Jenner & Block

“Women Partner Branding 201: Taking it to the Next Level,” Professional Development Institute

Jenner & Block Partner and Chief Talent Officer Charlotte L. Wager and Partner Mary Ellen Callahan spoke at the Professional Development Institute’s 2014 conference that explored current trends in lawyer professional development and key issues facing the legal industry.  Their session, titled, “Women Partner Branding 201: Taking it to the Next Level,” discussed the advantages and obstacles women partners face in promoting their brand; how professional development professionals can coach partners on maximizing and enhancing their brand; how technology and social networking have altered the landscape; and how to coach partners who are stalled in their branding efforts.  The session took place on December 4, the first day of the two-day conference, which was sponsored by ALI CLE (American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education) and NALP (National Association for Law Placement) and held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC. 

The firm’s chief talent officer, Charlotte is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm’s hiring and attorney development.  She regularly speaks to law students and lawyers about hiring and professional development, including at programs sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Practising Law Institute, the Illinois State Bar Association and Harvard Law School.  Charlotte has been actively involved in NALP for a number of years, including serving as the organization’s president from 2012 to 2013.

Mary Ellen is the founder and chair of the firm’s Privacy and Information Governance Practice and also serves as a member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and as co-chair of the Women's Forum Steering Committee.  The former chief privacy officer of the United States Department of Homeland Security, she has a unique and broad knowledge of and experience with the interface of the protection of privacy, civil rights and civil liberties with cybersecurity and national security issues.  

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