MS. LINDA HIRSHMAN
Linda Hirshman is a lawyer, a cultural historian, and the author of Sisters In Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World*, Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution and many other books. She received her JD from the University of Chicago Law School and her PhD in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has taught philosophy and women’s studies at Brandeis University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, Newsweek, the Daily Beast, and POLITICO. She lives in Arizona and New York City.
*Each Registrant will be given a copy of this book, which you may choose to have the author sign at the opening night dinner and gala.
Justice Ginsburg's Personal Trainer, BODY JUSTICE
Author, The RBG Workout
Over 19 years as a personal trainer to various military and civilian personnel, including high-level Federal Court officials; Justices, Judges, Attorneys, and Clerks. Most famously, Justice Ruth Ginsburg.
Bryant's exercise philosophy:
“It all begins with attitude. It’s always about the client, helping them to help themselves. The process is not complicated. It may not be easy, but it is not complicated."
Founder, ALL RISE, INC.
HUSTLE & FLOW Podcast
Heather Hubbard is the Founder & President of All Rise LLC, a personal and professional development company supporting lawyers and law firms. Her weekly podcast, Hustle & Flow with Heather Hubbard, was recently named by the ABA Journal as one of the Top 25 legal podcasts in the country. Prior to establishing her own company, Heather was a partner and deputy practice group leader at an AmLaw 200 law firm.
During that time, Heather was recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Copyright, Trademark, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Patent Litigation, MidSouth SuperLawyers, Benchmark Litigation, and Managing IP Stars. She was also named one of Nashville's Top 40 under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal.
Heather graduated summa cum laude from the University of Louisville and received her Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University Law School.
MY FORKING LIFE,
Assistant Public Defender
Tanya Harris is an Assistant Public Defender who practices law in North Carolina. She represents indigent clients charged with various offenses. In 2016, after seven years as a practicing attorney, she decided to start a food blog known as My Forking Life. She uses her food blog to promote quick, easy, and delicious recipes for busy families.
Over the past two years, she has grown her food blog into a successful online business all while working full time as an attorney and taking care of her family. My Forking Life receives over 100,000 visitors per month and has been featured in major online magazines including TheKitchn, BuzzFeed, and Blavity.
Tanya graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina Central University School of Law. She is a self-taught cook who loves turning her passion into a profitable and successful side hustle.
Michelle Browning Coughlin is a partner in Wyatt Tarrant & Combs’ Louisville office. Michelle serves as the Chair of the Wyatt Women’s Network, leading the firm’s commitment to gender diversity in the legal profession and strong leadership of women lawyers at the firm and in the community.
In 2013, based on her experiences of being a mom and a lawyer, Michelle founded MothersEsquire®. MothersEsquire serves as a nationwide networking and advocacy organization, promoting policies and practices that recognize and accommodate attorneys' family needs–whether moms or dads or other caregivers—and creating a referral, resource, and learning network for mom-lawyers across the country.
Michelle has been a speaker on unconscious gender bias and the Motherhood Penalty in the legal profession for the Practicing Law Institute, the Louisville Bar Association, Jefferson County Women Lawyer’s Association, and the Fayette County Bar Association Women Lawyers. Michelle also served as a panelist on diversity in the profession at the 2018 American Bar Association Annual Meeting and the 2018 National Conference of Bar Presidents in Chicago, Illinois.
JAIME E. SANTOS & KENDYL HANKS
Co-Founders, Twitter's @LADYLAWYERDIARY
Jaime A. Santos and Kendyl Hanks helped found an online community of female attorneys, judges, and legal academics who tweet under the hashtag #LadyLawyerDiaries to draw attention to the achievements of women in the legal community and to raise awareness about the sexism and implicit bias that hinder women's progress in the profession.
JAIME A. SANTOS is also an appellate litigation associate at Goodwin Procter LLP in Washington DC. She works on cases primarily in the Supreme Court and federal appellate and trial courts covering a range of issues. She has also been an active advocate for the advancement of women in the legal profession. Jaime helped organize a group of current and former law clerks to push the judiciary to take action to address sexual harassment within the federal court system and has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Judicial Conference of the United States regarding these issues.
