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“At a time when the messages we give and get have so many more ways to be misconstrued and potentially damaging, a book that takes apart our language becomes almost vital to our survival as friends.”

Deborah Tannen is University Professor and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University and author of many books and articles about how the language of everyday conversation affects relationships.  She is best known as the author of You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, which was on the New York Times best seller list for nearly four years, including eight months as No. 1, and has been translated into 31 languages.  This is the book that brought gender differences in communication style to the forefront of public awareness.

Among her other books, You Were Always Mom's Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives, a New York Times best seller, received a Books for a Better Life Award and was featured on 20/20 and NPR's Morning Edition; You're Wearing THAT?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation spent ten weeks on the New York Times best seller list; Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work was a New York Times Business best seller; The Argument Culture: Stopping America's War of Words received the Common Ground Book Award; and I Only Say This Because I Love You: Talking to Your Parents, Partner, Sibs, and Kids When You're All Adults received a Books for a Better Life Award. Her newest book, You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships, was released in paperback this fall.

Deborah Tannen is a frequent guest on television and radio news and information shows, including The Colbert Report, 20/20, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Rachael Ray Talk Show, PBS NewsHour, Charlie Rose, Oprah, Hardball, Nightline, many shows on CNN and NPR including 1A, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, and Fresh Air.  She has been featured in and written for most major newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, HuffPost, Newsweek, Time, USA Today, People, and The Harvard Business Review.

Deborah Tannen is one of only six in Georgetown University's College of Arts and Sciences who hold the distinguished rank of University Professor.  She has been McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University and spent a term in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey; she has twice been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford in Palo Alto, California. The recipient of five honorary doctorates, she is a member of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation Board of Directors.

In addition to her eight books for general audiences, Tannen is author or editor of sixteen books and over one hundred articles for scholarly audiences.  She has also published poems, short stories, and personal essays.  Her first play, "An Act of Devotion," is included in The Best American Short Plays 1993-1994.  It was produced, together with her play "Sisters," by Horizons Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.

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Committee Chair Deborah Grabein to Welcome Guests

Deborah Roth Grabein, Chief Practice Group Integration Officer

Deborah Roth Grabein is a seasoned strategic marketing, communications, and business development executive with over 25 years of experience in leadership, management, professional sales and marketing in the legal industry. She has pioneered many marketing and business development initiatives. What drives her is the desire to learn, to be successful and to elevate others to do the same.

A pioneering spirit and a keen desire to win. Opportunities and challenges inspire Deborah. Tell her something cannot be done and she will find a way to do it. Tell her something should be better and she will make it happen.  Deborah is a believer in a “rising tide raises all boats”, especially for women. The collective work of a team is far better when we have ideas and input from diverse experiences and capabilities. Making a difference. Making an impact. That’s the legacy she wants.

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Deirdre Breakenridge

FEEL First Before You Communicate

Deirdre K. Breakenridge, CEO, Pure Performance Communications

FEEL First Before You Communicate

The tragic loss of a loved one makes you step back to re-evaluate everything around you. You realize that relationships are fragile and words matter. How you communicate affects others and it affects whether you can build trusting relationships. Even if you think you’re being strategic about your connections, you won’t get very far unless you FEEL first. The FEEL first model helps you to build genuine and caring relationships, whether you’re tweeting on social media, presenting on stage, being interviewed, or working with teams at your companies. When you FEEL first you’re connecting on a different level. Why? Because you are facing Fears, engaging with Empathy, focusing on Ethics and using good judgment, and unleashing your Love of the mission, so other people want to join your cause.

When you FEEL first it shows at every communication touchpoint. You can interact on a deeper level more quickly, especially with younger generations. There are compelling reasons to FEEL first. Research on Millennials and Gen Z reveals eye-opening statistics about anxiety, depression and suicide. Remember, you just don't know what someone is experiencing by looking at their social media feeds. Do you really know who you're trying to reach, and can you tell what’s going on in their world? FEEL first is your first step toward kindness, building trust and long lasting connections.

