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Prominent women lawyers to discuss ‘Paths to Leadership’

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Michelle SuskauerA panel of prominent women lawyers will have a candid conversation about how they got to where they are today and exchange stories about the challenges, obstacles, and successes they faced along the way June 26 at the 69th Annual Florida Bar Convention at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.

“How She Did It: unCONVENTIONal Paths to Leadership,” is free for all Florida Bar members and features an all-star cast including:

  • Justice Barbara Lagoa, Florida Supreme Court.
  • Judge Patricia Seitz, senior United States district judge, Southern District of Florida.
  • Nicole (Nikki) Fried, Florida agriculture commissioner.
  • Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade state attorney.
  • Judge Krista Marx, chief judge, 15th Judicial Circuit.
  • Amira Fox, state attorney, 20th Judicial Circuit.
  • Judge Nina Ashenafi, Leon County judge.

The program will be moderated by Florida Bar President Michelle Suskauer.

“I am incredibly excited to share the stage with these extremely accomplished women, any of whom could keynote an event like this on their own,” Suskauer said. “These seven powerful leaders in our profession will share stories from their personal journeys and the lessons they have learned along the way and will provide valuable advice and takeaways on the paths to leadership, including what it takes to excel as lawyers and in life.

Suskauer said aside from sharing their own stories in a dynamic format that will rises above the traditional panel discussion experience, the participants will discuss ways to overcome professional obstacles, rise above challenges, and create better work/life balance.

While the 1 to 3 p.m. program is free, space is limited, and Annual Convention registration is required. Individuals wishing to attend “How She Did It: unCONVENTIONal Paths to Leadership” may complete the online registration form for the Annual Convention, which can be found at : The online registration deadline is June 19. Attendee may also download the form here and mail it in, but it must be postmarked by June 14. After these dates, you may register onsite, if space is available.

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