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2018 MWL Conference


The 2018 MWL Conference for Women in the Law:

The Big Tent: Diversity as Our Strength


Requests for Seminar Proposals Are No Longer Being Accepted
(Deadline was 11/20/17)

Minnesota Women Lawyers is pleased to announce The 2018 MWL Conference for Women in the Law, to be held on Friday, April 27th, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.

The goals of The MWL Conference are to collaborate across MWL’s statewide legal community, to provide high-value programming of interest to our diverse membership, and to create meaningful networking opportunities.  All members of Minnesota’s legal community are welcome to attend.


hover text The MWL Conference will be highlighted by keynote presenter Michele Coleman Mayes, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for the New York Public Library.  Previously, Ms. Mayes served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Allstate Insurance Company and for Pitney Bowes Inc.  She also served as Chair of the Commission on Women in the Profession of the American Bar Association from 2014-2017. 

The MWL Conference will also feature a full day of programming, geared towards the diverse practice areas and experience levels represented by MWL's membership. 


2018 Conference registration will open in early 2018. 



DIVERSITY & INCLUSION: MWL welcomes the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that diverse members bring to MWL, including, but not limited to, those based on nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, age and generational differences, religion, area of practice and geography.  MWL seeks to foster and build a community of inclusion and is committed to individual and organizational efforts to build respect, dignity, fairness, caring, equality, and self-esteem.



·2018 MWL Conference full-day admittance for all presenters/panelists;

·Parking at the Hyatt Regency for all presenters/panelists

·Exposure to broad audience of conference attendees;

·Opportunity to showcase your expertise;

·Networking opportunities;

·Marketing: name and employer listed in promotional materials; bio listed in Conference program.


Please note: MWL is unable to pay honorarium fees or reimburse for travel or other related expenses.  


TO SUBMIT: Please complete and submit the ONLINE FORM BELOW or print, complete and email the PDF FORM to MWL Executive Director Debra Pexa ( by November 20, 2017.  Feel free to attach or submit any additional information as appropriate.


DEADLINE FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS: Monday, November 20th, 2017. 


PLEASE NOTE: The 2018 MWL Conference Planning Committee will review all proposals and in its sole discretion, select the presentations for inclusion in the 2018 MWL Conference for Women in the Law program.  Submitting a presentation proposal does not guarantee a place on the agenda.  The primary contact listed on the proposal will be notified of whether or not their proposal has been selected by December 15th, 2018.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact MWL Executive Director Debra Pexa (612-338-3205 or 

Minnesota Women Lawyers is an association of 1,200 attorneys, judges, law students, legal employers and others who are dedicated to advancing the success of women attorneys and striving for a just society.


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