Past Events


A Conversation with Rose Ors (JD ’83) on Career Advancement | November 9, 12:45 pm – 1:45 PM PDT | 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. Join our conversation with Rose Ors (JD ’83) to hear her perspective of what it takes for women to advance in the legal profession.


Women in M&A | October 28, 12:45-1:45 PM PDTVirtual

Want to learn more about high-stakes deal-making and the women making it happen? Register for this panel! The panel will provide information on the day-to-day work and lifestyle of an M&A lawyer, and offer tips for building a successful career. Moderators are: Jennifer Muller and Houlihan Lokey. Panelists include: 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, 10-11 AM PDT | Video Recording

The financial world can play a critical role in advancing financial inclusion. Guest speakers will explore the challenges and opportunities facing women in finance and discuss the key developments affecting the industry. The panel will address what are 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 include 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, 12:45 – 1:45 PM PDT | 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 aims to address what are the necessary steps to reach a more equitable environment and how they can be implemented in these fields. Speakers will include 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, 12:45-1:45 PM PDT | Video Recording

Please join 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 include 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, 2:00 PM PDT | Video Recording

August 18th marks 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.
Join our conversation with 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, 2-3pm PDT | Virtual 

Speakers will include 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 | 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. Register Here to receive access to the zoom link:

Women in Private Equity| March 17, 2020 | Berkeley, CA

A joint-sponsored event with Kirkland and Women in Business Law Initiative where industry-leading women attorneys will discuss how to be successful PE lawyers and what the world of private equity-focused law is really like. 


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

The Mentorship Program matches 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 include 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 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 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 | Register Here

A 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 is co-sponsored by BWIB.


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

A 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

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