New York City Chapter

2018 Women's Group 

Save The Date!

September 6, 2018
Women's Group Event
Sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis

October 11, 2018
Women's Group Event
Sponsored by Norton Rose


Past Events:

Women's Group presents: so you want to be a general counsel? pathways to the top









On May 1, 2018, the ACC-NYC Women’s Group presented a panel discussion sponsored by Vedder Price entitled, “So You Want To Be A General Counsel? Pathways To The Top.” The panel consisted of Sarah Feingold, General Counsel of Vroom,  Allison Hoffman, General Counsel of Intersection, Gwen Marcus, General Counsel of Showtime Networks Inc., and Amy Sandgrund-Fisher, General Counsel of the Clinton Foundation. Moderator Blythe E. Lovinger, a shareholder at Vedder Price, led an informative and open discussion on the various pathways available to women in becoming a successful General Counsel.

The panelists shared their career journeys and offered advice to attorneys aspiring to be a general counsel. While each panelist had vastly different career experiences, they all agreed that those aiming to be general counsel should attempt to gain as much generalist experience as possible. They also advised that attorneys seeking to be GCs should volunteer, network, take risks, and maintain a positive disposition when working with others. Additionally, the panelists discussed the lessons they learned at each stage of their career and advised attorneys to be wary of career inertia. Finally, the panelists emphasized that women should not underestimate their own worth while searching for new career opportunities.

An active Q&A session was held after the panel, followed by a networking reception.

Women's Group presents cle: avoiding backlash in the age of #metoo: updates to your anti-harassment policies, training and communications that you can adopt now to address culture change and prevent backlash.









On March 27, 2018, Proskauer Rose LLP hosted the ACC New York Chapters's Women's Group for the program,"Avoiding Backlash in the age of #MeToo: Updates to your Anti -Harrassment policies, training and communications that you can adopt now to address culture change and prevent backlash." Moderated by Keyisha-Ann Gray, Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP, the panel included Rachael Akohonae, Chief Employment Counsel at BNP: Paribas, Sonya Johnson, Senior Counsel at National Grid; and Katie Manley, Vice President and Assistant General counsel at Cantor Fitzgerald.

"Beyond mentors: why you need a sponsor."

On September 14, 2017, Dechert hosted the ACC New York chapter’s Women’s Group for the program, “Beyond Mentors:  Why You Need a Sponsor.”  Moderated by May Chiang, an associate at Dechert, the panel included Debbie Epstein Henry, Co-founder and Managing Director of Bliss Lawyers and DEH Consulting; Abbi Chen, Partner, Dechert; and Shea Owens, Assistant General Counsel, KPMG.  Offering practical advice and lived experiences, the panelists described the differences between a mentor and a sponsor, the benefits of having a sponsor outside of your organization, and how to cultivate sponsor relationships.  The panelists noted the wide percentage gap of men versus women as well as women of color who have sponsors and called on organizations to facilitate formal sponsor programs to overcome intrinsic biases. The program concluded with a networking reception.

warm weather wines, cool women winemakers

On August 2, 2017, ACC-NYC Women’s Group held a Signature Social event featuring a selection of wines made exclusively by women winemakers presented by Convive Wine & Spirits featuring experienced sommelier Skye LaTorre.  The Signature Social was hosted by Flirting with Flavors owner Pamela Morgan at a beautiful private venue overlooking Central Park.  Ms. Morgan provided a short presentation including tips on entertaining with style.There was delicious selections of hors d’oeuvres to go with the exquisite wine selection. 

a mentor for a night clinic

On July 19, 2017, the ACC-NYC Women’s Group hosted a Mentor for a Night Clinic, sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis. The event was a huge success, with over 70 lawyers in attendance. The evening started off with a presentation from career advancement expert, Eve Birnbaum, a former corporate partner at Winston & Strawn, corporate legal director at Proskauer Rose, and founder of the consulting firm Eve Birnbaum Associates. Eve’s presentation included strategies on how to set and achieve realistic career goals, how to identify a mentor, and how to connect and optimize the mentor/mentee relationship.

"Retaining talent: how innovative organizations are helping the working caregiver find balance and achieve success"

On May 16, 2017, Women’s Group Sponsor, Proskauer Rose LLP, hosted a panel discussion entitled, “Retaining Talent: How Innovative Organizations Are Helping the Working Caregiver Find Balance and Achieve Success.”  The panel consisted of Krista Carothers, Executive Research Editor at Working Mother Research Institute, Manar S. Morales, President and CEO at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance, Y. Elizabeth Nie, Vice President, Corporate Transactions at NBCUniversal and Emily B. Zuckerman, Vice President, Global Administration and Legal Affairs at Catalyst, Inc. Moderator Keisha-Ann Gray, a partner at Proskauer, led an informative and open discussion on the particular challenges that women face in their attempt to balance their role as caregivers and successful employees.

