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January 26, 2022 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CST
Members: Complimentary
Non-members: Complimentary for In-House Counsel non ACC Members and Guests of the Sponsor

Overview (Program Summary)

We’re living through a period of rapid change in the world of work, and the very fundamentals of how we manage people is shifting fast. Thoughtful and diverse leadership is paramount to a vibrant law department’s ability to lead, build and develop strong high-performing teams and individuals.
Join us for a Fireside Conversation and Interactive Small Group Discussion focused on key success drivers being utilized by strong woman leaders to develop agile high-performing teams amidst complex workforce issues, balancing productivity with creating a sense of belonging, resilience and well-being.

This interactive conversation and small group discussion will provide actionable tips and techniques for law departments leaders and managers to gain a greater sense of the core challenges of a transforming workforce.

Topics to include:
•    Managing remote and in-person teams;
•    Empowering teams and creating a sense of belonging;
•    Creating a strong employee experience at critical points in the lifecycle, including onboarding;
•    Serving internal client needs in an agile manner;
•    Building a network that works; and
•    Resilience and successful well-being strategies.



Melissa Swift, Partner, US&C Transformation Solutions Leader, Mercer - People-centered and result driven transformation | Mercer

Melissa Swift Headshot


Melissa leads Transformation Solutions for Mercer US and Canada. In this role, Melissa is responsible for the firm’s efforts in the areas of workforce transformation, HR transformation, HR digitization, diversity equity and inclusion, and workforce analytics. She is located in New York City.

Her book on a more humanistic future of work, “You Wouldn’t Run a Machine This Way,” will be published by Wiley in January 2023. Melissa is a recognized thought leader on the subject of the future of work post-COVID: she has been quoted on the subject in Newsweek, the Economist, the Washington Post, Axios, and Daily Mail, and has appeared on NPR and Al-Jazeera English.

Melissa’s work leverages data analytics, a healthy dose of pragmatism, and a humanist view of the workplace to create extraordinary outcomes for organizations.  She has pioneered techniques to reshape organizations for digital and workforce transformation, leading breakthrough projects across industries ranging from manufacturing to professional services to biotech to consumer goods. Earlier in her career, Melissa helped build businesses in the ESG transformation space, including launching the Sustainability Services and Cleantech practices at Deloitte, and conducting two landmark carbon credit derivatives trades at Deutsche Bank.

Melissa received her B.A. degree in English and American Language and Literature from Harvard University, and her MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School.


Jennifer L. Norkus, Partner - Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Norkus, Jennifer

Jennifer Norkus focuses her practice primarily on mergers and acquisitions, finance, and general corporate matters, and has worked with clients in a wide range of industries, including transportation, manufacturing, technology, communications, energy, financial services, medical devices and life sciences.

She has advised both public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. She has also advised issuers and investors in connection with debt and equity financing, ranging from early-stage venture financing to more traditional private equity financing.  She has also counseled clients on commercial and governance matters, such as services agreements, supply agreements, consignments and entity formation.

Jennifer Raviele, Special Counsel, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Raviele, Jennifer

Jennifer Raviele works with clients to develop an understanding of their business, and combines that with her knowledge of bankruptcy law and more than a decade of experience to efficiently solve related problems.  Jennifer Raviele focuses her practice on bankruptcy – specifically on representing creditors in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court restructurings.

Jennifer identifies the strengths and weaknesses of a client’s position, clarifies specific goals and objectives, and executes an action plan to pursue the maximum recovery, whether through effective negotiation, litigation, or a hybrid of the two.  Jennifer has been involved in countless retail and restaurant bankruptcy cases in which she represented the owners and managers of shopping centers and addressed the full spectrum of related issues. Her experience includes handling contested assumptions, assignments, and rejections of leases, litigating claims against a debtor’s estate, arguing the contours of stub rent and related disputes over DIP financing, and issues related to a debtor’s plan of liquidation or reorganization.
Jennifer is involved in a variety of philanthropic, pro bono, and volunteer initiatives.  She also serves as the firm’s liaison to The Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law and is the co-chair of the Chicago chapter of Women At KDW, the firm’s affinity group for female attorneys


Shanin Farmer, Special Counsel, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP  
Janine Fletcher-Thomas, Senior Employment and Litigation, thyssenkrupp

Marcella Hein, Associate General Counsel, Senior Director, Omnicell  

Blair A. Knopp, Director of Corporate Compliance and Corporate Counsel, The Walsh Group  

Jennifer Norkus, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP  

Jennifer Raviele, Special Counsel, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP  

Melissa Swift, Partner, US&C Transformation Solutions Leader, Mercer 


12:00-12:45 pm - Fireside conversation
12:45– 1:15 pm - Small group breakout discussions
1:15 -1:30 - Group debrief on key takeaways

Participants seeking MCLE credit must participate for the entire program, provide their IL Bar number during registration & attend via the Zoom platform and identify themselves by name and email. 

By registering, you agree that your name and email address will be provided to the Sponsor for one-time use (for virtual meeting management).    


Credits: 1.5 Hours
State: Illinois
Category: General

Contact (RSVP)

Lisa Carreras, Executive Administrator

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