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Registration & Breakfast

8:45 am -9:30 am

Welcome and introduction from the chairperson

9:25 am -9:30 am

Cindy Jacobs, Senior Corporate Counsel

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Panel

9:30 am -10:30 am

Leading from the top: how to make your voice heard at C-suite

To be heard in the C-Suites, GCs need to be certain of their facts and analysis and then outline those in a cogent way, that will not only assist with executive and strategic decision making, but will also support the methods of executing those decisions.

General counsel with a clear voice will not only raise their company’s legal game but will also be valued as a trusted adviser.

Join this session to find out:

  • What are the barriers stopping GCs from being heard?
  • How to establish your credibility as a business advocate
  • How do you get a more prominent seat at the table?

Shelly Forde, Founder, Shell Compliance

Melissa Bernheim, Chief Legal Officer, Perry Ellis International

Hal McCard, General Counsel, American Addiction Centers

Tyler Barrs, General Counsel, Legal Affairs, Enterprise Risk Management and Government Relations, O2E Brands

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Keynote

10:30 am -11:00 am

Mindset, adaptation and execution - navigating complex environments

This session will discuss cultivating an agile mindset to drive effective resolutions to ever-present evolutions in regulation, policy, and legal strategies. We will dive into perspective shifts that can enable broad, solution-based thinking and the practical methods, such as leveraging technology, that can help you better navigate complex environments in your business today.

Kayli Keough, General Counsel, Government Contract Compliance, Honeywell

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Coffee break

11:00 am -11:30 am

Panel

11:30 am -12:30 pm

Implementing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace

As more and more companies recognize that the business case for DE&I has never been stronger, we will explore what practical steps legal executives can take to lead from the front and put diversity at the center of legal recruiting.

Shelly Forde, Founder, Shell Compliance

Braxton Davis, Associate General Counsel, Meta

Maria Tako, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group)

Krishan Thakker, Senior Counsel, Regulatory & Compliance, Wish.com

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Keynote

12:30 am -1:00 pm

The fight for talent: how to stand out in a crowded market

With employees often representing a company’s greatest cost and most important asset, investing in talent acquisition is vital to achieving high levels of productivity and profitability.

The process of talent acquisition involves not just the hiring of new people, but also identifying people with the right skills and qualities to become the innovators, leaders and executives of the future.

This session will focus on the process of identifying, securing and developing talent to support both short and long-term organisational strategy during a time when the pipeline has been slowed.

Nicole Saunders, Deputy General Counsel, The Florida Department of Education

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Lunch

1:00 pm -2:25 pm

Roundtable discussions

1:45 pm -2:20 pm

Roundtable discussions for 10 delegates to take a deep dive into the following topics:

Communication for the modern leader
Speaker TBC

Structural barriers for women in law
Kristen Chittenden

Making your voice heard at C-suite
Hal McCard

Pre-registration only – speak to Ed at the GC Innovation Forum plenary entrance if you would be keen to join and have not yet registered. 

Kristen Chittenden, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Turnitin

Hal McCard, General Counsel, American Addiction Centers

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Introduction to the afternoon sessions from the chairperson

2:25 pm -2:30 pm

Marcia Narine Weldon, Director, Transactional Skills Programme, University of Miami School of Law

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Fireside chat

2:30 pm -3:10 pm

Representation matters: structural barriers for women in law

With a low percentage of women in power positions, the question is why?

Until recently, the prevailing attitude was that gender equity would take care of itself — that once more and more women entered law firms and became partners, gender percentages would even out. But the statistics tell a different story.

Surely there are numerous other factors playing into this trend — but if we put those issues aside for now, what is it that’s fundamentally keeping women from rising in in-house legal teams?

Kristen Chittenden, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Turnitin

Danielle Anders, Senior Legal Counsel, DHL

Jane Marie Russell, Senior Legal Counsel, OpenText

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Coffee break

3:10 pm -3:30 pm

Presentation

3:30 pm -4:00 pm

What do Large Language Models mean for the future of law?

