2022 Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference

Since 1999, MCCA’s annual Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference has been recognized as one of the most comprehensive forums focused on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), talent optimization, inclusive leadership, and management to bolster the recruitment, retention, and promotion of diverse attorneys. Pathways convenes influential general counsel, in-house counsel, firm partners and thought leaders to present and discuss current and thought-provoking issues disrupting and shaping DEI in the legal profession. 

As we celebrate our 25th Anniversary, we once again have partnered with our board, members, sponsors and allies to create an immersive 3-day conference for our community. Pathways combines the Pitch Session Network, business development and recruiting workshops, a celebration of our Paula L. EttelbrickRainmakers and Rising Stars honorees and CLEs with live Q&As. Expert panels will address topics such as origination credit, coalition building, performative allyship vs. real advocacy, implementing sustainable DEI strategy, inclusive work culture and more. 

Save the date to join us October 17 – 19 in New York City as we gather in-person for the first time in three years with the mission to know better, do better, lead better and change for the better. 

Please click here for instructions to add events@mcca.com to your Safe Sender List, Address Book or Contacts to receive future communications regarding the Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference.

COVID-19 Event Policy

MCCA has adopted a “Vaccination Required” policy for all events. This means that all attendees must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend. In addition, masks will be required while indoors except for while eating and for presenters who are actively speaking. MCCA will observe and comply with all local, state and CDC guidelines that are in place at the time of its events and reserves the right to adjust its policy based on those guidelines.

OCTOBER 17-19, 2022
New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

Hotel Reservations will close September 26, 2022.

Click here for registration instructions.

2022 Pitch Session Network

MCCA will host the Sixth Annual Pitch Session Network (“PSN”) at the 2022 Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference on October 17-19, 2022. (PSN meetings will take place throughout all three days of the conference). PSN allows in-house counsel to connect with diverse law firm partners at majority law firms, diversify their preferred provider portfolios and hold law firms accountable for their diversity efforts. PSN provides a platform for diverse law firm partners and legal service providers to meet privately, make meaningful connections and build lasting business relationships with corporate legal departments interested in legal services.

2022 PSN Corporate Participants

Additional participants coming soon!

Amazon
Amazon
Salesforce
Amazon
Eligibility Criteria for PSN Participants:

ALL PSN participants MUST be a confirmed registrant of the 2022 Pathways Conference prior to the application being considered. There is no additional cost to participate.

 

  • Corporate Legal Departments:
    • In-house counsel MUST have the authority to hire outside counsel directly; but
    • In-house counsel do not have to be members (however, members receive preference in the matching/selection process).
  • Law Firms:
    • Law firm participant MUST be MCCA members (or pre-approved affinity organizations) and CANNOT participate solely as a conference sponsor (non-MCCA member attorneys MUST provide a verification of good standing from the affiliate bar association prior to application being considered);
    • Law firm participant MUST complete the PSN application (which is found in the conference registration);
    • Law firm participant MUST be a DIVERSE PARTNER (MCCA’s definition of diversity includes gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQ+, veterans/service members and attorneys with disabilities);
    • Law firm participant MUST provide their attorney profile and/or resume to complete their PSN application; and
    • Law firm participant MUST provide a profile of their firm to complete their PSN application.
  • Legal Service Providers (non-law firms):
    • Legal service providers MUST be 2022 Pathways Conference sponsors to participate in the Pitch Session Network; and
    • Legal service providers MUST provide their profile to complete their PSN application.

