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Smashing the Glass Ceiling: An International Women’s Day Conversation with Industry Vanguards

Monday, March 8, 2021
2:00 pm
- 3:30 pm

Virtual Program

1.5 hours Illinois MCLE Credit Hours pending approval


Monday, March 8, 2021
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Please join us for an International Women’s Day conversation with women who are leading the legal industry. Chief Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer of the Northern District of Illinois will open the virtual conversation followed by a panel discussion about the climb to the top and the view from the summit.


kim foxx

Kim Foxx
Cook County State’s Attorney

ava harter

Ava Harter
Chief Legal Officer
Whirlpool Corp.

amy j. st. eve

Hon. Amy J. St. Eve
Circuit Judge of the United States
Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Michelle N. Lipkowitz

Michelle N. Lipkowitz
Firm Executive Committee Member, Partner, D&I Partner
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr

rebecca pallmeyer 2021

Hon. Rebecca R. Pallmeyer
Chief Judge
Northern District of Illinois

Jessica Scheller

Jessica M. Scheller
Chief; Advice, Business & Complex Litigation Division – Civil Actions Bureau
Cook County State’s Attorney

Speaker Bios

kim foxx

Kimberly M. Foxx is the first African American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – the country’s second largest prosecutor’s office. Her vision is to build the most just, equitable, and transparent prosecutor’s office in the country, by working proactively to make all communities safe while investing in policies to address the underlying drivers of contact with the criminal justice system. State’s Attorney Foxx has brought substantial progress in priority areas including wrongful convictions, bond reform, transparency, and gun violence. Born and raised in Cabrini Green on Chicago’s Near North Side, she is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and a J.D. from the School of Law.

ava harter

Ava Harter is the Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Whirlpool Corp. She is a member of the executive management team with enterprise-wide joint responsibility to set the tone at the top and help lead the company through growth.

Ava oversees over 450 Legal, Environmental, Health and Safety, Sustainability, and Security professionals around the globe.

She is an advisor to the Board of Directors and CEO and assists the company on legal, corporate, and business matters critical to global growth and development as well as compliance, dispute resolution, and risk management.

Ava joined Whirlpool from Owens Corning where she served since 2015 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, overseeing global legal operations, government affairs, and corporate affairs for the company. Prior to that, she acted as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Taleris America, LLC. Ava also previously held roles of increasing responsibility with General Electric, The Dow Chemical Company, Jones Day, and Thompson Hine.

Ava holds a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law, a Masters in Sociology from the University of Nebraska, and a BA in Political Science from Northwestern University, and was an adjunct professor at the Case Western Reserve University Law School. She was also a Governor appointed trustee of Bowling Green State University and has sat on various not-for-profit boards including the Toledo Opera Board, where she supports local arts and culture.

Ava and her husband, Andrew, are the proud parents of two children. Their daughter is pursuing an engineering degree at Northwestern and their son, a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, is now working in a lab at Rockefeller University in New York City. Ava is an aspiring food and wine connoisseur, avid hiker and yoga practitioner.

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the world’s leading kitchen and laundry appliance company, with approximately $19 billion in annual sales, 78,000 employees and 57 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2020. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, JennAir, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. Additional information about the company can be found at