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Marla Sofer

Your Elevator to the Top Doesn't Have to Go Straight Up!

Marla Sofer, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Jemstep

Your Elevator to the Top Doesn't Have to Go Straight Up!

Nonlinear career paths may be the secret to the C-suite. In every new job, new company, and new environment, there is significant growth opportunity. So why do women focus on climbing rungs of a ladder? Lateral mobility often entails risk and exposure to the unknown. The little known secret that most of us are missing is that it is exactly this exposure that catapults our career journeys. But how do you frame your nonlinear career path so that your story doesn't sound disjointed? In my journey from peace and conflict resolution in the Middle East to non-profit fundraising to tech to private banking to back office institutional banking operations to strategic partnerships in asset management to online lending to data to digital advice, I have found growth in each uneasy step. In this discussion, we'll explore the importance of a winding path in your career. The more diverse your experience, the more you know your own strengths and the more you offer the world.

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Linda Hazelton

Using Grit & Kindness to Combat Imposter Syndrome

Linda Hazelton, CEO, Hazelton Marketing and Management

Using Grit & Kindness to Combat Imposter Syndrome

Many women struggle with the feeling of being an imposter, evidence to the contrary. We’ll explore some of the underlying causes of this issue as well as some of the possible ways to surmount the problem by becoming grittier and kinder. Even if you don’t suffer from imposter syndrome, you’ll benefit from communication tips and self-care techniques that will enable you to polish your well-deserved star and own your greatness.

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Gina Rubel

Living The Four Agreements in Life and in Business

Gina Rubel, CEO, Furia Rubel Communications, Inc., Lawyer & Author

Living The Four Agreements in Life and in Business

From as early as I can remember, I was inspired by the power of positive thinking. My mother said, “Just think positively.” My father said, “If you set your mind to it, you will do it.” The underlying theme — confidence. Confidence is the power to believe – and the first step towards being great at what you do is to be confident in your abilities. Even though my parents preached positivity, I suffered with the beliefs that, “I wasn’t good enough. I wasn’t smart enough. I couldn’t compete with the men. I wasn’t strong enough.” During this presentation, I will share how The Four Agreements advocate personal freedom from beliefs that we have made with ourselves and others that create limitations in our lives. Attendees will learn ways to build true and authentic confidence, to become free of limiting thoughts, and to harness the power of The Four Agreements for success in life and in business.

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Vani Kumar

Tackling a Career Change and How Your Online Personal Brand Can Make or Break Your Outcome

Vani Kumar, Founder at Phixst

Tackling a Career Change and How Your Online Personal Brand Can Make or Break Your Outcome

Vani Kumar is a fashionista turned techie who today runs her own mobile app startup called Phixst. Phixst helps customers fix their photos quickly and affordably by providing them access to a marketplace of expert photo editors.  

Prior to Phixst, Vani was a Senior Customer Success Manager at an AI SaaS company. Her book of business included managing VIP clients such as Neiman Marcus Group, Ulta Beauty and, to name a few.  She began her journey as a self-taught techie only five years ago requiring her to surrender to a significant pay cut in exchange for an opportunity. Determined to quickly climb the executive track, she mastered how not only to aggressively learn as much as possible, but she was hungry to be tapped for growth opportunities. In five years, Vani went from no formal tech experience to managing over $8B in revenue, doubling her salary every 15 months. 

While Vani learned how to tackle career change during her tech transition, it was running her own clothing store at just 24yo where she was forced to quickly learn the power of personal branding.  After graduating from UC Irvine and soon after, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (Magna Cum Laude), she opened The Suit Closet in Los Angeles. The Suit Closet was the first women's concept store of Men's Wearhouse. Her clients included entertainment (Law and Order, celebrity stylists), CNN correspondents, City officials and powerful executives. Selling professional careerwear, Vani knew image was important, but it was her high-profile clients that taught her early on the power of maintaining a strong personal brand, online and offline. Developing Vani's personal brand has not only played favorably in her career path trajectory, it is her passion. In fact, it's one of the many reasons she created Phixst. 

