How to Make the Ask…


Cozen O’Connor Philadelphia Office and Zoom

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Start Date: 06/20/2023
Start Time: 1:30 p.m. ET
End Time: 2:30 p.m. ET


On June 20, Cozen O’Connor’s Women’s Initiative – led by Sarah Schlossberg, Kristi Zentner, and Calli Padilla, and the firm’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee – chaired by Lynn Espy-Williams, co-hosted a panel discussion with several Cozen O'Connor leaders titled “How to Make the Ask.” The discussion was the last segment of the Women’s Initiative three-part business development series this year.


The panelists included Melissa Brill, co-chair, Insurance Department, Leslie Gomez, vice chair, Institutional Response Group, Suzanne Mayes, co-chair, Business Law Department, and Brigeeta Richdale, vice chair, White Collar Defense & Investigations. Moderated by Lisa Haas, chief marketing officer, the discussion centered on the important, and occasionally awkward, reality of bringing in business, and covered a range of issues, from creating and cultivating your personal brand; learning from your mistakes; and developing and deploying the trifecta of technical expertise, relationships, and visibility; to using marketing department resources in your business development efforts, and many others.


To watch the complete discussion, please click here.



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Melissa Brill

Co-Chair, Global Insurance Department
Regional Manager, Global Insurance Department – Northeast

(212) 908-1257

Leslie M. Gomez

Vice Chair, Institutional Response Group

(215) 665-5546

Lisa Calvo Haas

Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer

(215) 665-2792

Suzanne S. Mayes

Co-Chair, Business Law Department
Chair, Public & Project Finance

(215) 665-6922

Brigeeta Richdale

Co-Chair, Luxury Brand Protection and Enforcement

(236) 317-5565