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March, 2015                                                               Coalition Newsletter


Upcoming Events


New Member Breakfast

April 22, 2015


A Conversation with Dr. Arin Reeves

May 5, 2015 


In-House to Power-House Session #3

May 6, 2015


Speed Networking Event

June 4, 2015 


Welcome to Our Newest Members
Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
Elizabeth Santis

Coalition Job Board

If you have an in-house attorney position or non-attorney firm position that you would like to post, please email the information to the Coalition Admin and we will post it to the Coalition's website job board. 

Upcoming Events

After-School Mentoring:
Mentor Step Up teens at Step Up's after-school programs. Mentor once a year or once a week - whatever time you can give is impactful! See list of times and schools here. Email tatiana@suwn.org
to sign up. 
The Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law is a co-sponsor of the National Association of Women Lawyers' inaugural Women's Initiatives Leadership Boot Camp on May 1, 2015.
This unique and intimate program held at the Historic Thayer Hotel in West Point, NY is specifically designed for current and future leaders of corporate and law firm women's affinity groups.  
For additional information about NAWL and our Women's Initiatives Leadership Boot Camp, please visit www.nawl.org/bootcamp
If you have any questions, please contact Caitlin Kepple, NAWL's Marketing & Development Director, at kepplec@nawl.org

Coalition PR/Social Media Sub-Committee Needs Your Help!


The Coalition's PR/Social Media Sub-Committee needs your help with raising awareness of the Coalition through social media. Please: join, follow and "like" the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook and ask your firms to do the same.    


LinkedIn:  Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law   

Twitter:  @ChiWomenInLaw 

Facebook:  Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law 


If you would like to join this new sub-committee (or make us aware of articles, awards, etc. that should be shared with the entire Coalition), please contact Rue Toland (rtoland@mayerbrown.com) or Kelly Glynn (keglynn@deloitte.com) 

Dear Members, Delegates and Friends:


As the first quarter of 2015 comes to a close, it is time to evaluate your goals for the year and determine whether you are on track.  Undoubtedly, mentoring is somewhere on your list.  You will see by this newsletter that it was also on the minds of our Coalition members.  Please take the time to read about the program created by the Advisory Committee for more senior level women and the program created by the Career Development Committee for junior to mid-level women.  


On April 22, we will launch our first New Member Breakfast.  This will be an opportunity for all of our law firm and in-house members that joined the Coalition over the past year to learn more about our organization, the committees that drive our success and the ways in which you or others in your firm can participate.  If you know of any prospective members that might benefit from this breakfast, please us know.


Our annual dues notice and membership mailing was sent out earlier this week by electronic mail and by hard copy to the main delegates or individual members.  Please process this in a timely manner, so the Coalition can continue to provide relevant programming and opportunities.




Marcia Owens

Coalition Board President 

One Size Never Fits All Business Development Strategies Tailored
for Women
(and Most Men)  
Featuring Dr. Arin Reeves

One size never fits all. Yet, much of the business and leadership advice given to women on how to thrive and advance in workplaces is based on how men thrive and advance. The sustainable advancement of women requires that we recognize and understand the differences between how women and men communicate, work and lead, and this talk will dive into those differences in a candid, thoughtful and practically applicable way.
May 5, 2015
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Networking Reception and Book Signing - all attendees will receive a complimentary signed copy of Dr. Arin Reeve's book, One Size Never Fits All.

Hosted By: Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP

200 N. LaSalle St., 3rd Floor, Conference Room

In-House to Power-House Professional Development Series
The Coalition presents In-House to Power-House: a series of six (6) building block sessions designed to encourage, assist and foster the professional development of In-House Counsel.
Session #3
Management and Leadership Techniques for In-House Counsel 
Join us for a discussion on "legal project management" and "collaborative leadership," as we will have both in-house and outside perspectives, and an outside consultant as our keynote speaker.  Topics covered will include:
  • Intrinsic value of developing legal project management skills.
  • How-to's of collaborative leadership and legal project management.
  • Managing the need to stay up to date with the latest management tools and leadership assessments.
  • How to optimize these tools within and outside of your organization.

May 6, 2015 

12:00 p.m. 

Seyfarth Shaw, LLP


More Information and Registration is Forthcoming.

Coalition Committee Initiatives

Advisory Committee Networking and Business Development Program Survey
If you are a law firm partner or the equivalent or a senior level in-house attorney (assistant general counsel/senior vice president or the equivalent), the Advisory Committee of the Coalition would like to invite you to take part in an exciting new program!  The program is intended to address the formation of closer personal relationships amongst members of the Coalition for purposes of business development, employment opportunities and other ways that Coalition members may be able to help one another.
to learn more and complete the survey.

Click Here to learn more and complete the survey. 



Career Development

Informal Mentoring Program

Are you interested in some easy mentoring as either a mentor or a mentee? Can you spare one hour? If so, the Career Development Committee would like you to be part of our informal summer mentoring program.


We are looking for junior to mid-level Coalition attorneys who think they could benefit from a one-hour candid conversation with a more senior Coalition attorneys. And we are looking for mid-level to senior attorneys who are willing to give guidance and perspective to more junior attorneys in a one-hour meeting.


If you're interested in being a mentee or mentor, please click here and send your responses to Chicago@thewomenscoalition.com


We will pair off mentor/mentee pairs in May and ask mentees to reach out to their mentors to schedule a one-hour lunch no later than July 31. All mentors and mentees will be invited to a networking happy hour in late summer/early fall.   

Coalition Members in Action.
Education, Community Outreach and Networking.
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