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Powerful in 2021

Competence, Confidence and Intention for Women in Law

3-Part Online Workshop:
March 17, 24 and 31


2020 was a tough year. Let’s all build our respective power in 2021.

In 2020, women in the legal profession adapted to remarkable professional and personal changes. In many cases, we bore the brunt of the pandemic’s impact, especially women of color.

As attorneys, you’re used to fighting for others. Now is the time for each of us to aggressively grow our own power and come out stronger in the new post-COVID world.

In other words, fighting for ourselves, both as individuals and a collective group of powerful women!

This course was developed by a woman who made it to the top against the odds and will guide you on the path. It was tailored to the legal profession to speak directly to you and your challenges.

You will learn to:

  • Lead like a powerful woman in the legal profession, setting actionable steps to swiftly advance your legal career.
  • Become the CEO of your own life, identifying what differentiates you (your points of power) and how to effectively demonstrate your value. 
  • Learn gender bilingual communication, learning the language of leadership and power so that you can self advocate effectively. 
  • Master commanding conversations from the outset. With intention, you set the agenda and define your terms (on your own behalf). 
  • Restructure power in a way that better suits everyone (not just women), shifting to the inspirational and generative “power to instead of the traditional and oppressive “power over.
  • Use this course to take the lead. Boost your confidence, authenticity, intentionality and joy.
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You will be prepared to advance your success and become more powerful in the inevitable transitions of 2021 and beyond.

Additional Takeaways:

  • Hear from diverse female leaders in law 
  • Meet peers across the country who feel like you and/or have similar struggles
  • Strategically strengthen your network



March 17, 24, 31
1-3pm ET
10am-12pm PT

Women in Law Leadership

Countless women have made great strides in earning law degrees and securing entry level positions upon graduation.

Yet, it’s evident that we are still a long way from gender parity in leadership. Women make up only:


non-equity partners


of general counsel in the Fortune 500


equity partners


of top 10 most highly compensated in most law firms


What if we worked together to achieve Take The Lead’s BOLD mission for women?

Take The Lead prepares, develops, inspires and propels all women of all diversities and intersectionalities to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025.

Valerie Brown Allen
Senior VP, Alliance Bernstein

“I took your workshop a year ago and articulated that my personal action plan goal was to become vice president of my firm. I used the power tool, Use what you’ve got, to differentiate myself and demonstrate my value to the company.... Today, I was informed I am being promoted to vice president.”











Meet the Presenters

Susan Blount

Lead Trainer, Take The Lead, and President-Elect of the Executive Committee, Center for Women in Law

A nationally recognized leader in diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, Susan served as General Counsel of Prudential Financial for 10 years. In 2017, she was an Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow at Harvard University. She currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Law, and Vice-Chair of the University of Texas Law School Foundation.

Valerie Esparza

Director of Operations and Programs, Center for Women in Law

Prior to joining The Center for Women in Law, Valerie Esparza, she served as a practicing lawyer, principally in labor and employment litigation; Director Strategic Operations, overseeing workforce development, diversity and inclusion, for a large Central Texas healthcare organization; and Executive Human Resources Director for Whole Foods Market.  She is a proud alumna of The University of Texas School of Law. 

Felicia Davis

CEO, Joyful Transformations

Felicia Davis, a former HR Executive with 20+ years of leadership experience, is the author of The Leadership Mastery Formula: Create an Authentic Brand that Gets You Noticed, Known & Called Upon! As CEO of Joyful Transformations, she is an award-winning leadership consultant and speaker.  She has been honored as a Woman of Excellence by the National Council of Negro Women and recognized as a Quiet Hero in the community for her philanthropic endeavors. 

Gloria Feldt

Cofounder & President, Take The Lead

Having made it to the top as CEO of the world’s largest health and advocacy organization Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Gloria Feldt researched what works to advance women to leadership and founded Take The Lead to bring that learning to professional women.

Learn more about Take The Lead and Gloria Feldt.

Meet the Storytellers

Sandra Phillips Rogers

Group Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer, Toyota Motor North America and Chief Diversity Officer, Toyota Motor North America

Gina Shishima

Chief Strategy and Operations Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Lauren Reeder

Judge, 234th District Court in Harris County, Texas

Jessie Kornberg

President and CEO, Skirball Cultural Center

Frequently Asked Questions




March 17 1-3pm ET
10am-12pm PT

March 24 1-3pm ET
10am-12pm PT

March 31 1-3pm ET
10am-12pm PT

Companies Leading the Way in Law

Competence, Confidence and Intention for Women in Law is possible with generous support from partners & sponsors.

Want to show your support for women’s leadership? Become a sponsor by contacting Susan at [email protected]