Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference

MCCA’s Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference promotes the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession through programs focused on global diversity, inclusive leadership and talent optimization. This conference offers practical development tools and resources for individual lawyers and organizations, and hosts legal professionals and experts. Prior attendees have included thought leaders from companies such as Bank of America, Chevron, Dow Corning, DuPont, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, Nationwide, Procter & Gamble, Prudential, Target and Wells Fargo.

Conference attendees come to LEARN, CONNECT, and BE INSPIRED by MCCA’s extensive networking of leading lawyers from F1000 company law departments and top law firms.

October 2nd-4th, 2017

Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

Marriott Marquis
Phone: (1)877-303-0104

Rising Stars

JUNE CASALMIR

Assistant General Counsel—Marketing and Digital Media,
Verizon

Meet June

KIMBERLY Y. CHAINEY

Associate General Counsel, M&A, Strategy & Innovation
Avis Budget Group

Meet Kimberly

JORJA JACKSON

Senior Corporate Counsel
Salesforce.com

Meet Jorja

ATIF KHAWAJA

Partner
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Meet Atif

CORENA NORRIS

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation

Meet Corena

DIMITRI PORTNOI

Counsel
O’Melveny

Meet Dimitri

MELISSA C. RODRIGUEZ

Partner
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Meet Melissa

YANERIS M. ROSA

Assistant General Counsel
Honeywell International Inc.

Meet Yaneris

AMANDEEP SIDHU

Partner
McDermott Will & Emery

Meet Amandeep

DAVID SINGH

Partner
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Meet David

WILSON L. WHITE

Public Policy & Government Relations Director
Google

Meet Wilson

Event Agenda

Monday, October 2, 2017

5:30 pm –
7:30 pm

Welcome Cocktail Reception


Welcome Reception and Discussion: Breaking Barriers to Entry and Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders

Sponsored by MCCA 2017 Rising Stars and LMJ Scholars and LMJ Alumni Chair

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

7:30 am –
5:00 pm

Registration and Information Desk

7:30 am –
8:30 am

Networking Breakfast

Welcome breakfast and announcements

8:30 am –
5:00 pm

Diversity Career Expo

We know that in today’s world, career development and career mobility are closely intertwined, which is why we are offering an opportunity for our members to connect with each other in many different forums. This year, MCCA is excited to announce our Diversity Career Expo where prospective employers can connect with diverse talent from all over the country while promoting their legal department as an employer of choice. At the same time, it is a great opportunity for candidates to learn about the different companies and conduct information interviews to learn more why our member organizations may be key to career development.

If you are an interested prospective employer, who may or may not have a current open requisition but, would like to connect with diverse talent for long term planning, please contact Sophia.Piliouras@mcca.com for more details. If you are a member and interested in meeting some of the employers onsite, please contact Sophia.Piliouras@mcca.com for more details. Please keep in mind that any meeting does not in any way imply or guarantee an interview or a position. But, it is a forum for both parties to connect and learn more.

Please revisit periodically for updates on participating employers. This is our first soft launch of this program to identify and promote our members.

8:30 am –
5:45 pm

Pitch Session Network

 
In collaboration with:

Available only to HNBA Members and MCCA Members and Sponsors

During the 2017 Creating Pathways to Diversity conference, HNBA/MCCA members and MCCA sponsors, in-house counsel, law firms and legal service providers will have an opportunity to participate in our inaugural Pitch Session Network. The Pitch Session Network provides a platform for law firm attorneys and legal service providers to make meaningful connections with in-house counsel and other participants interested in legal services. These sessions also provide in-house counsel with the opportunity to diversify their service client portfolios and assist in holding law firms and legal service providers accountable for their diversity efforts.

Registration forms for in-house counsel and law firm/legal service providers will be found in the 2017 Creating Pathways to Diversity registration. Once you have selected to participate in Pitch Sessions you will be guided to complete the registration forms.

Please contact Kevin Wong at kevin.wong@mcca.com for any questions or concerns regarding our inaugural Pitch Session Network. Please sign up as in-house counsel (to hear pitches) or law firm attorneys and legal service providers (to give pitches) with the forms during registration.

For frequently asked questions, please click here.

9:00 am –
10:15 am

Women & Power: Getting Ambitious for Ambition

Do you feel ambivalent about acknowledging your ambition or desire to seek power? Have you, at times, ceded or deflected your ambition? Did you used to feel ambitious and now feel that drive has dissipated? Or, is your ambition strong yet the receptivity to any of your expressed desires for promotion and power been discouraged, diminished or even received with outright hostility. At this session, you will be inspired by a distinguished panel who will talk about how to get ambitious about ambition. We will debate the awkwardness for some women around ambition and the need to overcome such reticence in order to seek and develop power. We will wrestle with the thorny challenges of overcoming the naysayers and those who may want to thwart our ambitious efforts. We will also address the fear of exposing our true desires as well as the tension that some feel that our ambitions may conflict with our aspirations outside of work. Participants will leave the session inspired to further develop and nurture their ambitions as well as cultivate strategies to sustain and achieve them.

Intersection of Ethics & Diversity (Ethics CLE)

Managing a Multigenerational Workforce

What’s the best way to connect across generations, from Millennials to GenX’ers to Baby Boomers? How can law firms and corporate law departments leverage the experience of its older professionals and its savvy younger attorneys? This program will discuss myths, motivations, and management practices for effective communication and collaboration with colleagues of all ages.

10:30 am –
11:45 am

Power and Pitfalls: Best Practices to Select the Right ADR Professional

Engaging the right neutral (mediator or arbitrator) for a certain matter is crucial for efficient, cost-effective results. This panel of neutrals who are also in-house legal officers and law firm partners have served on both sides of the table – as mediator/arbitrator and counsel in various proceedings. They will discuss how general counsel can make an impact and implement change in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings by engaging in a thoughtful process to select the right neutral, and how best to anticipate possible challenges to neutral disclosures, to avoid derailing the proceedings, and key institutional services available to users. The panel will also address the lack of diversity in the demographics of the neutrals selected in ADR proceedings and provide fundamental guidelines to what the new arbitrator and ADR Community should and could be doing to diversify their profession.

Enlisting “Good Guys” As Key Allies

Even as diversity and inclusion initiatives are becoming the norm, actual gender parity and racial diversity has stagnated. Despite “stocking the pipeline” and mentoring programs, retention and advancement for minority attorneys have often stalled because the majority of D&I efforts fail to involve a key ally in the existing power structure—influential white heterosexual men. To continue making progress, it is incumbent on ALL attorneys to promote the values of diversity.

This panel will discuss:

  • The business case for diversity and why non-minority attorneys should be involved
  • Effective ways to engage key allies and build relationships
  • How to enact change, individually and organizationally

Mandating Diversity: The Inclusion Clause


The percentage of minority attorneys in Am Law 200 and NLJ 250 law firms saw small incremental gains from 15.0 percent in 2015 to 15.6 in 2016. Similarly, among the partnership ranks, minority attorneys grew modestly from 8.2 percent in 2015 to 8.6 in 2016. Seeking to increase these numbers, some general counsels have started using a stick instead of or in addition to the carrot (i.e., bonus fees if diversity targets are met). In the form of mandates with the consequence of losing fees and additional work, these general counsels are starting to require more diversity among their outside counsel, including relationship partners and billing attorneys. This panel will discuss the value of such mandates, their implementation, and their effect on outside counsel decisions.

12:00 pm –
1:30 pm

Networking Lunch and Transgender Trailblazers Discussion

A major change is underway in today’s workplace. What is life like as a transgender attorney? Join us in a discussion on some of the obstacles and unexpected advantages of being an openly transgender attorney practicing in the current environment. Where living an authentic life is more an act of survival than an act of courage. Learn about the unique personal and professional journeys of these trailblazers that have conquered adversity and helped usher in policies that affirm and support the LGBTQ community in the legal profession.

1:45 pm –
3:00 pm

Blueprinting for Success: Developing Plans for Success in Sponsorship, Promotion, Networking, Leadership & Flexibility


In today’s competitive workplace, it is no longer enough to be a top notch professional. What are the intangibles that differentiate those professionals who thrive and those who wither? During this session, attendees will discover the five challenging areas where professionals should focus.

These include:
1. Sponsorship and Strategic Alliances;
2. Promotion and Self-Promotion;
3. Networking and Business Development;
4. Leadership and Executive Presence; and,
5. Work/Life Balance and Flexibility.

After gaining an understanding of the challenges, attendees will learn tangible steps to better navigate their way. Attendees will leave the program, armed with feedback and inspiration, to develop the skill sets they need to gain the success and status they want.

Corporate Crisis Management : How General Counsel Anticipate and Respond to Critical Risks

This past year, companies and organizations faced an array of crises that forced them to confront some of their worst nightmares. And general counsel were at the front lines. By definition, a crisis arises precisely because the problem is unforeseen and unexpected, and the GC is usually the one tasked to devise an immediate response plan. When the monster rears its ugly head, the crisis can come in many forms, such as a regulatory subpoena concerning a serious legal violation that may have occurred, an unexpected class action lawsuit presenting financial peril to the company, or a potentially serious data breach involving customers’ personal data. Our panel of senior legal leaders, will discuss lessons learned from being in the heat of a corporate crisis and the leadership role GCs play. They will also discuss how to prepare a comprehensive and multi-pronged strategy that focuses on managing the crisis through communication, fact-gathering, document holds, and prevention / mitigation / rectification best practices.

Combating Diversity Fatigue

Although diversity training and inclusion initiatives have become a popular corporate effort in the past three decades, have these programs become worn out? Are companies and firms just checking the box? There is a sense of frustration in the lack of progress and a sense of fatigue at the personal and organizational level. What to do when the burden of diversity efforts always fall on the same few minority attorneys or when the same message is play over and over with the same results? This panel will discuss ways to address diversity fatigue and ways to involve all shareholders and integrate effective personnel practices.

MCCA Informational Session


Upcoming MCCA Research and MCCA/Vault Law Firm Diversity Survey and Database

3:30 pm –
5:00 pm

Women Leaders in the Law: Breaking Barriers to Entry

Many have said that 2016 was the year of women. Some thought that a woman would break the highest glass ceiling in our nation to see their first female President of the United States. Although that has yet to become a reality, women leaders in our profession have been actively leading the charge (more than ever) to break barriers and change the status quo in pay and leadership positions.

During this plenary session, women leaders will share how they are disrupting both quietly and loudly the status quo, share best practices on how women at all stages of their careers can effectuate positive changes by collaborating with one another and with men, our most powerful ally.

5:00 pm –
6:30 pm

Networking Cocktail Reception

6:30 pm –
9:30 pm

Pathways Honors

Awards Ceremony and Fireside Chat: Diversity Disruptors: How are men championing and effectuating change?

Pathways Honors will include a cocktail reception, elegant dinner, and awards program that will recognize MCCA’s 2017 Rising Stars, Vashon Innovator Award honorees and the recipient of the Paula L. Ettelbrick Award.

The Vashon Innovator Award is named for scholar, abolitionist and lawyer George B. Vashon, who was the first licensed African American attorney in New York State and one of the first admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. As part of the annual Creating Pathways Conference, the award is given to smaller companies (not in the Fortune 1000) and law firms (less than 500 attorneys) that have led the way with innovative best practices to assist diverse attorneys.

The Paula L. Ettelbrick Award celebrates unparalleled achievement by an individual or an organization in advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender attorneys. The award is named for the late Paula L. Ettelbrick whose quarter-century of work for organizations like Lambda Legal Defense, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the International Lesbian and Gay Human Rights Commission assisted thousands of individuals.

MCCA’s 2017 Rising Stars also will be honored during Pathways Honors. Each Rising Star will be recognized on stage for his/her professional achievements and commitment to improving his/her community.

