Keynote Speaker: Nancy Hogshead-Makar
CEO, Champion Women 
Advocacy for Girls and Women in Sports
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Special Presentation: Kristen M. Gibbons Feden
Associate, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young

Panel 1: Reproductive Rights in the US: Where Are We?

One in four American women will have an abortion before the age of 45. According to the Guttmacher Institute, the average US woman uses contraceptives for 30 years to attain her family planning goal of two children, and 99 percent of heterosexually active women from 15 to 44 use contraception. Since 2010 more than 300 restrictions on abortion have been put into place; currently, the federal government and numerous states are cutting funding for critical family planning services. At the same time, the use of assisted reproduction (IUI, IVF, etc.) continues to grow. Ten percent of women in the US have trouble getting pregnant in addition to LGBTQ couples who pursue these options as a first choice out of necessity. Yet only 15 states require insurers to cover these procedures. With all that’s happening, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Join the discussion as our panelists talk about the current state of reproductive rights in the US and where we go from here.  

Leda Anderson ’12
Associate Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

Dr. Neena Qasba
Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH)

Jamie Sabino ’78
Chair, Judicial Consent for Minors Lawyer Referral Panel, Board Members of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund

Deborah Wald ’87
Principle, The Wald Law Group

Karen O’Malley ’94
Director, Goulston & Storrs

Panel 2: #MeToo in the Workplace

Since October 2017, #MeToo has raised awareness and spurred discussion at all levels about sexual harassment. As the movement has gained traction far outside of Hollywood, it has expanded beyond overt instances of sexual harassment to more under-the-radar abuses of power. The question is now — with so many employers and employees “woke” to these volatile issues in the workplace — what’s next? What are the best practices in this area that will allow you or your organization to lead the conversation and build a supportive environment rather than just react? Our panelists will offer their hard-won wisdom, born from experience.

Amy Carlin ’00
Partner, Morgan Brown and Joy

Debra Katz
Founding partner, Katz, Marshall & Banks 

Beth Myers ’09
Partner, Powers, Jodoin, Margolis & Mante

Hema Sarang-Sieminski ’05
Senior Staff Attorney, Victim Rights Law Center

Mala Rafik ’97
Partner, Rosenfeld & Rafik

Panel 3: Embracing Self-Care and Wellness -- Hold Nothing Back from Creating the Life You Have Always Wanted

As women attorneys, our plates are full-and then some. We take care of our clients, our families, our pets, our homes, our communities and our finances. Who is typically last on this list of priorities? Us. If this sounds familiar, then you will not to miss this panel! We have assembled the experts you need to move in the right direction to take care of yourself and let go of excuses. Come learn from and be inspired by practitioners in nutrition, exercise, mindfulness and more.

Karen O'Malley 94 
Director, Goulston & Storrs 

Panelists include: 
Michelle Boland | @MBoland18
Director of Education and Trainer, Pure Performance Training

The Honorable Justice Margot Botsford '73 (ret.)
Coordinator, SJC Steering Committee on Lawyer Well-Being 

Brenda Fingold @HealthyBrown
Assistant Director, Workplace and Leadership Education, Brown University School of Public Health, Mindfulness Center

Erin Murray |
Nutritionist, Pure Performance Training