2021 Virtual Global TEC Forum

MCCA would like to thank the MCCA Board, N-GEN Advisory Board, G-TEC Advisory Council, members, speakers, and Title Sponsor VMware for attending and supporting the 2021 Virtual Global TEC Forum on April 14, 2021! This event brought together more than 350 people for a full day of virtual and interactive experiences!

G-TEC provided attendees with the opportunity to speak directly with legal leaders through a virtual platform which addressed complex issues such as, what courses of action are leaders implementing to build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace; how attorneys should think critically about the ethics surrounding AI and racism; the importance of having diversity in our Boardrooms and C-Suites; and how to step up and show up for black female attorneys!

As we move forward together, let’s make sure to continue sharing ideas and strategies to drive change in the legal profession and our communities. Together we are stronger. Together we can create change. Together we will #RiseUnited.

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EVENT SPONSORS

MCCA would like to thank all of our generous sponsors who supported MCCA’s 2021 Virtual Global TEC Forum.

Title Sponsor

Partner Members

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

G-TEC Advisory Council

STUART ALDEROTY (HONORARY CHAIR)

MCCA Board Chair,
General Counsel,
Ripple

Meet Stuart  >

FALLON BANKS

Deputy General Counsel,
UnitedHealth Group

Meet Fallon  >

DANIELLE COLEMAN

Senior Litigation Counsel,
VMware, Inc.

Meet Danielle  >

ALESHA DOMINIQUE

Chair, Trademark
Prosecution Practice Group,
Mitchell Silberberg &
Knupp LLP

Meet Alesha  >

Susan Garcia

Assistant General Counsel,
Thomson Reuters

Meet Susan  >

KAYVAN GHAFFARI

Counsel,
Crowell & Moring LLP

Meet Kayvan  >

MARK GRIDER

Partner,
Cadwalader, Wickersham
& Taft LLP

Meet Mark  >

NORENE LEW

Senior Corporate Counsel,
Salesforce.com, Inc.

Meet Norene  >

KARTHIKA PERUMAL

Partner,
Womble Bond Dickinson
(US) LLP

Meet Karthika  >

JUSTIN PIERCE

Co-Chair Intellectual
Property Division,
Venable LLP

Meet Justin >

ALEXANDRA ROSS

Director, Global Privacy &
Data Security Counsel,
Autodesk,Inc.

Meet Alexandra  >

ADRIENNE VALENCIA GARCIA

Senior Executive Counsel,
IBM

Meet Adrienne  >

Justification Toolkit

You recognize the value of attending the Global TEC Forum, but how do you convey that message to your manager? With budgetary constraints and increased scrutiny on business travel, gaining approval to attend conferences can sometimes pose a challenge. It is important to demonstrate the benefits of attending in order to justify the expense. Use MCCA’s G-TEC Justification Toolkit to help you make the ask, prepare for G-TEC, and get the most from our conference and your membership.

EVENT AGENDA

Day 1 — WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2021

*Please note the agenda times are in EDT.

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11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS FROM MCCA’S CEO & PRESIDENT, JEAN LEE
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11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

WORDS MAY INSPIRE BUT ONLY ACTION CREATES CHANGE: WHERE ARE WE TODAY?

Almost one year ago corporate America joined activists and concerned citizens in condemning the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black Americans. Numerous corporate statements of support were shared in support of the Black Lives Matter movement acknowledging centuries of oppression and that more must be done to eradicate the existing systems that perpetuate inequities.

Many viewed the broad corporate statements of support with skepticism and noted that charitable giving and statements alone will not effectuate real change. Others noted the disconnect between what businesses were saying and actually doing. Why is this moment different than countless others? Is this a moment or movement? These are just a few questions that were raised as pledges of support and change proliferated across our country. Confronted with this stark reality of systemic racism in our society and the public’s skepticism; corporate leaders, advocates, and lawyers united to demand meaningful change; calling for an end to systemic racism, encouraging personal and institutional reflection to further anti-racism, and sharing action plans with measurable goals and accountability.

This panel will discuss where are we now one year later and what has been the impact on the legal profession. Leaders will share their personal and organizational commitments to change, transparency and accountability, and the action plans they are implementing to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.

Panelists:

  • Bryan Brantley – Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
  • Seth Krauss – Chief Legal Officer, Endeavor
  • Marie Ma – Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Gap Inc.
  • Debbie Walters-Francique – Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Pfizer Inc.
  • Neil Wilcox – Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Fiserv, Inc.
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12:15 PM – 12:30 PM

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12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

WITH GREAT POWER, COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, ETHICS & RACISM

Increasingly companies see AI as critical to their future, however, concerns about possible misuse of the technology are on the rise. In a recent Deloitte survey, 76 percent of executives said they expected AI to “substantially transform” their companies within three years, while about a third of respondents named ethical risks as one of the top three concerns about the technology. Recently, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission indicated an increasing focus on fairness in AI, with one of its five commissioners publicly stating that it should expand its oversight of discriminatory AI.

