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If you choose to join the WOL symposium in-person in Philadelphia, COVID protocols will be put in place.  These protocols will be in-line with the CDC and local rules as well as the rules being enforced by the Drexel University including use of the Drexel Health Checker - https://drexel.edu/coronavirus/health-safety/monitor-your-health/drexel-health-checker/.


Tuesday, May 10th - Pre-Symposium Dinner at Estia Restaurant (1405 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA) from 7:30pm – 10:00pm. This is another opportunity for symposium attendees to gather and network with one another.  An additional fee of $75 is required to attend the dinner. 

If you have not already registered for the Symposium, please select the add-on for the pre-Symposium dinner on the registration form. If you are already registered for the Symposium and would like to add the dinner, please email [email protected]

Wednesday, May 11th -

Virtual: Click Here to see our Virtual Agenda




7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast 

8:50 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome Remarks

Nancy J. Mertzel, President
Founder, Mertzel Law 

Shira Katz Scanlon, Symposium Chair
Martine, Katz Scanlon & Schimmel

9:00 AM - 9:55 AM

Plenary 1:  Growing Reach (marketing/networking/speaking) – Growing Your Brand, Small or Large.

Ivy SlaterCEO, Slater Success Coaching


Jessica Shpall Rosen, Esq., Partner, Greewald Doherty
Melanie Cunningham, Founder, Melanie Cunningham Law Office P.C.
Heather Clauson Haughian, Founder & Managing Partner, Culhane Meadows, PLLC
Ashley Robinson, Owner, Green Cardigan Marketing

Growing the reach for a small or large firm often includes various forms of marketing, networking as well as speaking. Join this panel of experts for insight on how they have grown their reach, grown their individual brands as well as the impact it has made on growing their firm.

9:55 AM - 10:10 AM

Networking Break

10:10 AM - 11:05 AM

Plenary 2: Integrating Wellness into our Busy Lives 

Gail J. CummingsChief Strategist, Gail J. Cummings Consulting, LLC

Chelsea Hoover, Nutritionist and Founder, Fuel for Thought Nutrition
Aleezé Moss, PhD, Associate Director, Jefferson Center for Mindfulness, Marcus Institute for Integrative Medicine
Debbie Epstein Henry, Owner, DEH Consulting | Speaking | Writing

A healthy lawyer is an effective, productive and happier lawyer. The challenge for all of us, however, is how to practice wellness in the face of long hours, demands for excellence, and quick turn-around times. This panel will offer their expert advice on specific, practical and easy strategies to fit wellness into our busy days.

11:05 AM - 11:50 AM

Speed Networking

11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

Buffet Lunch and WOL Awards Ceremony

12:50 PM - 1:50 PM


Using Grit & Growth Mindset to Improve Your Performance & Increase the Effectiveness of Your Teams


Chief Legal Talent Officer, Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP & Author, Grit, the Secret to Advancement: Stories of Successful Women Lawyers
Lead Researcher, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession’s Gritty Teams Study

In spite of the fact that women outnumber men in American colleges and law schools and account for roughly half of the U.S. labor force, there are significantly fewer women occupying the most prestigious, powerful, and best-paid positions. Rather than focusing on what prevents women from succeeding (as much of the research to date has very admirably done), this program will explore the body of research that seeks to understand what successful women have in common with the goal of learning from their experiences and understanding more about what it really takes to succeed in today’s complex and evolving world. Dr. Hogan and world-class litigator Roberta Liebenberg will focus on two critically important traits that successful women share: (1) grit, defined as perseverance and passion for long-term goals, and (2) growth mindset, defined as the view that one’s most basic abilities (including intelligence) can be strengthened and developed through dedication, effort and hard work. Drawing on personal experience and a wealth of emerging research on team dynamics and leadership development, they will discuss the science behind these traits, provide specific tools to assess the presence of these traits at both individual and team levels, and use science (and storytelling) to offer practical ways for participants to incorporate these concepts into their personal, professional development strategies both now and in the future.

1:50 PM - 2:05 PM

Networking Break

2:05 PM - 3:00 PM

Plenary 3: The Future of Work: Structuring small business practices to impact representation, equity, inclusion, and business performance. 

Moderator: Virginia Essandoh, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Ballard Spahr


Sheryl Axelrod, President, The Axelrod Law Firm, PC
Monique DeLapenha, Esq., Member, Ahmad Zaffarese, LLC
Jean L. Chou, Principal, JLC Associates

Research affirms that diverse teams not only outperform homogenous teams, but they create more innovative solutions to problems and challenges. As you build and grow your business, intentional effort is required to create an environment that enhances performance through diverse representation, equity, and inclusion. From your stated mission, vision, and values to your business strategy, incorporating an inclusive mindset can permeate and impact your business performance.

3:00 pm - 3:15 PM

Networking Break

3:15 PM - 4:10 PM

Plenary 4: Growing Your Team in the New Normal

Moderator: Judie Saunders, Partner, Griesing Law 


Paige Zandri, Managing Partner, Artese Zandri
Lauren Artese Partner, Artese Zandri
Jaclyn Foster, Founder & Business Consultant, Del.Trust - Law Firm Solutions

The COVID-19 Pandemic has been the catalyst for businesses to examine not only the way we work but how and where we work.  In 2021, mandated closures negatively impacted service based businesses of all sizes.  Law firms were not immune from the decreases in business caused by the pandemic. While some law firms struggled to adjust; many firms experienced rate and demand increases.  Firms enjoying this growth had to redefine ways to grow a legal team through a combination of priority-shifting, risk-taking and vision. This panel will share strategies on growing, managing and redefining your law practice in the new normal.

4:10 PM - 5:30 PM

Closing Remarks & Reception