2022 Rainmakers

Purvi Albers

Purvi PATEL Albers

Partner & Board Member,
Haynes & Boone, LLP

MEET PURVI  >

Monica Arora

Monica Arora

Partner & Co-Head,
Private Funds Group
,
Proskauer Rose LLP

MEET MONICA  >

Neeraj Arora

Neeraj Arora

Partner,
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

MEET NEERAJ  >

Gopal Burgher

Gopal Burgher

Managing Partner,
BurgherGray LLP

MEET GOPAL  >

Manual Cachán

Manuel F. Cachán

Partner, Co-Head of
Trials Practice Group
,
Proskauer Rose LLP

MEET MANUEL  >

Jaret Davis

Jaret L. Davis

Co-Managing Shareholder of the Miami Office,
Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

MEET JARET  >

Lillian S. Hardy

Partner, Investigations, White Collar, and Fraud/Crisis Leadership Team,
Hogan Lovells

MEET LILLIAN  >

Patricia Holmes

Patricia Brown Holmes

Managing Partner,
Riley Safer Holmes &
Cancila LLP

MEET PATRICIA  >

Young Lee

Young Lee

Partner,
Orrick

MEET YOUNG  >

Purvi Patel Albers

Kecia J. Reynolds

Partner, Leader Section 337
IP Litigation

Paul Hastings LLP

MEET KECIA  >

Anjan Sahni

Anjan Sahni

Partner-in-Charge,
New York Office
WilmerHale

MEET ANJAN  >

Craig Thompson

Craig A. Thompson

Partner,
Venable LLP

MEET CRAIG  >

Denice Tokunaga

Denice Tokunaga

Partner,
SeyFarth Shaw LLP

MEET DENICE  >

Mark Whitaker

Mark Whitaker

Global Co-Chair, IP Litigation,
Morrison Foerster

MEET MARK >

Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson

Partner,
Goodwin Procter LLP

MEET CHRIS  >

2022 Rising Stars

Gueter Aurelien

GUETER AURELIEN

Counsel,
Venable LLP

MEET GUETER  >

Bryan Browning

BRYAN BROWNING

Assistant General Counsel,
Head of Global Disputes,

Whirlpool Corporation

MEET BRYAN >

Nakimuli Davis-Primer

NAKIMULI DAVIS-PRIMER

Shareholder,
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

MEET NAKIMULI  >

Matt Depaz

MATT DEPAZ

Partner,
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

MEET MATT  >

Ronak Desai

RONAK D. DESAI

Of Counsel, Litigation,
Paul Hastings LLP

MEET RONAK  >

Jason Downs

JASON G. DOWNS

Shareholder,
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

MEET JASON  >

Charlene Gedeus

CHARLENE A. BARKER GEDEUS, ESQ.

Shareholder,
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

MEET CHARLENE >

Christopher Grant

CHRISTOPHER GRANT

Senior Lead Counsel,
LinkedIn Corporation

MEET CHRISTOPHER  >

Shanelle Henry

SHANELLE HENRY

Senior Corporate Counsel,
Microsoft

MEET SHANELLE  >

Naomi Hills

NAOMI K. HILLS

Senior Counsel,
GSK

MEET NAOMI  >

Tennille Hoover

TENNILLE HOOVER

Senior Corporate Counsel,
U.S. Bank

MEET TENNILLE  >

Michael Hui

MICHAEL J. HUI

Of Counsel,
Gunderson Dettmer Stough
Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP

MEET MICHAEL  >

Paul Humphreys

PAUL HUMPHREYS

Partner,
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

MEET PAUL  >

Vanessa Jackson

VANESSA JACKSON

Partner,
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

MEET VANESSA  >

Justin Johnson

JUSTIN T. JOHNSON

Senior Counsel, Global Affiliate Governance,
AbbVie, Inc.

MEET JUSTIN  >

John Kim

JOHN K. KIM

Counsel,
State Farm Mutual Automobile
Insurance Company

MEET JOHN  >

Michelle Martinez

MICHELLE MARTINEZ

Senior Counsel – Global Product,
eBay Inc.

