2014 Event schedule
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
DINNER AND KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett will kick off our 2014 Summit at a reception and dinner on Monday, September 29. Ms. Jarrett is Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, oversees the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chairs the White House Council on Women and Girls. Ms. Jarrett is a Chicago lawyer, business woman and civic leader.
Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for NPR. She also serves as a contributor to FOX News Channel and a panelist on Special Report with Brett Baier and FOX News Sunday. During her tenure at NPR she has covered all presidential elections since 1992 and reports on Senate and House races every election year. Ms. Liasson was NPR’s White House correspondent during the Clinton administration.
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
How Today's Women are Changing the Face of Feminism
Michelle Bernard is chairman, founder, president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy and is a frequent political and legal analyst on MSNBC and other television networks. An attorney by training, Ms. Bernard concentrates on domestic and foreign policy matters.
Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy
Today’s general counsel is more than just a lawyer — she must also be a skilled business partner, collaborator and guide to the board of directors — all while keeping the company’s primary objectives in mind. At the same time, she is often entrusted by the CEO with sensitive and confidential issues and must balance both legal and ethical obligations and take swift action when legal issues arise. Our experienced panelists will discuss how the role of the general counsel increasingly requires balancing exceptional legal skills with being a trusted advisor and effective partner to the CEO and board of directors.
GE Healthcare, Americas
The Hain Celestial Group
HSBC Bank Australia Limited
Along with being an effective business partner and legal advisor, a general counsel must be a strong leader. With that authority comes significant responsibility and the need for a wide and diverse skill set to address myriad issues that arise. This esteemed panel includes general counsel from companies of various maturity across several industries who will share best practices in establishing, building, managing and restructuring legal departments. Participants will offer their wisdom about what works and what does not, how to collaborate within and across teams, how to anticipate when change is imminent and how to create a positive legacy for your organization and community.
Astellas US LLC
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Kraft Foods, Inc.
Liza Donnelly is a cartoonist with The New Yorker magazine, where she has been drawing cartoons about culture and politics for more than thirty years. In addition, Ms. Donnelly is a weekly columnist and cartoonist for Forbes.com, specializing in politics and women’s rights. She is also a Cultural Envoy for the US State Department, traveling around the world speaking about freedom of speech, women’s rights and cartoons.
The New Yorker and Forbes.com
It is never too early to position yourself for board membership and, with the right qualifications and persistence, it can be a powerful way to accelerate your career. This panel of experienced board members will advise on how to advance your board candidacy at every career level. They will also discuss effective strategies for influencing board composition and ensuring that qualified women are represented in the boardroom.
Boggs Media, LLC
Discover Financial Services
Executive-in-Residence, Kogod School of Business
The New York Public Library
A general counsel often walks a challenging path in conveying both intersecting and inconsistent global regulations to business teams, and in advising on best approaches from a practical perspective. Our experienced panelists will provide insight about the development of proactive risk assessment tools, workable guardrails that provide practical parameters to the business and key issues during times of crisis.
Chiquita Brands International
While there are countless career advancement opportunities for general counsel, it can be challenging to figure out how to position yourself for those opportunities. Our distinguished panelists will share best practices and lessons learned and will advise on issues such as the expectations and responsibilities of being promoted to general counsel; things to keep in mind when becoming a member of the C-suite; considerations when transitioning to a new industry; leveraging your talents and accomplishments to achieve your next career milestone; and how to effectively select and groom a successor.
i4C Innovations, Inc.