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The Women in Law Conference | Vienna | September 15 - 17, 2022

Program

50+ international speakers & panelists | 6 in-depth panel discussions | 4 hands-on workshops | 3 days of networking
Day 1
Sep 15, 2022
Day 2
Sep 16, 2022
Day 3
Sep 17, 2022

Welcome to Women in Law 2022

We’re starting off The Women in Law Conference 2021 with a warm welcome to all attendees.
Franz J. Heidinger
Alix Frank-Thomasser

Young voices panel

The future is female – how will the next generation of women* in law shape the legal professions? What dreams and visions do young women* have for their careers in law? What do they want from employers and colleagues, from lawmakers and their fellow women* in law? Listen to young voices and learn from their experiences and expectations.
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Reducing the Gender Pay Gap

Why should the legal professions care? How is economic gender disparity hurting the legal professions? Even in the legal professions, women* still earn less than men* and the pay gap widens further with age and job level. These disparities hurt women* and cement the gendered distribution of power and wealth in societies. Our experts will take a global perspective on the gender pay gap and discuss ways towards greater pay equity. Which steps can law firms, in-house counsel, and other legal professionals take to actively work towards closing the gender pay gap?
Alix Frank-Thomasser

Mayor’s Reception at Viennese Heuriger (in-person event)

The Women in Law Initiative and the Mayor of Vienna, Dr. Michael Ludwig, invite all attendees to the traditional Vienna Heuriger (wine-cellar) 10er Marie.

Welcome

Welcome addresses by supporters and patrons of The Women in Law Initiative Věra Jourová, European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency etc
Věra Jourová
Alix Frank-Thomasser

Track 1 – Women’s rights are human rights

The importance of international treaties for the protection and global advancement of women with a special focus on the Istanbul Convention and CEDAW. Why are CEDAW and the Istanbul Convention relevant for women* in law? We will discuss the status of implementation and legislative proposals, their current and future impact on women* (in law), and strategies for sustainable and effective enforcement on a global level.   introductory keynote expert panel discussion  
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Track 2 – New work

digitization, automation, AI, work-life-blending, collaboration, remote work, agility – Quo vadis, (women* in the) legal professions? How will we shape the future of work in the legal professions? Which role will women* play in the implementation of new work? How can companies in the legal world become more, open-minded, agile, efficient, and innovative? How can women* in law combine professional development with personal growth?   introductory keynote expert panel discussion  
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11:25 am-11:40 am

coffee break

Track 1 – (un)conscious bias – workshop

delve deeper into the topic in this interactive practical workshop
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Track 2 – New work – workshop

delve deeper into the topic in this interactive practical workshop
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12:40 pm-1:40 pm

Networking Lunch Break

Track 3 – Microaggressions and micro-discriminations

Eliminating microaggressions as a way to achieve gender equality in the legal professions. Microaggressions are oftentimes unintentional, subtle, casual, everyday behaviors and interactions that communicate bias and send denigrating messages to members of a marginalized group (e.g., people of color, women*, LGBTQI+). They are hurtful and notoriously difficult to confront because the sender of the message often does not intend to harm and is unaware of the psychological toll these seemingly small offenses take. We will discuss the detrimental effects such as the lowering of work productivity and problem-solving abilities of microassaults, microinsults, and microinvalidations in the workplace and help raise self-awareness through information and practical guidance.   introductory keynote expert panel discussion  
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Track 4 – Remaining at the top

They have shattered glass ceilings, overcome bias, put in more work and hours than everyone else to reach their goals. Now, how do these women at the top defend and hold their well-earned positions? While there are still too few women in leadership positions, those who have finally shattered glass ceilings and reached the top are faced with the daunting challenge of remaining there. How do you become an agent of change and support other women*? How do you not get caught in the “double bind”? How do you cope with over-burdening? How do you find and unapologetically embrace your personal leadership style? Successful women* in executive positions discuss their personal development and share their insights on becoming and staying successful.   introductory keynote expert panel discussion  
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3:05 pm – 3:20 pm

coffee break

Track 3 – Microaggressions and micro-discriminations – workshop

delve deeper into the topic in this interactive practical workshop
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Track 4 – Remaining at the top – workshop

delve deeper into the topic in this interactive practical workshop
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Plenary Session

Franz J. Heidinger
Alix Frank-Thomasser

Conclusion & Farewell

Franz J. Heidinger
Alix Frank-Thomasser
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Justitia Awards Gala

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Social Program and Networking