DLA Piper's Leadership Alliance for Women hosted our fourth Global Women's Leadership Summit September 19-20, 2016, at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago. This award-winning CLE event for women general counsel, deputy general counsel and other high-level in-house women lawyers, featured a host of dynamic and insightful women panelists and speakers, and provided ample networking opportunities and an energetic atmosphere in which to connect with fellow attendees and speakers alike.
For the first time, the Summit included an ethics CLE program for early arrivals. An interactive panel discussion on Monday, September 19, addressed corporate issues surrounding cybergovernance, cyber-risk management, security protocols and incident response plans, as well as the legal and regulatory environment. Monica Crowley, Fox News political and foreign affairs analyst and The Washington Times opinion editor and columnist, kicked off our 2016 Summit at a reception and dinner on Monday night.
On Tuesday, September 20, Mellody Hobson, Ariel Investments President and chair of the board of trustees of Ariel Investment Trust, delivered our morning keynote address. Our lunch speaker was sports agent Molly Fletcher, CEO of The Molly Fletcher Company, motivational speaker and business author. Throughout the day, discussions focused on the key roles of general counsel and how they utilize the twin pillars of risk intelligence and innovation to lead global companies.
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Equity Group Investments
Sam Zell is the Chairman of Equity Group Investments (EGI), the private investment firm he founded more than 40 years ago. The firm's investments span industries and continents and include interests in finance, energy, transportation, communications, health care and real estate. Mr. Zell is recognized as a founding father of today's public real estate industry after creating three of the largest REITs in history.
He is also Founder and Chairman of Equity International, a private investment firm focused on building real estate-related businesses in international emerging markets. Mr. Zell has been particularly active in bringing Equity International's companies to the public markets.
Three of these investments are listed on the New York Stock Exchange: Gafisa, a leading homebuilder in Brazil; Xinyuan, a fast-growing regional homebuilder in China; and Homex, Mexico's leading homebuilder. A fourth, BR Malls, Brazil's largest retail property owner and operator, is listed on the Bovespa.
An ethics CLE program for early arrivals, DLA Piper developed this film as an interactive discussion tool for legal, audit and compliance teams. Its three-part format allows time for discussion and comments from participants after each segment.
The film depicts a fictional corporation dealing with multiple issues: cybergovernance, cyber-risk management, security protocols, incident response plans and the corresponding legal and regulatory environment issues a general counsel must face. The program also addresses the delicate balance that must be struck when managing internal investigations, reporting requirements and stakeholder interests.
Monica Crowley, Fox News political and foreign affairs analyst and The Washington Times opinion editor and columnist, will discuss the potential ramifications of the November 2016 US elections on the corporate and finance world.
Political Analyst and Columnist
Fox News and The Washington Times
Mellody Hobson is President of Ariel Investments and Chairman of Ariel Investment Trust's board of trustees. Additionally, she is Chairman of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. and a director of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and Starbucks Corporation. Mellody serves as Chairman of After School Matters, a nonprofit that provides Chicago teens with high quality, after-school programming. She is also a regular financial contributor for CBS News.
Cyberthreats and cyber security have become key areas of focus for all companies. Protecting a company from ever increasingly sophisticated hackers is essential to preserving a company's reputation and value. As a result, effective and pre-emptive collaboration between a company's legal department and those that have direct responsibility for managing and protecting a business' information and technology systems have become a priority for in-house counsel. Our panel will discuss the role of the legal department in mitigating the risks of cyberattacks in an increasingly complex and global business environment. The panel will also discuss strategies and best practices in leading a company through the various legal, business and regulatory issues in the aftermath of a cyberattack.
PinDrop Security, Inc.
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
United States Steel Corporation
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.
Organic growth through new business models, divisions and product lines within an existing business can present major challenges, including legal risks. However, the risk of not innovating is greater than remaining static. This forward-thinking panel will discuss how their companies are creating new ventures within existing business units and what corporate innovation means to the legal department particularly with respect to protecting the core business. Our panelists will discuss how they guide their legal teams to provide their business leaders with the tools necessary to innovate while managing risks within their organizations.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
General Counsel and Vice President of Public Affairs
Vice President and Chief Counsel
Vice President, Head of Legal
DHL Global Forwarding, Americas
Molly Fletcher is a CEO, motivational speaker and business author. Hailed as the "female Jerry Maguire" by CNN, she built a successful career as one of the first female sports agents, representing hundreds of sports' biggest names and negotiating more than $500 million in contracts. As a sought-after motivational speaker, she applies lessons learned from her years of experience in the sports industry to the business world.
Sports Agent and CEO
The Molly Fletcher Company
In today's global environment, an increasing number of regulatory bodies in jurisdictions around the world are investigating and prosecuting perceived compliance failures. As a result, companies must proactively incorporate multiple (and perhaps conflicting) demands into their business and legal strategies, particularly as they expand across markets. This panel will address how global risk intelligence can provide advantages to general counsel and their companies facing these challenges in an increasingly scrutinized business environment. They will discuss opportunities to weave legal compliance into business initiatives and describe various approaches to the development and implementation of a cross-discipline and cross-border compliance program.
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Litigation and Investigations
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Vice President and General Counsel
Little Caesar Enterprises
General Counsel, North America, the Caribbean and Asia
LATAM Airlines Group S.A.
The relationship between the general counsel and the board of directors has changed significantly over the past 10-15 years. So has the role of general counsel, especially in multinational corporations. The cause and effect of these changes, as well as the impact of globalization on the general counsel will be explored by our experienced panelists who will discuss impactful issues including how the general counsel handles differences in regulations and legislation in the different countries in which the company operates and how the general counsel obtains appropriate global awareness and provides appropriate guidance.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Group General Counsel
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