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April, 2015                                                               Coalition Newsletter


Upcoming Events


New Member Breakfast

April 22, 2015


Associate Committee Wine Tasting and Networking Event

April 28, 2015


A Conversation with Dr. Arin Reeves

May 5, 2015 


In-House to


Session #3

May 6, 2015



Networking Event 

May 14, 2015

Coalition Board Meeting

May 20, 2015

Speed Networking  

June 4, 2015

Managing Partner

General Council  


June 16, 2015

Welcome to Our Newest Members
Jennifer Waters
National Association of Women Lawyers

Kelly Glynn
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP 

New Member Breakfast

April 22nd
 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. 

Locke Lord LLP
111 S. Wacker Drive

Did you join the Coalition this past year?

Would you like to learn more about the benefits and opportunities available through your membership?  Looking to get more involved? Interested to hear what the Coalition has planned for 2015? Join us for a complimentary breakfast hosted by the Membership Committee.   


Some of the benefits we'll cover:  

- Programming and CLE

- Networking Events

- Committee and Leadership Opportunities

- Community Outreach

- Career Development  


Register Here 

Associates Wine Tasting and Networking Event

This event is open to all Associates and Junior In-House Counsel and is a great way to learn more about the Coalition, the Associates Committee, and socialize with colleagues at other firms and companies.  

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 
A short presentation on the Coalition, the Associates Committee, and the wine selection will begin at
6 p.m.
Please feel free to share this invite with fellow Associates or Junior In-House Counsel that you think would be interested in learning more about the Coalition. 

April 28, 2015
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Locke Lord, LLP
111 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago

Register Here  

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
for more information.
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
Dear Members, Delegates and Friends:


Over the past 7 years, the Coalition has been focused on building our organization and programming in Chicago.  On May 18, the Coalition will hold its first exploratory meeting in New York to discuss interest in bringing the Coalition to New York.  We ask that each of you spread the word to your other offices, friends, clients or contacts
about this initiative and about our organization. 


While we are optimistic about our opportunities in New York, we remain focused on bringing relevant programming to each of you in Chicago.  You will see the Coalition has a diverse calendar of activities for the coming months.  Whether in-house or outside counsel, partner or associate, there are opportunities for you to obtain CLE, network with your counterparts and gain valuable legal and business development skills.   If you joined our organization in either 2014 or 2015, we welcome you to attend our new member breakfast on April 22 to learn more about our organization and how you and the women in your firm or company can take part.    


If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2015, please do so by the end of April.  We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!



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 an in-depth discussion on "legal project management" and "collaborative leadership" with an industry expert and panel of experienced professionals with both in-house and outside perspectives. 


Featured Speaker:

Pam Woldow 
LPM Pioneer & ABA "Legal Rebel"
Principal & General Counsel
Edge International  


Kim Craig

Global Director, Legal Process Improvement 

Seyfarth Lean Consulting LLC

Christine DeMott

Associate General Counsel & Vice President

BMO Financial Group  

Kim Metrick

Managing Counsel/Director

Walgreen Co.

Purva Sule

Director of U.S. Retail Growth

BMO Financial Group

May 6, 2015

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Program & Lunch


Hosted by

Seyfarth Shaw, LLP

131 S. Dearborn Street

Chicago, IL  60603


Register Here


Illinois CLE credit to be applied for.

Outside counsel welcome with an in-house contact

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.
Send completed surveys to Chicago@thewomenscoalition.com



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 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 the sub-committee or provide information to be shared with the entire Coalition contact Rue Toland rtoland@mayerbrown.com or Kelly Glynn keglynn@deloitte.com

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. 
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