This panel will discuss how the legal profession urgently needs to tackle the ethical issues that AI raises, including how AI may further marginalize protected groups and perpetuate existing bias in the legal system. Our esteemed presenters offer guidance for navigating the ethics of AI and minimizing AI’s potentially discriminatory effects where AI is integrated into legal decision-making, including in an attorney’s role as legal advisor for their client’s business decisions.

Moderator:
Charles Imohiosen – Of Counsel, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Panelists:

  • Donna Haddad – Global Senior Counsel, IBM Data and Watson AI, IBM
  • Rick McFarland – Chief Data Officer, Lexis Nexis, a RELX Company
  • William Wilson – Senior Corporate Counsel, Autodesk, Inc.
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1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

NETWORKING RECEPTION
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2:15 PM – 2:30 PM

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2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS: THE ASCENSION OF ESG

In a recent report from Harvard Business Review, a third of all professionally managed global assets, or roughly $30 trillion, are now subject to ESG criteria. That represents an increase of more than 30% since 2016. Increasingly we have heard statements valuing company stakeholders over shareholders and investment demand has shown that the ESG theme is gaining traction.

BlackRock, Vanguard, and State Street have all made boardroom, leadership, and workforce diversity a focus, and stakeholder demands for corporations to make their leadership more diverse have increased as ESG metrics have drawn more attention. In December 2020, Nasdaq filed a proposal with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt new listing rules related to board diversity and disclosure. If approved by the SEC, the new listing rules would require all companies listed on Nasdaq’s U.S. exchange to publicly disclose consistent, transparent diversity statistics regarding their board of directors. Such steps, although critical, need to be accompanied by fundamental shifts in the board’s understanding of which directors should be recruited, how the board should engage in discussions about racial justice, and how directors should hold themselves and the company’s leaders accountable.

This panel will discuss the importance of developing and implementing a boardroom diversity long-term strategy, transparency including public disclosure of board diversity measures and workforce data, and accountability for companies where board diversity falls behind market norms and expectations.

Moderator:
Belinda Vega – Partner, Venable LLP

Panelists:

  • Andrew Droste – Board Advisory Specialist, Russell Reynolds Associates
  • Julie Reiser – Partner, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
  • Kim Yapchai – Senior Vice President, Chief ESG Officer, Tenneco Inc.
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3:30 PM – 3:45 PM

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3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

HARD ROADS REQUIRE WILL OF STEEL: THE OBSTACLES BLACK WOMEN FACE IN LAW FIRMS & HOW TO BE A CHAMPION & AN ALLY

Progress to increase diversity in the legal profession has been slow, with only small gains for women and almost none for women of color over the last decade. Women of color continue to be significantly underrepresented in equity partnership ranks at majority-owned law firms. According to our 2020 Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey Report, women of color comprised 3.3% of equity partners, up from 3.1% in 2018. Black/African American women have seen the least gains and continue to represent less than 1% of equity partners. These numbers are even more disappointing when we look deeper into our longitudinal data where progress has essentially been flat the last twelve years. Our research shows in 2007 (before the 2008 recession) Black/African American women comprised less than .5% of equity partners at majority-owned firms.

John Lewis stated, “Ours is not the struggle of one day, one week or one year. Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part.”

This panel will discuss what clients can do to amplify their efforts to ensure their women of color outside counsel have an equal chance to develop and succeed. This outstanding panel of Black/African American women partners will share their professional journeys, the obstacles they have faced, and how clients can be their champions and allies.

Moderator:
Mike Jackson – Assistant General Counsel/Senior Director for Microsoft’s Global Workplace Investigations Team (WIT), Microsoft Corporation

Panelists:

  • Mylan Denerstein – Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Mareesa Frederick – Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Jill Louis – Office Managing Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
  • Lorraine McGowen – Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
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4:45 PM – 4:55 PM

CLOSING REMARKS FROM MCCA’S CEO & PRESIDENT, JEAN LEE
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4:55 PM – 5:00 PM

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5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

