Conference Agenda: ALFDP Fall 2013 Conference

Experience the Difference

Elevate Your Reach


2013 ALFDP Fall Annual Conference




DLA Piper    (500 8th Street, NW Washington, DC 20004)


1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.              CONFERENCE REGISTRATION


1:30 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.              WELCOME

 1:35 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.              TIPS AND TOOLS FOR THE INTERNAL COACH

This interactive session will provide simple, but powerful techniques to improve your ability to effectively coach attorneys within your firm.

Speakers:         Vernā Myers, Principal, Vernā Myers Consulting Group LLC

Marguerite Fletcher, Senior Consultant, Vernā Myers Consulting Group LLC

3:05 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.              BREAK

 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.              TALK IT UP: COMMUNICATING WITH IMPACT

As D&I professionals we find ourselves in front of various audiences and are in positions to influence those constituencies throughout our firms. Give your communication skills a  tune up – learn tips that will help you connect effectively with various audiences and test strategies that will boost your confidence and credibility.

Speaker:           Chris DeSantis, Principal,

 4:30 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.              BREAK

 4:40 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.              THE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION PASSPORT: THE GLOBAL                                                                         JOURNEY OF D&I EFFORTS

As firms continue to represent foreign clients and open offices outside of the U.S., diversity and inclusion efforts continue to evolve from local to global initiatives. D&I professionals, in current and former global roles, will discuss the various stages of the design, coordination, and implementation of  D&I initiatives at firms with U.S. and international programs.  Panelists will engage the audience on the key aspects of global diversity and inclusion, including:  what global diversity and inclusion means for their respective firms; how to maintain a cohesive D&I strategy throughout worldwide offices; how to assess and adapt D&I policies to local cultural norms; and best practices for members whose D&I strategies are evolving from local to global.

Moderator:     Carlos Dávila-Caballero, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, LLP

Panelists:         Jacqueline Wilson Cranford, Formerly Director of Professional Development & Inclusion, Vinson & Elkins LLP and O’Melveny Myers LLP

Denise A. Robinson, Member Specialist, Diversity & Flexibility Alliance

 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.              RECEPTION – HOSTED BY CROWELL & MORING LLP

LOCATION:      Crowell & Morning LLP*

                                                                        1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

                                                                        Washington, DC 20004

                                                *The reception is a 7-10 minute walk (.4 mile).


DLA Piper  (500 8th Street, NW Washington, DC 20004)


 8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.              WELCOME

  8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.              USE YOUR BRAIN! – THE NEUROSCIENCE BEHIND DIFFERENCE

This dynamic session will reveal the fundamental neuroscience concepts behind how the brain works as it relates to leadership and career development.  Learn how to leverage your “brain power” for developing as a D&I leader, bridging across differences and blind spots, and building more inclusive legal environments.

Speaker:          Ritu Bhasin, People Strategist & Diversity Specialist, Bhasin Consulting Inc.

 9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.            BREAK


As a result of both internal leadership and external accountability, LGBT initiatives in law firms have grown.  Panelists will discuss how to develop LGBT initiatives from various starting points and provide insight from the Human Rights Campaign regarding the growth in LGBT friendly policies and the accountability that is garnered through the Corporate Equity Index.

Moderator:     Lisa Linsky, Partner and Partner-in-Charge of Firmwide Diversity, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Panelists:         Gail H. Morse, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP

                        Speaker Coming Soon, Human Rights Campaign


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          BUSINESS MEETING

• ALFDP Board Meeting

• Board Candidates/Voting Guidelines

 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.            THE VIEW FROM 20,000 FEET: LEADERS OF NATIONAL DIVERSITY                                                            ORGANIZATIONS DISCUSS THE FUTURE FOR DIVERSITY AND                                                        INCLUSION, DIVERSITY PROFESSIONALS, AND THE LEGAL                                                                         PROFESSION OVERALL

As leaders of national organizations focused on law firm diversity and with backgrounds ranging from corporate law departments to academia to the ABA, our panelists are uniquely positioned to identify and react to these swirling currents of change.   Join us as we hear from these leaders of four of the bellwether organizations in the legal diversity and inclusion space.  Each will discuss plans for their respective organizations for 2014 and beyond, how they each view the changing legal landscape, and the implications of those changes for diversity and inclusion generally, and diversity and inclusion professionals in particular.   This is a unique chance to both learn from and ask questions of an esteemed group of panelists as we all navigate “the new normal.”

 Moderator:     James G. Leipold, Executive Director, NALP

 Panelists:         Lori Lorenzo, Deputy Director, Leadership Council On Legal Diversity

Manar Morales, President & CEO, Diversity & Flexibility Alliance

Joe West, President & CEO, Minority Corporate Counsel Association

Sandra Yamate, Chief Executive Officer, The Institute for Inclusion


1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.              BREAK

 1:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.              ALFDP WORLD CAFÉ

The World Café is a powerful methodology that engages people in critical conversations and moves dialogue towards innovative solutions. In this session, the World Café methodology will be used to explore the top-of-mind topics identified by ALFDP’s membership; we will discuss powerful questions, share ideas, and collaborate in moving the dialogue successfully to action. This session will be facilitated by two distinguished consultants from FutureWork Institute.  After three rounds of conversation, discoveries will be synthesized and presented in a larger group conversation where patterns will be identified, collective knowledge will be shared, and possibilities for actions will emerge.

There will also be table facilitators to lead small-group discussions.  This facilitated discussion will follow the World Cafe methodology.  For more information about World Cafe, go to


 Speakers:         Renault Clarke, Consultant, FutureWorks Institute

Josy Gallagher, Cross-Cultural Solutions Practice Leader, FutureWorks Institute


3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.              CLOSING AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Announcement of Election Results