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2014 Event schedule

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
8th Floor
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett, Hosted by Mara Liasson

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.

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Valerie Jarrett
Valerie Jarrett, White House Senior Advisor
The White House
Mara Liasson
Mara Liasson, National Political Correspondent
National Public Radio (NPR)
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
8th Floor
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Perspectives
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.

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Michelle Bernard
Michelle Bernard, Chairman, Founder, President and CEO
Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
The Trusted Advisor: What General Counsel Should Know About the CEO, Board of Directors and Collaboration

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.

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Alfreda Bradley-Coar
Alfreda Bradley-Coar, Vice President and General Counsel
GE Healthcare, Americas
Denise M. Faltischek
Denise M. Faltischek, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
The Hain Celestial Group
Melissa Frugé
Melissa Frugé, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
HomeAway, Inc.
Hilary K. Krane
Hilary K. Krane, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel
Nike, Inc.
Bridget Powell
Bridget Powell, General Counsel
HSBC Bank Australia Limited
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Guiding the Present, Shaping the Future: Developing Strategies to Build and Lead Law Departments

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.

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Linda F. Friedman
Linda F. Friedman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Astellas US LLC
Maryanne R. Lavan
Maryanne R. Lavan, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Rena Hozore Reiss
Rena Hozore Reiss, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Kim K. W. Rucker
Kim K. W. Rucker, Executive Vice President, Corporate and Legal Affairs, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary
Kraft Foods, Inc.
Gloria Santona
Gloria Santona, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
McDonald's Corporation
12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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, 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.

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Liza Donnelly
Liza Donnelly, An American writer and cartoonist
The New Yorker and
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Winning the Board Game: Making the Best Moves Toward Board Service

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.

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Paula E. Boggs
Paula E. Boggs, Founder and Principal
Boggs Media, LLC
Kelly McNamara Corley
Kelly McNamara Corley, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Discover Financial Services
Jill A. Klein
Jill A. Klein, Assistant Dean, Digital Initiatives
Executive-in-Residence, Kogod School of Business
American University
Michele C. Mayes
Michele C. Mayes, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
The New York Public Library
Dale Anne Reiss
Dale Anne Reiss, Senior Managing Director
Artemis Advisors
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Managing Corporate Risk: Key Issues in Preventing and Navigating Through Crisis

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.

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Elizabeth K. Bohannon
Elizabeth K. Bohannon, Vice President and Associate General Counsel
Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
Allyson Bouldon
Allyson Bouldon, Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer
Chiquita Brands International
Nancy Hill Dowling
Nancy Hill Dowling, Vice President and General Counsel
Julie M. Jacobs
Julie M. Jacobs, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Joan B. Stafslien
Joan B. Stafslien, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Onward and Upward: Demonstrating Success as a General Counsel and Beyond

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.


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Sheila C. Cheston
Sheila C. Cheston, Corporate Vice President and General Counsel
Northrop Grumman
A. Verona Dorch
A. Verona Dorch, Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Corporate Secretary
Harsco Corporation
Mary A. Francis
Mary A. Francis, Chief Corporate Counsel
Chevron Corporation
Marla S. Persky
Marla S. Persky, President and CEO
Wendy L. Weinberger
Wendy L. Weinberger, Senior Vice President Operations and General Counsel
i4C Innovations, Inc.
5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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