NETWORKING RECEPTION

EVENT SPEAKERS

BRYAN BRANTLEY

Partner,
McGuireWoods LLP

Meet Bryan  >

Mylan Denerstein

Partner,
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Meet Mylan  >

Andrew Droste

Board Advisory Specialist,
Russell Reynolds Associates

Meet Andrew  >

Mareesa Frederick

Partner,
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Meet Mareesa  >

Donna Haddad

Global Senior Counsel,
IBM Data and Watson AI,
IBM

Meet Donna  >

Charles Imohiosen

Of Counsel,
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Meet Charles  >

Mike Jackson

Assistant General Counsel/Senior Director for Microsoft’s Global Workplace Investigations Team (WIT),
Microsoft Corporation

Meet Mike  >

Seth Krauss

Chief Legal Officer,
Endeavor

Meet Seth  >

Jill Louis

Dallas Office Managing Partner,
Perkins Coie LLP

Meet Jill  >

Marie Ma

Vice President &
Deputy General Counsel,

Gap Inc.

Meet Marie  >

Rick McFarland

Rick McFarland

Chief Data Officer,
Lexis Nexis, a RELX Company

Meet Rick  >

Lorraine McGowen

Lorraine McGowen

Partner,
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Meet Lorraine  >

Julie Reiser

Julie Reiser

Partner,
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC

Meet Julie  >

Belinda Vega

Belinda Vega

Partner,
Venable LLP

Meet Belinda  >

Debbie Walters-Francique

Debbie Walters-Francique

Vice President, Assistant General Counsel,
Pfizer Inc.

Meet Debbie  >

Debbie Walters-Francique

Neil Wilcox

Executive Vice President & Head of
Corporate Social Responsibility
,
Fiserv, Inc.

Meet Neil  >

William Wilson

William Wilson

Senior Corporate Counsel,
Autodesk, Inc.

Meet William  >

Kim Yapchai

Kim Yapchai

Senior Vice President,
Chief ESG Officer,
Tenneco Inc.

Meet Kim  >

Registration & Fees

MEMBER RATE

$250

NON-MEMBER RATE

$395

PAYMENT MESSAGE


All payments must be received no later than April 13, 2021, at 6:00 PM EDT.

Visa, Mastercard, and American Express accepted. Checks are accepted, although card payment is preferred. To ensure your payment is received and processed prior to the event payment deadline, you are strongly encouraged to pay by card.

MCCA Law Firm Members and Corporate Members: Please note as part of your company’s/firm membership benefits you may be entitled to complimentary registration(s) or a discounted member rate.

For complimentary registrations, members must obtain their complimentary registration codes from their organization and use them during registration. The complimentary codes should be entered in the discount code field at the Payment Page and members must click “Apply Now” to zero their balance.

For member discount rates to apply, members must select their “Company/Firm” from a drop-down labeled “MCCA Law Firm/Corporate Members” during the registration process. The member discount rate will automatically be applied to the Payment page.

For any questions or inquiries regarding registration or membership confirmation, please contact events@mcca.com.

If paying by check, please make checks payable to the “Minority Corporate Counsel Association” and mail them to the following address: 1111 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

CANCELLATIONS & SUBSTITUTIONS


All cancellations MUST be received in writing.

Cancellations received no later than 72 hours prior to the first date of an MCCA conference may, at MCCA’s discretion made on a case-by-case basis, apply for credit in the amount paid for the 2021 Global TEC Forum towards attendance to MCCA’s 2022 Global TEC Forum.

There will be NO refunds or credits for cancellations received less than 72 hours prior to the first date of the MCCA conference.

Any approved credits will be processed after the MCCA conference.

An organization may substitute one participant for another participant from the same organization.

Cancellations and requests for substitutions must be submitted to events@mcca.com.

FINANCIAL HARDSHIP POLICY


MCCA is no longer accepting financial hardship applications for the 2021 Virtual Global TEC Forum.

This financial hardship policy applies to attorneys from MCCA member organizations, non-member organizations, or attorneys in public service. Attorneys who are unable to afford event registration fees due to financial hardship may petition for registration fee waivers or discounted registration fees. Full scholarships and discounts to attend MCCA’s conference are given priority to pro bono attorneys, judges, law professors, lawyers who work for nonprofit organizations, legal services organizations, or government agencies, and unemployed attorneys with financial hardships. MCCA may waive or reduce the registration fee for the MCCA conference at their discretion.

Additional Information:

MCCA will review applications on a rolling basis.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Full scholarship or reduced registration fees will not be granted retroactively.

Full scholarship or reduced registration fees are non-transferable from event to event or person to person.

MCCA will not review applications that are not submitted via the official application form.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS


Any special needs for visual aids or auditory aids must be sent to events@mcca.com.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS


Click here to review the MCCA Conference Registration General Terms and Conditions.

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