10:00 pm –
12:00 am

MCCA at Night

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

7:30 am –
8:30 am

Networking Breakfast

8:30 am –
12:30 pm

MCCA Exchange (MCCA Members only event)

The Exchange is a MCCA member-only networking breakfast that provides an opportunity for in-house counsel to network with their peers and expand their rolodex with other MCCA Member corporations, MCCA Law Firm members, and sponsoring organizations. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet MCCA’s in-house members, law firm affiliates, and sponsors.

Pitch Session Network

Available only to Members and Sponsors

During the 2017 Creating Pathways to Diversity conference, MCCA members and sponsors, in-house counsel, law firms and legal service providers will have an opportunity to participate in MCCA’s inaugural Pitch Session Network. The Pitch Session Network provides a platform for law firm attorneys and legal service providers to make meaningful connections with in-house counsel and other participants interested in legal services. These sessions also provide in-house counsel with the opportunity to diversify their service client portfolios and assist in holding law firms and legal service providers accountable for their diversity efforts.

Registration forms for in-house counsel and law firm/legal service providers will be found in the 2017 Creating Pathways to Diversity registration. Once you have selected to participate in the Pitch Sessions Network you will be guided to complete the registration forms.

Please contact Kevin Wong at kevin.wong@mcca.com for any questions or concerns regarding our inaugural Pitch Session Network. Please sign up as in-house counsel (to hear pitches) or law firm attorneys and legal service providers (to give pitches) with the forms during registration.

9:00 am –
12:30 pm

The Blueprint for Selling and Buying: Creating Professional Success for Outside and In-House Counsel

Through instruction and experiential learning participants will work together to learn skills and behaviors for building successful business relationships. Outside Counsel will have the opportunity to work in teams to develop a formal pitch from a mock RFQ for legal services, which will be presented to real in-house counsel and the Blueprint coaches. In-House Counsel will learn more about best practices in assessing and retaining Outside Counsel.

12:30 pm –
5:00 pm

Optional Activities

New York City Activities for Out-of-Town Attendees (additional fees will apply)

Registration and Fees

Early Bird Rates available until August 31, 2017

Registration TypeLaw FirmIn-House
Counsel
Government/
Non-Profit
Early Bird Non-member Rate$695$575$500
Early Bird Member Rate$595$475N/A
Non-Member Rate after 8/31/17$795$675$600
Member Rate after 8/31/17$695$575N/A

Payment Message

All Major Credit Cards accepted.

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MCCA Law Firm and Corporate Members: Please note as part of your membership benefits you may be entitled to complimentary registrations and the Member rate for conference registration. Members must enter their Member Validation Code and select Apply on the payment page to receive the Member registration rate. To learn more contact membership@mcca.com.

Cancellations & Substitutions

All cancellations must be received in writing; telephone cancellations will not be accepted. Cancellations received in writing before August 31, 2017 will be fully refunded minus a $100.00 processing fee. Individuals canceling in writing after August 31 but prior to September 15 will receive a 50% refund minus a $100.00 processing fee. If written confirmation of cancellation is not received by September 15, no refunds will be issued of any kind. Cancellations and requests for substitutions should be submitted to events@mcca.com.

Financial Hardship Policy

MCCA, at its discretion, may reduce or waive the conference fee for any attorney, member or non-member, who wishes to attend the conference, but for whom the cost would be a financial hardship. Requests for tuition waiver will not be accepted on-site. Requests for tuition waiver, along with an explanation of hardship, must be received in writing at least 28 business days prior to the program. To receive detailed instructions or to submit a request for a fee reduction or waiver e-mail education@mcca.com.

Special Requirements

Please advise the Pathways team if you have any special needs for facilities, visual aids or dietary requirements at events@mcca.com.

Pathways Co-Chairs

A.B. Cruz, III
(Honorary Co-Chair)

MCCA Chair,
Enterprise Shared Services,
Senior Vice President,
Chief Legal Office,
USAA

Samantha C. Grant
(Pathways Co-Chair)

Partner,
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter
& Hampton LLP

Reginald M. Raush
(Pathways Co-Chair)

General Counsel &
Corporate Secretary,
Rakuten Marketing, LLC

Event Sponsors

MCCA would like to thank all our generous sponsors who support the MCCA’s 2017 Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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