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Getting a Seat at the Boardroom Table: A Primer on Why and How We Can Increase the Number of Women Attorneys on Public Boards, and Practical Tips to Prepare You for Possible Board Positions Here and in Europe
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:00 am-11:00 am

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Corporate boards are no longer viewed as boys-only clubs. The European Union is now considering legislation that would require a high percentage of the seats on corporate boards to be occupied by women. This type of aggressive scrutiny of boards has spurred demands for more women on boards -- demands that, at present, are greater in Europe, but are also growing in the U.S. Underscoring this trend is the well-demonstrated fact that having women on boards is good for business. Given the diversity of talent here in New York City, women lawyers may be well-suited to consider joining European as well as American boards.

Meet the players, including those who are on the forefront in advancing women on boards and can speak to the international and domestic opportunities arising daily. We will discuss ways in which women, in particular women attorneys, can capitalize on the growing opportunities arising from these demands for change. Our panelists will share recent and relevant developments, share their positive and negative experiences, and offer practical information and advice. Whether it’s determining if board service is right for you, showing how to best position yourself for board service, or how to build your ”board ready” CV and bio, our panelists can suggest strategic ways to improve your ability to get a board seat.

Moderators: NICOLE SANDFORD, CPA, Deloitte & Touche; SARA MEYER-DAVIS, Founder and Managing Partner, Strategic Diversity Advisors

Speakers: NONA K. FOOTZ, Managing Partner, RSR Partners; DARREN ROSENBLUM, Professor, Pace University Law School; JANICE HESTER-AMEY, Portfolio Manager, California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS); MARY ANN JORGENSON, Squire Sanders; PEGGY A. HEEG, Fulbright & Jaworski; MARY R. “NINA” HENDERSON, Managing Partner, Henderson Advisory

Sponsored by: Committee on Women in the Profession , Angela Rella, Chair; Committee on Corporation Law, Maurice Lefkort, Chair; Council on International Affairs, Mark Shulman, Chair; Committee on European Affairs, Larry Johnson, Chair; Committee on Federal Legislation, Sarah Cave, Chair

The fee, which includes breakfast, is $15 for members; $30 for non-members.


Event Location: 42 West 44th St. (bet. 5th & 6th Ave.)