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2015 MWL Conference for Women in the Law: Highlights




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Conference Highlights


Keynote Presentation
Minnesota Women Lawyers is honored to welcome author and attorney Gindi Eckel Vincent, who will deliver the keynote presentation at the 2015 MWL Conference for Women in the Law, on the evening of Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at Dorsey &Whitney in downtown Minneapolis. Gindi is Counsel for ExxonMobil in Houston and Author of Learning to Lead: What Really Works for Women in the Law.

Learning to Lead provides a concise road map of the latest collective wisdom on leadership and applies those principles to women lawyers. It also features interviews with eleven women legal leaders who share their lessons learned and tips for success.

About Gindi Eckel Vincent
Gindi Eckel Vincent has been practicing law for over 15 years and specializes in solving complex environmental matters for global energy companies. She joined ExxonMobil as Counsel in 2013. Gindi received her J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School, B.A. from Ouachita Baptist University, and studied abroad at University of Oxford’s Magdalen College and Moscow State University.

Gindi currently sits as a Director on the Board of the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce and as Immediate Past President of the Women’s Energy Network. She has also served as Chair of the 27,000 member Texas Young Lawyers Association, Chair of the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, Vice President of the Young Audiences of Houston, and as an officer and director of other non-profit associations. Gindi has been recognized by several organizations for her professional and leadership contributions, including being selected as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Houston in 2014 and receiving the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston and Pillsbury’s Working Mother of the Year awards.

In addition, Gindi is a speaker and author, and her first book entitled Learning to Lead was published in 2013. She is currently writing her second book on leadership life cycles. She authors a daily blog for working women at Gindi and her husband are the proud parents of five year old triplets.

Breakout Sessions
Minnesota Women Lawyers is pleased to offer a wide range of Conference programming geared towards the diverse practice areas and experience levels represented by MWL's membership. View the program agenda for a complete listing of plenary and break-out sessions.


Through all of its events and initiatives, Minnesota Women Lawyers fosters a strong sense of community among its members and leverages its collective voice to advance its mission. Furthermore, MWL is a powerful source of business growth and client development, and Conference attendees will have a particular opportunity to connect with trailblazers and trendsetters from across the Minnesota legal community. With its statewide membership of attorneys, judges, law students & legal employers, the MWL Conference will be a perfect setting to network, learn and practice skills in a collegial and supportive environment, and foster greater satisfaction within the practice of law.


CLE Credit
Up to seven CLE credits will be applied for. (Including both ethics and elimination of bias credits). Final credits received will be based on actual sessions attended.


Thursday Evening Dine Around
MWL Conference for Women in the Law attendees are invited to participate in Thursday evening's dine around. Reservations for groups of 10 will be made at a variety of downtown Minneapolis restaurants, all within walking distance of Thursday's event location (Dorsey & Whitney). Dinner is at each participant’s own expense. Diners MUST indicate their interest on their registration form (or via email, no later than Friday, May 1st to, so we are able to make dinner reservations accordingly.

Upon arrival at the conference, each “dine around” participant will be directed to sign-up for dinner at a specific restaurant. At the conclusion of Thursday's program (6:45 p.m.), participants should meet at the registration desk at Dorsey and Whitney and proceed as a group to their selected restaurant.


MWL Conference Benefactor

MWL is pleased to offer its members the opportunity to register as an MWL Conference Benefactor. By paying a slightly higher registration fee, an MWL Conference Benefactor helps fund conference scholarships, while receiving exclusive conference benefits. Benefits include a complimentary copy of "Learning to Lead, " as well as recognition on the MWL website, in the Conference program and on their conference nametag.

Special thanks to 2015 MWL Conference Benefactors:

Lynn Anderson, Holiday Companies
Susan Gallagher, Gallagher Law Office, L.L.C.
Teresa Fariss McClain, Robins Kaplan LLC


For more information, contact MWL Executive Director Debra Pexa (


Annual Meeting
NOTE: Registration for the MWL Conference automatically includes registration to the MWL Annual Meeting luncheon. MWL Annual Meeting tickets may also be purchased separately HERE.

MWL is pleased to announce its 43rd Annual Meeting, to be held on Friday, May 8th, 2015 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. at Loews Minneapolis Hotel.


This luncheon event will offer an opportunity to take a look at the past year and at the year ahead, particularly as we launch the 2015-2018 MWL Strategic Plan. We’ll elect our 2015-2016 Board of Directors, and we’ll honor our 2015 Annual Award recipients and MWL Law Student Scholarship recipient. Plus, this event is always a fabulous opportunity to catch up with colleagues and friends! We hope you’ll join us to celebrate our past accomplishments and plan our future successes.


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