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July, 2015                                                               Coalition Newsletter


Upcoming Events


In-House to


Professional Development Series

September 8, 2015  


6th Annual  

Leadership Forum

November 19, 2015


Welcome to Our

New Member


Parker Ibrahim & Berg LLC 

Call for Nominations: Coalition Annual Leadership Forum Awards 

The Coalition Awards recognize women and law firms or corporate legal departments that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and a passionate commitment to the advancement of women in law.  


The Leadership Award will be given to a delegate of the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law who demonstrates commitment and dedication to the Coalition in addition to the criteria set forth here.


The Inspiration Award will be given to a female attorney who serves as an inspiration to other female attorneys and meets the criteria set forth here.  


The Benchmark Award will be given to a law firm or corporate legal department that has demonstrated passion and commitment to leading the advancement of women's issues and meets the criteria.    

The honored organization will be selected based on its unique approach to increasing the success of gender diversity, its demonstrated efforts to inspire and educate the members of the law firm, legal group, or business to understand the importance and value of gender parity in the legal profession, and its recognition and provision of the tools necessary to increase the number of female attorneys in the highest ranks of the law firm or corporate environment and implement a plan for its members to utilize those tools. 


View all criteria and process for submitting nominations.

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. 
Coalition PR/Social Media Sub-Committee


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


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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

Dear Members, Delegates and Friends:


I am happy to report that our Membership and PR Committee has completed its 2015 dues renewal process and is looking forward to prospecting new member firms and in-house counsel to the Coalition.  If you have friends or contacts that might be interested in joining us, please let us know.  We have a presentation available that can be given to prospective members.

On the topic of new members, Katherine Minarik and I attended the inaugural meeting of the New York Steering Committee last week.  This group will be working through the fall and winter to spread the word and build interest in bringing the Coalition to New York.  With many of our member firms already represented on the Steering Committee, we believe this is a natural extension for our organization and found the energy and enthusiasm of those in attendance to resemble that of our initial group when the Coalition first launched.  We will keep you posted on upcoming events.

Please take a moment to mark your calendar for the upcoming events listed below in this Newsletter. 




Marcia Owens

Coalition Board President 

Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law 6th Annual Leadership Forum 

The Coalition invites you to save the date - November 19, 2015 - for our Sixth annual Leadership Forum.

This year's Leadership Forum will feature keynote speaker Christie Hefner, the Chairman of Hatch Beauty,
a brand and product innovation company.  Previously, Hefner served as Chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises, Inc. making her the longest serving female Chairman and CEO of a U.S. public company.  During her tenure, she oversaw policy, management and strategy in all areas of the company.  And for three years she was named to FORTUNE'S list of "Most Powerful Women"  Hefner was also a founding member of The Chicago  Chapter of Women Corporate Directors, and she was the first woman elected into the Chicago Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization.

The Coalition's Leadership Forum will also honor women and organizational leaders in the Chicago area legal community with our annual Leadership Forum Awards.  A cocktail reception with our speakers and award winners will immediately follow the forum.   
Please mark your calendars for November 19, 2015, at 5p.m. at Kirkland & Ellis.  If you would like to help with the final planning of the Leadership Forum, please reach out to the Coalition at Chicago@thewomenscoalition.com.   
In-House to Power-House 
Professional Development Series

Session #4

Developing Your Personal Brand, International Perspective & Executive Presence

Please join us for a panel presentation and discussion. 

Key points to be addressed: 

  • Developing your personal "brand"
  • How to maintain the gravitas and polish internationally
  • Responsible and strategic utilization of social media to develop your online presence
  • Perception of lawyers by the business, and perception of individual attorneys in the law department
  • Explore the pitfalls and possibilities of serving in-house in the age of multi-national, cross-cultural, and technology connected businesses.


Sonya Olds Som

Managing Director

Major Lindsey & Africa  


Kathryn Hartrick 

Founding & Managing Partner, Hartrick Employment Law Ltd.     

Robin Smith

Vice President & General Counsel, Americas

LEGO Systems, Inc.   

Marla Persky

President & CEO




Meredith Ritchie

Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Alliant Credit Union


September 8, 2015 

5:30 p.m. Check-In & Networking 

6:00 p.m. Panel Presentation

7:15 p.m. Reception 


Hosted by  


300 E Randolph St, 50th Floor, Chicago, IL  


 Illinois CLE credit to be applied for.

 Outside counsel welcome with an in-house contact.


Register Now 


After-School Mentoring:

Mentor teens at Step Up's after-school programs. Mentor once a year or once a week - whatever time you can give is impactful! Email tatiana@suwn.org for details.