2017 Women’s Power Summit on Law & Leadership


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April 26, 2017

Time Session Information
12:00 pm

Pre-Women's Power Summit Workshop

Little Colony

In this interactive workshop, award-winning speaker, author, and executive coach, Neena Newberry, will share how a consistent focus on Purpose, Presence & Power gets results every time.

Speaker: Neena Newberry, President, Newberry Executive Solutions

Separate Registration Required
Fee:  $125 (includes lunch)
Attendance limited to 20

E-mail daddison@law.utexas.edu for registration details.


4:15 p.m.

Registration and Opening Reception

Ballroom Terrace

Sponsor: Toyota

5:30 p.m.

Summit Kickoff

Four Seasons Ballroom

Speaker: Sandra Phillips Rogers, Group Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel & Secretary, Toyota Motor North America; Co-Chair, 2017 Women's Power Summit

5:35 p.m.

Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Four Seasons Ballroom

Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Cisselon Nichols Hurd, Senior Counsel, Global Litigation Americas, Shell Oil Company


5:40 p.m.

Opening Keynote

Four Seasons Ballroom

Speaker: Gloria Steinem, Writer, Political Activist, and Feminist Organizer

Interviewed by: Michele Coleman Mayes, Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, The New York Public Library

Sponsor: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

6:40 p.m.

All Women Created Equal?: From Tokens to Inclusion in Women's Initiatives

Four Seasons Ballroom

Less than three percent of all partners are women of color and nearly 50 percent of law firm offices have no partners who are women of color, according to NALP. Improving these dire statistics requires a commitment from individuals and institutions to make the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women of color an integral part of any effort to advance women in the profession. The speakers will suggest specific actions that participants can take to create inclusive women’s initiatives in their organizations.


Michele Coleman Mayes, Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, The New York Public Library (moderator)

Madeleine McDonough, Chair and Partner, Shook Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

Lauren Rivera, Associate Professor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and Author, Pedigree: How Elite Students get Elite Jobs

Gina N. Shishima, Head of Intellectual Property and Member, Management Committee, Norton Rose Fulbright U.S. LLP

Debra Wong Yang, Partner, Gibson Dunn; retired Judge, LA Superior Court, California (1997-2002); U.S. Attorney, USAO, Central District of California (2002-2006)

Manifesto Moment: Maureen Mulligan, Partner, Peabody & Arnold LLP

7:30 p.m.

Dinner on the Lawn

The Lawn

Sponsor: Haynes and Boone, LLP

April 27, 2017

Time Session Information
7:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

Four Seasons Ballroom Foyer and Terrace

Sponsor: Jones Day

8:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Four Seasons Ballroom

Speaker: Arleas Upton Kea, Director of Administration, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Co-Chair, 2017 Women’s Power Summit

Manifesto Moment: Ward Farnsworth, Dean, Texas Law

8:10 a.m.

Moving from Action to Results

Four Seasons Ballroom

Law firms and law departments have training programs on skills, such as leadership and business development, and yet, the percentage of women and people of color moving into positions of institutional and economic power have remained virtually stagnant. In this segment, our panelists will discuss the tools they have used to determine what actions yield the most impact and how measuring results has changed the representation of women and people of color in positions of power within their organizations and in external organizations.

Introduction of Speakers: Arleas Upton Kea, Director of Administration, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporations; Co-Chair, 2017 Women's Power Summit


Pat Gillette, Speaker and Workplace Equality Advocate (moderator)

Sharon R. Barner, Vice President and General Counsel, Cummins Inc.

Kimberley D. Harris, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, NBCUniversal

Stasia Kelly, Co-Managing Partner (Americas), DLA Piper

Jami Wintz McKeon, Chair, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Christopher P. Reynolds, Executive Vice President – Corporate Resources, Toyota Motor North America; Managing Officer & General Counsel, Toyota Motor Corporation

9:30 a.m.

More Women Leading in the Courtroom

Four Seasons Ballroom

Women are under-represented as first chairs in trials and in important courtroom roles, a recent ABA report found. Hear from prominent judges about the steps they are taking to increase the number of women as lead counsel.

