The 2018 Women’s Transformative Leadership Forum Expanding Your Professional Horizon

Event Details

May 03, 2018

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Toronto, ON

$225 USD

The Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute and Lexpert are pleased to announce the return of our highly popular Women’s Transformative Leadership Forum on May 3, 2018 in Toronto. Coinciding with an ongoing organizational commitment to advancing women’s representative leadership in the law, this highlight program will address the various challenges affecting rising female stars and women’s leadership opportunities in some of Canada’s most prestigious organizations. We will offer a blend of keynote plenaries and robust panel discussions that address enterprise level change and individual transformation as delivered by some of the most powerful women in law, business, government, and academia.

Due to overwhelming demand, our conference is now SOLD OUT. If you would like to add your name to our Wait List, please click on the online registration link above. We shall notify individuals about their Wait List status within a few hours.

This program contains 3 EDI Professionalism hours and 1 Professionalism hour.

Special Offers

Group discounts available, call 1-800-308-1700 for details.

Why You Should Attend

  • As one of the world’s most ethical companies, Thomson Reuters considers this event both an honor and ethical obligation to connect passionate advocates with rising stars and key power brokers from across the legal profession. We are creating a summit that young professionals and distinguished luminaries can use to advance their careers and help improve women’s leadership opportunities for current and future generations.
  • This conference is uniquely positioned to address the difficult or otherwise unspoken issues often ignored at similarly themed events on gender and the workplace.
  • Our focus is on ascendant women’s leadership—as opposed to diversity—within the corporate and law firm setting. We are concerned with how young women leaders ascend professionally with the aid—or despite the actions of—male and female colleagues.
  • We focus not simply on individual transformative measures, but enterprise-level change as well.
  • Few conferences match the caliber of our faculty or robust media coverage afforded by Thomson Reuters. We will showcase rising female stars and men who “get it” in some of Canada's most progressive organizations.
  • Delegates can expect to participate in discussions and gain practical tips on how to truly move the needle on gender inequality.

    Who Should Attend

  • Mid-level (male & female) legal industry professionals interested in the issue of transformative leadership
  • Junior partners or senior associates at law firms; law firm executive committee members
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Human Resources Officers/Talent/Diversity Officers
  • Corporate Directors & Board Members
  • Event Co-Chairs

    Shanin Lott

    Managing Director, Talent & Professional Resources, Stikeman Elliott LLP

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    Event Keynote Speakers

    Patricia K. Gillette

    Keynote Speaker & Author, Bringing Audiences to Life

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    Hadiya Roderique

    Lawyer, Writer, Journalist, Speaker & Ph.D. Candidate, Organizational Behaviour,
    Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

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    Event Details

    Thursday, May 03

    8:00 AM
    Registration & Breakfast
    9:00 AM
    Opening Remarks

    Neil SternthalManaging Director, Canada, Australia & New Zealand, Thomson Reuters Legal

    9:10 AM
    Co-Chair Remarks

    Bindu Dhaliwal, BMO Financial Group

    Shanin H. Lott, Managing Director, Talent and Professional Resources, Stikeman Elliott LLP


    9:15 AM
    Effective Approaches to Advancing Women in the Law

    It’s no secret that changes to include women in the higher rungs of the law have taken place at a glacial pace. Yet the past few years have seen some remarkable developments spearheaded by outside advocacy groups and leading corporations who are championing women’s advancement. Our panel will discuss some of the most effective strategies currently in place across large, complex, and/or matrixed organizations. What does success look like for a dynamic professional services firm? How do business leaders work to ensure meaningful, lasting change?

