Women Lawyers Forum Section Meeting | ONLINE ONLY 

Apr. 14, 2021

Veuillez notez, cet événement ne sera disponible qu'en anglais.

ONLINE SERIES: Empowerment Through Presentation: Dressing with More Intention 
This meeting is being hosted by the Women Lawyers Forum Section.

Speakers: Angela Bespflug, Associate Counsel, Murphy Battista LLP
Emma May, Founder of Charles Real Estate and Sophie Grace & Former Corporate Lawyer
Michelle Addison, Fashion Stylist
Time: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm (PT)
CPD Hours: N/A
How can you empower yourself through your presentation? Do you need to dress how people expect a lawyer should dress, or is there room for more self-expression? 

Historically, the wardrobe of a female lawyer has been constructed through a male gaze and resulted in limiting women’s dressing choices to items such as the skirt suit for example, particularly in settings such as the court room.

Your personal style is a powerful form of self-expression. You can use it to present yourself with confidence and authority.

If you’re intrigued about how the sense of self-empowerment transcends into our professional environment, including the virtual environment, through expression of our confidence, please join us at our upcoming WLF Education Committee Event.

We’re excited to welcome an outstanding panel of speakers whose paths to success have combined professional success with personal style. Our speakers will share their tips and insights on a number of topics, including:

  • How to empower yourself through your style choices;
  • How to create a personal style that reflects your professional and personal values; and 
  • How self-expression through style can generate confidence and empower creation of a distinctly female voice in a largely male-dominated industry.

The discussion will be moderated by Vancouver lawyer coach, Paula Price, who is particularly keen to learn a few new tricks for presenting on Zoom!

About the Speakers: 

Angela Bespflug: a leading Vancouver class action lawyer who has acted as counsel in high-profile national class actions with combined settlement values of over $800 million, including recent class actions against the RCMP for the sexual harassment of women.

Emma May: Calgary based former lawyer, political advisor, founder of Charles Real Estate and – more recently - Sophie Grace, a fashion line for professional women that creates elegant, easy to care for mix and match pieces to make dressing well effortless.

Michelle Addison: one of Vancouver’s top fashion stylists and former Nordstrom Vancouver top seller personal stylist who has dressed a wide spectrum of inspiring women, from stay-at-home moms to business professionals to celebrities.

Territorial Acknowledgement
This event will be broadcast from the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Musqueam First Nations. We encourage members to explore the rich history and knowledge of Indigenous people, and to continue learning about their experience in Canada past and present.

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