2017 MoFo Summit for Women In-House Counsel


Women's Strategy Committee

MoFo Summit for Women In-House Counsel

Tokyo Women in Business Series

Awards and Recognition


“Focus on the Future — Empowering Female Leaders” was the theme of the 2017 MoFo Summit for Women In-House Counsel, held in Half Moon Bay, California, on April 20. More than 230 general counsel and senior lawyers attended the day-long program designed to equip women lawyers with skills need to become trusted advisers, reach higher professional goals, and thrive within the legal profession.

The program opened with a panel discussion about the evolving role of women general counsel, moderated by firmwide managing partner Tessa Schwartz. Panelists included:

  • Dorian Daley, executive vice president and general counsel of Oracle
  • Julie Gruber, executive vice president and global general counsel of Gap
  • Lori Schechter, executive vice president and general counsel of McKesson Corporation

Sessions throughout the day included interactive discussions and panel presentations about substantive legal topics, including:

In addition, Anna Erickson White and Jackie Liu respectively moderated professional development panels about how women assistant general counsel can advance to general counsel and how general counsel can become board members. Panelists included:

  • Deborah Alvarez Rodriguez, founder and CEO of Seam Innovation
  • Katie Biber, general counsel of Thumbtack
  • Kimberly Fullerton, partner of Spencer Stuart
  • Julie Hembrock Daum, director and head of North American Board Practice of Spencer Stuart
  • Ruth Ann Keene, general counsel and chief legal officer of Unity Technologies
  • Genevieve Kelly, general counsel of Dole Food Company
  • Cathy Lego, owner of Lego Ventures
  • Sheila Liro Marcelo, founder, chairwoman, and CEO of Care.com
  • Robin Washington, executive vice president and CFO of Gilead Sciences, Inc.
  • Laura Weinstein, senior vice president and general counsel of Planet Labs

The keynote speaker of the event, Cara Hale Alter of SpeechSkills, rounded out the day with an interactive presentation on how to project confidence and competence to build leadership presence.

Over 550 women have participated in the MoFo Summit for Women In-House Counsel since its inception in 2012.

Previous Summits

2015 Event

2014 Event

2013 Event

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