GENERAL COUNSEL SUMMIT
The General Counsel Summit (GCS) combines professional development and leadership programs with networking events to meet peers, exchange ideas, and launch legal careers to the next level. We are reinventing GCS to offer customized professional development programs for diverse senior in-house counsel led by a faculty comprised of diverse Fortune 500 general counsels. Sessions will provide guidance on how to navigate the executive search and vetting processes, interviewing with the CEO, leadership qualities of a Fortune 500 general counsel, and how to own your seat in the boardroom. GCS’ purpose is to provide senior attorneys the skills and knowledge to move the needle at the top—on getting more people into the boardrooms where the decisions are made and the future is built.
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In addition to our major conferences and events, MCCA hosts roadshows throughout the country, featuring thoughtful roundtables that focus on regional issues of diversity and inclusion, specifically recruiting, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys. These roadshows are an opportunity to engage the membership and connect with local leaders to learn about their concerns, share best practices, and discuss sustainable solutions.
On November 1, 2017, MCCA stopped in Seattle to celebrate our 20th Anniversary with our members in Seattle and to learn about best practices in corporate legal departments and how outside counsel can partner with clients to improve diversity in our profession.
1201 Third Avenue Suite 4900 Seattle, Washington 98101
November 1, 2017 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM (PDT)
A.B. CRUZ, III
Enterprise Shared Services, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Office,
Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, AI & Research Group,
Core Services Engineering
& Operations Team,
Day 1 — WEDNESDAY, November 2017
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
REGISTRATION AND CHECK-IN
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
WELCOME AND PANEL: BEST PRACTICES IN CORPORATE LEGAL DEPARTMENTS AND COLLABORATING WITH OUTSIDE COUNSEL TO IMPROVE DIVERSITY & ACCOUNTABILITY
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Past G-Tec Participating Companies
A Place For Rover, Inc.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
American Lawyer Media
American Petroleum Institute
Barta, Jones & Foley, P.C.
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
Boulette Golden & Marin LLP
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Carrington Legal Search
Crowell & Moring LLP
Crown World Mobility
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Duane Morris LLP
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Ferrovial Services U.S., Inc.
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Fish & Richardson, P.C.
Freeborn & Peters LLP
Goodwin Procter LLP
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Husch Blackwell LLP
Innis Law Group LLC
Jackson Walker LLP
Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP
Keolis America Inc.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Kivu Consulting, Inc.
Law Office of Vivian E. Ross-Bennett
Level 2 Legal Solutions
Levine Lee LLP
Littler Mendelson P.C
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Marriott International, Inc.
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
Massey & Gail LLP
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
NBCUniversal Media, LLC
Nokia of America Corporation
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Novara Tesija & Catenacci P.L.L.C
Oakland Athletics Baseball Company
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Paul Hastings LLP
Practising Law Instittute
Rakuten USA, Inc.
Ropes & Gray LLP
Russell Reynolds Associates
RVM Enterprises, Inc.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Summit Materials, Inc.
TRE Legal Practice
Troutman Sanders LLP
Uber Technologies, Inc.
United Services Automobile Association Inc. (USAA)
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Whole Foods Market
Winston & Strawn LLP
Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
Wyndham Hotel Group
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
A.B. CRUZ, III
Former Senior Vice President & Enterprise Shared Services, Chief Legal Office,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (ret.)
Board Chair, Independent Director,
Senior Advisor, Seasoned C-Suite Executive
Navy Admiral-Special Warfare/Operations, CLO/GC, CECO, CRO, Corporate Secretary
Telecommunications, Media/Entertainment, Education, Financial Services, Biotech Pharma, Oil & Gas, Military
Executive, Nominating & Governance, Audit,
A.B. CRUZ III has helped lead four public (NASDAQ: VIA & SSP | NYSE: SNI & EBS) and three private companies (USAA, BET, ARINC)—spanning several very different highly regulated industries and representing over $60B in total annual revenue—through challenge, crisis, and change. He is also a former Navy Admiral who during his 33+ year military career shaped and led numerous high-performing operational teams in demanding, high-stress and ambiguous environments, and represented the United States internationally in multiple high-level engagements with foreign militaries. A visionary leader of the highest character who has developed and implemented much value- and brand-building initiatives and is a well-respected and credible thought leader on such matters as:
- Strategic Mergers & Acquisitions
- Digital Technology Transformations
- Capital Restructurings, Financings, Spin-Offs & Divestitures
- Enterprise Risk Management & Risk Appetite Frameworks
- Compliance & Internal Audit
- Talent & Leadership Development
- Corporate Governance
- Crisis Management
- Strategic/Operational Planning & Execution
- Culture Shaping & Workforce Optimization
- Education/School Board
- Diversity, Inclusion & Equity
A.B. was most recently a Senior Vice President and Divisional General Counsel at USAA, a Fortune 100 financial services company, where he led the legal teams that supported the Company’s C-suite members and their organizations. He spearheaded the optimization of the chief legal office’s operating and interaction models, and reviewed and approved new products and services to foster USAA’s future growth, competitiveness, and technology transformation.
Prior to USAA, A.B. was Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer, and PAC chairman for Emergent BioSolutions, Inc. Before Emergent, A.B. concurrently served as the Deputy Director of Maritime Operations for U.S. Fleet Forces Command and as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary for Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. Prior to that, A.B. was the Deputy Commander for both U.S. 4th Fleet and Naval Forces Southern Command and served as the Executive Vice President & General Counsel for The E.W. Scripps Company.
A.B. holds a JD from The Catholic University of America, an MA in Marketing from The University of Maryland, and a BS in General Engineering & Physical Sciences from the U.S. Naval Academy. A.B. has served on numerous boards and is the immediate past chairman of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association board, is an advisory board member for Bellatorum Resources, and a board director and executive committee member for the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, and a board director for the Down Syndrome Association of South Texas. He also serves as a board trustee, executive committee member, and finance committee chair for Saint Mary’s Hall, and as a board trustee and governance committee member for the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Foundation. A.B. is also a senior advisor for VetStoreUSA.