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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

NAWL Challenge Club Scavenger Hunt | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

***Event for In-House attorneys and NAWL Challenge Club members***
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Welcome Reception | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception offers an opportunity to catch up with colleagues, make new friends, and create valuable connections.

***EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL CONFERENCE ATTENDEES***

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Host Committee Dinner | 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

***Invitation only event for host committee***

Thursday, November 7, 2019

NAWL has applied for 5.75 hours of CLE in Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas, and Washington; and has applied for 6.9 hours of CLE in Florida and New York with reciprocal credit in California, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

Registration & Breakfast | 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Join us for breakfast to start the conference catching up with colleagues, making new friends, and creating valuable connections.

Opening Plenary | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

SUPERWOMAN OR SUPER-SAVVY? STRATEGIES FROM WOMEN LEADERS WHO'VE REDEFINED SUCCESS

A combination of increasing practice demands and the role of social media have contributed to the seemingly perfect, yet ever-curated career path. This panel will include a candid dialogue among successful in-house leaders and law firm partners about debunking the myth of the female “super lawyer” and proven strategies for career development and long-term professional success.
No CLE offered. 

Nicole Levin Mesard, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
Emily Meyers,  Associate General Counsel and Deputy Chief Compliance Officer, We Company
Nancy Washington, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, New Jersey Resources Association
Moderator, Arian June,  Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

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General Counsel Panel | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

This panel will feature top legal professionals from a wide range of industries.  They will focus on how to excel in a corporate legal environment, including advancement strategies and skill development.  The panel will discuss the changes in the legal profession for women in the last 15 years, experiences, suggestions and preparation for taking the next step in a legal career, and utilizing men as allies, as well as addressing the extra challenges for women of color. 

Jamal Haughton, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Samsung Electronics America
Kimberley D. Harris, Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation and General Counsel of NBCUniversal
Kimberly Banks MacKay, Senior Vice President, Principal and General Counsel at The Segal Group
Tamara Britt, General Counsel and Government Affairs of Manhattan College
Moderator Deborah K. Wright, Vice President - Corporate Counsel; General Counsel of Prudential Asset Resources, Inc. at Prudential Financial

Concurrent Workshops | 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

THE RISE OF HARMFUL CONTENT ONLINE: BALANCING LEGALITIES AND ETHICS IN A TIME OF CHANGE

On March 15, 2019, a lone gunman attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 51 people and injuring 50 others. The “made for the Internet” attack, which was first teased and then broadcast live on social media, was an inflection point for regulators and tech companies alike, and resulted in a wave of activities and new digital safety regulations intended to prevent the dissemination of violent content on social media. This session brings together a panel of legal experts in the field of content moderation to discuss how the legal landscape is changing following Christchurch, how the tech industry is both collaborating with regulators and self-regulating as new legal frameworks emerge, the ethical challenges of balancing individual, societal, and corporate rights on online services, platforms, and search engines, the practical challenges tech companies may face in monitoring and taking down harmful content, and learnings gained from responding to the Christchurch tragedy, including best practices for advising business clients in moments of crisis where there is no playbook.

Laura Ewbank, Senior Attorney at Microsoft
Linda Norman, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft 
Jen Scully, Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft
Sandy Yao, Senior Managing Product and Privacy Counsel at LinkedIn
Moderator Kristen Pugsley-Onsager, Senior Attorney at Microsoft

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THE WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE - MANAGING EMPLOYMENT REGULATORY & WORKPLACE CULTURE TRENDS

Employment laws, the workforce and workplace are changing dramatically and employers are seeking to both mitigate risk as well as apply proactive talent strategies. This session explores the changes, complying with laws that weren’t designed for today’s workforce, adapting and benefiting from new technologies, and helping employees to bridge generational gaps. This panel of experienced employment counsel will additionally address emerging trends concerning contractor/freelancer relationships, the impact of new technologies on employee collaboration and mobilization, the impact of the gig economy and gig mentality on the traditional workforce, and bridging gaps between multiple generations. Lastly, exemplars of laws in states such as New York, New Jersey and California will be reviewed focused on proactive and strategic tips for adapting to inevitable change.

Lisa Hamasaki, Shareholder at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Margaret Keane, Partner, DLA Piper

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PRIVACY LEAKS,  DATA SECURITY BREACHES AND TECH SCANDALS: HOW TO PLAN FOR AND RESPOND TO CYBERCRISES

After years of data breaches dominating the news, the past year has seen an explosion of privacy scandals leading to heightened consumer anxiety, the proliferation of laws and regulations, and intense scrutiny of big data and adtech that impacts businesses of all sizes.  Privacy risks to business can be even more damaging than data security threats.  This panel discusses the recent shift in focus to consumer privacy, the unique threats privacy failures pose to businesses, and how to augment your data security incident planning and response to address privacy concerns.  We will discuss recent privacy scandals, privacy requirements and drivers, and how to implement these lessons learned.  This interactive presentation will describe timely use cases and empower attendees with specific practice pointers to use going-forward.

