(sessions, networking, renew)


Sessions will follow three tracks:  Knowledge, Network and Renew.  They are denoted with the symbols:     

CLE is offered for selected sessions as indicated below. For more info on CLE, please visit the About page.


3:00 - 6:00 PM | Badges and Check-in - 2nd Floor

6:00 - 8:00 PM | Opening Networking Reception - Great Room - 2nd Floor


7:30 - 8:30 AM | Badges and Check-in - 2nd Floor

8:30 - 9:45 AM | Breakfast & Keynote Speaker Tanya Tarr - Great Room

Build Your Executive Presence
Tanya Tarr, Negotiation Strategist, Forbes Contributor

9:45 - 10:10 AM | Exhibit Hall and Networking Break

10:15 - 11:30 AM | Break-Out Sessions

  Next Frontier of Machine Learning (CLE: CA, NY, TX, VA)

  • What is "Machine Learning"
  • ML's capabilities and challenges for Privilege Review, Sentimental Analysis, etc
  • ML biases
  • How bots learn to cheat


Jyothi Vinjumur - Sr. Data Scientist, Walmart
Irina Matveeva - Head of Machine Learning, NexLP
Jigna Dalal - EDiscovery Consultant, Squire Patton Boggs


Great Room

  The Art of Networking

Networking is one of the best ways to attract opportunities, build your business, get a promotion, enhance your reputation and that of your firm and its leaders as experts, as well as sharpen skills and perspective to stay relevant. But how?

In this session, you will learn how to create a powerful networking toolbox that includes everything from how to introduce yourself, have great conversations, deal with your networking fears, and always have something interesting to say about yourself. Learn the secrets to generating confidence, on the spot, as you speed network with new and old friends!


Anne E. Collier, MPP, JD, PCC - Leadership & Workplace Culture Speaker, Arudia


Social Room

 Navigating the Certificate Labyrinth

Are you are interested in becoming certified, and wonder which certification may be beneficial to you and your organization? Hear from professionals who have completed the courses and have become certified in their area of expertise. IGP Information Governance (IGP), Certified Information Professional (CIP), Relativity (RCA), Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US), and Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (CEDS) are representative certifications held by the speakers.

Emily Bruemmer - Associate, Jenner & Block
Michelle Spencer - Director of Education and Communication, Venio Systems
Cristin Traylor - Counsel, McGuireWoods
Patti Zerwas - Discovery Project Manager, Haynes Boone


Studio 3

11:35 - 11:55 AM | Exhibit Hall and Networking Break

12:00 - 1:15 PM | Break-Out Sessions

  Tackling a Data Breach and Preventative Measures (CLE: CA, NY, TX, VA)

The panel of industry practitioners representing the law firm, corporation and consultant perspectives will discuss active steps to take when a data breach occurs using a real case example. Roles across different constituencies will be discussed. New and existing regulations and laws will be addressed that impact breach responses. Best practices/guidelines will be revealed and risk mitigation strategies to proactively prevent security holes in an organization’s systems.

Emily Black - Partner, Haynes & Boone
Julie Lewis - President & CEO, Digital Mountain
Kimberly Quan - Lead, eDiscovery & Information Governance, Juniper Networks


Social Room

  Innovators & Entrepreneurs

Ever wonder how to bring innovation to your law firm or company? Our esteemed and experienced panelists will discuss how they harnessed the entrepreneurial/ intrapreneurial spirit to bring new innovative projects, departments, or businesses to life. These panelists will discuss what it takes to launch a new initiative, how to identify key stakeholders, how to build a team (even when a formal department and/or resources are unavailable), how to obtain funding, and the most challenging things facing new initiatives (and sustaining them).

Cathleen P. Peterson - Senior eDiscovery Consultant, Proskauer
Shannon Kirk - eDiscovery Counsel, Ropes & Gray
Joy Murao - Founder & CEO, Practice Aligned Resources


Great Room

 How to Become a Published Author

Have you always wanted to be published, either in a white paper, industry article or blog? This session will cover how to select relevant topics to write about, how to identify the proper media outlet for the submission, and how to get connected to the decision makers at various media outlets to get published. This distinguished panel will answer attendees’ questions on the process of becoming a published author and provide their insight and wisdom on the tips, success stories, and pitfalls of pursuing this goal.

Vicki LaBrosse - Global Director Public Relations, Edge Legal Marketing
Helen Geib - General Counsel, QDiscovery
Lea Bays - Special Counsel, Robbins Geller / Sedona


Studio 3

1:15 - 2:00 PM | Lunch - Great Room

2:00 - 2:30 PM | Exhibit Hall and Networking Break

2:30 - 3:45 PM | Break-Out Sessions

  ESI Negotiation (CLE: CA, NY, TX, VA)

  • Live performance of a Meet and Confer
  • Discuss the Meet and Confer readiness from Plaintiff’s perspective
  • Discuss the Meet and Confer readiness from Defendant’s perspective
  • Learn the negotiating tactics in the technical world

Gail Foster - eDiscovery Counsel, Baker Botts
Hon. Kimberly Priest Johnson - United States District Judge, United States District Court East District of Texas
Monica McCarroll - Counsel, Redgrave


Great Room

  WiE Chapter Board Roundtable

Meet your past and present fellow board across the country. Collaborate and share ideas and resources with the fellow leaders. The session will have two moderators from the WiE National Board and past/present board member attendees will sit in roundtables for discussion. The moderators will introduce themselves, have the attendees introduce themselves among their table, and then provide the group with 4-5 discussion topics. 

