Still on the fence about attending the 2019 Annual Conference and meeting? Meet some of our speakers!

Inclusion at the Intersection of Race and Gender
Tracie Ransom, Founder & Principal Consultant
Ransom Strategies Group

Tracie N. Ransom is the founder and principal consultant for Ransom Strategies Group LLC. A former partner in a large law firm, in-house counsel and department director in a Fortune 500 company and federal appellate and district court judicial law clerk, Tracie leverages her 15 years of career experience to serve as a trusted advisor and strategic business partner to law firms, businesses and organizations, helping them to advance their diversity, inclusion and leadership objectives, particularly as they relate to the development and retention of women and people of color. She is frequently called upon to present on such topics at various conferences across the country. Tracie also provides leadership development and career strategies coaching to attorneys and business professionals seeking to navigate their careers.

Newcomers’ Panel
Casey Matthew, Senior Recruiting and Diversity Specialist
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Casey E. Matthew joined Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in 2008 and currently serves as the firm’s Senior Recruiting and Diversity Specialist. In this role, Casey is involved with all processes associated with legal recruiting and the firm’s diversity initiative. She works closely with the Associate Director of Recruiting and Diversity to manage diversity pipeline programs which includes the firm’s 1L Diversity Summer Associate Program, their partnerships with the Seizing Every Opportunity (SEO) Law Fellowship Program, Legal Outreach, Inc., and Street Law, Inc. Casey compiles the firm’s demographic data for reporting to diversity organizations and publications, and clients. She also serves as a liaison to law school student affinity groups.

Training the D&I Trainer
Nina Godiwalla, U.S. Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Norton Rose Fulbright

Nina Godiwalla is a nationally recognized leader in diversity who is currently the US Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Norton Rose Fulbright. She is also the bestselling author of Suits: A Woman on Wall Street. Godiwalla has been sought out by prominent institutions including the White House, Harvard Business School, NASA, the Smithsonian, the Wall Street Journal Women’s CEO Summit, Aspen Institute and TED Conference. Before becoming an internationally recognized speaker, Godiwalla spent almost a decade working for Fortune 500 corporations such as Morgan Stanley and Johnson & Johnson.

Training the D&I Trainer
Sylvia James, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Winston & Strawn

Sylvia F. James serves as Winston & Strawn’s Director of Diversity & Inclusion. In this role, Sylvia collaborates with key stakeholders to develop and implement the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy and initiatives; works with the talent management team to enhance the hiring, advancement, retention, and promotion of diverse lawyers; serves as a liaison to clients and external organizations dedicated to fostering diversity in the legal profession; conducts diversity training; and advises on internal and external diversity-related communications.

Using Technology and Data to Address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Law Firms
Mandy Price, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Kanarys

Mandy Price is an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as the CEO and Co-founder of Kanarys, Inc. Mandy’s interest in DEI began early in her career when she helped create the division of diversity and community engagement at the University of Texas as an undergraduate student. She then held the role of editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. In her previous legal career, she served on the Women’s Task Force at Barnes & Thornburg, the Board of Directors of the Texas Civil Rights Project, and as a member of the Diversity Committee at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. She has been recognized numerous times, including in 2017, when Mandy received the “40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates” award from the National Bar Association and was selected as a “Best Lawyer in Dallas” by D Magazine.

Using Technology and Data to Address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Law Firms
Star Carter, Co-Founder, COO and General Counsel
Kanarys

Starlett (Star) Carter is an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as the Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, and Co-founder of Kanarys, Inc. As a former BigLaw attorney, Star is passionate about ensuring workplace culture is safe and welcoming for all employees, free from discrimination and inclusive of the aspects that make individuals unique as it relates to their sexuality, gender, religion, age, ability and race. Prior to joining Kanarys, Star served as an associate counsel at Hudson Advisors, L.P., a globally integrated asset manager, and worked at two large international law firms, serving as counsel at Sidley Austin LLP and as senior associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP. She has been recognized for her corporate practice several times, including on the 2016 Texas Rising Stars list.

Using Technology and Data to Address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Law Firms
Jessica Maroney Shillito, Associate Director of Legal Recruiting
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Jessica Maroney Shillito (she/her/hers) is the Associate Director of Legal Recruiting at Simpson Thacher and Bartlett in New York. In this capacity, she works to create, facilitate and implement strategic campus outreach, with a focus on leading the firm’s marketing and comprehensive recruitment strategies. She regularly collaborates across departments and with diversity organization leaders, law school professionals, students, and other external stakeholders. Most recently, as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion, she oversaw the firm’s global diversity and inclusion platform and worked to hire, retain, advance and promote underrepresented groups to enhance a culture of inclusion and belonging.