Paige Boshell, Privacy and Marketing Counsel, USAA
Jane B. O'Brien, Litigation Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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"I'M FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND I'M HERE TO HELP" - THE ROLE OF IN-HOUSE COUNSEL IN RESPONDING TO GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATIONS

This workshop will explore the critical role in-house counsel play when confronted with a serious government investigation – from managing and partnering with outside counsel to interacting with the Department of Justice to communicating difficult messages to senior management and the Board. We also will explore the ways in which in-house counsel can champion women by insisting on their participation in joint defense arrangements, including as pool counsel.

Kristin Graham Koehler, Partner at Sidley Austin LLP
Maria Pasquale, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary for Incyte Corporation

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Luncheon & General Counsel Keynote | 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

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LaTanya Langley serves as Vice President & General Counsel at BIC®, one of the best known international brands in writing instruments, lighters, shavers and other promotional products based in the Greater New York area. Ms. Langley has global responsibility for managing all legal matters for BIC’s largest business unit, Stationery and Anti-Corruption compliance. She is also responsible for all legal matters in BIC international markets, including, Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia.

No CLE offered. 

Concurrent Workshops | 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

EQUAL PAY: STORIES FROM THE US WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM AND THE LAW

Earlier this year, the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Jeffrey Kessler, Winston & Strawn Co-Executive Chairman and Co-Chair of the firm’s Sports Law practice, is the lead attorney representing the players, who contend they are unlawfully paid lower wages than the men’s team. Linda Coberly, Managing Partner of Winston & Strawn’s Chicago office, helped bring about Illinois’ historic ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and continues to advocate nationally as chair of the ERA Coalition's Legal Task Force. Jeffrey, Linda, and their Winston colleagues will discuss the strategies the women soccer players are employing to attain equal pay, the ramifications of their lawsuit beyond professional sports, current efforts to ratify the Equal Right Amendment, and how attendees can support the fight for gender equality.

No CLE offered. 

Linda T. Coberly, Chicago Managing Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
Jeffrey L. Kessler, Co-Executive Chairman, Winston & Strawn LLP
Jeanifer E. Parsigian, Associate, Winston & Strawn LLP
Moderator Eva Cole, Partner, Co-Chair of the Antitrust Practice Group, Winston & Strawn LLP

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WORKPLACE CULTURE AND HARASSMENT: RED FLAGS AND LESSONS LEARNED

Corporate culture is the sum of a company's shared values, norms, principles, and standards ‒the components that inform and influence behavior, actions, and decision making at all levels of the organization. Culture underpins performance and value, can make or break strategy, and directly affects a company's risk profile and risk management efforts, including with respect to harassment, discrimination, and similar misconduct. Join thought leaders from Covington & Burling, Culture@Work, and Uber Technologies for an interactive program that will focus on the importance of creating and maintaining inclusive workplace cultures in the #MeToo era. Topics will include warning signs of an unhealthy workplace culture; best practices to reduce the risk of workplace harassment and discrimination, including an overview of cutting-edge approaches to conducting culture assessments (such as the assessment conducted for Uber); and an update on legislative responses to the #MeToo movement.

Tammy Albarrán, Deputy General Counsel at Uber Technologies, Inc.
Lindsay Buchanan Burke
, Partner at Covington & Burling LLP
Carolyn Rashby
, Of Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP
Ripa Rashid, Managing Director at Culture@Work
Laura Sherbin, Managing Director at Culture@Work

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IS YOUR 401(K) / 403(B) PLAN AT RISK?

Litigation against ERISA plan fiduciaries for allegedly excessive 401(k) or 403(b) fees and expenses continues to grow. High fees and expenses can significantly affect the money available for employees when they retire. Recent media exposés by the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have spotlighted the issue for workers nationwide. And American companies targeted for excessive 401(k) fees spent $120 million to settle the class action suits in 2018 alone.

Individuals at your company who exercise discretion with respect to plan investment options (including members of a designated committee) are fiduciaries; they must generally act prudently and for the exclusive benefit of participants and their beneficiaries.  The 401(k) fee lawsuits allege that investment options with high fees or expense ratios—such as retail share classes or actively managed mutual funds—are imprudent. This presentation will discuss the straightforward things you can do to avoid or minimize the risks of being a defendant in a 401(k) or 403(b) fee class action.

