2018 Annual Conference | Diversity + Flexibility = Embracing Change


Our 2018 Annual Conference will be held on Thursday, September 27!

Gain insights into the most effective strategies for results
when time and resources are limited.

Hear cross industry best practices from Dell, KPMG, Abercrombie & Fitch, Fannie Mae, Politico, EverFi and top law firms and other business leaders.

Learn about new data and case studies that will help you build powerful business case internally to advance diversity and flexibility within your organization.

Build a network of senior level peers from across top ranking law firms
and Fortune 500 Companies.

Join us September 27 for our Annual Conference, one of the DC area’s largest gatherings of prominent leaders from around the world committed to strategically addressing the critical issues of Diversity and Flexibility.

Each year, our conference brings together corporate executive leadership, partners at professional services firms, general counsel, diversity and inclusion professionals, and talent management professionals who share how they have implemented successful strategies in their organizations for retaining and promoting women and supporting work-life control for everyone.


On September 27, 2018, join industry leaders like KPMG, Dell, EverFi, Abercrombie & Fitch, Fannie Mae, Politico, as well as prominent law firms like Akin Gump, Fried Frank, Dentons, White & Case, Seyfarth Shaw, among others.

This year’s conference is a highly interactive one-day event delivering the latest trends and best practices in diversity and flexibility, including:

– Emerging trends, leading best practices and real-life case studies in flexibility and leave initiatives that are proven to attract and retain top talent in all industries;

– A 360 approach to organizational change that emphasizes the role that leadership, as well as clients, play in shaping a culture of success that embraces diversity and creates a powerful road map for the advancement of women;

– The latest, cutting-edge research from Gallup, the world’s preeminent research authority, on the value of Employee Engagement and the critical steps your organization needs to take today.


Diversity + Flexibility = Embracing Change

Thursday, September 27, 2018

8:15 am – 4:15 pm
Offices of Jones Day

300 New Jersey Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20001


Alliance Members receive two complimentary tickets as a member benefit! 

**Special Member Promotion**: Members receive a complimentary ticket to bring a client at no charge. Contact Eliza Musallam at eliza@dfalliance.com if you’d like to bring a client as your guest.

Please re-register for the September 27 date even if you were originally registered for the March 21 event.

(April 9 – Extended to July 9)

Members (Additional Tickets): $495

Non-Members: $595

(July 10 – September 12)

Members (Additional Tickets): $549

Non-Members: $649

(Sept. 13 – Sept. 27)

Members (Additional Tickets): $595

Non-Members: $695

Representatives from law schools, government agencies, and nonprofits: $195



8:15 am  Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am  Welcome Remarks & Presentation of the Flex Leader Award

9:15 am  Organizational Changes with Big Impact & Presentation of the Flex Impact Awards

In every industry there are trendsetters who go beyond the norm and lead the way with embracing change. Hear from organizations that have taken flexibility to new heights and are leading their industries in the quest for the recruitment and retention of a more content and successful workforce.

10:15 am  Networking Break

10:30 am  Making Change Happen from the Outside-In: The Power of Client Persuasion

To stay competitive, law firms are recognizing the need to evolve and be more aware of their clients’ values.  It’s not enough to “be the best” — clients want to see prospective outside counsel investing in the development of diverse teams, advancing women, and supporting  flexible work initiatives. Our panel of leading in-house counsel will discuss the importance of  diverse teams and inclusive cultures, both internally and externally, and the role they are playing to make change happen from the outside-in with their vendors.

11:30 am  Overview of 2017 Law Firm Flexibility Benchmarking Survey Results and Presentation of the Flex Success® Awards

12:00  Lunch

1:00 pm  Featured Speaker: Vipula Gandhi, Managing Partner, Eastern US, Gallup presents State of the American Workplace: Findings & Implications

An overview of the eye-opening data and insights from Gallup’s research on what is driving recent workplace trends and what some innovative companies are doing to address associated challenges. Vipula will discuss how these findings can help organizations increase employee engagement, performance management, and foster flexible, matrixed teams.

1:45 pm  Networking Break

2:00 pm  Making Change Happen from the Inside-Out: Industry Leaders Shaping Organizational Culture

As they compete for consumers, clients, employees, and market share, corporations and professional services firms have found success by embracing flexibility and diversity. Our executive panel from the financial, media, technology, and consulting industries will discuss how they are incorporating changes from the inside-out by making the business case for diversity and flexibility.  By embracing these changes, they are creating a culture for success that leads to tangible profits as well as the intangible gains of creating a loyal, happy, and dedicated workforce.

3:00 pm Networking Break

3:15 pm Creating a Successful Women’s Initiative with Impact: A KPMG Case Study

Are you looking to advance more women into leadership? Are you looking for ways to empower your women’s initiative to drive change? You know you need to take action at the organizational level, but you don’t know where and how to initiate the necessary changes. Alliance President and CEO, Manar Morales and Lisa Madden of KPMG will highlight how the firm has implemented, developed, and sustained the women’s initiative for the International Tax group at KPMG. This candid discussion will also reference best practices on how to affect change through affinity groups and overcome organizational challenges.  Attendees will have the opportunity to share their best practices with one another during this session.

4:15 pm  Closing Remarks

This event has been approved for 4.75 MCLE credit hours in IL, 5 MCL credit hours in AR, and
1.75 MCLE credit hours in CA.

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Sarah Alexander Goldfrank
Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Legal Department
Fannie Mae


Nicole Collier
Director of Policy & Public Affairs


Vipula Gandhi
Managing Partner, Eastern US
Gallup Inc.


Stacia Jones
Vice President, Associate General Counsel & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Abercrombie & Fitch


Alan Kaden
Managing Partner & Governance Committee Member
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson


Cynthia Kelley, DO
Vice President, Medical Education
Summa Health


Kim Koopersmith
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld


Jeffrey Lehrer
Managing Partner
DLA Piper


Heather McDevitt
Partner & Global Governance Team
White & Case


Lisa Madden
National Operations Leader, International Tax Practice


Lori Mihalich-Levin


Manar Morales
President & CEO
The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance


Kevyn D. Orr
Partner-in-Charge Washington
Jones Day


J. Stephen Poor
Chairman Emeritus & Partner
Seyfarth Shaw


Traci Schweikert
Vice President, Human Resources
Politico USA

Jennifer Wilson
Global Program Manager, Work Flexibility Program

Tammy Wincup
Chief Operating Officer









Show your support for creating inclusive cultures that advance diversity and flexibility by sponsoring this year’s conference! Sponsors receive complimentary tickets based upon their level of support.
Learn more about our different Sponsorship levels here.
Contact Manar Morales for more information on sponsorship.