ALFN's 6th Annual WILLPOWER Summit 

This annual women's leadership summit is hosted by the ALFN's largest member-driven volunteer group, Women in Legal Leadership (WILL).  This event is less about your typical industry topics, and more about building relationships and professional development alongside some of the industry's brightest thought leaders, connected by the same WILL of empowering women to lead.  


Mortgage Servicers - If you need financial assistance to attend WILLPOWER, please complete our Servicer Scholarship Application.  If you can't attend the entire event, and want to join us at the Reception & Dinner on April 27 (5-7 PM), then please contact srosen@alfn.org to receive a promotional code to register for a special reduced rate of $99.  

WILLPOWER 2023 Schedule: 

DAY ONE: Thursday, April 27
7:00-8:00 AM - Yoga – Pre-registration is required for this activity – 5th Floor War Room

8:00 AM-4:00 PM – ALFN Information & Registration Desk Open – National Ballroom Foyer

9:00-10:00 AM – Networking Breakfast & WILL Introductions – National Ballroom

10:00-11:00 AM – Keynote Speaker Presentation – Courtney Clark – ReVisionary Thinking: The Science and Strategy of Adapting to Change – National Ballroom

  • Can you reach your goals, even if things aren’t going the way you expect? Most people are good at setting goals and making plans, but not very good at revising those plans when things change. But that’s the real work of resilience. Resilience is letting go of the “old way of doing things” and rewriting a script for success that gives you the fastest and best path from where you are to where you want to go. Backed by Courtney’s data-driven research, ReVisionary Thinking offers concrete strategies for blazing a new path when the goalposts move on you.  At the end of this session, participants will be able to…
    • Avoid the typical mistakes people make when confronted with change
    • Improve mental flexibility as individuals and teams
    • Understand why gut instinct fails you in unfamiliar situations—and how to counter it
    • Generate new (and more innovative!) ideas when solving problems

11:00-11:15 AM – Refreshment Break – National Ballroom Foyer

11:15-12:15 PM – Keynote Speaker Workshop Part 1 – Courtney Clark – ReVisionary Thinking Deep Dive: Explore the Strategies and Tactics to Master Change Faster – National Ballroom 

  • Following the ReVisionary Thinking keynote, get a closer look into the how-to of navigating change with Courtney’s research and theories for developing ReVisionary Thinking at every level of your organization. Participants will learn how to:
    • Define the difference between problem-solving mode and solution-finding mode
    • Build an organizational brainstorming strategy that gets results
    • Frame problems and solutions to get maximum buy-in from team members

12:15-1:15 PM – Luncheon with Special Guest Speaker – Judge Brooke Allen - Are You Prepared to Lose?

  • Join Judge Brooke Allen to hear about her life in the corporate world with Black & Decker, as a litigation attorney, and now as a Tarrant County Judge. Learn how being resilient has played a part in her life from early on and again and again, she has been “prepared to lose,” which has led to some great wins.

1:15-1:30 PM – Refreshment Break – National Ballroom Foyer

1:30-2:30 PM –
Keynote Speaker Workshop Part 2 – Courtney Clark – The Art of Accelerated ResilienceTM – Adapt Faster and Achieve More – National Ballroom 

  • In today’s competitive world, there’s no time to recover from our setbacks slowly. The research-based strategies from Courtney’s new book, The Successful Struggle, will have your team managing change, chaos, conflict, and life’s other challenges in the fastest, most productive way possible. Building resilience means developing new behavior patterns in tough times, and Courtney will show you the research behind the quickest ways to get back on track and be successful, no matter the challenges you face in life and work. At the end of our two workshop sessions, participants will be able to…
    • Recognize the benefits of connecting with the purpose of change
    • Develop new strategies to maintain personal power and a sense of control during times of change and chaos
    • Apply the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” technique for chaos management

2:30-2:45 PM – Refreshment Break – National Ballroom Foyer

2:45-3:45 PM – General Session – Disrupting the Status Quo: Navigating the Evolving Workplace – National Ballroom

