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St. Louis, April 2014

DirectWomen hosted a two-day event in St. Louis on April 7-8, 2014.  News coverage of the event is available here, here, and here.  Additionally, a video of one of the event's panels is available here.

On Monday, April 7, there was a panel on Gender Pay Equity at the offices of Thompson Coburn LLP. Discussion focused on the extent and breadth of the long-standing gender pay gap in society at large as well as the legal profession, reasons for its existence, and strategies and solutions for ameliorating the pay disparity for women. Publications discussing this topic can be downloaded for free at this link. Panelists included:

Bobbi Liebenberg
Partner, Fine, Kaplan and Black
Chair, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession
Past-Chair ABA Gender Equity Task Force
 
Stephanie Scharf
Partner, Scharf Banks Marmor LLC
Past President, National Association of Women Lawyers ("NAWL") and NAWL Foundation
 
Doreen Dodson
Senior Partner, Polsinelli PC
Member, ABA Gender Equity Task Force
Past President, The Missouri Bar
 
Patricia Gillette
Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Member, ABA Gender Equity Task Force
Founder, Opt-In Project
 
On Tuesday, April 8, two panels were hosted by Washington University School of Law. The first, "Power of the Purse: How General Counsel Can Impact Pay Equity for Women Lawyers," featured several General Counsel who discussed the important role that GCs can play to ensure that their outside women counsel are fairly compensated and are treated equitably in origination credit and client succession decisions. Panelists included:
 
Mary Ann Hynes
Senior Counsel, Dentons; Director, GHD Group Pty Ltd.
 
Sheri Mossbeck
Vice President and Treasurer, Leggett & Platt, Incorporated
 
Meredith Perkins
Vice President, Corporate Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Enterprise Holdings Inc.
 
Reuben Shelton
Senior Counsel - Litigation, Monsanto
 
Bobbi Liebenberg
Partner, Fine, Kaplan and Black
 
Patricia Gillette (Moderator)
Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
 
The second panel of the day, "Becoming an Effective Public Company Director," focused on why the achievement of diversity on corporate boards is essential for good corporate governance and how it promotes business effectiveness, along with concrete steps that can be taken to increase the number of women and minorities on corporate boards. A full video of this panel is available here. Panelists included:
 
Dr. Mark Wrighton
Chancellor, Washington University
 
Arnold Donald
CEO and President, Carnival Corp.
 
Diane Sullivan
CEO and President, Brown Shoe Co.
 
Ann Harlan
Retired Vice President and General Counsel, The J.M. Smucker Company; Director, The Gorman-Rupp Company
 
Mary Ann Hynes
Senior Counsel, Dentons; Director, GHD Group Pty Ltd.
 
James Turley
Retired Chairman and CEO, Ernst & Young; Director, Emerson Electric Co.
 
Professor Hillary A. Sale (Moderator)
Walter D. Coles Professor of Law and Professor of Management, Washington University School of Law

 

The full event program is available here

Event co-sponsors included:

The Missouri Joint Commission on Women in the Profession
 
 

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