 While hard work and imagination are behind Kumar’s success, she did have some good fortune too.  In 2006 Vani won a $286,656 jackpot in Las Vegas. 

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Jasmine Singh, Senior Commercial Counsel at Pinterest to Introduce Deborah Tannen, Ph.D.

Jasmine Singh, Senior Commercial Counsel at Pinterest

Jasmine Singh is Senior Commercial Counsel at Pinterest, managing the company’s global inbound, expense, and commercial agreements. She is also an implicit bias trainer for new hires and on the Steering Committee of Women@Pinterest.

Prior to joining Pinterest, Jasmine worked as Corporate Counsel for 24 Hour Fitness, where she negotiated and drafted commercial agreements, advised on product and strategy, and was Co-Chair of 24 Hour’s internal women’s organization. Before moving in-house, Jasmine was an Associate in the SF offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Arnold & Porter LLP (formerly Howard Rice), and Kerr Wagstaffe, practicing complex commercial litigation. Jasmine maintained an active pro bono practice and served on each of her firm’s Diversity Committees.

Jasmine founded The Dincert Movement in 2017, hosting at-home concerts + dinner to raise money for local nonprofits lacking institutional giving channels. The initiative has raised tens of thousands of dollars for nonprofits that provide direct-services and aims to decentralize philanthropy while engaging the Oakland community through music and food. Jasmine also serves on the Boards of Public Advocates and California ChangeLawyers and was formerly on the boards of the South Asian Bar Association and the Young Women Social Entrepreneurs. In the wee morning hours, Jasmine teaches indoor cycling at Ride Oakland and Bhangra Barre at Remedy Barre.

Jasmine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with high distinction from the University of Michigan in 2004 and graduated Order of the Coif from UCLA School of Law in 2008.

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Luncheon Keynote Deborah Tannen, Ph.D.

Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships

Best friend, old friend, good friend, bff, college roommate, neighbor, workplace confidante: Women’s friendships are a lifeline in times of trouble and a support system for daily life. A friend can be like a sister, daughter, mother, mentor, therapist, or confessor—or she can be all of these at once. She’s seen you at your worst and celebrates you at your best. Figuring out what it means to be friends is, in the end, no less than figuring out how we connect to other people.
In this illuminating and validating new book, New York Times bestselling author Deborah Tannen deconstructs the ways women friends talk and how those ways can bring friends closer or pull them apart. From casual chatting to intimate confiding, from talking about problems to telling what you had for dinner, Tannen uncovers the patterns of communication and miscommunication that affect friendships at different points in our lives. She shows how even the best of friends—with the best intentions—can say the wrong thing, and how words can repair the damage done by words. Through Tannen’s signature insight, humor, and ability to present pitch-perfect real-life dialogue, readers will see themselves and their friendships on every page. The book explains

• the power of women friends who show empathy, give advice—or just listen
• how women use talk to connect to friends—and to subtly compete
• how “Fear of Being Left Out” and “Fear of Getting Kicked Out” can haunt women’s friendships
• how social media is reshaping communication and relationships

Drawing on interviews with eighty women of diverse backgrounds, ranging in age from nine to ninety-seven, You’re the Only One I Can Tell gets to the heart of women’s friendships—how they work or fail, how they help or hurt, and how we can make them better.

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Karen James

Leveraging Your Strengths to Achieve Greater Joy and Fulfillment In Life

Karen James, CPLP, Assistant Director, Ambulatory Administration at UCSF Medical Center

Leveraging Your Strengths to Achieve Greater Joy and Fulfillment In Life

In a society where conformity is sometimes overly appreciated, it can be difficult to recognize and appreciate one’s unique strengths. Karen will discuss the importance of understanding and developing the “Intuitive Six Strengths” that will help you master any skill and achieve desired outcomes in life with joy. She will help you develop a strategy to leverage your strengths in day-to-day interactions.

