When it comes to booking a speaker for the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division’s Present and Powerful Women’s Speaker Series,” Houston lawyer Melanie Bragg looks for a “certain type.”
“I look for someone who’s confident and successful in her field. Someone who’s brave and not afraid to tell it like it really is,” said Bragg, co-chair of the Women’s Initiative Network, which organizes the annual reception featuring a prominent female leader. “Hopefully it’s someone who’s not a lawyer, so they can offer our audience a fresh perspective on living your best life, professionally and personally.”
This year’s headliner, veteran political strategist and television analyst Donna Brazile, checks all those boxes.
A full-capacity crowd of about 300 people are expected to attend the event, which includes a wine-and-cheese reception that takes place on Feb. 3 during the 2023 ABA Midyear Meeting from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.
Bragg said the initial idea to invite Brazile came during a conversation with Maryland lawyer and WIN co-chair Yonelle Moore Lee, who had “met” Brazile in several group phone calls, but never in person.
“We were thrilled when she said yes,” said Moore Lee, who was elected to a seat on the Charles County (Maryland) Board of Education in November and was named a division vice chair earlier this month.