SCWLA’s 2011 Conference – Women Lawyers and Leadership

SWLA EventThe conference program featured women who have made a difference in the world of professional women.

Photo: Victoria Pynchon organized and moderated our panel at SC Women Lawyers Assoc. with the two Glorias and (not shown) Shelby Knox and Jamia Wilson.

Speakers included:

  • Professor Anita Hill on the topic of “Looking Back 30 Years at Advancements of Women in the Legal Profession.”
  • The legendary Gloria Steinem and nationally renowned activist and author, Gloria Feldt, participating in a panel discussion on “What’s Next for Working Women.”
  • Another panel of local women leaders discussed developing leadership skills
  • Political consultant/motivational speaker, Deb Sofield, revealed the “Unspoken Rules of the Game.”
  • Other speakers contributed their thoughts to the evolving roles and rights of women in the workplace and community.

Event organizers promised a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of influential women and both participants and presenters delivered on the promise.



Thurs. 10/21: Columbia, SC
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SCWLA’s 2011 Conference – Women Lawyers and Leadership


After SCWLA panel on "What's Next for Women in the Workplace?" people wanted to keep talking. Over 200 high energy women attended this very special conference that also celebrated the 20th anniversary of Anita Hill's courageous testimony during Clarence Thomas's U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings.


Gloria Steinem and I flank the first and oldest female lawyer in South Carolina, Sarah Leverette, who was not able to get a job practicing law so she did legal research. Born in 1910, Leverette is still actively involved in the SC bar and advocating for women at age 91. The state legislature passed this resolution commending her on her 90th birthday:

GLORIA FELDT is the bestselling author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, a sought-after speaker and frequent contributor to major news outlets, and the Co-Founder and President of Take The LeadPeople has called her “the voice of experience,” and among the honors she has been given, Vanity Fair named her one of America’s “Top 200 Women Legends, Leaders, and Trailblazers,” she was named Glamour’s “Woman of the Year,” a She Knows Media Inspiring Woman, and a Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st century.

As co-founder and president of Take The Lead, she has created the most comprehensive initiative to prepare, develop, inspire, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. The women’s leadership nonprofit offers a variety of training programs and workshops including the 50 Women Can Change The World immersive, online courses, a free weekly newsletter, events including a monthly Virtual Happy Hour program and Take The Lead Day symposium that reached over 400,000 women globally in 2017.

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