Conference Agenda

CMCP is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. Maximum available CA MCLE credit: 3.5 hours.

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Conference Day 1

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

3:00pm – 5:00pm

Pacific Ballroom
Salons 2 & 3

Women of Color Forum

This forum brings together women lawyers of color to kick off CMCP’s 30th Anniversary Business Conference for connection, inspiration and insights on careers and professional life. This signature event will feature brief presentations by outstanding leaders:

Hailyn J. Chen
Co-Managing Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Vanessa Washington
Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Bank of the West

Denise Yee
Vice President, Brand, Marketing & Sponsorship Legal, Visa Inc.

Tiffany Renee Thomas

Counsel, Employment Law and Corporate Responsibility, Visa Inc.

Following the presentations, participants will engage in facilitated roundtable discussion groups exploring the opportunities and issues faced by women of color in the law.


Discussion Topics and Leaders:

  • Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome
    Monique D. Jewett-Brewster, Hopkins & Carley
  • Young, Gift and Partner: What Now?
    T. Katuri Kaye, Trucker Huss, APC
  • Primary Caregivers and Breadwinners
    Amber S. Finch, Reed Smith LLP
  • WOCs: Cultural Fits vs Cultural Additions
    Adia Goss, Visa Inc.
  • The Great Escape: The Move from Big Law to In-House
    Mimi M. Lee, Chevron Global Upstream
  • Charting Your Own Legal Course: Solo Practitioners, E ntrepreneurs, Non-Legal Careers
    Maki Daijogo, Daijogo & Pedersen, LLP
  • Do Women’s Initiatives Work for Women of Color?
    Shondella M. Reed, University of California
  • Rebutting the Presumption of Incompetence
    Rasha Gerges Shields, Jones Day
  • Bringing Your Whole Self to Work: Can it be Done?
    Amber M. Grayhorse, Sanchez & Amador, LLP
  • Building Your Personal Board of Directors
    Monique E. Liburd, Google LLC
  • Recruiting, Retaining, and Promoting Women of Color – Tips for Allies
    Lauren E. Pedley, Visa Inc.
  • Supporting Women of Color as Allies
    Robert White, California Minority Counsel Program