Thursday, September 29, 2022

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

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Opening Keynote: Why Not? Achieve Your Full Potential by Rethinking the Question: Why?

Why do we have to have a reason for the path we choose in life? We often get so caught up in trying to answer the question “why?” that an opportunity passes us by. In this talk, former CIA officer and FBI agent, Tracy Walder, uses her own unique life experience to demonstrate how embracing the question “why not?” can lead to life-changing opportunities. Relying on gut instincts, she shares how she went from a history major at USC to the CIA counterterrorism center, from taking down a Chinese spy ring as a special agent in the FBI to becoming a history teacher at an all-girls school. Through using her own unconventional journey, Walder inspires audiences to embody this “why not” approach and not let the question of “why” dictate how they lead their lives.

Tracy Walder

Former CIA officer and FBI special agent
Author, The Unexpected Spy

10:00 AM - 10:05 AM | Transition Break

10:05 AM - 11:00 AM

New and Changing Labor & Employment Regulatory Landscape

The many nuances of the changing regulation for labor and employment are front and center for GCs and their companies right now. This session will dive deep into understanding how to deal with the different patchwork of rules in different places and across jurisdictions, including the changing landscapes and residual effects of COVID-19. Join our speakers as they discuss the current labor and employment landscape, the most pressing challenges and how to avoid future pitfalls in this space.

Michelle Pelton, Senior Director, Senior Counsel - Global Labor & Employment - Match Group
Katie Marble, Director, Assistant General Counsel of Global Employment Law - Pantheon
Casey Erick, Shareholder, Commercial Litigation and Employment Law - Cowles Thompson

10:05 AM - 11:00 AM

GC of Tomorrow: The Business Leader & Strategic Advisor

Gone are the days where General Counsel and in-house lawyers are considered purely legal roles within an organization. As GCs are moving into CEO roles, the expectations have evolved into a trusted strategic advisor, where they are considered a core member of the top management team. GCs now need to be business leaders within their organizations, thinking broadly to provide direction, and responsible for wearing multiple hats that reflect the needs of all departments in the company. In this session, panelists will discuss the challenges GCs face specific to their responsibility to align risk appetite with workable solutions that keep the business compliant.

Tracee Thomas, Assistant General Counsel - HR (lead), Commercial & Real Estate - Incora
Julie Glasser, VP, Corporate Law - Sangamo Therapeutics
Kelly Carr, Chief Legal & People Officer - The Brandt Companies, LLC
Alexandria McCombs, Managing Chief Counsel, Health Systems, Provider Solutions & Pharma Technology & Innovation Group - McKesson
Tom Harris, Partner, Chair – M&A Practice Group - Haynes and Boone LLP

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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM | Morning Networking Break

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Addressing Global Data Privacy Concerns: Keeping Your Company Safe From Risk

Data privacy protection rules are expected to pose one of the biggest challenges to organizations globally. This session will provide the latest information on how regulation is changing around the world and how businesses need to prepare to continue operating, while also preserving their customers’ trust.

Dr. Kelce Wilson, General Counsel of the North Texas Chapter - Infragard
Dan Nirdlinger, Assistant General Counsel of Cloud, Cybersecurity and Privacy - SAP America, Inc.
Michelle Reed, Partner and Co-Head, Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection Practice - Akin Gump
Bryan Pechersky, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary - Rent-A-Center

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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

When the Feds Come Calling: The Importance of Corporate Compliance in the Wake of New DOJ Scrutiny

The importance of corporate compliance cannot be overstated.  Not only can it prevent misconduct, but it can also be an early warning system for the company to detect problems.  Perhaps most importantly, a rigorous compliance program can be the shield a company needs to protect itself against corporate criminal liability.  In this session, you will hear about recent changes to the DOJ corporate criminal enforcement policies as well as announcements concerning cyber fraud initiatives, the practical implications of those changes, and ways that companies can meet the need to have an evolving and dynamic and robust internal compliance program.

Idris Ashimi, Legislative and Regulatory Counsel, Government & Industry Relations - Allstate
Shamoil Shipchandler, Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel - Charles Schwab
Erin Nealy Cox, Partner - Kirkland & Ellis

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Networking Roundtable Lunch

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Taking a Modernized Approach to Discovery and Document Review

The explosion of modern data and advancements in technology isn’t slowing down. It’s imperative that GCs have the tools and knowledge to stay ahead of the curve. We’re covering the latest processes, protocols, and technology needed to ensure success in your discovery and review while maintaining accuracy and defensibility.

Ronak Ray, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary - Pantheon Systems, Inc.
Terry Reeves, CEO - Elite Discovery
Jason Fulton, Partner - Diamond McCarthy LLP
Patrick Mulry, Attorney - Griffith Davison, PC

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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Navigating Purposeful Corporate Culture: What Does Your Organization Stand For?

Taking the right stance in today’s society is a challenge for organizations, especially given the current political and social environment. In this session, learn how to navigate taking a stance on important societal issues and understand which policies and procedures should be implemented in order to act as an ethically sound organization. To avoid any reputational damage, it is pertinent for GCs to take the right approach and not waiver on any ethical issues.

Shelby Angel, VP & General Counsel - RSG Group
Elizabeth Ramirez-Washka, Associate General Counsel, VP of Diversity & Inclusion - Boy Scouts of America
Yvonne Skasko, Senior Counsel, Marketing & Advertising - Uber
Saundra Steinberg, Managing Counsel - Toyota Financial Services

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM | The Trailblazing GC: Driving ESG Initiatives Forward

It is proving to be a very unique time for businesses, as attention to ESG continues to become increasingly more significant. With circumstances that will impact the way leaders navigate forward, GCs are now expected to take the lead on ESG initiatives for their organizations. Navigating ESG initiatives can be particularly tricky, especially given the various regulations and codes of conduct to comply with.

Key Takeaways:

  • Reviewing how to be prepared to respond and take the lead in representing the organization’s values and priorities.
  • Highlighting the legal issues surrounding ESG disclosures and potential litigation risks that may arise.
  • Acknowledging the importance of learning and internalizing your company’s targets, metrics and priorities as it relates to ESG, and helping to ensure that the company uses them in decision-making at every level.
  • Considering how the GC can support the business in its diversity and inclusion goals, and foster diverse and equitable staffing. 

Vaishali Bhatia, Senior Vice President and General Counsel - HF Sinclair Corporation
Mike Sullivan, VP and Deputy General Counsel - Celanese Corporation
Jonathan Brightbill, Partner - Winston & Strawn LLP

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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Networking Cocktail Reception

Including a Whiskey Tasting Provided by Priori & Milam and Greene