2019 Agenda

Earn Up To 13 CLE Credits - Including 2 Ethics Credits, 1 Diversity and 1 Mental Health/Substance Abuse Credit

May 21, 2019

7:30 AM - | Registration Opens


8:30 AM - 8:40 AM | Opening Remarks


8:40 AM - 9:40 AM | Keynote Address: Minimizing Corporate Exposure in the Face of a Global Security Risk

In today's age of technology, data breaches are occurring more and more every day. Many large corporations struggle with the intel needed to avoid these attacks, and as security flaws continue to be exploited, more companies' valuable information is becoming exposed for the taking. In this keynote presentation, Cybersecurity Expert and International TV Commentator Adriana Sanford, will outline that GCs and in-house counsel need to know when facing a security risk. This session will also discuss how the regulation of global threats from jurisdictions outside the US can create corporate exposure, and what GCs can do to minimize risk in the face of a global threat.
 
Speaker:
Adriana SanfordCyber Security Expert, International TV Commentator, Strategic International Consultant & Author

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM | GCs and Their Greatest Challenges

What’s keeping GCs up at night? With the role of the GC expanding to encompass more strategic leadership across the organization and collaborating with the C-suite, corporate counsels are concerned with driving business more than ever. This session will explore how GCs and corporate counsels are dealing with the most pressing strategic business, compliance and regulatory challenges their organizations are facing.
 
Speakers:
Kim Brown, Global Chief Legal Officer, Sedgwick
Justin HeatherFormer General Counsel, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Brandon SmithSenior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Tenneco
 
Moderator:
Steve Kovalan, Director of Research, ALM Intelligence

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM | Morning Networking Break

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Risk, Regulatory & Global Trade Compliance

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Keeping Up with EPA & EHS Regulatory Compliance


Myles Culhane - Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Lisa Funderburg - Olin Corporation
Brett Sago - Eastman Chemical Company
Andy Bajorat - BBJ Group
Business Transactions & Data Privacy

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Dissecting Healthcare M&A: The Rise of Non-Traditional Transactions


Robyn Eckerling - Allscripts
Dan Lantry - American Medical Association
Sheea Sybblis - Boehringer Ingelheim
Rich Tinsley - Stoneridge Partners
Business Partner Strategies

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

GCs as Leaders: Balancing the Needs of the CEO, Board & Corporation


Ignacio Cortina - Oshkosh Corporation
Michelle Tidjani - Henry Ford Health System
Georgia Vlamis - FreightCar America
Brian Frontino - Stroock

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM | Lunch


Risk, Regulatory & Global Trade Compliance

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Tariffs, Trade Wars & the Global Supply Chain


Elisebeth Collins - Caterpillar Inc
Shama Patari - Lenovo
Squire Servance - Baxter International
Jonathan Fink - TSI Global Consulting
Jill Hurley - Livingston International
Business Transactions & Data Privacy

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Crisis Management 101: Reputational Risk & How to Develop an Action Plan for Immediate Response


Linda Dubnow - TransUnion
Stephanie Seay Kelly - Chicago State University
Kristopher Keys - Exelon
Melissa Ventrone - Clark Hill PLC
Business Partner Strategies

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

GC and Finance: Understanding the P&L


Jennifer Coyne - Transdev North America
Cecil B Lucy - DuSable Museum of African American History
Stefan K Schnopp - Sprint
Tim Bruno - Axiom

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Session Transition Break


Risk, Regulatory & Global Trade Compliance

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Cheaper, Faster, Better: Unlocking the Potential of AI & Blockchain Technology to Improve and Enable Legal Services


Sachin Kothari - AT&T
Seth McCallister - HUB International
Brooke Miechel - GE Transportation
Cat Casey - DISCO
Business Transactions & Data Privacy

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

2019 HIPAA Update: Enforcing Privacy & Security Standards


Tracy Berns - AMAG Pharmaceuticals
Tami Horton - Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Elizabeth Ortmann-Vincenzo - Express Scripts
Charlotte Tschider - DePaul University
Business Partner Strategies

