2022 Women’s Power Summit™

2022 Women's Power Summit

On April 6-8, 2022, the Center for Women in Law convened leaders for its seventh biennial Women’s Power Summit on Law and Leadership™. The theme of the 2022 Women’s Power Summit™ was The Power of Transitions to Transform.

Apr 06, 2022 - to - Apr 08, 2022

Austin, TX

Since 2009, the invitation-only Women’s Power Summit™ has convened the Who’s Who of influential women in the legal profession to generate ideas and lead change. Speakers and attendees include lawyers at the height of their career – chief legal officers and general counsel, law firm managing partners, judges, government officials, law school deans, bar presidents, and other preeminent lawyers, as well as academics and business leaders who are positioned to make significant and lasting change in the legal profession.

See photos of the 2022 Women’s Power Summit.


Sandra Bang

Executive Coach and Strategic Advisor, Sable Group

Sandra Bang is a certified executive coach, talent development advisor, and change agent, helping C-suite executives, senior management, and organizations gain clarity, and achieve their professional and business goals, by actively listening with empathy and reframing perspectives within context.

Michelle Banks

Board Member, DirectWomen, Senior Advisor, BarkerGilmore

Michelle Banks is a Senior Advisor at BarkerGilmore specializing in providing executive leadership coaching to women general counsel.

Jane Bland

Justice, Supreme Court of Texas

Justice Jane Bland joined the Supreme Court of Texas in 2019 after serving more than twenty years as a state trial and appellate judge in Houston. She received over six million votes in the 2020 election—the most of any candidate in Texas history.

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.

Vivia Chen

Opinion Columnist, Bloomberg Law

Vivia Chen is an opinion columnist at Bloomberg Law where she writes the “Unfiltered” column. A journalist with over 20 years of experience, she previously wrote the highly popular Careerist column at The American Lawyer.

Farayi Chipungu

Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School Lecturer, Harvard Law School

Farayi Chipungu is a lecturer at Harvard Law School and at The Harvard Kennedy School of Government. At Harvard, she teaches courses which are focused on leadership, change management and innovation.

Priscila Coronado

2L, Harvard Law School

Priscila Coronado is a 2L at Harvard Law School. Recently, she was elected as the first Latina President of the Harvard Law Review. Priscila was raised in Downey, California, a suburb in southeast Los Angeles.

Cynthia Dow

Executive Search and Assessment Consultant, Russell Reynolds

Cynthia Dow provides clients with world-class executive advisory services across a broad range of industries and geographies. Based in Boston, Cynthia leads that office and the New England region for Russell Reynolds Associates.

Sarah El-Raheb-Dagher

Educator, Leadership Coach, Pedagogy Specialist

Sarah ElRaheb-Dagher is a Canadian-Egyptian educator and coach who specializes in teaching public narrative, organizing, and leadership. She has her Master’s in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a focus on the arts in education. Sarah has worked with Dr.

Sarah Feingold

Creator, Dirty Legal Secrets, Co-Founder, The Fourth Floor

Born an artist, Sarah Feingold decided the best way to protect creative folks like herself was to go to law school. She then cannonballed into the position of Etsy’s first attorney and 17th employee.

Bryan Foster

Principal, Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP

Bryan Foster is a principal in Deloitte and Touche’s Risk and Financial Advisory practice, specializing in Forensics and Investigations with a focus helping legal departments increase their speed of service delivery, create efficiencies, and bring greater value to their c

Melissa Frugé

Chief Legal & Risk Officer, Talkwalker

Melissa Frugé is the Chief Legal & Risk Officer of Talkwalker, where she is responsible for all legal, privacy, security and enterprise risk matters. She is also the Executive Sponsor of the DEI Committee, creating an inclusive and diverse environment.

Amy Hinzmann

President, Cimplifi

Amy Hinzmann is president of Cimplifi, a leading integrated legal services provider, leveraging technology and expertise to simplify the experience of eDiscovery and contract analytics for corporate legal departments and law firms.  

Sylvia Kerrigan

Executive Director & Board Member, KBH Energy Center; Diversified Energy; Team Industrial

Sylvia Kerrigan has over a decade of experience in the board room as a director and former executive for the industrial, transportation and energy sectors.

David Lat

Writer, Original Jurisdiction

David Lat is a lawyer turned writer. He publishes Original Jurisdiction, a newsletter on Substack about law and legal affairs, and he writes for newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.

