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Speaker Biographies

Jill Ballo is an Assistant General Counsel supporting Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise division. Jill advises Microsoft’s engineering and marketing teams responsible for some of the most widely used business software and cloud services in the world. Her work focuses on navigating product development, licensing, marketing, and cloud regulatory issues. Prior to joining Microsoft, Jill practiced intellectual property and media law at Davis Wright Tremaine. Before attending law school, Jill was a journalist who spent a decade as an Emmy-nominated television news producer. She currently sits on the Professional Advisory Board of the Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University. She can be reached at

Heather M. Bell is Associate General Counsel, Merchandising, Marketing & Supply Chain, for Walmart Stores US division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. She recently completed an international assignment where she provided legal support to Wal-Mart Canada Corp. Prior to Wal-Mart, Ms. Bell was Counsel at Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard PLLC in Rogers, Arkansas and an Associate Attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in San Francisco, California. Ms. Bell graduated with high honors from Duke University of Law and hold a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Pepperdine University. She is licensed to practice law in California and Arkansas. Ms. Bell is married and has a 2-year old daughter named Brinley.

Jill Hubbard Bowman is a senior intellectual property attorney supporting Intel’s worldwide manufacturing operations and research activities. She specializes in complex technology transactions, collaborations, and acquisitions. Jill also designs and facilitates workshops for Intel’s business attorneys on advanced intellectual property topics. Prior to joining Intel, Jill worked for major U.S. law firms and litigated complex intellectual property cases in federal and state courts, AAA and ICC arbitrations, and before the International Trade Commission. Jill is a registered patent attorney and licensed in California and Texas. Jill earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was an Associate Editor of The Journal of Gender and Law. Jill also did joint graduate work in women’s studies and taught undergraduate classes on women and the law.

Donna Costa is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings America, Inc. in New York City, providing legal and compliance support to the affiliates of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation in the Americas. Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings is a $35 billion global diversified chemical company based in Tokyo. Ms. Costa has international legal and compliance experience and cross-cultural perspective. She has a JD and MBA.

Diane D’Arcangelo is Associate General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation, a global technology company. Ms. D’Arcangelo leads the privacy legal team at Microsoft which is responsible for compliance with privacy laws and for external engagement with governments and regulators globally on the topic of privacy. Ms. D’Arcangelo received her J.D. from Stanford Law School. She can be reached at 425-703-2889 or

Sheila Dedeaux currently serves as Associate Head of Privacy at Sprint Corporation. She joined the Privacy team in 2005. In her current position, she is tasked with privacy advocacy and developing and implementing policies to comply with various privacy laws. She leads a team responsible for addressing emerging privacy issues and trends in customer authentication, data use and security, Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI), data breaches, behavioral advertising, parental controls, and location base services. Ms. Dedeaux started her career in the wireless industry 30 years ago. In 1999, she joined Nextel Communications as the Manager of Security and Fraud Operations. Soon after her responsibilities expanded to implementation and managing the Electronic Surveillance and Subpoena Compliance operation. Those duties also included ensuring Nextel achieved full CALEA compliance for both interconnect and the first connect network. Ms. Dedeaux can be reached at or 703.433.8411.

Vicki Donati is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Crate & Barrel Holdings Inc. Ms. Donati is responsible for establishing and overseeing the execution of the global legal, compliance, and data security/privacy strategies for the Company and the Crate & Barrel, CB2, and The Land of Nod brands. She and her team work to provide a cohesive and effective array of services throughout the U.S. and Canada and through franchise partners around the world. Ms. Donati earned a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Ashland University and a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University, where she was Order of the Coif and a law review editor. Ms. Donati is admitted to practice in Ohio and Illinois and before the U.S. Supreme Court and various appellate and district courts. Ms. Donati serves on the Board of Housing Opportunities for Women, which provides solutions for women struggling with homelessness and poverty, and is involved in the Evanston community where she lives with her husband and daughters.

