Phase III: Navigating the Corporate Matrix: Advancing Women in Corporate Law Departments

The Navigating the Corporate Matrix program is the work of the WBA’s Task Force on Advancement and Retention of Women and In-House Counsel Committee, with advice and input from an Advisory Board of nationally recognized experts in the field and in-house counsel from a range of industries, who are committed to advancing women in-house counsel. This day-long summit took place at American University Washington College of Law. Our goal is to have our community again place itself on the national map as forward-thinkers whose leaders have come together, listened to the experts present the latest objective research, shared best practices and frustrations, and undertaken a frank self-appraisal of how to move the ball forward in the continuing effort to improve retention of women attorneys and their advancement to the highest ranks of our profession.

Phase III Speakers
Keynote Luncheon Speaker, Anastasia Kelly, former General Counsel of AIG, and MCI WorldCom
Elizabeth Abdoo, General Counsel, Host Hotels
Danielle Aguto, General Counsel, France Telecom North America
Christina Ayiotis, Deputy General Counsel, CSC
Amy Bess, Shareholder, Vedder Price
Linda Bray Chanow, Executive Director, Center for Women in the Law, University of Texas School of Law
Micki Chen, Deputy General Counsel, Verizon
Tricia Daniels, Partner, Forensic and Dispute Services, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
Dorian Denburg, Counsel, AT&T and NAWL Board President-Elect
Denise Esposito, General Counsel, Emergent BioSolutions
Jocelyn Fisher-Perkins, In-House (Former WBAF Board), AFL-CIO
Wanda Forrest, Managing Director, Huron Consulting Group
Mara Giorgio, Associate
Josephine Harriott, Miller & Chevalier
Tina Hsu, Counsel, Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, PA
Lori Knauer, Corporate Counsel, DuPont
Hyacinth Kucik, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Freddie Mac
Charisse Lillie, VP Community Investment, Comcast
Karen M. Lockwood, Founder and CEO, The Lockwood Group, LLC, WBA Past President
Lorelie S. Masters, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP, WBA Past President
Sonia Murphy, Senior Associate, Howrey, LLP
Ama Romaine, Counsel, Hilton
Joyce Slocum, General Counsel, NPR
Robert A. Stern, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Sodexo

Phase III Advisory Board Members

Maureen Del Duca, Marriott International, Inc.
Dorian Denburg, AT&T
Mary  E. Kennard, American University
Ann R. Klee, General Electric Company
Lori Kettering Knauer, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
Nancy W. Newkirk, Major, Lindsey & Africa
Tracy Poole, Johnson & Johnson
Mayda Prego, Chevron Corporation
Veta Richardson, Minority Corporate Counsel Association
Wendy Conway Schmidt, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
Joyce D. Slocum, National Public Radio, Inc.
Brande Stellings, Catalyst Inc.
Robert Stern, Sodexo, Inc
Robyn Welter, Sodexo, Inc.

Phase III Working Group Members
Initiative Co-Chair: Monica Parham, Crowell & Moring LLP
Initiative Co-Chair: Holly Loiseau, Weil Gotshal & Manges
Working Group Chair: Sonia Murphy, Howrey, LLP
WBA President: Consuela Pinto
Alejandra Almonte, Weil Gotshal & Manges
Linda Chanow, Center for Women in Law, University of Texas School of Law
Jamellah Ellis, Verizon
Wanda Forrest, Huron Consulting Group
Judith Gheuens, Amgen
Josephine Harriott, Miller & Chevalier
Yolanda Hawkins Bautista, Howrey LLP
Mara Giorgio, Patton Boggs
Lexar Quamie, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Ama Romaine, Hilton
Neeta Saran, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Sherrese Smith, FCC
Laura Wilkinson, Weil Gotshal & Manges

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