In this session we will explore large language models like OpenAI’s GPT 4, what they can do, their limitations and the importance of expert human feedback to create a system with a check on large language models.

Nathana Sharma, General Counsel, Labelbox

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Panel

4:00 pm -5:00 pm

How leadership in law can prioritise health and wellbeing across the board?

Join us for session about best practices in physical and mental health:

As we all know, being a GC is a very stressful career that requires leadership. But how can the GC ensure their teams are managing their workloads and personal health and wellbeing, whilst planning their projects and goals?

  • What are the most common pitfalls legal professionals face when it comes to fatigue?
  • What are the most efficient ways to keep their health in check?
  • How to beat stress in a high pressure job of being a legal counsel.

Austin Ericson, Legal Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Star Mountain Capital

LaShonda Maxfield, Associate General Counsel, A-dec Inc.

Erik Perez, Central Legal Operations Officer, Shell

Costell Walton III, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Modernizing Medicine

Marcia Narine Weldon, Director, Transactional Skills Programme, University of Miami School of Law

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Happy Hour - Networking Drinks

5:00 pm -6:30 pm

Registration & Breakfast

8:30 am -9:30 am

Welcome and introduction from the chairperson

9:25 am -9:30 am

Mariangela Corales, General Counsel, Vice President of Legal and Compliance & Corporate Secretary, Goodwill of North Georgia

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Presentation

9:30 am -10:00 am

Communication for the modern leader

Today’s general counsel has the daunting job of managing an organization’s risks during a period of intense business change and uncertainty. We will explore several stress points for general counsel, including:

  • Raising expectations with management
  • Leading your team through change
  • Developing creative solutions within legal budgets
  • Collaborating with other business partners in your company

LaShonda Maxfield, Associate General Counsel, A-dec Inc.

AP Capaldo-Aoun, Assistant General Counsel, TD SYNNEX

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Panel

10:00 am -11:00 am

Managing risk to strengthen resilience

Join this panel to explore the insurance, risk management and crisis management advice you need to reduce and manage high profile risks.

Mariangela Corales, General Counsel, Vice President of Legal and Compliance & Corporate Secretary, Goodwill of North Georgia

Cynthia Fannon, Assistant Deputy General Counsel, Publicis Re:Sources

Amanda Godlewski, Senior Corporate Counsel, Nutrabolt

Jeremy Schwarz, General Counsel and Senior Advisor to Mayor of Miami Francis X. Suarez, City of Miami

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Coffee break

11:00 am -11:30 am

Fireside chat

11:30 am -12:15 am

Working with C-suite to deliver ESG commitments

Join our expert panel of GCs responsible for delivering their companies’ sustainable investment and commitment programs:

  • Gather and equip yourself with the processes needed to move ESG+
  • Learn how to mobilize your company’s stakeholders for change
  • Understand your role in a corporate governance framework for diversity, CSR and more

Cynthia Fannon, Assistant Deputy General Counsel, Publicis Re:Sources

Leah Trzcinski, Deputy Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Morningstar

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Presentation

12:15 pm -1:00 pm

Cybersecurity in the age of space and telecoms

With the increasing integration of space and telecom technologies in our daily lives, cybersecurity has become a critical concern. This session will focus on the challenges and opportunities of maintaining control of our systems and data in the face of evolving cyber threats. We will explore the latest strategies for securing space and telecom infrastructure, as well as best practices for managing and mitigating risks.

From securing satellite communications to protecting against hacking and cyber espionage, this session will provide a comprehensive overview of the cybersecurity landscape and the role of the GC in protecting their organisation’s cybersecurity from threats.

David Green, Associate General Counsel, Corporate Legal and Security, Verizon, Staff Judge Advocate (General Counsel) for US Army

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Lunch

1:00 pm -2:30 pm

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