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
Fortune 500 Business Consultant
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. Ms. 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, Sheryl Sandberg, and first woman Chairman of the Board of Deloitte Sharon Allen. Read more about Ms. St. John's inspirational work and writing here.
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.
For information about our last Summit, please see the 2016 speakers and schedule, listed below.
For the first time, the Summit included an ethics CLE program for early arrivals. An early-bird interactive panel discussion addressed corporate issues surrounding cybergovernance, cyber-risk management, security protocols and incident response plans, as well as the legal and regulatory environment. Monica Crowley, Fox News political and foreign affairs analyst and The Washington Times opinion editor and columnist, then kicked off our 2016 Summit at the pre-Summit dinner. Mellody Hobson, Ariel Investments President and chair of the board of trustees of Ariel Investment Trust, delivered our morning keynote address. Our lunch speaker was sports agent Molly Fletcher, CEO of The Molly Fletcher Company, motivational speaker and business author. Throughout the day, discussions focused on the key roles of general counsel and how they utilize the twin pillars of risk intelligence and innovation to lead global companies.
Please click on the speaker below to view the full bio.
Equity Group Investments
Sam Zell is the Chairman of Equity Group Investments (EGI), the private investment firm he founded more than 40 years ago. The firm's investments span industries and continents and include interests in finance, energy, transportation, communications, health care and real estate. Mr. Zell is recognized as a founding father of today's public real estate industry after creating three of the largest REITs in history.
He is also Founder and Chairman of Equity International, a private investment firm focused on building real estate-related businesses in international emerging markets. Mr. Zell has been particularly active in bringing Equity International's companies to the public markets.
Three of these investments are listed on the New York Stock Exchange: Gafisa, a leading homebuilder in Brazil; Xinyuan, a fast-growing regional homebuilder in China; and Homex, Mexico's leading homebuilder. A fourth, BR Malls, Brazil's largest retail property owner and operator, is listed on the Bovespa.
An ethics CLE program for early arrivals, DLA Piper developed this film as an interactive discussion tool for legal, audit and compliance teams. Its three-part format allows time for discussion and comments from participants after each segment.
The film depicts a fictional corporation dealing with multiple issues: cybergovernance, cyber-risk management, security protocols, incident response plans and the corresponding legal and regulatory environment issues a general counsel must face. The program also addresses the delicate balance that must be struck when managing internal investigations, reporting requirements and stakeholder interests.
Monica Crowley, Fox News political and foreign affairs analyst and The Washington Times opinion editor and columnist, will discuss the potential ramifications of the November 2016 US elections on the corporate and finance world.
Political Analyst and Columnist
Fox News and The Washington Times
Mellody Hobson is President of Ariel Investments and Chairman of Ariel Investment Trust's board of trustees. Additionally, she is Chairman of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. and a director of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and Starbucks Corporation. Mellody serves as Chairman of After School Matters, a nonprofit that provides Chicago teens with high quality, after-school programming. She is also a regular financial contributor for CBS News.
Cyberthreats and cyber security have become key areas of focus for all companies. Protecting a company from ever increasingly sophisticated hackers is essential to preserving a company's reputation and value. As a result, effective and pre-emptive collaboration between a company's legal department and those that have direct responsibility for managing and protecting a business' information and technology systems have become a priority for in-house counsel. Our panel will discuss the role of the legal department in mitigating the risks of cyberattacks in an increasingly complex and global business environment. The panel will also discuss strategies and best practices in leading a company through the various legal, business and regulatory issues in the aftermath of a cyberattack.
PinDrop Security, Inc.
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
United States Steel Corporation
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.
Organic growth through new business models, divisions and product lines within an existing business can present major challenges, including legal risks. However, the risk of not innovating is greater than remaining static. This forward-thinking panel will discuss how their companies are creating new ventures within existing business units and what corporate innovation means to the legal department particularly with respect to protecting the core business. Our panelists will discuss how they guide their legal teams to provide their business leaders with the tools necessary to innovate while managing risks within their organizations.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
General Counsel and Vice President of Public Affairs
Vice President and Chief Counsel
Vice President, Head of Legal
DHL Global Forwarding, Americas
Molly Fletcher is a CEO, motivational speaker and business author. Hailed as the "female Jerry Maguire" by CNN, she built a successful career as one of the first female sports agents, representing hundreds of sports' biggest names and negotiating more than $500 million in contracts. As a sought-after motivational speaker, she applies lessons learned from her years of experience in the sports industry to the business world.
Sports Agent and CEO
The Molly Fletcher Company
In today's global environment, an increasing number of regulatory bodies in jurisdictions around the world are investigating and prosecuting perceived compliance failures. As a result, companies must proactively incorporate multiple (and perhaps conflicting) demands into their business and legal strategies, particularly as they expand across markets. This panel will address how global risk intelligence can provide advantages to general counsel and their companies facing these challenges in an increasingly scrutinized business environment. They will discuss opportunities to weave legal compliance into business initiatives and describe various approaches to the development and implementation of a cross-discipline and cross-border compliance program.
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Litigation and Investigations
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Vice President and General Counsel
Little Caesar Enterprises
General Counsel, North America, the Caribbean and Asia
LATAM Airlines Group S.A.
The relationship between the general counsel and the board of directors has changed significantly over the past 10-15 years. So has the role of general counsel, especially in multinational corporations. The cause and effect of these changes, as well as the impact of globalization on the general counsel will be explored by our experienced panelists who will discuss impactful issues including how the general counsel handles differences in regulations and legislation in the different countries in which the company operates and how the general counsel obtains appropriate global awareness and provides appropriate guidance.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Group General Counsel
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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."