 

Leigh Anne Hodge, Partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Scott Burnett Smith, Partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

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HELP ME HELP YOU: TIPS, TOOLS AND TOPICS FOR WORKING WITH EXTERNAL COUNSEL ON TRANSACTIONS

In house counsel seek external counsel support on transactions for a variety of reasons.  This panel will facilitate a discussion with attendees to explore ways internal and external counsel can collaborate to yield efficient and effective results on transactional engagements.  The discussion, in which the panelists encourage attendees to actively participate, will address tips for setting the relationship up for success, organizational and substantive tools that can be employed in a transactional setting and approaches to a few contract topics that often require substantial attention.  In furtherance of the conference’s theme, Strength in Numbers, the panelists seek to foster a discussion from which attendees can learn from each other’s varied ideas and experiences.

Laura Leigh Lewis, Director and Assistant General Counsel, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Legal Department, Global Transaction Services 
Gretchen Lamberg, Counsel, Sidley Austin LLP, Banking and Financial Services

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ELIMINATING BIAS AND LEVERAGING DIVERSITY: LESSONS FOR LAWYERS FROM WAR AND DIPLOMACY

Building and maintaining diversity in the legal profession is a moral and professional obligation. It is also essential for organizations that operate across borders and have diverse client or customer bases. Attorney and former diplomat, Nahal Kazemi, will share insights on the importance of leveraging diversity from her five assignments on four continents, including a tour in Iraq, as a political military affairs officer with the U.S. State Department.

Nahal Kazemi, Senior Counsel at Keller/Anderle LLP
Jennifer Keller, Partner at Keller/Anderle LLP

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Plenary Session | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

GREAT WOMEN LEADERS ON THE RISE: 5 STEPS TO ACHIEVE YOUR GREATEST POTENTIAL

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Trudy Bourgeois is a former senior sales and marketing executive with more than 35 years of experience transforming companies into high performance organizations. Trudy has extensive sales operations, talent management, strategic planning and marketing expertise. She is known for developing next-generation leaders. Trudy’s commitment to excellence, forward thinking and strategic skills led her to become the first African American female appointed to the VP level at Brown & Williamson Tobacco. 

In 2001, Trudy founded The Center for Workforce Excellence and is CEO of the company. CWE is an in-demand leadership development company, with service offerings that include training, coaching, and consulting. CWE specializes in workplace transformation through organizational cultural change. CWE develops leaders who can create inclusive cultures that produce better business results.

A renowned and respected authority on leadership development and diversity and inclusion, Trudy is a bestselling author of four leadership books. She is coach, speaker and trusted advisor to C-suite executives. A featured blogger for The Huffington Post, Trudy has earned a reputation as a respected truth-teller who combines candor with humor to foster courageous conversations necessary for change to take place. She also writes for numerous magazines and digital publications including The Washington Post and Harvard Business Review.

No CLE offered. 

Optional Offsite Networking Event: Offsite Trivia Nite | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Add this event on to your GCI registration at any time, or email nawl@nawl.org for assistance! 

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Registration & Breakfast | 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Join us for breakfast.

Plenary Session | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

THE ROLE OF ALLIES IN ADVANCING D&I

In 2018 Intel announced it had reached Full Market Representation in its US workforce.  Male and majority allies were a necessary element of Intel’s success in accomplishing this milestone.  The panel of senior Intel attorneys will discuss what it’s been like at Intel since they set the representation goal in 2015.   The panelists will share their experiences as an ally and also discuss what it takes to show up as an ally.  Members of the panel will discuss what the Intel legal department is doing to encourage representation in outside counsel, internal leadership roles, and how it has embedded inclusion best practices into all talent and people management processes.  Finally, the panel will share practice tips on how to engage other men and majority folks in the D&I  journey and the battle for equity in the workplace. 

No CLE offered. 

Ari Kahan, Associate General Counsel at Intel 
David Law, Vice President and Director of Data Center Legal Team at Intel 
Sarretta C. McDonough, Associate General Counsel, Antitrust and Commercial Litigation at Intel; NAWL President 2018-2019
Moderator Su Suh, Chief of Staff, Intel Legal Department

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Plenary Session | 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

WHEN THERE ISN'T STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: GETTING BEYOND THE NUMBERS FOR REAL CHANGE

During this session, NAWL will unveil its Annual Survey of the Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms. For over ten years, NAWL’s Survey has tracked the professional progress of women in the nation’s 200 largest law firms through a comparative view of the careers and compensation of male and female lawyers at all levels of private practice, and data analysis focusing on the factors that influence career progression. 

