2013 Women’s Power Summit

The Center for Women in Law convened leaders in law in Austin, Texas for the 2013 Women’s Power Summit on Law and Leadership™.

Apr 10, 2013 - to - Apr 12, 2013

The Power Summit, held every two years, is one of the most significant gatherings of women attorneys in the country.  Law school deans, general counsel, federal and state judges, members of law firm management, government officials, state bar presidents, and other prominent women lawyers attended the 2013 Women’s Power Summit™, marking the third time leaders gathered in Austin to address issues of vital importance to women lawyers. 

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The Hon. Carolyn Dineen King

Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Cir.

Carolyn Dineen King is a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Judge King is a native of Syracuse, New York. She graduated from Smith College summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in 1959 and from Yale Law School in 1962.

Anastasia D. Kelly

Co-Managing Partner (Americas) at DLA Piper, former Vice-Chairman of AIG, and former General Counsel of MCI/WorldCom, Sears, and Fannie Mae

Anastasia D. Kelly is the former Vice Chairman of American International Group (AIG), a role she held until the end of 2009. In this role, she was responsible for the global legal, compliance and regulatory functions, government relations, communications, corporate affairs and human resources.

Nancy Gertner

Judge, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (Ret.)

Judge Nancy Gertner is a graduate of Barnard College and Yale Law School where she was an editor on The Yale Law Journal. She received her M.A. in Political Science at Yale University.

Mahzarin Banaji

Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology, Harvard University and George A. and Helen Dunham Cowan Chair in Human Dynamics, Santa Fe Institute

Mahzarin Banaji taught at Yale University from 1986-2002 where she was Reuben Post Halleck Professor of Psychology. Since then and at present she is Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University and simultaneously George A.

Cheryl Reeve

Minnesota Lynx 2012 Media Day Head Coach, Minnesota Lynx
  • WNBA Champion (2011, 2008, 2006)
    WNBA Coach of the Year (2011)
    WNBA Finals appearances (2012, 2011, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2001)
    Enters 2013 season with the second highest winning percentage in WNBA history (.657)

Susan Blount

Susan L. Blount served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Prudential Financial, Inc., where she was responsible for the company’s 700-person global law, compliance, business ethics and external affairs (LCBE) organization.

Paulette Brown

Partner and Chief Diversity Officer, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Paulette Brown is a Partner and Chief Diversity Officer of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP and is a member of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Group.  hroughout her career of practicing in excess of 35 years, Paulette has held a number of positions, including in house counsel to a number of Fort

Nina Cortell

Nina Cortell currently serves as a Partner at Haynes and Boone LLP, an international corporate law firm. For almost four decades, Nina has represented corporations, public entities and individuals in cases that have put her at the forefront of the Texas litigation practice.

Lynn Laverty Elsenhans

former CEO, Sunoco, Inc.

Lynn is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sunoco and Sunoco Logistics,  serving Sunoco from August, 2008 until May 2012. She is retired from Royal Dutch Shell where she served in various capacities for 28 years, from 1980 until 2008.

Ward Farnsworth

Dean, The University of Texas School of Law

Before his appointment as Dean of The University of Texas School of Law, Ward Farnsworth taught for fifteen years at the Boston University law school, where he also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Jan Fields

Former President, McDonald’s USA

Jan Fields is the former president of McDonald’s USA, LLC, and one of the most widely recognized women leaders in business.

Marcia Greenberger

Co-President, National Women’s Law Center

Described as “guiding the battles of the women’s rights movement” by the New York Times, Marcia Greenberger is the founder and Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center. The creation of the Center forty years ago established her as the first full-time women’s rights legal advo

Constance J. Horner

Member of the Board of Directors of Prudential Financial, Inc., The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Ingersoll-Rand Company Limited, and Pfizer, Inc.

Constance Horner has been a teacher, writer, presidential appointee, foundation trustee, public policy scholar, and corporate director.

Denise Keane

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Altria Group Inc.

Denise Keane serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Altria Group. In her role, she leads the company’s Law department and the Corporate Secretary’s office.

Ilene Lang

President & CEO, Catalyst, Inc.

Ilene H. Lang is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst, the leading research and advisory organization working with businesses and the professions to build inclusive workplaces and expand opportunities for women and business.

Katherine M. Larkin-Wong

President, Ms. JD

Katie Larkin-Wong is an associate in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins LLP, a full-service international law firm handling complex business transactions, litigation, and regulatory matters.  Ms. Larkin-Wong is currently President of Ms.

Paula Monopoli

Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Women, Leadership & Equality Program, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Paula Monopoli is Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law, where she has held the Marbury Research Professorship and founded the Women, Leadership & Equality Program in 2003.  Professor Monopoli received a B.A, cum laude, from Yale College in 1980, and a J.D.

Rachel Moran

Dean and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Rachel F. Moran is the Dean and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. Prior to her appointment at UCLA, Professor Moran was the Robert D.

