GCs and other top lawyers discuss women’s issues at the corporate level

Sen. Tom Daschle, Pfizer GC Amy Schulman among speakers at DLA Piper’s event

Sen. George Mitchell, Pfizer GC Amy Schulman and Sen. Tom Daschle at DLA Piper’s Women’s Leadership Summit

Earlier this week, DLA Piper held its first Global Women’s Leadership Summit in Chicago. The CLE event targeted women GCs, associate GCs and other executive level women within in legal departments, and focused on the tools they need to succeed, including how to identify biases women face and how to address these barriers.

Three sessions garnered a lot of attention from attendees. In “Global Diplomacy: A Woman’s Perspective,” three panelists— Her Excellency Claudia Fritsche, Ambassador of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the U.S.; Her Excellency Audrey P. Marks, Ambassador of Jamaica to the U.S.; and Her Excellency Sheila Siwela, Ambassador of Zambia to the U.S. —discussed the issues they face and the diplomatic tools they use to break through the glass ceiling.

In another session, Stacy Schiff, author of the bestseller “Cleopatra: A Life,” talked about women in power, from the perspective of 2,000 years ago as well as now. In “Corporate Culture – It All Boils Down to Human Nature,” former Intermec GC Janis Harwell discussed recent research that suggested most companies have significant culture problems, including employees who partake in unethical behavior, and offered advice on how to fix the problem.

Additionally, keynote speakers Senators Tom Daschle and George Mitchell, and Pfizer EVP and GC Amy Schulman, shared their views on a variety of economic and business issues being discussed today among the highest levels of leadership around the world.

To read more about the event, visit the Global Women’s Leadership Summit’s live blog


Cathleen Flahardy

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