PAST WILEF WEST EVENTS

It Starts at the Top: What Law Firm Leaders Can Do to Impact the Success of Women in Their Firms

Date: October 7, 2015

Location: O’Melveny & Myers Downtown Office

WILEF West—Inaugural Los Angeles Event

Moderator:
Merle J. Vaughn, Major, Lindsey & Africa

Confirmed Speakers:
Michael J. Kelley, Managing Partner, Los Angeles Office, Sidley Austin, Brian J. McCarthy, Head of Los Angeles office, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, John-Paul Motley, Managing Partner, Los Angeles office, O’Melveny & Myers, Greg M. Nitzkowski, Managing Partner, Paul Hastings

An evening with Melinda Haag, United States Attorney for the Northern District of California in conversation with Jenny Durkan, Partner and Global Chair, Cyber Law and Privacy Group, Quinn Emanuel

Date: April 8, 2015

Location: Latham & Watkins LLP, San Francisco, CA

WILEF West hosted by Latham & Watkins LLP, San Francisco, CA

An evening with Melinda Haag, United States Attorney for the Northern District of California in conversation with Jenny Durkan, Partner and Global Chair, Cyber Law and Privacy Group, Quinn Emanuel

ANNUAL LAW FIRM LEADERS EVENTS: It Starts at the Top: What Law Firm Leaders Can Do to Impact the Success of Women in Their Firms

Date: October 30, 2014

Location: Latham & Watkins, San Francisco, CA

WILEF West Hosted by Latham & Watkins, San Francisco, CA

Moderator: 
Merle J. Vaughn, Managing Director and Law Firm Diversity Practice Leader, Major, Lindsey & Africa and Special Advisor for Diversity, WILEF

Confirmed Speakers: 
Robert M. Dell, Global Chair and Managing Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP, Peter J. Devlin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Fish & Richardson, Larren M. Nashelsky, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Elizabeth A. Sharrer, Firm Chair, Holland & Hart LLP

Playing the Long Game: Positioning Yourself for Career Success

Date: June 11, 2014

Location: Morrison & Foerster, San Francisco

WILEF West

An essential aspect of success for any attorney is to think strategically about their career. On the other hand, many leading attorneys report that some of the biggest advancements in their career came as a result of serendipity, or at a time they weren’t prepared to make a move. Our panel of experts will explore options and ideas for creating and implementing major career-directing decisions in the midst of circumstances and emotions that affect our daily lives. In sharing aspects of their own stories, they will impart wisdom about managing risk, shifting expectations and taking on new challenges. They will talk to how to empower yourself with strength and courage so that you can guide and realize your own definition of career success over time.

Location:  Morrison & Foerster, San Francisco
Time8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Networking; 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Program
Moderator:  Deana Kardel, Executive Coach, Eos Consulting Inc.
Confirmed Speakers:  Tammy Albarrán, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP, Katherine Kelly Lutton, Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C., Mika Mayer, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Angela Padilla, Deputy General Counsel, VMware

An Evening with Nokia’s Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Louise Pentland

Date: March 27, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Location: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, 525 University Avenue, Palo Alto, California

WILEF West

Description of Program:  Amy Park, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Co-Chair of WILEF West will interview Louis Pentland, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Nokia.
Location: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, 525 University Avenue, Palo Alto, California.
Time: 6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Networking; 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. program

She’s Asking For It: When and How to Ask for the Business

Date: June 27, 2013

WILEF West
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Title of Program: She’s Asking For It: When and How to Ask for the Business
Description of Program: An essential aspect of success for any attorney is to ask for the business (or the raise, or the budget, or a particular hire) and get it. It is often said that women are naturally good at building relationships. But surveys have shown that men tend to be more direct in pointing out their success and asking for what they want. Our panel of experts will explore the best methods for getting to the pitch or negotiating table, how to ask for what you want, and how to get what you ask for.

Location: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP 555 Mission St., Ste. 3000 San Francisco, CA 94105
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Networking; 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Program
Moderator: Mona Sabet, President, Viblio and Director, Leading Women in Technology
Confirmed Speakers: James F. Brelsford, Of Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Mary T. Huser, Vice President, Global Litigation, Blackberry; Erin L. Rothfuss, Partner and Member Executive Committee, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP .

 

Survival of the Fittest:  Thriving in a Culture of Change  Description of Program

Date: March 20, 2013

WILEF West
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Title of Program: Survival of the Fittest:  Thriving in a Culture of Change
Description of Program:  The pace of business is increasing, new technologies are changing how we work, in-house departments are demanding efficiencies and discounts, and law firms are trying to keep up.  We live in a time of great change while working in a profession traditionally resistant to it.  Add the fact that we are practicing law in a world driven by innovation, and it is clear that to thrive we must accept and embrace change.  Our panel of experts will explore the business and legal climate in Northern California and how women lawyers in companies and law firms can keep pace with and be at the forefront of change.  We will discuss resilience, fortitude and strategic thinking, as well as strategies for optimizing change for the benefit of you and your organization.

Location: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Palo Alto, CA
Time8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Networking; 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Program
Moderator: Judith Zahid, Partner, Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP and WILEF Board Member
Confirmed Speakers: Lisa Fontenot, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and WILEF Board Member, Susan Marsch, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Flextronics International Ltd., Amy Park, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Co-Chair, WILEF West, Gail Shulman, General Counsel, MIPS Technologies Inc., Allison Leopold Tilley, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and WILEF Board Member.

‘Tis the Season:  Unwrapping the Secrets of Compensation

Date: October 18, 2012

WILEF West

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Title of Program‘Tis the Season:  Unwrapping the Secrets of Compensation
Description of Program:  Your compensation does not just impact your bank account. It is important to your perceived value at your firm, impacting work assignments and promotion opportunities. Factors influencing decisions about compensation vary, but there are strategies that can help you advocate for a level of compensation that reflects your value. Panelists will discuss strategies they have used, and seen others use, to influence their compensation, including securing appropriate bonuses and origination credit, and systems their firms use to counter unintended bias.
Location:  Cooley, Palo Alto, CA
Time: 8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Networking; 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Program
Moderator:  Anthong Grumbach, Esq., Director of Professional Development, Farella, Braun + Martel LLP
Confirmed Speakers:  James D. Cotterman, Principal, Altman Weil, Inc., Janet Cullum, Partner, Compensation Committee Member, Marketing Committee Co-Chair, Cooley LLP, Kathryn Fritz, Managing Partner, Fenwick & West LLP, Natasha Innocenti, Leader, Partner Practice Northern California, Major, Lindsey & Africa and WILEF Vice-Chair.

I or We: The Fine Art of Self-Promotion

Date: June 6, 2012

WILEF West

Program: I or We: The Fine Art of Self-Promotion

Moderator:
Dr. Susan Bernstein, Executive Coach, Work From Within
Confirmed Speakers:
Tammy Albarrán, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP and WILEF Advisory Board Member
Emily Lam, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Pat St. Peter, Partner, Zelle Hofmann Voebel & Mason LLP
Anna Shimko Partner, Sedgwick LLP

Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Venue:
Sedgwick LLP
333 Bush St., 30th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Breakfast and Networking: 8:00am – 8:30am
Program: 8:30- 10:00am

Program Description
Advocating for yourself and explaining the full extent of the value you bring in your firm or corporation will keep you on the path to success.  Panel members will discuss why effectively promoting yourself is important for your law firm or corporation; how they overcame early hesitations about promoting themselves; how they balance recognizing the team, acknowledging others, and highlighting their own achievements; and strategies for promoting themselves in culturally-accepted ways.

Enlisting Men as Champions and Clients 

Date: March 14, 2012

WILEF West 

Program: Enlisting Men as Champions and Clients

Moderator:
Barbara Kott, Managing Director, Major, Lindsey & Africa
Confirmed Speakers:
Jorge del Calvo, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Pamela Martinson, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Robert Townsend, Partner, Chair of the Global Corporate Practice Group, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Suzzanne Uhland, Chair of the Restructuring Practice, Member of the Policy Committee, O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Venue:
Sidley Austin LLP
1001 Page Mill Road, Bldg. 1
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Breakfast and Networking: 8:00am – 8:30am
Time: 8:30- 10:00am

Program Description
Engaging powerful partners, clients, and business leaders is critical to achieving power in your law firm or corporation. Since most of these powerful leaders are men, engaging men to support your career is essential. Panel members, men and women, will talk about developing mentoring and sponsoring relationships across gender lines; forming mutually beneficial professional relationships; and how merging diverse perspectives has benefited their work and careers.