Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Former CEOs to Discuss Importance of Legal and Business Degrees in "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" March 02, 2011
Former CEOs to Discuss Importance of Legal and Business Degrees in "Breaking the Glass Ceiling"

Two highly successful business leaders who are trailblazers in their fields, Larraine Segil and Joan Herman will share their tips for success in a special lunch presentation on "Breaking the Glass Ceiling: How a J.D. and an M.B.A. Helped Two Women Become CEOs." The program is being presented by Southwestern's Business Law Society and Women's Law Association, and The Drucker Graduate School of Management on Monday, March 21 at 12:30 p.m. on the Southwestern campus.

In their discussion, Joan Herman, former President and CEO of WellPoint's Consumer Business Unit and Larraine Segil, former CEO of a variety of entrepreneurial companies (healthcare, aerospace and consulting), will cover how they applied their J.D. and M.B.A. training in building their careers, key issues students should consider when choosing a career path, the special challenges of being a woman CEO and how both women and men can balance career and family.

Dean Bryant Garth said, "This is a rare opportunity to hear from two extraordinary leaders about what it takes to build and sustain a high-level career."

Larraine Segil (Southwestern J.D. '79) was formerly CEO of companies in healthcare, aerospace and strategic alliance consulting -- all entrepreneurial companies which she founded or co-founded, grew and sold. She now serves on various boards including Frontier Communications (NYSE: FTR), a Fortune 300 Telecom company, and the World Health Organization (WHO) Tropical Diseases Board in Geneva. She is the author of numerous books, and has also graciously funded a scholarship for a woman student interested in strategic alliances as part of the Southwestern/Drucker J.D./M.B.A. program.

Joan E. Herman formerly served for ten years in a variety of positions at WellPoint, Inc., a premier health benefits organization with over $60 billion in revenue, including serving as President and CEO of WellPoint's Consumer Business Unit, where she oversaw the management of 5.9 million medical members and $18 billion in revenue. She now serves on various for-profit and non-profit boards, including MRV Communications, a network telecommunications equipment and services company, and QualiCorp, a Brazilian health benefits corporation. She is also President and CEO of Herman and Associates LLC, a healthcare and management consulting firm.

For additional information, contact Molly Selvin, Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs.