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When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
5:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Where: Prime Therapeutics
2900 Ames crossing Road
Eagan, Minnesota  55121
United States

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The 25th Annual MWL Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture


hover textMinnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) is pleased to announce the 25th Annual Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture to be held on the evening of Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Prime Therapeutics (2900 Ames Crossing Road, Eagan; at Prime Therapeutics, the surface lot parking is free and plentiful. Directions are available HERE).

The evening will begin with a general reception from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Hors d'oeuvres and a drink ticket will be provided. The program will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., with a dessert and coffee reception to follow immediately after the program.  (Each attendee will receive one drink ticket; subsequent drinks will be available via a cash bar.)


In addition to our keynote presentation, the evening will also include a presentation of the MWL Foundation Law Student Scholarships, a live auction to benefit the MWL Foundation, and recognition of MWL's support of the Rosalie Wahl Pro Bono Attorney's office at Tubman East.

A Seat at the Table: Women Attorneys Achieving Success and Building Community


When Rosalie Wahl was appointed by Governor Rudy Perpich to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1977, she became the first woman jurist to be seated on the State's highest court.  Upon her retirement from that court in 1994, MWL was honored to create the Justice Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture. From it's inception and each year since, the Wahl Lecture series has featured women leaders from across the state and nation whose decisions and abilities have inspired the leaders of tomorrow, just as Justice Wahl inspired so many of us.


This year, as we commemorate MWL's 25th Annual Wahl Lecture, please join us to honor Justice Wahl, and to celebrate Minnesota women leaders who not only have a seat at the table, but are also change agents in their own communities. Learn how they attained their success and why "giving back" is so central to their achievements. Discover how inclusion drives their efforts and hear their personal thoughts on how we can advance our own success, and at the same time, impact the success of our broader communities.


MWL is pleased to welcome Luz Maria Frias of The Savvy Coach, who will offer initial keynote remarks, and then moderate a conversation with a tremendous panel of speakers:

·       Ann Anaya, Chief Diversity Officer, 3M Corporation

·       The Honorable Anne McKeig, Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court

·       Karen Wilson Thissen, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Ameriprise

·       Karla Vehrs, Office Managing Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP


We hope you will join us at MWL's 25th Annual Wahl Lecture to connect with your community and to be inspired to secure your own seat at the table. 

A shareable flier is available here to view and download.


Special Thanks to the Sponsors of the 25th Annual MWL Wahl Lecture


DLA Piper
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Larson • King, LLP
Gustafson Gluek PLLC
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Prime Therapeutics
Robins Kaplan LLP

Ballard Spahr LLP
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Littler Mendelson P.C.
Stinson LLP
Zelle LLP

Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP

Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
Fish & Richardson P.C.
Hellmuth & Johnson
Jones Day
Larkin Hoffman
Merchant & Gould P.C.
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Moss & Barnett
Nilan Johnson Lewis PA
Sapientia Law Group
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
Stoel Rives LLP
Thomson Reuters
Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC


Gallagher Law Office, L.L.C.
Schaefer Halleen, LLC

U.S. Bank National Association


Ronda Bayer
Felicia Boyd
Lisa Brabbit
Hon. Margaret Chutich
Dr. Angela Follett
Susan Gallagher
Judith Langevin
Dr. Teresa Lavoie
Katie Lichty
Kimberly Lowe
Teresa Fariss McClain
Arleen Nand
Bridget McCauley Nason
Susan Rhode
Jennifer Robbins
Pam Rochlin
Amy Taber
Thompson Tarasek Lee-O’Halloran PLLC
Judge Mary Vasaly



Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 25th Annual MWL Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture. Please complete the Sponsor Reservation Form, and submit it to MWL by Wednesday, October 16, 2019.


Individual Registration:

$75      MWL Member
$50      MWL Member – Under $55,000 Income
$50      MWL Member – Greater Minnesota (Outside 7-County Metro)
$20      MWL Member Law Student

$300    2019 Friends Level Sponsorship

$0        19-20 Diamond or Sapphire Premier Member 
$25      19-20 Emerald Premier Member (Using Ticket – Balance Owed)
$25      2019 Partner (Using Ticket – Balance Owed)
$75      MN Affinity Bar Member 
$125    Non- Member

Not an MWL member? 
Join MWL today and save on your 2019 Wahl Lecture ticket. Minnesota Women Lawyers brings together nearly 1,300 lawyers, judges, law students, legal employers and supporters who are dedicated to advancing the success of women in the legal profession and striving for a just society. Find out how you can get involved and join MWL today!

Please register by Friday, October 18, 2019. 
Please contact MWL Program and Projects Coordinator Katie Gunaratne with any questions ( or 612/338-3205).


The MWL Foundation's First Annual Live Auction

The MWL Foundation is excited to announce its first-ever live auction to be held at the MWL Wahl Lecture. Join colleagues and friends for an evening of inspiring conversation, great food and a live auction featuring fabulous opportunities and experiences. Special thanks to our live auction donors!

View the 2019 Live Auction Preview here!



Attendance List – Opt OUT:

In order to foster a welcoming environment and to facilitate networking among workshop attendees, Minnesota Women Lawyers will create an attendee list from this event, to be shared with all event registrants, along with the post-event evaluation form.  Attendance list content will be limited to a registrant’s name, employer and email address.  NOTE: If you do not wish to be included in this list you MUST OPT-OUT by checking the appropriate box on this registration form.


PLEASE NOTE: The information contained in the attendance list is protected by copyright and is solely intended for the individual and private use of event attendees in a manner that is consistent with the MWL's mission, goals, and activities. All other use is strictly prohibited. Prohibited use includes but is not limited to the copying, renting, leasing, selling, distributing, transmitting or transfer of all or any portions of the material, or use for any other commercial and/or solicitation purposes of any type, or in connection with any action taken that violates the MWL's copyright. The list is not to be used for any mass communications, but rather only for one-to-one member communication. For information concerning appropriate use of the attendance list, contact MWL Executive Director Debra Pexa ( or 612/338-3205). 


MWL's Cancellation Policy:
For events that require a fee, cancellations must be received at least three working days in advance of any seminar or event in order to receive a full refund, even if you did not attend the event. If payment had not been submitted prior to the event and a cancellation request had not be received at least three working days in advance, you will be invoiced for the fee. All refunds for registration cancellations will be processed after the event.



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