2018 Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference

The Creating Pathways to Diversity® conference focuses on global diversity and inclusion, talent optimization, inclusive leadership and management to bolster the promotion and retention of diverse attorneys. The program offers practical development tools, best practices and resources for individual lawyers and organizations. For individuals, there are workshops to improve rainmaking and business development skills, including the MCCA Pitch Session Network. The Pitch Session Network allows corporate law departments to directly connect with diverse attorneys, diversify their service client portfolios and assist in holding law firms and legal service providers accountable for their diversity efforts. For organizations, expert panels address areas for improved execution of a diversity and inclusion strategy. All of these programs provide opportunities for networking and advancing the careers of diverse attorneys.

Please add events@mcca.com to your Address Book or Contacts to receive your confirmation email and any future communications regarding the Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference.

October 1-3, 2018

New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019

Rate: $299 a night
Book by September 7, 2018 to
receive this discount

New York Hilton Midtown
Phone: 1-212-586-7000

Registration and Fees

 MembersNon-members
Registration DateIn-House Law Firms Government/
Non-Profit
In-House Law FirmsVendors
Early-Bird (before July 31)$650$800$650$700$850$850
Regular (August 1 - Sept 21)$800$950$650$850$1,000 $1,000
On-Site Registration$900$1,200$850$1,050$1,500$1,500

Payment Message

All Major Credit Cards accepted.

MCCA Law Firm Members and Corporate Members: Please note as part of your company’s/firm’s membership benefits you may be entitled to a complimentary registration or a member discount rate for the conference registration.

For member complimentary registrations, members must obtain their complimentary codes from their “Company/Firm” and use them during registration. The complimentary codes should be entered in the discount code field at the Payment Page and members must click “Apply Now” to zero their balance.

For member discount rates to apply, members must select their “Company/Firm” from a drop down in Custom Information during the registration process. The member discount rate will automatically be applied at the Payment page.

For any questions or inquires, please contact events@mcca.com.

Cancellations & Substitutions

Cancellations received in writing before the “Early-Bird” deadline will be fully refunded minus a $100.00 administrative fee. Individuals canceling in writing after the “Early-Bird” deadline but no later than 24 hours prior to the first date of the MCCA Conference may, at MCCA’s discretion made on a case-by-case basis, apply a credit in the amount paid for the 2018 Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference towards attendance to MCCA’s 2019 Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference. If written confirmation of cancellation is not received at least 24 hours prior to the first date of the MCCA Conference, no refunds or credits will be issued of any kind. Credits will be processed after the conference. An organization may substitute one paid participant for another. 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 financial assistance will not be accepted on-site. Requests for financial assistance, along with an explanation of hardship, must be received in writing no later than one month prior to the first date of the MCCA conference. To receive detailed instructions or to submit a request for a fee reduction or waiver e-mail education@mcca.com.

Special Requirements

Any special needs for facilities, visual aids or dietary requirements must be sent to events@mcca.com.

Terms and Conditions

Click here to review the MCCA Conference Registration General Terms and Conditions.

Justification Toolkit

You recognize the value of attending the Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference, but how do you convey that message to your manager? With budgetary constraints and increased scrutiny on business travel, gaining approval to attend conferences can sometimes pose a challenge. It is important to demonstrate the benefits of attending in order to justify the expense. Use MCCA’s Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference Justification Toolkit to help you make the ask, prepare for the Pathways Conference, and get the most from our conference and your membership.

Monday, October 1, 2018

7:30 am –
5:00 pm

Registration and Information Desk

8:00 am –
5:00 pm

Pitch Session Network

In collaboration with:

To learn more about the Pitch Session Network, click here.

2:00 pm –
3:30 pm

Paul Hastings LLP Presents Case Study on Culture & Inclusion in the Legal Profession

Culture is increasingly being seen as the key differentiator for modern business. Management and organizational theorists frequently point to culture as the most pressing aspect for CEOs. Culture does eat strategy for breakfast!

Having diversity and inclusion embedded as part of the cultural fabric of an organization is also a real key to success in making meaningful strides in greater equality and inclusivity. Without cultural engagement, such activities are merely ‘window dressing’. A diverse and inclusive organization is also increasingly a key determining factor of commercial success and innovation. How do companies successfully change their cultures to be more inclusive?

We aim to explore different aspects of culture change, including leadership buy in, practical steps to create initiatives, dealing with the emotional aspects of change and how to manage those. By discussing the multifaceted aspects of cultural change we aim to create a holistic picture of the different steps to change and explore how one size may not fit all organizations.

