In her capacity as a Director for the Stanford Alumni Association's Women's Impact Network, Lindsey S. Mignano organized an online fireside presentation/chat with three personal and business coaches, Eli Blair, Jessie Arora, and Briona Ned. They answered such questions as how to set your goals in life and work, and how to make (and keep) New Year's resolutions that actually work this time.
Lindsey S. Mignano spoke on a panel entitled "Transformational Leadership: Moving Past Performative D&I" for the Bar Association of San Francisco's Diversity Conference. Panelists explored what leaders in firms and organizations can do to effect meaningful cultural change to recruit, retain, and promote diverse individuals in law firms, rather than making DEI an extracurricular or selling point.
Lindsey S. Mignano, in her capacity as the Barristers Board President, provided the opening remarks and spoke on a panel entitled "Law Firm Equity" at BASF Women’s Impact Network "Legal Trailblazers" Conference.
SSM and sponsors PuzzleHR, Carta, Marsh McLennan Agency and Burkland & Associates hosted a private event at the Lumina in San Francisco for VCs at firms and corporate strategy departments. Jason D. Crain hosted a fireside chat with Peter Walker of Carta regarding Q3 VC Industry updates.
SSM, Halogen Ventures, Punch Financial, First Republic Bank, SequoiaHR and Deloitte hosted a private event at Top Golf El Segundo to support and celebrate women in VC, and connect with new people in the industry over golf, drinks and small bites.
In her capacity as a Board Member, Lindsey S. Mignano organized a panel for Stanford Alumni Association Women's Impact Network to celebrate Filipino American History Month. Panelists included Angelica Zabanal, Associate at Duane Morris LLP, Christine Cordero, Co-Director of Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Kuusela Hilo, Director of Organizing at United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP), and Hon. Ray Buenaventura, Attorney and Vice-Mayor of Daly City.
Kelly Lawton-Abbott joined John Flemming of CIBC, Cameron Borumand of Fuse, and Owen Carton of Now CFO and discussed the current state of the industry. Panelists covered topics such as market updates, seed funding, the different sources of capital from the earliest stage of funding, Series Seed and Regulation A+.
Teela Smith, Cesilia Fernandez, Deputy Public Defender of Santa Clara County, and Mark Punzalan of Chan + Punzalan presented "Incompetent or Imposter" for the Bar Association of San Francisco's 2022 Barristers Litigation Summit. They discussed their experiences overcoming Imposter Syndrome, how the Imposter Syndrome affects an attorney’s ability to ethically represent clients, and how to communicate effectively with supervising attorneys, staff, clients, and the Court despite feeling like an imposter.
Jason Crain and Lita Abella of the State Bar of California presented "Pivoting Past the Pandemic: Work Life Balance for Legal Professionals" and discussed how attorney substance use and mental health issues can lead to detrimental and/or deadly consequences and develop a self-care plan and wellness strategies during these challenging times.
The legal profession has always been challenging for parents and caregivers, and the COVID-19 pandemic both exacerbated those challenges while also creating new opportunities. Legal employers across the industry -- from small firms to large firms to corporations and government -- now have a unique opportunity to rethink the way that they structure recruitment and retention policies to maximize the talent and diversity in their workforce. Neda Shapourian presented on a panel entitled "Recruiting and Retaining Parent & Caregiver Talent in a Post-Pandemic Legal Industry" for the Bar Association of San Francisco's Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Barristers Club with three other parent-lawyers.
Lindsey S. Mignano presented for students of UC Hastings, her alma mater, as to corporate and transactional practices. She was interviewed by the Professional Development Office of UC Hastings regarding how she became a corporate lawyer, how she started her law firm with co-founders Teela C. Smith and Neda Shapourian, and what she wished she knew when she was a law student at UC Hastings.