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On-Demand Sessions available through January 31, 2022

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP: HOW TO GROW WHERE YOU ARE AND EVOLVE YOUR CAREER

Over the years, although the number of women in the legal field has increased, the number of women in senior positions remains stagnantly low as compared to their male counterparts. Featuring a successful in-house counsel, a law firm partner, and a senior advisor who have cultivated their careers by taking leadership positions, including in bar associations, government and advisory posts, and pro bono work, this panel will offer a discussion and advice from the perspectives of women who have utilized personal agency to broaden their career trajectories as well as empower them to bring along and care for the women lawyers they mentor. These women will detail how they took calculated risks and developed strategies to continually enhance their careers while striving to achieve a work-life balance.

Catherine Amirfar, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Moderator Deborah Enix-Ross, Senior Advisor, International Dispute Resolution, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Leanne Geale, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Governance & Compliance, Nestlé

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MEET THE GC

This panel features general counsels of companies from a wide range of industries. Panelists will discuss their different paths to becoming general counsel and their day to day experiences as GC. The panel will also focus on how each GC found courage, commitment, and connection during the COVID pandemic. 

Kimberly Y. Chainey, EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Aptar

Rhonda S. Ferguson, EVP, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel & Secretary, Allstate

Marie Satterfield, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Rothy's

Moderator Catherine So, General Counsel, Senior Vice President-Legal, Tiffany & Co.

THE GREAT RESIGNATION: RESETTING AND REIMAGINING YOUR CAREER

This session will be an interactive discussion about evaluating and capitalizing on opportunities to reimagine and achieve individual success post-pandemic.  Whether you are moving up in or out of your organization, we will discuss learnings from the Great Resignation, and about increased needs for retention and partnering with outside counsel. The panel will include voices from the in-house counsel and law firm perspective, as well as a seasoned executive search consultant.

Kiera S. Gans, Partner, DLA Piper (US)

Abam Mambo, Employment Lawyer & Managing Director, BelongingIQ

Sabrina Mays-Diagne, DEI Officer, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Companies (US)

Kira Mineroff, Partner, DLA Piper (US)

Victoria S. Reese, Global Managing Partner, Heidrick & Struggles

Alison Zoellner, Global General Counsel, Dentsu International

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A TOKE IS NO JOKE: LEGAL CANNABIS AND EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES

Cannabis legalization is happening all across the country. As more people are taking advantage of the widespread availability of cannabis products, how can employers best navigate this dynamic legal landscape? We’d like to share this panel’s unique perspectives on these challenges, given their professional experience related to the cannabis industry and otherwise. The discussion will touch on the impact of cannabis legalization on workplace policies, including but not limited to background checks, “zero tolerance” substance policies, and off-duty conduct rules. 

Kathiana Aurelien, Counsel, Perkins Coie

Natalie Kathain, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Health and Safety, Amerit

Jane Wright-Mitchell, Chief Legal Officer, AcelRX Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Moderator Heather M. Sager, Partner, Perkins Coie

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CURRENT TRENDS IN M&A DEAL TERMS AND TACTICS

Senior dealmakers discuss current trends and tactics in today’s red-hot M&A market, including how buyers and sellers are dealing with regulatory uncertainty.

Alicia J. BattsPartner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath

Kelsey Girard, Senior Associate General Counsel, Securities and Transactions, UnitedHealth Group

Kate Sherburne, Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath

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CYBER INSECURITY: WHAT GENERAL COUNSEL NEEDS TO KNOW NOW ABOUT CYBERSECURITY RISK

In this session, former General Counsel turned cybersecurity consultant John Ansbach will discuss the very latest cyber security threats to enterprise, including ransomware, email compromise and third-party supply chain attacks. Attendees will learn about the impact of these cyber-attacks and what role in house lawyers can and should play in helping to prevent, mitigate and handle the attacks when they do occur.

John Ansbach, Former General Counsel, VP Engagement Management, Aon Cyber Solutions

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NAVIGATING AN EVOLVING HYBRID WORK MODEL: PANDEMIC AND BEYOND

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how companies around the world work, both with customers and colleagues. As work flexibility becomes a norm among many companies, navigating hybrid work brings an evolving set of challenges as well as opportunities, impacting legal departments, HR departments, and companies more broadly. Legal professionals specifically must contend with impacts to hiring and retention, people analytics, D&I and other culture initiatives, and evolving legal counseling challenges related to privacy, policy, and use and sale of products and services in a hybrid world, all while also managing their own hybrid work teams, adapting to changing work technologies, and supporting the evolving needs of their teams, themselves, and their companies.

