Katty Kay, anchor of “BBC World News America,” spoke at the Women’s Business Consortium’s Power Conference. (Jeffrey MacMillan/Capital Business)
Power conference: Women doing business

Several hundred women (and some men) turned out for a day of networking and workshops at the annual Power Conference at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center last week.

The luncheon keynote speaker—Katty Kay, anchor of “BBC World News America” and author of the “Confidence Code” — received a standing ovation for her pep talk urging women to take more risks in seeking what they want.

Her code for gaining more confidence?

●Think less.

●Act more.

Washington charity Fight For Children donated $750,000 toward the synthetic turf field near Fort McHenry in Baltimore. (Mark L. Dennis/Mark L. Dennis)

●Be authentic.

Kay said people can learn to be confident. As Darcars executive Tamara Darvish reminded when introducing Kay: “Confidence is a choice.”

The Power Conference is jointly hosted each year by Women’s Business Consortium, an alliance of four business organizations: Women Business Owners – Montgomery County, Women Business Owners – Prince George’s County, Women Presidents Education Organization – DC and the Women in Business Education Foundation.

Cool it: Wiley Rein attorneys join ALS challenge

Washington law firms have been jumping on the ALS Association’s ice bucket bandwagon.

On Aug. 21, Wiley Rein’s managing partner Peter Shields got doused in ice water as part of the campaign to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Attorneys Attison Barnes, Robert Benton, Christine Connelly, Anna Gomez, John Prairie, Bennett Ross, Mike Senkowski and Maureen Thorson and Chief Marketing Officer Alina Gorokhovsky also participated.

Former Wiley Rein attorney Rebekah Goodheart, now associate bureau chief at the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau, had nominated Wiley Rein on Twitter.

Last week, regional Maryland-based law firm Joseph Greenwald & Laake got in on the action, with principal Cary Hansel and associate Matthew Ling taking on the icy challenge after being nominated by a client.

D.C. connections: Banner Field dedicated

Under Armour chief executive Kevin Plank threw out the ceremonial first ball at Banner Field adjacent to Fort McHenry in Baltimore last week.

Civic and business leaders, including Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and Raul Fernandez, chairman of the Washington-area charitable group Fight For Children, were on hand for the dedication.

Under Armour and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation built the 89,000-square-foot synthetic turf field, which was made possible in part by a $750,000 grant from Fight For Children, which raised nearly $4 million at its Fight Night gala in November 2013.