DLA Piper's Leadership Alliance for Women is pleased to announce our fifth Global Women's Leadership Summit will be held on October 16-17, 2018, in Chicago. This award-winning CLE event is held every two years for women general counsel, deputy general counsel and other high-level in-house women lawyers. The 2018 Summit will feature a host of dynamic, insightful women panelists and speakers who will discuss the ways that general counsel are navigating the demand for transparency in our increasingly connected global environment. The two-day Summit will provide ample networking opportunities and an energetic atmosphere, enabling you to connect with fellow attendees and speakers alike.
Senior Client Advisor
Morgan Stanley Vice Chairman Carla Harris will kick off our program at a pre-Summit dinner on Tuesday night, October 16. In her 30-year career, Ms. Harris has had extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. Read more about Ms. Harris' achievements and accomplishments here.
Retired Brigadier General Becky Halstead will deliver our morning keynote address on Wednesday, October 17. General Halstead founded her own leader consultancy company, STEADFAST Leadership, following 27 years of service in the US Army and one year as the Executive Director for Leader Development with Praevius Group, Inc. She specializes in inspirational and motivational speaking, developing leader training programs, leader coaching and mentoring. Read more about General Halstead's career in leadership here.
Bonnie St. John
Paralympic ski medalist, Fortune 500 business consultant, Rhodes Scholar, former White House official, and best-selling author Bonnie St. John will deliver our lunchtime keynote on Wednesday, October 17.
Fatima Goss Graves
President and CEO
National Women's Law Center
We are also pleased to announce that National Women's Law Center (NWLC) President and CEO Fatima Goss Graves will facilitate the elimination of bias CLE program for early arrivals on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 16. Ms. Goss Graves, who has served in numerous roles at NWLC for more than a decade, has spent her career fighting to advance opportunities for women and girls. She is widely recognized for her effectiveness in the complex public policy arena at both the state and federal levels, regularly testifies before Congress and federal agencies, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and other public education forums. Read more about Ms. Goss Graves and her work with NWLC here.
Check back here for more updates as we develop our 2018 Summit program.
Diversity and inclusion efforts are at an inflection point and have become an even greater moral and business imperative than they were historically. In many ways, the wind is now at our backs to drive further institutional change. This guided workshop will explore the issues, actions, and social movements contributing to today’s diversity and inclusion sea change. But what got us here will not get us to the next milestone, or the ones after that. We will share best practices to drive lasting and measurable change where there is a demand for increasingly more diverse and inclusive cultures, and participants will crowdsource solutions to some of the most pressing diversity and inclusion challenges. Attendees will leave with practical suggestions and information for effectuating and leading change in their organizations.
Carla Harris, Morgan Stanley Vice Chairman, Managing Director, and Senior Client Advisor, will deliver our keynote presentation on Tuesday night. In her 30 year career, Ms. Harris has had extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors, and was appointed by President Barack Obama as Chair of the National Women’s Business Council.
Vice Chairman Managing Director Senior Client Advisor
Retired Brigadier General Becky Halstead founded her own leader consultancy company, STEADFAST Leadership, following 27 years of service in the US Army and one year as the Executive Director for Leader Development with Praevius Group, Inc. She specializes in inspirational and motivational speaking, developing leader training programs, leader coaching and mentoring.
Brigadier General, Retired
An increasingly connected global business environment, coupled with expectations of transparency from inside and outside an organization, have added new layers of legal complexity to cross-border transactions. A corporation's legal department creates value by providing leadership with the tools necessary to navigate today's highly complex business environment – often while serving as part of that same leadership team. Panelists will explore the challenges of global business expansion, the evolving role of the general counsel as a business strategist, and the nuances of managing board and executive communications. Panelists will also discuss considerations for efficiently managing and executing cross-border transactions while successfully adhering to a varied set of global compliance standards in an evolving geopolitical and transactional landscape.
Today's workplaces are unique in that they are often populated with up to four generations working in the same environment, and inhouse legal departments are no exception. Effective collaboration and communication across all of the generations can be challenging due to opposing or divergent viewpoints, the perception that different generations have different sets of values, and varying levels of comfort with workplace technology. Panelists will discuss the general counsel's role in effectively leading a multigenerational workforce and address the use of technology across generations. Panelists will also discuss what the legal department and the organization as a whole can do to remain relevant to all generations.
Bonnie St. John will share the valuable insights she gained from a two-year journey with her teenage daughter into the lives and life lessons of world-renowned leaders, including Hillary Clinton, President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, and first woman Chairman of the Board of Deloitte Sharon Allen. Ms. St. John builds on her own inspiring story with vivid portraits of the kind of courage, perseverance, and strength that define leadership in today's society.
Ms. St. John was the first African American ever to win medals in Winter Olympic competition, taking home a silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. Ms. St. John is a best-selling author, a highly sought after keynote speaker, a television and radio personality, a business owner, a Fortune 500 leadership consultant, and a Rhodes Scholar. After returning from Oxford, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a director for Human Capital Issues on the White House National Economic Council. The celebrated author of seven books, Ms. St. John's most recent book, Micro-Resilience: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive and Energy, outlines a quick, easy and immediately effective program of tools and techniques to give you a competitive edge in today's dynamic world of changes and challenges. In 2015, Ms. St. John was inducted into the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Hall of Fame.
Fortune 500 Business Consultant
As companies and business models continue to innovate at a blistering pace, in-house counsel face increasing pressure to keep up. How can today's general counsel manage and leverage technology and innovation to support their business clients? Panelists, who are at the forefront of technology and innovation in in-house legal departments, will discuss their best practices for assessing and implementing new technologies to support their businesses, while balancing the need to retain and promote human and knowledge capital against the drive for efficiency. Panelists will explore how technology is transforming the way lawyers work generally today, and ways in which they have adjusted to work with their business clients.
The development of technology has improved the efficiency and speed with which global companies conduct day-to-day business in every industry. Technology has impacted core methodology, key analytics, safety, quality and communications. New technology also creates additional vulnerabilities for exploitation of highly confidential data and critical operations. As the cyber-risk profile evolves, regulators are focused on creating and enforcing data security requirements throughout the company, including at executive levels. Panelists will explore the role of the general counsel as a strategist in helping the business assess the value and significance of technology with risk mitigation in mind. Panelists will address best practices for being prepared for a cyberattack, and the role of the legal department in a cross-disciplinary response team. In addition, panelists will focus on increased risks for officers and directors and duties associated with reporting to the executive team and the board.
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago
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Chicago, Illinois 60611
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A limited number of deluxe guest rooms are reserved at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago hotel at the special rate of $355 per night. The rooms will be available until the room block is full or until September 15, 2018. Please call The Ritz-Carlton reservations office directly at +1 844 236 8181 and reference the DLA Piper Women’s Leadership Summit to receive the special rate.
"Thank you so much for inviting us to the amazing Leadership Summit. The speakers and panelists were fantastic, and I am already looking forward to next year's Summit."
"I have been telling everyone that I can about the keynote speakers and the cybersecurity panel, just to mention a few…"
"All of the panels and outside speakers were excellent! I thought the content really hit on topics that are of great interest to in-house attorneys."
"The early-bird CLE panel was superb! I have never attended a better executed CLE format."