Deborah Hesford DosSantos is the Deputy General Counsel of Lahey Health System, Inc., a health care system located outside Boston, Massachusetts with more than 10,000 employees. At Lahey Health, Ms. DosSantos is responsible for all labor, employment, and litigation matters and oversees the day-to-day operations of the system’s Legal Department. Ms. DosSantos has more than 15 years of experience as a labor and employment lawyer, advising employers in matters related to all aspects of the employment relationship and litigating numerous cases in state and federal courts. Prior to joining Lahey Health, Ms. DosSantos was a shareholder in the Boston office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart. Ms. DosSantos is a former President of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, has been named a Super Lawyer, and is included in The Best Lawyers in America.

Cynthia Faatz is the Director of the Patent Group at Intel Corporation. In that role, she is responsible for overseeing the development of Intel’s worldwide patent portfolio. Ms. Faatz has been Intel for 30 years starting as a product engineer before joining the legal team in 1993 where she has worked in a variety of roles focused on patents and Intellectual Property. She received her BSEE from Stanford and her J.D. from Santa Clara University.

Rose Marie E. Glazer became General Counsel – Americas for Siemens Corporation in 2012. In addition to overseeing the Siemens legal department throughout North and South America, Rose Marie manages the Siemens U.S. legal department, which provides a broad array of legal services to Siemens management and Siemens operating groups including litigation, M&A, corporate law, commercial and finance issues, regulatory matters, technology licensing, employment/benefits and real estate/environmental topics. Before this Rose Marie was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division. There she was responsible for the global legal affairs of the company, as well as oversight of all corporate governance matters. Before becoming general counsel, Rose Marie was Associate General Counsel and Compliance Officer at Siemens PLM Software. Rose Marie has also served as interim General Counsel of Siemens’ Mesoamerica operations in Mexico City. In November 2004, Rose Marie joined Siemens PLM Software from Telvista, Inc., an international contact center company. Rose Marie was Telvista's Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to joining Telvista, Rose Marie held in-house counsel positions at Allied Riser Communications and American Airlines. Before that, she was an attorney with the law firm Jones Day in Dallas. Rose Marie earned her law degree, cum laude, from Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas. She also has a BBA in Accounting, summa cum laude, and a BA in Spanish, summa cum laude, from Southern Methodist University.

Sarah Martucci Green is Associate General Counsel for the Sam’s Club Merchandising division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. where she provides primary legal support to the grocery, tobacco, home, apparel, seasonal, and proprietary brand areas, in addition to advising on issues relating to antitrust law, regulatory compliance, and risk management. Ms. Green recently returned from an assignment with Corporate Commercial Legal department of Walmart Canada Corp. Previously, Ms. Green was Senior Counsel in the Walmart Litigation division where she managed discovery in employment, pharmacy, tort, and commercial cases, and was responsible for HIPAA implementation and compliance. Prior to joining Walmart, Ms. Green was a federal judicial extern for the Honorable Robert T. Dawson, United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. Ms. Green graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas School of Law where she was Associate Editor of the Arkansas Law Review. She holds bachelor degrees in architectural studies and art history from the University of Arkansas. She is admitted to practice before the Arkansas Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Green and her husband have three children: Sophie Jane, Wyatt, and Roman.

Margaret (“Peg”) McCue Guillon is Associate General Counsel at MetLife. She leads the Southeastern Real Estate Investments Unit where she provides transactional support and advice relating to the growth and management of MetLife’s commercial real estate investment activities for the company’s general account and clients of MetLife Investment Management business. Ms. Guillon joined MetLife in 2006. She devotes much time and energy to mentoring and has served as co-Chair to the MetLife Legal Affairs Mentoring Program for the past 3 years. Ms. Guillon currently mentors both domestic and international associates at MetLife. Prior to MetLife, Ms. Guillon was employed at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan and King & Spalding. Ms. Guillon received her J.D. with honors from the University of Connecticut in 1993, where she served as Symposium Editor on the Connecticut Journal of International Law. She can be reached at 404-838-2838 or

Leigh M. Harlan is Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Tiffany & Co. Based in New York, she is responsible for the Corporation’s worldwide legal function. Ms. Harlan joined Tiffany in April 2012 as Association General Counsel and was promoted to her current position in May 2014. From October 2005 to March 2012, she practiced corporate law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York. Ms. Harlan received her Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College, a Master’s Degree from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law. She also currently serves on the board of directors of the Tiffany & Co. Foundation, which focuses on Tiffany’s philanthropic endeavors, and on the board of the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Whitney Head is senior Vice President – Sam’s Club General Counsel and Asset Protection. She is married to Tommy Head, also a Walmart associate. They have two teenage sons, Daniel and Nicholas. Since joining the company in 1997, Ms. Head has been an in-house commercial and employment trial lawyer and served in legal roles supporting class-action wage and hour case management, the Office of Diversity, and in 2005 was named to her current role. Ms. Head represents Walmart as the corporate liaison to the National Bar Association and serves as an officer sponsor for the Tribal Voices Associate Resource Group. She is an ally member of PRIDE, Walmart’s LGBTA resource group, a “Blue Coat” Sam M. Walton Award of Excellence recipient in 2012, and a member of the Women’s Resource Council. Ms. Head was recently added to Walmart’s President’s Global Council of Women Leaders, helping to drive Walmart’s mission to become the best place to work for women at all levels. In addition, she is committed to serving her community and profession as an active member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the National Association of Women Lawyers. Before joining Walmart, Ms. Head was a corporate litigator in Houston, Texas. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Sheri Hecht Leonard is Counsel to Suburban Propane, L.P., focusing on labor and employment, environmental matters, and commercial real estate. Previously she was an Assistant General Counsel at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, where Sheri provided legal advice on litigation, risk management, labor, employment, and immigration. Prior to Horizon, Sheri was an Associate at State Farm Automobile Insurance Company, Corporate Law Department. Sheri began her career defending toxic tort cases in New York and New Jersey. She served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Frederick J. Scullin, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. She is a 1994 honors graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, and 1991 honors graduate of the State University of New York at Albany with a double major in Political Science and Communication. She is a Trustee at Partners for Women and Justice, a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, and New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. Sheri has spoken on panels for the Association of Corporate Counsel, New Jersey Chapter and the Corporate Counsel Women of Color.

Nadine Letson is a Senior Attorney at Microsoft Corporation’s Canadian subsidiary in Mississauga, Ontario. Ms. Letson provides commercial legal support to her business clients at Microsoft Canada, with a focus on negotiating, drafting and advising business clients with respect to complex commercial licensing and services agreements. In addition, Ms. Letson provides general legal advice to her business clients, primarily in the areas of privacy, competition and intellectual property law, as well as with respect to ethics and corporate compliance. Ms. Letson served for two years as a member of the executive of the Ontario Bar Association chapter of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association.

Kristi Moody is Deputy General Counsel at Windstream Holdings, Inc., a Fortune 500 telecommunications company based in Little Rock, Arkansas. She provides support to the Windstream board on governance, works on strategic initiatives and transactional-related matters in support of the General Counsel, and oversees most dispute resolution for the company, including lawsuits, threats of litigation, customer complaints, and other customer issues. Before joining Windstream in 2006, Kristi was in private practice, focusing on civil defense litigation, for 11 years at Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP, one of the largest law firms in Arkansas.

Sheila Murphy is an Associate General Counsel at MetLife Inc. where she heads up the Financial Products & Insurance Litigation Practice Group (“FinPro”). Ms. Murphy’s focus is on disputes relating to the sale, suitability or performance of life insurance products, annuities and investments and matters arising from alleged sales of unauthor¬ized products and investments. Ms. Murphy also defends the Company in product design and claims cases and FINRA, SEC and state regulatory matters. Ms. Murphy also spearheads the Litigation Support Business Owner’s Committee and actively advises on e-discovery issues. Prior to joining MetLife, Ms. Murphy was a litigation associate at the law firm of Thacher Proffitt & Wood. Her practice focused on complex financial litigation. Ms. Murphy is active on NAWL’s International and General Counsel Institute Committees. Ms. Murphy is a member of the Steer¬ing Committee of the CARE Women’s Initiative of New York and a member of the Board of Directors of Read Alliance. Ms. Murphy is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she worked on the Comparative Labor Law Journal, and the School of Management at the State University of New York at Binghamton, where she graduated magna cum laude. Ms. Murphy is the Chair of the 10th Annual General Counsel Institute.  She can be reached at 

Nancy Nash is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Lead Litigation Counsel at LexisNexis, where she is responsible for managing the representation of LexisNexis Risk Solutions in all legal actions, including through selection of outside legal counsel, development of defense strategies, forecasting and managing litigation budgets, setting reserves, and communicating with insurers.

