The School of Law presents a unique daylong symposium about the role of women as general counsel and in senior leadership roles. The symposium will feature a vibrant and dynamic discussion of the issues women in these roles may face. Throughout the day, women general counsel, in-house counsel, senior attorneys, and others in leadership roles will examine the topic from a number of perspectives. Speakers will include both the School of Law's accomplished alumni and other high-level attorneys. Topics include Why Women Are Naturally Suited to be Effective Strategic Partners, The Strategic Role of Women General Counsel, How Skilled Women Lawyers Build Consensus, Key Challenges for Women General Counsel and Women Senior Partners, Developing Strategic Leaders: Women General Counsel and Senior Women Leaders, A Success Story of Driving Strategic Objectives and Diversity, and Driving Strategic Objectives & Partnership with Outside Counsel and the General Counsel’s Office. This event will offer peer exchange and networking opportunities, as well as professional development. In addition, it will provide a chance for junior level attorneys to learn from the experience of senior level women, who could serve as role models. School of Law alumni will be invited to participate in the symposium, which will be open to the legal community and the public, as well as faculty, students and staff.
Opening Remarks: Barbara R. Snyder, President, Case Western Reserve University
Lawrence Mitchell, Dean, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Keynote Address: Laura Quatela, ‘82, President, Eastman Kodak Company--Why Women Are Naturally Suited to be Effective Strategic Partners
The Strategic Role of Women General Counsel: Fostering Dialogue, Improving the Bottom Line and Driving Change
Moderator: Kristine Wellman, ‘95 , Senior Vice President & Chief Counsel, Capital One
David Kurtz, ‘79, Vice Chairman-of U.S. Investment Banking - Head of Global Restructuring, Lazard, Ltd.
Patricia M. Inglis, ‘77, Executive Vice President, San Francisco 49ers
Paula Taylor Whitfield, ‘83, Assistant General Counsel, Eli Lilly
How Skilled Women Lawyers Build Consensus
Moderator: Catherine Vernon, ‘93, Vice President and General Counsel, Formica Corp.
Panelists: Len Cullo, ‘85, Vice President & Treasurer, HJ Heinz Company
Mara Cushwa, ‘90, Partner, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
Suzanne Hanselman, Partner, Baker Hostetler
Valerie Sachs, ‘81, Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, OM Group
Heather Lennox, Partner, Jones Day
Key Challenges for Women General Counsel and Women Senior Partners
Moderator: Ann Harlan, ‘85, Retired Vice President and General Counsel, The JM Smucker Company
Panelists: April Miller Boise, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Veyance Technologies, Inc.
Victoria Donati, ‘92, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Crate & Barrel/CB2
Libby Keefer, Vice President and General Counsel, Case Western Reserve University
Mary Lovett, Partner and Chair of Women in Law & Leadership, Ulmer & Berne
Heidi Goldstein, ‘95, Partner and Chair, Firmwide Women’s Initiative, Thompson Hine
Developing Senior Women Leaders
Margaret "Peggy" Wolff, ’79, Of Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
A Success Story of Driving Strategic Objectives and Diversity
Moderator: Jessie Hill, Associate Dean of Faculty Development, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
In conversation with David Kurtz and Laura Quatela
Driving Strategic Objectives: Partnerships Between Outside Counsel and the General Counsel’s Office
Moderator: Colleen Rest Batcheler, ‘98, Executive Vice president, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, ConAgra Foods, Inc.
Panelists: Carolyn Buller, ‘81, Partner, Squire Sanders
Suzanne Day, ‘93, Vice President and General Counsel, Lubrizol Corporation
Judith Steiner,’87, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, First Merit
Janet Miller, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, University Hospitals Health Systems
Irene C. Keyse-Walker, Partner, Tucker Ellis LLP.