KENDYL T. HANKS is an experienced appellate advocate, licensed in Texas and New York, who represents clients
throughout the country in state and federal courts with Greenberg Traurig. Kendyl litigates high-stakes business litigation and test cases involving contract disputes, fraud, fiduciary duty, alter ego, constitutional law, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, negligence and estoppel, oil and gas and real estate disputes, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, trade secrets, joint and several liability and proportionate fault, sovereign immunity, Anti-SLAPP, and other issues of importance to her clients. She has been recognized by her peers as a top appellate lawyer in Texas, and one of the top 50 lawyers in Central Texas. She has argued appeals throughout the state—including at the Texas Supreme Court—and also in New York, California, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Outside the courtroom, Kendyl spends time advocating for women lawyers speaking to law students about diversity and appellate practice, and fly fishing with her family. She recently joined the Board of Trustees for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, a national organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of disabled military personnel and veterans through fly fishing.
LORI E. ANDRUS
ANDRUS ANDERSON, LLP
Lori E. Andrus is a leader in the fight for equal pay. With nearly two decades of experience battling corporate giants, Ms. Andrus puts her legal skills to work for working women who deserve fair pay.
In 2017, Ms. Andrus was selected as a finalist for the California Consumer Attorney of the Year award in recognition of her role in negotiating a multimillion-dollar settlement with Farmers Insurance on behalf of their female attorney employees who alleged they were paid less than their male counterparts doing the same work.
Ms. Andrus is a sought-after speaker, and she regularly presents on cutting-edge legal topics. This year, Ms. Andrus will address audiences across the country about how the legal system can help level the playing field in the workplace.
Ms. Andrus is regularly featured in the print media. The Los Angeles Times followed the Farmers Insurance equal pay litigation, and the Daily Journal and the Recorder have both written multiple articles about Ms. Andrus’ equal pay cases.
Host, THE HAPPY LAWYER PROJECT Podcast
Okeoma Moronu is the host of the Happy Lawyer Project Podcast, an inspirational lifestyle podcast for lawyers looking to find happiness in life & law. Since its launch in November 2016 the podcast was been honored each year by the ABA as a top podcast for lawyers.
Okeoma graduated from Columbia University School of Law with a JD and the University of Amsterdam with an L.L.M. in International Criminal Law. She started her career in New York as a BigLaw associate in the Global Capital Markets group. After giving birth to her second child she realized she needed to start being more intentional with her time and energy. She launched the podcast to share the tips, strategies and advice she was gathering on her own journey.
Today Okeoma acts as in-house corporate finance counsel at a global aviation company based in Dallas, Texas where she lives with her husband, two kids and five chickens. In her free time she takes her boys on wild adventures around the globe
SHERYL L. AXELROD
THE AXELROD FIRM, PC
Sheryl L. Axelrod is the President & CEO of The Axelrod Firm, P.C., a woman-owned law firm with offices in Philadelphia and Washington, DC. She has been rated by her peers as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania and is a member of Litigation Counsel of America, an organization of top trial lawyers that accepts less than one-half of one percent of the country’s lawyers.
She is also a nationally published diversity expert. Ms. Axelrod is the creator of the copyrighted, “Axelrod’s Tools to Become A Diversity Champion.” She is a past recipient of the NAMWOLF (National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms) Advocacy Award, and two individual Diversity Awards and a Law Firm Diversity Award from the Diversity Law Institute, which named her Co-Chair of its Advisory Committee.
Ms. Axelrod currently serves as Co-Chair of the NAMWOLF Advocacy Committee. She is also a member of Women Owned Law and serves on its Advisory Board and as Co-Chair of its Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. Ms. Axelrod is a past President of the Temple Law Alumni Association, the founder of its Women’s Initiative and Diversity Committee, and is a past recipient of its Women’s Leadership Award and its Service Award.
NICOLE D. GALLI Founder and President, WOMEN OWNED LAW & FRAN F. GRIESING Founder and Managing Member GRIESING LAW, LLC
She has been featured in Bloomberg Law, Philadelphia Business Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Happy Lawyer Project and various ALM and ABA publications. This past year, Nicole was selected as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Women of Distinction for being one of the most influential businesswomen in the region. In addition, Nicole was selected as an Equity Project Champion, part of a group of legal leaders who advocate for Burford Capital’s initiative to close the legal gender gap by providing a $50 million pool of capital earmarked for financing commercial litigation matters led by women. She also serves on multiple boards and committees serving the needs of women in the legal and business communities locally and nationally.
Nicole received her B.A from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated cum laude, and received her J.D from University of Pennsylvania Law School.
FRANCINE FRIEDMAN GRIESING is the founder and Managing Member of Griesing Law, LLC, a women-owned and operated law firm based in Philadelphia with offices in Cincinnati and New York. Fran is a valued, strategic advisor to top executives and general counsel at the region’s and country’s largest corporations and institutions. Fran has over thirty five years of experience representing clients in complex business transactions, high stakes litigation and alternate dispute resolution matters. Her clients include public and closely-held companies, not-for-profit organizations, government entities and executives. After practicing at AmLaw 100 firms and as Litigation Chair for the City of Philadelphia, Fran founded Griesing Law so women could reach their potential in the male-dominated legal field.
