Co-Sponsored by:
Working Parents/Lawyers at Home Committee
Career Toolkit Committee
Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Forum
Diversity Committee
Career and Mentoring Committee

Attorneys and law students, especially women and LGBTQ+ individuals, are experiencing alarming rates of anxiety, depression, and substance use that have impacts on our professional and personal lives. 

Join us for the first-ever Women’s Bar Association of DC’s Well-being Conference, highlighting leadership, education, and connection to further advance our well-being and to support the national lawyer well-being movement. 

This in-person, one-day event includes substantive panels with short connection-oriented experiences in between. We will also have well-being professionals present for attendees to interact with during our breaks. Zoom registration is also available. 

The conference is perfect for individuals, women’s affinity groups, law students, mental health groups and professionals, lawyer well-being professionals, and our allies.  

Agenda & Speakers:

9:00 am - 9:30 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:30 am - 9:45 am
Kick Off to the Conference

Candace Beck, President, WBA
Carrie B. Connolly, Associate, Faegre Drinker
K. Brooke Welch, CEO, Tiny Adventures Path

9:45 am - 10:45 am
Women's Health: The Real Impact of Stress, Anxiety and Substance Abuse on our Brain and Being

Sarah Ahmad, Well-Being Committee Co-chair, WBA (Moderator)
Professor Shailini George, Suffolk University Law School
Kate Driscoll Malliarakis, PhD, ANP-BC, MAC, FAAN, Legal Nurse Consultant
Kristie Mitchell, MD, Adult Psychiatrist, Amen Clinics

10:45 am - 11:00 am

10:50 am - 11:05 am
Well-Being Connection Exercise For (Virtual Attendees Only)

Karla J. Aghedo, Esq., Wellness Mindset Coach, Founder & CEO, Houston Wellness Workshops for Women

11:00 am - 11:15 am
Well-Being Connection Exercise (In-Person Attendees)

Charise Naifeh, Professional Certified Coach, Happy Law Mom

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Law School to Law Practice: Bridging the Well-Being Gap

Jennifer DiSanza, Executive Director, Institute for Well-Being in the Law (Moderator)
Dean David Jaffe, American University WCL
Jessie Joaquim, Senior CounselorDC Bar Lawyer Assistance Program
Traci Mundy Jenkins, Director of Career Development, Venable LLP
Samantha Sloane, American University Washington College of Law

12:15 pm- 1:30 pm
Lunch & Keynote: On Resilience

Nita Cumello, Director of Well-Being, Thomson Reuters

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Connection Exercise & Movement (In-Person Attendees)

Mary Morrison, MBA, MAc., LAc., Leadership & Wellness Consultant

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Women Leaders: Initiatives and Collaboration for Authentic Advancement

Simonne Brousseau, Associate, Faegre Drinker (Moderator)
Candace, Beck, President, WBA (Moderator)
Shirley Diaz, President, Hispanic Bar Association
Ellen Jakovic, President, DC Bar
Charlyn Stanberry, Vice President of Government Relations, National Association of Broadcasters
Bridgette Stumpf, Co-Founder & Executive Director, NVRDC

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Final Remarks

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Event Cost:    
Members $50
Non-members $65
Student Members $10
Student Non-members $12
Virtual Ticket Only $35
Student Virtual Ticket Only $0
*Law students who are not WBA members please email to get a promo code to register*

WBA Well-Being Conference exhibitors:



Refunds can only be processed for cancellations received more than two business days prior to the event.

The WBA is a nonpartisan organization. The opinions and positions expressed by any program speaker are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the WBA.

The WBA regularly hosts programs for the education and enjoyment of its members and guests. The WBA is committed to ensuring that its employees, members, and guests are able to conduct their activities free from harassment or intimidation. The WBA, in its sole discretion, therefore reserves the right to deny access or to remove any attendee.

WBA Well-Being Conference 2023

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  • Thursday Mar 30 2023, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, 1500 K Street, NW
    Suite 1100
    Washington, District of Columbia
    United States