Dian Ogilvie

Senior Vice President and Secretary of Toyota Motor North America

On November 6, 2007, Dian Ogilvie was appointed senior vice president and secretary of Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA), the holding company for Toyota’s North American sales, engineering and manufacturing operating units.

Karen Popp

Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

KAREN A. POPP, a partner in Sidley Austin’s Washington, D.C. office, is the global co-chair of Sidley’s White Collar Practice group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Ms.

Vikki Pryor

Former Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross in Greater New York

Vikki L. Pryor is Principal of Change Create Transform, a thought leadership company that helps mission driven organizations achieve exceptional results. She has held senior leadership positions with Oxford Health Plans, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Allstate, and the Department of Treasury.

Jenny Rivera

Professor of Law, City University of New York School of Law and Founder and Director, Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality

Professor Jenny Rivera is an academic leader, scholar, and social justice advocate.  Throughout her career, she has been committed to improving access to justice and access to the legal profession for Latina and Latino students.  A professor of law at the City University of New York Sch

Victoria Stratman

General Counsel, California Institute of Technology

Victoria Stratman joined Caltech’s Office of the General Counsel in 1996 as Associate General Counsel and served as Deputy General Counsel from 1998 until 2009. She became General Counsel following a nationwide search in 2009. Immediately prior to joining Caltech, Ms.

Marie C. Wilson

Founder and President of The White House Project, co-creator of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work ® Day, past President of the Ms. Foundation, and author of Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World

An advocate of women’s issues for more than 30 years, Marie C. Wilson is Founder and President of The White House Project, co-creator of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work ® Day and author of Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World (Viking 2004).

Zipporah Wiseman

Thos. H. Law Centennial Professor, The University of Texas School of Law

Zipporah Wiseman is the Thos. H. Law Centennial Professor of Law at The University of Texas School of Law. An expert in commercial law, Professor Wiseman also teaches and writes on issues in feminist legal theory.

Dr. Suzanne H. Woolsey

Member of the Boards of California Institute of Technology, Fluor Corporation, and Invesco Van Kampen Closed-End Funds; Chair of the Boards of Colorado College, the Institute of Defense Analysis, and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center


Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Michele Coleman Mayes





Summit Chair

Michele Coleman Mayes, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, The New York Public Library 







Board Members:

Linda L. Addison, Partner-in-Charge, New York, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

Susan L. Blount, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Prudential Financial, Inc.

Nancy Duff Campbell, Founder and Co-President, National Women’s Law Center

Carla Christofferson, Managing Partner, Los Angeles Office, O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Mary B. Cranston, Pillsbury (Ret.)

Katrina Dewey, Chief Executive Officer, Lawdragon Inc.

The Honorable Bernice B. Donald, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

The Honorable Fernande R.V. Duffly, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

The Honorable Christine M. Durham, Associate Justice, Utah Supreme Court

Joanne Epps, Dean, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Marcia D. Greenberger, National Women’s Law Center

The Honorable Eva M. Guzman, Justice, Texas Supreme Court

Stephanie C. Hildebrandt, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Enterprise Products Partners L.P.

Cisselon Nichols Hurd, Shell Oil Company

Arcelia Hurtado, Executive Director, Equal Rights Advocates

The Honorable Carolyn Dineen King, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Catherine Lamboley, General Counsel, Shell Oil Company (Ret.)

Vicki Land, King Cheng & Miller, LLP

Ilene H. Lang, President and CEO, Catalyst

Jennifer E. Laurin, The University of Texas School of Law

Roberta D. Liebenberg, Senior Partner, Fine, Kaplan and Black

Vicki A. O’Meara, Executive Vice President and President, Pitney Bowes

Arin N. Reeves, President, Nextions LLC

Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Deborah L. Rhode, Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Lauren Stiller Rikleen, Executive-In-ResidenceBoston College Center for Work & Family

The Honorable Hilda G. Tagle, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

The Honorable Jean Hoefer Toal, South Carolina Supreme Court

Zipporah B. Wiseman, The University of Texas School of Law

Diane C. Yu, New York University


The 2013 Women’s Power Summit will take place at the Four Season Hotel in Austin, TX. Room blocks have been reserved at the following hotels:

  • Four Seasons Hotel Austin 
    $270/night – SOLD OUT 
    98 San Jacinto BoulevardAustin, Texas 78701 
    (512) 685-8100
  • Hampton Inn & Suites 
    200 San Jacinto Boulevard   
    Austin, Texas 78701 
    (512) 472-1500 
    Online Reservations – Please make your reservations by March 21, 2013
  • Radisson Hotel & Suites 
    111 E Cesar Chavez St. 
    Austin, Texas 78701 
    (512) 478-9611 
    Online Reservations – Please make your reservations by March 22, 2013

The 2013 Women’s Power Summit on Law & Leadershiphas been approved for the following CLE credits:
Texas: 6.25 (3.50 ethics)
Additional states pending.

Wednesday, April 10
Thursday, April 11
Friday, April 12
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