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The #MeToo and #TimesUp Movements: Tackling Gender Inequality in the Workplace

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 60 minutes
Recorded Date: January 31, 2019
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  • How to get buy-in from senior management – top-down approach
  • Gender bias training
  • What resources and toolkits are available
  • How to determine effectiveness of training sessions
  • The women exodus & how to retain senior women lawyers
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: January 31, 2019


How are #MeToo and #Time’sUp affecting corporate legal departments and law firms? What is acceptable behavior in the workplace? How are women fighting for more representation and equality? In this session, lawyers from corporations and law firms will discuss potential solutions for gender inequality and implementing a respectful workplace culture. Panelists will share their views on how to bring about meaningful change.

This program was recorded as part of the LegalDiversity & Talent Management Forum at the Legalweek Conference held on January 31st, 2019.

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Michelle Matiski

Vice President & Head of Corporate Legal Group

Michelle Matiski is the Vice President & Head of Corporate Legal Group at Aetna.

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Nathalie Hofman

Principal, Forensic & Integrity Services
Ernst & Young

Nathalie Hofman is a Principal of EY’s Forensic & Integrity Services practice. Nathalie focuses on assisting organizations and their counsel with the challenges surrounding electronic discovery, with special focus on analytics.

Nathalie’s expertise includes Electronic Discovery, Data Analytics, and Project Management with a focus on developing defensible customized workflows, establishing strategy and methodology for complex investigations, management of document review, and assisting in all phases of the EDRM in support of litigation and investigation. Ms. Hofman has led her teams to successfully complete numerous complex and aggressive e-discovery projects throughout the United States with focus on appropriately balancing the risk and costs associated with the matter. She has appeared on behalf of clients before the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and federal courts.

Ms. Hofman’s expertise has been applied in a wide range of matters, including FCPA inquiries, Second Requests, breach of contract, and compliance to governmental investigation. She has performed eDiscovery case assessment services for select Fortune 100 companies involving matters such as corporate due diligence, fraud, and civil litigation. She also assisted in developing best practices for numerous clients managing and organizing e-discovery in various litigation matters.

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Jill Backer

Assistant Dean, Career & Professional Development
Pace Law School

Jill Backer was a criminal defense attorney in Chicago before going into legal sales. Upon return to her native NY in 2002, she took a job at Brooklyn Law School where she built one of the first employer outreach programs in the nation at a law school. Jill spent 12 years at Brooklyn Law School. She has been the Chair of the NALP employer outreach section. Jill has been the Assistant Dean at Pace Law School’s office of Career and Professional Development since 2014.

Jill is a graduate of Marquette University and Quinnipiac University School of Law.

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Eben Krimi

Chief Labor & Employment Counsel
Honeywell International, Inc.

Eben serves as the Chief Labor & Employment Counsel for Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT) business group, based in Morris Plains, New Jersey. In this role, he has worldwide responsibility for all labor and employment legal matters (including litigation, collective bargaining, counseling, compliance and corporate transactions) for PMT’s global workforce of over 28,000 employees in more than 100 countries.

Prior to joining Honeywell in 2010, Eben was an attorney in the Labor & Employment group of an international law firm (Proskauer) and spent time in their New York and Boston offices. He is a frequent speaker and panelist on issues involving the NLRA, union organizing and negotiations, and various employment law aspects of managing a global workforce. He has also served as an adjunct professor, teaching employment law at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Eben is a graduate of Colgate University (BA) and Boston College Law School (J.D.). He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert J. Cordy, on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

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Talita Erickson

General Counsel

Talita Ramos Erickson is currently General Counsel – Americas for Barilla, the world’s largest pasta maker.

From 2013 to 2016 she also served as Barilla’s first Global Chief Diversity Officer and led the fast implementation of an extensive diversity and inclusion program. Before joining Barilla in 2012, she held several in-house counsel positions during her 10-year tenure at Kraft, both in Brazil and the United States.

She received a J.D. from Federal University of Parana State in Brazil, an LL.M. in Business Law from Loyola University of Chicago’s School of Law, and an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

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