Wednesday, November 11, 2020
WELCOME & OPENING SESSION - BE THE GC | 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
The General Counsel role is increasingly defined by its focus on strategic risk management. General Counsels are called upon to anticipate and prepare for crises, act as an ethical guardian for the company, and influence the company’s culture. These skills have only become more important during the COVID-19 pandemic, as companies look to their General Counsels for leadership in navigating economic and regulatory uncertainty.
What does it take to “be the GC” in these challenging times? What first steps should the GC take when an issue arises, and what pitfalls should she remain mindful about? In this interactive panel, we will examine these questions through hypothetical and real life scenarios facing today's General Counsels, including whistleblower protections, crisis management, and artificial intelligence.
Margee Elias, Senior Vice President and Principal Deputy General Counsel, Freddie Mac
Anna R. Gressel, Senior Commercial Litigation Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Mary Beth Hogan, Partner & Co-Chair of the Litigation Department, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Sue Meng, Corporate Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Alicia Myara, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, GoGo Air
Nancy Washington, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, New Jersey Resources
BREAK | 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM ET
MEET & MINGLE - WHAT DID YOU DO DURING SUMMER VACATION 2020? | 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM ET
Typical fall and return to school conversations consist of what I did during summer vacation; however, 2020 changed that script. With restrictions and stay-cations, many returned to favorite hobbies and pastimes while others learned new skills. What did you do for fun (or to stay energized or maintain sanity)? Whether it was baking bread, cooking a comfort food, dusting off the sewing machine, jumping on a new exercise bike, dancing or singing like no one is watching, finding a way to relax or something else, we all have a story to tell. Share your experience with the GCI participants.
Simply provide a brief description and picture if you have one via the NAWL app. During this “Meet and Mingle” session, we will have the opportunity to discuss and vote for the prize winner in each category. Categories are: Baking, Cooking, Sewing/knitting/crocheting/arts and crafts, Fitness, Music/dance, Relaxation, other
MEET THE GC | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
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 essential strategies and skills necessary to meet today's moment.
Joia M. Johnson, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Hanesbrands Inc.
Cari Robinson, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Revlon
Caroline Tsai, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Western Union
Hoyt K. Webb, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Legrand North & Central America
Moderator: Carol Anderson, Assistant Vice President & Senior Legal Counsel, AT&T External & Regulatory Affairs - Western Region
BREAK | 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM ET
VIRTUAL TRIVIA | 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM ET
Thursday, November 12, 2020
DO THE NUMBERS ADD UP? A REPORT ON THE PROGRESS OF WOMEN IN THE LAW | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
During this session, NAWL will unveil its Annual Report of the 2020 Survey of the Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms. Since 2006, 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.
This session will discuss how the lived experience of attorneys across generations align and diverge from the numbers reported in NAWL's Survey.
Special Remarks by Selma Moidel Smith, 1999 Recipient of NAWL Lifetime of Service Award
Destiny Peery, Social Psychologist and Legal Scholar; Principal, The Red Bee Group; NAWL Survey Researcher 2017-present
Stephanie A. Scharf, Partner, Scharf Banks Marmor LLC and Principal, The Red Bee Group
Moderator Karen M. Richardson, Executive Director, National Association of Women Lawyers
BREAK | 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS | 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM ET
RAISING THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF AI: PERSPECTIVES ON ETHICS AND PRIVACY IN THE AGE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
This presentation will include a discussion of the intersection between artificial intelligence and privacy law, including CCPA, GDPR, and other relevant legislative developments. We will also consider the issue of algorithmic bias, including legal risks that may arise from biased algorithms, and legislative and regulatory trends in this area.
Linda Henry, Deputy Counsel and Vice President of Operations, Patrick Law Group
Meredith Sidewater, Senior Counsel, Patrick Law Group
Erin Shea, Senior Counsel, Patrick Law Group
CONNECTING IN-HOUSE COUNSEL WITH THE COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE PRO BONO WORK
Although in-house legal departments are emphasizing and prioritizing pro bono legal service more than ever, there are often barriers to in-house legal departments providing pro bono services. Partnerships with law firms are widely recognized as a solution to overcoming these barriers. Join us for a discussion of common types of pro bono partnership models and opportunities as well as a discussion of how to handle common pitfalls in pro bono service. In addition to traditional types, we will also discuss more innovative types of law firm/in-house pro bono partnerships like Charlotte Triage, a community-wide collaboration among in-house legal departments, law firms and legal service providers in Charlotte. Learn how you and your legal department can positively impact your communities through pro bono service.
Joan S. Dinsmore, Litigation Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
Autumn Hunter, Associate General Counsel & Director, Bank of America
Jodie Herrmann Lawson, Litigation Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
Angie Zimmern, Senior Counsel and Pro Bono Director, McGuireWoods LLP
STARTING THE CONVERSATION
In this workshop, panelists will Start the Conversation between white women and women of color; specifically by unpacking some of the issues that have gone unaddressed in the past, but that get in the way of fostering more productive and authentic relationships.
