2015 Retreat Workshop and Panel Resources

New Start: Setting Objectives and Deliverables

2015 has been a milestone year for the Black Female Lawyers Network. BFLN was incorporated as a Not-for-Profit and the founding board endeavoured to provide substantive opportunities – beyond the retreat – to convene, connect and learn. Working with event planners Cheryl-Ann Philip and Nadine Miller, this year’s retreat is about identifying objectives, setting realistic deliverables and crafting a successful strategy.

Given this formal new start, the first session of the 2015 Retreat is a workshop: Supporting Professional Needs. During the workshop, BFLN members will identify how the organization may practically support the professional needs of black women practicing law, in order to extend their participation in the profession and enhance their public contributions. 

Attendees are encouraged to review the articles below to help stimulate the discussion. What do you want BLFN to be? What do you need? At the end of the workshop, we hope to establish committees and identified programs BFLN can undertake for 2016.


We Need Both Networks and Communities by Henry Mintzberg – Harvard Business Review

You Need A Community, Not a Network by Brook Manville – Harvard Business Review 

All the Right Moves

The afternoon panel features four brilliant lawyers of diverse calls and diverse areas of the profession:

  • Suhuyini Abudulai, lawyer in the Financial Services Group at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Hermie Abraham, lawyer and founder of Advocation Professional Corporation
  • Maud Murray, Deputy Director of the Legal Services Branches of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade
  • Sue-Lynn Noel, Vice-President, Legal at GFL Environmental Inc.

Lead by moderator Natalie De Haney Stewart, counsel will reflect on how they have navigated and thrived the legal profession. Panelist will share insight, success, failure and tips.

Attendees are encouraged to review the linked resources below, and to engage in what will be an inspiring and lively discussion!

The Broad Experience Podcast

A terrific podcast exploring issues related to women in the workplace. All podcast episodes are under 30 minutes and free to download. You will not be disappointed!

Episode 23: Tips for success from a CEO

Episode 57: Women, work, and stress

Episode 47: Authenticity vs. conformity


Be Your Own Best Advocate by Deborah M. Kolb – Harvard Business Review

The Relationship You Need to Get Right – Harvard Business Review

Success Strategy Gone Bad – The Responsiveness Trap – Attorney with A Life