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 Export to Your Calendar 11/9/2020
When: Monday, November 9, 2020
12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Remote via Zoom (Details to be forwarded to registrants 2-3 days prior to event date)
United States

Online registration is available until: 11/5/2020
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Your 2020 Performance Review

Please join us for the November 9th event in the MWL Member Monday series, presented in collaboration with the MWL Corporate Counsel Affinity Group


Do you dread the performance review time of the year?  Or maybe you get excited?  Either way, we have lined up a panel of exceptional in-house women leaders and HR experts  who will share their thoughts on how they approach performance review time of the year, along with tips and tricks on writing reviews and highlighting accomplishments.  If you’re a manager of people, our panelists will also share their insight on delivering review and feedback to team members.  The session will also explore how the current pandemic has influenced these leaders’ thought process in what they’re looking for in team members in terms of skills, qualities, or achievements.  


Although this program will focus on corporate counsel and in-house attorneys, the content will offer relevant and valuable information for attorneys across the profession..


MWL is honored to welcome our esteemed panelists:

•   Kendra Brodin, Chief Attorney Development Officer at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
•   Neera Chatterjee, Senior Vice President and Senior Managing Counsel - Regulatory Section at the Wells Fargo Legal Department
•   Yen Florczak, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for 3M Company and President of 3M Innovative Properties Company
•   Amy Taber, Assistant Vice President and Assistant General Counsel – Litigation at Prime Therapeutics
•   Moderator: Poonam Kumar, Partner at DLA Piper LLP


The event is FREE and open to MWL members, MWL Partners, and their guests.  Registration is required via the link above.  (A reminder email along with Zoom log-in details will be forwarded to all registrants 2-3 days prior to the event.)  


1.0 Standard (Professional Development) CLE credit has been applied for (Event Code: #330262).


We hope you will join us at this MWL Member Monday.  Feel free to extend the invitation to colleagues and friends.  A shareable flier is available here to view and download.



More About Our Speakers:


Kendra Brodin is the Chief Attorney Development Officer at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP where she focuses on the holistic development of the firm's lawyers at all levels, including associate training and well-being initiatives. Kendra earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude, and obtained her master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. Kendra brings a depth of professional experience in lawyer recruiting, professional and business development, and diversity in the legal profession.


Prior to the combination between Taft and Briggs and Morgan, Kendra was Briggs' director of lawyer talent and co-chair of the recruiting and associate evaluation committees. Before joining Briggs, Kendra served in roles such as client development manager at a leading intellectual property law firm, executive director of a top legal recruiting firm, and director of a law school career and professional development office. Kendra founded and ran a successful coaching and consulting practice for several years, providing coaching, training, and consulting services focused on career, personal, and professional development for attorneys. Kendra also practiced law as a litigation attorney.


Kendra is a former president of Minnesota Women Lawyers, is the co-founder and chairperson of the Institute for Leadership in the Legal Profession signature program of the Hennepin County Bar Association, has held a variety of leadership positions with the Minnesota State Bar Association, and is involved with both the National Association of Law Placement and the Professional Development Consortium.


Neera Chatterjee is Senior Vice President and Senior Managing Counsel within the Regulatory Section of the Wells Fargo Legal Department.  She currently manages the Legislative & Regulatory Monitoring and Analysis team, which is central to the company’s regulatory change management program.  She also provides guidance in matters involving compliance risk management.


Prior to joining the Wells Fargo Legal Department in 2014, Neera served as an attorney in the Office of General Counsel for the University of Texas System, where she was a preeminent lawyer in open records law and advised both System and its institutions on such matters.  She was also a business litigation associate at the Austin, Texas office of Dallas-based law firm Haynes and Boone, LLP and served as a law clerk to two federal judges. 

Neera currently serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, a nonprofit whose mission is to attract, recruit, advance, and retain attorneys of color to the Twin Cities.  She is also 2020 Leadership Council for Legal Diversity Fellow.


Neera earned a Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee and bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Neera, a Chicago area native, lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her husband and two young children.


Yen Florczak is currently Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for 3M Company and President of 3M Innovative Properties Company.  She serves as 3M’s Legal Affairs executive sponsor for its Diversity and Inclusion committee. From 2016 to 2019, she led 3M’s Asia Pacific intellectual property function, headquartered in Shanghai, China.  Ms. Florczak has held various positions of increasing responsibilities in her more than 20 years of experience with 3M.  Before entering the legal profession, she gained experience as an engineer at 3M and at Abbott Laboratories. She received her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.  She received Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Minnesota in chemical engineering and in materials science and engineering.


She currently is a board member of Intellectual Property Owner (IPO) Association, IPO’s Education Foundation, a board member of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice (TCDIP), and a member of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel.




Poonam Kumar is an attorney with DLA Piper LLP. Poonam has extensive experience working on a wide variety of cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and corporate restructurings, as well as general corporate, securities and commercial law matters. Poonam is a representative for DLA Piper’s Leadership Alliance for Women and serves as a co-chair of Mosaic, DLA’s affinity group for diverse partners and counsel.


In addition to serving on the MWL Board of Directors, Poonam is one of the founding co-chairs of the MWL’s Corporate Counsel Affinity Group and has previously served as a co-chair of the Governance Committee and the Development Committee. She has also served as a MWL Foundation Board Director in the past.  






Amy Taber is Prime Therapeutics’ Assistant Vice President (AVP), Assistant General Counsel – Litigation where she leads Prime’s legal efforts in the areas of litigation and dispute management.  In her role, Amy provides strategic legal advice to Prime leadership and is the lead attorney managing litigation and employment matters on behalf of Prime. Furthermore, she oversees legal training across the business and spearheads the e-discovery and Records & Information Management (RIM) initiatives. 


Amy began practicing law in 2004 and was a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP before joining Prime. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she was a human resources professional for 10 years.


Since joining the MWL Board as a Director in 2012, Amy has served in the role of Secretary and President. Amy is also a two-time recipient of the Service to MWL Award.




About MWL Member Mondays

Please join us for this new monthly opportunity to engage with Minnesota Women Lawyers and its members, learn from legal community leaders, and build connections across the profession. To be held on the 2nd Monday of each month (unless noted otherwise) from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., MWL Member Mondays will provide a consistent opportunity for MWL members and the statewide legal community to connect on topics of common interest, all in support of MWL's mission and values.  Each month's gathering will offer a dynamic and relevant program in a variety of remote formats.  We may hear from community leaders, participate in a workshop-style format, or engage in a group-wide discussion.  Furthermore, MWL Member Mondays will also provide members and non-members alike with the opportunity to learn more about MWL and its benefits, as well as opportunities to volunteer and further engage with the association.  


Even more good news: MWL Member Mondays are FREE and most will offer 1.0 CLE credit.  


For more information about upcoming events throughout FY20-21, including links to each registration web page, click HERE.    


Questions? Contact MWL Program and Projects Coordinator Katie Gunaratne (




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