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Wentcher Professional Development: Law Panel

On May 24th,  The Wentcher Foundation will be hosting our next professional development workshop, an Alumni-led virtual panel discussing the law field. Wentcher Scholars will hear from alumni in different engineering professions and hear different perspectives on transitioning from college to the professional world.

Wentcher Alumna Jeanine Botwe, J.D., and Joseph Gonzalez Conway, J.D., will answer moderated questions from Alumna and Program Associate Nia Harris. They will also answer questions from current scholars and give advice.

 

Jeanine Botwe is currently Associate Counsel at NBCUniversal, where she is part of the Legal Business Affairs- Intellectual Property Group.  Jeanine attended Emory University as a Wentcher Scholar and then went on to attend Fordham University School of Law in New York. During law school, Jeanine was a member of the member of Black Law Student Association, the Fordham Media & Entertainment Law Society, and the staff writer for the  Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal. Jeanine is a mentor with the Pursuing the Esquire program and a member of Lawyers for the Arts, and The International Trademark Association. She received a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate from the University of South Florida this past year.

 

Josepha (Jo) Gonzalez Conway is a native Chicagoan, who attended Chicago Public Schools, Hans Christian Andersen Elementary School (closed in 2013) and Wells Community Academy High School. She earned her Bacherlors of Arts in Political Science from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 2007. At Bates College, she co-founded Latinos Unidos a student group that focused on bringing cultural latino events to the broader Bates community. In 2013, she earned a Juris Doctor from Northeasern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. While in Law School, she represented the Northeastern Latino Association for Law Students at the annual 2012 Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Competition. She also served as an Admissions Reviewer and hosted prospective students. In her final year of law school, she worked for the United States Department of Labor – Employee Benefits Security Administration.

 

Prior to her legal career, she worked for IBM in Washington, D.C., as a Change and Configurement Management Consultant working on the 2010 U.S. Census and also co-led the IBM Northern Virgina Community Volunteer organization, working closely with Vida Senior Center, Washington D.C’s oldest senior center. Through her volunteer work, she switched careers and worked for the AARP Foundation, helping to manage a Women’s Scholarship Program. 

 

In 2015 she joined Willis Towers Watson the third largest insurance broker in the world. Since 2019  she has led their Health and Benefits Compliance and Audit practice, overseeing Attorneys, paralegals, Certified Public Accountants and legal consultants who deliver federal health and welfare law solutions to over 500+ clients. 

A 2003 Ernest C. Wentcher Scholar, Josepha has served a Scholarship Reviewer since 2014 and enjoys supporting local community organizations like the Greater Boston Food Bank and Cradles to Crayons. In her downtime she studies the genealogy of Puerto Ricans and hopes to one day write a book.  She lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her daughter and husband.

 

Wentcher Scholars can RSVP for the workshop here.

Author: Nia Harris

Author: Nia Harris

Nia Harris is a NYU graduate and Fulbright Scholar working for the Wentcher Foundation as the Program Associate.

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