Joy Sherrod, Associate General Counsel, Intel
Judy Jennison, Intellectual Property Partner Perkins Coie LLP
Moderator Genhi Givings Bailey, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Perkins Coie LLP
RESTRUCTURING IN THE TIME OF COVID-19
Rachel Albanese, Restructuring Partner, DLA Piper
Carrianne Basler, Manager Director, AlixPartners
Cody Kaldenberg, Managing Director, Ducera Partners LLC
Jamila Willis, Restructuring Partner, DLA Piper
STRETCH BREAK - MINDFULNESS PRACTICE | 2:15 PM - 2:30 PM ET
A guided stretch break to re-energize you for our GC Keynote Speaker!
The world of law is not for the faint of heart. It requires stamina and a sustained capacity for competence. It asks us to show up as our best selves, and to keep going, even when the going gets tough. Given the current state of affairs and our global shift into a new normal, our abilities are tested even more as our resources are taxed in unprecedented ways. In such an environment, it is often difficult to slow down, to take a minute to breathe, to disconnect from the online world and to find true rest within our nervous systems.
We are so accustomed to firing on all cylinders, all the time, that pausing is a foreign concept, and rest evades us even when the moment allows it. We may find that when we try to rest physically our mind keeps us busy, and when we try to rest our minds, we are bombarded with distractions and true rest escapes us. Too often, our nervous systems are frazzled with the constant “on” of our daily lives, operating either in fight or flight mode, always ready to tackle the next threat or climb another mountain. So much so that, after a lifetime of doing, our physiology has forgotten how to come to rest, how to just be.
But we aren't machines, we can't be productive on and on and on without periods of rest and digest. Our systems weren't meant to be on all the time. We are meant to experience moments of productivity followed by moments of rest. This natural titration is a process of expansion that allows us to go all the way to the finish line. With proper periods of rest we are able to recharge our bodies and minds for the long haul.
If you can relate and rest is not part of your daily experience, join Ayna Meredova as she leads a mindfulness practice that will help you take a pause, breathe deeply and become fully present in your experience - all of which will support you in your journey to rest.
GENERAL COUNSEL KEYNOTE | 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM ET
Audrey Boone Tillman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Aflac Incorporated, directs Aflac’s Legal division and functions related to Human Resources, Compliance, Government Relations, Federal Relations, State Government Relations, Global Cybersecurity and the office of the Corporate Secretary. In addition to her role at Aflac U.S., her responsibilities include oversight functions of the General Counsel and Compliance offices at Aflac Japan, where the company earns more than 70 percent of its revenues.
Audrey joined Aflac in 1996 as a member of the Legal Department and was promoted to second vice president in 1997 and vice president in 2000, where she concentrated on employment law. Her work as legal counsel to the Human Resources division led to her promotion to senior vice president of Human Resources in August 2001 and then to executive vice president of Corporate Services in 2008. She was promoted to her current position in May 2014.
During her tenure, the company has received multiple honors, including Training Magazine’s Top 125, Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in America (20 consecutive years) and Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Places for Working Mothers. Aflac has been recognized by Black Enterprise magazine as one of its 40 Best Companies for Diversity 11 times and has appeared 18 times on LATINA Style magazine’s annual list of The 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work.
Audrey has received numerous awards and accolades during her tenure at Aflac. In 2015, she was the first woman to receive the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award. She also received the Columbus, Georgia Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Award and was named to the 2016 National Law Journal’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel. In 2016, she received the Diamond Award, the highest honor given by the Corporate Counsel Women of Color Association. Audrey has also been named to Ethisphere’s 2016 and 2017 list of Attorneys Who Matter, an annual listing of corporate attorneys who “raise the bar for ethical behavior in their industries.” In 2017, Audrey was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Scroll from the University of Georgia School of Law alumni association as well as the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award. She was also recognized by Atlanta Tribune Magazine as a 2017 Superwoman and named on Black Enterprise magazine’s list of 2017 Most Powerful Women in Business. She also was named to Black Enterprise magazine’s 2017 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America list and received Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2017 Corporate Counsel Award and Inside Counsel’s Transformative Leadership Awards in the General Counsel of the Year and Insurance categories. Profiles in Diversity Journal recognized her as a 2018 Woman Worth Watching honoree. Most recently, she was named to Black Enterprise magazine’s 2019 Most Powerful Women in Business list for three consecutive years and Women’s Inc. 2019 Top Corporate Counsel.
Prior to joining Aflac, Audrey served as an associate professor at North Carolina Central University School of Law. Prior to this, she was an associate with the Smith, Helms, Mulliss and Moore law firm in Greensboro, North Carolina, and also served as a federal judicial law clerk to Judge Richard C. Erwin, U.S. District Court for North Carolina.
Audrey received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law. She is a member of the state bars of Georgia, North Carolina and the District of Columbia.
BREAK | 3:30 PM - 3:45 PM ET
VIRTUAL COCKTAIL/MOCKTAIL MAKING CLASS | 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM ET
In the new world of virtual conferences, networking is both easier and harder. This networking program will provide reasons as to why and how networking can be better online. And you will have the opportunity to experience networking effectively in the world of Zoom. Come join some of your favorite people, plus meet new individuals to build professional relationships and expand your network.
