Program Agenda

    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2018


    REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

    8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

    WELCOME & OPENING PLENARY
    Hosted by Walmart

    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Featuring:

    Stephanie Brensilver, General Counsel, Jet.com
    Alex Farber, Counsel, Jet.com
    Veronica Hayes Gromada, Senior Associate General Counsel II and Section Head, Tort Litigation, Walmart
    Rebecca Rasmussen, General Counsel, Bonobos
    Tara Nunez Smith, Senior Associate General Counsel II, Walmart


    GENERAL COUNSEL PANEL

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    This panel will feature top legal officers discussing how to excel in a corporate legal environment. The goal of this panel is to provide proven tools and techniques to allow in-house counsel to become leaders of a company's legal and executive teams.

    Susanna McDonald, Chief Legal Officer, Association of Corporate Counsel
    Julia Simon, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Mary Kay, Inc.
    Nidhi Kumar, General Counsel, SVP Industry Affairs, Drizly 
    Moderator Theresa Baker, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, MetLife, Inc. 

    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

    11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

    ADAPT OR BE LEFT BEHIND
    The fourth industrial revolution is here and business models and required methods of engaging are rapidly evolving, at times more quickly than our legal and regulatory environment. This panel will highlight some of the business and legal areas that are experiencing rapid change, provide strategies for leading clients and legal departments through new and uncharted waters, and address why women, by remaining resilient, nimble and creative, are well suited to survive, thrive, and lead during such times of change.

    Cabrelle Abel, Senior Attorney, Microsoft
    Judy B. Jennison, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
    Annie Vithayathil
    , Senior Attorney, Microsoft

    PLAYING SHERLOCK: BEST PRACTICES FOR WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS
    The #MeToo movement has resulted in employees speaking out in record numbers about alleged workplace harassment.  In the wake of the movement, it is more important than ever for employers to investigate thoroughly and remedy any harassment in the workplace. The quality of the investigation can be the difference between taking the right actions toward resolution or subjecting the organization to public scrutiny, litigation, loss of workplace morale, and liability. This seminar will examine how to conduct comprehensive and effective workplace harassment investigations and take the appropriate remedial actions.

    Pamela E. Bethel, Vice President, Labor & Employment Counsel, USAA
    Kelly M. Cardin, Associate, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
    Ayana Free, Director of Legal Affairs, Zocdoc, Inc.


    INTEGRATING THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT INTO THE COMMERCIAL BUSINESS: STRATEGIES TO GUIDE SENIOR EXECUTIVES THROUGH COMPLEX LITIGATION
    This program will discuss ways in-house counsel can help guide executives and the legal team through the litigation process while taking both legal concerns and business imperatives into account. Panelists will share their best practices for tackling and integrating complex legal, regulatory, business and technical issues, as well as aligning litigation strategy with corporate strategy. The panel will also address how corporate legal leaders can help outside counsel tell the litigation story. Attendees of this session will also walk away with strategies to better leverage technology and financial solutions to meet corporate business objectives and reduce legal cost.

    Nicole D. Bearce, VP, Chief Litigation Counsel, Spectrum Brands, Inc.
    Genie Gavenchak, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, News Corporation
    Michael German
    , Managing Director, Vannin Capital
    Susanna J. Gray, Vice President, Corporate Counsel - Enterprise Litigation Group, Prudential Financial, Inc.
    Susan J. Kohlmann, New York Office Managing Partner, Jenner & Block



    LUNCHEON & GC KEYNOTE

    Featuring Lori Fink, Chief Legal Officer, Xandr

    12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    NETWORKING BREAK

    2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

    2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

    WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK: DOING BUSINESS IN THE WORLD OF WHISTLEBLOWERS
    In recent years, lawsuits and governmental actions based on reports of alleged wrongdoing by whistleblowers have been on the rise. The stakes in these cases are high with companies in a wide range of industries at risk of criminal and civil liability. In 2017 alone, the federal government recovered $3.7 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims. Whistleblowers, who can share up to 30 percent of any recovery, have large incentives for making these claims. This panel will discuss practical tips to help companies protect themselves from whistleblower claims as well as advice for responding to such claims.

