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Transformative Leadership: Encouraging The Empowerment Of Women In The Legal Profession

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Time: 2pm ET | 11am PT
Cost: FREE

Sponsored by:

DLA Piper

Through its Transformative Leadership Awards program, each year InsideCounsel honors legal professionals who have helped pave the way for women in corporate law. Those individuals recognized include senior-level corporate in-house lawyers and law firm partners, as well as academics and lawyers in the government sector.

Join InsideCounsel for this live, interactive webcast, sponsored by DLA Piper, and hear from some of the 2012 Transformative Leadership winners regarding best practices in helping advance the empowerment of women in corporate law. Attend this online-only event and learn more about the progress they’ve helped make and still hope to make in this area, as well as how other organizations can contribute to the effort.



Featured Speakers:

Cate Flahardy
  • Cate Flahardy
  • Editor-in-Chief
  • InsideCounsel

Cathleen Flahardy has been an active writer and journalist for more than a decade. She started her career with Seattle magazine in 1999 then returned to her Chicago hometown in 2001 to work in B2B journalism. In 2003, she joined the editorial team at Corporate Legal Times, now InsideCounsel, and quickly climbed the ranks to senior editor. In 2005, she took a two-year hiatus from journalism to gain experience in corporate America while obtaining an MBA from Loyola University Chicago. In 2008, Cathleen rejoined the InsideCounsel family as lead editor of the publication, and in 2009 she was named editor-in-chief.

Christine Edwards
  • Christine Edwards
  • Partner
  • Winston & Strawn

Christine Edwards represents Boards of Directors; special committees; chief legal officers; and financial services companies. Ms. Edwards focuses on the regulation of the financial services industry— particularly the securities and banking industries—as well as corporate governance and public and regulatory policy issues. She is a partner in Winston & Strawn’s corporate practice group.

Ms. Edwards provides proactive counsel to clients on corporate governance, public company boards of director issues, banking and securities industry regulation, risk management, consumer banking and securities transactions, and privacy and identity theft matters. She also has extensive experience supervising complex internal investigations and regulatory defense matters.

Prior to joining the firm in 2003, Ms. Edwards was executive vice president and chief legal officer at Bank One Corporation, a predecessor to JPMorgan Chase, one of the nation’s largest bank holding companies. She was in charge of Bank One’s 500-person legal, compliance, government relations, and regulatory management department, with responsibility for the bank’s worldwide legal and compliance needs. Previously, Ms. Edwards served as chief legal officer for large, international financial services firms, including Morgan Stanley and ABN AMRO, North America.

Julie Goldberg Preng
  • Julie Goldberg Preng
  • Managing Director
  • Korn/Ferry International

Julie A. Preng is Office Managing Director of Korn/Ferry International’s Stamford office and Managing Director of the Firm’s Legal Center of Expertise.

After a successful career as an attorney practicing in New York and specializing in litigation and corporate/commercial work, Ms. Preng embarked upon executive search, employing her wealth of legal knowledge and experience. She focuses on the recruitment of senior-level executives in the legal and compliance professions.

Before joining Korn/Ferry, Ms. Preng was a partner at another leading executive search firm, where she worked primarily in the legal and compliance sectors and was also a member of the firm’s 401k Committee.

Prior to that, Ms. Preng was a principal and owner of a firm focusing on the recruitment of attorneys for major law firms, and was the vice president at an executive search boutique.

In addition to her business roles, Ms. Preng is focused on serving the larger community. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Boystown New York, the New York chapter of the national Boystown, headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. In addition, Ms. Preng is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fairfield County Business Council.

Ms. Preng received her juris doctorate degree from Hofstra University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from New York University, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Keara Gordon
  • Keara M. Gordon
  • Co-Chair Class Action Practice Group and Partner
  • DLA Piper

Keara Gordon is a member of DLA Piper’s firmwide Policy Committee, Associate Review and Compensation Committee and Securities Law Committee and is co-chair of the Class Action Litigation practice. Her practice includes the defense of class actions that involve a variety of substantive areas, among them securities, privacy, insurance and consumer litigation; financial and corporate litigation and counseling; corporate governance litigation; and internal investigations.

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