Nikki MacCallum - Strategic Talent Manager, Lighthouse

Studio 3

 Is #MeToo Becoming #NotHer? (CLE: CA, NY, TX, VA)

    • Discuss the reach and impact of the #MeToo movement
    • Compare pre-#MeToo and post-#MeToo trends and practices
    • Consider the movement’s unintended consequences and how to deal with them
    • Discuss risk factors for workplace harassment
    • Define and identify the range of workplace harassment
    • Consider the legal framework for sexual harassment
    • Learn about recent #MeToo developments / new state legislation

    Jessica Brown - Partner, Gibson Dunn
    Alexis Ronickher - Partner, Katz, Marshall & Banks
    Natalie Stute - Chief Human Resources Officer, Consilio

    Social Room

    3:45 - 4:15 PM | Exhibit Hall and Networking Break - Sponsored by Lighthouse and Legalpeople

    4:15 - 5:30 PM | Break-Out Sessions

      Blockchain: Understanding the Potential Benefits, Risks and Technology (CLE: CA, NY, TX, VA)

    • What is blockchain?
    • Practicalities of the emerging Technology
    • Leveraging Blockchain for Smart Contracts
    • Legal Manifestations
    • Use Cases of Blockchain


    Shawnna Hoffman - Global Cognitive Legal Co-Leader, IBM
    Neepa Patel - Chief Compliance Officer, R3


    Social Room

     Judicial Perspective

    • A Judicial Look at Critical eDiscovery Issues Across Different Jurisdictions
    • Tactics to use in the legal matters
    • Globalization in conflict with regional laws
    • How to drive and increase diversity within the legal field


    Hon. Kimberly Priest Johnson- United States District Judge, United States District Court East District of Texas

    Andrew J. Peck - Senior Counsel, DLA Piper, Former US Magistrate Judge USDC/SDNY 


    Great Room

    PM |  Group Outings - CLICK HERE to check out these hot dinner and entertainment spots!


    6:45 - 7:45 AM | PiYo Exercise Class - Renew, Refresh and Reset: Susan Hedges, CEDS, eDiscovery Consultant, RICOH - Studio 3

    8:30 - 9:30 AM | Breakfast and Meet the Executive Directors - Great Room

    9:30 - 10:00 AM | Exhibit Hall and Networking Break

    10:00 - 11:15 AM | Break-Out Sessions

      Robot Lawyers? What Legal Professionals Need to Know About Artificial Intelligence (CLE: CA, NY, TX, VA)

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) already assists in carrying out many legal tasks, and its use is increasing exponentially. Corporations, regulators and enforcers are increasingly leveraging AI solutions in many ways and law firms are under increasing pressure to do the same. So what do legal professionals really need to know about AI? Join our expert faculty to learn about the following:

    • What is AI and how does it work?
    • How AI is being used most effectively in the legal industry today?
    • Legal Research
    • Contract Analysis & Lifecycle Support 
    • Forecasting Outcomes
    • Fraud detection/prevention
    • Current legal issues surrounding AI


    Skye Jones - Senior Vice President, Legal Strategy & Operations, Dell

    Emily Fedeles - E-discovery, privacy, data security, and IG Attorney, Baker & Hostetler

    Heidi Stenberg - Principal & Global Leader of Discovery Services, EY

    Gina Anders, JD - Client Executive, Forensic & Integrity Services at EY


    Great Room

     Understanding and Controlling Stress with Yoga and Meditation (CLE: TN)

    Ever wonder why sometimes you have a hard time focusing? Or why some days you don't perform as well as other days? Many times a contributing factor is stress and negative brain chatter. Yoga, pranayama and meditation are tools to keep in touch with your inner stress level and develop positive thoughts and emotions. Lawyer Yoga is an introductory class specifically designed for busy lawyers and legal professionals. Take a first step to change negative thought processes that create anxiety and inhibit performance. Learn how to focus under pressure. This CLE course will provide you with actionable strategies that fit into your busy schedule. Beginning techniques designed by lawyers for ALL legal professionals.

    Lee Holcomb  - Attorney & Author, Lifestyle Lawyer, Founder Lee Holcomb Consult

    Social Room

    11:15 - 11:30 AM | Exhibit Hall and Networking Break

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM | Closing Note - Great Room

    WiE Co-founders: Shawnna Hoffman / Lana Schell Pelligrino / Margaret Havinga
    Executive Directors: Amy Juers / Beth Finkle / Jackie Rosborough

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