Leaning In and Breaking Through: An In-House View
8:30 am – 9:30 am
General CLE Credit
Five years since Sheryl Sandberg published her influential manifesto, “Lean In: Women and the Will to Lead,” the #METOO movement has focused on a new spotlight on the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. This movement also may help create new opportunities for empowerment and professional leadership for women. Meanwhile, women lawyers continue to be significantly underrepresented in equity partnership and leadership ranks in law firms, and as lead lawyers in the courtroom and the board room. Against this backdrop, this distinguished panel of senior women in-house counsel from top companies of different sizes and from different industry sectors will discuss personal and institutional strategies for addressing the special challenges women in the legal profession continue to confront in becoming “first chair” attorneys and attaining senior leadership positions. The panel also will explore how in-house counsel can help drive change and promote opportunity in the legal profession by insisting on having women as key or lead trial counsel, and the business case for this requirement, improved advocacy and effectiveness of trial teams and better results for clients.
Moderator: Helen Michael, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Washington, D.C.
Speakers: Debbie Clayman, Branch Banking & Trust Co. (BB&T), Winston-Salem, NC; Danielle Hohos, Williams-Sonoma Inc., San Francisco, CA; Jennifer Morris, AT&T, Atlanta, GA