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MWL Seeks Nominations to the 2018-2019 Board of Directors

Tuesday, January 16, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Hannah Zuercher

MWL President Kendra Brodin recently appointed members to the 2018-2019 MWL Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee is charged with recommending a slate of candidates to the Minnesota Women Lawyers membership for the 2018-2019 Board of Directors. The election will be held at MWL’s 46th Annual Meeting, which will take place on Friday, April 27th, 12:00 noon at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis.  Terms commence on July 1, 2018.

Members of the Nominating Committee include:

Chair: Connie Armstrong, McGough Construction

Angela Browning, Stinson Leonard Street

Judge Elizabeth Cutter, Fourth Judicial District
Dani Deering, Lockheed Martin

Shannon Harmon, IRS Office of the General Counsel

Poonam Kumar, DLA Piper

Lisa Holter, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Karen Opp, Korn Ferry Hay Group

Tina Syring, Cozen O'Connor


Nominations are being sought for five (5) Board of Director positions; each are two-year terms. Nominations are also being sought for the positions of President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer, each are one-year terms. (Board descriptions are available HERE). To qualify, the nominee must be a member in good standing with MWL. Candidates for President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer may not be members of the Nominating Committee.


MWL has established general standards to be considered by MWL's Nominating Committee in recommending a slate of candidates for the 2018-2019 Board of Directors. Considerations may include, but are not limited to:


• A candidate's past experience serving on the board of Minnesota Women Lawyers or other organizations;
• A candidate's passion for MWL and past involvement with MWL;
• A candidate's past involvement with other legal and community organizations;
• A candidate's overall career experience, within and outside of the legal community, as it may relate to areas of expertise needed on the board (financial, marketing, banking, business, etc.);
• A candidate's other skills, talents and connections that would be useful for MWL;
• A candidate's ability to commit an appropriate amount of time to the specific board position being applied for;
• A candidate's impact on the overall diversity of the board's make-up, in conjunction with (or) as described in
MWL's Diversity and Inclusion Statement;
• A candidate's commitment, conscientiousness and sense of responsibility for tasks; and

• A candidate's leadership ability and willingness to use it on behalf of MWL.


Beginning with FY18-19, Board members are requested to support MWL at one of its Premier Member membership levels. A leader's Premier membership serves as a strong message of MWL support.  However, the intent is not meant to inhibit or prevent a members' ability to serve in a leadership capacity. Thereby, exceptions are possible, based on individual circumstances. Feel free to contact MWL Executive Director Debra Pexa to discuss further. (612/338-3205 or


The MWL Nominating Committee will conduct brief (10-15 minute) interviews with all nominees. Interviews will be held on Monday, March 5th, 2018 between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. at the MWL office (600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 390B in Minneapolis) or by other means as coordinated with the MWL Executive Director. 


As soon as a Board nomination has been received by MWL, staff will contact the candidate to schedule an interview time.  Early Board nomination submission is strongly encouraged.


MWL members interested in serving on the MWL Board of Directors, or those who would like to nominate another MWL member, should submit a complete nomination to the MWL office ( or via regular mail to 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 390B, Minneapolis, MN 55402).  


Submissions must include:


1) 2018-2019 Board of Directors Nomination Cover Sheet

2) Letter of Interest or Letter of Nomination

3) Candidate's Resume. 


Completed nominations must be received in the MWL office by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018


NOTE: Most nominations submitted to MWL are self-nominations.


The 2018-2019 slate of candidates will be announced on the MWL website at and in the April 2018 issue of With Equal Right.


For more information, contact Nominating Committee Chair Connie Armstrong at 651/634-7795 or; or MWL Executive Director Debra Pexa at 612/338-3205 or


Minnesota Women Lawyers
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 390B
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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