Introdution of Speakers: Yvonne K. Puig, Head of Life Sciences and Healthcare & Immediate Past Member of Management Committee, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP


The Hon. Fernande R.V. Duffly, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (Ret.) (moderator)

The Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, Chief Judge, District of Columbia Court of Appeals

The Hon. Nancy Friedman Atlas, Senior District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

The Hon. Amy J. St. Eve, District Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

10:45 a.m.

Interactive Breakouts

Four Seasons Austin

Equalize the Playing Field

In her book, Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs, Lauren Rivera challenges our most cherished beliefs about college as a great equalizer and exposes the class biases built into American notions about the best and the brightest that interfere with achieving equity.

Speaker: Lauren Rivera, Associate Professor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Innovate Your Way To Power

Innovative leaders will share how they increased their power by taking risks and creating unconventional opportunities for themselves.


Linda Broocks, Partner, Ogden, Broocks & Hall, LLP (moderator)

Veta T. Richardson, President and CEO, Association of Corporate Counsel

Laurie Robinson Haden, Founder and CEO, Corporate Counsel Women of Color and Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, CBS Corporation

Caren Ulrich Stacy, CEO, Diversity Lab and Vice President of Policy and Partnerships, US National Committee for UN Women, SFBA

Make Your Next Power Move

Executive level recruiters will tell you what you can do to position yourself for a move within the C-Suite and from the C-Suite to the Boardroom.


Leslie A. Goldman, Managing Director, Major, Lindsey & Africa, and Former Vice President and General Counsel, Fisher HealthCare (moderator)

Lee Hanson, Vice Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles

Catherine R. Nathan, Partner and Member of the Legal, Compliance & Regulatory Practice, Spencer Stuart

Julie Preng, Office Managing Partner and Managing Partner, Legal Center of Expertise, Korn Ferry

Embrace Flexibility to Retain Power Players

Hear from leading lawyers and a leading work-life fit advisor on how they are making flexibility work in their organizations.


Nina Cortell, Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP

Elizabeth D. Moore, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.

Cali Williams Yost, CEO and Founder of Flex+Strategy Group & Work+Life Fit Inc.

Develop Power Players

Learn how to effectively mentor, sponsor, and move the next generation of women leaders into positions of power and influence

Speaker: Andrea Kramer, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Leadership Lunch

Four Seasons Ballroom

Sponsor: Norton Rose Fulbright

The Politics of Power

Introduction of Speakers:  Hilda C. Galvan, Partner-in-Charge, Jones Day (Dallas)


Tina Brown, CEO and Founder: Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World (interviewer)

Olympia Snowe, U.S. Senator, Maine (1995-2013)

Manifesto Moment: Deborah Gilg, U.S. Attorney, District of Nebraska (2009-2017)

2:00 p.m.

Lessons From Public Service

Four Seasons Ballroom

Former government officials will describe what attracted them to public service, how they implemented domestic and global agendas, the lessons they learned, and their transitions in and out of these roles.


Linda L. Addison, Immediate Past Managing Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP and Board Member, Catalyst (moderator)

Sarah R. Saldaña, Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (2014-2017); U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Texas (2011-2014) 

Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director, UNICEF (2005-2010); Secretary of Agriculture (2001-2005); BoardMember, Nestlé; and Board Member, Alexion Pharmaceuticals

2:45 p.m.

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It

Four Seasons Ballroom

Chris Voss will take you inside the world of high-stakes hostage negotiations, revealing the skills that helped him and his colleagues succeed where it mattered most: saving lives. He will apply nine effective principles—counterintuitive tactics and strategies—that you, too, can use to get results for yourself and for women within your organization.

Introduction of Speaker: Stephanie D. Clouston, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP

Speaker: Chris Voss, Former Lead International Kidnapping Negotiator, Federal Bureau of Investigations; Founder and CEO, The Black Swan Group

4:00 p.m.

