Working Women's Legal Summit - Full Day

Morning Session: The State of Women in the Legal Profession

Introductory Remarks - 9:00-9:15am
Karla Fiaoni, 
Law Office of Karla Fiaoni & Associates

Where We Are, Where Do We Go From Here? - 9:15am-10:15am

An introduction on current state of women in the legal profession will be given, followed by a discussion with a variety of women leaders from various areas the legal profession who will discuss the lessons they’ve learned and advice they can share for female attorneys navigating their careers.


  • Barbara Dawkins, First Chair, Felony Trial Assistant, Office of the Cook County State's Attorney
  • Marci Eisenstein, Managing Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP
  • Cathy Landman, Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer, Corelle Brands
  • Sharon Jones, CEO, Jones Diversity


Overcoming Obstacles at Every Stage in Your Legal Career - 10:15am-12:00pm

It’s no secret that women in the law face unique obstacles to advancement that can prevent them from achieving equal footing with their male counterparts. This panel will identify hindrances to advancement and strategies female attorneys can employ to overcome these obstacles at every stage in their legal career.

Specific topics of discussion will include:

  • Getting hired & negotiating pay
  • Climbing the ladder & getting to the top
  • Balancing work & family
  • Striking out on your own…or not
  • Re-entering the workforce


  • Trisha Daho, J.D., CEO & Founder, Empowered
  • Paige M.R. Greene, Pre-Law Program Director, Ms. JD & Associate, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • Andie Kramer, Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery
  • Sucheta Misra, Associate Director, The John Marshall Law School
  • Kristen Prinz, The Prinz Law Firm
  • Moderator: Alexis Crawford Douglas, Associate, K&L Gates

Women's History Month Luncheon: Celebrating the Progress of Women
The Pay Gap Explained: Why It Exists, How We Close It - 12:00pm-1:30pm
Luncheon speaker: Jane DiRenzo Pigott, Managing Director, R3 Group LLC


Afternoon Session: The State of Women in the Workforce at Large

Existing, Pending and Needed Legislation – 1:30-2:10 pm

A primer will be given on existing and pending legislation impacting women in the workforce nationwide and in Illinois, and will identify areas where further legislative action would beneficial. Existing and pending legislation pertaining to equal pay, family & sick leave, fair scheduling, sexual harassment and accommodations for nursing mothers will be discussed.

Discussion Leaders:

  • Lydia Bueschel, Partner, Valetine, Austriaco, Bueschel & Board Member, Women Employed
  • Melissa Josephs, Director of Equal Opportunity, Women Employed


Making the Business Case: Workplace Policies that Work for Everyone – 2:10-2:50 pm

Workplace policies that have proven effective in retaining women employees will be highlighted and arguments made as to why such policies are better for business. Family leave policies, flexible and remote work arrangements, job sharing, anti-harassment policies and more will be discussed.

  • Ony Beverly, Chief Human Resources Officer, Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP
  • Lauren Novak, Partner, Schiff Hardin
  • Natalie Federle, Corporate Counsel, Employment, Outcome Health 

Break - 2:30-2:45pm

Social Expectations, Impediments & Resources
 – 2:50-3:30 pm

We can draft laws and revise employer handbooks, but ultimately, social and cultural attitudes play a major role in determining a woman’s likelihood for success in the work force. Presumptions about women’s societal roles, unequal division of household responsibilities, child and elder care resources (or lack thereof), the isolation of navigating gendered personal matters (i.e. health issues), and the need for mentoring and sponsorship are all topics that will be unpacked in this session.

Discussion Leaders:

  • Carole Silver, Professor of Global Law & Practice, Northwestern University College of Law
  • E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Nijman Franzetti


Working Group Breakout Sessions – 3:30-4:30 pm

Small working groups will meet for 20 minutes for an intimate discussion on each topic.  Each small group will devise three action items for each topic to be presented to the larger group during a subsequent debrief session.


De-brief Session – 4:30-5:00 pm

The large group will reconvene to debrief the action items that were devised during the working group breakout sessions.

Special thanks to


Holland & Knight LLP
Nijman Franzetti LLP
Nielsen Career Counseling

CBA Alliance for Women
YLS Women and the Law Committee
Seventh Circuit Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Committee 

Registration information:
Individual tickets to summit (including lunch) - $45 CLE Advantage member/$100 member/ $150 non-member (no coupons or discounts applicable)

To register click on “Register Myself” and then “Proceed to Checkout.”  You must check out of your shopping basket to complete your registration.  You will receive a confirmation notice when your registration is complete. 

3/8/2019 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Chicago Bar Association 321 S Plymouth Court Chicago, IL 60604
Online registration not available.

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MCLE Credit: 6.5 IL MCLE Credit, including 2.5 PR-MCLE Diversity credit subject to approval
Event Type: Seminar

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