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2021 Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference

Since 1999, MCCA’s annual Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference has been recognized as one of the most comprehensive forums focused on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), talent optimization, inclusive leadership, and management to bolster the recruitment, retention, and promotion of diverse attorneys. Pathways convenes influential general counsel, in-house counsel, firm partners and thought leaders to present and discuss current and thought-provoking issues disrupting and shaping DEI in the legal profession.

Once again, our team has partnered with our board, members, sponsors and allies to create an immersive 2-day virtual experience for our community. Pathways combines the Pitch Session Network, business development and recruiting workshops, virtual networking, a celebration of our Paula L. Ettelbrick, Rainmaker and Rising Star honorees and CLEs with live Q&As. Expert panels will address topics such as origination credit, coalition building, performative allyship vs. real advocacy, implementing sustainable DEI strategy, inclusive work culture and more.

Join us October 11-12 as we come together, learn together, lead together and #RiseUnited.

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October 11-12, 2021

Virtual Conference

Online registration will close
October 7, 2021 at 11:59 EDT.

Champion Sponsor

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 11, 2021

*Please note the agenda times are in EDT.

9:00 am –
6:00 pm

Registration and Information Desk

9:00 am –
6:00 pm

Sponsor Exhibitor Hall

9:00 am –
6:00 pm

Amazon Informational Interview Blitz

 
Amazon has once again partnered with MCCA to host its “Amazon Blitz” and meet with individuals interested in exploring opportunities with Amazon Legal.

*Applicants must register and attend the Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference in order to be considered.

If you are interested in exploring career opportunities with Amazon Legal in locations across the U.S. and globally, please click here to register for the 2021 Pathways Conference. Click on the “Select” option on Monday, October 11, 2021, and you will be directed to the Amazon Informational Interview Blitz Submittal Form. Within the Application, you will be required to upload your professional resume.

The deadline for applications is October 6, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.

9:00 am –
6:00 pm

Pitch Session Network

 
Sponsored by:
Amazon
2021 Pathways Champion Sponsor

MCCA’s Pitch Session Network (“PSN”) allows in-house counsel to connect with diverse law firm partners at majority law firms, diversify their preferred provider portfolios and hold law firms accountable for their diversity efforts. Member law firms and sponsors will have the ability to meet privately with in-house counsel to pitch the legal services they offer and develop meaningful connections with potential clients.

To learn more about the Pitch Session Network and how to apply, click here.

To ensure that your application will be reviewed, it is strongly recommended that PSN applications be submitted as early as possible and no later than September 13, 2021.

10:00 am –
12:00 pm

Interrupting Bias in Hiring Workshop – LAW FIRM MEMBERS ONLY

11:00 am –
3:00 pm

MCCA’s Blueprint Workshop for Selling & Buying – A Pitch Workshop for Outside Counsel

1:00 pm –
3:00 pm

Interrupting Bias in Hiring Workshop – CORPORATE MEMBERS ONLY

4:00 pm –
5:00 pm

Driving Equitable Compensation, Recognition and Opportunity for Attorneys of Color

5:00 pm –
6:00 pm

Transformative Leadership – Fireside Chat with General Counsel

6:00 pm –
7:00 pm

Amazon Networking Reception

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

*Please note the agenda times are in EDT.

9:00 am –
6:00 pm

Registration and Information Desk

9:00 am –
6:00 pm

Sponsor Exhibitor Hall

9:00 am –
6:00 pm

Pitch Session Network

 
Sponsored by:
Amazon
2021 Pathways Champion Sponsor

MCCA’s Pitch Session Network (“PSN”) allows in-house counsel to connect with diverse law firm partners at majority law firms, diversify their preferred provider portfolios and hold law firms accountable for their diversity efforts. Member law firms and sponsors will have the ability to meet privately with in-house counsel to pitch the legal services they offer and develop meaningful connections with potential clients.

To learn more about the Pitch Session Network and how to apply, click here.

To ensure that your application will be reviewed, it is strongly recommended that PSN applications be submitted as early as possible and no later than September 13, 2021.

10:30 am –
10:45 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks (President and Board Chair)

10:45 am –
12:15 pm

Courageous Leadership: Leading Through A Racial Crisis

 
Presentation of the Paula L. Ettelbrick Award and the 2021 Rising Stars Award Ceremony

Panelists:

  • Amy Tu – Executive Vice President, General Counsel, & Corporate Secretary, Tyson Foods, Inc.
12:15 pm –
1:15 pm

Coalition Building: Communities of Color Coming Together

Demands for Diversity, Good Intentions and the Reality Gap: MCCA’s Annual General Counsel Survey

1:15 pm –
2:00 pm

Networking Break

2:00 pm –
3:00 pm

DEI Strategy Insights: How Top Companies and Firms Embed DEI into their Workplaces

