The 2018 Women’s Transformative Leadership Forum Designing a More Holistic Path Toward Professional Development

Event Details

May 03, 2018

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Toronto, ON

$225 USD

The Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute and Lexpert are pleased to announce the return of our highly popular Women’s Transformative Leadership Forum on May 3, 2018 in Toronto. Coinciding with an ongoing organizational commitment to advancing women’s representative leadership in the law, this highlight program will address the various challenges affecting rising female stars and women’s leadership opportunities in some of Canada’s most prestigious organizations. We will offer a blend of keynote plenaries and robust panel discussions that address enterprise level change and individual transformation as delivered by some of the most powerful women in law, business, government, and academia.

Online registration coming soon.

Special Offers

Group discounts available, call 1-800-308-1700 for details.

Why You Should Attend

  • As one of the world’s most ethical companies, Thomson Reuters considers this event both an honor and ethical obligation to connect passionate advocates with rising stars and key power brokers from across all industries and sectors. We are creating a summit that young professionals and distinguished luminaries can use to advance their careers and help improve women’s leadership opportunities for current and future generations.
  • This conference is uniquely positioned to address the difficult or otherwise unspoken issues often ignored at similarly themed events on gender and the workplace.
  • Our focus is on ascendant women’s leadership—as opposed to diversity—within the corporate and law firm setting. We are concerned with how young women leaders ascend professionally with the aid—or despite the actions of—male and female colleagues.
  • We focus not simply on individual transformative measures, but enterprise-level change as well.
  • Few conferences match the caliber of our faculty or robust media coverage afforded by Thomson Reuters. We will showcase rising female stars and men who “get it” in some of Canada's most progressive organizations.
  • Delegates can expect to participate in discussions and gain practical tips on how to truly move the needle on gender inequality.

    Who Should Attend

  • Mid-level (male & female) corporate professionals interested in the issue of transformative leadership
  • Junior partners or senior associates at law firms; law firm executive committee members
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Human Resources Officers/Talent/Diversity Officers
  • Corporate Directors & Board Members
  • Event Co-Chairs

    Bindu Dhaliwal

    Ombudsman, BMO Financial Group

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    Shanin Lott

    Managing Director, Talent & Professional Resources, Stikeman Elliott LLP

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    Event Details

    Thursday, May 03

    8:00 AM
    Registration & Breakfast
    9:00 AM
    Opening Remarks
    9:15 AM
    Effective Approaches to Advancing Women in the Law

    It’s no secret that changes to include women in the higher rungs of the law have taken place at a glacial pace. Yet the past few years have seen some remarkable developments spearheaded by outside advocacy groups and leading corporations who are championing women’s advancement. Our panel will discuss some of the most effective strategies currently in place across large, complex, and/or matrixed organizations. What does success look like for a dynamic professional services firm? How do business leaders work to ensure meaningful, lasting change?

    10:15 AM
    10:30 AM
    Best Laid Plans: Using Design Thinking to Encourage Women’s Professional Growth

    In order to effectively solve a problem, it is important to view the issue from several different angles. This is central to the practice of design thinking, which encourages problem solvers to view an issue through the eyes of all parties involved. In this session, participants will address an issue from a specific role or persona in order to encourage ideas around potential solutions. Faculty from the preceding panel will offer feedback on each solution in order to showcase the benefits of using design thinking tools to help improve diverse representation in the law.

    12:00 PM
    Networking Luncheon
    1:00 PM
    In It to Win It: Getting Offline for Greater Networking Success

    Networking experts often report that referrals from one’s own network (friends, family and colleagues) far outweigh other opportunities (online searches, directory listings, media ads, etc.) to engage in client development. This begs the question about whether, in such a harried, technologically-charged environment, it is better to get “back to basics” when working towards fruitful business development?  This facilitated session leads participants through an exercise on overcoming confidence gaps and identifying one’s own “offline” networking strengths.

    1:45 PM
    2:00 PM
    Fireside Chat

    Session details coming soon!

    Shanin H. Lott, Managing Director, Talent and Professional Resources, Stikeman Elliott LLP

    2:30 PM
    2:45 PM
    The Need for Self-Care: Addressing Wellness Issues in the Legal Workplace

    While there are many impressive aspects to a legal career, one of the profession’s darkest truths is the high rate of depression, anxiety and substance abuse impacting both male and female lawyers. This session explores what leading firms and corporations are doing to address the overall health of their employees. What advice should lawyers heed when it comes to managing their own—or a colleague’s—well-being?

    3:45 PM
    Closing Remarks


    Thomson Reuters Toronto Offices

    The Thomson Reuters Customer Centre
    Bay Adelaide Centre
    333 Bay Street, 29th Floor
    Toronto, ON M5H 2R2

    The Thomson Reuters Customer Centre is a modern event space on the 29th floor of our Toronto corporate offices.

    We are arranging a block of guest rooms for conference attendees within walking distance of our corporate offices. Please stay tuned for further details.

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