GLL Women's Day Agenda
Thursday 2 February 2023
Soho House, New York
08:50 am - 09:00 am | Opening Comments from the Co-Chairs
09:00 am - 10:00 am | Opening Keynote
Alex Lazarus, Behaviour Change Scientist, Executive Coach, Facilitator and Change Agent
10:00 am - 10:45 am | Speaking Up on Social Change
Increasingly, shareholders are expecting organisations to respond and take a stronger stand on social change and injustice, for instance, Roe v Wade, Russian Sanctions and Black Lives Matter. Here, the speakers will discuss the role of the in-house profession in the context of the social change that we are seeing. They will share their thoughts on how General Counsel can help businesses publicly respond and will outline the strategies you can adopt to navigate the global social issues in a way that is inclusive.
Erin Meszaros, Chief Business Development and Client Service Officer, Eversheds Sutherlands
10:45 am - 11:10 am | Coffee Break
11:10 am - 11:55 am | Raw Authenticity - Controlling Your Narrative
Authenticity is often spoken about in terms of general leadership styles but the conversation needs to move beyond that to break down stereotypes. Each woman has her path, and the idea of the “superwomen” can be unhelpful for junior colleagues. Our speakers will explore what it means to be truly authentic and will discuss if raw honesty is beneficial.
Susan Stone, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, CNA
Karen Turner McWilliams, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, SAIC
Kate Gonzalez, Associate General Counsel, Chief of Staff, Capital One
11:55 am - 12:40 pm | Courageous Leadership and the Importance of Allies
What does it actually mean to be an ally? To be a true ally, leaders have to go above and beyond to put themselves on the line, which can at times mean giving up some of their privileges. Together our speakers will explore what it means to be a truly inclusive leader. They will share practical guidance on how to create an inclusive culture and will take questions from the floor on how to navigate the difficult situations that arise when instigating change.
Rhonda Powell, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, BuzzFeed
Amy Altshul, SVP, Head of Legal for Global R&D, Medical, Global Commercial Businesses, and Science and Innovation, GSK
12:40 pm - 1:30 pm | Leadership Mindset: A Year of Yes
Today, General Counsel can have a huge remit but how does your mindset affect how expansive your role can be? What would your year of yes look like? Confidence is such a key part of growing and developing as a leader. Yet, women can, at times, talk themselves out of opportunities (both personal and professional) as they want to tick every box before saying yes.They will share their tactical handbook on creating and delivering a plan for the legal function and will discuss how they stepped out of their comfort zone to propel their career.
Marcy Cohen, Managing Director, General Counsel and Head of Regulatory Affairs, ING Americas
Valerie Farkas, Global Head of Index Licensing and ESG Initiatives, Bloomberg
Elizabeth O'Callahan, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, NetApp
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm | Lunch and Continued Discussion
Table discussion - What is your purpose beyond GC?
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm | Closing Comments from the Co-Chairs
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm | Drinks and Networking