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The WGCC National Conference is an annual event attracting over 75 in-house counsels who are leaders within their organizations. Attendees come from the private, public, and the not-for-profit sector. This Conference is unique because it is organized by women legal leaders for women legal leaders. The goal of the Conference is to address issues from a perspective not found elsewhere.

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SESSION 1:  January 27, 2022 - 11:30am-4:30pm EST Re-INVENT! | Virtual Event | $100

It's time to Re-INVENT our approach to all things in our ‘new normal’. With virtual meetings a part of everyone’s day-to-day life, we have a body language expert to ensure that we're communicating what we intend to, and that we're noticing the visual cues others are projecting. We're then transported into the GC Office of the Future where we can learn from others about the transferability of the influencing skills of the GC into different areas of the business, including commercial leadership roles as well as other industries – GCs are not pigeonholed. We then have an awe-inspiring message to ensure that you have the energy for the performance necessary to get 'BACK TO THE FUTURE'!

Register today and get an early start on your CPD hours!

To get you ready to Re-INVENT your approach to all things in what is our ‘new normal’. Join these incredible women as they share their experience with us: 

International Body Language Expert

Nadia Ait, an international body language expert and behaviour analyst, together with the #1 body language expert in the world and ex-FBI Special Agent Joe Navarro, co-founded Body Language Academy by Joe Navarro.

In our January session, your will first hear from Ms. Ait on the importance of nonverbal communication and how to make better connections. She will discuss the challenges and opportunities for women in leadership positions, with a focus on nonverbal communication. Learn from an expert how to better understand and make the most of your own body language as well as more effectively read the body language of others to give you the best chance for success.

General Counsel Office of the Future!

We will then be transported into the GC Office of the future where we will hear first-hand about the transferability of the influencing skills of the GC into other areas of the business, specifically how those skills prepared Julia Hanigsberg for the role of President & CEO of Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital, Holland Bloorview. 

Energy for Optimum Mental and Physical Performance

Dr. Haley Perlus will then deliver an awe-inspiring message to ensure that you have the energy for the performance necessary to get you “BACK TO THE FUTURE”!

With virtual meetings a part of everyone’s day to day life we need to ensure that we have the energy - mental and physical - for optimum performance each and every day. Dr. Perlus will explain how to handle the pressure at work, access your skills and talent on demand and perform like a champion athlete in the corporate world. Focusing specifically on senior women leaders in the legal profession, her discussion on resilient leadership for women, how to conquer mental blocks for optimum success, and how to channel optimum energy flow to achieve your highest standard of performance.

SESSION 2:  June 9, 2022 | Re-IGNITE | Virtual & Live | $100

In this final session – held LIVE and simultaneously STREAMED - we re-ignite your passion and give you meaningful tools and inspiration for you to thrive in the months to come as we prepare ourselves to get BACK TO THE FUTURE! We'll hear from a panel of your peers about what worked, what didn’t, and how you can draw on THEIR wisdom so you don’t waste YOUR time! We then leap into maximizing your purpose and leadership presence to fulfill your career strategy and meet your goals. Finally, we get personal with a professional stylist so that we can create a stylish statement as we have fun grabbing the brass ring and shattering all remaining glass ceilings as we get 'BACK TO THE FUTURE'!

Separate registration, and fee, will be required for this session. Registration will open early in 2022.

Save the Date & Time: Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 11:00am-5:00pm EST*

times to be confirmed

CPD Hours will be available for this program.


CONNECTIONS: Feb- April 2022 | Re-CONNECT | Virtual Connections

As we re-emerge after our brief pause, it is time to re-Connect and re-build relationships with the amazing members of the WGCC through Networking Circles that will provide connections between the sessions. For those of you that will be able to join us LIVE in the Toronto area for Session #2, these sessions will ensure that when you arrive you will be met by familiar faces and be able to further expand your connectivity through meaningful relationships. For those of you that will be joining us VIRTUALLY for Session #2, these sessions will ensure that you benefit from the energy and are able to discuss the content and feel connected to your intimate group –building relationships that will last through your career and as you get 'BACK TO THE FUTURE'!

These session are included with your registration. 

Save the Dates & Times **

  • Thursday, February 10, 2022; Noon EST
  • Thursday, March 10, 2022; Noon EST
  • Thursday, April 21, 2022; Noon EST

** Dates and times may be modified to ensure the majority can attend. At this time we suggest holding the above dates and times in your busy calendars as a placeholder.


If you have any questions, please contact us here. We look forward to you joining us!

Thank You to Our Past Conference Organizers

Mary Ellen Bench and Bindu Cudjoe (2017)
Alena Thouin and Hilda Wong (2018)
Trish Callon and Elizabeth Fanjoy (2019)

Andrea Cotroneo, Judy Naiberg, and Deborah Greenberg (2020)
Lisa Marcuzzi and Kimberley Graham (2021)

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