What Would Gloria Do? What Can We All Do?
To find out, please join us as we celebrate Women’s History Month with activist and global icon Gloria Steinem.
SidleyWomen invites you to an exclusive virtual conversation with Gloria Steinem to explore the influence women have had to advance, empower, and support other women throughout the decades, and highlight ways to enhance these efforts moving forward.
Through engaging conversation, Sidley’s first woman chair-elect to the Management Committee, Yvette Ostolaza, will discuss with Gloria Steinem her journey as an activist in the women’s rights movement, and her triumphs and challenges along the way. We’ll hear firsthand wisdom gathered from Ms. Steinem’s life on the road as she shares actionable steps to lift each other higher. Participant questions will be fielded by partner and head of Sidley’s New York Litigation group Nancy Chung.
GLORIA STEINEM is a writer, political activist, and feminist organizer. She was a founder of New York and Ms. magazines, and is the author of 11 books, including The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off, My Life on the Road, Moving Beyond Words, Revolution from Within, and Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions. Her forthcoming book will focus on the Black roots of feminism.
She co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Free to Be Foundation, and the Women’s Media Center in the United States. As links to other countries, she helped found Equality Now, Donor Direct Action, and Direct Impact Africa. For her writing, Steinem has received the Penney-Missouri Journalism Award, the Front Page and Clarion Awards, the National Magazine Award, the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations, and the University of Missouri School of Journalism Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism. In 1993, her concern with child abuse led her to co-produce an Emmy Award–winning TV documentary for HBO, Multiple Personalities: The Search for Deadly Memories. She and Amy Richards co-produced a series of eight documentaries on violence against women around the world for VICELAND in 2016.
In 2013, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor. In 2019, she received the Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum.
YVETTE OSTOLAZA is chair-elect of Sidley’s Management Committee. With her election, Yvette became the only Latina to lead a top 10 AmLaw firm. She is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, global co-leader of the Litigation practice and former managing partner of the Dallas office. Yvette is one of the world’s foremost business litigators, delivering winning results for clients at each stage of complex multijurisdictional commercial disputes and corporate investigations.
She is recognized for her community involvement in charitable activities. In 2016, Yvette was named a recipient of the Girls Inc. Women of Achievement Award. She has received the prestigious Dallas ADL Larry Schoenbrun Jurisprudence Award for her outstanding leadership and exemplary contributions to the community. She serves on the board of Lionsgate, as well as the AT&T Performing Arts and Dallas Theater Center.
INTRODUCTION AND Q&A
NANCY CHUNG is head of Sidley’s Litigation group in the New York office, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She is also co-head of Sidley’s international Investment Funds Litigation practice. Nancy has over 20 years of experience handling crisis management situations and other high-stakes commercial litigation and investigations with cross-border implications. Nancy’s matters often involve significant, sensitive reputational matters for global asset management firms, sovereign wealth funds, and other multi-national companies across a wide range of industry sectors. Her matters are multidisciplinary and cross the spectrum of commercial, white collar criminal defense, securities and bankruptcy litigation.
Nancy’s experience and results have earned her recognition as one of Crain’s 2019 “Annual Notable Women in Law” list, as well as a 2018 “Rainmaker” by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. She is also a member of the board of directors of the New York Legal Aid Society.