Conference Recap: DRI 2019 Women in the Law Seminar

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By Natalie Baker Reis

MRC National Account Representative


Last month, DRI’s Women in the Law (WITL)Seminar was held at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado, located outside of San Diego. This was my third time at the conference, and—let me tell you—it did not disappoint! WITL kicked off on a Wednesday with its first-ever community service project cleaning up the beach. Later that evening, we enjoyed a welcome reception in the courtyard of the hotel and broke off into groups of ten to twelve for dine-arounds at restaurants around Coronado and downtown San Diego. Thursday was jam-packed with speakers who had valuable wisdom and experience to share. We learned, among many other things, how Starbucks navigated a crisis and began a cultural conversation (which, on a side note, was incredibly powerful), how top female litigators craft their closing arguments, and how diversity and inclusion efforts create positive outcomes for clients.

That afternoon, we all broke off into small group networking events, which consisted of activities like yoga on the beach, wine tasting, and haunted walking tour that detailed all the spooky history of our hotel (I learned I was staying four doors down from the most haunted room of the hotel, the infamous #3327).Everyone reconvened for another evening networking reception—this time, we were behind the hotel overlooking the beach—and then went off to enjoy our selected evening events. This year, seminar-goers were able to choose from various networking activities, such as a bicycle-led pub crawl, a brewery tasting tour, and a cooking/wine-tasting class. I was responsible for coordinating a dinner cruise around San Diego Bay, and, together, the forty-three onus had a great time cruising underneath the stars and enjoying the city’s most historic landmarks.

On Friday, the seminar wrapped up with equally-as-impressive speaker presentations, in which we learned how-to develop strategic negotiating tactics, as well as tools for building resilience and confidence in our careers. I had the privilege of introducing our last speaker—a DRI conference highlight for me!—who discussed hot ethical topics of attorney-client privilege.

WITL is my favorite DRI conference to attend (tied with Young Lawyers, of course), and I wasn’t ready for it to come to an end. This year’s theme was Connected: Empowered Together to Succeed, and that’s exactly how I felt when I left. I met and reconnected with so many inspiring, talented women from around the country, made unforgettable memories, and gained tools and knowledge that I will incorporate into my business development practice. Needless to say, I’m already counting down to next year’s seminar in Scottsdale—hope you can make it!


The article appears in the March issue of DRI Young Lawyers’ Raising the Bar, Volume 15 Issue 2, courtesy of DRI.  Natalie serves as a Co-Editor for Raising the Bar publication and was the Local Marketing Chair for this year’s Women in the Law seminar.

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