ALFN's 5th 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.  

WILLPOWER 2022 Schedule: 

DAY ONE: Thursday, April 28
7:00-8:00 AM - Yoga (Ballroom Salon A) or Group Run (Meet in Lobby) - Prior Registration Required

8:00 AM-4:00 PM – Registration Open 

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

10:00-11:00 AM – Keynote Speaker Presentation - Marissa Orr - Lean Out; New Perspectives on Diversity in the Workplace 

  • Marissa Orr is a leadership speaker and truth teller. She spent 15 years working at today’s top tech giants, Google and Facebook, forming her views on leadership, gender & teamwork.  The keynote seeks to answer the question (which is also the premise of Lean Out): What are we getting wrong about women at work?  It has been decades since the equal pay act, and in that time, we’ve invested billions of dollars, time, attention, and resources into solving the gender and wage gap. Despite the enormity of that investment, the numbers have barely budged. And yet, we keep throwing the same solutions against the wall, hoping something, someday will change.  Lean Out is an attempt to take a step back and provide a new perspective on the issue in order for more practical/sustainable solutions to emerge.

       ◦    Women aren’t the problem.
       ◦    The problem is legacy systems used to structure & organize businesses.
       ◦    The corporate hierarchy was designed for an era and economy long gone.
       ◦    Leadership and ambition are defined too narrowly (leader vs. manager).
       ◦    Chase your own carrot, define success on your own terms. 

Click here to view a brief video clip from Marissa Orr to WILLPOWER attendees

11:00-11:15 AM – Refreshment Break 

11:15-12:15 PM – Keynote Speaker Workshop Part 1 – Marissa Orr - Defining Success in a Post Pandemic World 

  • Themes:
       ◦    Individual vs. Collective Success
       ◦    How the Pandemic has changed beliefs, attitudes, structures of work.
       ◦    How to keep up the momentum and affect positive change.

  • Takeaways:
       ◦    Concrete steps to lasting change.
       ◦    Redefining success and leadership.

12:15-1:15 PM – Luncheon with Special Guest Speaker – Surviving and Thriving in a Post Pandemic Workforce

1:15-1:30 PM – Refreshment Break 

1:30-2:30 PM – Keynote Speaker Workshop Part 2 – Marissa Orr - Defining Success in a Post Pandemic World

  • Themes:
       ◦    Individual vs. Collective Success
       ◦    How the Pandemic has changed beliefs, attitudes, structures of work.
       ◦    How to keep up the momentum and affect positive change.

  • Takeaways:
       ◦    Concrete steps to lasting change.
       ◦    Redefining success and leadership.

2:30-2:45 PM – Refreshment Break 

2:45-3:45 PM – Special Guest Speaker  

  • Christine Beckwith, Master Coach & President, Vision for Success Coaching – Women With Vision, To Truly See You Must First Have A Vision  

3:45-4:00 PM – Refreshment Break

4:00-5:00 PM - Presentation by WILLPOWER Charity Partner - Patriot PAWS 

  • The mission of Patriot PAWS is to train and provide service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence. Patriot PAWS intends to build partnerships with local, state and national organizations to help develop and support this goal.
    • Patriot PAWS Ambassadors - Paula Sterling & Paul Knorr
    • Caren Castle, Senior Attorney, The Wolf Firm
    • Amanda Green, Associate General Counsel, LOGS Legal Group
    • Alicia Wood, Vice President - Servicing, Angel Oak Home Loans

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

6:00-7:30 PM - Dinner & Auction for All Attendees

DAY TWO: Friday, April 29
7:00-8:00 AM - Yoga (Ballroom Salon A) or Group Run (Meet in Lobby) - Prior Registration Required

8:00 AM-11:00 AM – Registration Open 

9:00-10:00 AM – Breakfast & General Session

  • Powerful Stories and Inspiration from Women Leaders in our Industry
    • Natalie Grigg, Partner, Woods Oviatt Gilman - Moderator
    • Andrea Tromberg, Managing Member, Tromberg Morris & Poulin, PLLC 
    • Marcy Ford, Managing Partner & EVP, Trott Law
    • Melissa Black, Vice President, Default Servicing, PennyMac Loan Services, LLC

10:00-10:15 AM – Refreshment Break

10:15-11:30 AM – Guest Speaker & Closing Remarks – Renee Schultz 

  • Renee Schultz - Empowering Women and Encouraging Diversity & Inclusion Throughout My Career & Beyond 
    • Trustee of PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (PMT)
    • Trustee of Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN (Women’s Liberal Arts College and Sister School to Notre Dame)
    • Advisor for Big Brother Big Sister, Palm Beach County
    • Founding Member of ALICE (Achieve, Lead, Inspire, Cultivate, Empower) for women in the mortgage industry
    • Member of MBA’s mPower
    • Previously Senior Vice President Capital Markets and Executive Sponsor of Live Openly at Fannie Mae

11:30 AM – Conference Concludes


ALFN's 5th Annual WILLPOWER Summit
April 28-29, 2022
The Ritz-Carlton Dallas
2121 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201



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