  • Join us for an insightful panel discussion on the latest disruptions in the workplace. From "Quiet Quitting" to "Rage Applying," we'll explore the emerging trends and challenges that are changing the game for employers and employees alike. Our expert panel will share their insights on how to navigate these trends and stay ahead of the curve in this rapidly evolving work environment. This is a must-attend event for anyone looking to stay ahead of the curve and stay competitive in the future of work. Get ready to challenge the status quo and learn about the exciting opportunities ahead!
    • Moderator:  Jan Duke, Chief Operating Officer, a360inc
    • Speakers:
      • Emily Chavarriaga, Principal Business Process Design, Mr. Cooper
      • Michele Lublin, Director of Finance & Operations, Rubin Lublin
      • Kenzie Brand, Sr. Manager, Human Capital Consultant, The Encompass Group

3:45-4:00 PM – Refreshment Break– National Ballroom Foyer

4:00-5:00 PM - Presentation by WILLPOWER Charity Partner – Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center “DCAC” – National Ballroom

  • DCAC is the only agency of its kind in Dallas County, working in agreement with public and private agencies to investigate, prosecute, and provide healing services for child abuse cases in Dallas County. They reduce the re-victimization of the child, remove barriers to investigation and treatment, and enhance criminal prosecution with their distinctive multidisciplinary and united approach to these complex and severe cases.  DCAC is a national and international leader in the Children’s Advocacy Center movement, recognized for their expertise in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of child abuse cases; cutting-edge clinical services and programs for victims and their non-offending family members; and their community and professional training programs.
    • Moderator:  Rosalie Escobedo, Director of Business Development, Mackie, Wolf, Zientz & Mann
    • Speakers:
      • Irish Burch, President & CEO, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
      • Amanda Green, Associate General Counsel, LOGS Legal Group

5:00-6:00 PM – Networking Reception & Auction 

6:00-7:00 PM - Dinner & Auction for All Attendees

7:00 PM - Dinner and Auction Concludes.  

DAY TWO: Friday, April 28

7:00-8:00 AM – Yoga – Pre-registration is required for this activity – 5th Floor War Room

8:00 AM-11:00 AM – ALFN Information & Registration Desk Open 

9:00-10:00 AM – Breakfast & General Session – Diversity and Resiliency: Seeing Things Differently – National Ballroom

  • On a personal level, resiliency enables someone to manage through crisis.  Organizational resiliency likewise looks at how a company can anticipate threats, cope with unexpected events, and learn from those events to facilitate and promote change. Both on a personal and professional level, we operate in an increasingly complex and turbulent world.  Therefore, the need to develop resilience, manage unexpected disruptions, maintain high performance, and even thrive and grow are of utmost importance.  Join our panel as we discuss personal and professional experiences that address the interplay between diversity and resiliency, what resiliency means to enhance diverse management, and how diversity assists with organizational resiliency.
    • Moderator:  Natalie Grigg, Partner, Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP
    • Speakers:
      • Kelly Gring, Partner, Tromberg, Morris & Poulin, PLLC (WILL Attorney Chair)
      • Jacquelyn Pardue Cayon, Operations Change Management, Freddie Mac
      • Yacenda Hudson, Partner, Tromberg Morris & Poulin, PLLC
      • Jackie Vazquez, Foreclosure Manager, Mr. Cooper
      • Cerena Rodriquez, Client Relations Manager, Statebridge Company, LLC

10:00-10:15 AM – Refreshment Break – National Ballroom Foyer

10:15-11:30 AM – Special Guest Speaker: Sarah-Nell Walsh, JD, PCC – Executive Coach, Founder & CEO of Wayfinders, LLC – Navigating Change: Self-Leadership in a VUCA World – followed by WILLPOWER Closing Remarks – National Ballroom  

  • The past three years have been marked by RAPID changes.  These changes have affected every level of our lives from bodily autonomy to the price of gas.  We have to come to grips with the fact that constant, unpredictable change is now the norm.  And, we have to learn how to resource ourselves for the inevitable changes that are on the horizon.  

    Sarah-Nell Walsh will share four strategies to help you navigate confidently and productively through this VUCA world rather than being paralyzed by it. Sarah-Nell is an executive coach, a former practicing attorney, and Founder of Wayfinders LLC. Equal parts big-hearted cheerleader and bold challenger, she works with ambitious professionals who want to perform at the top of their game. She helps her clients grow their businesses, hone their leadership skills, and make their desired impact on their organizations, their families, and the world.

11:30 AM – Conference Concludes


ALFN's 6th Annual WILLPOWER Summit
April 27-28, 2023
Thompson Dallas
205 N Akard St
Dallas, TX 75201



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