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

GC as the Corporate Culture Influencer: Implementing D&I Across the Workplace


Matt Nolan - Heico Companies
Jim Rogers - Cars.com
Vania Wit - United Airlines
Doug Harris - The Kaleidoscope Group

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM | Afternoon Networking Break


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Roundtables

*Please note that Roundtable topics are subject to change*
 
Roundtable 1: Women, Influence & Power in Law
The lack of diversity in legal departments is a long-standing issue, especially considering the lack of women represented in leadership roles. This roundtable will discuss the issue of gender inequality in the legal space, discuss how women lawyers are fighting to drive diversity and equality in corporate legal departments, how women can become leaders within their organizations. 
 
Moderator:
Heather Nevitt, Editor-in-Chief - Inside Counsel, Corporate Counsel & Texas Lawyer, ALM 
Carrie Adams, Chief of Staff - Bodhala
 
Roundtable 2: Emerging Tech
Technology is all the rage in the legal world, though many in-house lawyers are stuck muddling through all of the different types of technology available in trying to find the right fit for their teams. From cloud computing to AI, adtech, martech, and more -- this roundtable discussion will provide an overview of some recent transactions in technology, use cases for each, and illustrate how legal teams can utilize these tools to maximize productivity and efficiency.
 
Moderator:
Michael Butt, Senior Product Manager, FOSSA
 
Roundtable 3: Litigating Software Implementation Failures
Implementing Enterprise Resource Planning software can be a tremendously expensive, time-consuming and risky undertaking for companies. These software platforms are typically licensed from large software providers and often implemented by large consulting firms. Because ERP implementations are major strategic initiatives that impact most of a company’s operations and consume substantial resources, failures – when they occur – can be particularly damaging. Failed ERP projects have impaired companies’ relations with customers, suppliers, investors and regulators while sapping morale and causing extensive financial losses.  So what are your company's options when your software implementation goes wrong, and what steps can you take to address and mitigate the risks, whether before or after the software “goes live?” In this Roundtable discussion, we will explore the legal issues surrounding ERP software implementation failure and how GCs can be proactive to reduce the inherent risk and manage the potential fallout.
 
Moderator:
Mark Ressler, Partner, Kasowitz Benson Torres
 
Roundtable 4: Using Data to Manage State Court Litigation
In this roundtable discussion, learn about the fragmented state court system, along with detailed examples of the cost and availability of state court collection of data, as well as how useful analytics can be built from such data. We'll look at how other in house departments are managing outside litigation and researching opposing counsel at the state court level, as well as how litigation analytics can generally be used to manage spend and achieve better outcomes.
 
Moderator:
Justin Brownstone, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Gavelytics
 
Roundtable 5: Experiences with Litigation Finance
There’s a lot of talk that third-party litigation funding is on the rise in civil cases, however most lawyers haven’t yet used it. How does the funding process actually work, and what are the risks involved? This session will discuss the bare bones of litigation funding, as well as the pros and cons for all involved.
 
Moderator:
Justin Barker, Investment Manager & Legal Counsel, Validity Finance
 
Roundtable 6: Small Law Department
When running a small legal department, GCs must handle legal issues and act as adviser, compliance officer and staff manager all rolled into one. In this roundtable discussion, speak to the experts who will answer your questions on how to provide value with small budget and staff.
 
Moderator:
Roger Marks, Former Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, H2O Plus

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Meet the Thought-Leaders and Networking Reception


May 22, 2019

8:00 AM - | Registration Opens


8:30 AM - 8:35 AM | Opening Remarks


8:40 AM - 9:40 AM | The GC’s Role in Creating an Ethical Business Culture

In today’s era of #MeToo and #Time’sUp, among other things, there’s been a lot of talk of what exactly constitutes a “strong ethical culture”. Building a strong corporate culture requires hard work, but if employees have an appreciation of how their company defines ethical behavior and how it expects them to behave, it triggers fewer investigations and internal control audits. In addition to keeping up a morally good reputation, culture acts as a unitive force that conveys the company’s true essence; making it easier to navigate through the hard times. In this session, GCs and in-house counsel discuss the business benefits of a strong ethical culture, how ethics is valued in their corporations, and what work needs to be put in from the company and its employees to achieve success.
 
