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8:00 AM -
8:50 AM

Contributing Attendees and WOL Sponsors Virtual Bring- Your-Own Breakfast ("BYOB")

8:15 AM -
8:50 AM

Registration and Networking

8:50 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome Remarks

Nicole D. Galli, Founder, ND Galli Law LLC
President & Founder, Women Owned Law

WOL 2021 Virtual Symposium Co-Chairs:

Helen Oscislawski, Attorneys at Oscislawski LLC
Board Member, Women Owned Law
Nancy J. Mertzel, Founder, Mertzel Law PLLC
Vice President, Women Owned Law

9:00 AM - 9:55 AM

Plenary 1: Burnout and Resilience


Dr. Paula Davis, CEO, The Stress & Resilience Institute
Roberta "Bobbi" Liebenberg, Partner, Fine Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.; Principal, The RED BEE Group
Stephanie Scharf, Partner, Scharf Banks Marmor LLC; Principal, The RED BEE Group

Moderated by Shira Katz Scanlon, Partner, Martine, Katz, Scanlon & Schimmel, P.A.

Women, attorneys and business owners are all too familiar with burnout. Women law firm owners and practitioners are a triple threat with triple the threat of burnout. The pandemic has resulted in more anxiety, stress and burnout. Can we beat burnout before it beats us? Our panelists have studied how burnout impacts lawyers and during this fascinating panel, they will share their findings and their best tips to combat and come back from burnout.

9:55 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Plenary 2: Recognizing and Combatting Implicit Bias: An Interactive Workshop

Presented by Jennefer Witter, CEO/Founder, The Boreland Group Inc.

Introduction: Nancy Mertzel, Founder Mertzel Law PLLC & Vice President, WOL

 “You must be Black if your name is Latoya”

Overt racism is easy to identify. But what about implicit bias – soft prejudices that we all have, but of which we are basically unaware. In today’s heated social and global climate, this lack of awareness can deeply impact your professional and personal life as well as the way you unintentionally communicate and think. It can even have serious economic ramifications, particularly for women, as well as for corporations.

This thought-provoking workshop will take a deep dive into the subject, where you will confront your own biases and see how you - regardless of race, status, income or education - have been a victim of unconscious bias. There will be an exercise that underscores and furthers the learnings.

11:00 AM - 11:05 AM


11:05 AM - 11:25 PM

WOL Awards Ceremony

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Lunch/Networking Break - 1:1 Networking Available

12:00 PM -
1:10 PM


Women Lawyers as Innovators and Change Agents:  An Interview of Laurie Robinson Haden by Debbie Epstein Henry.

Laurie N. Robinson Haden, Founder, President and CEO, Corporate Counsel Women of Color
Debbie Epstein Henry, Founder, DEH, Consulting, Speaking, Writing

Introduction: Roberta "Bobbi" Liebenberg, Partner, Fine Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.; Principal, The RED BEE Group

Seventeen years ago, Laurie Robinson Haden was Assistant General Counsel in the labor and employment group of CBS Broadcasting Inc. when she launched a non-profit organization, Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC).  During this fireside chat, you’ll hear why Laurie created CCWC to advance women attorneys of color and foster diversity in the legal profession.  Laurie will share how she galvanized efforts to grow CCWC’s membership from 30 to over 4,500 members today.  With probing questions posed by women and legal industry expert, Debbie Epstein Henry, Laurie will challenge us to be bold and act bold.  She will also inspire us to make change and make an impact in our workplaces, in our homes and in our communities.  You won’t want to miss this conversation – it’s the dialogue that all of us have been wanting and needing to have. 

1:10 PM - 1:15 PM


1:15 PM -
2:15 PM

Plenary 3: Hiring & Supervising in a Virtual Environment

Moderator: Alaina Fotiu-Wojtowicz, Founding Shareholder, Brodsky Fotiu-Wojtowicz

Heather Clauson HaughianFounder & Managing Partner,
Culhane Meadows PLLC
Nancy LanardFounder,Lanard & Associates
Jessica Shpall Rosen, Partner, Greewald Doherty, LLP

Join us for an interactive panel discussion with practitioners from a variety of backgrounds about how to effectively hire and supervise your team in the virtual environment.  Whether your office has always been partially or entirely virtual, or whether you encountered these challenges for the first time in the pandemic, this panel has something for you.  Topics will include:

  • remote interview strategies,
  • how to build a team and engage employees remotely,
  • remote performance management,
  • legal considerations in having a distributed workforce, and
  • giving effective feedback in the virtual environment.

2:15 pm - 2:20 pm


2:20 pm -
3:20 pm

Speed Networking

Ivy Slater
CEO, Slater Success Coaching
Jessica Shpall Rosen, Esq., Partner, Greenwald Doherty

“Your Network Is Your Net Worth”

This past year of working and leading remotely has shown us now more than ever that the human connection has enormous value.

Join in this session to harness your power of building and growing your network. A great asset in the Women Owned Law community is the value of the relationships we have built and continue to build.

At the symposium we have a wonderful opportunity to expand and grow our relationship, our network and long term success.

3:20 PM - 3:25 PM


3:25 PM -
4:20 PM

Plenary 4: How to Be Innovative in Your Business Development Efforts

Introduction: Colleen Vallen, Forensic Services Practice Leader, J.A. Montgomery Consulting

Beth Krewson, General Counsel, Innocoll Pharmaceuticals
Ivy Slater, CEO, Slater Success Coaching
Ariana J. Tadler, Managing Partner, Tadler Law LLP & Founding Principal/Business Development, Meta-e Discovery LLC

There is no dispute that COVID-19 has created unprecedented changes in the way businesses operate.  In this session, our expert panelists explore the impacts of COVID-19 on business development and provide strategies and techniques to not just endure, but ways to thrive in this new business world.  Explore innovative ways to grow your network and expand your business with perspective from both the marketer and those being marketed to.

4:20 - 4:25 PM

Closing Remarks

4:45 - 5:00 pm

WOL Annual Meeting of the Members