December 2015                                                        Coalition Newsletter
Upcoming Events
In-House to Power House: Series VI
(Dec. 9)
Holiday Party
(Dec. 9)
Annual Member
(Dec. 15)
New Member

Rachel Ablin
Walgreen Co.

Chuhak & Tecson

Lauren Cohn
Walgreen Co.

Talita Erickson
Barilla Americas

Foley & Lardner

K&L Gates

Mandell Menkes

Quadrant Law Group

United Airlines
Need CLE?
In 2015, the Coalition offered robust and interesting programming totaling over 20 hours of CLE. Contact Jen Mifflin if you have any questions. 


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 my term as President draws to a close, I hope to see you at our upcoming events and the annual meeting during December.  You can find the details in this newsletter. 
During 2015, the Coalition embarked on an expansion to New York.  This shift moves the Coalition to a national platform.  

The enthusiasm and interest that we found in New York demonstrated that we have a unique and attractive model, different from most bar organizations.  Our ability to attract large law firm members and corporate legal departments, while also providing value to smaller firms and legal departments, has created a valuable network for our members. 
The In-House to Power-House Series was another example of an initiative that we implemented this year to expand and solidify our in-house counsel membership.  As a whole, we had a variety of interesting and powerful speakers: from Christy Hefner, Chairman of Hatch Beauty to Lucy Lee Helm, General Counsel of Starbucks Corporation to Paulette Brown, President of the American Bar Association, just to name a few.
Behind the scenes, we adjusted our election year and implemented some changes to the by-laws and board governance to ensure that we have active and committed women in leadership and a structure that will allow for further expansion. 
In closing, I want to thank each of you for trusting me to lead this organization and for your time and support.  It has been an honor.  We truly are a "coalition" and continue to welcome your thoughts, ideas and suggestions.  

I also want to welcome Katherine Minarik, Partner at Bartlit Beck, as the incoming President and hope you will provide her with the same level of enthusiasm, dedication and commitment that you have shown me this past year.
Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a successful New Year!

Marcia Owens
Coalition Board President 
In-House to Power-House: Series VI 
Risk-Taking Strategies to Boost Your Career

Join the Coalition for an afternoon workshop on building risk-taking strategies to turn your career risks into opportunities. 

This program will be led by Daniella Levitt, author of Ready, Set ... RISK!, and will be a highly interactive session with practical exercises designed to boost risk tolerance and take your career to the next level. All attendees will receive a copy of Ms. Levitt's book.

Women's Athletic Club
626 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Wednesday, December 9
3 pm: Registration & Networking
3:30 - 5:30 pm: High-Tea & Program

Holiday Soiree
Please join us for an evening of cocktails and conversation to celebrate The Holidays, and another successful year for the Coalition!  

Valet parking will be available beginning at 3 p.m.

Women's Athletic Club
626 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

December 9, 2015
6 to 8 p.m.

2015 Annual Member Meeting 

Dear Delegates:

Please join us for the annual member meeting of the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law's law firm and corporate delegates. Your attendance at the annual meeting will be a vital contribution to the Coalition's work in 2016 as we will be electing next year's slate of officers and board members. Elections must be done by a majority of main delegates.  
In addition to our annual elections, the Coalition leadership will provide an overview of our work and growth in 2015, including our planned January 2016 launch of the New York Coalition and more than 20 hours of CLE accredited programming presented by the Coalition over the past 11 months. Our new leadership team will outline our goals and plans for 2016, including ways we may better serve the specific professional goals of our delegates and their colleagues at our member firms and companies.
Coalition committee representatives will be available to answer questions and discuss plans for the coming months. 
If you are not your firm or company's delegate, or are not sure if you are, please reach out to the Coalition at If your firm or company will be transitioning to a new delegate next year, we would love to have you both attend the meeting. Register Today!

December 15, 2015
Noon - 1 p.m. - Lunch will be served.

Hamilton Thies & Lorch LLP 
200 South Wacker Drive (34th Floor Conference Center), Chicago
Power Breakfast with
 Amy Manning

Join Step Up for an intimate conversation and inspirational morning with Amy Manning, Managing Partner, McGuireWoods LLP. The event will be moderated by the Coalition's Treasurer, Katie Rak, Associate, McGuireWoods LLP. To attend, please RSVP at  

Amy Manning
Managing Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
Katie Rak
Associate, McGuireWoods LLP

December 10, 2015
8 - 10 a.m.

Allerton Hotel 
701 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago


POWAward Nominations
Deadline Dec. 11

Do you work with a leader who is blazing a path for others with her inspired solutions? Is she engaging, dynamic, able to think strategically and execute effectively? Nominate her now for a 2016 POW! Award, brought to you by WomeneticsDeadline is December 11.

This is an incomparable opportunity to honor a female leader in your organization. Those who are selected will be honored at an 
Awards luncheon at The Metropolitan Club where they will share their stories of success, as well as tips and techniques for others to follow. These women will join a select group that includes senior executives from such diverse industries as financial services, music and entertainment, construction, transportation, aeronautics, telecommunications, academia and social media.

This year's nomination process is even easier than before, just complete this short form.  Help Womenetics discover the next class of exceptional, solutions-oriented women.