3:45 pm –
5:15 pm

Inclusion Equity: Taking a Knee to Take a Stand

5:30 pm –
7:00 pm

Welcome Reception

7:30 pm –
12:00 am

MCCA at Night

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

7:30 am –
5:30 pm

Registration and Information Desk

7:30 am –
8:30 am

Networking Breakfast

8:00 am –
5:00 pm

Pitch Session Network

In collaboration with:

To learn more about the Pitch Session Network, click here.

8:00 am –
5:00 pm

Diversity Career Expo

In 2017, MCCA launched the Diversity Career Expo at our annual Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference 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 an Employer of Choice and the key to their career development.

Please join us again as we host the Diversity Career Expo at the 2018 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference in New York. 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, on our conference mobile app, and all participating employers will receive digital copies of the submitted resumes before the Diversity Career Expo.

Once you have registered (or if you have already registered) please submit your resume as a PDF file (last name, first name) to programs@mcca.com indicating your interest in participating in the MCCA Diversity Career Expo. The deadline for resume submissions is September 24, 2018, no later than 8pm ET. 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.

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 current open opportunities or long term planning please contact Sophia Piliouras at spiliouras@mcca.com for more details.

Amazon Diversity Career Expo Interviews

Amazon has partnered with MCCA and will be conducting confidential interviews with qualified candidates at MCCA’s 2018 Diversity Career Expo.

If you are interested in exploring career opportunities with Amazon Legal, please complete this form.

8:30 am –
10:00 am

THE PROFIT POWER OF CORPORATE CULTURE: THE IMPACT OF INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP AND 2018 RISING STARS AWARD CEREMONY

To accrue the dividends that diversity and inclusion (D&I) has the potential to produce, bold and inclusive leadership is required both on an individual and a systemic, organization-wide level.

Diversity by itself is not enough: in today’s world leadership must recognize and understand their own biases and lead in an inclusive manner to leverage the full potential of their diverse talent. An organization with a reputation for inclusiveness becomes a magnet, attracting top diverse talent; in turn, that talent can better tap markets’ potential, whether in emerging economies or among a broader set of consumers at home. A diverse talent mix also can spark greater creativity and propel innovation that can help organizations distance themselves from their competition. But inclusion is a challenge in itself. Even leaders who fully embrace the business case for diversity—understanding that homogeneous teams, although easier to manage, are more likely to result in “group think”—often feel unprepared to be inclusive.

The panel will discuss what it takes to be an inclusive leader, the challenges of “group “think” and share findings from the MCCA/Russell Reynolds Associates Inclusion Index survey. This proprietary survey, developed with Russell Reynolds Associates, was created to help organizations assess company leadership, practices, and culture to create a baseline metric of inclusion and measure progress over time. This data will provide opportunities for us to work with leaders to share best practices and challenges in developing an inclusive workplace, so we all can #AdvanceTogether.

10:30 am –
11:45 am

Sources of Success: Make Your Ask a Give

Many believe they are great at building relationships but when it comes time to actually make an “Ask” — whatever that Ask may be — they often fall short. Not being able to ask for that opportunity to represent a client, go on a pitch or be considered for a promotion, leadership role or increased compensation, can significantly impede your success. At this session, you will learn how to master the art of the Ask. You will learn tips on how to make an Ask in ways that are comfortable, yet effective. You will leave this session armed with action steps and inspiration to be generous and provide value while learning to Ask for what will propel yours and other careers forward.

THE GLOBALIZATION CHALLENGE: HOW DOES DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION LOOK AROUND THE WORLD?

Globalization is one of the most significant driving forces for business in the 21st century. What does this mean for diversity initiatives, which may be driven by the understanding and cultural norms of wherever a company’s head office is located?

In this panel we will discuss with a range of different global companies particularly issue and challenges they face when trying to produce a cohesive strategy that also takes into account specific cultural sensitivities.

Topics we will cover include:

  • What does diversity mean in a global context?
  • How do companies navigate the challenges between doing the right thing and the rule of law in specific jurisdictions?
  • What are the day to day challenges faced in regards to cultural sensitivity with employees in global offices?

CREATING AN INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR ATTORNEYS WITH DISABILITIES AND DEVELOPING BEST PRACTICES

Individuals with disabilities, who comprise the largest diversity population, are also the largest untapped source of talent in our country today. More than 70 percent of people with disabilities in the United States are unemployed. For a community that represents 20 percent of the entire American population, people with disabilities are far underrepresented in the workplace—a reflection of one of the biggest problems we face in today’s society.