This session brings together a panel of in-house experts to discuss how hybrid work has changed their jobs and the jobs of those they support. Panelists will discuss managing global hybrid teams and fostering inclusive environments, hiring and retention issues created by hybrid and remote work, using new technology to enable collaboration among hybrid teams, and other issues and best practices related to managing teams who are partially remote and partially in-person. Importantly, the panel will focus on opportunities as well as challenges. How can we seize this moment to reinvent the workplace, and to reinvigorate focus, creativity, and wellbeing?

Joanne Charles, Senior Corporate Counsel, Privacy, Microsoft

Jaimi Kerr, Senior Director, Employment Law, LinkedIn

Dawn Klinghoffer, Vice President of Head of People Analytics, Microsoft

Amy Pannoni, Deputy General Counsel, HR Legal, Microsoft

Moderator Lisa Tanzi, Corporate Vice President & General Counsel, Customer Experience & Policy, Microsoft

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LORI HENDERSON IN CONVERSATION WITH SHANNON THYME KLINGER

Please join us for an engaging General Counsel Keynote Address with Shannon Thyme Klinger, current Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Moderna, Inc. and Lori Henderson, former General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Moderna, Inc., as they discuss their paths to Moderna, experiences as general counsel during the COVID-19 pandemic, and their views and opinions on women in the general counsel role. 

Lori Henderson, Former Chief Legal Officer, Moderna

Shannon Thyme KlingerChief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Moderna

CSR AND ESG: STANDING ON THE SIDELINES IS NO LONGER AN OPTION

As the world has faced an increasing number of social issues over the past few years- COVID-19, racial justice, climate change, voting rights, human rights, trade policy, immigration, to name a few- companies have faced increased pressure to take a public position on these issues.  This panel will discuss the business, legal and regulatory reasons for taking a proactive approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental, social and governance (ESG) and the legal implications of CSR and ESG.  The panelists will review recent law and regulatory updates in the areas of CSR and ESG, and examine best practices and key learnings in the areas of CSR and ESG.

Erin Adrian, Head of Competition and Economic Affairs and Global Tax Policy, Intel

Suzanne Fallender, Global Director, Corporate Responsibility, Intel

Linda Kinney, Associate General Counsel and Head of Global Product Regulatory Legal, Intel

Carol Tate, Associate General Counsel and Director, Global Ethics and Compliance, Intel

Moderator Heather Bell, Senior Attorney, Intel

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NAWL ADVOCACY: BUILDING OUR RESOLVE

In this session, representatives of the NAWL Advocacy Committee will discuss their work building an advocacy framework to help support and amplify NAWLs Mission, discuss how the events of 2021 shaped advocacy priorities, and highlight opportunities for member involvement and engagement with NAWL Advocacy.  The Advocacy committee will strongly encourage questions, discussion, and sharing of ideas. 

Carol M. Anderson, Assistant Vice President-Senior Legal Counsel, State Regulatory & Legislative Affairs-Western Region, AT&T Services, Inc.

Lindsay Carlson, Information Governance Compliance Manager, Latham & Watkins

Joshua J. Fougere, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Lisa Kohn, Associate General Counsel, Girl Scouts of the USA

Allison Stevenson, Attorney, Hill Ward Henderson

THE INVESTIGATION AFTERMATH: HOW WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS ARE USED IN LITIGATION AND TIPS TO MAKE INVESTIGATIONS "ATTACK PROOF" 

This session will use real-life lawsuits as examples to teach critical lessons on conducting workplace investigations. It will focus on particular cases that involved a workplace investigation, demonstrate how the integrity of that investigation was attacked (by either the plaintiff or defendant), and provide key tips and step-by-step methods to avoid the same issues in investigations moving forward. In-house counsel speakers will provide their insight on obstacles and best practices to ensure investigations are done in a way to be effectively used in litigation. These case studies will touch upon the topics of confidentiality, thoroughness, promptness, privilege, credibility, and other issues. Further, the panelists will not only utilize these case studies, but also audience interaction and polling to increase engagement and collaboratively discuss ways to avoid such litigation pitfalls.

Nivritha C. Ketty, Partner, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C.

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Beyond the Data: What We Need to Know to Make Meaningful Change 

Join this session for a live podcast conversation hosted by Dr. Destiny Peery and Su Suh. Their conversation will be focused on what we need to know as a profession to make meaningful change and how the NAWL Survey is innovating to be a part of this effort for change.  

Dr. Destiny Peery, NAWL Survey Researcher, Principal Consultant, Red Be Group LLC, and Interim Managing Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice of Harvard Law School

Su Suh, Survey Committee Co-Chair, NAWL and Pro Bono Racial Justice Counsel, Intel