ILTA’s 4th Annual Leadership Development Seminar,
Inspired by Sharon T. Swartworth

November 3, 2016 / Chicago, IL

Shaping the Next Generation of Leaders

The next generation of leaders in legal organizations aspire to be collaborative, empowering and transformational in their roles. ILTA presents “Leadership NEW.0” to be a resource as you develop skills for your career aspirations.


Get a great day of leadership development that includes a light breakfast, lunch and a networking reception at the end of the day. This is ILTA’s fourth annual Leadership Development Seminar, inspired by Chief Warrant Officer Five Sharon T. Swartworth (deceased).


Dentons US LLP
Willis Tower
233 S Wacker Dr #5900
Chicago, IL 60606


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Interested in sponsorships or attending as a consultant?

Contact Ken Hansen for more information.


Registration and Continental Breakfast

The welcome and introductions will be led by Leadership NEW.0 Chair Cathy Reilly. And then American Bar Association Executive Director Jack Rives will share his views on the challenges facing future leaders in the legal industry. He will discuss the sweeping changes affecting today’s legal profession and how the next generation of leaders will be impacted. He will touch on training the next generation of lawyers and legal staff, drawing insight from his experiences as the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General. 

Jack L. Rives

Jack L. Rives is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the American Bar Association. He has overall management responsibility for staff operations of the ABA. Prior to that, Lieutenant General Rives served as The Judge Advocate General (TJAG) of the U.S. Air Force. He was the legal adviser to the Secretary of the Air Force and all officers and agencies of the Department of the Air Force. Jack directed all judge advocates in the performance of their duties and was responsible for the professional oversight of more than 2,200 judge advocates, 350 civilian attorneys, 1,400 enlisted paralegals and 500 civilians in the Total Force Judge Advocate General's Corps worldwide. General Rives oversaw military justice, operational and international law, and civil law functions at every level of command.

With apologies to Star Trek, our organizations are about to go where no one has gone before. As we face unprecedented change in the legal industry, our next generation of professionals will be leading us into the future (if they aren't already). In this session, we’ll think about the leadership skills our next-gen leaders must possess to nimbly lead our multigenerational, distributed organizations through these disruptive times. We'll also explore ways to teach the skills next-gen leaders need next. 

Matt Homann

Enjoy lunch and networking with peers.

A panel of legal organization leaders will share ideas on how you can be a leader by taking advantage of change and innovation. They will focus on things you can do right now in your organization to put you on the leadership path. 

Eric Anderson
Erin Baxendale
Tracy Elmblad
Paul Hogan


Every job involves giving and receiving constructive feedback. We engage in feedback down, up and across, but are our methods the same regardless of our audience? They probably are, and definitely should not. Join our panel as we discuss the complexities and subtleties of communicating feedback across roles, generations, cultures and genders. We will explore when and how to tweak our methods and messages to suite the audience. Be prepared to participate! We promise not to criticize. :-)

Session sponsored by Litera and the Women Who Lead

Scott Cohen
Maureen Durack
Joy Heath Rush (Moderator)


How can we help create and improve upon leadership development and mentorship opportunities for non-lawyers in legal organizations? Join us for an interactive panel discussion with ILTA members who will share successes and challenges with current programs in their firms, what changes they are making, and how ILTA’s peer support/mentorship program is being developed to assist.

Rick Krzyminski (Moderator)
Jessica Robinson
Marcia Stokes
Doreen Watt

Networking Reception