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Bryan Cave Women, the firm’s affinity group for women lawyers, had a busy week recently with successful speaking engagements and client development activities from coast to coast.

In Chicago, Partners Jena Valdetero and Brian Sher were featured speakers at a Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) event Oct. 23 on the topic of mentorship. Finding the right sponsor or mentor and effectively navigating that relationship can be a game-changer in ensuring professional development and long-term success. Valdetero and Sher represented Bryan Cave as a successful mentor-mentee pair. Valdetero is a Board member of Bryan Cave Women and a Global Advisory Board Member of WILEF.

Bryan Cave Women in Santa Monica hosted clients at an event playfully called Cards and Cocktails on Oct. 28. The evening included lessons from professional poker player Tiffany Michelle, who broke the record for the largest field conquered by a woman in live poker history. Michelle shared strategies and tips with more than 35 Bryan Cave women attorneys and their guests. Partner Nicole Simonian, Bryan Cave Women office liaison, and OMP Jenny Jackson led the event.

On the other side of the country, Bryan Cave Women Washington DC invited clients and guests to hear speaker and author Joyce Roché explore the issue of “imposter syndrome” and discuss her book The Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success. The event, on Oct. 28, was attended by 60 Bryan Cave lawyers and clients, including DC Partners Susan Kovarovics and LaDawn Naegle, who ran the event, and firm Chair Terry Pritchard and Chief Diversity Officer Lisa Martin.

In the Midwest, the women of the Chicago office hosted a private tasting dinner Oct. 28 for their female guests at trendy hot spot “Little Goat,” owned by celebrity chef Stephanie Izard, best known for her fourth season win on Top Chef. With nearly a 1-to-1 ratio of attorneys to clients, 36 people were in attendance (included current and prospective clients). The event began with a signature drink called the Moscow Cave, a play on the Moscow Mule, accompanied by appetizers. Guests enjoyed a 20-minute cooking demonstration, followed by a nine-course sit-down dinner. Guests also were treated to autographed copies of Izard’s cookbook, Girl in the Kitchen, which included a personalized Bryan Cave bookmark. Chicago Partners Carrie Byrnes and Jena Valdetero spearheaded the event.

Bryan Cave Women in New York hosted a chocolate and wine tasting Oct. 29 at female-owned art gallery Garis & Hahn, which is also a firm client. The event drew 25 Bryan Cave lawyers and clients for a night of paired chocolate and wine and the chance to peruse the works created by numerous female artists. The chocolate and wine tasting was provided by Vosges Haut-Chocolat, a female-owned boutique chocolatier. New York Partner Michelle McMahon headed this event along with Associates Carolyn Rincon and Anna Nazarenko.