MEET MICHELLE  >

Eva Pulliam

EVA J. PULLIAM

Partner,
ArentFox Schiff LLP

MEET EVA  >

Julius Redd

JULIUS M. REDD

Principal,
Beveridge & Diamond PC

MEET JULIUS  >

Helen Respass

HELEN L. RESPASS

Senior Legal Editor & Global Pro Bono Co-Chair,
Thomson Reuters

MEET HELEN  >

Christopher Riaño

CHRISTOPHER R. RIAÑO

Of Counsel,
Holland & Knight LLP

MEET CHRISTOPHER  >

Richard Rosalez

RICHARD C. ROSALEZ

Vice President, Litigation,
Samsung Electronics America

MEET RICHARD  >

Christine Swift

CHRISTINE N. SWIFT

VP, Litigation & Corporate Insurance,
Lincoln Financial Group

MEET CHRISTINE  >

Nikolas Takacs

NIKOLAS TAKACS

Senior Product and Regulatory Counsel,
Marqeta

MEET NIKOLAS  >

Sue Xia

SUE XIA

Lead Counsel – Patents and Open Source,
Walmart

MEET SUE  >

Event Sponsors

Our sponsors and exhibitors are integral to providing participants with a conference that continues to lift the bar. Sponsors of the Pathways Conference have the opportunity to contribute to unique and substantive discussions on diversity, equity and inclusion issues within the legal profession.

CHAMPION SPONSOR

 

Justification Toolkit

You recognize the value of attending the Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference, 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 Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference Justification Toolkit to help you make the ask, prepare for the Pathways Conference, and get the most from our conference and your membership.

EVENT AGENDA

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2022

*Please note the agenda times are in EDT.

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7:30 AM – 6:45 PM

REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION DESK
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7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

BREAKFAST
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8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

MCCA’S BLUEPRINT WORKSHOP FOR SELLING & BUYING – A PITCH WORKSHOP FOR OUTSIDE COUNSEL

Through instruction and experiential learning, participants will work together to learn skills and behaviors for building successful business relationships. Outside counsel will have the opportunity to work in teams to develop a formal pitch from a mock RFP for legal services, which will be presented to senior in-house counsel.

This workshop is open to law firm members only and has max capacity of 30 participants. Preference will be given to law firm partners; associates are welcome to apply if their firm is a two tier partner system. In-house members who would like to serve as workshop coaches, assisting law firm participants with their pitches and sharing best practices, are invited to email Sophia Piliouras at spiliouras@mcca.com.

Non-members will be placed on a waiting list as will any other participants once we reach max capacity. Additional information and workshop materials will be provided to participants prior to the conference. If you would like to be added to the workshop waitlist, please email Lauren Hossfeld at lhossfeld@mcca.com.

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8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

PITCH SESSION NETWORK

MCCA’s Pitch Session Network (“PSN”) allows in-house counsel to connect with diverse law firm partners at majority law firms, diversify their preferred provider portfolios and hold law firms accountable for their diversity efforts. Member law firms and sponsors will have the ability to meet privately with in-house counsel to pitch the legal services they offer and develop meaningful connections with potential clients. MCCA created the Pitch Session Network to address the lack of diversity at the equity partner-level in law firms.

In collaboration with:

Pitch Session Network Registration Instructions:

Eligible conference registrants interested in participating in the Pitch Session Network must complete the application form that will be made available as part of the 2022 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference registration process.

To ensure that your application will be reviewed, it is strongly recommended that PSN applications be submitted as early as possible and no later than September 16, 2022.

To learn more about the Pitch Session Network and view FAQs, click here.

Amazon
Salesforce
   
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8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Law Firm Recruitment Workshop
MCCA Member Only Workshop
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8:45 AM – 10:00 AM

2022 is the Year of Workplace Culture: Challenges and Revolutionizing the Workplace

A new year offers employers the opportunity to reflect on how their organization has adapted to recent challenges. It’s also the perfect time to reimagine workplace culture. That’s because employers have struggled to recruit and retain top talent in recent months. And according to a new report from Glassdoor, the tight labor market trends will continue into 2023.

One key to winning the war for top talent is a renewed focus on company culture. The organizations that succeed will rethink employee engagement and develop an employee-centric work environment. This panel will discuss emerging trends, challenges in today’s markets and their strategies to address the challenges in an everchanging world.

Panelists:

  • Bob Johnson – EVP Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, USAA
  • Dev Stahlkopf – Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Cisco
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10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Should Companies Take A Stand on Social or Political Issues?

Black Lives Matter. Trade policy. Immigration. Over the last four years, companies have been under pressure from their constituencies — employees, customers, investors, and the communities in which they operate — to take a public stand on high-profile political and social movements. According to research from the Edelman Trust Barometer, 54% of employees globally believe that CEOs should speak publicly on controversial political and social issues they care about. Similarly, 53% of consumers agree that every brand has a responsibility to get involved in at least one social issue that does not directly impact its business.

This panel will explore questions such as:  What does this sea change mean for organizational leaders in terms of addressing social issues, particularly political ones? What risk and legal issues should be considered? And what are the best practices for companies considering taking a stand?

Moderator:
Joseph Centeno – Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Panelists:

  • Damien Atkins – Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel, Aura
  • Ellen Duffy McKay – Senior Vice President Employment Law, Lincoln Financial Group
  • Nancy Laben – Chief Legal Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • LaTanya Langley – Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Edgewell Personal Care Company
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10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Corporate Recruitment Workshop
MCCA Member Only Workshop
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11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Talent Management Strategies: Navigating The Great Resignation, The Great Reset, The Great Reorganization and The Great Retention

Luncheon Plenary
(11:30am- 12:30pm: Lunch Buffet served)

Recruiting in today’s labor market is more challenging than ever! You are faced with the simultaneous pressures of effectively finding, recruiting and onboarding top talent, while ensuring existing employees are happy and prospering. This is likely putting a squeeze on your organizations resources and now combine that with returning to the workplace and it’s a perfect talent storm.

Join us, as our panel of talent experts discuss factors fueling the ever-changing talent landscape. You will learn thoughtful insights and strategies from senior leaders and their peers, such as:

  • Using your organization’s data to be agile
  • Fostering a flexible work culture
  • The role of learning in productivity and engagement
  • Talent acquisition and retention strategies

Rounding out this session will be an introduction to a comprehensive line-up of talent solutions that support every stage of your company’s talent journey, from acquisition to development to engagement.

Panelists:

  • Jay Kim – Partner, In-House Counsel Recruiting, Major, Lindsey & Africa

  • Reginald Rasch – Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Party City

  • Tom Robertson – Corporate Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
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1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Be Yourself, but Carefully: Does Codeswitching Put Authenticity at Risk?

We all want to be seen in an unbiased way. We do not want stereotypes, prejudices, or preconceptions to distort other people’s perceptions of our capacities, capabilities and potentials. We may want to be seen in different ways in different contexts:  sometimes as leaders; other times as dynamic go-getters, team players, peacemakers, or something else entirely. But regardless of the context, we always want our qualities, capacities, and characteristics to be appraised accurately. Yet women and people of color often find it difficult to be judged without the distorting lens of stereotypes.

This panel will share their personal experiences as diverse attorneys in corporate America, and navigating evolving identities. Additionally, how do leaders create a culture of inclusion and belonging that allows employees to bring their authenticate selves to the workplace.

Moderator:
Mike Jackson – Associate General Counsel/General Manager, Compliance & Ethics Governance, Training, and Culture, Microsoft Corporation

Panelists:

  • Jill Louis – Perkins Coie LLP
  • Linda Lu – Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, TransUnion
  • Rodney Pratt – Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.
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1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Law Firm Retention Workshop
MCCA Member Only Workshop
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1:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Pitch Session Network

MCCA’s Pitch Session Network (“PSN”) allows in-house counsel to connect with diverse law firm partners at majority law firms, diversify their preferred provider portfolios and hold law firms accountable for their diversity efforts. Member law firms and sponsors will have the ability to meet privately with in-house counsel to pitch the legal services they offer and develop meaningful connections with potential clients. MCCA created the Pitch Session Network to address the lack of diversity at the equity partner-level in law firms.

