Climbing the Ladder: Navigating A Path To Career Success For Women Lawyers in Chicago

Shared Stories of Success In Law From Fellow UChicago Alumnae. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!



11:30 - 12:00 pm Registration and Networking
12:00 - 12:45 pm Panel discussion
12:45 - 1:00 pm Q&A
1:00 - 1:30 pm Networking and event ends

Please join The University of Chicago Alumni Law Society (ALS), and McDermott Will & Emery LLP, for a networking event and panel discussion showcasing several high-profile female attorneys from different industries in Chicago. Together, these accomplished attorneys will discuss concepts of leadership, success, and career development within their legal functions
Private Practice:
Amy Manning, JD'92 – Managing Partner, McGuireWoods Chicago office
Mary Wilson, JD'92 – Managing Partner, Dentons Chicago office

Veronica Gomez, JD'94 – VP and Deputy General Counsel, Litigation, Exelon
Mahrukh Hussain, AB'93 – US General Counsel, McDonald’s

Public Sector:
Alex Holt, AM'92 JD'07 – Budget Director for the City of Chicago
Jenny Notz, JD'98 - City of Chicago Department of Law - VP and US General Counsel

Heather Smedstad, AB'92

Our esteemed panelists will share their insights on how they reached their current positions as they navigated firm, in-house, and government life. They will address the obstacles they have encountered and eventually overcame as they progressed in their legal careers, including the following questions:

•What top three legal skills should attorneys develop in preparation for career success in increasingly competitive and demanding business and legal environments?

•What strategies should attorneys adopt to aid their transition in helping them move upwards or laterally ("up" or "across”)?

•What strategies can female attorneys undertake in building stronger bridges with other female attorneys while charting a path to career success? What specific tactics can female attorneys employ to “pay it forward?"

This event is fully sponsored by McDermott Will & Emery LLP Chicago office.


Event Contact
Ahsan Shaikh JD'05

Staff Liaison
Lauren Forest


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