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Elizabeth Lampert

Turn Up the Volume: Increasing the Voice of Women in Media Stories

Elizabeth Lampert, President, Lampert PR

Turn Up the Volume: Increasing the Voice of Women in Media Stories

In a 2018 column, David Leonhardt of the New York Times to his credit, called out himself and fellow journalists for the lack of women’s voices in media. He specifically went on to say he is not quoting enough women. Let’s help change that in a big way. This discussion will delve into identifying, empowering and aiding women in using their voices. As marketing & PR professionals we can help prepare more women and encourage them to push topic boundaries. With some strategy and internal buy-in, our efforts can help balance the in voices in media and empower a range of varying opinions and sources for generations entering the workplace.

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Merry Neitlich

Finding Your Edge

Merry Neitlich, Founding & Managing Principal of EM Consulting

Finding Your Edge

It’s easier than some might think to find your edge and uncover your “Why” message and share it. Incorporate your talents (and we all have talents) and lessons learned. No matter what we do in life we seem to have an inner desire to help others and share our gifts. And we each have a unique story and the ability to communicate our “why” message to help others. Finding my edge took time. Growing up in a world-class dysfunctional family with two alcoholic parents provided a unique “training ground” for me to overcome enormous fear and to learn the coping and life skills which allowed me to move beyond my challenging beginnings. Over time, I learned to flourish, to be happy and well, and to find my edge. I know I am not alone in having serious life challenges. My edge was learning to use those challenges in a constructive way to create clarity, focus, health and prosperity for me and my family.

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Pamela Cone

Think Transformational, Not Transactional

Pamela Cone, Founder & CEO, Amity Advisory

Think Transformational, Not Transactional

After more than 25 years’ working in marketing and communications in professional services firms, Pam was intrigued to see an increasing interest coming from clients around the CSR and Sustainability practices of their service providers – law firms, accounting firms, consulting firms. Inspired by the idea of greater collaboration for greater impact, Pam started Amity Advisory in 2018 to help companies and their stakeholders – clients, customers, employees, vendors, suppliers – work together to build more robust and effective Social Responsibility and Sustainability programs. Given the magnitude of what needs to be accomplished to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, CSR and Sustainability can no longer be considered a “side project” led by a separate committee, but rather must be part of the strategic decision-making of every business. Increasingly, stakeholders expect businesses to “have a voice” and to lead the change. And through collaboration with employees, clients, customers, third-parties, government, etc., the outcomes can be transformational rather than transactional.

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Dolores Hirschmann

18 MINUTES OF IMPACT: Moving from Delivering Information to Engaging Your Audience

Dolores Hirschmann, Chief Clarity Officer, Masters in Clarity — Business & Communications Strategist • TEDx Organizer • ICF Accredited Coach

18 MINUTES OF IMPACT: Moving from Delivering Information to Engaging Your Audience

We live in a world where information is available and can be delivered in an efficient and productive way. Leaders DO NOT NEED to deliver ALL the information in each presentation. Their job is to trigger their audience emotionally so that they can embrace the topic intellectually. This topic is designed for decision-makers, C-level executives, sales teams, and entrepreneurs. Participants will learn a step-by-step framework that will help them create presentations that engage and move their audiences to action. They will understand that every time they are in front of an audience they are responsible for an EMOTIONAL experience, and they will learn how to craft the message AND the experience into a seamless talk that uses both relevant storytelling, data, and case studies.

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Pat Gillette

Rainmakers: Born or Bred

Pat Gillette, J.D, JAMS Mediator, Author

Rainmakers: Born or Bred

Rainmakers: Born or Bred is about changing the business development conversation, about understanding what makes an engaging, successful rainmaker, and what is holding lawyers back from achieving their own true potential. Pat identifies ways in which organizations can drive results from every employee.  She focuses her messages on how to succeed in the high powered, fast paced business environment of today.   Relying on research studies she commissioned as well as her charismatic style, Ms. Gillette is able to inspire audiences to think differently about the way they can realize their personal and business goals.

