University at Albany

A Dialogue on Women's Leadership
Challenges in the 21st Century

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Fashion Institute of Technology
W. 27th St. and 8th Ave.
New York City, NY

Please join us for a conversation among senior women leaders as they explore the topics of leadership challenges in the 21st century. Hear two women who have experienced great success in their careers reflect on the struggles and celebrations along the way. Among many issues, the discussion will touch on the evolution of leadership style, the work-life balancing act, and transcending gender barriers. The event will feature Rockefeller College alumna Attorney Christine Varney '77 and friend of the University Judge Karen Peters. Guests will enjoy a reception before the dialogue as well as a dessert reception following the conversation.

Event is free and open to the public | Space is limited
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About the Panelists


Christine A. Varney '77 is a partner in the Litigation Department at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and serves as the Chair of the firm's Antitrust practice. From 2009 until 2011, Ms. Varney served as Assistant Attorney General and headed the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. From 1994 through 1997, Ms. Varney served as a Commissioner of the FTC. Prior to becoming FTC Commissioner, Ms. Varney served as Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Cabinet in the Clinton Administration. Ms. Varney has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by The National Law Journal. She has also been recognized as a leader in antitrust law by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer?, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers and Lawdragon's list of 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

Justice Karen K. Peters received her BS from George Washington University (cum laude) and her JD from New York University (cum laude, Order of the Coif). From 1972 to 1979 she was engaged in the private practice of law in Ulster County, served as Assistant District Attorney in Dutchess County and worked as an assistant professor at the State University at New Paltz, where she developed curricula and taught courses in the areas of criminal law, gender discrimination and the law, and civil rights and civil liberties. In 1979, Justice Peters was selected as the first counsel for the newly created New York State Division of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse and served in that capacity under Governors Hugh Carey and Mario M. Cuomo. In 1983, she became the director of the State Assembly Government Operations Committee. Elected to the bench in 1983, she remained Family Court Judge for the County of Ulster until 1992, when she was elected the first woman Supreme Court Justice in the Third Department. Justice Peters was appointed to the Appellate Division. Third Department by Governor Mario M. Cuomo on February 3, 1994 and was appointed presiding Justice of that Court by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on April 5, 2012, the first woman appointed to that position in the court. Justice Peters serves on the New York State Task Force on Wrongful Convictions. First appointed a member of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct by Chief Judge Judith Kaye in 2000, and later reappointed to that position by Governor David Patterson, Justice Peters served until 2012. Justice Peters has also served as Chairperson of the Gender Bias Committee in the Third Judicial District and on numerous state bar committees, including the New York State Bar Association Special Committee on Procedures for Judicial Discipline, and the President's Committee on Access to Justice. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Ulster County Bar Association, the Albany County Bar Association and both the Mid-Hudson and Capital District Women's Bar Associations.