    Sari Granat, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, IHS Markit
    Kim Martin
    , Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
    Kristin Meister, Litigation Counsel, Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

    AS CALIFORNIA GOES, SO GOES THE NATION: A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA CONSUMER PRIVACY ACT OF 2018 AND THE FUTURE OF PRIVACY IN THE U.S.
    Without time to rest after working through the impacts of the European General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), companies now will turn their attention to the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 ("CCPA"). As innovative and daunting as the GDPR appeared, the CCPA further expands on many of the individual data protection themes and rights required by the GDPR. This panel will discuss the political battle behind the hasty passage of this new law and the continuing lobbying efforts. We will also examine the key CCPA concepts needed to prepare your company’s compliance plans, as well as expected consequences of the private right of action provided under the CCPA. Some like to say “as California goes, so goes the nation” – come to this panel to find out more about what the future of privacy may look like in the United States.

    Jeanne Fugate, Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
    Danielle Lenth, California Regional Counsel, Allstate
    Jocelyn Liu, Senior Counsel, Allstate
    Patricia Melville, Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
    Bhaveeni Parmar, General Counsel, Tabletop Media LLC/Ziosk


    ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, AUTONOMOUS DRIVING, AND BIG DATA: LAW, POLICY, AND ETHICS

    The law has not been keeping up with technology, but that’s about to be more true than ever.  AI, big data, and autonomous technology will transform not just the way we live, work, and think (or don’t think) but insurance, tort, privacy, employment and IP legal issues too.  What are the big technology trends?  What are major ethical and policy implications? What do the laws say now and how are those laws inadequate to address the new and emerging issues?  What will this mean for the future of the legal profession?  The expert panel will discuss technology trends, ethical and legal issues arising out of those trends, and what policy makers are doing (or not doing) to help shape our legal landscape.

    Beth N. Newmark, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, Bank of America
    Rachel Stern, Executive Vice President, Strategic Resources, General Counsel and Secretary, FactSet
    Carol Umhoefer, Partner, DLA Piper LLP
    Abigail Hing Wen, Legal Lead, Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Driving Investments, Intel Corporation


    TAKING SHELTER FROM THE TWEETSTORM: HOW TO DEAL WITH PUBLIC RELATIONS AND INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
    The program will cover the internal investigation in a holistic way, including the public relations ramifications, which seem to be increasing in seriousness by the moment thanks to Twitter and its current impact on our media landscape.  We will address general obligations for internal investigations in different contexts, ethical considerations, public relations considerations (dealing with the media, social media and Twitter, etc.), and the changing legal landscape. We will explore hypotheticals and discuss a comprehensive approach to dealing with sticky situations.

    Sharon B. Bauman, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
    Esra Hudson
    , Partner and Chair - Employment & Labor Practice, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP



    COCKTAILS & CONVERSATION
    Hosted by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    Featuring:

    Arian June, Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    Maeve O'Connor, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    My Chi To, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

    Please join us for facilitated table discussions over hors d'oeuvres and wine. We hope you will use this opportunity to have candid conversations to cultivate new relationships, deepen existing relationships, and spark solutions to common challenges women lawyers face. Topics include:

    Equality and Diversity
    - Closing the Gender Gap - How to ask for (and get) a raise and a better bonus
    - Strategies for dealing with interrupters and others who don’t take you seriously
    - Addressing bias – How to bring majority co-workers into the diversity discussion

    Management Issues
    - Managing Millennials – Tools for effective management of inter-generational teams (best practices for managing and for being managed)
    - Going it alone – Managing when you are the only in house lawyer at the company
    - Coping with difficult people
    - Building mutually beneficial relationships with outside counsel

    Professional Development
    - Sponsorship – How to seek out and get the most from sponsors and how to be an effective sponsor
    - Working with and getting in front of the Board
    - Transitioning – How to manage new or different roles
    - Moving to non-legal roles
    - How to join corporate and non-profit boards

    Personal and Professional Wellness
    - Effective networking ideas without spending hours out at night
    - Alternative work arrangements – Making flex time/part time work
    - Coping with stress – How to build stress relief into your day
    - Thinking about retirement?



    OPTIONAL NETWORKING EVENT

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    1221 Avenue of the Americas
    At 48th Street between
    6th and 7th Avenues
    New York City

    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    $35 prepaid fee

      

    After an exciting day of programming at the Fourteenth General Counsel Institute, join NAWL and your fellow attendees for a fun evening out at 48 Lounge! Enjoy a custom NAWL cocktail, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and the chance to create your own masterpiece - an etched wine glass! 48 Lounge is within walking distance from the InterContinental Barclay.

    $35 prepaid fee required - this event has limited capacity and is first come, first served.

