Program Agenda

    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2018


    REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

    8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

    WELCOME & OPENING PLENARY

    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Featuring:

    Stephanie Brensilver, General Counsel, Jet.com
    Alex Farber, Counsel, Jet.com


    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 team.

    A. Verona Dorch, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary, Peabody Energy
    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 unchartered 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 Abrel, Senior Attorney, Microsoft
    Judy B. Jennison, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
    Annie Vithayathil
    , Senior Attorney, Microsoft

    BEST PRACTICES FOR WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS

    Pamela E. Bethel, Vice President, Labor & Employment Counsel, USAA
    Kelly M. Cardin, Associate, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.


    GREAT LEADERS, LOUSY WITNESSES: GUIDING SENIOR EXECUTIVES THROUGH COMPLEX LITIGATION

    Michael German, Managing Director, Vannin Capital
    Susan J. Kohlmann, New York Office Managing Partner, Jenner & Block



    LUNCHEON & GC KEYNOTE

    Featuring LaTanya Langley, Vice President & General Counsel, BIC

    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 in up to thirty 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.

    Kimberly Martin, Partner, Bradley Arent Boult Cummings LLP

    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. On this panel, we 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

    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. On this panel, we 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.

    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

    TWEETSTORM: HOW TO DEAL WTIH PUBLIC RELATIONS AND INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

    Speakers TBD



    COCKTAILS & CONVERSATION

    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    Please join us for facilitated table discussions over hors 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:

    - Feeling comfortable with what I wear to work
    - Coping with stress – how to build stress relief into your busy day
    - Managing time – how to make time for what is important to you
    - Dealing with ongoing family challenges
    - How to fit healthy, nutritious food and fitness into your day
    - Thinking about retirement?
    - Maternity leave – best practices for going out on leave and returning to work
    - Coping with difficult people
    - Increasing your “fitting in” factor to succeed – is it possible/wise to ignore gender difference?
    - Best practices to play organizational politics
    - Effective networking ideas without spending hours out at night
    - Life as solo in-house counsel
    - How to join corporate and non-profit boards
    - How to deal with people who can’t see their implicit bias in action – how to bring majority co-workers into the diversity discussion
    - How to get your team to think more like owners? Tips for getting your team to do more with less
    - Integrating pro bono into the in-house legal department
    - How to get your team members to develop Executive Presence
    -
    Planning for the next five years



    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

    #METOO: STRIVING FOR EQUITY IN THE COURTROOM AND BOARDROOM
    This panel will discuss the challenges, biases, and ethical considerations which impact the disparate treatment of women in law firms and in corporations. Panelists will discuss and advance strategies, initiatives, and best practices to prepare and elevate women lawyers to greater roles and visibility in courtrooms and boardrooms in the legal profession. Panelists will discuss whether women create their own impediments to success, the unconscious and conscious biases of clients, colleagues, and judges as it pertains 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 as trial counsel in litigation and as business executives in the boardroom.

    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, Cheif 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


    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/MINORITY 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 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.

    Paula Hinton, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
    Sylvia F. James
    , Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Winston & Strawn LLP
    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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