The number of lawyers with disabilities in the legal profession is hard to determine. Underreporting remains an obstacle to capturing reliable data for attorneys with disabilities. The Vault/MCCA survey data indicates that attorneys with disabilities represent less than 1 percent of lawyers at law firms, but a sizeable minority (approximately 30 percent of surveyed firms) still do not disclose disability information.

This panel will share their own experiences, internal and external resources, best practices and how to create an inclusive work place that will facilitate the hiring, retention and promotion of attorneys with disabilities.

12:00 pm –
2:00 pm

YOU CAN’T CHANGE WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE: INTERRUPTING RACIAL & GENDER BIAS IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND PRESENTATION OF THE GEORGE B. VASHON INNOVATOR AWARD AND PAULA L. ETTELBRICK AWARD

For decades, the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession (“the Commission”) and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (“MCCA”) have worked tirelessly to combat gender and racial bias in the legal profession. Nonetheless, statistics on women’s advancement have not changed appreciably over the years. In 2016, the Commission and MCCA partnered with the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law to conduct research to understand further law firm and in-house lawyers’ experiences of bias in the workplace. This new research confirms that many of the traditional diversity tools we have relied upon over the years have been ineffective, and the findings have served as the foundation in developing the next generation of diversity tools.

The Commission, MCCA and the Center for WorkLife panelists will discuss the newly release report: You Can’t Change What You Can’t See: Interrupting Racial & Gender Bias in the Legal Profession and it’s proposed solutions.

2:30 pm –
3:45 pm

GENDER PAY DISPARITY IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION: TRENDS AND DEVELOPMENTS

Study after study has long shown that women lawyers are not paid at the same level as their male counterparts. The attrition of women from the legal profession remains disproportionately high, and a contributing factor is the gender pay gap. The pay disparity increases with seniority, as firms’ subjective decisions regarding whom to reward for the origination of business, and how much, often leave women lawyers shortchanged.

This panel will first provide an overview of new laws, pending legislation, and administrative agency actions that are making it easier for employees and government agencies to bring pay discrimination claims. We will also review trends and developments in gender discrimination and pay equity class actions impacting the legal profession directly. Finally, the panel will discuss recommended practices that can make the compensation process fairer and more transparent and create a level playing field for female and male attorneys.

MCCA Workshop: Globalization and its Impact on Cultural Diversity

In order to attend workshop you must attend The Globalization Challenge: How Does Diversity And Inclusion Look Around The World? panel on Oct. 2 at 10:30am. Spaces are limited.

Globalization is one of the most significant driving forces for business in the 21st century. What does this mean for diversity initiatives, which may be driven by the understanding and cultural norms of wherever a company’s head office is located?

In this workshop we will take scenarios which embody challenges that companies face in real life and use design thinking theories to brainstorm ways to come up with practical solutions.

We will also hear perspective from companies who have been grappling with these issues themselves.

HIRING, FIRING AND INSPIRING OUTSIDE COUNSEL

Is your legal department looking to move the needle on diversity? How can legal departments collaborate with outside counsel to ensure diverse talent is supported and provided equitable opportunities to succeed?

This panel will answer those questions and more. Clients are in the best position to influence firm diversity by requiring minority attorneys have a seat at the table, both in the courtroom and during important corporate transactions. Despite recent baring of more teeth in diversity programs, many firms and corporate legal departments run a high risk of falling prey to tokenism if those programs do not focus on developing and retaining a more robust cadre of talented, diverse lawyers. Younger attorneys only benefit from diversity programs if those programs provide them with meaningful opportunities to lead, encourage them to stay, develop their own practices through meaningful billable opportunities, and advance within their firms and the profession.

More and more leading companies have adopted diverse outside counsel hiring policies that require the company in its hiring of outside law firms to encourage those law firms to become more diverse in their ownership, hiring, promoting and/or staffing. This panel will share their best practices and the challenges they have identified as in-house lawyers charged with implementing similar policies at their respective companies.

4:00 pm –
5:15 pm

SOURCES OF SUCCESS:
LINKEDIN: ROCK YOUR PROFILE

Ever wonder: “What is my LinkedIn profile conveying about me to the world?”
Or: “Why is it so easy to critique someone else’s LinkedIn profile, yet so hard to write my own profile?”

A LinkedIn profile is much more than just an “online resume.” Often, it’s the only chance you’ll have to win over a prospective client, employer, or recruiter. This program is designed specifically for diverse legal professionals. Our experts will provide you tips and simple steps to take your profile from afterthought to unforgettable.

The panel will also discuss the lessons employers, law firms, and legal departments have learned from the use of social media, specifically LinkedIn, when it comes to confidentiality and conflicts of interest. The panel will explore best practices and procedures to ensure legal compliance when posting, sharing and connecting on their platform.

