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Thursday, September 26, 2013

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to Deliver Keynote Address at HWLJ Symposium

The UC Hastings Women’s Law Journal is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an all-day symposium Oct. 18.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

"Onward and Upward: Breaking Through Gender Barriers in Law and Tech," hosted by the UC Hastings Women’s Law Journal, will feature House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi as its keynote speaker on Oct. 18. The event is free and open to the public.

The Symposium highlights the experiences of women in the workforce, and what strategies are available to overcome obstacles and close the gender gap. It will examine the role modern women have in leadership and positions of power, and specifically the advancements still needed to promote a gender inclusive work place. After the keynote address by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi at 9:00am, there will be three panels during the day-long event. The first covers women’s experiences in the law; the second reflects on the female perspective in the tech sector; and the third highlights policy developments in the Bay Area and resources for women leaders. Following the program, there will be a Wine and Cheese Reception.

Although the Symposium is free and open to the public, seating is limited in the Alumni Reception Center in Mary Kay Kane Hall so please register in advance.

UC Hastings is proud to feature Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, as the keynote speaker for this event. Representative Pelosi and other House Democrats recently introduced "When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families," an agenda addressing economic challenges women and families face today. The Symposium will feature an array of panelists to provide a comprehensive overview of the different types of work places women encounter in the Bay Area, including law firms, tech, start-ups, politics, etc., and the specific challenges they face in each one. The Symposium will also examine current efforts to break down gender barriers and what women and men can do to challenge and change persistent inequalities in the work place.

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Schedule of Events

7:30-8:30   Registration and Breakfast (Alumni Reception Center)

8:30-9:00   Opening Remarks

9:00-10:00   Keynote Speaker: Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi

10:15-11:30  Panel 1: What Works for Women in Law (ARC)

  • Moderator: Distinguished Professor Joan C. Williams
  • Judge Donna Ryu, Federal Magistrate Judge U.S. District Court for the Northern District of CA
  • Patricia Gillette, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Kelly M. Dermody, Partner, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein Attorneys at Law
  • Teresa Renaker, Partner, Lewis Feinberg Lee Renaker Jackson P.C.
  • Mary Cranston, Pillsbury Retired Senior Partner and Immediate Past Chair

11:30-12:30   Lunch

12:30-1:45     Panel 2: Advancing in the Tech Sector

  • Moderator: Professor Robin Feldman
  • Catherine Valentine, Logitech General Counsel and Vice President
  • Angie Chang, Founder, Women 2.0 and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners
  • Marya Stark, Co-Founder of The Angel Fund and Emerge America
  • Nicole Sanchez, Managing Partner at Kapor Center for Social Impact

2:00-3:15      Panel 3: Advancing Women in Leadership

  • Moderator: Wendy Gruel, American politician, former Los Angeles City Controller
  • Michelle Banks, EVP, General Counsel at Gap Inc. (SF)
  • Emily Murase, PhD, Executive Director, Dept. on the Status of Women, City and County of San Francisco
  • Thuy Sindell, PhD, Founder and managing partner of Skyline Group.
  • Annie Rogaski, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP; President and Co-Founder of The CLUB
  • Noreen Farrell, Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates (ERA)

3:15-3:30   Closing Remarks

3:30-4:30   Wine and Cheese Reception (Dobbs Atrium)

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