Posted on July 30, 2014 in General Counsel, Corporate Culture
Today’s general counsel is much more than just an in-house lawyer. The GC role has been evolving for decades, but in the last few years that evolution has accelerated, driven in part by the recent financial crisis. In that calamity many GCs found themselves thrust into much bigger roles at their companies—those of strategic adviser or even business partner to their boards of directors. Even as the crisis has passed, many GCs continue to performing those duties.
While GCs gain their seats atop corporate legal departments through experience, knowledge and skill, the prospect of taking on additional responsibilities may seem daunting. And that’s exactly why GWLS will feature a panel titled: “The Trusted Advisor: What General Counsel Should Know About the CEO, Board of Directors and Collaboration.”
Posted on July 28, 2014 in General News, General Counsel
This September DLA Piper will host its third Global Women’s Leadership Summit (GWLS), focusing on the emerging roles of general counsel in today’s global business and political environments. The two-day event, which offers CLE credit, will feature some of the country’s most successful female leaders.
Posted on November 14, 2012 in Crisis and Risk Management, General News, General Counsel
Judy Smith, former White House deputy press secretary and president of Smith and Company, said that crisis situations highlight a lot about how to lead and how not to lead.
Her distinguished co-panelists, Donna Brazile, former campaign manager for Vice President Al Gore and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, and Brande Stellings, vice president, advisory services, professional services practice for Catalyst, discussed with Smith the characteristics of a leader, in or out of a crisis. They also addressed how GCs can move things forward during a crisis and what GCs should be thinking about before a crisis hits.
Posted on November 13, 2012 in General Counsel, Mentoring
Sandra Blundetto, senior vice president and general counsel of US RE Companies, and Clarissa Cerda, executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary of LifeLock, Inc., led an interactive panel with a lot of audience questions and answers about their forward-looking advice and lessons learned from their own experiences of advancing into and interacting with the C-suite. In addition, the two respected general counsel discussed the evolution of the GC role and where it sits in today’s business world.