#METOO ONE YEAR LATER: LESSONS LEARNED AND BEST PRACTICES

The panel will discuss the lessons employers, law firms, and legal departments have learned in the year since the allegations regarding Harvey Weinstein gave rise to the #MeToo movement. The panel will also explore best practices for policies and procedures to ensure not only legal compliance, but to support a culture of inclusion through employee recruiting, mentoring, and training.

5:30 pm –
7:00 pm

Networking Reception

7:00 pm –
10:00 pm

MCCA presents Dine-a-Round NYC

10:00 pm –
12:00 am

MCCA at Night

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

7:30 am –
9:00 am

Networking Breakfast / The Exchange (Members Only)

8:00 am –
12:00 pm

Pitch Session Network

In collaboration with:

To learn more about the Pitch Session Network, click here.

9:00 am –
12:00 pm

Sources of Success:
MCCA’s Blueprint For Selling & Buying – A Pitch Workshop For Outside & 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.

This workshop is open to members-only and has max capacity of 30 participants. Non-members will be placed on a waiting list as will any other participants once we reach max capacity. Additional information and workshop materials will be provided to participants prior to the conference.

9:15 am –
10:30 am

AIN’T I A WOMAN: INTERSECTIONALITY AND THE WORKPLACE AND THE PRESENTATION OF THE CHARLOTTE E. RAY AWARD

Kimberlee Crenshaw’s theory of intersectionality posits that to be truly successful inclusion needs to consider the multiple strands of identities that are disadvantaged.

It’s very tempting for institutions and organizations to look at diversity and inclusion in terms of the different diverse groups. But intersectionality theorists argue that this approach is doomed to failure as it does not address the core causes of oppression, rather just the results.

In this panel we will discuss how intersectionality can be used in the workplace to practically assist in achieving greater inclusivity.

Topics covered will include:

  • Ways to have a constructive discussion on advantage and privilege
  • Examples of initiatives which address the systemic issues which affect multiple identity groups
  • Initiatives which bring multiple identity groups together
  • Where there is still a need for focus on the uniqueness of particular experiences and how this can work in tandem with an understanding of intersectionality.

10:45 am –
12:00 pm

Data Privacy on Steroids: Sweeping New Data Privacy/Security Regulation in the EU and California, and What It Means for American Business

Panel presented by: National Association for Diversity in Compliance (NADC)

Cambridge Analytica and other recent data privacy scandals have greatly heightened public concern about potentially inappropriate use of sensitive personal data. At the same time, the European Union has completely revised its already demanding data privacy and security legislation to include new individual rights and the imposition of unprecedented obligations upon entities doing business in the EU. Now California has advanced U.S. law in the European direction with data subject rights of access, rights to block disclosure of personal data and rights to demand erasure of such data, as well as unprecedented private rights of action for data breaches. Our distinguished speakers will explore the implications of these developments for American business and offer a guide to helping organizations cope with these unprecedented changes.

Role of the Chief Compliance Officer in Managing Corporate Risks

Panel presented by: National Association for Diversity in Compliance (NADC)

CCOs will share their insights on what are the critical skills necessary for this role, and how to develop them to effectively build a compliance department to manage risks. Within this context, CCOs will discuss the importance of developing a diverse and inclusive team and the impact of such team to manage risks.

12:00 pm –
5:00 pm

Optional Activities

* Please note that additional details in the agenda are currently being finalized.
** Please note that the schedule in the agenda is subject to change.

Rising Stars

Juan Arteaga

Partner,
Crowell & Moring LLP

Tamira Chapman

Corporate Counsel,
Ford Motor Company

E. Martin Estrada

Partner,
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Roy Haynes

Director, Associate General Counsel,
Citigroup, Inc.

Robin Nunn

Partner,
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Shayne O’Reilly

Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation,
Facebook, Inc.

Christine Abuel Pompa

Senior Patent Counsel,
The Kraft Heinz Company

Ana Reyes

Partner,
Williams & Connolly LLP

Uzma Saghir

Corporate Counsel,
Liberty Mutual Insurance

Quyen Ta

Partner,
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

Pathways Advisory Council Chairs

A.B. Cruz, III
(Honorary Chair)

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

Rima J. Alaily
(Pathways Co-Chair)

Assistant General Counsel,
Microsoft Corporation

Rodney C. Pratt
(Pathways Co-Chair)

Vice President, General Counsel &
Corporate Secretary,
Converse Inc.

Meredith Brooks

Corporate Counsel,
Amazon.com, Inc.

Samantha C. Grant

Partner,
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Christa Dommers

Partner,
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Jorja Jackson

Senior Director,
Salesforce.com, Inc.

