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When: Thursday, November 9, 2017
5:00 P.M.- 8:00 P.M.
Where: The Marriott City Center
30 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55402
United States
Contact: Hannah Zuercher

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Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) is pleased to announce the 2017 MWL Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture to be held on the evening of Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at the Marriott City Center (30 South Seventh Street, downtown Minneapolis). The general reception will begin at 5:00 p.m. Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the program will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. 

The Wahl Lecture will also feature a silent auction to benefit MWL Foundation's Law Student Scholarship Fund. (Donations to the silent auction are welcomed.A donation form is available here.) 

hover textMWL is honored to welcome Lauren Stiller Rikleen as our Wahl Lecture keynote speaker.  Lauren Stiller Rikleen is a nationally recognized expert on developing a thriving, diverse and multi-generational workforce. As President of the 
Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership, Lauren conducts workshops, speaks at conferences, retreats, and professional events, and provides training programs focusing on: strengthening multi-generational relationships in the workplace; women’s leadership and advancement; and strategies for minimizing the impacts of unconscious bias.  Her most recent book, Ladder Down:  Success Strategies For Lawyers From Women Who Will Be Hiring, Reviewing, And Promoting You, offers lawyers – and law students – a guidepost for meeting the challenges of law practice with enthusiasm, as they seek a satisfying career in the law. (View Lauren’s complete bio below).

Event attendees can pre-purchase Lauren's latest book for $22 here.  

Lauren’s presentation is entitled “Pushing the Envelope to Achieve Gender Equality: Moving Beyond Boundaries.” 

After decades of conversation and countless studies revealing consistently stagnant data towards gender equality goals, it's time to undertake the hard work needed to achieve a diverse and inclusive workplace.  Lauren will identify specific measures that the legal profession can implement today to create the equitable workplace that has been elusive for too long.  Lauren brings an optimistic view about the privilege of serving as a lawyer in any setting, and our opportunities to create a profession that ensures future generations can thrive and develop as lawyers and leaders. 


$25      MWL Member Law Student
$50      MWL Member – Under $55,000 Income
$50      MWL Member – Greater Minnesota (Outside 7-County Metro)
$80      MWL Member

$0        17-18 Diamond or Sapphire Premier Member
$30      17-18 Emerald Premier Member (Using Ticket – Balance Owed)
$30      2017 Partner (Using Ticket – Balance Owed)
$80      MN Affinity Bar Member
$125    Non- Member

Table sponsorship opportunities are also available for the Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture. Complete details are available here


Please RSVP by Monday, November 6th, 2017.  

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.


Please contact Debra Pexa, MWL Executive Director with any questions ( or 612/338-3205).



In follow-up to her Wahl Lecture remarks, Lauren Rikleen Stiller will lead an interactive workshop on the morning of Friday, November 10th, entitled "Pushing the Envelope to Achieve Gender Equality: Leveling the Playing Field"  2.0 Elimination of Bias CLE credit will be applied for. Complete details are available HERE.


Special Thanks to our 2017 Wahl Lecture Sponsors (to date):

Dorsey & Whitney, LLP 
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP 
Gustafson Gluek PLLC 
Merchant & Gould P.C.
Robins Kaplan LLP

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Larson King, LLP
Lindquist & Vennum LLP
Stinson Leonard Street
Zelle LLP

Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Brown and Carlson P.A.
Fish & Richardson P.C.
Fox Rothschild LLP
Gray Plant Mooty
Jackson Lewis, P.C.
Larkin Hoffman
Messerli & Kramer
Minnesota Lawyers Mutual
Moss & Barnett 
Nilan Johnson Lewis 
Pauly, DeVries Smith & Deffner, L.L.C.
Stoel Rives LLP
Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell PLLC
UnitedHealth Group

Felicia Boyd
Patricia A. Beithon 
Lisa Brabbit
Justice Margaret Chutich
Susan Gallagher
Kathleen M. Lamb
Judith Langevin
Teresa Fariss McClain
Arleen Nand
Bridget Nason
Susan C. Rhode
Jennifer Robbins
Pamela Rochlin
Hon. Miriam Rykken
Amy Taber
Hon. Mary Vasaly

Special Thanks to our Silent Auction Donors (to date): 