Pay Equity: The Final Frontier

Four Seasons Ballroom

Studies show that women continue to earn less than their male peers. This panel of law firm partners and general counsel will share the steps they are taking to interrupt bias in the compensation process to ensure equitable compensation in their organizations and the law firms they hire. Panelists will discuss tactics to negotiate compensation, including things women should ask for during salary negotiation.

Introduction of Speakers: Samantha Hale Crispin, Partner, Baker Botts


Claudia Wilson Frost, Partner IP and Co-Leader Energy Disputes Group, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (moderator)

Michelle Banks, Executive Vice President, Global General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, Gap Inc. (Ret.)

Kimberly Leach Johnson, Partner and Firm Chair, Quarles & Brady LLP

Gregory B. Jordan, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, The PNC Financial Services Group; Global Managing Partner, Reed Smith LLP (2000-2013)

Amy E. Weaver, President, Legal; General Counsel, Salesforce

5:45 p.m.

Buses Leave for Legacy Dinner


6:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Legacy Dinner

Bullock Texas State History Museum

Sponsor: Dell

Welcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Linda Bray Chanow, Executive Director, Center for Women in Law

Manifesto Moment: Flora Darpino, Lieutenant General, US Army JAG Corps, The Office of the Judge Advocate General

Keynote Speaker:

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama; Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement; Chair of the White House Council for Women and Girls (2009-2017)

April 28, 2017

Time Session Information
8:00 a.m.


Four Seasons Ballroom

Sponsor: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

8:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker

Four Seasons Ballroom

Introduction of Speaker:  Marcy Hogan Greer, Partner, Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP

Speaker: Linda Klein, President, American Bar Association

Manifesto Moment: Caren Ulrich Stacy, CEO, Diversity Lab; Vice President of Policy and Partnerships, US National Committee for UN Women, SFBA

9:00 a.m.

Power Plays in the Boardroom

Four Seasons Ballroom

Women on corporate boards and public-sector authorities are critical to changing the status quo for women.  Hear how panelists got these coveted positions, what really happens when the lawyers are out of the room, and how they are using their power to advance women in their organizations.


Shemin V. Proctor, Managing Partner, Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP (Washington, D.C.) (moderator)

Peggy Foran, Chief Governance Officer, SVP and Corporate Secretary, Prudential Financial, Inc. and Board Member, Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Sylvia J. Kerrigan, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Marathon Oil Corporation; Board Member, Team Inc.; Board Member, Nine Point Energy, LLC

Janiece Longoria, Chairman, Port of Houston Authority; Board Member, CenterPoint Energy, Inc.; Board Member, Superior Energy Services; and Regent, The University of Texas System

Kim Lubel, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, CST Brands; Chairman of the Board, CrossAmerica Partners, LP; and Board Member, WPX Energy, Inc.

Lizanne Thomas, Partner-in-Charge (Southern U.S. Region), Jones Day and Board Member,  Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc.; Board Member, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (2004-16)

10:30 a.m.

Power and Purpose

Four Seasons Ballroom

Companies, countries, and organizations the world over are waking up to today’s new reality. Women control the lion’s share of purchasing power and are increasingly essential to competitiveness. The age of women’s transformative economic influence has finally arrived, and women are using their power for purpose, redefining what power and success mean in the process. In their book, Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose, Ambassador Melanne Verveer and Kim Azzarelli document how some of the world’s most inspiring women are using their growing economic power to create success and meaning in their lives while building a better world.


Sandra Phillips Rogers, Group Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel & Secretary, Toyota Motor North America; Co-Chair, 2017 Women’s Power Summit (moderator)

Melanne Verveer, United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues (2009-13); Co-Founder, Seneca Women; Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Kim Azzarelli, Co-Founder, Seneca Women; Chair and Co-Founder, Cornell Center for Women and Justice

11:30 a.m.

Concluding Remarks

Four Seasons Ballroom


Sandra Phillips Rogers, Group Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel & Secretary, Toyota Motor North America; Co-Chair, 2017 Women’s Power Summit

Arleas Upton Kea, Arleas Upton Kea, Director of Administration, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Co-Chair, 2017 Women’s Power Summit

12:00 p.m.

Farewell Lunch

The Lawn

Sponsor: Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP