2020 Virtual Global TEC Forum
The Virtual Global TEC Forum was the first of its kind and provided attendees an opportunity to speak directly with 40+ legal leaders on a virtual platform. We were able to bring our community together and discuss how diversity, inclusion and equity has been affected by this global pandemic and how we can reach across the aisle and unite as one voice and collectively amplify our efforts.
We thank each of you for joining us! Together we are stronger. Together we can create change. Together we will #RiseUnited.
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MAY 6, 2020
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT
Virtual Global TEC Forum Highlights
Continuing Legal Education
- Courageous Leadership
- Cybersecurity and The Board: Governance and Best Practices
- ESG Strategy: Accelerating D&I Is Essential to Remain Competitive with A New Generation of Investors
- Inclusive Leadership During Time of Crisis
- Intel Case Study: Allyship – The Key to Unlocking the Power of Diversity, Inclusion & Equity
- The Importance of Racial Awareness in Leadership
- The Legal Intersection of Diversity & Technology
MCCA would like to thank all of our generous sponsors who supported MCCA’s 2020 Virtual Global TEC Forum.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
*Please note the agenda times are in EDT.
Welcome and Opening Remarks from MCCA’s CEO & President, Jean Lee
The Importance of Racial Awareness in Leadership
This session was filmed at the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s 2019 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference.
While the focus has been on the need for in-house counsel and law firms to change as an organization, the key for real change towards a more diverse and inclusive legal profession is for law firm and legal department leadership to have more racial awareness and empathy. The panel will delve into their personal experiences with racism in the profession and the importance for leaders to create a more inclusive work culture.
The three general counsels on the panel are also joined by Dr. Courtney Cogburn, lead creator, together with the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab and Columbia University Research Lab, of the 1000 Cut Journey, an immersive virtual reality experience that examines racism through virtual reality. The panel will share their experience with the 1000 Cut Journey and will examine how virtual reality can be a useful tool to create racial awareness among law firm and legal department leadership.
- Dr. Courtney Cogburn – CEO & Founder, Cogburn Group LLC
- Duane Holloway – Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer & Corporate Secretary, United States Steel Corporation
- Michele Coleman Mayes – Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, The New York Public Library
- Samuel Reeves – Former Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Walmart International, Walmart, Inc.
Q&A with The Importance of Racial Awareness panelists
Inclusive Leadership During Time of Crisis
The transition to a new way of working in the context of a global pandemic presents both challenges and opportunities for promoting diversity, inclusion and equity. Before COVID-19, the business imperatives for diversity, inclusion and equity had become quite clear, with commitment to and investment in D&I on the rise across the globe.
Now in this new reality, it is more important than ever for corporations and law firms to practice inclusive leadership. The spread of misinformation and fear increases the risks of bias, xenophobia and racism (especially against people of Asian descent) that impact people in the workplace and our communities. Therefore, corporations and law firms must take innovative and bold steps to continue to strengthen diversity and build inclusive and equitable cultures while navigating our new reality.
This program will discuss how inclusive leaders are prioritizing diversity, inclusion and equity in the face of this crisis and what strategies and best practices they are implementing.
Tina Shah Paikeday – Head of Global D&I Advisory Services, Russell Reynolds Associates
- Deneen Donnley – Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Consolidated Edison Company of New York
- Seth Weissman – Chief Legal Officer, Marqeta, Inc.
- Donna Wilson – Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Sources of Success: Navigating Your Career During Challenging Times
The impact of COVID-19 is having a profound impact on the economy. With the world of work changing daily, how do you manage a career change during a time of extreme uncertainty? Given the fluid situation, we don’t have all the answers, but hope to share information with you to help you adapt to the challenges we all are facing.
This panel of legal leaders will discuss how to navigate and adjust your career in this new COVID-19 era and share their own professional journeys.
Jennifer Ivan – Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
- Michelle Cooke – Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
- Rodney Pratt – Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Converse Inc.
- Tom Robertson – Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
Q&A with Inclusive Leadership During Time of Crisis panelists
Q&A with Navigating Your Career During Challenging Times panelists
Sponsor Spotlight – VMWare
MCCA Board Chair Welcome From Ripple’s General Counsel, Stuart Alderoty
The Legal Intersection of Diversity & Technology
This program will discuss the legal intersection of technology and diversity and how in-house and outside lawyers can be most effective in helping clients make smarter decisions about technology that will have a positive impact on society.
- Think more strategically about the impact their clients’ new products, innovations, business models, etc. have on diversity;
- Help clients identify opportunities to optimize the positive benefits to society for new technologies and protect against misuses by others;
- Consider the public policy and legal ramifications likely to arise as technology proliferates and how lawyers can solve them; and
- Promote and leverage diversity to achieve better business outcomes.
- Judy Jennison – Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
- Dominique Shelton Leipzig – Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
- Neal Suggs – Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
Q&A with The Legal Intersection of Diversity & Technology panelists
Leading During Times of Crisis – A Conversation with MCCA’s Board
This program will continue our discussion on inclusive leadership with MCCA Board members on how general counsel are prioritizing diversity, inclusion and equity in the face of this crisis, partnering with outside counsel and what strategies and best practices they are implementing as the world navigates a global pandemic.