In collaboration with:

Pitch Session Network Registration Instructions:

Eligible conference registrants interested in participating in the Pitch Session Network must complete the application form that will be made available as part of the 2022 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference registration process.

To ensure that your application will be reviewed, it is strongly recommended that PSN applications be submitted as early as possible and no later than September 9, 2022.

To learn more about the Pitch Session Network and view FAQs, click here.

2022 PSN CORPORATE PARTICIPANTS

Additional participants coming soon!

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3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

COFFEE BREAK
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3:30PM - 5:00PM

White Women Advocates - The Intersectionality of Inequality

As with all organizational imperatives, the fight to end systemic racism needs to be led from the top and be informed by all employees, especially women of color who have been historically and systematically marginalized. It will discuss on how data is key in creating sustainable systemic change (internally and externally).  Companies spend billions of dollars annually on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, but the results are slow.

In the last few years, women’s voices have been crucial. From the #MeToo movement to the women’s marches to the historic wins in 2018 elections to being on the front lines combating COVID-19, women are speaking out and engaging in the world in positive new ways. However, the issues are very complicated  in creating real change. White women must address how they perpetuate the systems that block women and people of color from having real power. Being let into the white man’s world without changing any of the underlying rules of how it operates will result in the same thing: power systems that default to white male leadership and keep systemic racism and sexism in place. 

The panel discussion will revolve around how white women can be better advocates to women in color and create real change in corporate America.

Moderator:
Jennifer Ivan – Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation

Panelists:

  • Marie Ma – Division General Counsel, Banana Republic; VP and Deputy General Counsel, Gap Inc.
  • Michele Coleman Mayes – Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, The New York Public Library

  • Amy Fliegelman Olli – Executive Vice President & General Counsel, VMware, Inc.
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3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Corporate Retention Workshop
MCCA Member Only Workshop
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5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

WELCOME RECEPTION
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5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

AMAZON RECEPTION (INVITATION ONLY)
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6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

PITCH SESSION NETWORK DINNER

Pitch Session Network Dinner is by Invite-Only. Your attendance must be confirmed in advance of the dinner.

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7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

MCCA Dine-A-Rounds
Looking to connect with colleagues during Pathways? Join your fellow attendees for an informal* Dine-A-Round dinner. Connecting in a smaller setting will allow you to benefit from diverse experiences and foster new relationships.

*Attendees must pre-pay for their meal ($225) online during registration in order to attend a Dine-A-Round dinner. Payments are non-refundable. Dine-A-Round pricing encompasses a pre-selected menu, including taxes and gratuity.

The Dine-A-Round event will take place at restaurants within walking distance of the New York Marriott Marquis. Reservations will be arranged by MCCA and will range in size. Details to follow.

The Dine-A-Round event is open to registered Pathways attendees only.

This event is $225 and a separate fee not covered by membership or sponsorship discount codes.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2022

*Please note the agenda times are in EDT.

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7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION DESK
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8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

PITCH SESSION NETWORK

MCCA’s Pitch Session Network (“PSN”) allows in-house counsel to connect with diverse law firm partners at majority law firms, diversify their preferred provider portfolios and hold law firms accountable for their diversity efforts. Member law firms and sponsors will have the ability to meet privately with in-house counsel to pitch the legal services they offer and develop meaningful connections with potential clients. MCCA created the Pitch Session Network to address the lack of diversity at the equity partner-level in law firms.

In collaboration with:

Pitch Session Network Registration Instructions:

Eligible conference registrants interested in participating in the Pitch Session Network must complete the application form that will be made available as part of the 2022 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference registration process.

To ensure that your application will be reviewed, it is strongly recommended that PSN applications be submitted as early as possible and no later than September 16, 2022.

To learn more about the Pitch Session Network and view FAQs, click here.

