LaddHer Up 2019

November 14-15, 2019

The Meritage Resort & Spa

Ms. J.D. will host our second annual LaddHer Up retreat on Thursday, November 14 - Friday, November 15, 2019. This retreat provides a unique opportunity for women law firm associates in the earlier stages of their careers to personally engage with women general counsel for transparent 2:1 career strategy discussions, as well as professional development on expanding personal networks, effectively pitching to potential clients, and building skills for a general counsel role in the future.

LaddHer Up is a unique program that will include two general counsel plenary panels, including topics like “How to Pitch to a General Counsel." Both days will provide great general counsel networking opportunities and interesting expert workshops. Thursday's programming will include inspiring speakers and workshops, along with small group recreational activities to foster informal general counsel-associate social interaction.  On Thursday and Friday, we will hold career meet ups where each general counsel will informally provide career advice to a few associates. 



Michelle BanksSenior Advisor & Executive Coach at BarkerGilmore LLC, and former Global General Counsel of Gap Inc.

Michelle Banks is a Senior Advisor at BarkerGilmore LLC, where she specializes in providing executive coaching to corporate general counsel and their successors in development. She Co-Chairs UCLA Law Women LEAD, an initiative she co-founded at her alma mater to empower and advance the careers of women students and alumnae. She serves as a Board member of DirectWomen, a national nonprofit whose mission is to prepare women lawyers to serve on corporate boards of directors. She is a frequent speaker on leadership.

Until March 2016, Michelle was Executive Vice President, Global General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of the third largest global apparel retailer Gap Inc. (Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix). Before joining Gap Inc. in 1999, Michelle worked as Legal Counsel for the Golden State Warriors NBA team and in Tokyo as American Counsel for Itochu Corporation, one of the largest Japanese trading companies. Her prior law firm practice with Sheppard Mullin and Morrison & Foerster in California and New York focused on corporate finance and international commercial transactions. 


Jan KangChief Legal Officer, Chronicle; Founder, Women General Counsel Network

Jan Kang is the Chief Legal Officer of Chronicle LLC.  Born from X, the moonshot factory, Chronicle is one of the independent companies within Alphabet, dedicated to helping companies find and stop cyberattacks.

Over 25 years in the legal field, Jan Kang has held positions in organizations focused on revolutionizing the industries and being on the cutting edge of fighting cybercrime. During her tenure at  X, the moonshot factory, Jan served as General Counsel for a stealth project that graduated to become Chronicle.  She’s also served as General Counsel for a number of companies including Bromium, AOptix Technologies, Inc., Cupertino Electric, Inc. (where she also served on the Board of Directors), Prism Solutions, MyTeam and Asera, a Vinod Khosla-founded company, and associate general counsel at Lam Research Corporation. Jan worked overseas in Seoul as a foreign legal consultant for the law firm of Shin and Kim and started her career with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton in Los Angeles, California. Her broad expertise includes corporate governance, contracts, litigation, financing, labor and employment law, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property.

Jan is also the moving force of the Women’s General Counsel Network (WGCN). Founded in 2009, WGCN is comprised of some of the most influential, powerful female general counsel and heads of legal departments across the Nation.  WGCN’s impressive membership is over 600 members strong and is still growing. Jan also serves on the Board of Directors for the Asia Pacific Fund and is a member of Hipower, the Council of Korean Americans and the Bay Area Asian American General Counsel. In 2014, Jan was the winner of the 2014 Corporate Counsel Awards (Community Champion Category) by the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal.  She was named as one of the Top 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley by the Business Journal and one of The Recorder’s 50 Women Leaders in Tech Law.  Jan was also chosen as Legal Professional of the Year by the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California.


LaddHer Up Preliminary Agenda


Thursday, November 14th

8:00am                   Registration

8:00 - 9:00am        How to Leverage the Retreat Breakfast Presentation,

                                    with Danielle Allison, Chief Executive Officer, Ms. JD

9:00 - 10:00am      How to Build Your Personal Brand Workshop, with Paula T. Edgar

10:00 - 10:15am      Break

10:15 - 11:15am         General Counsel Panel: How to Pitch a General Counsel,

                                    with Victoria Donati, Crate and Barrel; Pia Thompson, LoanMe;

                                    and Wanji Walcott, PayPal

11:15 - 12:15pm         How to Make it Rain Workshop, with Patricia Gillette

12:30 - 1:45pm         Lunch & General Counsel-Young Associates Career Meet Ups

2:30 - 5:30pm         Group Recreation Outings

6:30 - 7:30pm         Cocktail Reception

7:30 - 9:30pm         Dinner Keynote with Paula Boggs in conversation with Michelle Banks: Courageous Counsel

                                 Paula Boggs, Director of Avid Technology, Inc. and Leader of the Paula Boggs Band;

                                 Former General Counsel of Starbucks Corporation


Friday, November 15th


8:00 - 9:15am           Networking Breakfast

9:30 - 10:30am         General Counsel Panel: How to Prepare Yourself for the Future,

                                    with Connie Collingsworth, Gates Foundation; Matt Fawcett,

                                    Net App; Marina Gracias, Varo Money; and Wilma Wallace, REI 

10:30 - 10:45am       Break

10:45 - 11:45am        How to Become a LinkedIn All Star Workshop, with Henry Fong, LinkedIn

12:00 - 1:30pm         Lunch & General Counsel-Young Associates Career Meet Ups

LaddHer Up will feature General Counsel career coaches from over 30 companies including: Aeris Communications, Arm, Chronicle, Cox, Crate & Barrel, Dreamscape Immersive, Drybar Holdings, Gates Foundation, Green Dot Bank, LoanMe, Morehouse College, NEC Corp of America, NetApp, Nikon Precision, PayPal, Pinterest, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Poly, REI, Rodan + Fields, Scoular, Silverlake, Sun Basket, TriNet, Twitter, Varo Money, Zynga.

If you are a current or former general counsel of an organization or a law firm associate in your first five years of practice and you would like to attend, please contact Danielle Allison, Chief Executive Officer of Ms. J.D, at for more information.


This year's retreat will feature Paula Boggs as the Keynote Speaker!

Paula Boggs

Paula Boggs is the founder of Boggs Media, LLC, a business that manages her music, speaking, and other creative business activities. She is a Musician, Public Speaker, Lawyer and Philanthropist. She is also a Board Member of numerous for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Paula Boggs served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Law and Corporate Affairs at Starbucks Corporation from 2002 to 2012. Her prior professional experience includes serving as Vice President, Legal, for Products, Operations and Technology at Dell Computer Corporation, and as a partner at the law firm of Preston Gates & Ellis, LLP. She also had a 14-year career in public service, including as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and in various capacities as an attorney for the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense and the White House Office of Legal Counsel. She served eight years as a Regular Officer in the United States Army, earned Army Airborne wings and a Congressional appointment to the US Naval Academy – among America’s first women to do so.

Paula Boggs is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and earned a bachelor’s degree in International Studies (economics, energy policy) from Johns Hopkins University. She was also an adjunct professor at the University of Washington School of Law.

Since leaving Starbucks, Paula Boggs has volunteered for a presidential campaign as a National surrogate, serves on for-profit and non-profit boards, and raises or gives money in support of causes she champions. In 2013, President Obama appointed her to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities where she served before stepping down in 2017.

Paula Boggs has written and recorded three studio albums and owns several U.S. Copyrights. She is also a Voting Member, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Pacific Northwest Chapter. 

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