Coming Out in a Straight-Laced Profession: Cultural Challenges LGBTQ+ Attorneys Continue to Face in the Legal Profession

 

Panelists:

  • Jorge Martinez – Assistant General Counsel, Intuit Inc.
3:00 pm –
4:00 pm

Hearing and Seeing Isn’t Enough: Performative Allyship vs. Real Advocacy

 
Moderator:
Amandeep Sidhu – Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

Panelists:

  • Jonathan Harmon – Chairman, McGuireWoods LLP

The Struggle is Real: Breaking Down the Barriers and Halting the Mass Exodus of Women from Law

 

Panelists:

  • Tamaron Houston – Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Mike Jackson – Assistant General Counsel/Senior Director-Compliance & Ethics & D&I Lead, Microsoft Corporation
4:00 pm –
4:15 pm

Break

4:15 pm –
5:45 pm

Maintaining an Inclusive Work Culture in Times of Transition

 
Presentation of the George B. Vashon Innovator Award and the 2021 Rainmaker Award Ceremony

Moderator:
Carlos Vasquez – Senior Vice President, Chief Counsel Latin America and Caribbean, Visa Inc.

Panelists:

  • Kelly Mahon Tullier – Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer, Visa Inc.
5:45 pm –
6:00 pm

Break

6:00 pm –
7:00 pm

Virtual Networking Reception

Event Speakers

Jonathan Harmon

Chairman,
McGuireWoods LLP
 
 
 

Jorge Martinez

Assistant General Counsel,
Intuit Inc.

Tamaron Houston

Partner,
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
 
 
 

Amandeep Sidhu

Partner,
Winston & Strawn LLP

Mike Jackson

Assistant General Counsel/
Senior Director-Compliance & Ethics & D&I Lead,
Microsoft Corporation
 

Amy Tu

Executive Vice President, General Counsel, & Corporate Secretary,
Tyson Foods, Inc.

Kelly Mahon Tullier

Executive Vice President,
Chief Legal & Administrative Officer,
Visa Inc.

Carlos Vasquez

Senior Vice President,
Chief Counsel Latin America
and Caribbean,
Visa Inc.

Registration and Fees

 MembersNon-members
Registration DateIn-House Law Firms Government/
Non-Profit
In-House Law FirmsVendors
Regular (before October 4)$425
$500$425$550$1,000 $1,000
Late Registration (October 5 - 12)$500$650$500$600$1,200$1,200

Payment Message

All payments must be received no later than October 8, 2021, 9:00 PM EDT.

Visa, Mastercard and American Express accepted. Checks are accepted, although card payment is preferred. To ensure your payment is received and processed prior to the event payment deadline, you are strongly encouraged to pay by card.

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

For complimentary registrations, members must obtain their complimentary registration codes from their organization 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 labeled “MCCA Law Firm/Corporate Members” during the registration process. The member discount rate will automatically be applied at the Payment page.

For any questions or inquiries regarding registration or membership confirmation, please contact events@mcca.com.

If paying by check, please make checks payable to the “Minority Corporate Counsel Association” and mail them to the following address: 1111 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Cancellations & Substitutions

  • All cancellations MUST be received in writing.
  • Cancellations received no later than 72 hours prior to the first date of an MCCA conference may, at MCCA’s discretion made on a case-by-case basis, apply a credit in the amount paid for the 2021 Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference towards attendance to MCCA’s 2022 Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference.
  • There will be NO refunds or credits for cancellations received less than 72 hours prior to the first date of the MCCA conference.
  • Any approved credits will be processed after the MCCA conference.
  • An organization may substitute one paid participant for another participant from the same organization.
  • Cancellations and requests for substitutions must be submitted to events@mcca.com.

Financial Hardship Policy

To apply for the financial hardship scholarship, please click here to complete the application.

This financial hardship policy applies to attorneys from MCCA member organizations, non-member organizations, or attorneys in public service. Attorneys who are unable to afford event registration fees due to financial hardship may petition for registration fee waivers or discounted registration fees. Full scholarships and discounts to attend MCCA’s conference are given priority to pro bono attorneys, judges, law professors, lawyers who work for nonprofit organizations, legal services organizations or government agencies, and unemployed attorneys with financial hardships. MCCA may waive or reduce the registration fee for MCCA conference at their discretion.

Additional Information:

  • MCCA will review applications on a rolling basis. The deadline for the 2021 Virtual Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference financial hardship applications is September 3, 2021.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Full scholarship or reduced registration fees will not be granted retroactively.
  • Full scholarship or reduced registration fees are non-transferable from event to event or person to person.
  • MCCA will not review applications that are not submitted via the official application form.

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.

Previous Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conferences

 

2020 Pathways Conference

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2017 Pathways Conference

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2019 Pathways Conference

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2016 Pathways Conference

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2018 Pathways Conference

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2015 Pathways Conference

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