David McFarlane

Partner,
Crowell & Moring LLP

Zohra Tejani

Director & Assistant General Counsel,
VMware, Inc.

William K. Whitner

Partner,
Paul Hastings LLP

Event Speakers

Mo Zain Ajaz

Chief Counsel of Property & Operational Excellence,
National Grid, PLC

N. Cornell Boggs, III

Senior Advisor,
BarkerGilmore LLC
 

Jonathan Avila

Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer,
Walmart, Inc.

Cristina A. Carvalho

Managing Partner,
Arent Fox LLP

Anne Lee Benedict

Executive Vice President,
Chief Legal Officer & Secretary,
Summit Materials, Inc.

Kareem Dale

Director & Senior Counsel,
Discover Financial Services

Michael Blackshear

Chief Compliance Officer,
Chubb

Sheila Denton

Senior Vice President & General Counsel,
Boehringer Ingelheim USA Inc.

Alex Dimitrief

President & CEO,
Global Growth Organization,
General Electric Company

Deborah Epstein Henry

Co-Founder, Bliss Lawyers;
Founder, DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing

Cynthia Dow

Managing Director,
Global Legal Practice Leader,
Russell Reynolds Associates

Jacob Martin

Diversity & Inclusion Consultant,
Russell Reynolds Associates
 

Elizabeth Feeney

Assistant General Counsel,
GlaxoSmithKline plc
 

Michele Coleman Mayes

Vice President,
General Counsel & Secretary,
The New York Public Library

Henry Fong

Senior Director, Legal,
LinkedIn Corporation
 

Tina Shah Paikeday

Executive Director,
Russell Reynolds Associates

Barry Parsons, III

Associate General Counsel,
Freddie Mac

Samuel M. Reeves

Senior Vice President &
General Counsel, Walmart International Legal,
Walmart, Inc.

Pedro Pavon

Senior Managing Counsel,
Oracle Corporation

Junna Ro

Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Corporate Compliance & Employment,
CSAA Insurance Group

Harriet Pearson

Partner,
Hogan Lovells US LLP

Robin Sangston

Chief Compliance & Privacy Officer,
Cox Communications, Inc.

Jesse M. Price

Managing Partner,
Spencer Stuart

Debbie Tang

Partner,
Bridge Partners LLC

Harry Valetk

Of Counsel,
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Speaker List

Mo Zain Ajaz

Chief Counsel of Property & Operational Excellence,
National Grid, PLC
 

Jonathan Avila

Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer,
Walmart, Inc.

Anne Lee Benedict

Executive Vice President,
Chief Legal Officer & Secretary,
Summit Materials, Inc.

Michael Blackshear

Chief Compliance Officer,
Chubb

N. Cornell Boggs, III

Senior Advisor,
BarkerGilmore LLC

Cristina A. Carvalho

Managing Partner,
Arent Fox LLP

Kareem Dale

Director & Senior Counsel,
Discover Financial Services

Sheila Denton

Senior Vice President & General Counsel,
Boehringer Ingelheim USA Inc.

Alex Dimitrief

President & CEO,
Global Growth Organization,
General Electric Company

Cynthia Dow

Managing Director,
Global Legal Practice Leader,
Russell Reynolds Associates

Elizabeth Feeney

Assistant General Counsel,
GlaxoSmithKline plc

Henry Fong

Senior Director, Legal,
LinkedIn Corporation

Deborah Epstein Henry

Co-Founder, Bliss Lawyers;
Founder, DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing

Jacob Martin

Diversity & Inclusion Consultant,
Russell Reynolds Associates

Michele Coleman Mayes

Vice President,
General Counsel & Secretary,
The New York Public Library

Barbara McInerney

Senior Vice President,
Chief Compliance Officer,
New York Life Insurance

Tina Shah Paikeday

Executive Director,
Russell Reynolds Associates

Barry Parsons, III

Associate General Counsel,
Freddie Mac

Pedro Pavon

Senior Managing Counsel,
Oracle Corporation

Harriet Pearson

Partner,
Hogan Lovells US LLP

Jesse M. Price

Managing Partner,
Spencer Stuart

Samuel M. Reeves

Senior Vice President &
General Counsel, Walmart International Legal,
Walmart, Inc.

Junna Ro

Vice President & Associate General Counsel; Corporate Compliance & Employment,
CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer

Robin Sangston

Chief Compliance & Privacy Officer,
Cox Communications, Inc.

Debbie Tang

Partner,
Bridge Partners LLC

Harry Valetk

Of Counsel,
Baker & McKenzie LLP

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