The panel shared their advice on how companies and law firms can successfully implement flexible workplace policies, and how employees may advocate for such policies in more conservative environments. While noting that women have particular challenges as caregivers, the panel agreed that the most successful policies are those that are gender-neutral. They also noted that employees are more satisfied with their jobs when their superiors take advantage of any flexible workplace policies, as such acts set the culture for the workplace. Additionally, the panelists emphasized that proper training for both the organizations and the individuals who take advantage of any flexible workplace policies is important to ensure that the policies are being effectively implemented.   

After hearing from the panel, there was an active Q&A session, followed by a networking reception.

- Aryn Emert, Assistant General Counsel, CBS Corporation

  • 2016 Events

Building Your Brand

On November 17, 2016 Women's Group Sponsor, Hogan Lovells, hosted " Building Your Brand - A conversation on Career and Salary Cultivation". Topics included assessing your worth, positioning yourself for growth, and getting the flexibility you need without veering off your career path.

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  • Tracey Gilliam, Senior Vice President, Chief Counsel - Litigation, MetLife

  • AJ Murphy, Head of Global Capital Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

  • Jane Newton, Managing Partner and WealthAdvisor, RegentAtlantic.Founder, RegentAtlantic Wall Street Women Forum

Making the In-house counsel to business transition

On September 8, 2016 Women's Group Sponsor, Kirkland & Ellis LLP hosted a panel discussion by in-house counsel turned business professionals who described their transitions and provided insight on how to identify a prospective business role, expand skill sets and find a business sponsor.


  •  Taa Grays, VP of information Governance, MetLife
  •  Karen Gray, HR Director and Chief Operating Officer, Americas at Christie's Inc.
  •  Melissa Gunn, US Head of Hematology at Pfizer
  •  Noga Rosenthal, Chief Privacy Officer, Epsilon/ Conversant

  • Ashley Gregory, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Enhancing Professional Skills Crucial to Managing Through Corporate Crisis

On June 28, 2017 Women's Group Sponsor, Dechert LLP hosted a dynamic panel of experienced professionals who shared practical advice to refine crucial management and communications skills necessary to prevent a corporate crisis from becoming a casualty event and help set the company on the road to recovery.


Melanie Grace, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Hercules Capital

Kathleen M. Franklin, Senior Counsel, Compliance, Sony Corporation of America


Samantha Koplik, Partner, Dechert LLP

Rebecca Waldman, Partner, Dechert LLP

Getting to 50%: Strategies for achieving advancement and equality

On May 11, 2016 Women's Group Sponsor, Proskauer Rose LLP hosted a dynamic panel discussion. Topics included the role and function of mentors, the dimensions of professional risk, foundational attributes of successful leaders in the legal profession and the continuing impact of double bind dilemmas and implicit bias.



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Past Events

  • 2015 Events

Women in the legal profession: where we are and where we're going

A panel discussion on trends, value and advancement ~ June 11, 2015
Sponsored by Proskauer


• Kathie Lee, Chief Legal Officer, Union Square Hospitality Group
• Monica Greenberg, EVP, Business Affairs & General Counsel, LivePerson, Inc.
• Regine Zuber, SVP and Associate General Counsel, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc.

Path to Leadership: Strategies for Future Women Leaders in the Legal Profession

September 1, 2015
Sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Co-Sponsored by New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Women in the Law
Speaker: Rhonda Joy McLean, Deputy General Counsel, Time Inc.


Summer Social & Garden Cocktail Event

Located at the Garden City Hotel, July 30, 2015

Spnosored by Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.








Working Together: Simple Strategies for Effective Collaboration with Outside Counsel

October 14, 2015
Sponsored by Dechert LLP


• Pamela N. Gannon, Managing Director and Senior Managing Counsel, BNY Mellon

• Gwen Marcus, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Showtime Networks Inc. 

Speed Networking for Success

November 4, 2015
Sponsored by Hogan Lovells LLP

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how to make sponsorships work for you

December 2, 2014
Sponsored by Dechert LLP



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journey to the board room ~ how to get there

November 20, 2014
Sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis LLP


  • Francesca Maher Edwardson, CEO of the American Red Cross, Greater Chicago Region, Director of JB Hunt Transport Services, Inc. and The Chicago Network

  • Susan Engel, Director of Wells Fargo, retired CEO Portero, Inc.

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stepping into new roles

October 15, 2014
Sponsored by Proskauer


  • Cindy Cornell, Principal/Leadership and Executive Coach, The Hoshin Group;

  • Sheila Davidson, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, New York LIfe Insurance Company;

  • Kate Ramundo, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Ann Inc.

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