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Samantha McKenna

The Path from Quota-Crushing Rep to Prestigious Sales Leadership

Samantha McKenna, Founder of #samsales

The Path from Quota-Crushing Rep to Prestigious Sales Leadership

Research shows that women excel in sales over men for a variety of reasons, but that we’re under-represented in sales leadership roles.  Why?  One of the largest challenges anyone in sales faces is that once they prove to be consistent over-performers, no one wants to promote them because they want to keep them where they are – crushing quotas and producing revenue.  If you find yourself in this same situation, come hear strategies on how to get yourself promoted to the leadership role you seek and what you can do now to ensure success down the line.

Joni Wickham

The Thin Line Between Cupcake & Bitch

Joni Wickham, Chief of Staff, City of Kansas City, MO

The Thin Line Between Cupcake & Bitch

Tired of being called bossy when you're just doing your job? Learn how to navigate the tightrope women often face between being perceived as too “masculine” (and therefore respected, but not liked) & too “feminine” (and therefore liked, but not respected).

Joni will talk about her experience walking the line, and widening the line, between cupcake bitch in a male-dominated, power-drive world of politics. For twenty years, she achieved results in the political system while navigating gender stereotypes around power, conflict and negotiation. She's excited to share her insights, fears, and accomplishments with you.


A very special thanks to these incredible women in business who are serving on the “Tannen Committee” to ensure this day goes off without a hitch and provides great value to all involved.

Deborah Grabein, Chair, Chief Practice Group Integration Officer

Hunton Andrews Kurth |

Jacquie Champagne, Director of Talent Acquisition

Elevate |

Elaine Seaward, Consultant

Seaward Consulting |

Jennifer Turgeon, Manager of Marketing & Business Development

Hooper Lundy |

Cynthia Voth, Director of Client Engagement & Innovation

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn |

Jennifer Smuts, Chief Marketing Officer

Connolly Gallagher |

Lindsay Griffiths, Director of Global Relationship Management

International Lawyers Network |

Amy Verhulst, Senior Marketing Manager

Coats Rose |

Traci Stuart, President

Blattel Communications |

Aurelia Spivey, Director of Marketing & Business Development

Digitory Legal |








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WEBINAR: Understanding Gender-Based Communication to Combat Bias

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Understanding Gender-Based Communication to Combat Bias                 

It’s been said that men and women are so different, they must be from different planets. John Gray’s famous book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, popularized this theory through the title alone, even with tongue planted firmly in cheek. In reality, we all come from Earth, but men and women do have diverse ways of speaking, thinking and communicating overall. Just think of how you would respond to a particular stimulus and how someone of the opposite sex might respond if faced with the same situation. Through extensive research of the genders, many differences have been found. Most people, though, don’t look deeper into why there’s a difference. Rather, they magnify stereotypes or focus on the surface-level issues instead of digging deeper into why the genders act one way or another.

Understanding these differences and engaging in best practices lead to more inclusivity. Diversity is NOT inclusivity. We need to strive for “Inclusive Diversity.” As it stands D&I efforts have resulted in no more than lipstick on a pig. We must educate people about biases; always set up clear criteria in advance for evaluating people; scrutinize the performance and hiring criteria you are using; hold decision makers accountable for their decisions; increase transparency; and host workshops with employees at all levels to educate and encourage. I connect the dots from effective communication to combating gender bias to establishing equity in the workplace through inclusive diversity.

Learning Outcomes:  

  1. Learn more about various communication styles on how to adapt your style to others to achieve your goals.

  2. Remain aware of differing verbal and non-verbal communication styles.

  3. Combat gender biases that result from our own gender stereotypes.

  4. Achieve inclusive diversity and equity, creating a great place to work – for all.

July 19, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 PM PST

$50 per person*

*no refunds

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5:30 PM17:30

Bubbles, Bites & Bits of Wisdom

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Sheila Murphy

“Refreshing, Renewing & Reinventing Yourself”

These one-of-a-kind sophisticated events elevate professionals while giving practical instruction on meeting like-minded professionals. The men and women who attend these events leave with real-world tools that shape their professional and personal lives.

Sheila Murphy, Retired Associate GC at MetLife, current Chief Leadership & Talent Officer at WOMN, LLC, current CEO & President of Focus Forward, LLC, and Consultant with The Bates Group

Refreshing, Renewing & Reinventing Yourself

In a world where the speed of business and life is ever increasing and technology is creating and eliminating job functions, it is more important than ever that we continually refresh, renew and reinvent ourselves.  The push and pulls of our daily work and personal lives make it more difficult to take the time necessary to invest in yourself so you survive and thrive. To flourish, we must take a pause and think about where we are, where we want to go and how to get there. We need to believe that we are worth it and give ourselves permission to devote time and other resources to find our next path. By investing in yourself,  you will help yourself remain marketable and achieve success and happiness. Our goal is that you will devote the time to yourself and to offer some pragmatic advice as to how to do this. 



333 Bush Street, 34th Floor, San FranciscoCA 94104

General Admission - $60

reserve your seat for 7/11
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5:30 PM17:30

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Jennifer Scalzi

“And Who is This Invisible Army of ‘They’ Anyway”?

These one-of-a-kind sophisticated events elevate professionals while giving practical instruction on meeting like-minded professionals. The men and women who attend these events leave with real-world tools that shape their professional and personal lives.

Jennifer Scalzi, CEO & Founder of Calibrate Legal

“And Who is This Invisible Army of ‘They’ Anyway”?

Everybody has an opinion, right?  Ever heard any of the following and thought, “Okay, but what does that even mean to me?”…

“Follow your gut.”

“Do You!”

“Be better than…”

Throughout her career, Jennifer Scalzi has sought to dig into these concepts to make them applicable to herself and to help others do the same. Although she was not a psychology major in college, she wishes she had explored that, given what she knows now about her inherent curiosity about what makes people (herself included) tick. During this presentation, Jennifer will explore these quotes that people love to throw around, and unpack what they’ve meant to her in order to help you discover what they could mean to you. There will be book, podcast, TedTalk and article recommendations woven throughout her presentation.  And, in the vein of this talk, she will close with one of her favorite mantras:

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." ~ Dr. Seuss



50 West San Fernando Street, 7th Floor, San JoseCA 95113

General Admission - $60

Reserve your seat for 6/13
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5:30 PM17:30

Bubbles, Bites & Bits of Wisdom

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Deborah McMurray

“The Sunny Side of Shame: A Survivor’s Story”

These one-of-a-kind sophisticated events elevate professionals while giving practical instruction on meeting like-minded professionals. The men and women who attend these events leave with real-world tools that shape their professional and personal lives.

Deborah McMurray, CEO and Strategy Architect at Content Pilot

The Sunny Side of Shame: A Survivor’s Story

“Shame” is a universal experience that every human being encounters at some point in their lives. Whether caused by sexual abuse, addiction, bullying, poverty, mental illness, sexual identification, multiple marriages or partners, doing poorly in school or at work, cheating – or any form of failure, real or perceived, shame is the single-cell that grows and morphs into the insidious feeling that we are inferior and worth less than others. Shame can drive us to create one or more false identities, force us into secrecy, sabotage true connections with those around us and threaten our future – at home and at work.

However – and thankfully(!) – there is a sunny side that will inspire you to reframe your experiences, recognize shame-behaviors in others, intervene when your own shame-story simply won’t let go and find joy in new (and perhaps unexpected) sources of meaning.

Deborah McMurray will share her story of growing up as a secret-keeper and the circuitous path that ultimately led her to say “Enough.”  Lawyers and other professionals who rely on their reputation, character and emotional intelligence to develop effective client and colleague relationships must recognize and conquer shame to maximize their opportunities for success and unequivocal joy.  

Deborah’s goal is to share practical ideas on how professionals can craft their own pathway to The Sunny Side of Shame – by owning it and learning how to surmount it. She will help professionals identify their shame-triggers and combat the debilitating effects of shame in their personal and professional lives.



