Past Events

WiBL Lunch Talk: Women in Business – How to Face (and Conquer) Challenges in the Corporate World | Mar. 15, 2023 | Law Building – Room 100


WiBL Spring Mixer (email to request to join) | Mar. 15, 2023 | San Francisco


Mentorship Kick-Off Mixer | Jan. 24, 2023 | San Francisco


Virtual Panel Discussion | ABA Women in M&A | Oct. 19, 2022 | Virtual


A Conversation with Leah Wilson (JD ’99); Executive Director at The State Bar of CA | Oct. 17, 2022| Law Building – Room 100


A Conversation with Adine Varah; General Counsel at SFMOMA | Sept. 19, 2022| Law Building – Room 100


Mentorship Program Info Session | August 30, 2022 | Law Building – Room 100


WiBL Spring Mixer | April 13, 2022 | Virtual


Women in Business Law Coaching Session #2 | March 9, 2022 | Virtual


Women in Business Law Coaching Session #1 | February 24, 2022 | Virtual


New Developments in Workplace Sexual Harassment January 27-28, 2022 | Virtual

In partnership with UC Berkeley’s Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-discrimination Law we invite you to attend our virtual conference on New Developments in Workplace Sexual Harassment.  We think that you might find the conference interesting and relevant to your work, as there are multiple workshops on how businesses can change their corporate culture and better address allegations of sexual harassment. 


Kick-Off Mixer with Marie Oh HuberJanuary 20, 2022, 6 PM-7P M PST | Virtual
The Women in Business Law Mentorship Program kicked off our 2022 cycle with a virtual mixer for all participants. This is a chance for students to meet and mingle with mentoring attorneys from law firms, government agencies, and industry. This year’s mixer features guest speaker Marie Oh Huber, SVP, Chief Legal Officer at eBay. 
Parenthood, Partners, and Parity in the Legal Profession | December 7, 2021 | Presentation
This one-hour webinar will feature a dialogue on navigating gender equity in the legal field. Speakers include Miranda McGowan, Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law; Alessandra Simons, Partner at Goodwin; and Vivia Chen, Columnist at Bloomberg.
Fall wrap up mixerNov 17, 2021 | Virtual
Mentorship Program Info session | Aug 31, 2021 | Virtual
Women in Law, Policy, and Government | April 28, 2021 | Video Recording 
In this one-hour webinar presented by the Women in Business Law Initiative at Berkeley Law, a panel of distinguished leaders will discuss policies and practices affecting women’s fair representation in the fields of law, policy, and government. Speakers include Ann Cleaveland, Executive Director of the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity at the UC Berkeley School of Information, Catherine Fisk, Professor of Labor Law at Berkeley Law, and Janet Napolitano, former UC President, former Secretary of Homeland Security, and Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Brandie Nonnecke, Founding Director of CITRIS Policy Lab. This webinar is co-sponsored by the CITRIS Policy Lab and the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity. 

Spring Mixer with Alyssa Golay of Apple | April 8, 2021 | Online Program

Kicking off this year’s Spring Mixer will be a talk from Alyssa Golay of Apple. Alyssa is an alumni of Berkeley Law and was instrumental in the creation of the Women In Business Law Initiative Mentorship Program. She will share insights and advice for both our mentees and mentors about building relationships and pursuing professional success in business law. 
WBL Mentorship Program: Coaching Session, Part One (February 18) Part Two (March 4), 2021 | Online Program
Join the Women in Business Law Initiative and Kate Zuby, career counseling at the Tang Center, for two workshops on building your career and setting up for success! Kate will present a two-part coaching session that will provide some tips about the network and interviewing process of the professional world. This will be offered to all mentees and mentors interested. The coaching sessions include strategies, activities and break-out room segments for participants to find out how each tip can work for them personally to prepare them for career readiness. Workshops will be held at 6-7 PM on February 18th and March 4th. Please direct any questions to

Turbocharging Board Performance through Diversity and Inclusion | February 2, 2021| Online Program

Our panel Turbocharging Board Performance through Diversity and Inclusion will discuss the benefits and recent efforts of diverse Boards and whether state regulatory efforts are a productive tool for achieving this objective. Speakers will include Marie Oh Huber (eBay), former Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, and Rick Bennet (ValueEdge Advisors).


Sexual Harassment in Education Conference | January 29-30, 2021 | Online Program

The Sexual Harassment in Education Conference is a virtual program held by Berkeley Law to host a discussion addressing sexual harassment on a global scale. Attendees will have access to plenary sessions, workshops, keynote speakers, and opportunities to speak to fellow lawyers and scholars about the governing issues of sexual harassment, specifically within law and policy fields. Berkeley Law: Women in Business Law will be co-sponsoring the conference and students, graduates, and faculty will benefit from a discount. 


WBL Kick-Off Mixer with Patricia Sbvilik | January 21, 2021 | Online Program

The Women in Business Law Mentorship Program kicked-off our 2021 cycle with a virtual mixer for all participants. This was a chance for students to meet and mingle with mentoring attorneys from law firms, government agencies, and industry. This year’s mixer featured guest speaker Patricia Sbvilik, Associate General Counsel at Roofstock and Exec. Director of Law in Tech Diversity Collaborative. Mentors were matched with their mentees following the mixer.


A Conversation with Rose Ors (JD ’83) on Career Advancement | November 9, 2020 | Video Recording

Gender parity in the legal profession continues to move at a glacial pace. Case in point, a 2019 report by the American Bar Association found that only 30% of Fortune 500 general counsels and less than 25% of partners in the 200 largest firms are women.” There is no argument that gender inequality is a systemic issue. As such, it will take every player in the system to reverse it. Our conversation with Rose Ors (JD ’83) featured her perspective of what it takes for women to advance in the legal profession.


Women in M&A | October 28, 2020 | Virtual

High-stakes deal-making and the women making it happen embodied the conversation of this panel. The panel provided information on the day-to-day work and lifestyle of an M&A lawyer, and offer tips for building a successful career. Moderators were: Jennifer Muller and Houlihan Lokey. Panelists included: Rita O’Neill (Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell), Karessa Cain (Partner, Wachtell), Jane Ross (M&A Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP), and Anne Lieberman (Associate, Cooley).


Women in Finance and Law: a Fireside Chat with SoftBank | October 27, 2020 | Video Recording

The financial world can play a critical role in advancing financial inclusion. Guest speakers explored the challenges and opportunities facing women in finance and discuss the key developments affecting the industry. The panel addressed the key professional skills and challenges needed to empower women in this space and overall how the financial world could have a stronger role in promoting inclusion, financial health, and a more inclusive economy. Speakers included: Abbye Atkinson (Assistant Professor of Law, Berkeley Law), Brian Wheeler (Managing Partner and General Counsel, Softbank), and Denise Ho (Partner and Deputy General Counsel, Softbank).


Women in Venture Capital | October 14, 2020 | Video Recording
Long underrepresented in the science and technology fields, women are pursuing such careers in greater numbers, but they are doing so amid a persistently challenging and unwelcoming culture. As the field of legal tech and VC grows, the law and the legal profession will need to promote greater innovation and inclusion. This panel aimed to address what are the necessary steps to reach a more equitable environment and how they can be implemented in these fields. Speakers included: Gina Marek and Maggie White (attorneys at Gunderson Dettmer), Michelle Fernandes (Lead counsel at Index Ventures), and Vanessa Wu (Rippling GC).


WBL Mentorship Info Session | August 31, 2020 | Video Recording

We hope you joined us for a webinar on the mentorship program, designed to help students connect with legal professionals from law firms, government agencies, and private corporations. Speakers at this webinar included past mentors, Rachel O’Brien (Kirkland & Ellis), and Nayha Lang (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati), who will share their experiences and advice on how best to use the program. The mentorship program and webinar are open to students of all gender identities.


Prosperity Through Diversity | Aug 18, 2020 | Video Recording

August 18th marked the 100 year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, guaranteeing and protecting the constitutional right of women to vote in the USA. 
A century later significant progress has been made, although we believe that bigger opportunities lie ahead to further reduce the gender equity gap and drive Prosperity Through Diversity.
Our conversation included: Georgie Badiel, Burkinabé author and activist; Robin Hauser, film director of Bias, and Code: Debugging the Gender Gap; Latanya Mapp Frett, President & CEO, Global Fund For Women; and Amelia Miazad, Founding Director & Senior Research Fellow Business in Society Institute at Berkeley Law. Moderated by Cassandra Kelly, Chair of Treasury Corporation of Victoria. Co-hosted with Newday Impact Investing.

