An Open Discussion & Reception with Women Partners and Women in Senior Corporate Management

This free event, held at Hotel Allegro Chicago, was  sponsored by DSF to raise awareness and promote equality for minorities and women.  The response was overwhelming as we welcomed a sold out audience.

The Open Forum was a panel discussion highlighting the career paths of six women who hold senior-level positions. The panelists discussed how they obtained shareholder/member positions within their firms and upper-level management positions within their companies; how they overcame obstacles along the way (especially stereotypes about women); what were the key ingredients to their successes; and what advice would they give to other women seeking to move up in their careers.

Distinguished Panelists

Pictured from left to right; Front Row:

Rosa Tumialan,a member of the General Litigation Practice Group in the Chicago Office of Dykema Gossett PLLC. She is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee, serves as a member of the Board of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and as membership secretary of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. In 2008, She was honored with the Award for Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service from the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and was named as one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Joyce Tucker,  is the vice president of Global Diversity and Employee Rights for The Boeing Company. In 2001, she was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the White House Initiative Advisory Board for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In 1990, Tucker was appointed by President George H. W. Bush and was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate as a commissioner of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a position that she held until 1996. Prior to her appointment as an EEOC Commissioner, she served for ten years in the Illinois Governor’s cabinet as the first director of the Department of Human Rights.


Anna  Wildermuth, is the founder of Personal Images, Inc., a recognized leader in the image industry. Personal Images, Inc. received the 2009 MBEIC Supplier of the Year. In 2008,she received the Association of Image Consultants International Award of Excellence. In 2004, Personal Images, Inc. was named Professional Service Firm of the Year by the US Department ofCommerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the Chicago Minority Enterprise Development Council. The company also was recognized with the 2004 Outstanding Minority Success Award from the China Star Media Corporation.

Gail Morse, is a partner at Jenner & Block LLP, where, as a member of the Tax Practice, she heads the Firm’s State and Local Tax Practice. In addition, she is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and co-chair of the LGBT Forum. Morse is a member of the American Bar Association’s and the Chicago Bar Association’s state and local tax committees. She is the former chair of WILPOWER, the political action committee of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and remains active in federal, state, and local political campaigns. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Women’s Treatment Center, Personal PAC, the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership, and is a former commissioner of the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues. In 2008, Morse received the Bella Abzug Woman of Honor Award for her work raising the visibility of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender community and diversity issues in the workplace.

Deirdre Drake, senior vice president of Human Resources at Harris NA, is responsible for creating business strategies and operational priorities that focus on people and a higher performing culture. Drake serves as chair of the People Resources Committee on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and as treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC). On May 3, 2010, Drake was honored with a Corporate Women of Achievement Award by the Chicago Chapter of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners).

Sharon Hwang, shareholder at McAndrews Held & Malloy Ltd., practices in all areas of intellectual property law with particular emphasis on patent litigation and intellectual property counseling. Hwang is a member of the firm’s Executive Recruiting Committee, chairs the firm’s Diversity Committee, and recently spearheaded the launch of the firm’s Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship, a Fellowship that promotes diversity in the field of intellectual property law. She also serves as president of the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago, member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Coalition on Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms, and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Chicago Legal Clinic. In 2007, Hwang was selected as one of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s “Best Lawyers Under 40” and was recently named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.