" Congratulations on a uniquely successful event. Several associates have told me that the event was inspirational, and I felt the same way. While I enjoyed other similar events, CMCP's was much more intimate and personal - and I think CMCP reached a new level of recognition as a force to be reckoned with. ”
Anna Segobia Masters, CMCP Board member and Winston & Strawn partner
Article by Tambry Bradford, Sr. Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP Photography by George Brandon, Partnership Development Leader, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP
Thanks to the generosity of CMCP's many sponsors, and the tireless efforts of the 2011 Conference Committee members and CMCP staff, on October 5, 2011, hundreds of in-house counsel, outside counsel, judges, and others committed to the advancement and inclusion of minority attorneys within the profession gathered for two days of networking and continuing legal education at CMCP’s 22nd Annual Business Conference.
The conference began with a "No Bosses Allowed” luncheon.
All non-partner and non-manager attorneys were invited to attend this lunch hosted by CMCP’s Executive Director, Marci Rubin. Marci inspired attendees with her own personal story – the rise from a modest upbringing to Deputy General Counsel of Wells Fargo, and encouraged attendees to take risks and step outside of their comfort zones. Marci focused on the importance of being a leader, and discussed the different ways in which an individual can lead. Marci left attendees with a challenge: "If not you, then who?”
" Marci, I found my voice this year, thanks in part to your inspiring words at the "No Bosses Allowed” lunch. Every time I started to censor myself and come up with excuses not to talk, I just spoke my mind. As a result, I did not hesitate when I saw Michele Coleman Mayes, and we had the most wonderful discussion about diversity and helping people to understand that it is about so much more than the bottom line. I shared with her this quote from Albert Einstein that I had read about: 'Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.' Thank you for helping to make sure that people stand up and take notice of what really counts. "
Preeti K. Singh, Associate, Tucker Ellis & West LLP