Ellen is a psychologist, consultant and Certified MentorCoach and the founder of Lawyers Life Coach LLC, a firm providing executive coaching services to attorneys, with an emphasis on enabling women to succeed in their legal careers without sacrificing those things that give their lives meaning. Lawyers Life Coach LLC also works with legal employers to create inclusive work environments, free of biases that block the retention and advancement of women and attorneys of color. When Ellen and her husband, a psychologist with an adult psychotherapy practice, became parents, they arranged their work schedules to minimize the need for other child care. Once their son, Matt, started school, one or the other left work to be home to greet Matt, help him with homework and take him to after-school activities. Matt’s bedtime was typically the beginning of the third part of Ellen’s day during which she wrote many published articles about the unconscious biases and “ideal worker” norms that undermine the advancement of women in law firms. Matt will be 23 this summer and is finishing his fourth year at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Ellen also has a step-daughter, Angela, and through her a son-in-law Kevin, and two grandchildren; Jake who is 7 and Ashley who is 5.
Kathryn Kadilak – Board Co-Chair, Washington, DC
Kathy is a Virginia Supreme Court certified mediator and engages in mediation activities through the Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center. In addition, she is President and Founder of Innovative Workplace Strategies and works with organizations and individuals to create better outcomes on the job, at home, and in life through redesign of work and innovative use of flexibility, community resources, and dependent care programs. Prior to her work with IWS, Kathy managed the U.S. Department of Justice’s Work-life Program and was responsible for initiatives affecting over 120,000 employees nationwide. She is the co-founder of the Greater Washington Work-Life Network which is the premier regional work-life association, in Washington D.C., attracting participants from the public, private, and non-profits sectors as well as academia. She feels blessed with a blended family that includes four “children” ranging in ages from 26 to 30 years old. Kathy and her husband, Steve, regularly hike, bicycle, and visit local Bed & Breakfast inns.
Alysia is the Director of Diversity and Gender Equality of the Allegheny County Bar Association. Prior to this she worked in law firms in New York and Florida, and was most recently a shareholder of Akerman Senterfitt LLP, resident in the Fort Lauderdale office, where her practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions. In an effort to realize greater work/life balance and on the theory that “life is too short,” Alysia left the practice of law in 2004 to focus on raising her three children now school aged children. She spent seven years out of the paid work force during which time she and her family relocated to Pittsburgh to be closer to family. Alysia’s husband is also an attorney and recently left a larger firm practice to open his own firm to allow him more control over his schedule and more time with his family. Alysia earned her JD from Georgetown University Law Center and her Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. She was born in Miami and is of Hispanic descent. She speaks Spanish fluently.
Brett Goldblatt, Los Angeles, CA
Brett is a partner in the Global Corporate Department of Milbank’s Los Angeles office. He represents investment funds, fund sponsors, companies and investment banks in a wide variety of business matters, including restructurings, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, fund formation, debt and equity offerings in the public and private markets, and general corporate and contractual matters. Brett specializes in transactions involving partnerships and limited liability companies as well as restructurings of distressed companies in and out of bankruptcy. He chairs a Milbank Work-Life Balance Committee and is the head of mentoring in the Los Angeles office. At Milbank LA, Brett’s attempting to create an environment where associates can be passionate about both work and their outside activities through formal and informal measures. He completed at BA in Philosophy & Psychology at Rutgers and his JD at University of Pennsylvania. Brett also has been teaching corporate transactions as an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Law School since 2002. While he accepts the proposition that “something’s gotta give,” he refuses to let it be his son, daughter or his wife – so he delegates more and sleeps less. His wife is an ex-labor attorney who currently is a stay-at-home mom.
Kevin is a partner at The Miller Law Firm where he practices complex commercial litigation. An honors graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, Kevin has been repeatedly recognized by Super Lawyers as an outstanding litigator, and he was recently named one of the 100 Top Lawyers in Michigan. In 1996 Kevin took a fourteen-year hiatus from the practice of law during which he was an at-home father to his three children while his then-wife built her medical practice. During this time Kevin founded Partnership for Dads, a non-profit organization that works with existing groups to help fathers become more involved parents and presents the Annual Midwest Fathers Conference (now in its fifteenth year). He also co-authored The Fatherstyle Advantage, a book celebrating the unique value of fathering. Kevin is now the chairman of the Detroit Urban Debate League (DUDL), a nonprofit group that establishes and supports academic debate programs in underserved schools. Kevin is divorced. His two school aged children live with him, and his third child is at college.
Kipp is Chief Communications Officer at Publicis Health, the largest healthcare communications network in the world. He has served senior communications roles at Nurun Inc., Geometry Global (formerly G2 Worldwide), and the American Association of Advertising Agencies. Prior to making the move to marketing-communications, Kipp spent the first half of his career working as a writer and editor at a variety of consumer and business magazines, including Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York, American Theater, Adweek and DiversityInc. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia. In his spare time, Kipp documents the joys and terrors of being dad to his school aged son and infant daughter on his popular blog, Lazy Dad’s Guide to Everything (lazydad.tumblr.com). He also writes a monthly column about the Millennial generation for MediaPost and has contributed to numerous other publications. Kipp and his partner, Mark Jarecke, juggle full-time work and parenthood with a mix of humor, multiple Google calendars, and too many bowls of pho to count.
Michelle has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Independent Bank Group since May of 2012. As a member of the executive management team, she oversees the treasury, financial reporting and accounting functions for the Bank as well as the strategic analysis and financial integration of acquired institutions. Prior to joining the Bank, Michelle was an audit partner with RSM, where she was a designated financial institution specialist. She was the first woman audit partner in the Dallas office and attained that position while working a flex year schedule, which allowed her to hang out with her daughters during the summer months when they were younger. Over her 22 years career in public accounting, Michelle provided audit, financial reporting, internal control assistance and training to community banks and not for profit organizations. She received her BBA in accounting from Texas A&M University where she and her husband, Rob, spends many weekends in the fall tailgating and attending football games and visiting her two daughters, Cameron and Abby, who are currently students there.
Noriko Gamblin, Minneapolis, MN
Noriko works full time as a development officer in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. She entered the field of fund raising in 2006, when she and her husband, Steven, and their daughter, Natalie, moved to Minneapolis from Los Angeles, in conjunction with Steven’s becoming chair of art history at the U of M. Noriko, who has a B.A. from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. from the University of Delaware, spent nearly two decades in museum work and art consulting, and the latter she undertook in order to spend more time at home with Natalie when she was small. The sharing of domestic responsibility is fundamental to their family life–and greatly facilitated by Steven’s deep interest in cooking. Life in their home revolves around the kitchen and family meals, 16-year-old Natalie and her busy schedule, and tending their three pets. Noriko is actively training Carlos, a French Bulldog puppy, to become a therapy dog, raising orchids under lights, and contemplating her next career.