2022 PSN CORPORATE PARTICIPANTS

Additional participants coming soon!

Amazon
Salesforce
   
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8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

AMAZON INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW BLITZ

Amazon is a proud sponsor of the MCCA Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference. Our legal team is deeply involved in every aspect of Amazon’s diverse set of businesses and operations, from exploring ground-breaking new products and services to bringing our best ideas to market and operating effectively at global scale. We will have representatives from the legal department and recruiting team available to speak with you about opportunities to join Amazon’s legal team*.

https://www.amazon.jobs/en/job_categories/legal

We would love to get to know you more. If you’re interested in a specific role, please sign-up. We look forward to meeting you!

*Please do not sign up for the information blitz if you are interested in working with Amazon as outside counsel. The information blitz is for lawyers and legal professionals interested in career opportunities at Amazon.

*Applicants must register and attend the Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference in order to be considered.

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8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Companies “Value” DEI, but Are They Investing at the Right Levels to Drive Change?

Presentation of the Paula L. Ettelbrick & Rising Stars Award Ceremony & Breakfast Plenary

Corporate attempts to improve diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are falling short, according to new research that raises serious doubts about traditional approaches to the business and social issues surrounding DE&I.

A recent case suggests company diversity, equity and inclusion policies can’t be thought of as add-ons but must be built into the leadership structure. A settlement earlier this year between Pinterest and a class of its investors might serve as a wake-up call to general counsel whose company treats their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) policies as window dressing. The agreement, still preliminary but expected to be finalized, connects a company’s DEI policies to the fiduciary responsibilities of the management team and directors. 

This panel will discuss  how to successfully  foster DE&I focus on making systemic changes, advance DEI and embed in the fiduciary duties of leaders and operating DE&I “as a business function, not a set of HR initiatives, with a well-defined strategy that is owned by everybody in the organization and supported by capable subject matter experts.

Moderator:

  • Jean Lee – President & CEO, MCCA

Panelists:

  • Seth Krauss – Chief Legal Officer, Endeavor
  • Larry Midler – Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer, CBRE
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11:00 am – 12:00 pm

MCCA’s Annual General Counsel Survey of the Fortune 500 & Fortune 1000

Since 1999, MCCA began tracking information about Fortune 500 general counsel and more broadly Fortune 1000 since 2004. Despite the ongoing pandemic into 2021, we saw little movement within the Fortune 1000 general counsels and in some areas a net loss in representation.

There is still a long way to go before Fortune 1000 GCs are representative of the US population. The rate of change will increase only if female and minority GCs are promoted more often at the highest levels. This means that representation must also increase within the active attorney population. As previous survey editions have shown, once a female or minority candidate is awarded a GC position, the pool from which their successor is drawn becomes more diverse as well.

The panel will discuss the 2022 MCCA report, the key factors to sustaining focus and creating models to carry this focus forward and strategies on how to increase representation at the top in the legal profession.

Panelists:

  • Jennifer Herrmann – Partner and Global Co-Leader, Legal, Compliance & Government Affairs Practice, Spencer Stuart
  • Sonya Olds Som, Esq. – Global Managing Partner – Legal Risk Compliance & Government Affairs, Diversified Search Group

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11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Data Analytics: Metrics and Strategies for Sustainable Systemic Change

The digitalization process and its outcomes in the 21st century accelerate transformation and the creation of sustainable societies. Our decisions, actions and even existence in the digital world generate data, which offer tremendous opportunities for revising current business methods and strategies.

Measuring your diversity initiatives helps to put form, shape, meaning, value, accountability, follow-through, and forward progress into your diversity efforts. It helps move the needle from diversity as a conceptual framework to diversity as a valued, integrated, benefit-generating aspect of organizational life.

This panel will discuss how to utilize diversity metrics (specific quantitative and qualitative measures of diversity) to  help translate business strategy into action by measuring the financial and non-financial value of diverse workplace and external environmental performance.