Lori Lorenzo

Research and Insights Director, Deloitte Chief Legal Officer Program; Deloitte Transactions & Business Analytics LLP

Lori Lorenzo focuses her practice on advising, coaching and enabling Chief Legal Officers (“CLO”s) and legal leadership teams to understand and adapt to change in the legal profession.  She is the Research and Insights Director for the Chief Legal Officer Prog

Heather McGowan

Future of Work Strategist, 2017 Global LinkedIn Top Voice for Education

Heather E. McGowan is an internationally known speaker, writer, and advisor. She prepares leaders to most-effectively react to rapid and disruptive changes in education, work, and society. Future-of-work strategist Heather E.

Amanda McMillian

President and CEO, United Way of Greater Houston

Amanda McMillian assumed her position as President and CEO of United Way of Greater Houston on May 1, 2020.  Prior to joining United Way, she served as Executive Vice President & General Counsel for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, where she was a member of the executive committee and was

Abby Phillip

Senior Political Correspondent and Anchor of Inside Politics Sunday, CNN

Abby Phillip is CNN’s senior political correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics Sunday, an hour-long in-depth conversation on the week’s most important political storylines, with a diverse set of analysts and news-making interviews.

Victoria Reese

Partner, Heidrick & Struggles

Victoria Reese is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ New York office and the global managing partner of the Legal, Risk, Compliance & Government Affairs and the Corporate Officers practices.

Kathryn Richardson

Founder; Principal, HR Legal Search

Kathryn Holt Richardson is an expert in lateral partner recruiting and supports top-performing partners throughout their careers.  She has placed in-house attorneys at every level including General Counsel and she partners with select associates to maximize their happiness and success.

Gina Shishima

U.S. Chief Strategy and Operations Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Gina Shishima is the U.S. Chief Strategy and Operations Partner for Norton Rose Fulbright, where she also serves on the US and Global management committees. She was previously the U.S. Head of Intellectual Property and the U.S. Chief Diversity Officer.

Lisa Tsai

Managing Partner, Reid, Collins & Tsai

Lisa Tsai is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Reid Collins & Tsai LLP, one of the nation’s leading plaintiff’s trial firms. Over the course of her career, Lisa has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in judgments and settlements for her clients. Her passion lies in fighting wrongdo

Karen Vladeck

Managing DirectorWhistler Partners

Karen Vladeck is a Managing Director at Whistler Partners, the premier legal search firm in the technology, financial, media, and entertainment space.

Scott Westfahl

Professor of Practice; Director of Executive Education, Harvard Law School

Scott Westfahl is a Professor of Practice and the Director of Harvard Law School Executive Education.  Within the law school’s J.D.

Kathleen Woodhouse

Co-Founder, Nova Leadership Managing Director, Woodhouse Partners

Kathleen Woodhouse is co-founder of Nova Leadership and Managing Director at Woodhouse Partners, a consulting practice focused on increasing leadership and organizational capability to drive business results. A former Fortune 50 executive, Kathleen understands the challenges of managing in a

Advisory Board Chairs

Melanie Gray

Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP (Retired)

Melanie Gray was Chair of the Bankruptcy Litigation Practice and partner in the Houston office of Winston & Strawn LLP before she retired in early 2020.  Prior to joining Winston & Strawn in 2013, Melanie enjoyed almost three decades with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Grace Fisher Renbarger

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Compliance Officer, Bazaarvoice

Grace has served as Bazaarvoice’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Compliance Officer since 2019. In this role Gracie leads the global legal team in managing the company’s legal affairs worldwide. She also manages the company’s corporate ethics and compliance program.

Advisory Board

Natalie Arbaugh

Partner, Winston & Strawn

Dolores Atencio

Visiting Scholar, University of Denver; Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship

Hon. Nancy Atlas

Southern District of Texas, United States District and Bankruptcy Court

Megan Belcher

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Scoular

Susan Blount

Adjunct Professor, University of Texas School of Law

Janet Carrig

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Patricia Diaz Dennis

Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel (Retired), AT&T

Gemma Descoteaux

Partner and Chair of Lateral Partner Recruiting, Sheppard Mullin

Lori Erwin

Litigation Attorney, Texas Health and Human Services

Laura Franco

General Counsel, Bumble

Hilda Galvan

Partner-in-Charge, Jones Day

Lisa Atlas Genecov

Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman

Deborah Gilg

Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Operating

Eva Guzman

Shareholder, Chamberlain Hrdlicka

Amy Hinzmann

President, Compliance

Ruth Hughs

Partner, Kelly, Hart, & Hallman LLP

Anne Johnson

Partner, Haynes & Boone

Arleas Upton Kea

Director of Division of Administration (Ret.), FDIC

Kathy Kotel

Kotel Law PLLC

David Lat

Founder, Original Jurisdiction, Above the Law

Jean Lee

President and CEO, Minority Corporate Counsel Association

Roberta “Bobbi” Liebenberg

Senior Partner, Fine, Kaplan, and Black

Janis Loegering

Partner, Locke Lord

Kim Lubel

Founder, Center for Women in Law

Michele Mayes

Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, New York Public Library

Julie Mayo

Partner, Baker Botts

Jami McKeon

Partner, Chair of the Firm, Morgan Lewis

Carey O’Connor

Advanced Leadership Initiative, Harvard University

Karyn Polak

Deputy General Counsel, PNC

Karen Popp

Global Co-Leader of White Collar: Government Litigation and Investigations, Sidley Austin LLP

Penny Reid

Securities Litigation and Accountant Liability Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Jane Snoddy Smith

Partner, JAE Law Group

Angela Styles

Partner, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, and Feld

Anne Trinque

General Counsel, Fiduciary Trust

Scott Westfahl

Professor of Practice and Faculty Director of Executive Education, Harvard Law School

Jennifer Wuamett

Executive Vice President, General Counsel, & Corporate Secretary, NXP Semiconductors


April 6, 2022

3:00 pm     Registration Opens
4:00 pm     Registration and Opening Reception

Ballroom Foyer and Terrace

Sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis LLP

5:00 pm     Kickoff

Four Seasons Ballroom

Recognition of the 2020 Hortense Ward Courageous Leader Award – Patricia Diaz Dennis

Speaker: Lisa Atlas Genecov, Past President of the Center for Women in Law

5:45 pm     Opening Speaker

Four Seasons Ballroom

Speaker: Michele Meyer-Shipp, CEO, Dress for Success Worldwide

Susan Blount, Independent Director; EVP & General Counsel, Prudential Financial (Ret.);

Adjunct Professor, The University of Texas School of Law

How do legal skills transfer from private law practice to corporate business organizations to non-profits? Join Michele Meyer-Shipp and Susan Blount for a conversation on career trajectories and preparing for the unexpected.

7:00 pm     Dinner

The Lawn

Sponsored by Latham & Watkins LLP

Toast: Ward Farnsworth, Dean, Texas Law


April 7, 2022

6:30 am     Goat Yoga (Separate registration required)/Walk on the Lake

The Lawn

7:30 am     Breakfast and Registration

Ballroom Foyer and Terrace

Sponsored by Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

8:30 am     Opening Remarks

Four Seasons Ballroom

Speaker: Veronica Vargas Stidvent, Executive Director, Center for Women in Law

8:40 am     Keynote: Leading Change in a Time of Uncertainty

 Four Seasons Ballroom

Leading Change in a Time of Uncertainty

Speaker: Farayi Chipungu, Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

To lead through many of the types of challenges that we are facing in today’s world, effective leaders require abilities that go beyond authority or technical expertise. As facilitators, advisors, and advocates, lawyers are well placed to lead in times of significant change if they take up the opportunity.  What are the skills needed to lead through change and crises? How do you position yourself for ongoing transformations? How can you mobilize people to make tough choices and build partnerships and alliances?

9:30 am     Break
9:45 am     Time Management for Mortals 

Four Seasons Ballroom

Speaker: Oliver Burkeman, Author, Four Thousand Weeks

We live in an age of impossible demands, infinite choice, and relentless distraction. But much traditional advice on managing our time more efficiently only makes matters worse, encouraging us to believe we might "get everything done", yet leaving us more rushed and less focused on those goals that might have a lasting impact. Drawing on his New York Times bestselling book Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals, Oliver Burkeman charts the alternative approach of confronting our finitude, accepting that there will always be too much to do – and, with this clear-eyed perspective, actually making time now for the work that matters most.