Fran has been recognized by Chambers and Partners USA, Best Lawyers in America, Client Choice Guide USA, and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for her expertise in commercial litigation and employment law. She has also been acknowledged as one of The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Influencers of Law Lifetime Achievers, Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best of the Bar, The Legal Intelligencer’s Women of the Year, Ms. JD’s Sharing Her Passion Honoree, and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers’ Top 50 Women Lawyers and is the recipient of the Philadelphia Bar Education Center’s Excellence in Legal Education Award and the American Bar Association’s Excellence in Legal Writing Award.
Fran is highly regarded as a trailblazing entrepreneur, selected by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and Bank of America as the 2018 Woman Business Owner of the Year and by The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia as the 2018 Small Business Person of the Year. She’s also been included in Women’s Enterprise Magazine’s Top WBE CEOs, Philly Biz’s Executives of the Year, Enterprising Women Magazine’s Enterprising Women of the Year, Philadelphia Business Journal’s Women of Distinction, Business Philadelphia’s Women to Watch and one of the Governor of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business.
Fran is a highly sought speaker and writer and is also featured in “The Road to Independence, 101 Women’s Journeys to Starting Their Own Firms”, published by the American Bar Association. She has taught Business Law, Public Employment Law and Advocacy Skills at Temple University's Beasley School of Law and Fox School of Business & Management and has been a guest lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Thomas Kline School of Law at Drexel University. Fran is an honors graduate of Binghamton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an editor of the Law Review.
NICOLE D. GALLI is the founder and Managing Partner of the Law Offices of N.D. Galli LLC, a litigation and intellectual property law firm headquartered in Philadelphia, with an office in New York. She is also the founder and President of Women Owned Law (WOL), the first national networking organization dedicated to empowering and supporting women entrepreneurs in the law. In 2015, after a twenty year career at two AmLaw 100 firms, a boutique intellectual property firm, and a full-service regional firm, Nicole opened her own practice focusing on commercial and IP litigation, IP counseling and trade secret protection. After noticing a dearth of resources for women starting law firms, Nicole created WOL to provide opportunities for women legal entrepreneurs to come together, support each other and help their businesses prosper. In a short time, WOL has grown to 200 members with representatives in over 20 regions nationwide. Nicole is a frequent speaker, author and thought leader on issues impacting women attorneys and entrepreneurs.
CAROLINA RUBIO MACWRIGHT
IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY, ARTIST, ACTIVIST
Carolina Rubio-MacWright is an artist, immigration lawyer and activist fighting for immigrant and humanitarian rights. She was born in Bogota, Colombia where she lived until, at the age of 20, she needed a safer place to call home. She attended art school and law school in the United States, and throughout was active in her local immigrant community. She has worked as an immigration attorney in Miami, Oklahoma and New York City. Her experience as an attorney opened her eyes to inequities in our laws and racial power struggles, and how the two intersect. She believes that art is often the most powerful way of explaining these legal inequities. She has thus mixed her law and art experiences into performances, installations and workshops that serve a dual purpose - empowering vulnerable communities and educating more powerful ones. Whether working on policy campaigns for non-profits, performing public art pieces, speaking at events or organizing her community, she is guided by a simple principle: anything is possible when inspiring ideas and passionate people come together.
Carolina has been developing, through her company Participate, workshops that mix legal rights empowerment and hands-on experimental arts mediums, such as clay and cooking. These workshops have now developed into a platform for mixing unlikely communities together. Through this artistic practice, the participants share a storytelling platform, bringing our humanity to the forefront as common traits and experiences are highlighted. This, in turn, enables participants to re-sculpt their political, social, and cultural barriers.
Founder, MILITARY SPOUSE JD NETWORK
Mary Reding is a government affairs executive with diverse private sector, non-profit, and public sector experience. Government experience includes leading the Office of Executive Councils and managing the development, implementation, and setting performance standards for management initiatives across the center of government through the ten C-Suite Executive boards including the President's Management Council, Chief Financial Officers Council, Chief Information Officers Council, and the Performance Improvement Council. Mary now continues the #goodguv work at Grant Thornton Public Sector focusing on improving efficiencies for our Veteran's community at the VA and across the Defense portfolio.
In addition to government service, Mary has a foundation in corporate law and non-profits serving as in-house counsel for Pebble Beach Company (www.pebblebeach.com) and leading international IT transformation team for Aviva Corporate (www.aviva.com).