amy j. st. eve

Amy J. St. Eve was appointed as a United State Circuit Court Judge for the Seventh Circuit in 2018. Prior to her appointment, Judge St. Eve served as a United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois from 2002-18. Judge St. Eve serves as a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Budget (2018-present). She previously served as a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (2013-19), the liaison to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules (2013-19), the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management (2006-13), and the Federal Judicial Center’s District Judge Education Advisory Committee (2016-18). Judge St. Eve also served as the Seventh Circuit Representative to the Federal Judges Association (2007-13) and is a prior member of the Northern District of Illinois Patent Local Rules Committee. Judge St. Eve previously served as a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management (2006-13) and as the Seventh Circuit Representative to the Federal Judges Association (2007-13). Judge St. Eve has been a member of the American Law Institute since 2018 and is an Adviser for the Restatement of the Law Third, Torts: Concluding Provisions. She is on the Board of Directors of the Chicago branch of the Federal Bar Association, and a member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. St. Eve served on the Chicago Bar Association’s Board of Managers (2014-16). She also serves as an adjunct professor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where she teaches trial advocacy and complex civil litigation. Immediately before ascending to the bench, Judge St. Eve served as senior counsel for litigation at Abbott Laboratories. Before joining Abbott Labs, Judge St. Eve served for five years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Judge St. Eve served for two years as an associate independent counsel for the Whitewater Independent Counsel investigation in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she second chaired the successful prosecution of former Governor Jim Guy Tucker, Jim McDougal and Susan McDougal for fraud. Before joining the Whitewater team, Judge St. Eve was a litigation associate in the New York City office of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Judge St. Eve earned her B.A. from Cornell University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Cornell Law School, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif and served as an articles’ editor on the Cornell Law Review.

Michelle N. Lipkowitz

Michelle Lipkowitz focuses her practice on commercial litigation, white collar defense, and government investigations. Michelle brings a breadth of litigation experience, including traditional criminal experience, to her practice. Accordingly, Michelle has extensive experience dealing with highly sensitive matters and crisis management, including handling the press. Her practice includes handling governmental investigations, commercial real estate, shareholder disputes, consumer class actions, construction matters, products liability, and contractual disputes. In addition, Michelle has significant experience defending colleges and universities and advising educational institutions. She has extensive experience before various administrative bodies and in state and federal courts throughout Maryland and across the country. She represents clients from a broad range of industries, including pharmaceutical, manufacturing, education, financial services, healthcare, construction, technology, retail and telecommunications, as well as governmental entities and nonprofits.

rebecca pallmeyer 2021

Rebecca R. Pallmeyer graduated from Valparaiso University and earned her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.  Following a one-year clerkship with Justice Rosalie Wahl of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Judge Pallmeyer practiced commercial litigation with a Chicago law firm.

From 1985 until 1991, Ms. Pallmeyer was an Administrative Law Judge with the Illinois Human Rights Commission, a quasi-judicial agency responsible for enforcement of the state’s anti-discrimination laws.  On October 1, 1991, Ms. Pallmeyer was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.  She served as Presiding Magistrate Judge from 1996 until 1998.  In 1997, President Clinton nominated her for a seat in the U.S. District Court in Chicago, where she has served since October 1998.

Judge Pallmeyer serves as the Seventh Circuit’s District Judge Representative to the United States Judicial Conference.  She is an honorary fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  Since 2006, Judge Pallmeyer has served on the faculty for the annual ALI-CLE program, Current Developments in Employment Law, held in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Judge Pallmeyer is past President of the Lawyers Club of Chicago, past President of the Richard Linn American Inn of Courts, and an active member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and the American Bar Association.  She is immediate past Secretary to the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section.

Judge Pallmeyer was sworn in as Chief Judge for the Northern District of Illinois on July 1, 2019.

Jessica Scheller

Jessica Scheller is the Chief of the Advice, Business & Complex Litigation Division of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. During her career in public service, she has successfully defended against challenges to Illinois’ campaign finance reform laws, the Cook County Blair Holt Assault Weapons Ban, and was part of a team that secured judgment and nationwide vacatur of the Trump Administration’s Public Charge Rule in the Northern District of Illinois.

Jessica serves on the Board of the Federal Bar Association and is also the Vice President of Action & Policy on the Executive Board for Illinois in the National Organization for Women. She is the Co-Founder of Women’s March Chicago, where she served as President and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors when the organization staged several large-scale peaceful demonstrations in Grant Park during 2017 & 2018.

CategoryPriceDiscount Code
FBA Members – General$15FBAMEMBER1
FBA Members – Gov’t Employees and YLD$10FBAMEMBER2
FBA Members – Law Students$10STUDENT1
Nonmembers – Gov’t Employees and YLD$20NONMEMBER
Nonmembers – Law Students$20STUDENT2


Monday, March 8, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Chicago, IL United States
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