TMA Network of Women in the News will be emailed monthly to all TMA members to celebrate your accomplishments and expertise. The objective of TMA NOW in the News is to elevate the profiles of TMA NOW members so they are top of mind when members are looking for a referral for a matter, need to fill a speaking opportunity, need an article to be written, or are looking for someone to sit on a committee.
TMA NOW Member Accomplishments

Fay Bidlack has been named Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2017.
Upcoming TMA NOW Events 

Tuesday, May 9
Minnesota (Minneapolis):  Gourmet Food and Wine Networking Event

Friday, May 12

Wednesday, May 17
Netherlands (Vreeland):  NOW ronde tafel sessie 2017

Thursday, June 1
Northeast (Boston):  NOW Wine Tasting Social

View all upcoming TMA events here.
Register for the 2017 TMA NOW Summit

TMA Global invites you to attend the 2017 TMA NOW Summit, which will be held in Chicago on May 16th.

Unconscious bias and r ainmaking/networking are the hot topics that will be discussed at the event. Speakers on these hot topics include:
  • Dawn Sweeney, National Restaurant Association (Unconscious Bias)
  • Sangita Kasturi, Action International (Unconscious Bias)
  • Marsha Cruzan, U.S. Bank (Rainmaking/Networking)
  • Laura Davis Jones, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP (Rainmaking/Networking)
  • Carlyn Taylor, FTI Consulting (Rainmaking/Networking)
Learn More and Register Here!

Sponsorship opportunities are available if your firm would like to support the Network of Women initiative.
2017 TMA NOW Leadership Program (TMA Toronto)
The following events were made possible by a grant from the CRRC.

TMA NOW aims to help the next generation of female professionals break their own glass ceilings - across the country and around the world - through education, networking, and mentorship.

This mission was perfectly showcased on January 12 and March 30, as more than 60 insolvency professionals gathered in Toronto for a unique two sessions of networking and interactive presentations. Both sessions were led by Professor Tiziana Casciaro, who guided dynamic discussions on gender bias and how it can unfairly impact professional development.

Bennett Jones LLP played host to the January 12 session where the discussion explored how women leaders are perceived by men. A lively debate examined the different stereotypes and biases that apply to women leaders. Participants walked away with useful strategies to overcome these differences.

The second workshop, held at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, on March 30, highlighted the differences between typical male and female professional networks. A questionnaire was circulated in advance of the workshop to guide discussion and expose unconscious biases.
Once again, the session concluded with practical takeaways to assist female professionals to successfully develop their own networks.

The interactive nature of these events offered an excellent opportunity for members of the insolvency community to network across industries. Plenty of time for mingling and small break-out discussions allowed for the exploration of shared - often frustrating - experiences in a supportive, non-threatening atmosphere and fostered a stronger sense of community. Participants left feeling empowered, with an eye to putting their new-found knowledge, networks, and strategies to work.

These events were accredited by Law Society of Upper Canada for CPD professionalism hours.

Tiziana Casciaro is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Rotman and the Professor in Leadership Development at the University of Toronto. Her research explores how structural and psychological forces jointly shape behavior in organizations.
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Welcome Newcomers 

Eliana Baker, Huron
Lorie Ball, Robins Kaplan LLP
Sharon Beausoleil, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Angie Birdsell, Financial Software Solutions LLC
Rebecca Brown, RPS GaiaTech
Janet Burhyte, Gross Shuman Brizdle & Gilfillan PC
Paige Castaneda, Winstead PC
Susan Conrad, Simon Consulting LLC
Laura Dellaca, Commercial Recovery Associates LLC
Shana Elberg, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Terri Gardner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Debra Grassgreen, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
Melissa Haselden, Hoover Slovacek LLP
Renee Jackson, LSQ Funding Group LC
Paula Kanne, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Lauren Kanzer, Vinson & Elkins LLP
Jeannie Kim, United States Bankruptcy Court Northern District of CA
Cynthia Klein, Bibby Financial Services Inc
Caroline Kung, HIG Capital LLC
Lena Matz, Point B Inc
Virginia McGann, Value Management Resources
Marcy McLaughlin, Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP
Jennifer McManus-Kirk, Map Key Partners
Christine Morris, Halliburton
Alicia Pelletier, US Bank
Olga Peshko
Megan Preusker, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Pamela Samuels, B Riley & Co LLC
Susan Silver, Millennium Properties Inc
Rachael Sparks, FTI Consulting
Shannon Thomas, Rochelle McCullough LLP
Casey Webb, Huron
Submit Your News to Be Featured 

Please send your news to Kris Wolcott at to be included in the next issue of TMA Network of Women in the News. 

About TMA Network of Women

The TMA Network of Women (TMA NOW) is an affinity group within TMA, created to foster female leadership by creating the premier business development and networking group for women in the turnaround community. TMA NOW aims to provide substantive educational programming and networking opportunities to promote career growth and help women break through the glass ceiling.   
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