2017 SuperConference

wipl's executive leadership forum @ Superconference 

 june 20, 2017 | chicago, Il

Designed exclusively for women in the legal profession, and presented annually at the Women, Influence & Power in Law (WIPL) conference, WIPL's "Executive Leadership Forum" @ SuperConference will follow the format of the Executive Leadership Forum that accompanies the WIPL conference in Washington, DC. For those who are new to WIPL, this day of professional development and networking is intended to provide practical guidance for women in the legal profession seeking to advance their careers. The interactive sessions are designed to maximize understanding and retention of the topics while also encouraging you to connect with your peers. Mark your calendar and be prepared to start the game changing career conversations that start in session, continue into the extended networking breaks, and create relationships that go beyond the conference!

It's Personal: Harnessing Your Brand to Enhance Your Career

Why? As dedicated professionals, the line between the personal and professional is often blurred or nonexistent. These sessions will discuss how to leverage the strength of a personal approach in day to day challenges and in furthering your career.

Please note - an extra fee is required to attend this focused one-day event.

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM                 
Welcome Remarks

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM              

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM            
Networking Break

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM            
Phase I Plenary: Creating a Plan for Building and Maintaining Your Networks

Networking functions and advocating for change are difficult to prioritize when working and meeting personal commitments already demand every minute of your time.  This session will provide examples, tools, and stories you can relate to on how you individually can be a force in your own development and be a catalyst for change in your internal and external environment.  

• Here’s how I thought about my empowerment and catalyzed change
• How’s here how I catalyzed outside
• Building Women’s Initiative
• Battling unconscious bias
• Marketing change management

Speakers Include:
•Mackenzie Phillips, Senior Vice President & Chief Corporate Counsel, Jones Lang LaSalle
•Renee Lowe, Senior Assistant County Attorney, Harris County (TX)

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM            
Phase I Interactive Exercise: Applying Personal Strengths to Identify a Networking Goal and Create a Strategy to Meet It

Attendees will apply the results of their strength test (completed before event) to identify a networking goal and create a plan to reach it.  They will review and refine this plan with fellow attendees.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM               
Networking Lunch 

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM                 
Phase II Plenary: Having Difficult Conversations

Sometimes the most challenging thing about going to work is managing and interacting with people, especially those with whom, regardless of best efforts, you simply do not get along with – but with whom you need to maintain functional relationships.  This session will provide insights into how to approach and manage difficult conversations.  Topics of discussion will include:

• Communication strategies for starting and handling the conversation
• How to normalize the relationship after the conversation 
• Navigating generational differences
• Phrases and words to employ with people who might be sensitive to criticism
• Entering a discussion where there will be push back
• Engaging people so they are open minded to what you are saying
Speakers Include:
•Sheri Littlefield, Managing Director & Chief Legal Counsel, CFA Institute
•Ruth Colvin, Head Legal Counsel for the Americas, DNV GL Group
•Julie Maeir, Director, Human Resources, QuisLex

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM                 
Phase II Interactive Exercise: Applying Strategies for Difficult Business and Personal Conversations

Attendees will apply the learning points of the plenary to two mock role playing exercises.  The first exercise will present a difficult business conversation hypothetical.  The second exercise will present a personal management conversation hypothetical.  The group will collectively recap their approaches to compile best practices. 

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM                 
Networking Break

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM                 

Addressing and Mitigating the Ethical Missteps of Those Around Us (Ethics CLE)
If anything is personal, it’s bad behavior.  Every company harbors some skeletons of sabotage, disrespect, people taking credit for other people’s work, and more.  But when does questionable or offensive behavior become illegal or a source of liability for the company?   When it comes to your conduct or that of other members of your executive team, where does questionable practices or comments cross into malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims? This session will cull from litigation trends, ethical pitfalls, regulatory guidance, and personal anecdotes to provide an overview of items to make sure you have in your toolkit for surviving and even thriving in the face of difficult situations.

Speakers Include:
Meredith Ritchie, Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer, Alliant Credit Union

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM                 
Cocktail Reception