10:30 am     Transition to Breakout Rooms
10:45 am     Breakout Sessions

A Lawyer’s View of Disruption


Sarah Feingold, Creator, Dirty Legal Secrets and Co-Founder, The Fourth Floor

Melissa Fruge, Chief Legal & Risk Officer, Talkwalker, Inc.

Hon. Carrie Ricci, General Counsel, United States Army

Heather Stern, General Counsel, Whole Foods

Moderator: Amy Hinzmann

Unpredictability in business is the new normal. Recent changes in how work is performed, products are delivered, and customers are served require businesses to transform overnight. Legal departments are at the center of business transformation, but risk-adverse lawyers frequently serve as resistors instead of supporters. In this session, hear how forward-leaning general counsel from disruptive and disrupted companies are helping their businesses and teams navigate today’s constant change in the midst of uncertainty.

Future of Legal


Lori Lorenzo, Research & Insights Director, Deloitte Chief Legal Officer Program

Bryan Foster, Principal, Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP

This interactive workshop focuses on the disrupters that are driving change in the legal department, and the implications for individuals and organizations. The discussion includes group exercises, discussion and use case examples to help attendees navigate change by focusing on technology and talent.  First, we will look at the evolving expectations for the legal department’s contribution to the business, the work the legal department does (and perhaps shouldn’t be doing), and the impact technology can have.  Next, we consider the new and evolving skills sets and leadership attributes for legal, and the changing relationship of worker to workplace and why it’s important, along with the impact of change on the experience of work and culture.

Lawyer well-being: Health, happiness and success. We really can have it all.

Speaker: Kathy Richardson, Founder and Principal, HR Legal Search

This interactive session will explore ways to maximize our health and happiness while enjoying success. We’ll look at the current state of women in the legal profession and discuss the myriad challenges we face including juggling work, childcare/and our homelives, eldercare, maintaining friendships and navigating the new post pandemic normal. We will then engage in a safe and authentic conversation exploring how we really can have it all if we are mindful in our approach to both our professional and personal lives. Finally, we will share resources to support your well-being in life and in law.

The Changing Dynamics of the Legal Workforce


Priscila Coronado, President, Volume 136, Harvard Law Review

Gina Shishima, U.S. Chief Strategy and Operation Partnet, Norton Rose Fullbright

Lisa Tsai, Managing Partner, Reid Collins & Tsai

Karen Vladeck, Recruiter

Moderator: David Lat, Writer, Original Jurisdiction

A record 47.4 million people voluntarily quit their jobs in 2021. The legal industry was not immune. Law firm attrition, particularly among young associates, hit an all time high. This session will explore the social and economic dynamics changing law firms and corporate legal departments will help attendees learn the workplace priorities of today’s legal associates and law students.

12:00 pm     Leadership Lunch

Four Seasons Ballroom

Lunch Network Sharing Exercise

Speaker: Scott Westfahl, Professor of Practice; Director of Executive Education, Harvard Law School

Learn more about network theory and mapping.  Then experience the power exchange that comes with sharing networks.

Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Abby Phillip, CNN Senior Political Correspondent and Anchor of Inside Politics Sunday

CNN senior political correspondent Abby Phillip will offer a journalist’s perspective on the political and social transitions the country is undergoing and the ramifications of an increasingly diverse population on these trends.

1:45 pm     Networking Break

2:15pm     Afternoon Sessions

Four Seasons Ballroom

The Profession in Transition: Leading by Telling Your Story

Speaker: Sarah ElRaheb-Dagher, Education; Leadership Coach, Pedagogy Specialist, Harvard Kennedy School

Lawyers can be among the best storytellers -- for their clients.  But what about telling your own story? As the profession experiences a transition marked by changing workforce dynamics and a search for meaning, successful leaders must harness the power of narratives to lead.

How can your narrative inspire the next generation of lawyers? Your colleagues? How can your story advance your goals? Beyond an elevator pitch, your personal narrative conveys your purpose and how you add value.

4:00 pm     Break

4:15 pm     Preparing for a Purposeful Career Pivot

Four Seasons Ballroom


Sandra Bang, Chief Diversity and Talent Strategy Officer, Shearman & Sterling LLP

Jane Bland, Justice, Supreme Court of Texas

Amanda McMillian, CEO, United Way Houston

Moderator: Vivia Chen, Columnist, Bloomberg Law

On average, Americans change jobs every 4.4 years and have 7 different careers in their lifetime. The pandemic accelerated this already rapid pace of job and career changes. Now more than ever people want, or need, to do something professionally different. But, making a successful career pivot requires introspection and careful planning. Attendees will explore different types of professional transitions in the legal profession through the inspiring stories of several highly accomplished women. They will learn how to prepare for a transformational career pivot including potential stumbling blocks and hallmarks for success.