The distinguished panel will discuss the practical steps (and missteps) their organizations have taken to effect change and increase the number of women in leadership roles.

Linda T. Coberly, Managing Partner of Winston & Strawn LLP's Chicago Office
Michele Coleman Mayes, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for the New York Public Library
Destiny Peery, Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law; Author and Principal Researcher of NAWL's Survey (2017-2019)
Joel Stern, Chief Executive Officer of NAMWOLF 
Moderator Kelly ClarkVice President and Assistant General Counsel, P&C Insurance Operations at Allstate

Concurrent Workshops | 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

CCPA AND BEYOND: HOW TO BE READY FOR NEW PRIVACY AND DATA SECURITY THREATS IN THE DIGITAL AGE

The comprehensive California Consumer Privacy Act has dominated conversations about consumer data since its passage in 2018. The last few months alone has included a flurry of amendment activity and an announcement by the California attorney general as to draft regulations. Understandably, companies in all industries are struggling to comprehend the labyrinth of legislative requirements and the risks associated with noncompliance. But as companies review their processes for handling consumer data under the CCPA, there are also broader trends concerning intellectual property, trade secrets and online information sharing that they should consider for a truly comprehensive approach to compliance and cybersecurity. This session will cover the details, developments and risks associated with the CCPA and highlight additional threats facing companies, not just regarding consumer data but concerning IP and other digital assets as well. Finally, this session will include a detailed and practical discussion about how one global brand is managing these privacy and data risks and what general counsel across the country should consider as they navigate this legal maze.

Kaylee Cox Bankston, Counsel at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Yen Chu, General Counsel and Senior Vice President at Equinox Holdings, Inc. 
Michelle A. Cooke, Partner and leader of IP Protection & Enforcement business unit at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP 
Suzanne Rich Folsom, Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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BETTER TOGETHER: IN-HOUSE AND LAW FIRM COLLABORATIONS THAT DRIVE D&I

Collaborations among corporate legal departments, law firms, law schools and researchers have gained momentum as incubators of innovative approaches to D&I. How can we jointly advance our shared commitment to the success of diverse attorneys? How can jointly-sponsored programs be leveraged across the profession to increase the visibility and business development prospects for diverse attorneys? Our panelists hail from legal departments and law firm client service teams and can speak to what constitutes an effective program. Join us at this session to:

    • Explore innovative programming ideas that are having an impact;
    • Identify the specific elements of successful collaborations; and
    • Share best practices in how to identify and prepare diverse attorneys to leverage opportunities.

No CLE offered. 

Genhi Givings Bailey, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at PerkinsCoie 
Gitanjali Pinto Faleiro, General Counsel, Managing Director, at Greenhill & Co., LLC 
Jennifer Ivan, Assistant General Counsel; Diversity & Inclusion Lead for Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs (CELA) at Microsoft
Bobbie Wilson, Partner at PerkinsCoie

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ANTITRUST ISSUES IN BIG TECH

The technology sector has frequently been the subject of antitrust scrutiny, but that scrutiny has now increased significantly, with both federal antitrust agencies, state antitrust enforcers, legislators and political candidates focusing on antitrust issues in technology.  This presentation will provide a basic framework for the relevant antitrust principles and a discussion of recent events relating to antitrust enforcement and policy in technology markets.

Sarah N. Flanagan, Associate General Counsel, Director of Global Antitrust Compliance, Intel
Sonia K. Pfaffenroth, Partner, Arnold & Porter
Su Suh, Chief of Staff, Intel Legal Department, Intel
Brinkley Tappan, AVP and Senior Legal Counsel, AT&T

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Luncheon & Keynote | 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM

A CONVERSATION WITH SALLY JENKINS

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Sally Jenkins began her second stint at The Washington Post in 2000 after spending the previous decade working as a book author and as a magazine writer. She was named the nation’s top sports columnist in 2001, 2003, 2010 and 2011 by the Associated Press Sports Editors. In 2013, she won a first-place award from the AP for an investigative series co-written with Rick Maese on medical care in the NFL, titled “Do No Harm.” Jenkins is the author of 12 books, four of which were New York Times bestsellers, most recently the No.1 “Sum It Up” with legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt. She is also the author of “The Real All Americans,” the historical account of how the Carlisle Indian School took on the Ivy League powers in college football at the turn of the century and won. Her work has been featured in Smithsonian, GQ and Sports Illustrated. A native of Texas, Jenkins graduated from Stanford and lives in Sag Harbor, New York.

No CLE offered. 

Reception | 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

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