Based on feedback from our Fellows, we recognized that our greatest resource, our Alumni, were not organized in a meaningful way. In response, on May 5th and 6th, 2017, PDLG held the inaugural PDLG Fellows Alumni Conference. The weekend was designed to be a mix of social events and substantive sessions, all designed to increase the skills and impact of networking.
The weekend kicked off with a networking reception on Friday evening, so Alumni could catch up with others in their PDLG Fellows year, meet those from other years and chat with PDLG Board representatives. Fellows from the Philadelphia area, New York , Washington, D.C. and, as far away as Arkansas, participated.
Saturday was devoted to substantive presentations: Milana Hogan of Sullivan & Cromwell presented on grit, growth and resilience, and Werten Bellamy of Stakeholders, Inc. presented on taking control of your career by building relationships. Each presentation was followed by breakout sessions on how the tools and skills espoused by the presenters could be used to accomplish specific goals at different points of practice and in different kinds of legal careers.
The substantive part of the day ended with a panel of “legal stars” talking about their careers. The panelists were JoAnne Epps, Provost of Temple University; Federal Circuit Court Judge
Theodore McKee; Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Stella Tsai; DLA Piper partner and PDLG Co-President Raymond Williams; and Michaune Tillman, General Counsel of WAVE.
The panel was moderated by Albert Dandridge, Schnader Harrison partner and former chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
The closing reception was highlighted by the presentation of the PDLG Inspiration Award to Judge Theodore McKee of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, whose life, career and accomplishments inspire our Fellows and PDLG members to pursue their goals and dreams.