Sneak Peak: You know those groups you can't break into at a live conference? They don't even exist virtually!
Friday, November 13, 2020
OPENING SESSION -- THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT AS A SOCIAL JUSTICE CHANGE AGENT: ADVANCING RACIAL EQUITY FOR WOMEN LAWYERS | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
2020 has been a year of racial reckoning. While the issues are not new, the increased willingness by individuals and organizations to confront the issues, with determination and vulnerability, marks a critical inflection point. All legal departments, regardless of size, have an opportunity to seize this moment to help drive social justice change and, in the process, help advance racial equity for women lawyers. This panel will explore Microsoft’s journey over the past several months, with the goal of inspiring other legal departments to consider deeply how they can influence meaningful change. It will share how Microsoft’s legal department turned inward and enabled discussions and engagement that are already shaping the department in new ways. It will also share how Microsoft is deepening its external racial equity commitments and provide examples for how companies, regardless of their industry focus, can use their own unique expertise in the process. And, along the way, it will explore race, culture, gender, allyship, intersectionality, and how strengthening our communities lifts and creates opportunities for women.
Dev Stahlkopf, Corporate Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft
Mike Jackson, Assistant General Counsel and CELA Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Microsoft
Beth Henderson, Director of Pro Bono, Microsoft
Melanie Scott-Bennett, Attorney and Employee Network Lead: African Americans and Blacks in CELA, Microsoft
BREAK | 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS | 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM ET
THE EFFECTS OF COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS AND PROTOCOLS ON BUSINESS ENTITIES' LEGAL AND EMPLOYMENT FUNCTIONS/TEAMS
Gregory Lucht, Assistant Vice President, Attorney, USAA Enterprise Litigation
Jennifer Thiel, Executive Director Attorney, USAA Enterprise Shared Services, Labor and Employment Counsel, USAA
Moderator J. Suzanne Lehner, Senior Attorney, USAA Enterprise Litigation
RISING TO THE OCCASION: CRISIS LEADERSHIP AND CAREER STRATEGY
Women on this panel will discuss how they’ve used challenging landscapes to propel their careers.
Lillian S. Hardy, One Americas Collaboration & Client Engagement Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP
Phyllis Harris, General Counsel and Chief Compliance, Ethics and Government Relations Officer, American Red Cross
Tracy Preston, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer, Nieman Marcus Group
Beth Rose, Chief Compliance, Ethics & Integrity Officer, Ford Motor Company
Natalie T. Sinicrope, General Counsel, Gallaudet University
MEASURING EQUITY TO MOVE BEYOND THE MOMENT
Where diversity is a fact and inclusion is an action, measuring equity is a choice that allows us to act meaningfully. By making equity an essential business priority, we can improve engagement, productivity, innovation and the sense of belonging for marginalized groups in organizational hierarchies divided by race, gender, disability, and sexual orientation. We will discuss how to surpass compliance requirements to setting goals and objectives that allow organizations to measure the progress of women and minorities in the legal profession where equity status is an absolute necessity. Because equity determines money and power, we will share best and next practices on how to act meaningfully to move beyond the moment.
Roseanna DeMaria, Founding Principal, DeMaria Group
Zara Roberts Gerald, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, IDEMIA North America
Moderator Joanna Wright, Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
SHOW ME THE MONEY
This panel discussion will focus on law firm economics and discuss (1) do law firm economics work for in-house counsel; and (2) do law firm economics work for diversity.
Eva Almirantearena, Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Antitrust and Commercial Litigation, Intel Corporation
Rebecca H. Benavides, Director Legal Business & Strategy, Microsoft
Sharmini Green, Assistant Director of Patents, Intel
Caren Ulrich Stacy, Founder and Chief Experimentation Officer, Diversity Lab
Su K. Suh, Chief of Staff and Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager, Intel
BREAK | 2:15 PM - 2:30 PM ET
CLOSING SESSION -- REMEMBERING A LEGEND: FORMER RBG CLERKS DISCUSS HER LEGACY | 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM ET
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lived the mission of the National Association of Women Lawyers: the advancement of women in the legal profession and advocacy for the equality of women under the law. She was a cultural icon, and inspiration, and her work opened doors for all of us practicing today. During this final session, a group of Justice Ginsburg's former law clerks will discuss her legacy by sharing cherished stories and fielding audience questions.
Kathryn M. Barber, Associate, McGuireWoods; 2018-2019 Justice Ginsburg Clerk
Kelsi Brown Corkran, Partner and Head of Supreme Court Practice, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; 2013-2014 Justice Ginsburg Clerk
Martine E. Cicconi, Deputy Solicitor General, Virginia; 2012-2013 Justice Ginsburg Clerk
Elizabeth B. Prelogar, Partner, Cooley LLP; 2009-2010 Justice Ginsburg Clerk
Amanda L. Tyler, Shannon C. Turner Professor of Law, Berkeley Law; 1999-2000 Justice Ginsburg Clerk