IFLR

Women in Business Law Virtual Forum 2020

October 13 & 14

Sponsors
Arthur Cox
Travers Smith
White & Case

The Women in Business Law Forum is going virtual

It is important to keep the conversation going around the development of women in law, despite the lack of physical presence in many offices and firms during Covid-19. Now as a virtual event, the IFLR Women in Business Law Forum 2020 aims to keep diversity and inclusion efforts in the legal space as an important topic during times of social distancing, through engaging video panel discussions and roundtables, which will share innovative practices around building a first-class legal department. 

 

Join leading lawyers who will share their career development journeys and learn from the challenges they have overcome. This virtual event allows legal professionals from across Europe and beyond to participate in this popular professional development opportunity, welcoming women and men at all levels of their career to create a network of mentors, knowledge sharing, and support.

 

WHAT IS A VIRTUAL FORUM?

Much like an in-person conference, a virtual conference is an online event that brings together top industry experts and industry peers. All content, presentations, and panel discussions can be viewed live from a desktop computer or mobile device. You can also view all sessions on demand at a time that suits you.

Online meetings
Global audience

Meet a truly global audience

Network with a global audience of women legal professionals via chat function and virtual networking rooms. Choose to share your professional details on this secure platform and experience a new way of building your network like never before.
Content on demand

Content on demand

Join live panel discussions, presentations and a variety of digital formats or watch at a more convenient time from our Content Hub to suit your needs. Engage with our speakers in live Q&A and polling to get insights and answers to your questions like never before.
Sustainable conference

Sustainable event

In addition to being able to attend due to global travel restrictions, you can access all of the event content without travel and accommodation expenses and support an environmentally friendly event. 

HOW DO I ATTEND A VIRTUAL FORUM?

SIGN UP ONLINE

 

 

Register your place online - sign ups are limited to support several hundred attendees during live sessions

 

 

ACCESS YOUR INVITATION

 

 

An exclusive attendance link will be sent to you. This link will provide you with access to all of the event's content and sessions.

 

 

WATCH LIVE OR ON DEMAND

 

 

Once logged in, you can view all sessions live, at a later date to suit you and can download any available presentation materials

 

 

VIRTUAL AGENDA 2020

October 13
October 14

Tuesday, October 13

All times are in BST
Chair's opening remarks
9.30-10.40
The future of law, and the future of women lawyers
9.40-10.40
  • Why is progress so slow and what barriers still need to be overcome?
  • Could Covid-19 dilute the advancement that has been made on gender equality?
  • Where is the profession heading?
  • How can we effectively develop the next generation of leaders?
Jill Concannon

Jill Concannon

partner, White & Case
Jennifer Edwards-Crooke

Jennifer Edwards-Crooke

general counsel, RCCL
Bea Miyamoto

Bea Miyamotoe

associate general counsel, Panasonic
Amanda Cowell

Amanda Cowell

partner, White & Case
Virtual networking and coffee break
10.40-11.00
How Covid-19 has impacted the diversity and inclusion agenda
11.00-12.00
  • Were organisations with a strong focus on diversity better prepared to deal with the pandemic?
  • What impact has Covid- 19 had on the diversity and inclusion agenda and what are the risks of the agenda going backwards?
  • The critical importance of diversity in the ‘next phase’
  • What leaders can and should do to foster diversity
Tara O’Reily

Tara O’Reily

partner, Arthur Cox
Sheila Hopkins

Sheila Hopkins

chief legal officer, Norgine
Dragana Radojevic

Dragana Radojevic

head of central legal affairsBNP Paribas Personal Finance

Lorinda Long

Lorinda Long

associate general counsel & managing directorBank of America Merrill Lynch

Virtual networking and lunch break
12.00-13.00
Racism in the legal industry

13.00-14.00

  • How to recruit, support and develop Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees
  • How to address unconscious racial bias and overcome barriers in the workplace
  • The impact of George Floyd’s murder and the subsequent discussion on race, and examples of employers driving positive change
Joy Van-Cooten

Joy Van-Cooten

head of legal (EMEA), ACI Worldwide
Ama Ocansey

Ama Ocansey

senior counsel, BNP Paribas
Hayah Choudhry

Hayah Choudhry

senior counsel Intercontinental Exchange

Virtual networking
14.00-14.20
Business Development: How to Increase Your Influence & Impact

14.20-15.20

As women progress in their careers, especially in law, they are often expected to show they can generate new business. Business development can be a scary thought, but done the right way, with the right mindset, it can actually be enjoyable!
  • Discover the two pillars underlying every successful business opportunity
  • Make first impressions count & quickly establish rapport
  • Transform your language to motivate others to be open to your ideas & proposals
Christine Brown-Quinn

Christine Brown-Quinn

executive coach, The Female Capitalist
National Grid

Rachael Davidson

general counsel ventures & group assurance ventures legal, National Grid
End of Day 1 and virtual networking
15.20
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October 13
October 14

Wednesday, October 14

All times are in BST
Chair's opening remarks
9.25-9.30
Fireside chat: Lessons learned from Covid-19

9.30-10.00

Hear from both an in-house and private practice lawyer to gain insights on the challenges they faced during the pandemic and how they overcame them.
  • Business challenges faced and highlights of some of the biggest successes and failures
  • What did and didn’t work, and what lessons can be carried forward
  • Tips for successfully managing and leading during a pandemic – from virtual collaboration to working with limited resources
Kathleen Russ

Kathleen Russ

senior partner, Travers Smith
Melanie Rowlands

Melanie Rowlands

group general counsel, Smiths Group
Sian Keall

Siân Keall

employment partner, Travers Smith
Virtual networking and coffee break
10.00-10.10
Mentorship and the importance of role models

10.10-11.10

Open up your career opportunities and development through open communication, engagement and mentorship. Dedicated virtual one-to-one meetings will follow the fireside chat so you can learn from and connect with your peers.
  • The benefits of mentoring and how to make it a success
  • How to increase the presence of women as role models
  • How to choose and work with a mentor/mentee
  • Tips on becoming a successful mentor
  • Reverse mentoring – how both sides can benefit from speaking to each other

 

Alexis Alexander

Alexis Alexander

general counsel, Liberis
Sharmin Takin

Sharmin Takin

head of legal, UK Debt Management Office
Gina Hartnett

Gina Hartnett

head of distribution, Lloyds Banking Group
Elizabeth Messud

Elizabeth Messud

group legal director, Kingfisher
Virtual one-to-one mentorship meetings
11.10-11.40
 
This dedicated hour allows you to network with other women lawyers for a chat to share with each other your experiences in a private one-to-one video call. Delegates can choose to be a mentor or a mentee so you can be matched with an appropriate person. Limited space available.
Lunch break
11.40-12.40
How you identify yourself

12.40-13.40

  • Looking at sexuality, disabilities, gender, and intersectionality
  • How an organisation becomes truly inclusive of LGBTQ+ people
  • Being comfortable and welcoming in the workplace
  • What drives social acceptance?
Helena Thernstrom

Helena Thernstrom

head of legal, Asset & Invoice Finance, RBS
Virtual networking and coffee break
13.40-14.00
Implementing legal operations in your department

14.00-15.00

Legal operations will not only benefit the in-house legal department, but the overall business too. Learn how to integrate these competencies into your team and make legal work efficient, effective and fit for the modern business.
  • Financial management, analytics and service design
  • Making the in-house team profitable by raising awareness of financial management
  • Becoming data-rich and using an efficient data management system
  • Adopting new technology solutions
  • Redesigning your legal processes
Jayne Bowie

Jayne Bowie

group legal director, Amey
Asli Yildiz

Asli Yildiz

head of legal, DMA
National Grid

Rachael Davidson

general counsel ventures & group assurance ventures legal, National Grid
Closing remarks and end of virtual conference
15.00
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ATTENDEE PROFILE

The IFLR Women in Business Law Forum regularly attracts more than 300 women lawyers every year. Now that the event is virtual, global networking opportunities will be enhanced like never before. All are welcome to join the event - from in-house to private practice and is inclusive of men being able to attend.

"Good practical discussions and insights by industry experts

 

"Mock negotiation panel was a very interesting way of presentation and provided useful information

 

