About the Show

Advice for aspiring women lawyers – What it takes to be a top women lawyer while having a life and kids!  Join us today for Women Lead Radio as Joanie Connell, your host of REAL Life Lessons, interviews Kathi Vidal, Managing Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP.

How did our leading lady become one of the leading patent litigators in the country and a managing partner at one of the leading law firms in the country? Tune in to hear Kathi Vidal’s REAL Life story. We’ll talk about what it takes to be a top women lawyer and the challenges of having a life and kids while doing it. We’ll also hear Kathi’s well-earned advice for aspiring women lawyers and how she advocates for women in law.

Kathi Vidal is one of the leading patent litigators in the country, and she is the managing partner of Winston & Strawn’s Silicon Valley office. Kathi is nationally recognized for trying high-profile, high-stakes, high-tech patent disputes. She advises clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups on intellectual property matters. Inside and outside of the courtroom, she is often called upon as an expert on case strategy and hot topics in the law. Kathi started her career as an electrical engineer. She worked for five years as a systems and software design engineer with General Electric, where she designed one of the first leading-edge expert systems for aircraft using neural networks and fuzzy logic.


About Your Host

Dr. Joanie Connell is your host of REAL Life Lessons, a show where REAL (resilient, empowered, authentic, limber) women speak about what it takes to be successful in the real world. Joanie is the President of Flexible Work Solutions. Dr. Connell is the author of Flying without a Helicopter: How to Prepare Young People for Work and Life, a book that helps people who grew up in today’s over-protected environments ready themselves for the unanticipated aspects of work life that no one prepared them for. She is a keynote speaker and the president of Flexible Work Solutions, a San Diego based organizational consulting firm. Dr. Connell received her doctorate in psychology from the University of California Berkeley and her bachelors in engineering from Harvard University and has over 25 years of work experience.

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