    Bindu Dhaliwal, BMO Financial Group

    Av Maharaj, Vice President, Corporate & Legal Affairs, Kraft Heinz Canada
    Deborah MarfurtEngagement Manager, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
    Beth Wilson, Canadian Chief Executive Officer, Dentons

    10:15 AM
    10:30 AM
    Best Laid Plans: Using Design Thinking to Encourage Women’s Professional Growth

    In order to effectively solve a problem, it is important to view the issue from several different angles.  This is central to the practice of design thinking, which encourages problem solvers to view an issue through the eyes of all parties involved. In this session, participants will address the issue of women’s professional growth from a specific role or persona in order to encourage ideas around solutions.

    Andrea L. Alliston¸ Partner, Knowledge Management, Stikeman Elliott LLP
    Nicola Shaver, Director of Knowledge Management, Stikeman Elliott LLP

    12:00 PM
    Networking Luncheon
    1:00 PM
    Keynote Presentation: Driven to Achieve: Traits and Behaviours that Inspire Success

    In this session, Patricia Gillette talks about her groundbreaking study on Law Firm Rainmakers. Pat will share the traits and behaviours identified by the study that are common to rainmakers in firms and how those same traits and behaviours can be used to enhance opportunities in other legal roles and environments. She will also look at some of the gender biases at play with respect to these hallmarks of a successful legal career and what individuals can do to overcome them.

    Patricia Gillette, Keynote Speaker and Author, Bringing Audiences to Life

    1:45 PM
    2:00 PM
    Fireside Chat with Hadiya Roderique

    In November 2017, Hadiya Roderique’s story in The Globe and Mail about living life as a black female lawyer on Bay Street drew unprecedented buzz for its startling and frank portrait of early career struggles for minority law school graduates. Since her article’s publication, Ms. Roderique has remained active in helping advance the issue of diverse representation in the workplace. This lively discussion ponders Ms. Roderique’s own experience as an intersectional minority in the law and solicits her thoughts of where D&I efforts need to go in order to create a truly inclusive work environment.

    Shanin H. Lott, Managing Director, Talent and Professional Resources, Stikeman Elliott LLP

    Hadiya Roderique, Lawyer, Journalist & Ph.D. Candidate, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

    2:30 PM
    2:45 PM
    Taking Care of Your Mental Health

    While there are many impressive aspects to a legal career, one of the profession’s darkest truths is the high rate of depression, anxiety and substance abuse impacting both male and female lawyers. This session explores what leading firms and corporations are doing to address the overall health of their employees. What advice should lawyers heed when it comes to managing their own—or a colleague’s—well-being?

    Terra Rebick, Chief Counsel, Canada, Thomson Reuters

    Nora Brooks, Senior Counsel, TELUS
    Dr. Ariel Dalfen, Head, Perinatal Mental Health Program & Head, Perinatal Mental Health Telemedicine Program, Mount Sinai Hospital; Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, University of Toronto
    Orlando De Silva, Counsel, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

    3:45 PM
    Closing Remarks
    Patricia K. Gillette

    Keynote Speaker & Author, Bringing Audiences to Life

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    Hadiya Roderique

    Lawyer, Writer, Journalist, Speaker & Ph.D. Candidate, Organizational Behaviour,
    Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

    View Faculty Page


    Law Society of Ontario

    Total Credits: 1

    Status: Accredited

    Law Society of Ontario

    Total Credits: 3

    Status: Accredited

    Thomson Reuters Toronto Offices

    The Thomson Reuters Customer Centre
    Bay Adelaide Centre
    333 Bay Street, 29th Floor
    Toronto, ON M5H 2R2

    The Thomson Reuters Customer Centre is a modern event space on the 29th floor of our Toronto corporate offices.

    Please be advised that a hotel room block has not been arranged for out of town guests.  We recommend a number of nearby establishments within walking distance of the conference venue.

    Nearby Hotels

    The Adelaide Hotel Toronto (269 ft)


    One King West Hotel & Residence (0.2 mi)


    Executive Hotel Cosmopolitan (0.3 mi)


    Shearton Centre Toronto Hotel (0.3 mi)


    Hilton Toronto (0.3 mi)


    Shangri-La Hotel Toronto (0.3 mi)


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