1600 Executive Suites

Abdallah Candies & Gifts

American Swedish Institute

Arthur Murray School of Dance



Brave New Workshop


Café Latte

Cannon River Winery

Cole's Salon|Spa

Comedy Sportz Theater

ComputerForensic Services

Continental Ballet Company

Continental Diamond

Cub Foods

Depo International

Edina Grill

Edina Theatre

Element Wood Fired Pizza

Fired Up Studios

Grand Casino Mille Lacs Hinckley


Hotel Ivy

Jon Charles Salon

KidCreate Studio

Mall of America

Marquette Hotel

Minneapolis Marriott City Center

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Mixed Blood Theater

Musica Ipsa Loquitur

Mystic Lake

Nanoscapes & Other Visions, LLC

Paradigm Reporting & Captioning

Park Tavern

R. F. Moeller Jeweler

Robert Half Legal

Roller Garden

Root Salon

Spangler and de Stefano, PLLP

Surdyk's Liquor & Cheese Shop

Textile Center

The Wellness Center

The Works Museum

The Minnesota Historical Society



About Lauren Stiller Rikleen

Lauren Stiller Rikleen brings a passionate commitment to her work with professional services entities, businesses, and organizations, seeking to create an engaged, diverse, and inclusive workforce. A preeminent provider of customized training, speaking, and consulting services, Lauren focuses on helping each client develop stronger workplaces by expanding the pool of future leaders and creating an inclusive environment.

Lauren is the author of You Raised Us - Now Work With Us: Millennials, Career Success, and Building Strong Workplace Teams. This widely acclaimed book provides a nuanced perspective and rebuts old stereotypes about Millennials, offering practical recommendations for all generations to strengthen workplace relationships and promote organizational excellence. Lauren has been invited to speak throughout the country about her insights into today’s multi-generational workplace.

Her most recent book is Ladder Down:  Success Strategies For Lawyers From Women Who Will Be Hiring, Reviewing, And Promoting You. The advice and strategies offered in Ladder Down evolved from the challenges identified in Lauren’s first book, Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women’s Success in the Law, a ground-breaking book that details institutional impediments to women’s advancement in the legal profession and offers concrete recommendations for change. 

Lauren is also a Visiting Scholar at the Boston College Center for Work & Family in the Carroll School of Management.  Established in 1990, the Center links academic research and corporate practice to create workplace cultures that support individual and organizational success.

As a former law firm equity partner, Lauren managed a diverse environmental law practice, bringing her strategic and negotiating skills to her clients’ enforcement and compliance problems. She is also an experienced mediator.  For two decades, Lauren was selected by her peers to be listed in Best Lawyers in America. She has also been included in Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers and Massachusetts Super Lawyers.

She is the author of more than 170 articles, including topical commentary and op-ed pieces. Lauren is a contributor to, including its Most Powerful Women Insiders Network and its Leadership Insiders Network, sections that offers business and career advice from influential thought leaders in business. She also contributes regularly to Cognoscenti, the blog for National Public Radio affiliate, WBUR.

Lauren brings an extraordinary background of leadership positions in professional and community organizations to her work at the Rikleen Institute. Within the American Bar Association, Lauren is the past Chair of the Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice; Co-Chair of the Women’s Caucus; and a member of the Standing Committee on Bar Services & Activities. She is also a member of the Board of Editors of the ABA Journal and is a Co-Chair of the American Bar Foundation Massachusetts Fellows. Among other roles, Lauren previously served as a member of the ABA Board of Governors, as a Special Advisor to the American Bar Foundation Board, and as a former president of the Boston Bar Association.  

Among her many awards and accolades, Lauren will receive the 2017 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, presented by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession at the ABA’s Annual Meeting in August. This prestigious award was bestowed on our own Justice Wahl in 1991. 

Lauren’s many other awards include being selected by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly to its Circle of Excellence, Top Women of Law, and being named by Public Media’s Next Avenue as one of the 50 most influential people in aging.  


The Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture was established on the occasion of Justice Wahl’s retirement from the Minnesota Supreme Court. The goal of the lecture series is to honor Justice Wahl, by recognizing women leaders who have broken ground, while pointing the way for women who will follow. The series continues to feature women whose decisions and abilities inspire the leaders of tomorrow, just as Justice Wahl had inspired so many of us.


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