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2018


    BREAKFAST

    8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

    PLENARY SESSION

    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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    PROJECTING CREDIBILITY AND CONFIDENCE FOR ATTORNEYS

    To succeed in today’s highly competitive legal field, being credible isn’t enough. You need to look the part.

    This seminar examines the power of the “subtextual” conversation – body language, vocal patterns, and mannerisms that can raise or lower one’s status in the workplace. Based on 20 years of research, SpeechSkills President and Founder, Cara Hale Alter, will outline explicit “codes of conduct” for projecting credibility in all your face-to-face interactions from networking, to inner office communication.

    In this seminar, you’ll learn how to cultivate personal gravitas, recognize/prevent the “tells” of nervousness and intimidation, strike a balance between authority and approachability, demonstrate composure under pressure, and avoid unintentional behaviors that may lower your status.

    Cara Hale Alter, Founder and President, SpeechSkills; Author of The Credibility Code

    NETWORKING BREAK

    11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

    11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

    #TIMESUP: STRIVING FOR EQUITY IN THE COURTROOM AND C-SUITE
    The panel will discuss the challenges, biases, and ethical considerations that impact the disparate treatment of women in law firms and in corporate legal departments. Panelists will discuss and advance strategies, initiatives, and best practices to prepare and elevate women lawyers to greater roles and visibility in the legal profession. Panelists will also discuss whether women create their own impediments to their success, the unconscious and conscious biases of clients, colleagues, and judges as they pertain to women in particular roles, and will identify and assess best practices to remedy biases, so that law firm and corporate leadership can create more opportunities for women to serve in meaningful leadership roles in courtrooms and corporate legal departments.

    Patricia S. Cruz, Assistant Vice President - Senior Legal Counsel, AT&T
    Niva M. Harney-Hiller, Partner, Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel
    Lauren Mutti, Vice President - Labor & Employment Counsel, Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, LLC
    Gail Sharps Myers, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary, American Tire Distributors
    Schuyler A. Smith, Partner, Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel


    TOUR OF THE IVORY TOWER: THE SUPREME COURT DECISIONS THAT WILL AFFECT YOUR BUSINESS

    Tour of the Ivory Tower presents a discussion among panelists, with participation from attendees encouraged, regarding major developments in the U.S. Supreme Court over the last term, with a specific emphasis on major business cases.  The program will cover numerous cases decided in the October 2017 term, and important cases pending for decision in the Court’s next term. The panel will engage in a meaningful discussion about major developments, the recent changes in the Court’s composition (including the confirmation of Justice Gorsuch, the retirement of Justice Kennedy, and the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh), and where the Court is headed in the broader context of Supreme Court jurisprudence.

    Ginger D. Anders, Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
    Kendyl T. Hanks, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
    Brigid Cech Samole, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
    Jaime A. Santos, Associate, Goodwin Procter LLP


    ENGAGING MALE/MAJORITY ALLIES IN DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION WORK: TRICKS, TRAPS, AND TIPS TO BUILDING A D&I EFFORT LEADING TO REAL CHANGE

    Power and access to power in courtrooms and boardrooms remains largely in the hands of our male/majority colleagues. Regardless of positive intentions, majority allies may not have the information, tools, and insights necessary to support colleagues who experience the workplace differently. The key to real change is transforming passive allies into informed and empowered advocates; let’s talk about how to get there! Our panel will discuss: i) the unique role men play in D&I work and how to get them to the table; ii) the importance of safety as a precursor for engagement; iii) unteaching behaviors that undermine women and people of color; iv) the importance of storytelling and vulnerability; and v) how to create in-house male/majority advocacy programs.

    Sylvia F. James, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Winston & Strawn LLP
    Ari Kahan, Associate General Counsel, Intel Corporation
    Su Suh, Chief of Staff, Legal, Intel Corporation



    LUNCHEON KEYNOTE

     

    1:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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    BE FIERCE

    Gretchen Carlson has faced her fair share of criticism and backlash. But rather than letting it bring her down, she has resolved time and again to “be fierce.” With this talk, she explores the challenges she has faced in her own life and the lessons she’s learned along the way, including how to be a true leader by valuing your own self-worth, how to stand up against bullying or injustice, and how to fight for what’s right. A motivational and rousing look at how to cultivate talent and own failure, Ms. Carlson guides audiences on a journey to develop the strongest and fiercest version of themselves. 

    Gretchen Carlson, Acclaimed Broadcast News Anchor and Journalist, Former Host of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson 

    CLOSING RECEPTION

    2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

    Before you depart for the evening, join us to unwind and debrief your favorite sessions.


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