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.
Posted on November 13, 2012 in General News, General Counsel, Corporate Culture, Mentoring
The role of the general counsel goes beyond advising on legal and compliance matters. GCs wear many hats and a few roles brought up in one of today’s afternoon panels included government relations, compliance officers and even human resources.
Posted on November 13, 2012 in General News, General Counsel, Corporate Culture
In today’s world, business is changing. It’s becoming more global, operations are making the world seem smaller with the increasing role of technology, we’re having to conquer language and cultural barriers and there are ever-increasing ethical challenges.
Lauralee Martin, global chief operating and financial officer for Jones Lang LaSalle, believes the implications of this changing world are enormous. She stresses that with these complications and changing regulations, companies have to make sure their integrity, ethics, culture and hiring policies are stable from the beginning -- they have to set the right tone at the top. With that in mind, she said that the general counsel is now involved in everything companies do.