Babette V.E. Orenstein is a Senior Attorney with the Consolidated Edison Company of New York, where she provides advice and counsel on matters related to information governance, records management, cybersecurity, data privacy, legal hold, e-discovery, and social media. She co-chairs an internal Law Department Cybersecurity Team, represents the Con Edison Law Department on the Company's Social Media Committee, and is a member of the Edison Electric Institute's working group on cybersecurity law. This year, Ms. Orenstein joined the Board of Advisors to the Cardozo Law School Information Governance Program. Prior to joining Con Edison, she was a Vice President & Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase, where she advised on matters related to the preservation, collection, and production of electronically stored information. A graduate of Brown University and Brooklyn Law School, Ms. Orenstein also has experience in commercial and corporate securities litigation, employment matters, and regulatory investigations. Ms. Orenstein has been active with NAWL since 2006. In 2013 she served as Chair of the 9th Annual General Counsel Institute, and this year she is Sponsorship Chair for GCI 10. She can be reached at or 212.460.6209.

Lisa M. Passante is Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Thomson Reuters, where she serves as the senior US-based legal advisor to the Intellectual Property & Science business unit. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Ms. Passante was a member of the legal department of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company for 19 years, where she served in a variety of capacities, including General Counsel for DuPont Performance Coatings through its transition from DuPont to a privately held company, and where she was the founder of the acclaimed DuPont Women Lawyers' Network. Ms. Passante is the current President of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL).  She has chaired the 2009 General Counsel Institute and co-chaired the 2011 and 2014 Mid-Year Meetings and the 2014 Annual Meeting, and has held mulitple offices and committee leader positions with NAWL. Ms. Passante was co-chair of the Delaware Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section from 2010 to 2013, and is a member of the Philadelphia Forum of Executive Women and the Delaware Valley chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. She is a graduate of the Villanova University School of Law. Ms. Passante can be reached at

Julie Petrini is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation where she leads the legal team for the company’s North America businesses. Julie and her team of lawyers and paralegals dispersed throughout the United States and Canada spend much of their time evangelizing, negotiating arrangements for and helping to deliver Microsoft’s cloud offerings. She joined Microsoft with its 2011 acquisition of Skype and previously held positions at 3Com Corporation and Polaroid Corporation. She started her career as a litigator at Katten Muchin & Zavis in Chicago and then Hale & Dorr in Boston. Julie received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law and her B.A. from Boston College. She can be reached at

Lani Quarmby is an Associate General Counsel and Senior Vice President at Bank of America based in Charlotte, North Carolina.  In this role, she oversees department-wide Outside Counsel Management and Spend Management Programs and serves as a primary liaison between outside counsel and the Bank’s Legal Department.  Lani also manages the ongoing operations in the Litigation Department’s outside counsel program, the Litigation Roundtable. The Litigation Roundtable is an innovative partnering and convergence model focused on reducing legal costs while still delivering high-quality legal product. She oversees all of the Roundtable’s program components including matter assignment and tracking, performance management, budgeting, reporting, fixed fees, rates and law firm communications.  Lani’s team tracks and compiles such data as law firm spend, hours billed, number of matters, resolution cycle time, cost per case, budget to actual, savings, volume discounts, discovery and expert spend, and diversity metrics.  These metrics, along with several others, align with the Bank’s comprehensive vendor management program, including management of the Bank’s external counsel and third party vendors. Prior to her position at the Bank, Lani was a Counsel in the Adversarial Department of O'Melveny & Myers LLP's Washington, D.C. office.  Before joining O'Melveny & Myers, Lani was a Commissioned Officer at the White House and served as Special Assistant to the President of the United States.  Prior to assuming her post at the White House, she was a Federal Prosecutor in the Fraud Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia.  Lani also was Assistant to the Attorney General and Counsel to the Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, and later, Counselor to the General Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington D.C.

Julia Henick Rigby is employed by Prudential as Vice President, Corporate Counsel in the Company’s Enterprise Litigation Group based in Newark, New Jersey. Julia is responsible for overseeing the Company's employment litigation, the Discovery Services Team, and providing advice on Company records management issues. Prior to joining Prudential in 1997, Julia worked at two large national law firms in New York City. Julia received her law degree from the University of Chicago and her undergraduate degree from Barnard College.

