Wednesday, April 10

Thursday, April 11

8:00     Trailblazer Breakfast | The Four Seasons

Sponsor: Sidley Austin LLP

Welcome and Introduction of former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison: Ward Farnsworth, Dean, The University of Texas School of Law

Speaker: Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Senator (ret.); Senior Counsel, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP; and Author, Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas

9:00      Women in Business

This panel of CEOs will explore the application of power and the implications for women who wield it in business. Panelists will share their experiences in getting and exercising power, as well as provide insights on how to increase power in current positions or by moving into new positions.

Moderator: Ilene H. Lang, President and Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst


Lynn Laverty Elsenhans, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sunoco, Inc., Member of the Board, Baker Hughes Inc., and Member of the Board, GlaxoSmithKline PLC 

Jan Fields, Former President, McDonalds USA

Vikki L. Pryor, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Co., Inc.

10:15      Break

10:45     A Conversation in the C-Suite

General counsel and members of their boards of directors will provide insights into their experiences in the boardroom. Panelists will explore issues including: how to increase the likelihood of becoming boardroom regulars, what board members expect of general counsel, how general counsel think of their duties and responsibilities toward the board, what qualities the panelists value in a board member or general counsel, and how outside counsel can succeed or disappoint in front of a board.

Moderator: Dian Ogilvie, Senior Vice President and Secretary, Toyota Motor North America


Susan L. Blount, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Prudential Financial, Inc.

Constance J. Horner, Member of the Board, Prudential Financial, Inc.; Member of the Board, Ingersoll-Rand Company Limited; and Member of the Board, Pfizer, Inc.

Amy W. Schulman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Pfizer

Victoria D. Stratman, General Counsel, California Institute of Technology

Dr. Suzanne H. WoolseyMember of the Boards of California Institute of Technology, Fluor Corporation, and Invesco Van Kampen Closed-End Funds; Chair of the Boards of Colorado College, the Institute of Defense Analysis, and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

12:15     Leadership Luncheon

Introduction of The Honorable Carolyn Dineen King and Stasia D. Kelly: Linda L. Addison, Partner-in-Charge, New York, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

Speakers: The Honorable Carolyn Dineen King, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, interviewed by Stasia D. Kelly, Co-Managing Partner (Americas), DLA Piper; former Vice-Chairman of AIG; and former General Counsel of MCI/WorldCom, Sears and Fannie Mae

2:00     Break

2:30     Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

Introduction of Mahzarin R. Banaji: Charna E. Sherman, Founder, Charna E. Sherman Law Offices, Co., LPA

Speaker: Mahzarin R. Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Harvard University and George A. and Helen Dunham Cowan Chair in Human Dynamics, Santa Fe Institute

Professor Mahzarin R. Banaji, a foremost leader on the science behind unconscious thinking and feeling as they unfold in social context, will lead a sophisticated discussion on the research behind her new book, Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, and its implications for advancing women lawyers into positions of influence. Using the revolutionary test she has co-developed (the  Implicit Association Test), Professor Banaji will demonstrate how perceptions of social groups shape the likes, dislikes, and judgments of even the most well-intentioned people and how individuals can adapt their beliefs and behavior to “outsmart the machine” in their heads. Participants can look forward to an unforgettable examination of their own minds that will shape their interactions with others for years to come.

5:00     Break

7:00     Legacy Dinner | Bauer House

Welcome: Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., Chancellor, The University of Texas System

Introduction and Background of former Judge Nancy Gertner: Nina Cortell, Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP

Speaker: The Honorable Nancy Gertner, Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (ret.) and Author, In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate

As a group of leading women in law, Summit participants are uniquely positioned to make a difference in the profession through the legacy that they are creating for future generations. This special evening, set in the official home of the Chancellor of The University of Texas System, will feature a unique presentation on the importance of legacy and what it means for women in the profession. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their legacies and connect with peers while enjoying three acres of manicured grounds, inviting gardens, towering native Texas trees, and a traditional Georgian/Federal style home.

 Friday, April 12