3.50 Accredited CLE Hours (0.5 Hours Ethics)

August 24, 2017
05:00 PM Happy Hour

Join us for a Happy Hour on Thursday to meet your fellow Texas Women Rainmakers before the CLE on Friday. We will be at the St. Regis Hotel from 5pm to 7pm.

Sponsored by Brook Hollow

August 25, 2017
08:00 AM Event Registration, Sponsor Showcase, & Breakfast

Attendees can check-in, obtain conference materials, and visit with our sponsors from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. while eating a light breakfast before our program begins.

Sponsored by Worldwide Court Reporters

09:00 AM Seminar Introduction

Steering Committee welcomes attendees.

09:15 AM Law Practice Management

Panel Featuring Shalimar Wallis, Erin Murphy, Krisi Kastl, and Beth Watkins: For solo practitioners and those who aspire to open their own law firm, law practice management is an essential skill to ensure clients’ needs are met. Our panel discussion will focus on the unique situations solo practitioners encounter in the realm of civil litigation.

09:45 AM Trailblazer Spotlight

Attorney Charla Aldous has dedicated her career to fighting for the rights of those in need, and through her tireless efforts has earned national recognition for her work. Our spotlight segment will delve into her advice for others who aspire to follow in her footsteps. From practical advice on litigation tactics and building client relationships to maintain mental health during the strive to balance the demands of litigation and family, we will learn more about Charla’s secrets to success.

10:00 AM Communications Lessons from the Texas Lawyers Creed

Panel Featuring Erin Copeland, Sara Fendia, Christine Weems, Karen Schroeder, and Leslie LaMacchia: Attorneys communications skills with clients, staff, opposing counsel and the Court are paramount to a successful practice. This segment will focus on how to sharpen communication skills in to meet the ethical requirements of the Texas Lawyers Creed and to foster a successful litigation practice.

10:30 AM Mid-Morning Break

Sponsored by Alice Oliver-Parrott, PC

10:45 AM Keynote Speaker: Leading Through Influence

Anne Grady – Leadership is the ability to positively influence the people around you. This session is an opportunity to understand human behavior and motivation, tap into personal strengths, build emotional intelligence, and crack the code of effective communication. We will explore ways to set clear expectations, navigate change, and build resilience, strength, and grit. Through experiential learning, humorous stories, and real life practical tools, attendees will leave inspired to make small shifts in behavior to transform their personal and professional relationships, outlook, and success.

11:45 AM Lunch

Please join our Steering Committee members as we present the TWR’s Woman of the Year Award to Lisa Blue.

Sponsored by Garretson Resolution Group

12:00 PM Mindfulness in the Practice of Law

Lisa Blue will speak on the issue of mindfulness for lawyers. Specifically, she will address why trial lawyers need mindfulness, why mindfulness will make you a better trial lawyer and how you can use mindfulness to enhance your trial strategy.

12:45 PM Women & Investing

Speaker Roxane Rose: Researchers have devoted a great deal of time to exploring the investing differences between women and men. Which gender makes for more successful investors? Is one sex more prone to making emotional decisions? Roxanne Rose will speak about how and why investing money as woman has different considerations, and how to make the most out of your money.

01:15 PM Leveraging Leadership Opportunities

Erin Nowell will explore the opportunities available to attendees through the Leadership Academy, Bar Leadership, Community Service Leadership Roles, among other organizations, as a way to gain leadership skills and exposure within both the legal and general community. She will discuss how these opportunities translate in to better communication skills with opposing counsel, the Court and clients.

01:30 PM Building Blocks for Civil Litigation 2017

Panel Featuring Latoya Chambers, Erin Oglesby, Sarah Huynh, and Katherine Cornell: A successful career in civil litigation involves basic building blocks. The panel will explore the various skills needed to be successful to include: taking the efficient deposition, managing client expectations, the importance mediation and trial preparation.

02:00 PM Afternoon Break

Sponsored by Armadillo Financial

02:15 PM Keynote Speaker: Build Your Dream Network

Kelly Hoey (Author, Speaker, Investor) – If you think of networking as schmoozing at boring cocktail parties or scrolling through LinkedIn for new contacts to add, think again. In the social media age, you need a modern roadmap for creating and cultivating meaningful connections to stand out from the crowd and achieve any of your goals, no matter how big or small.

Discussing her latest book, Build Your Dream Network, acclaimed business columnist and networking expert J. Kelly Hoey offers a fresh new approach to mastering this timeworn skill in a world where everyone is posting, liking, and friending fast and furiously, but many are failing to leverage their connections successfully. Hoey presents innovative strategies for forming strong relationships—the genuine, mutually beneficial, long-lasting kind—using all of the social tools at your disposal. She also reveals creative and surprisingly simple ways to harness the power of your network to accomplish any ambition, from landing your dream job or a coveted account or client to successfully crowdfunding a new business venture.

03:15 PM The Future of Equal Pay Laws

Speaker Lori Andrus: The concept of Equal Pay has a long history in the United States. This topic will explore the subject from a women’s perspective and how it affects the practice of law. It will also examine how the current laws regarding equal pay might evolve to include equal pay for women.

03:45 PM Diversity Panel

Panel Featuring Karen Walrond, Phyllis Frye, and Sejal Brahmbhatt: The panel presentation will focus diversity issues facing the legal profession from those involved at the management level to those attorneys in the trenches. Participants will be educated on the issues lawyers face regarding to include race, gender, LGBT and religion.

05:00 PM Happy Hour

Join us for a Happy Hour on Thursday to meet your fellow Texas Women Rainmakers before the CLE on Friday. We will be at the St. Regis Hotel from 5pm to 7pm.

Sponsored by Brook Hollow

05:15 PM Happy Hour

Sponsored by Stratos Legal