Managing Partners Forum

For 30 years, MPF Conferences have been the "go to" conference for managing partners to hear from legal thought leaders while exploring topics and sharing ideas with colleagues.

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Alexandra Bodnar, Esq.
Senior VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Volt Information Sciences, Inc.
Orange Park, California

Alex is currently Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Volt, a ~$1B award winning, global workforce solutions expert with 35,000 employees working across 85 offices worldwide. At Volt, she oversees the legal, contracts, procurement and human resources functions and drives Volt’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative. Before Volt, Alex was a partner at two top-tier global law firms.

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Lisa Ramsay Cole, Esq.
President and Managing Shareholder
Lewis Thomason
Nashville, Tennessee

Lisa is President and Managing Shareholder of Lewis Thomason, a 110-lawyer firm based in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a frequent participant at MPF Conferences and events, including our inaugural Virtual Conference for women in law firm leadership presented last October. Her current clients include national, regional, and local employers; regional and local health care facilities; and insurance companies.

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Joan M. Fortin, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer
Bernstein Shur
Portland, Maine

Joan is the Chief Executive Officer of Berntstein Shur, the largest law firm in Maine. To encourage Bernstein Shur attorneys to be creative and thoughtful practitioners, Joan consistently creates new opportunities for education and professional development so that they can effectively serve each unique client. Joan is speaking frequently about current events and their impact on the legal profession, including discussions of ethics, equity in the legal workplace, the importance of female leadership, and embracing change.

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Debbie Foster 
Managing Partner
Affinity Consulting Group
Largo, Florida

Debbie is a nationally recognized thought leader on strategy, efficiency, and innovation in professional legal organizations. In 2002, she founded Affinity Legal Consulting where she currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. Debbie is very active in the Association of Legal Administrators, the Law Practice Division of the American Bar Association, and was the Co-Chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2018.

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Jennifer Johnson
CEO and Founder
Calibrate Legal
Austin, Texas

Jenn is the Chief Executive Officer of Calibrate where she calls upon more than 20 years of experience inside of, and as a consultant to, law firms to deliver industry-leading organizational strategy and executive search services. In October 2017, Jennifer was inducted into the College of Law Practice Management, which recognizes distinguished leaders in the profession. She also is a Fellow of the ALM Legal Intelligence Program; and, in 2020 and 2021, Jenn was named as a Global Top 100 Leader in Legal Strategy and Consulting by LawDragon.com. 

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Holly Loiseau, Esq.
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
KServicing Corporation
Miami, Florida

Holly is General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Privacy Officer for KServicing, a financial services company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to this role, she was an Equity Partner at Weil Gotshal and Manges LLP and represented some of the world's leading organizations and executives for over 25 years. She was named one of the Top 100 Women in Investigations 2021 and One of the Most Influential Black Lawyers according to Savoy Magazine in 2022. 

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Stephanie D. Loughner, Esq.
Management Committee Member

Moye White
Denver, Colorado

Stephanie co-chairs Moye White’s Employment Practice Group  and chairs the firm’s Business, Strategies and Initiatives Committee which spearheads and implements the firm’s stratigec vision and goals. She is also a frequent speaker and writer and recently was the inaugural presenter at Ally Law’s Women in the Law Series.

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Rhonda Joy McLean, Esq. 
President and Chief Executive Officer
RJMLEADS LLC
New York, New York

Rhonda is President and CEO of RJMLEADS LLC, a leadership consulting and career advancement company based in New York City.  She is the former Deputy General Counsel of Time Inc. where she managed one-third of the law department and provided legal counsel to over 200 clients for nearly 20 years, including Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, People, Essence and other global brands. Prior to joining Time Inc., Rhonda was the Deputy Director of the Federal Trade Commission. 

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Sheila Murphy
President, CEO and General Counsel

Focus Forward Consulting LLC
New York, New York

Sheila is the Chief Executive Officer of Focus Forward Consulting where she coaches her clients to make power moves that create forward momentum in their careers, compensation, and courage. Prior to launching Focus Forward Consulting, Sheila was Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at MetLife and also spent many years in private practice. She is a member of the Board of Directors of National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), serves on the advisory board of Transforming Women's Leadership in Law, and co-chairs the CARE's Women's Network of New York.

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Brenda Plowman
Chief Marketing Officer

Fasken
Vancouver, British Columbia

Brenda is the Chief Marketing Officer at Fasken, one of the largest law firms in Canada. There she leads a team of marketing, business development and communications professionals that that are responsible for building Fasken’s world-class brand and positioning the firm for success in the evolving legal services marketplace. Additionally, Brenda is currently serving as the President of the International Board of Directors for the Legal Marketing Association (LMA). In 2021, she joined the SiteCore Customer Leadership Board.

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Marcie Borgal Shunk
Founder and President

The Tilt Institute
Houston, Texas

Marcie is a sociologist of lawyers and President & Founder of The Tilt Institute, specializing in helping firms shepherd significant transformation. She is a Fellow of College of Law Practice Management, an ALM Intelligence Fellow, Faculty Member of Executive Institute on Inclusion, Board Member of BizDev Gals and former board member of Legal Marketing Association. She speaks regularly at industry events including CFO/COO Forum, Marketing Partner Forum, LegalWeek and various Managing Partner roundtables. 

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Tiffany F. Southerland, JD
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Troutman Pepper
Washington, D.C.

Tiffany is Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Troutman Pepper. In her role, Tiffany is responsible for facilitating and implementing the firm’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic goals and initiatives. She collaborates with firm leaders and across practice groups and departments to develop responsive strategies to recruit, retain, and develop underrepresented attorneys and staff and advance the firm’s commitment to client care. 

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M. Victoria Taylor 
Director, Diversity and Development

Womble Bond Dickinson
Charlotte, North Carolina

Victoria is the Director of Development and Diversity at Womble Bond Dickinson (US), a 500-lawyer firm based in the Carolinas. She is a certified Gallup Strengths Coach, a certified DEIB in the Workplace Strategist, a certified DEIB facilitator, a certified Culture facilitator, and an experienced Emotional Intelligence (EQ) facilitator. Prior to joining Womble, she spent eighteen years in higher education serving in senior administrator and associate professor of law roles at three North Carolina law schools. 

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Kathryn Whitaker 
Chief Marketing Officer

Burr & Forman
Charleston, South Carolina

With 18 years of experience in legal marketing and business development, Kathryn now serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for Burr & Forman, a law firm of 350 attorneys across eight states. She works closely with firm leadership and other administrative departments to drive performance improvement firmwide. She develops and implements marketing and business development plans, while overseeing efforts to facilitate cross-office and cross-practice collaboration for the benefit of firm clients. 

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