Jennifer L. Rochon is the General Counsel of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).  Prior to joining GSUSA, Ms. Rochon was a litigation partner at the law firm of Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel LLP in New York. She was repeatedly recognized as a leading lawyer by legal periodicals such as The Legal 500 United States and New York's Super Lawyers. Ms. Rochon received her Bachelor's degree with dual honors from the University of Michigan and served in the United States Peace Corps as a mathematics teacher. She received a juris doctorate from New York University School of Law and was a member of the Law Review. She also clerked for the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry on both the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Sima F. Sarrafan is a Senior Attorney in the Legal and Corporate Affairs (LCA) department at Microsoft. Ms. Sarrafan supports consumer marketing clients in the Product and Services Group. Her work ranges from helping to develop large marketing campaigns, to providing guidance on data analytics and privacy issues. Ms. Sarrafan previously worked in LCA’s Applications and Services Group and the Office of Legal Compliance. Before joining Microsoft in 2009, Ms. Sarrafan was a partner at Yarmuth Wilsdon Calfo PLLC in Seattle. She also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. She has taught Corporate Compliance and Investigations at Seattle University School of Law and previously taught courses in Trial Advocacy and Advanced Appellate Advocacy at Roger Williams School of Law. Ms. Sarrafan received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from Vassar College.

Brad Smith is Microsoft’s general counsel and executive vice president of Legal and Corporate Affairs. He leads approximately 1,100 legal, business and corporate affairs professionals spanning 55 countries and is responsible for the company’s legal work, its intellectual property portfolio, patent licensing business, and the company’s government affairs, public policy, corporate citizenship and philanthropic work. He also serves as Microsoft’s corporate secretary and chief compliance officer. Brad joined Microsoft in 1993 and before becoming general counsel in 2002, he spent three years leading the LCA team in Europe, then five years serving as the deputy general counsel responsible for LCA’s teams outside the United States. Brad has overseen numerous negotiations leading to competition law and intellectual property agreements with governments around the world and with companies across the IT sector. He has played a leading role within Microsoft and in the IT sector on government surveillance, privacy, intellectual property, immigration, and computer science education policy issues. As the senior executive responsible for ensuring Microsoft fulfills its corporate responsibilities, he has helped the company achieve its consistent ranking in the top 2 percent of the S&P 500 for corporate governance scores. He has played a leadership role locally and nationally on numerous charitable, business, and legal initiatives. In 2013 he was named by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the United States. In 2014, the New York Times called Brad, “a de facto ambassador for the technology industry at large.” Brad has worked to advance the legal profession through several significant diversity and pro bono initiatives, both within Microsoft and in the broader legal profession. He currently co-chairs the board of directors of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and is the chair of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).

Sally Strauss is Senior Associate General Counsel at the Mount Sinai Health System. Sally handles a broad spectrum of legal issues on behalf of the medical school and four hospitals that comprise the health system, with a special emphasis in the regulatory/fraud and abuse areas. Prior to joining Mount Sinai in 1996, Ms. Strauss spent her career in the government sector. After law school she clerked for Judge Barrington Parker in Washington, D.C., then became an Assistant District Attorney in New York Counrty prosecuting police corruption cases and then returned to D.C. to work in the Civil Fraud Section at the Department of Justice litigating civil fraud cases under the False Claims Act. Ms. Strauss obtained both her college and law degrees from Yale University.

Monica M. Weed is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Navigant Consulting, Inc. She has serves as General Counsel and Secretary of Navigant since November 2008, where she is responsible for all legal and compliance matters for the company. Previously, Ms. Weed served as Associate General Counsel for Baxter Healthcare Corporation; as Special Counsel, Rights Agent and Litigation Trustee to Litigation Contingent Payment Rights Trust, a publicly traded litigation trust; and as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Information Resources, Inc., an international market research provider to the consumer packaged goods industry. She started her legal career at the law firm of Sonnenschien Nath & Rosenthal (now Dentons). Ms. Weed received her BA in Classics from Northwestern University, her JD from Northwestern University School of Law and her MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. Ms. Weed serves as Second Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Girls Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana and as Chairperson of the Board of Directors for PEER Services, Inc., a not-for-profit substance abuse organization headquartered in Evanston, IL.