Shook Chair Madeleine McDonough
was a featured speaker and panelist at the 2017 Women’s Power Summit on Law and Leadership held April 26-28 in Austin, Texas. McDonough was one of the presenters of “All Women Created Equal?: From Tokens to Inclusion in Women’s Initiatives,” a forum discussing actions to create initiatives in organizations to make recruitment, retention and advancement of women of color an integral part of efforts to advance women in the legal profession. The panel was moderated by Michele Coleman Mayes, vice president and general counsel of The New York Public Library; panelists included Lauren Rivera, associate professor at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University; Gina Shishima, head of intellectual property at Norton Rose Fulbright; Debra Wong Yang, partner at Gibson Dunn; and Maureen Mulligan, partner at Peabody & Arnold.
Keynote speakers at the event included writer and activist Gloria Steinem; Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to former President Barack Obama and chair of the White House Council for Women and Girls; and Linda Klein, president of the American Bar Association.
The biennial, invitation-only event brings together chief legal officers, general counsel, managing partners, judges, government officials, law school deans and other preeminent lawyers, academics and business leaders with the influence to make significant changes in the legal profession. The Summit is hosted by the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas Law School at Austin.