Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference. Pathways’ focus on global diversity and inclusion, talent optimization as well as dynamic leadership and management furthers our mission to advance the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys. We heard from phenomenal expert panels that provided guidance and new strategies for improving an organization’s diversity & inclusion programs, and introduced new initiatives such as MCCA Pitch Session Network and the Diversity Career Expo.

The Pitch Session Network allowed corporate law departments to directly connect with diverse attorneys, expand their service client portfolios and assist in holding law firms and legal service providers accountable for their inclusion efforts. One of the in-house participants let MCCA know “We really enjoyed participating, and we appreciated the dedicated pitch session time to have meaningful, uninterrupted conversations with outside counsel about their qualifications. I hope you will keep up the pitch sessions for future years.” To learn more about Pitch Session Network please visit https://www.mcca.com/events/pathways/pitch-session-network. We expect Pitch Session Network to return in a much larger format next year!

Additionally, MCCA debuted our Diversity Career Expo where prospective corporate employers connected with diverse talent from all over the country while promoting their legal department as an employer of choice. It was a fantastic opportunity for prospective candidates to learn about the different corporations, conduct informational interviews and learn why our member organizations may be the key to their career development. Diversity Career Expo job postings can be found at https://www.mcca.com/events/pathways/diversity-career-expo/.

Thank you again for being a part of the 2017 Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference and we hope you join us again in 2018!

2017 George B. Vashon Innovator Winners

Law Firm Winner

Corporate Law Department Winner

2017 Paula L. Ettelbrick Honoree – Evan Wolfson

Evan Wolfson is an internationally recognized civil rights lawyer and strategist. He was the founder and president of Freedom to Marry, the pioneering campaign which drove the successful strategy that won same-sex couples the right to marry throughout the United States. Widely acknowledged as the architect of the marriage equality movement, Evan has been an advocate for human rights around the world since 1983, when he wrote his Harvard Law School thesis on gay people and the freedom to marry.

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 Sponsors

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

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Event Agenda

Monday, October 2, 2017

5:30 pm –
7:30 pm

Welcome Cocktail Reception

Location: Liberty (8th floor)

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

Panelists:
Bryant Hall – LMJ Scholars Alumni Chair & Associate, Williams & Connolly LLP
Willie Hernandez – Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Catherine McGregor – Editor-in-Chief GC Magazine & Publishing Director at The Legal 500

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

Location:
Harlem (7th floor) (7:30am – 3:00pm)
Westside Ballroom (5th floor) (3:00 pm – 5:00 pm)

7:30 am –
8:30 am

Networking Breakfast

Location: Broadway Lounge / Marriott (8th floor)

Welcome breakfast and announcements

8:30 am –
5:00 pm

Diversity Career Expo

Location: North Pre-Function (7th floor)

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 launch our Diversity Career Expo where prospective corporate employers can connect with diverse talent from all over the country while promoting their legal department as an employer of choice. It is also a fantastic opportunity for prospective candidates to learn about the different corporations, conduct informational interviews and learn why our member organizations may be the key to their career development. 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 about each other.

We will also be posting current job openings at Pathways on the exhibit floor (7th floor), on our conference mobile app, and all participating employers will receive digital copies of the submitted resumes before the Career Expo.

If you are a prospective job candidate or simply want to learn more about your career mobility, please register here Pathways Conference Registration. Once you have registered (or if you have already registered) please submit your resume as a PDF file (last name, first name) to Sophia Piliouras at sophia.piliouras@mcca.com no later than 8pm EST, Thursday, September 28. This is a strict deadline. If you do not submit your resume by the due date in the correct format noted above, your resume will not be submitted digitally to participating employers.

Participating Corporate Law Departments:

  • Microsoft
  • Amazon
  • State Farm
  • Nationwide, and more!

If you are an interested prospective corporate employer, who may or may not have a current open requisition but, would like to connect with diverse talent for long term planning, or a member (corporate or law firm) interested in meeting some of the employers onsite, please contact sophia.piliouras@mcca.com for more details.

8:30 am –
5:00 pm

Pitch Session Network

In collaboration with:

Locations Vary

Available only to HNBA Members and MCCA Members and Sponsors

During the 2017 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference, HNBA members, MCCA law firm members, corporate law departments and legal service provider sponsors* will have the opportunity to participate in MCCA’s inaugural Pitch Session Network. This event provides a platform for diverse law firm attorneys and legal service providers to make meaningful connections with in-house counsel interested in legal services. These sessions also allow corporate law departments to connect with diverse attorneys, diversify their service client portfolios and assist in holding law firms and legal service providers accountable for their diversity efforts.

