Bonnie Mayfield, a member of Dykema Gossett’s Litigation and Labor & Employment practices, served as a featured speaker at the 11th annual POWER: Opening Doors for Women Conference, which took place in Chicago on Thursday, June 11, 2015.
The theme of the conference was “Shared Responsibility: Women and Men for Gender Equality.” The event featured economists, sociologists, and corporate leaders—women and men—discussing the shared responsibility of gender equality. Mayfield is the author of “Succeeding Despite the Crash, Burn & Microinequities” which teaches how individuals can deal with and overcome microaggressions and microinequities and achieve success.
Microaggressions are everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults—intentional or not—which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership. Microinequities are the byproducts of microaggressions and are only potential barriers to success if the recipient internalizes them.
Mayfield, who is a sought after speaker, was also a featured panelist at the Corporate Counsel Women of Color One-Day Law Firm Associates Career Strategies Conference, which took place at the New York Hilton in April 2015. Mayfield was a co-presenter of a session entitled, “Building a Book of Business – A Step-by-Step Pitch Simulation.” She also discussed with attendees how to achieve success and overcome microaggressions and microinequities.
Mayfield, who is a successful trial and appellate lawyer, has won an impressive series of victories for various clients. She represents clients in labor and employment, product liability, and commercial matters. Mayfield also is a member of Dykema’s National Trial Team, a group of experienced trial lawyers who have taken more than 650 cases, in all areas of legal practice, to verdict.
POWER: Opening Doors for Women promotes and develops women leaders by providing unique opportunities for an exclusive group of senior-level and high-potential executives to interact and exchange ideas with thought leaders, industry experts and peers.