Tipping The Scales: Putting Diversity Into Practice
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Welcome to Legal Diversity Week

Legal Diversity Week pulls in a diverse set of leaders within the legal arena, including attorneys, paralegals, litigation managers, judges, and executives to celebrate and advance diversity in the legal field. Legal Diversity Week will include MCLE workshops, mixers, and award recognitions.

September 25-27, 2018
Dallas, TX

Sheraton Dallas Hotel
400 North Olive Street
Dallas, TX 75201
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November 6-7, 2018
Houston, TX

Sheraton Suites Houston Near The Galleria
2400 West Loop S
Houston, TX 77027
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Dallas Agenda

Tuesday, September 25
Top Women Lawyers Breakfast

8:00am – Registration, Breakfast & Networking
8:40am – Welcome & Introductions
8:50am – Keynote Speaker
9:20am – Presentation of Awards
10:00am – Sponsorship Recognition & Closing Remarks

Lisa Havens

Lisa Havens
Senior Vice President, Legal Counsel & Chief Risk Officer
Baylor Scott & White

 

Lisa Havens is currently Senior Vice President Legal Counsel and Chief Risk Officer at
Baylor Scott & White Health in Texas. Prior to working at Baylor Scott & White, she
was a Partner with Bowmer, Courtney, Burleson, Normand and Moore, an office of
Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, primarily practicing in civil litigation defense including
medical malpractice and employment law.

Lisa received her Juris Doctorate Degree from the Baylor University School of Law. She
received her MSN with focus on Clinical Nurse Specialist/Education from the University
of Texas at Arlington and a BSN from Texas Christian University. Lisa is an Adjunct
Professor for the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center. Awards that
Lisa has received include: the Bell County Bar Association’s Jim Bowmer Lawyer of the
Year Award, in 2010; Business Insurance magazine’s Risk Manager of the Year Award,
in 2011; and the Dallas Women’s Lawyers Association Outstanding Corporate Counsel
award, in 2018.

Lisa is certified with the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Health Law. She is a
Fellow member of the American Society for Health Risk Management (FASHRM) and a
faculty member of the ASHRM Healthcare Risk Management (HRM) Certificate
Program. Lisa is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM).

Lisa volunteers with Discipleship Unlimited Women’s Prison Ministry and has
volunteered with the Ralph Wilson Youth Club and Canine Companions for
Independence. Lisa is a veteran having served as a 1 st Lieutenant Nurse in the Air Force
Reserves.

Kristin Dickerson

Kristin Dickerson
News Anchor
NBC5 KXAS-TV

 

Kristin Dickerson is a weekend evening news anchor, special projects reporter, and photographer for NBC 5.

Her work as a reporter and photographer has earned a National Murrow award, four national Gracie awards, and two regional Emmy awards.

Finding fulfillment through creativity, Kristin has earned a variety of odd accomplishments: she rode (and fell off of) Oklahoma’s largest Holstein bull, survived noodling for catfish, skydiving, cycling 160 miles in two days for Multiple Sclerosis and rappelling off two high-rise buildings for charity.

Thursday, September 27
Top General Counsel’s Breakfast

8:00am – Registration, Breakfast & Networking
8:40am – Welcome & Introductions
8:50am – Keynote Speaker
9:20am – Presentation of Awards
10:00am – Sponsorship Recognition & Closing Remarks

Sharon Sweeney

Sharon Sweeney
Senior Vice President, General Counsel
Corporate Secretary
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

 

Sharon Sweeney is senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.  Ms. Sweeney also serves as the Bank’s ethics officer.

As general counsel, Ms. Sweeney has general supervision of the Legal Department, which handles all legal matters for the Eleventh Federal Reserve District. As corporate secretary, she works closely with the Bank’s board of directors and advisory council members.

Sweeney joined the Bank in 1985 and has served as chair to the Subcommittee of Legal Counsel that provides legal analysis and advice to the Conference of Presidents. Ms. Sweeney is currently a member and chairs an established workgroup of that subcommittee. Ms. Sweeney serves as a member of the Subcommittee of Legal Counsel’s Executive Committee.

Ms. Sweeney earned her JD from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University and earned certification as a mediator from Harvard Law School. She received her undergraduate degree from Baldwin Wallace University, graduating summa cum laude.

Kristin Dickerson

Kristin Dickerson
News Anchor
NBC5 KXAS-TV

 

Kristin Dickerson is a weekend evening news anchor, special projects reporter, and photographer for NBC 5.

Her work as a reporter and photographer has earned a National Murrow award, four national Gracie awards, and two regional Emmy awards.

Finding fulfillment through creativity, Kristin has earned a variety of odd accomplishments: she rode (and fell off of) Oklahoma’s largest Holstein bull, survived noodling for catfish, skydiving, cycling 160 miles in two days for Multiple Sclerosis and rappelling off two high-rise buildings for charity.

 

 

Houston Agenda

Tuesday, November 6
Top Women Lawyers Breakfast

8:00am – Registration, Breakfast & Networking
8:40am – Welcome & Introductions
8:50am – Keynote Speaker
9:20am – Presentation of Awards
10:00am – Sponsorship Recognition & Closing Remarks
 

 

Wednesday, November 7
Workshop – Unconscious Bias

Armida Mendez Russell
Vice President of Training
National Diversity Council

Armida Mendez Russell

Armida Mendez Russell
Vice President of Training
National Diversity Council

 

Armida Mendez Russell has earned an international reputation for her work in the field of Organization Development and Diversity Management. She is co-author of The Diversity Directive, Why Some Initiatives Fail and What to Do About It, and author of several organizational climate assessment tools. Armida is the originator of the Head (Knowledge), Heart (Understanding) Hand (Skills/Application) model, which is the basis for her work.

Ms. Mendez Russell spearheaded and co-authored the Discovering Diversity Profile® and co-authored the Global Diversity Survey® among others. Armida is the Co-Founder and president of DiversityFIRST Consulting. Prior to holding that position, she was the Head of Global Diversity at BMC Software and Founder/CEO of Mendez Russell Training & Development, Inc.

Ms. Mendez Russell has been recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal as a diversity pioneer and for her work in the field which is used by numerous global organizations as the foundation for a wide range of diversity and change management initiatives.

Armida has worked in partnership with several major organizations to assess their strategies, structures and processes to improve organizational effectiveness and performance.

Armida has developed numerous initiatives designed to manage change in a complex business environment. Clients include Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, 3M, Bayer, American Express, International Paper, Caesar’s Entertainment (Harrah’s), Medtronic, General Motors, General Mills, Dell Computers and Google. Educational institutions include Baylor University, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin among others in business, government and not-for-profit organizations.

 

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