Application forms are available at the 2017 Creating Pathways to Diversity registration website (https://www.mcca.com/events/pathways/). Select Pitch Session Network and the appropriate classification for your organization (corporate law department, MCCA law firm member or legal service provider). Once you add the Pitch Sessions Network to your agenda, you will be guided to complete the Pitch Session Network application form.

Please contact Kevin Wong at kevin.wong@mcca.com with any questions or concerns regarding the MCCA Pitch Session Network.

*Legal service providers can participate in the Pitch Session Network as MCCA sponsors because they do not meet MCCA membership requirements. Law firms must be MCCA members to participate and cannot participate as sponsors.

For frequently asked questions, please click here.

9:00 am –
10:15 am

Women & Power: Getting Ambitious for Ambition

Location: Duffy / Columbia (7th Floor)

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.

Panelists:
Anne Lee Benedict – Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Summit Materials, Inc.
Deborah Epstein Henry – Co-Founder, Bliss Lawyers; Founder, DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing
Samantha Grant – Partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
LaTanya Langley – Vice President & General Counsel, BIC International

The Ethics of Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility (Ethics CLE)

Location: Hudson / Empire (7th Floor)

Good governance and reputation management are no longer optional for organizations of any size and with that now also comes the management of business practices such as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and diversity. Shareholders require companies to behave responsibly and ethically, and companies need to understand how giving back to the community is critical to both the bottom line and to the growth and health of their workforce. What is the value of ethical commitments in diversity and inclusion? What role do these commitments play in CSR? Who should influence corporate ethics? These are just a few of the questions that will be addressed during this session that will explore the legal and corporate value of ethical commitments and the benefits of building, developing and communicating robust D & I plans.

Panelists:
Darren T. Binder – Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Bon Secours Health System, Inc.
David L. Douglass – Managing Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Alicia Lowery Rosenbaum – Senior Corporate Attorney, Global Sales, Marketing & Operations Group, Microsoft Corporation

Managing a Multigenerational Workforce

Location: Times Square (7th Floor)

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.

Panelists:
An-Ping Hsieh – Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Hubbell Incorporated
Bonnie Pierson-Murphy – Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, IBM Corporation
Rodney C. Pratt – Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Converse Inc.
Debbie Tang – Partner, Bridge Partners LLC
Julie Totten – Partner, Orrick

10:30 am –
11:45 am

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

Location: Hudson / Empire (7th Floor)

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.

Panelists:
Theodore Cheng – Partner, Fox Horan & Camerini LLP
Lea Haber Kuck – Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
Yun G. Lee – Associate General Counsel, AIG
Richard J. Wallis – Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
Jeffrey Zaino – Vice President of the Commercial Division, American Arbitration Association

Enlisting “Good Guys” As Key Allies

Location: Duffy / Columbia (7th Floor)

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

Panelists:
Alice Hsu – Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Andrea (Andi) Mandell – Partner, Dentons (US) LLP
Reginald M. Rasch – General Counsel – Head of Legal, Rakuten USA, Inc.
Anthony Sharett – Vice President, Bank Legal, Nationwide Bank
Joseph E. Tilson – Co-Chair, Labor & Employment, Cozen O’Connor

Mandating Diversity: The Inclusion Clause

Location: Times Square (7th Floor)

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.

Panelists:
Rima J. Alaily – Assistant General Counsel, Diversity & Inclusion Lead for Corporate, External & Legal Affairs Department, Microsoft Corporation
Rosaleen Chou – Associate, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
William A. Delgado – Partner, Willenken Wilson Loh & Delgado LLP
Malvina Camejo Longoria – General Counsel, Strategy & Transformation, Mastercard
Christophe Mosby – Associate General Counsel and Vice President, HP, Inc.

12:00 pm –
1:30 pm

Networking Lunch and Transgender Trailblazers Discussion

Location: Broadway Lounge / Marriott (8th Floor)

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.

Panelists:
Blake Liggio – Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP
Jillian T. Weiss – Executive Director, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
Kelly Wessels – Senior Corporate Counsel, VF Outdoor, LLC

1:45 pm –
3:00 pm

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

Location: Duffy / Columbia (7th Floor)

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.

Panelist:
Deborah Epstein Henry – Co-Founder, Bliss Lawyers; Founder, DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing

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

Location: Hudson / Empire (7th Floor)

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.

Panelists:
Damien Atkins – General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Panasonic Corporation of North America
Mark Brennan – Partner, Hogan Lovells
Linda Lu – Senior Vice President, Property & Casualty Personal Lines Legal Team, Nationwide Insurance
Neil Wilcox – Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel, First Data Corporation

Combating Diversity Fatigue

Location: Times Square (7th Floor)

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.

Panelists:
Vijay Bondada – Vice President, Litigation, Duke Energy Corporation
David Levine – General Counsel, Bloomberg
Dawn Rosemond – Partner, Director of Diversity, Professional Development & Inclusion, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Sid Shenoy – Partner, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Andy Yoo – Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Pearson

MCCA Informational Session

Location: Chelsea (7th Floor)

Learn about upcoming research reports, new initiatives, and share suggestions for programs you’d like to see. Summaries of the 2017 Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Database and the Corporate Demographic Survey will be available. MCCA will introduce new research addressing hidden bias and new membership initiatives, such as secondment opportunities and advisory services to enhance your organization’s D&I efforts. MCCA and its partners will be available for any questions about these new programs and research.

Panelists:
Vera Djordjevich – Managing Director, Research & Consulting, Vault.com, Inc.
Tammy Patterson – CEO and President, The NALP Foundation
Julie Peng – Counsel, Director of Training and Membership Development, MCCA

3:30 pm –
5:00 pm

Women Leaders in the Law: Breaking Barriers to Entry

Location: Westside Ballroom (Salons 1 & 2) (5th Floor)

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.

Panelists:
Cristina A. Carvalho – Managing Partner, Arent Fox LLP
Michelle C. Ifill – Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Verizon Corporate Services Group, Inc.
Sophia Piliouras – Senior Counsel, Director of Education and Research, MCCA
Simone Wu – Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and External Affairs, Choice Hotels International, Inc.

5:00 pm –
6:30 pm

Pathways Honors Cocktail Reception

Location: Foyer (5th Floor)

6:30 pm –
9:30 pm

Pathways Honors

Location: Westside Ballroom (Salons 1 – 4) (5th Floor)

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.

Pathways Honors Emcees:
LaTanya Langley – Vice President & General Counsel, BIC International
Austin So – General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary, StoneMor Partners, LP

Panelists:
Ricardo Anzaldua – Former Executive Vice President & General Counsel, MetLife
A.B. Cruz, III – MCCA Chair, Enterprise Shared Services, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Office, USAA
Wai L. Choy – Associate, Proskauer Rose LLP
Robert Grey – President, LCLD
Samuel M. Reeves – Senior Vice President & General Counsel, International, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

10:00 pm –
12:00 am

MCCA at Night

Location: The View at the New York Marriott Marquis

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

7:30 am –
8:30 am

Networking Breakfast

Location: Manhattan Ballroom (8th Floor)

8:30 am –
12:30 pm

MCCA Exchange (MCCA Members only event)

Location: Manhattan Ballroom (8th Floor)

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

In collaboration with:

Locations Vary

Available only to HNBA Members and MCCA Members and Sponsors

During the 2017 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference, HNBA members, MCCA law firm members, corporate law departments and legal service provider sponsors* will have the opportunity to participate in MCCA’s inaugural Pitch Session Network. This event provides a platform for diverse law firm attorneys and legal service providers to make meaningful connections with in-house counsel interested in legal services. These sessions also allow corporate law departments to connect with diverse attorneys, diversify their service client portfolios and assist in holding law firms and legal service providers accountable for their diversity efforts.

Application forms are available at the 2017 Creating Pathways to Diversity registration website (https://www.mcca.com/events/pathways/). Select Pitch Session Network and the appropriate classification for your organization (corporate law department, MCCA law firm member or legal service provider). Once you add the Pitch Sessions Network to your agenda, you will be guided to complete the Pitch Session Network application form.

Please contact Kevin Wong at kevin.wong@mcca.com with any questions or concerns regarding the MCCA Pitch Session Network.

*Legal service providers can participate in the Pitch Session Network as MCCA sponsors because they do not meet MCCA membership requirements. Law firms must be MCCA members to participate and cannot participate as sponsors.

For frequently asked questions, please click here.

9:00 am –
12:30 pm

MCCA’s Blueprint for Selling & Buying: A Pitch Workshop for Outside & In-House Counsel

Location: Liberty (8th Floor)

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.

Panelists:
Julie Peng – Counsel, Director of Training and Membership Development, MCCA
Michelle Banks – Senior Advisor, BarkerGilmore, LLC & Former EVP & Global General Counsel, Gap Inc.
Charles Wilson – Vice Chair, Office Managing Partner, Cozen O’Connor

12:30 pm –
5:00 pm

Optional Activities

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

Pathways Co-Chairs

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

General Counsel – Head of Legal,
Rakuten USA, Inc.

 Strategic Members 2017

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