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Women Lead 2020: Claim Your Power

Women Lead 2020: Claim Your Power

This conference, a partnership between the College of Business and College of Law at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, features women in law, business, government and philanthropy. Women judges, mayors, CEOs, professors and more from across the country will share insights about advancing their professions.


Friday, March 6, 2020
Nebraska Innovation Campus, 2021 Transformation Drive, Lincoln, NE

Approved for 3 Hours of Nebraska CLE Credit

Conference Keynotes

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Michele Coleman Mayes Michele Coleman Mayes, General Counsel and Secretary of New York Public Library
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Claire Babineaux-Fontenot
CEO | Feeding America

Claire is CEO of Feeding America. Prior, she was E.V.P. and global treasurer at Walmart, partner-in-charge of the Baton Rouge office and tax practice leader for Adams and Reese LLP, dispute resolution practice leader for the southwest region at PwC, and assistant secretary for the Office of Legal Affairs for the State of Louisiana.

Claire has served on boards such as Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, National Urban League and National Association of Black Accountants.

Clarie holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, a juris doctorate from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge and a master of laws in taxation from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas.

Michele Coleman Mayes
Vice President
General Counsel / Secretary for the New York Public Library

Michele Coleman Mayes is Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for the New York Public Library (2012 – present). She previously held the position of General Counsel for Allstate Insurance Company (2007-2012) and Pitney Bowes Inc. (2003-2007). Ms. Mayes served on the Presidential Commission on Election Administration from 2013-2014. She was Chair of the Commission on Women in the Profession of the American Bar Association from 2014-2017. In 2015, she became a Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel. In August 2016, she was elected to the Board of Directors of Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO). She is a sought after speaker on the topic of diversity and inclusion. She is co-author of the book Courageous Counsel: Conversations with Women General Counsel in the Fortune 500.


Cost: $100

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Conference Schedule

Featuring a fireside chat, breakout sessions, roundtables, leadership moments and networking

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Women Lead
7:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. 15-minute LinkedIn Profile Rapid Review with LinkedIn expert, Debbie Wemyss of DW Consulting Solutions – All Review Sessions Booked
8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast Networking Roundtables
Breakfast sponsored by Cline Williams Wright Johnson Oldfather
9:00 a.m. Welcome
Dean Richard Moberly, College of Law, and Dean Kathy Farrell, College of Business

Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Molly Brummond, ’00, ’03
Assistant Dean for External Relations and Strategic Initiatives, College of Law
9:15 a.m. Kickoff Keynote: Claim Your Power
Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO, Feeding America
10:00 a.m. My Leadership Moment
Jessica Charlsen and Jina Picarella, Co-Founders of Job Share Connect
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Workshop Breakouts
Maximizing LinkedIn – Debbie Wemyss, Owner of DW Consulting Solutions
5 Lessons of Leadership – Susana Eshleman, ’93, CEO of Children International
Business Development - Marnie Jensen, Managing Partner, Husch Blackwell, and Jennifer Deitloff, Associate Senior General Counsel, Scoular
How Leaders Can Overcome the Impostor Syndrome – Dianne Bystrom, director emerita of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University
11:30 a.m. Lunch and Networking
12:15 p.m. My Leadership Moment
Leirion Gaylor Baird, Mayor of Lincoln
12:30 p.m. Fireside Chat
Hon. Christine Gregoire, Challenge Seattle, and Former Governor of Washington
DeLee Shoemaker, Senior Director for Global Government, Microsoft

Moderated by Deb Gilg, ’74, ’77, Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Nebraska
1:30 p.m. My Leadership Moment
Katie Zulkoski, ’05, Zulkoski Weber
1:45 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. Workshop Breakouts
Maximizing LinkedIn - Debbie Wemyss, Owner of DW Consulting Solutions
Facts and Fiction about Women in Negotiation – Dr. Brandi McManus, Assistant Professor of Practice in Management
Pitch Perfect: Lessons from Entrepreneurship on Getting What You Want – Dr. Samantha Fairclough, Associate Director of the Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship and an Assistant Professor of Practice in Management
The Shine Theory – Kate Martz and Emily Motto, Partners at Baylor Evnen
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. My Leadership Moment
Hon. Stephanie Stacy, ’91, Nebraska Supreme Court
3:30 p.m. Closing Keynote: Interrupting Racial and Gender Bias
Michele Coleman Mayes, General Counsel and Secretary of New York Public Library
4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
4:45 p.m. Networking Reception
Presented by Husch Blackwell

Conference Location

Innovation Campus
Innovation Campus

2021 Transformation Drive
Lincoln, NE 68508

Parking Information


Sheri Irwin-Gish
Sheri Irwin-Gish
College of Business
Molly Brummond
Molly Brummond
College of Law