5:45 pm     Buses Leave for Legacy Dinner - Bullock Texas State History Museum

6:00 pm     Cocktail Reception

Bullock Texas State History Museum

7:00 pm     Legacy Dinner

Recognition of New Power Circle members, Amy Hinzmann

The Future of Work

Speaker: Heather McGowan, Future of Work Strategist, 2017 Global LinkedIn Top Voice for Education

Technology is changing work as we know it. Cultural norms are undergoing tectonic shifts. The global pandemic proved that we are inextricably connected whether we choose to be or not. And the changes did not have equal impacts, as we saw an exodus of women in the workplace. Internationally known writer and speaker Heather McGowan will discuss how the world of work is changing and how leaders can most effectively react to these rapid and disruptive changes in education, work, and society.

April 8, 2022

6:30 am     Morning Exercise/Walk on the Lake

The Lawn

8:00 am     Breakfast

Four Seasons Ballroom

Sponsored by Russell Reynolds Associates

9:00 am     WELCOME

Four Seasons Ballroom

Prophetic City: Tracking the Economic and Demographic Transformations through Forty Years of Houston Surveys

Speaker: Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Founding Director, The Kinder Institute, Rice University

Few other cities more clearly exemplify the trends that are refashioning the social and political landscape across America - the growing inequalities in today's global, knowledge-based economy; the epic demographic transformations; and the new importance of quality-of-place attributes in determining the fates of cities. We review the findings from four decades of systematic surveys in Harris County to explore the way the new realities are unfolding, to assess the public's changing attitudes and beliefs, and to consider the implications of these trends for the way area residents are responding to the central challenges and opportunities that will inform the future of Texas and America in the Years ahead.

9:45 am     Transition to Breakout Rooms

10:00 am     Breakout Sessions

Transitioning to Board Service


Michelle Banks, Board Member, DirectWomen, Senior Advisor, BarkerGilmore

Sylia Kerrigan, Executive Director and Board Member, KBH Energy Center, Diversified Energy, Team Industrial

Susan Blount, President, Center for Women in Law Executive Committee, Independent Director; EVP & General Counsel, Prudential Financial (Ret.); Adjunct Professor, The University of Texas School of Law

Many senior lawyers are interested in transitioning to corporate board service when leaving active practice. But, the process of obtaining a board seat and the requirements for serving as a director are not widely known. Attendees will learn how corporate board members are selected and what they can expect when serving as a director, and how to prepare themselves and pitch for board service.

Preparing for a New Future


Precious Williams Owodunni, CEO and Founder, Mountaintop Consulting

Kathleen Woodhouse, Co-Founder, Nova Leadership; Managing Director, Woodhouse Partners

Transformational career pivots take introspection and thoughtful planning. Attendees will hear from a panel of experienced executive coaches on what they need to do to prepare for a pivot whether now or ten years from now.

The Next Generation of Legal Leaders


Cynthia Dow, Russell Reynolds

Victoria Reese, Heidrick & Struggles

As the world and legal profession change, so do the requirements for leaders. Attendees will hear from top legal executive recruiters on what law firms and corporations are looking for in leadership positions and what they can do to be ready.

11:00 am     Break

11:15 am     Concluding Remarks

The Lawn

11:30 am     Farewell Networking Luncheon

The Lawn


The 2022 Women’s Power Summit™ will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel.  Room block deadline is Friday, March 11th.
98 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78701-4039

  • To make a reservation, visit the Four Seasons Austin homepage at www.fourseasons.com/Austin
  • With your arrival and departure dates in mind, go to the upper right corner and select CHECK RATES.
  • One the same page and before you continue, click on the PROMO+ and enter code 220406UTW. There will be various fields that must fill out before the reservation is complete.
  • To book any dates outside of the group room block, contact reservations directly at 512-685-8100.
  • Rates: $382 City View; $414 Lake View


An additional room block is available at the Hampton Inn & Suites Austin-Downtown/Convention Center. Room block deadline is Wednesday, March 16, 2022.

Rate: $249


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