From Imagery to Reality: The Heroine in Literature, Life, Law, and the Legal Profession

  • 23 Jun 2022
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • Webinar


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Agenda and Speaker Bios

On June 23rd, IILP is presenting From Imagery to Reality: The Heroine in Literature, Life, Law and the Legal Profession, the second in our series examining the sources of the implicit biases that undermine our DEI efforts and how to overcome them.

How do good lawyers get bad biases, and how do we overcome those biases?

In this session, we’re turning our attention to biases by and about women. Where do they come from? Why are they so pervasive? What can we do about them?

We’ll start with a presentation by Harvard Professor Maria Tatar. Her new book, The Heroine with 1,001 Faces (yes, that’s an intentional play on the title of Joseph Campbell’s seminal 1949 book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, which too many influencers over the years either read or allowed themselves to be influenced by, and in turn further influenced others) challenges the notion that we should glorify male heroes to the subjugation or exclusion of equally heroic women. Professor Tatar examines how society is acculturated into constraining women, their roles, their abilities, and their success models into notions of what is and is not acceptable or desirable for women. 

Following Professor Tatar’s presentation, a panel of leading lawyers will discuss how Joseph Campbell's book contributed to the spread and perpetuation of biases by, and about women, reinforcing many of the barriers and obstacles that women encounter in their legal careers. Panelists include:

·         Elisa Garcia C., Chief Legal Officer, Macy's

·         Monica Karuturi, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, CenterPoint Energy

·         Madeleine McDonough, Chair, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

·         Elizabeth Richman, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Eileen Fisher, Inc.

·         Lauren van Schilfgaarde, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Legal Development Clinic Director, UCLA School of Law

·         Colette Stanford, Chief Legal Officer, SPARC Group LLC

·         Linda Chanow, Chief Operating Officer, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (moderator)


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