Opening remarks and welcome
Masterclass: Collaboration at the top - Law firm leadership & the GC
This Legal Leaders exclusive session for law firms and in house counsel leaders discusses what motivates choice of external counsel, what firms can do to become more attractive to GCs and how the two can better understand each other to ultimately enable these two functions to work together in a more synergetic way.
Jonathan P. Harmon Chairman McGuireWoods
Matthew W. Cooper General Counsel Capital One
Panel discussion: Strategic Collaboration: Embedding Legal Across the Enterprise
Legal is most valuable when involved from the outset of projects. Early stage involvement allows this sometimes undervalued and overlooked function to build full policy advocacy strategies and think creatively to solve problems to ensure projects are delivered more safely and quickly.
Ann Kappler Executive Vice President and General Counsel Prudential Financial
Cameron Findlay Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary Archer Daniels Midland
Thomas Kim Chief Legal Officer & Company Secretary Thomson Reuters
Keith Yandell Chief Business and Legal Officer DoorDash
Moderator: Rebekah Mintzer Legal News Editor Reuters
Fireside chat: Becoming a valued and business-enabling GC
Donald J. Rosenberg Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Qualcomm
Panel discussion: Cultivating the Next Generation of Legal Talent
Legal leaders of today must ensure that the legal leaders of tomorrow look and think differently which will help organizations continually evolve. However, lawyers often operate in silos and lack adequate opportunity to learn from each other which can lead to a disengaged, demotivated department rife with departures.
Desiree Ralls-Morrison Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary McDonald's
Terry Theologides Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary Fannie Mae
Caroline Tsai Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary Western Union
Amy Tu Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Tyson Foods
Moderator: Greg Lambert Chief Knowledge Services Officer Jackson Walker LLP
Cultivating the Next Generation of Legal Talent
Join Target Executive Vice President and Chief Legal & Risk Officer, Don H. Liu, as he shares his thoughts on the importance of creating a culture of professional development within corporate legal departments. Moderated by Joseph West, Partner and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer of Duane Morris, the two will spend time discussing building one’s professional brand, navigating moving between industries, and developing a career path in the legal industry.
Don H. Liu Executive Vice President and Chief Legal and Risk Officer Target
Modertor: Joseph West Partner and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Duane Morris LLP
Fireside chat: Digitally Transforming Legal
Bjarne Philip Tellmann Senior Vice President and General Counsel GSK Consumer Healthcare
Modertor: Michele DeStefano Founder LawWithoutWalls
Panel discussion: Digitally Transforming the Legal Department
Automation of manual processes offers the opportunity save time and track work in a time when corporations are demanding increased accountability, transparency and predictability from legal. Adopting new tech solutions is an urgent strategic priority for modern corporate legal departments.
Bill Deckelman Executive Vice President and General Counsel DXC Technology
Todd Machtmes General Counsel Salesforce
Moderator: Robert Ambrogi Author and Owner LawSites
Fireside chat: Earning public trust amid heightened tech regulation
Data security, protection and compliance requirements are increasing as regulations come into force. There are now more than 120 jurisdictions with data protection laws and its projected that by 2030 nearly all jurisdictions around the globe will have some form of data protection regulation. While the free-flow of data continues to be critical to the success of the global economy, questions remain on how regulation is changing and what organizations, governments and industries around the world need to prepare for to continue to operate their businesses while earning the trust of their customers. Organizations doing business with the EU must comply with the GDPR and are feeling the fall-out from the 2020 Schrems II judgement, while industries at home in the U.S are now contending with renewed data protection activity at the state level.
Julie Brill Corporate Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer, and Deputy General Counsel Microsoft
Moderator: Alan Charles Raul Partner Sidley Austin LLP
Panel discussion: Acting on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statements
Many organizations have made diversity, equity and inclusion statements but have yet to act on them. Regardless of good intentions, there is a risk of public pressure and internal disquiet if no action is taken or communicated.
Julie Gruber Chief Legal and Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary Gap Inc.
Chris Lewis General Counsel Edward Jones
Paul Gilbert Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel Rite Aid
Sharon Ryan Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary International Paper
Moderator: Gordon Chung Trainee Solicitor Baker McKenzie Founder GlobalLawyersConnect
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Panel discussion: Delivering on Net Zero: GCs taking climate action
Responding rapidly and effectively to the climate crisis is becoming increasingly important, as ESG issues shoot up the board agenda and there are increasing demands from investors, legislation, customers, media, and the public, as personified by individuals such as Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough. Many businesses are now making Net Zero carbon pledges but as many as 90% are not rigorous enough; leading to considerable risk of greenwash, cynicism and massive lost opportunity. This panel will discuss why it so important for in-house lawyers to take action on this critical agenda and how they are supporting their organisation to guard against greenwashing and achieve legitimate Net Zero.
