August/September 2015                                                        Coalition Newsletter


Upcoming Events



Conversation with Paulette Brown

September 17, 2015



In-House Networking Event at Cole Haan

October 1, 2015



Associate Committee Hosts Self Evaluations and Performance Reviews - A Panel Discussion

October 7, 2015



In-House to 

Power-House Professional Development Series Session V

October 22, 2015 



6th Annual  

Leadership Forum

November 19, 2015


New Member





Susan Hallsby

AMSA, Inc.


Amy O'Brien

R.J. O'Brien & Associates, LLC 

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. 




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 for details.  

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 or Kelly Glynn

Dear Members, Delegates and Friends:
As summer quickly comes to a close, I want to provide you with an update on the Coalition calendar and elections for this year.  After much discussion and consideration, the Board of Directors voted to move the Annual Meeting of the Coalition from September to December.  This will allow us to conduct elections on a calendar year basis, which coincides with our dues schedule and our budget.  If you are a Director who is up for election, you will be notified in the next several weeks about running for renewal of your position.  If you are looking to join the Board, please contact me.  

We will also be reaching out to our new members directly to see if there is interest.  The Board also voted to cap the number of Directors at 60 to encourage greater participation in the day-to-day activities of the Coalition.  All committee chair positions will also rollover on a calendar year basis.  We hope that these changes will prepare us for strong and active participation in the future and resolve some of the confusion and inconsistency among our organizational calendar.
I encourage you to take advantage of our programs for the rest of the year.  We are excited to host Paulette Brown, Talita Erickson and Jayne Reardon on September 17 for a roundtable discussion.  If you are not familiar with Paulette and her groundbreaking status as President of the ABA this year, I encourage you to take a few minutes and read some of the recent articles.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any suggestions, comments or questions.  I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

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. 

The Coalition's Leadership Forum is also proud to announce this year's winners and honorees of our annual Leadership Forum Awards:

Inspiration Award
Andrea S. Kramer
McDermott Will & Emery

Leadership Award
Margo Wolf O'Donnell
Vedder Price, P.C.


Benchmark Award

United Airlines, Inc.


A cocktail reception with our speakers and award winners will immediately follow the forum. Please mark your calendars for November 19, 2015, at 5 p.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 
Roundtable Conversation with 
Paulette Brown 

Paulette Brown
 American Bar Association
The Coalition invites you to join us on September 17  
for a Roundtable Conversation with Paulette Brown, President of the American Bar Association and co-chair of the firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Committee at Locke Lord LLP, along with our other featured panelists below:

Jayne Reardon, Executive Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, will serve as event moderator. 

Talita Erickson, General Counsel (Americas) & Chief Diversity Officer, Barilla Americas

Marcia Owens, Coalition Board President and Partner, Hamilton, Thies and Lorch LLP

September 17, 2015
Noon - 1:30

Hosted By 

155 N. Wacker Drive (second floor), Chicago, IL

Cole Haan  VIP Event
All Coalition in-house and law firm members are invited to attend a night of networking and fashion at Cole Haan in Chicago. Please feel free to invite all your women attorneys and in-house prospects! 

During the event, attendees will receive a $50 discount on in-store purchases of $250, or a $100 discount on in-store purchases of $300 or more. Appetizers and drinks will be served. RSVP to attend. 

October 1, 2015
5:30 - 8 p.m.

Cole Haan 
673 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL   

Join the Coalition at Womenetics

On Friday, November 13, 2015, the Coalition will sponsor a table at the Womenetics Global Women's Initiative (GWI) where they will explore Solutions for Building the Bench and the connection between talent development/retention and strategies that truly make a difference to women in the workplace and to business' bottom line. 

This half-day conference will feature insights from relevant thought leaders from a variety of disciplines and industries. The conference promises savvy debate and powerful take-aways applicable to businesses large and small and to women in various stages of their careers. 

Space is limited. Please contact the Coalition to reserve your seat if you are interested in attending at


November 13, 2015
7:30 - 11:45 a.m.


The Metropolitan Club (Willis Tower)
233 South Wacker Drive (66th Floor) Chicago, IL