brown & Joy, a Boston-based law firm specializing in management-side labor and employment law.  Stacy is a member of several professional organizations and currently serves on several boards including: Museum of Science, WGBH, Boston Medical Center, and Noble and Greenough School.  

Betty FranciscoBetty Francisco ’98, General Counsel, Compass Working Capital; Co-Founder, Latina Circle; CEO of FitNation Ventures

Betty Francisco is an entrepreneur, business executive, attorney and community leader. Currently, Betty is the General Counsel at Compass Working Capital where she serves as the organization’s chief legal advisor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization’s legal affairs. As an attorney, she has over 17 years of experience advising health clubs, life sciences, and technology companies in the areas of legal, compliance, risk management, operations, and human resources.  Most recently, Betty served as the CEO and Founder of FitNation Ventures, a business and legal consulting practice focused on advising health and fitness companies, and which launched Reimagine Play, a startup that offers fitness programming for children and families in Greater Boston. Previously, she served as EVP, General Counsel for Sports Club/LA and Reebok Sports Club/NY, a fitness brand acquired by Equinox Fitness. Betty began her legal career as a Senior Business Law Associate at Edwards Wildman, one of Boston’s largest law firms representing start-ups, corporations and investors. Betty is also an investor with Pipeline Angels, a network of new and seasoned women investors focused on creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. 

Betty is also a dedicated community leader who has been involved with a number of non-profit and civic leadership organizations. She is the co-founder of Latina Circle, a Boston-based network that is advancing Latina leaders across industries into positions of power and influence, and which recently launched the Amplify Latinx initiative to increase Latino civic engagement and political representation. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Roxbury Community College, the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston YMCA, the Board of Directors of Boston Educational Development Foundation, and the Board of Corporators of Eastern Bank. She serves as an advisory member for the Boston Women’s Commission under Mayor Martin Walsh. She is also a member of the Advisory Council for The Capital Network, Project 99 and Bentley University’s School of Arts and Sciences. Betty obtained her J.D. and M.B.A. from Northeastern University, and her B.A. in History from Bard College.

Donate Now!

To support NUSL's Women in the Law program, please select the Jim and Judy Brown Fund.

        WIL Sponsors           

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 Henry ’00
Sofia Lingos ’09
Christina Miller ’98
Gina Perini ’01
Cynthia Reed '80
Rachael Rollins '97

Advisory Board


Since its founding, Northeastern University School of Law has championed diversity in the legal profession. Today, more than half of our graduates are women, practicing in every conceivable setting — from private practice to public service, from the bench to business — as well as a host of non-legal fields. Our annual Women in the Law 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. 

Visit our conference materials page for a list of selected articles on topics related to Women in the Law.