Speakers

If you feel you have something to contribute or would like to position yourself as an expert in your field, please get in touch with Melody Mok.
Jill Concannon
White & Case
Jill Concannon
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Jennifer Edwards-Crooke
RCCL
Jennifer Edwards-Crooke
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Bea Miyamoto
Panasonic
Bea Miyamoto
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Amanda Cowell
White & Case
Amanda Cowell
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Tara O’Reily
Arthur Cox
Tara O’Reily
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Sheila Hopkins
Norgine
Sheila Hopkins
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Helena Thernstrom
RBS
Helena Thernstrom
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Kathleen Russ
Travers Smith
Kathleen Russ
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Melanie Rowlands
Smiths Group
Melanie Rowlands
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Siân Keall
Travers Smith
Sian Keall
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Alexis Alexander
Liberis
Alexis Alexander
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Sharmin Takin
UK Debt Management Office
Sharmin Takin
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Gina Hartnett
Lloyds Banking Group
Gina Hartnett
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Christine Brown-Quinn
The Female Capitalist
Christine Brown-Quinn
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Jayne Bowie
Amey
Jayne Bowie
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Dragana Radojevic
Norgine
Dragana Radojevic
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Joy Van-Cooten
ACI Worldwide
Joy Van-Cooten
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Ama Ocansey
BNP Paribas
Ama Ocansey
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Hayah Choudhry
Intercontinental Exchange
Hayah Choudhry
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Rachael Davidson
National Grid
Rachael Davidson
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Elizabeth Messud
Kingfisher
Elizabeth Messud
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Speakers

If you feel you have something to contribute or would like to position yourself as an expert in your field, please get in touch with Melody Mok for corporate speaking enquiries or James Murray for law firm or service provider opportunities.

Errol Bong

Noble Group
Errol Bong
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Garth Bray

Sullivan & Cromwell

Garth Bray
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Wilson Chu

IPBA
Wilson Chu
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Richard Climan

Hogan Lovells
Richard Climan
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Erika Evasdottir

HKCCA

Erika Evasdottir
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Raymond Goh

China Tourism Group
Raymond Goh
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Joel Greenberg

Arnold & Porter
Joel Greenberg
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Areej Hamadah

Legal Challenges

Areej Hamadah
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Laura Hannon

CompareAsia Group

Laura Hannon
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William Hay

William Hay & Co

William Hay
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Patricia Ho

WeLab

Patricia Ho
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Michael Horman

NISI
Michael Horman
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Bo Huo

Tencent
Bo Huo
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Kenneth Koo

Citi Orient
Kenneth Koo
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Ying Liu

J. P. Morgan
Ying Liu
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Sara Marchetta

Chiomenti
Sara Marchetta
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Michael Maté

Seawood Resources
Michael Mate
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Ong Eu Jin

Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership
Ong Eu Jin
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Martin Rock

Commerzbank
Martin Rock
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Frédéric Ruppert

FR Law – Avocat; IPBA

Frederic Ruppert
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Brent Snyder

Competition Commission (HK)
Brent Snyder
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Brian Snyder

Morrison & Foerster

Brian Snyder
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Chloe Sung

ZhongAn Technologies

Chloe Sung
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Gen Takahashi

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Gen Takahashi
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Peter Wittmann

Asia-IO

Peter Wittman
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Eric Xin

CITIC Capital
Eric Xin
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Stanley Yang

First Pacific
Stanley Yang
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Register your place today

Get access to the Asia M&A virtual week below. Registration includes:

IN-HOUSE COUNSEL

The event is free all in-house counsel, from those just starting in their careers to those at the top of it. As an inclusive event, men are also welcome to join.
Free registrations are limited to maintain virtual platform performance so early application to attend is advised. Registration includes:
Live presentations
LIVE DISCUSSIONS
Watch all panel discussions and presentations live
Networking
ONLINE NETWORKING
Get access to an exclusive networking platform online and participate in optional mentee/mentor meetings
Recorded sessions
ON DEMAND ACCESS
Watch any of the recorded sessions at a time that suits you

LAW FIRMS AND LEGAL SERVICE PROVIDERS

Law firms and legal service providers are invited to either become members of the IFLR Women in Business Law Group to attend or to sponsor the event for group attendance and speaking opportunities. To learn how to take advantage of either of these opportunities, please get in touch below.
ATTENDANCE
For more information on the IFLR Women in Business Law Group, and to attend the event as an individual, please get in touch below:


Contact Melanie Petch
Email Melanie
Call: +44 (0) 207 779 8836
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SPONSORSHIP
For sponsorship opportunities and to learn more on how you can position your firm as a thought leader, please get in touch below:


Contact Jamil Ahad
Email Jamil
Call: +44 (0) 207 779 8767
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Sponsors

Arthur Cox
Travers Smith
White & Case

Venue

Address

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75 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, 10019

Transport
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CONTACT US

Registration

Alicia Sprott
Email Alicia
Call: +44 (0)20 7779 8334

Programme

Melody Mok
Email Melody
Call: +44 (0)20 7779 8837

Sponsorship

Melaine Petch
Email Melaine
Call: +44 (0)20 7779 8836