The Hastings Leadership Academy for Women is an executive education course that prepares women law firm partners and in-house counsel to stride confidently to the highest levels of success in their firms and organizations, their communities and the legal profession.

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When

July 29 – August 1, 2015
*In-House counsel will be invited to attend July 31, 2015

Where

San Francisco, CA

Who should attend

The Leadership Academy is an executive education program for female law firm partners and in-house attorneys who are viewed as current or emerging leaders within their organizations. Women who attend are the rising stars of the legal profession, and the Leadership Academy gives them the tools and confidence they need to realize their leadership ambitions.

Topics include

The Leadership Academy focuses on skill building and prepares participants to assume significant leadership roles and make contributions highly visible, valued and rewarded. Attending the Leadership Academy will teach you how to:

  • Make strategic decisions that will advance your career;
  • Build robust professional networks;
  • Leverage your strengths and create leadership opportunities;
  • Use the economic and political dynamics of your organization to your advantage;
  • Recognize and manage the impact of gender dynamics on your career;
  • Project confidence and credibility;
  • Deal effectively with conflict; and
  • Develop and project a leadership style that is authentic and effective.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How will this program benefit my organization?

A: Women represent a vital talent pool for companies. Organizations benefit when women apply their talents as leaders, serve as mentors and role models crucial for attracting and retaining junior women in the organization, and provide the diversity that the marketplace increasingly demands. The Leadership Academy prepares participants to assume greater leadership responsibilities, increase their value to their organization, and leverage their abilities and talents more strategically for positive business results.

Q: What’s the program format?

A: The Leadership Academy curriculum follows a business school model that includes case studies, team problem-solving, interactive programming, and one-on-one exercises. The instruction is research-based, including an understanding of strategic and tactical thinking, practical applications and coaching.

Q: How many people will attend the 2015 Leadership Academy?

A: We strictly limit the number of participants to approximately 25 partner participants to ensure a highly-interactive program with ample opportunities for one-on-one coaching and valuable network-building between participants.

Q: What is appropriate conference attire?

A: Business casual.

Q: What about cancellations and participant substitutions?
A: All cancellation and participant substitution requests must be made in writing and may be sent via email to crowleych@uchastings.edu. Participant substitutions may be made at any time at the election of the organization.

  • Full refunds are available for all registrants if cancelled before June 1, 2015.
  • For cancellations between June 1 and July 1, 2015, 40% of the registration fee will be refunded. The remaining 60% of the fee can be applied toward the 2015 or 2016 Leadership Academy. Any unused credits will expire on August 15, 2016.
  • There are NO REFUNDS for cancellations after July 1, 2015. Registrants that cancel after July 1, 2015 will receive a credit for the amount paid for the cancelled participant and can use that credit toward the 2015 or 2016 Leadership Academy. Any unused credits will expire on August 15, 2016.
  • Partner Program only - Participants who cancel and then use their 2015 credit to attend the 2016 program will be treated as 2015 registrants, and will not count as an organization’s “first participant” for purposes of 2016 registration. If an organization sends a 2015 cancelled registrant to the 2016 program and also registers a new participant for 2016, the new 2016 registrant must pay the “first participant” rate; any additional new registrants will pay the “additional participant” discounted rate. This applies to both member and non-member organizations.
Q: What can participants expect following the on-site July 2015 programming?

A: Participants in the 2015 Leadership Academy will join a robust network of Leadership Academy alumnae. This growing pool of talent and resources has a LinkedIn group that’s used as a business referral network. We also hold regular follow-up calls with attendees to monitor progress, provide support, and cultivate a forum to exchange information and share successes. Many alumnae also continue to get together long after the program, creating an informal network of continued learning and support. In addition, participants will have opportunities to attend various WorkLife Law women’s leadership events.

Q: Who should attend the Hastings Leadership Academy for Women?
A: The program is an executive education program for female law firm partners and in-house attorneys who are rising stars in their organizations. We don’t have strict criteria in terms of who can participate. We generally recommend the program for women who are current or emerging leaders within their organizations. It’s an investment in terms of time commitment and cost, so we defer to each organization’s judgment as to which attorneys will gain the most from the program.

  • The partner program is designed for law firm partners, but women who are on the partner track and are likely to make partner within a year or so may also participate. Partner-track attorneys have participated in prior years.
  • The in-house participants join the law firm participants for one day of the program, so that day has more general (i.e. not partner-specific) content that is relevant to partners and non-partners alike.
Q: What topics will be covered during the Leadership Academy?
A: Your experience in the Leadership Academy will prepare you to assume significant leadership roles and make your contributions highly visible, valued and rewarded. Attending the Leadership Academy will teach you how to:

  • Make strategic decisions that will advance your career;
  • Build robust professional networks;
  • Leverage your strengths and create leadership opportunities;
  • Use the economic and political dynamics of your organization to your advantage;
  • Recognize and manage the impact of gender dynamics on your career;
  • Project confidence and credibility;
  • Deal effectively with conflict; and
  • Develop and project a leadership style that is authentic and effective.

Participating Organizations

The following organizations have participated in the Leadership Academy and/or are currently participating in WorkLife Law’s women’s leadership programs:

Participating Law Firms
Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott
Bull, Housser & Tupper
Burnham Brown
Carroll, Burdick & McDonough
Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass
Crowell & Moring
Davis, Polk & Wardwell
Davis Wright Tremaine
Dentons US
Dewey & LeBoeuf
DLA Piper
Faegre & Benson
Faegre Baker Daniels
Farella Braun & Martel
Fenwick & West
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett Dunner
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Gordon & Rees
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Heninger Garrison Davis LLC
Kirkland & Ellis
Klein, Denatale Goldner
Latham & Watkins
Littler Mendelson
Lowenstein Sandler
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
McCarter & English
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Miller Brown & Dannis
Mintz Levin
Morrison & Foerster
Munger, Tolles & Olson
Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney
O’Melveny & Myers
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Reed Smith
Richards Kibbe & Orbe
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd
Rosen, Bien & Galvan
Schiff Hardin
Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold
Severson & Werson
Seyfarth Shaw
Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey
Townsend and Townsend and Crew
Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Winston & Strawn
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
Participating Companies
23and Me
Activision Blizzard
Adobe Systems Incorporated
AECOM
Allstate Insurance Company
Altria Client Services Inc.
Apple Inc.
AT&T
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
Cerus Corporation
Chiquita Brands International
The Clorox Company
Coupons.com Inc.
Cupertino Electric Inc.
DaVita
Del Monte Foods
Dignity Health
Foundation for California Community Colleges
Gap Inc.
Gensler
Logitech
MetLife
McKesson Corporation
NovaBay Pharmaceuticals
Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Pandora Media Co.
Pfizer Inc.
PubMatic
San Francisco Giants
SAP Software Solutions
SGI
Silver Lake
State Bar of California
Symphony Service Corp.
T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Twitter
University of Californi
Walmart
Warner Music Group
Wells Fargo
Williams-Sonoma
Zynga

Potential Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring women’s leadership? Learn more about becoming a sponsor of the Leadership Academy here.