Gender and Financial Fraud Panel | June 23, 2020 | Virtual 

Speakers included Alexandra Wrage, TRACEF, Ahmi Quadir, Safkhet Capital, Anat Admati, Stanford School of Business and Moderator: Diana Henriques, author of Wizard of Lies


Women in M&A | April 13, 2020 | Berkeley, CA

A conversation with industry attorneys, focusing on M&A.  Powered by the Women in Business Law Initiative. Lunch provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal. 


Mentorship Program Spring Mixer | March 3, 2020 | San Francisco, CA

The Mentorship Program matched first-year law students interested in business law with associates from BCLB partner firms and organizations.


Women in Business Law: Annual Spring Mixer | January 29, 2020 | San Francisco, CA


Quarterly Roundtable: Addressing Promotion and Advancement | November 21, 2019 | San Francisco, CA


Fourth Annual Symposium on Corporate Law: Disruption in the Boardroom | October 25, 2019 | San Francisco, CA


Women in Business Law: Addressing Gender Bias in the Legal Profession  | October 4, 2019 | Berkeley, CA


Quarterly Roundtable: Addressing Development and Retention | September 20, 2019| San Francisco, CA


Quarterly Roundtable: Addressing Recruiting and Integration |  June 13, 2019| San Francisco, CA 


The Worldwide #MeToo Movement | May 14, 2019 | Berkeley, CA

Discussion points included efforts to increase female diversity in technology, on corporate boards and legislative bodies. 


Women in Business Law Leadership Lunch Talk: Exploring Equality in Big Law | March 18, 2019 | Berkeley, CA 


Quarterly Roundtable: Career Perspectives from Legal Leaders | March 15, 2019 | San Francisco, CA 


Mentorship Spring Mixer | March 12, 2019| San Francisco


Women in Business Law Leadership Lunch Talk | Gender Equality in Law & Business | February 20, 2019 | Berkeley, CA


Women in Business Law Mentorship Program Kick-off Mixer |January 10, 2019| San Francisco, CA


Mentorship Fall Mixer  | September 17, 2019 | Berkeley, CA


Women of Color Collective Annual Faculty Brunch | September 15, 2018 | Berkeley, CA


Women in Business Law Leadership Lunch Talk | September 12, 2018 | Berkeley, CA

A past conversation with Amanda Rinkoff (JD ’07), former senior counsel at Gap, Inc. and current legal director of Uber, on unlocking effective mentorship in corporate law.


Meeting with the World Bank | September 10, 2018 | Berkeley, CA

A past conversation with Sarah Iqbal, the lead researcher and editor for the Women, Business and the Law program at the World Bank. Attendance is by invitation only.  


Women in Business Law Mixer | January 23, 2018 | San Francisco, CA | Photo Gallery

Featuring guest speaker Laura Segni, General Counsel for Banca IMI


Women in Business Law Meet & Greet with Goldman Sachs | February 27, 2018 |  co-sponsored by BWIB


Women in Business Law Dinner & Wine Tasting | March 20, 2018 | Berkeley, CA


Corporate Law Panel: Opportunities, Careers, and Female Leadership | April 24, 2018 | 

A past conversation with Jennifer Barnette (’14), Attorney at CooleyJonathan York (’09), Managing Counsel at TeslaNicole Farrar, Associate General Counsel at Lending Club, and Christopher Hammond (’15), Attorney at Skadden. This event was co-sponsored by BWIB.


Vision 2020 Think Tank: Female Founders | May 3, 2018 | Palo Alto, CA

A past conversation with Carmel Jud, Executive Director & Founder at Rising International, Joyce Reitman, Chief Executive Officer at Motionloft, Vania Schlogel, Managing Partner & Founder at Atwater Capital, Sara L. Terheggen, California Delegate at Vision 2020 Project