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"Access to Leadership" Draws Record Attendance



On Tuesday, May 22, Lindquist & Vennum’s Women’s Initiative held its second “Access to Leadership” forum at the University of St. Thomas School of Law Shulze Grand Atrium. The event, co-presented by Minnesota Women Lawyers, drew 170 women and men from area courts, law firms, corporations and nonprofit organizations. Access to Leadership, first held in 2010, is an engaging and practical discussion on the advancement of women to positions of leadership. Through a combination of panel and small group discussion, attendees heard personal accounts of leadership; developed strategies for identifying leadership opportunities; learned how to overcome obstacles on the path to leadership; and gained inspiration for achieving effective, satisfying and sustainable leadership status. Senator Amy Klobuchar provided the welcome and opening remarks and the Honorable Diana E. Murphy provided a very personal and often poignant portrait of her rise to leadership dating back to her days as Lindquist & Vennum’s first female litigator.

Twelve women leaders from Twin City law firms and corporations led guided small group discussions including: Mavis Van Sambeek, Partner and Management Committee Member, Lindquist & Vennum; Dana Bartocci, President-Elect, Minnesota Women Lawyers; Lisa Brabbit, Assistant Dean, St. Thomas School of Law; Hon. Margaret A. Daly, Judge, Hennepin County; Michelle Grant, Partner, Dorsey and Whitney; Hon. Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks, Judge, Minnesota Court of Appeals; Megan Hertzler, Director of Information Governance, Xcel Energy; Anne Honsa, Honsa & Associates, P.A.; Shawn Judge , Founder and President, The Speaker’s Edge; Barbara Klas, Vice President of Sales, Merrill Corporation; Michelle Miller, Vice President and Senior Counsel, Medtronic, Inc.; and Tara Norgard, Carlson, Caspers, Vandenburgh & Lindquist. Group discussion topics included the current condition and future forecast for women seeking leadership opportunities, character traits of effective leaders, the role diversity and inclusion play in personal and organizational advancement, and overcoming barriers to leadership. At the close of the event, each group leader presented key themes and notable points from their group.

Duff, Christine
Communications and Brand Manager

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