Kenneth Polite, Jr. – Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
- Stuart Alderoty – General Counsel, Ripple
- Damien Atkins – Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, The Hershey Company
- Amy Fliegelman Olli – Senior Vice President & General Counsel, VMware, Inc.
Q&A with Leading During Times of Crisis panelists
Cybersecurity and the Board: Governance and Best Practices
In the wake of major data breaches, Boards are more focused than ever on cybersecurity and fulfilling their fiduciary duties around risk and oversight. In this session, we will briefly review the law and the duties that apply to directors. We will focus heavily on practical strategies and best practices for driving Board engagement, giving them the right tools to oversee cybersecurity risk, creating long-term partnership, and strategies to deal with the thorny issues that come up. At the end of this session, participants will obtain practical advice and strategies for engaging the Board of Directors on cybersecurity risk.
- Gary Eppinger – Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Carnival Corporation & PLC
- Carolyn Frantz – Senior Counsel, Orrick
- Aravind Swaminathan – Partner, Orrick
Q&A with Cybersecurity and the Board: Governance and Best Practices panelists
ESG Strategy: Accelerating D&I is Essential to Remain Competitive with a New Generation of Investors
In the past decade, environmental, social and governance (ESG) values have become increasingly important for businesses globally. Initially, financial firms were slow to define an ESG strategy and were not convinced that having a long-term strategy focused on ESG would result in higher returns. But that’s no longer the case.
Fund CEOs are under pressure from shareholders, clients, employees and activists to use their resources to fight climate change or address a raft of other issues, such as workplace diversity or corporate governance around executive compensation. In October 2018, we began to see seismic shifts in investor demands, specifically with the State of California passing a law requiring publicly-traded companies based in the state to include at least one woman on their boards by the end of 2019. This number is set to increase by 2021 and we saw a few other states followed suit.
Savvy Investors are seeking higher standards and well-thought out long-term strategies from the companies they are interested in investing. And as wealth shifts to millennials, who are focused on ESG impact and want to work with companies who value stakeholder over shareholder, ESG strategies are the key markers for sustainable value.
This panel will discuss the important role of ESGs and how the general counsel can play an integral role in shaping the social and governance strategies for their respective companies for sustainable growth and value.
Cynthia Dow – Managing Director, Head of Global Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates
- Andrew Droste – Board Advisory Specialist, Russell Reynolds Associates
- Anthony Goodman – Managing Director, Board & CEO Advisory, Russell Reynolds Associates
- Rick Hansen – Assistant General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, General Motors Company
We need brave leaders. And as we face an economic recession and working remotely during a pandemic the need for courage is critical. It takes courageous leadership to increase diversity and improve inclusion. In this session, we will unpack what it means to be a courageous and inclusive leader and how to be a change agent for disrupting and mitigating the obstacles to diversity in the legal profession.
Kori Carew – Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Intel Case Study: Allyship – The Key to Unlocking the Power of Diversity, Inclusion & Equity
Thanks to the vision and leadership of Paul Hastings, MCCA partnered with Paul Hastings, its clients and our corporate members, to closely examine how corporations and its leaders are changing culture in their organizations. We examined three different industries across the country: pharmaceuticals, technology and finance. This session discusses our second case study in the series and focuses on Intel’s experiences in weaving diversity, inclusion and equity into the core of its culture and business strategy. At Intel today, the discussions around business strategy and diversity inclusion are one deeply interrelated discussion.
Tiffany Smith – Partner, WilmerHale
- Evangelina Almirantearena – Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Antitrust & Commercial Litigation, Intel Corporation
- Allon Stabinsky – Senior Vice President & Chief Deputy General Counsel, Law & Policy Group, Intel Corporation
Q&A with ESG panelists
Q&A with Kori Carew
Q&A with Intel Case Study panelists
Closing Remarks from MCCA’s CEO & President, Jean Lee
Networking Reception by Regions
Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest and West
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Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Antitrust & Commercial Litigation,
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Senior Vice President,
General Counsel & Secretary,
The Hershey Company
Senior Vice President
& General Counsel,
Consolidated Edison Company of New York
Board Advisory Specialist,
Russell Reynolds Associates
Assistant General Counsel & Corporate Secretary,
General Motors Company
Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO),
Carnival Corporation & PLC
Senior Vice President,
General Counsel, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer & Corporate Secretary,
United States Steel Corporation
Assistant General Counsel,
Michele Coleman Mayes
Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary,
The New York Public Library
Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary,
Amy Fliegelman Olli
Senior Vice President & General Counsel,
Former Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Walmart International,
Tina Shah Paikeday
Head of Global D&I Advisory Services,
Russell Reynolds Associates
Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel,
Senior Vice President & Chief Deputy General Counsel, Law and Policy Group
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner,
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP