Greenberg Traurig Brings Together High-Level Women for Thought Leadership Conference at its 6th Annual Women’s Business Forum

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Greenberg Traurig Brings Together High-Level Women for Thought Leadership Conference at its 6th Annual Women’s Business Forum

International law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, held its 6th Annual Women’s Business Forum at The Beverly Hills Hotel on April 25, 2013. More than150 guests, including firm clients, were in attendance at the invitation-only annual event where professional women gathered to discuss issues of mutual interest in a setting that is conducive to learning, business development, networking and personal enrichment. The theme for this year’s event was “Women in Leadership: Moving Forward. Achieving Success.”

The firm presented the Diana P. Scott Integrity in Action Award to The Honorable Lee Smalley Edmon, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge. The award is named after the late Diana P. Scott, a former shareholder in the firm’s Los Angeles office. This annual award is presented to an individual recognized by her peers for her work in closing diversity and gender gaps, as well as someone who, like Scott, combines outstanding leadership with a passionate commitment to her community and the advancement of women. Scott practiced in the area of employment law, and lost her battle with breast cancer in 2010.

"As the first woman appointed to act as presiding Judge of the LA Superior Court, Judge Edmon truly embodies the values and qualities for which Diana was best known," said Hilarie Bass, Co-President of Greenberg Traurig. "Devoted to increasing diversity both on the bench and in the bar, Judge Edmon started a minority scholarship program for local law students and, like Diana, she gives back to important legal service charitable organizations that truly benefit those in need. It is our honor to have presented this award to Judge Edmon.”

For the lunch keynote presentation, Sharon Waxman, CEO/Editor of, former New York Times reporter and board member of the International Women's Media Foundation interviewed 2009 Courage in Journalism Award Winner, journalist Agnès Tailé. Tailé, who left the west Central African country Cameroon for the U.S. after she was persecuted, abducted and beaten by the government for her reporting, continues to publish an online and weekly printed newspaper in Cameroon. Moved by Tailé’s story, Waxman committed $5000 toward the cost of purchasing a printing press, to make Tailé’s publication more affordable to the poor of Cameroon, and she challenged the others in the room to match her contribution. Greenberg Traurig has committed $5,000 as have many of the other attendees. Charitable contributions for the printing press can be made directly through The International Women’s Media Foundation to Alana Barton at abarton(at)iwmf(dot)org.

The panel discussions at the event covered a variety of leadership topics, including:

  •     “The Power of Choice: Achieving and Sustaining Success in a Changing World”
  •     “Leaders in Entertainment: Navigating Success on Your Own Terms and

                 Practical Solutions for Winning”

  •     “Demonstrating Effective Leadership: Understanding, Utilizing and Serving

                 as Mentors, Sponsors and Coaches”

  •      An interactive workshop: “Leaders of Power and Impact - Living Your Legacy”

“The Greenberg Traurig Women’s Business Forums have been successful in addressing challenging issues women face in today’s difficult business environment. This year’s event focused on leadership and furthering the momentum and legacy of professional success. Our dynamic speakers provided real life experiences to highlight their path of leadership by offering an intimate and honest perspective,” said Susan L. Heller, Global Chair of the firm’s Trademarks and Brand Management Practice and Chair of the 2013 Women’s Business Forum.

The dynamic panels included high-level female executives from a variety of industries, including:

  •     Hilarie Bass, Co-President, Greenberg Traurig
  •     Carla Boragno, Vice President, Genentech, Inc.
  •     Trudy Bourgeois, Founder and CEO, The Center for Workforce Excellence
  •     Gerry L. Hansen, Founder and CEO, Gerry L. Hansen & Associates, LLC
  •     Victoria K. Harvey, Senior Vice President, General Counsel

                 & Corporate Secretary, Real Mex Restaurants

  •     Tamara Hrivnak, Director of Partnerships, Major Music Companies, Google Play
  •     René Kim, Senior Vice President, Charles Schwab & Co.
  •     Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV
  •     Kristen Madsen, Senior Vice President, GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares
  •     Gloria S. Nelund, Chairman and CEO, TriLinc Global, LLC
  •     Ruth Ross, President, R Squared Resources
  •     Agnès Tailé, CEO and Editor, Le Septentrion Infos
  •     Rita Tuzon, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Fox Networks Group
  •     Sharon Waxman, CEO and Founder, The Wrap News, Inc.

The Forum’s steering committee was chaired by Los Angeles shareholder Susan L. Heller and included shareholders Michelle Ferreira of San Francisco, Michelle Rowe Hallsten of Sacramento, Wendy M. Mantell of Los Angeles and Toni P. Wise in Silicon Valley.

Greenberg Traurig’s Women’s Initiative is a program that was developed by the firm to attract, promote, retain and mentor women attorneys. The Women’s Initiative hosts various programs and events throughout the year touching on important issues to women, such as improving business development skills, maintaining a healthy work-life balance, breaking the glass ceiling, mentoring, taking charge of your health and giving back to the community. The program was recently a finalist for the Most Innovative Gender Diversity Initiative Award in Chambers USA’s annual Women in Law Awards 2013.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1750 attorneys serving clients from 36 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In the U.S., the firm has more offices than any other among the Top 10 on The National Law Journal's 2012 NLJ 250. For additional information, please visit

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