333 Bush Street, 34th Floor, San FranciscoCA 94104

General Admission - $60

reserve your seat for 5/9
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5:30 PM17:30

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Myra Jolivet

“When They Say You Can’t…. Slay!”

These one-of-a-kind sophisticated events elevate professionals while giving practical instruction on meeting like-minded professionals. The men and women who attend these events leave with real-world tools that shape their professional and personal lives.

Myra Jolivet, Vice President of Public Affairs at MLSListings, Inc.

“When They Say You Can’t…. Slay”!

Have you ever been a naysayer magnet? I have. I collected fear-based, unsolicited, negative commentary for decades. Funny thing, I learned that when your inner voice of wisdom drowns out their external voices, you no longer hear them. This was an important lesson during my many (public) careers and in life. The true preparation for business comes from within---center to circumference. And the great thing is, we all have the ability to get there.

Read her latest book, Secrets, Spells and Snake Eyes! Available on Amazon



Four Embarcadero Center, Floor 17, San Francisco, CA 94111

General Admission - $60

Sheppard Mullin Attorneys & Clients - FREE

reserve your seat for 4/11
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5:30 PM17:30

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Laraine McKinnon

”It’s Not You It’s Them: Strategies for Busting Bias”

These one-of-a-kind sophisticated events elevate professionals while giving practical instruction on meeting like-minded professionals. The men and women who attend these events leave with real-world tools that shape their professional and personal lives.

Laraine McKinnon, Talent & Culture Strategist, Emtrain

“It’s Not You It’s Them: Strategies for Busting Bias”

At some point in your career, did you look up and say, "Hey wait, this doesn’t feel like an even playing field!” Yup, you’re not alone.

Women in science, tech, finance, law, and academia report remarkably similar stories of slower advancement, fewer opportunities and a reduced trajectory. Do you have that inner fire that says “I can be more?” Awesome. This event is for you! Join us as we explore the biases women commonly experience in the workplace, in society and at home, and review lots of practical strategies to bust them.



Four Embarcadero Center, Floor 17, San Francisco, CA 94111

General Admission - $60

Sheppard Mullin Attorneys & Clients - FREE

Reserve your seat for 3/14
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5:30 PM17:30

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Lisa Simon

“What’s Your Relationship Net Promoter Score”?

These one-of-a-kind sophisticated events elevate professionals while giving practical instruction on meeting like-minded professionals. The men and women who attend these events leave with real-world tools that shape their professional and personal lives.

Lisa Simon, Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer at Lewis Roca

What’s Your Relationship Net Promoter Score?

The competitive benchmark, “Net Promoter Score” (NPS), is often overlooked or undervalued in law firms and companies across the country. Yet it adds an important level of information many lawyers are likely to miss. It allows a law firm to learn what respondents think about an entire client experience, not just their relationship with one particular lawyer or one matter.

Lisa Simon, CMBDO of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie will talk about the concept of NPS in business and how it leads to growing and protecting client loyalty and revenue. She will translate how NPS can be considered for personal and professional relationships.

Lisa will talk about “detractors,” “passives” and “promoters” and how this data can be translated into both personal and professional relationships and the drivers that can improve your personal and professional NPS.



Four Embarcadero Center, Floor 17, San Francisco, CA 94111

General Admission - $60

Sheppard Mullin Attorneys & Clients - FREE

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5:00 PM17:00

Bubbles, Bites & Bits of Wisdom

Welcome to Bubbles, Bites & Bits of Wisdom!


We will have a well-known, fabulous female presenter as a featured speaker at each monthly event — with food, fun & relationship-building to follow. The storytellers are strong women who have a moving message. Narrative is the instrument of continuing creativity, a power that inexorably propels women forward into the future, the unknown, building new worlds and structures that benefit everyone. Enjoy gourmet food and the finest wines from around the globe. We will have sparkling wine and water to be sure everyone can partake in the "EDUTAINING" monthly sessions. Each session is a flat fee of $120 per person and includes the speaker, an icebreaker event, networking, wine tasting and dinner. 


On the SECOND THURSDAY of each month with sign-in starting at 5:30 pm.


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