Shwante Mitchell Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Zogenix
Christy Baker Group Legal Director FirstGroup plc
Edward Bridge General Counsel Zurich Insurance UK
Moderator: Adam Woodhall Chief Executive Lawyers for Net Zero
Fireside chat: Capability Building and Cultivating the Next Generation of Legal Talent
Legal leaders of today must ensure that they are fostering collaboration, inclusion, and development of professional skills in order to transform lawyers into the legal leaders of tomorrow. Join Visa’s Chief Legal and Administrative Officer in a discussion around how to prepare future generations of talent for the highest positions of leadership, how to organize the legal department of a large, complex, Global organization to be agile and responsive to uncertainty and change, and Visa’s approach to inclusion and diversity.
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Kelly Tullier Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer Visa
Moderator: David Bario Legal News Editor Reuters
Fireside chat: What do inhouse counsels want from their external law firms?
This Legal Leaders exclusive fireside chat features the Managing Partner of a top law firm and a Fortune 100 GC candidly exploring the relationship between the two and laying the path for a more harmonious relationship.
Masterclass: Defining Your Legal Tech Strategy
Digital transformation goes to the heart of how the legal department can add value. However, it’s not enough to buy new technology. You must change your organizational structure, processes, behaviours, and culture. Once organizations have transformed, and the new digital technologies have begun to yield efficiencies legal leaders realize that the true value of digital transformation lies in the data they can now harvest.
Panel discussion: Staying Compliant with New Data Security Regulations
Data security compliance requirements are increasing as existing regulations come into force and preparation for new regulation beings.
Kathlyn Card Beckles Chief Legal Officer Verisk
Rick Kulevich Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary CDW
Hossein Nowbar General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Microsoft
Michael Boxer Senior Vice President and General Counsel Thermo Fisher Scientific
Presentation: Lawyers as Leaders
Lawyers possess a unique skillset - a powerful combination of dealing with uncertainty, managing complex issues, and communicating clearly. As In-House counsel, there are numerous opportunities to display leadership, inside the legal department or within the company generally. Lawyers as Leaders takes you through the pillars of leadership and how to maximize the leadership skills you already possess.
Sterling Miller Author and Owner “Ten Things You Need to Know as In-House Counsel” Blog
Fireside chat: How Does a GC Drive ESG?
ESG is frequently a multi-disciplinary endeavor, with critical stakeholders both internally and externally. For many companies, the general counsel and the legal team possess a uniquely holistic view of ESG-related activities within the company as well as ESG-related risks and opportunities, and thus are able to weave disparate ESG topics into a compelling narrative that resonates with multiple stakeholders and maximizes the impact of the ESG program.
Jonathan Mothner Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary Synchrony Financial
Moderator: Brandon Sutcliffe EY Americas Financial Services Sustainable Finance Leader EY
Panel discussion: Developing a Comprehensive ESG Strategy
Conceptualizing strategy around ESG issues relevant to your business with the same degree of clarity, specificity, measures, objectives and transparency that is done for other business issues can be challenging. In addition, boards and companies are increasingly expected to be more transparent and directly engaged in dialogue with key stakeholders around ESG issues including workplace diversity, inclusion and human rights.
Joanne Caruso Chief Legal & Administrative Officer Jacobs
Regina Bynote Jones Chief Legal Officer Baker Hughes
Lauren Thomas General Counsel dutchie
Alan Tse Global Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary Jones Lang Lasalle
Moderator: Angela Jhanji Director, ESG & Sustainability Services Grant Thornton LLP
Fireside chat: Developing lawyers into business advisors
Lawyers fill a crucial function for their internal business clients, but they can contribute even more as influential and trusted business partners who offer integrated advice across the legal department and across the company. Ellen Patterson provides her perspective on developing a knowledge of business, operations and technology and partnering with other functions to provide guidance.
Ellen Patterson Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel Wells Fargo
Panel discussion: Leading a Distributed Legal Department
Post-pandemic legal departments are more distributed geographically which brings operational advantages and disadvantages. Hiring and housing is cheaper but controls and distribution of information and materials must be reconsidered. It is the responsibility of the GC to create a set of data feeds, alerts and KPIs to enable the legal team to act as if they were together in the same physical space.
Sandra Leung Executive Vice President, General Counsel Bristol Myers Squibb
Jill Sutton Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary United Natural Foods
Heidi Stenberg EY Law - Legal Function Consulting Leader Ernst & Young LLP