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2018 Winter Meeting Schedule

*Schedule subject to change

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM - Registration Desk Open
10:00 AM - 10:10 AM - Welcome & Opening Remarks
10:10 AM - 10:30 AM - Check In/Ice Breaker
Facilitated by PDC Board Member, Erin Walczewski, Pro Bono Counsel, Cooley LLP
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - MA in a Day at Work: How I Use My Degree
Moderator: Aisha Greene, Director of Attorney Development and Training, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP
Panelists: Kamaria Henson, Human Capital Manager, Deloitte; Heather Bock, Chief Professional Development Officer, Hogan Lovells US LLP; Kaitlin Sullivan, Senior Manager, U.S. Attorney Training and Development, Dechert LLP; Cristina Arceo, Professional Development Specialist, Dentons US LLP; and Kimberly Curry, Senior Career Development Manager, Foley Hoag LLP
Masters degrees in Organizational Leadership, Adult Learning, Organizational Psychology, EduTech, and more are becoming more common in the legal professional development field and professional services more widely.  During the opening plenary session we will introduce you to talent management professionals (both inside and outside of law firms) who have obtained Masters degrees or PhD’s in these fields.  The  moderated discussion will cover their degree programs and experiences, and explore how the panelists are using their respective degrees in their roles currently and future opportunities they see to leverage their education. 
11:30 AM - 11:40 AM - Break
11:40 AM - 12:40 AM - The Science of Workplace Thriving: Fundamentals for PD Professionals
Anne Brafford, Owner, Aspire
Law firms' complex people problems of retention, engagement, and effective leadership require strategies based in science. Today we know more than ever about how some organizations build thriving cultures that propel them towards success and others struggle to motivate their people towards the organization's goals. What do busy PD professionals (who don’t have time for another degree!) need to know about the science of workplace thriving?  This session will provide fundamentals of Positive Organizational Psychology and resources to get you started.
12:40 AM - 2:00 PM - Networking Lunch and Richard Pearson Award Presentation
2:00 PM - 3:00 AM - AR v. VR - Let’s Explore!
Michael Hoeppner, President, GK Training and Communications and Steve Gluckman, Founder and CEO, LawFirmElearning 
This session will be an interactive and hands-on learning experience with augmented reality and virtual reality. What are they? How are they different? How are they currently being used for training programs? How can they be used in law firms? Learn more about augmented reality and virtual reality, and experience how these technologies are being used to help lawyers and other professionals improve their public speaking, professional presence, and other important skills.
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM - Break
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM - Concurrent Session: Organizational Coaching
Gene A. Gilmore, Director of Professional Development, Cooley LLP; Jim Lovelace, Director of Attorney Training and Development, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; and Rebecca Shulman, Recruiting and Associate Development Manager, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
We can coach the individual, but how do we coach an organization as an entity? How do coaching concepts apply to systems thinking? Where are the opportunities or possible “interventions”?
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM - Concurrent Session: Leadership in Law Firms: Unique Challenges and Proven Approaches 
Kathleen Bradley, Senior Global Advisor, Center for Creative Leadership
Leadership development is a business-critical need in organizations across all industries, but what is unique about developing lawyers as leaders? How do lawyers think about leadership challenges? What does the research say about fostering results-driven leadership? Following a data-driven, interactive discussion of those questions, we’ll learn about the core competencies of leadership identified by the Center for Creative Leadership and how a proven framework can help PD Professionals guide and contribute to the leadership development process. 
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM - Break
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM - Roundtable Wrap-Up
After a day of diving into the world of advanced degrees amongst talent management professionals, it’s time for you to specialize! What do you want to learn more about? Pick a degree or conference session that you are interested in for a focused roundtable discussion facilitated by one of our conference speakers or a PDC member with a M.A. or Ph.D. degree. This will be a chance for you to further discuss what you learned, continue conversations, ask questions and leverage the knowledge of your colleagues.
6:30 PM - Small Group Dinners