ARMA Chicago February Meeting

February 13, 2018
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

McDermott Will & Emery
444 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60606

Breaking Through Bias and Stereotypes in the Workplace

Please join ARMA for an educational breakfast discussing communication techniques to succeed at work. Andrea Kramer, author of Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work, will be our speaker.  She will discuss how to use subtle and effective communication techniques to break through gender bias and unleash your full professional potential.

Before attending the breakfast, take the “Dealing With Gender Bias” Assessment:

You might find of interest the 10 question assessment on ways of dealing with gender bias on Andie and Al’s website:

Each question presents a situation of potential gender bias and asks you how you would deal with it.  The assessment is framed from the perspective of a woman, so men taking it should put themselves in the position of a woman and answer the questions as if they were her.  The assessment only takes a few minutes, it’s provocative and anonymous, and you will receive an evaluation of your answers almost immediately.

About our Speaker:

Andrea S. Kramer is a partner in the international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.  She is based in its Chicago office and heads its Financial Products, Trading, and Derivatives Group.  She is a founding member of the Firm’s Diversity Committee and founding chair and chair emerita of the Gender Diversity Subcommittee.  Andie previously served on both the Firm’s Management Committee and Compensation Committee.

Andie consistently demonstrates her commitment to improving gender diversity and equality in professional service firms.  She, along with her husband Al Harris, wrote the book Breaking Through Bias – Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work (Bibliomotion 2016).  Breaking Through Bias was named one of the best business books of 2016 by Women@Work.  Publishers Weekly called Breaking Through Bias “a well-organized, well-thought-out call to action.”  Andie and Al have written over 150 articles and blog posts on ways to overcome gender bias and increase gender equality in American workplaces.  Andie and Al’s blog can be found at  Andie is also a co-author of What You Need to Know about Negotiating Compensation, a 2013 guide published by the ABA Task Force on Gender Equality. 

Andie was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal and by Crain’s Chicago as one of the Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago.  She was profiled in the Chicago Lawyer magazine as an “inspiring innovator” and as the first in its series on “members of the legal community who think outside the box and inspire their colleagues.”  She was featured as a “Remarkable Woman” by the Chicago Tribune as a “Top Lawyer with a Corner Office” with a “Penchant for Platypuses and a Dream of Gender Equality.”  Some of Andie's honors and accolades include the Leadership Recognition Award by the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI); the Inspiration Award from the Coalition of Women in Law; the Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Award from the WBAI; the POW Award from Womenetics; the ChambersUSA Gender Diversity Lawyer of the Year (Private Practice); the 2013 Founder’s Award (Chicago Bar Association, Alliance for Women); and 2011 Women With Vision Award (WBAI).  Andie has spoken at more than 200 national diversity conferences, trade association meetings, professional service firms, multinational corporations, podcasts, and webinars on the importance of assuring women equal access to career opportunities and leadership roles. 

Meeting & breakfast fee:

$25 for ARMA members
$35 for non-members

Dial-in only fee

(see pages below for details):

$10 for ARMA members

$20 for non-members


Can’t leave the office for our meeting? Not a problem!

 We all know the benefits of attending live meetings, participating with the audience and networking with our colleagues. Sometimes, we are not able to leave our offices but still would enjoy the educational opportunities that Chicago ARMA provides. We have listened! 

ARMA Chicago now offers two ways to attend monthly chapter meetings. In addition to our fantastic monthly speaker presentations and networking lunches, ARMA Chicago offers ability to stream presentation content from the comfort of an office, a hotel room, or anywhere with an internet connection. Using CitrixGoToMeetings™, ARMA members will pay just $10 to watch and listen to monthly chapter presentations in real time (non-members pay $20). Online attendees can even ask questions of the speaker. In fact, ARMA Chicago is the first chapter in all of ARMA International to offer this meeting delivery method.





How It Works

  1. RSVP for a chapter meeting like usual, via

  2. Specify you’ll be attending the meeting online.

  3. Pay your fee: $10 for ARMA members; $20 for non-members (via PayPal™ or invoice).

  4. The Friday before the meeting, ARMA Chicago will email you a link to thewebinar. Follow the instructions in the email to register for the meeting.

  5. Log into the Webinar at least ten minutes before the start of the meeting.

  6. Grab a cup of coffee and join the meeting, ask questions and reap the benefits of our educational offerings!

Ready to Stream?

Contact Kathy Daloia at to Register!

Frequently Asked Questions

What prompted ARMA Chicago to offer streaming meetings?

For years, some of our valued members have shared frustrations with the board about wanting to attend chapter meetings, but being unable to leave the office. In order to ensure our chapter constituency has the highest level of access to meeting content, the Board of Directors unanimously voted to invest in this type of project. Although you will not have the same experience as a live audience, you will be able to “attend” the presentation, go through the educational content and even ask questions.

Will the meetings be “Recorded” or “On Demand?”

No. Those who choose to pay to attend the meetings online will not have the option to view the videos on demand. Content presented in the online meetings will be in real-time, and not recorded.

What if my computer does not behave?

When you sign up for the online meeting, the chapter administrator will provide a link to the webinar. During the sign-up process for the webinar, GoToMeetings™ will provide a list of standard system operating requirements. Please ensure your computer meets those standard system operating requirements before attempting to view the webinar. ARMA Chicago is unfortunately not able to remote troubleshoot or fix any chapter member or guest computer systems. Individual concerns can be directed to the Board of Directors at

Will the online format be available for all meetings?

With the exception of the winter and end of the year banquets and the spring seminar, it is our hope all meetings will be available in the in-person and online format. Unless unforeseen circumstances arise, we anticipate offering the online option for all regular chapter meetings beginning November 11, 2014.

Can I register at the last minute?

To ensure each registered online chapter member receives proper links and login credentials, the deadline for registration for the online format is 5PM on the Friday prior to the chapter meeting.

My schedule suddenly changed! Can I switch from an in-person registration to an online registration?

Once a reservation has been made for a particular format (in-person or online), you cannot switch between format. We appreciate your help and understanding with this policy.

Can I ask questions of the speaker?

Absolutely! Simply type your question in the GoToMeetings chat window and the moderator will ask your question at the end of the presentation.



$25.00 ARMA Member Registration

$35.00 Guest/Non-Member Registration

$10.00 Dial-in only Fee for ARMA Members

$20.00 Dial-in only Fee for non-members