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November 16, 2022 | 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST

Marriott Phila. West
111 Crawford Ave. West
Conshohocken, PA 19428

Members: Complimentary

Overview (Program Summary)

A program hosted by:

ACC Greater Philadelphia

The New Normal - Navigating New Horizons

  • 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - BREAKFAST

  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - General Session (1 hour CLE)

    Supreme Leadership: Lessons from the Bench to Guide Leaders in the New Working World hosted by Cozen O'Connor

    Whether you are fully remote, hybrid, or fully in-person you are likely facing new obstacles in today’s working world. Our presenters will discuss the specific challenges women face in the workforce with a focus on women’s leadership grounded in lessons from female Supreme Court justices.

    • Sarah D. Schlossberg, Of Counsel, Cozen O'Connor

    • Hillorie Leaman, Senior Counsel, Airgas

  • 10:10 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. - Breakout Session A
    Managing Your Career in a Post-Pandemic World: How Outside Counsel Can Help You Get Ahead hosted by Blank Rome

    • Leigh Ann Buziak, Partner, Blank Rome LLP

    • Melanie S. Carter, Partner, Blank Rome LLP

    • Stephanie C. Chomentowski, Blank Rome LLP

  • 10:10 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. - Breakout Session B
    Networking in the New Normal hosted by Faegre Drinker

    Been invited to another golf outing, but you don’t golf?  How about a women’s cookie decorating event?  Better yet, a virtual one?  In the legal profession, women face unique challenges and opportunities when it comes to networking.  This panel will examine how to approach networking in the new hybrid environment and discuss tips, strategies and best practices to make the most of networking.

    • Elizabeth K. (Lizzie) Lange, Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

    • Vanessa S. Tabler, Associate, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

  • 10:10 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. - Breakout Session C
    Quiet Quitting: What Is It, and What Are the Implications in the Law Profession? hosted by Stevens & Lee

    The new trend of “Quiet Quitting” is much different than the “Great Resignation” we have all heard about.  Learn what it means to quietly quit, how to spot when it’s happening, and tips to motivate and inspire others to stay connected while working remotely.  The term “quiet quitting” was coined on TikTok, the social media platform popular with Generation Z. Our discussion will include the strengths and challenges Gen Z brings to the legal profession.

    • Stacey A. Scrivani, Co-Chair, Stevens & Lee's Litigation Department

    • Windley Hofler Walden, Director-Professional Development and Associate Recruiting, Stevens & Lee

  • 10:10 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. - Breakout Session D
    Communication in the New Normal: Communicating Effectively in a Multi-Generational/Multi-Modal Workforce hosted by Stradley Ronon

    Today’s workforce is truly multi-generational. There can be up to five different generations working together with each generation having its own work styles, skill sets, and way of communicating. The move to a remote work environment adds another layer of complexity to the situation. It is important to understand how people born into different generations communicate in order thrive in your career and become a leader in a multi-generational workplace. Panelists will discuss their experiences with successfully communicating in a multi-modal workforce and tips on how to learn from each other and appreciate what each generation can offer.

    • Caroline C. Gorman, Partner and Vice Chair, Business Department, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP

    • Meredith L. Carter, President and CEO, Edge Capital Lending, LLC

    • Kate Wilhelm, Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President, Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy

    • Hilary Saylor, Assistant General Counsel, ARAMARK Corporation

  • 11:05 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. - Breakout Sessions A+B = 1 hour CLE total
    Women in Leadership: How Far We Have Come and How Far We Still Have To Go hosted by Dechert

    Using the Forum of Executive Women’s Women in Leadership 2022 Report and Pay Equity Report, the panel will discuss the advancement of women leaders in corporate boardrooms and executive suites in the Philadelphia region, and what the women in the room and their organizations and networks can do to continue the progress we have made.

    • Clare Putnam Pozos, Partner, Dechert LLP

    • Katherine Kelton, Chief Compliance Officer/Head of Global Regulatory, Vault Health

    • Joslyn G. Ewart, Founding Principal, Entrust Financial

    • Doneene K. Damon, Immediate Past President and Director, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A

  • 11:05 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. - Breakout Session B
    Leading Multigenerational Teams hosted by Duane Morris

    This program will discuss leadership strategies recommended to effectively lead a multigenerational workforce. Focusing on the unique talents of each generation ensures employees an opportunity to focus on their strengths, builds a culture of acceptance and reduces barriers to communication. Building bridges across generations and breaking down misconceptions about other generations results in improved outcomes.

    • Alyson Walker Lotman, Partner, Duane Morris LLP

    • Deborah McGowan, General Counsel, Barrette Outdoor Living

    • Amy Farris Wolfe, General Counsel, Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc.

    • Irene Ayzenberg-Lyman, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Imperial Dade

  • 12:10 p.m. to 1:25 p.m. - LUNCH

  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Breakout Sessions A+B = 1 hour CLE total
    Climbing the Wall: Avenues for Advancement hosted by Armstrong Teasdale

    Women in the legal profession should support each other – both personally and professionally. From large law firms to in-house counsel, the value and importance of a female-driven support network cannot be overstated. While women in the legal profession may sometimes feel up against a wall, creating a space for discussions around important topics such as pay transparency, representation on boards and more – helps women climb higher together. Hear from Armstrong Teasdale attorneys and other professionals on actionable steps you can take to advance your career and those of women around you.

    • Carrie Love, Partner, Armstrong Teasdale LLP

    • Katharine Ladd, Partner, Armstrong Teasdale LLP

    • Lauren Wilchek, Sr. Legal Counsel and Chief US Compliance Officer, Clinigen Group

  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Breakout Session B
    Mastering the Mentor/Mentee Relationship hosted by Anderson Kill

    • Pamela D. Hans, Managing Shareholder (Philadelphia) Anderson Kill

    • Rhonda D. Orin, Managing Partner (Washington, D.C.) Anderson Kill

    • Aileen R. Schwartz, SVP, Privacy Officer, and Senior Corporate Counsel U.S., Hill International

  • 2:40 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. - Breakout Session A
    How to Manage an Equitable Return to Work hosted by Reed Smith

    Networking/Building Relationships; Tips for Success; Tabletop Exercise

    • Susan K. Nieto, Counsel, Reed Smith LLP

    • Lauren S. Zabel, Counsel, Reed Smith LLP

  • 2:40 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. - Breakout Session B
    Key Strategies for Navigating Your Career hosted by Troutman Pepper

    Troutman Pepper attorneys will facilitate a discussion on working, leading, and thriving as you navigate the winding road of career progression.  The discussion will cover understanding team needs, setting realistic expectations, fostering connectivity, and demonstrating engagement in a fast paced environment.

    • Allison DeLaurentis, Partner, Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP

    • Jennifer L. Porter, Partner, Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP

    • Victoria Alff, Director & Compliance Officer, Merck

    • Julie Ketover, JD, PCC, Executive, Leadership and Life Coach, Julie Ketover Coaching LLC

  • 2:40 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. - Breakout Session C
    When Flexible Work Ties You in Knots: Navigating the Entanglements of Remote Office Life hosted by Greenberg Traurig

    The pandemic opened a host of opportunities for many once the new realm of remote work and flexible work environments took shape and became ubiquitous.  But establishing work-life balance in a time when the lines continuously blur introduces novel challenges – from claiming holistic health to revisiting appropriate employee and client engagement. This session will review anecdotes from this fluid space - personal, professional, and even legal - underscoring perils to avoid and triumphs to claim, so that working women can keep winning.

    • Jessica Natali, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

    • Christiana Signs, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

    • Marie D. Dukes, Chief Global Employment and Data Privacy Counsel,  FMC Corp.

  • 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Breakout Session A
    Retaining Talent and Avoiding Legal Landmines: What You Need to Consider When Returning Back to the Office hosted by Fisher Phillips

    Employees are demanding flexible work, and if they don’t get it, they’re ready to walk out the door. However, employers are starting to require employees to return to the office, even if they are willing to consider a hybrid workplace.   Join Fisher Phillips and in-house panelists to learn why a hybrid schedule, clear roles, tangible goals, and specific milestones are critical to the success of the hybrid workplace.   The panel will provide you with practical best practices for leading a hybrid workforce within the structure of the many different employment laws and labor guidelines that in-house counsel must constantly balance to maintain compliance and productivity.

    • Samantha Bononno, Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP

    • Melanie L. Webber, Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP

  • 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Breakout Session B
     Feedback = Happy Clients hosted by Saul Ewing

    In-house counsel are faced with many challenges, including providing services and support that meet the needs of all clients no matter the volume, complexity or difficulty of the matters at hand.  It is not uncommon for internal clients to view the legal department as a cost center that provides a required but not necessarily a strategic role.  To successful combat these perceptions, in house counsel must understand their clients’ needs and make sure that the services they are providing are top quality and relevant.  In this session, we will discuss the importance of client feedback, how to approach your clients and your coworkers about opportunities for improvement, and provide the framework and tools for a client services model that you can implement.

    • Paul Malanowski, Director of Client Relations, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

    • Jennifer McGlinn, VP and General Counsel, Eurofins NSC US, Inc.

3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Breakout Session C
Negotiating for Ourselves: Actionable Strategies to Get More of What We Need and Want hosted by Ogletree Deakins

Research shows that women lawyers are at our best when we are negotiating or "asking" for something on behalf of others. That significantly changes, however, when we are asking for ourselves.  We find ourselves challenged - often not asking at all; rather, waiting to be noticed and justly compensated and treated fairly for our hard work and excellent performance.  The workplace doesn't always work that way.  However, there is a paucity of supporting information about this because negotiations take place behind closed doors.

Whether we need to negotiate our pay, a remote work arrangement, work assignments, or better administrative support, we need to take our success to the next level, we must better support and lead ourselves in advocating for and achieving what we need, want and deserve. Focusing on the key elements of negotiation, including knowing your value add, we will explore step-by-step methods to negotiate for success.  In this panel discussion, we will:

  1.  Identify obstacles in advocating for ourselves

  2. Acquire actionable strategies to support and lead ourselves through successful negotiations

  3. Understand how to value ourselves and comfortably talk about what we bring to the table

  4. Learn ways of handling stress and concerns associated with negotiating for ourselves.

  • Janice Dubler, Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

  • Gail J. Cummings, Founder, Gail J. Cummings Consulting, LLC

4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - RECEPTION


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Credits: 3.0 hours
State: PA, NJ & DE
Category: Substantive

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