Women of Color Forum: Courageous Conversations *WOC Exclusive

A candid and affirming dialogue between our panelists to ignite conversations among participants on the following breakout session topics: (i) Making Authentic Connections and (ii) Drive DEI

Breakout Session: 

Participants will be given the opportunity to continue the conversations started by the panelists in Breakout Sessions addressing the following topics:

*Inspire and Activate – what do you do that motivates others, or inspires others to action; what do others do that motivates you?

*Uncomfortable Moments, Courageous Conversations – when to have them and with whom

After the breakout sessions, we’ll reconvene for a wrap-up and closing remarks.


Desiree Almendral, Senior Commercial Counsel, Yohana

Heather Anderson, Vice President-Programming Acquisitions, ESPN Enterprises, Inc.

Rahwa Ghebre-Ab, Executive Vice President & Chief Legal & Ethics Compliance Officer, Lions Gate Entertainment Inc.

Ghada Saliba-Malouf, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Wells Fargo


Breakout Room Facilitators:

Desiree Almendral, Senior Commercial Counsel, Yohana
Alondra Espinosa, Attorney, Burke Williams & Sorenson
Soniya Khemlani, Partner, WFBM LLP
Hemma Lomax, Senior Counsel – Integrity & Compliance, Snap Inc.
Tiffany Tran Madison, Partner – Labor & Employment, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Jennifer Shigekawa, Assistant General Counsel, Southern California Edison
Janice Walshok, Partner, Shareholder, Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin PC
Charlotte Wen, Associate, Irell & Manella LLP

Sponsored by:

Intuit Inc.

CA MCLE: .75 hr (Recognition & Elimination of Bias)

2B: Manage the Work or Motivate the Team?: Developing Effective Skills to Manage and Lead

The legal sector needs to make space for and to acknowledge the successes of  effective leaders and managers who are women of color.  This interactive session will lay out core traits of effective leadership and management, provide pragmatic advice at leading today’s workforce, and explore the concept of leadership presence as it applies to women of color in the law.


Michelle Chan, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP

Michelle Ferreira, Co-Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Gisele Simmons, Consultant, Exec|Comm

Kesa Yorozu, Vice President-Legal, Visa Inc.

Sponsored by:

Visa, Inc.

CA MCLE: o.5 (Recognition & Elimination of Bias)

2A: Building a Book of Business: Crafting the Next Chapter

The session will provide insights to successfully building a book of business, culminating with practical steps of building an annual business development plan that caters to the unique circumstances facing women of color in the workplace post-COVID.  In addition to Q&A at the end, participants will receive a template business development planning document to jump start their strategic initiatives.


Kobi Kennedy Brinson, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

Donna Do, Assistant General Counsel, Intuit, Inc.

Mandy Kim, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery, LLP

Sabrina Narain, Partner, Sanders Roberts LLP

Theresa Pham, Senior Business Development & Marketing Manager, Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Sponsored by:

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Circles of Power: Speed Mentoring Groups for Women of Color

Whether you are a first year attorney or more senior, we can all benefit from the wisdom of a mentor.  During this speed mentoring session, you will learn tips from seasoned attorneys on how they navigated various challenges, such as career development, business development, and balancing wellness.  You will have a chance to attend two 30 minute sessions covering one of these interesting topics. Come join us and learn how our mentors have successfully approached these challenges!


Monica Ahuja, Senior Corporate Counsel & Director-Employment Law, Roche Molecular Systems

Jennifer Blakely, Director of Litigation, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Priya Brandes, Senior Corporate Counsel, Intuit Inc.

Nicole Husband, Vice President-Human Resources, Warner Bros. Discovery

Kirsten Jackson, Litigation Partner, Latham & Watkins, LLP

Jerri Kay-Phillips, Employment Counsel, Instacart

Deanna Kwong, Director-Office of Operations, Legal, and Administrative Affairs, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

Lisa Lam, President & Legal Recruiter, Lam Legal Search

Monica Monroe, Partner, Tucker Ellis LLP

Meena Patel, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director, NextGen Healthcare

Angela Reddock-Wright, Founder & Partner, Reddock Law Group

Priya Sanger, Associate General Counsel & Head of Product & Payments Legal, Chime

1B: How to Tap the Insight and Influence of Mentors and Sponsors to Advance Your Career

Do you have a sponsor? What about a mentor? Why is sponsorship and mentorship especially important for Women of Color?

Join three senior attorneys for an interactive and illuminating discussion on the challenges for Women of Color getting the internal support you need to chart the career pathways that you want. Learn how to build a diverse panel of sponsors and mentors to help you navigate your career at firms and in-house while organizations continue charting their own paths towards more diverse, equitable and inclusive cultures with effective sponsorship and mentorship programs.


Kori Carew, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Elaine Harwell, Senior Counsel & Privacy Officer, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Marta Palacios, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Oportun, Inc.

Leslie Stevens, Associate Vice President, Agilent Technologies, Inc.

Sponsored by:

Agilent Technologies, Inc.

CA MCLE credit: o.5 (Recognition & Elimination of Bias)

1A: Legal Feud: The Top Employment Law Issues Game Show

This engaging and interactive session takes you through current issues in employment law that employers in California will need to tackle to effectively manage their workplace and workforce.  Because a little healthy competition always makes things more fun, the audience members will be split into “families” for a Family Feud style competition that will guide a discussion on Covid-19 Employment Litigation Trends; the Growing use of Artificial Intelligence in Employment; Pay Equity Trends; and DE&I Considerations for Employers.


Thelma Akpan, Associate, Littler Mendelson P.C.
Angelina Evans, Senior Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Kate Djavakhyan, Legal Counsel-Employment, Google Inc.
Marjorie Soto-Garcia, Associate, McDermott Will & Emery, LLP
Tiffany Renee Thomas, Assistant General Counsel-Employment Law, Genentech Inc.

Sponsored by:

McDermott Will & Emery, LLP

CA MCLE credit: 1.0 hour (General credit)

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