Speakers:
Christine Castellano, Former Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer, Ingredion
Meredith RitchieVice President, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer, Alliant Credit Union
Stephanie Shirley, Senior Counsel – Labor, Employment & Compliance, Brunswick Corporation
Penny TehraniManaging Director & Head of Corporate Legal, Nomura
 
Moderator:
Howard Lavin, Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM | Morning Networking Break


Government Investigations & Customer Protection

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Effects of GDPR & State Privacy Laws: How Data Protection Impacts Your Business


Bruce Daise - H&R Block
Gretchen Herault - GE Healthcare
Brock Wanless - Groupon
Mathew Lewis - Axiom
Law Department Operations

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Developing a LegalOps Department in Your Organization


Heather Bardeleben - Adtalem Global Education
Carol Bouw - Xcel Energy
Saumil Mehta - Gogo
Sam Ranganathan - AbbVie
Charlene Foss - LexisNexis
Executive Leadership Strategies (Closed-Door Conversations - In-House Counsel Only)

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The Complexity of GCs Roles: Playing Defense & Offense


Brenda Furlow - Bio-Techne
Heather  Nevitt  - ALM

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM | Session Transition Break


Government Investigations & Customer Protection

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Managing High-Stakes Internal & Government Investigations


Jennifer Diana - Standard Chartered Bank
Maria Doughty - Allstate
Tasheika Hinson - Vanguard
Laura J Lazarczyk - Zurich North America
Ken Mathieu - Charles River Associates
Law Department Operations

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Legal Dept Performance Analytics: Function Like a Business Unit


Amy Au - BCD Travel
Brian Edge - Mastercard
Chad Walker - Morton Salt
Vandana Dhamija - Legal Operations Consulting
Executive Leadership Strategies (Closed-Door Conversations - In-House Counsel Only)

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Building Bridges with Internal Stakeholders


Sean Major - Air Products
Heather  Nevitt  - ALM

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM | Lunch


Government Investigations & Customer Protection

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Adapting to CFPB Regulation Guidelines


Amanda Daeges - US Bank
Jacqueline Jackson - Century Federal Credit Union
Markena Peavy - MB Financial Bank
Katherine Haennicke - CIBC
Law Department Operations

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Utilizing Tech to Transform the Legal Department


John Albright - HUB International
Douglas Beck - Hub Group
Dennis Garcia - Microsoft
Cory Sumsion - eBay
Owen Byrd - Lex Machina
Executive Leadership Strategies (Closed-Door Conversations - In-House Counsel Only)

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Improving Negotiation Tactics and the Ability to Influence


Anwar Shatat - Guaranteed Rate
Steve Kovalan - ALM Intelligence

2:20 PM - 3:20 PM | Law Department Management: Managing Your Employees' Mental Wellbeing

It’s not surprising that legal work is an exhausting and mentally-taxing field. There have been many cases of law department employees experiencing mental health-related issues stemming from their job’s emotionally-draining nature, and ultimately leading to them burning out or relying on alcohol or other addictive substances to help alleviate some of the stress. Employers have to play a key role in supporting employees’ mental health, and many organizations are now starting to take notice and institute programs that help their employees manage their emotional, physical and occupational wellbeing. In this session, GCs and in-house counsel weigh in on the importance of managing stress in a healthy way -- the ability to identify and manage emotions to support mental health, maintaining a proper diet and nutrition, while minimizing the use of addictive substances, and cultivating personal satisfaction, growth and enrichment in work -- and discuss the steps that their organizations are taking to promote a healthy work/life balance and positive mental health.
 
Speakers:
Tracy Kepler, Director, Center for Professional Responsibility, American Bar Association
Kim Metrick, Vice President, Employment Law, Legal Operations & Investigations, Walgreens Boots Alliance
Theresa Shea, Vice President & General Counsel, True Value
Rebecca A. Simon, Lecturer & Co-Director, USC Gould School of Law Peak Performance Program, University of California, Irvine School of Law

3:20 PM - 3:30 PM | Closing Remarks