How does one identify the specific challenges facing each law department and law firm? How does an organization track the progress of initiatives that are in place and identify strategic gaps? 

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12:15 pm – 2:15 pm

DEI Isn’t Enough: Companies Need Anti-Racist Leadership and Culture of Accountability

Presentation of the George B. Vashon Innovator Award & 2022 Rainmakers Award Ceremony & Luncheon Plenary

Over the past few years in the United States, we’ve seen some horrific examples of racism seize the public consciousness. Amid all these tragedies – and the protests that followed – U.S. business leaders promised they would do their part to fight the problem, making workplaces more diverse, equitable and inclusive.

Last summer, institutions across sectors were called to account for their failure to address systemic racism. Many organizational leaders addressed the backlash by requesting trainings and consultations from professionals like myself in the field of racial equity. Unfortunately, many of these same leaders failed to recognize that hosting a training series on anti-racism or producing a set of public-facing DEI statements and benchmarks were not enough to address the root causes of systemic and structural racism at work in their organization.

Without a culture of accountability, any effort to prevent racial harm or provide proper redress when it occurs will fall short of accomplishing repairing harm and deepen distrust and disconnection among staff. Legal leaders on this panel offer best practices and guidance on how corporate leaders can promote lasting change in their own organizations and society at large.

Panelists:

  • Kate Karas – General Counsel, Chime
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2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Law Firm Promotion Workshop
MCCA Member Only Workshop
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3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Women Leaders Break Through the Glass Ceiling Only to Face the Dangers of the Glass Cliff

A great deal has been written about the pathways and barriers to women’s advancement into leadership positions. Concepts such as the glass ceilingconcrete walls, sticky floors and career labyrinths have received significant attention in research and popular media.

Another potential obstacle for this new wave of women in leadership roles is the danger of the “glass cliff.” This phenomenon happens when women achieve leadership roles during periods of downturn, crisis, conflict or failure within the organization. These are high-risk leadership assignments for which women and diverse leaders may take the blame if the organization or situation does not rapidly improve under their leadership. So, women may break through the glass ceiling to reach top leadership roles, only to fall off of the glass cliff if the organization does not recover from the problems they inherited. The existence of the glass cliff is confirmed by research that women and people of color are more likely to be promoted to CEO of weak performing or troubled firms.

Panelists:

  • Deneen Donnley – Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Consolidated Edison, Inc.
  • Lucy Fato – Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Global Head of Communications and Government Affairs, American International Group, Inc. (AIG)
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3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Racist Robots: Embedded Racism in Facial Recognition Software

Companies have been pouring billions of dollars into developing more robots to help replace humans for tasks such as stocking shelves, delivering goods or even caring for hospital patients. Heightened by the pandemic and a resulting labor shortage, experts describe the current atmosphere for robotics as something of a gold rush. But tech ethicists and researchers are warning that the quick adoption of the new technology could result in unforeseen consequences down the road as the technology becomes more advanced and ubiquitous.

In the past two years, more than 200 class actions have been filed in Illinois, and that number will grow in response to this ruling. As companies integrate this type of emerging technology into their businesses, they need counsel who can help them navigate this new landscape.

Companies must audit the algorithms they use, and diagnose the ways they exhibit flawed behavior, creating ways to diagnose and improve those issues.

This panel will discuss best practices for using biometric technology in their businesses and reduce their potential risk.

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3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

PITCH SESSION NETWORK

MCCA’s Pitch Session Network (“PSN”) allows in-house counsel to connect with diverse law firm partners at majority law firms, diversify their preferred provider portfolios and hold law firms accountable for their diversity efforts. Member law firms and sponsors will have the ability to meet privately with in-house counsel to pitch the legal services they offer and develop meaningful connections with potential clients. MCCA created the Pitch Session Network to address the lack of diversity at the equity partner-level in law firms.

In collaboration with:

Pitch Session Network Registration Instructions:

Eligible conference registrants interested in participating in the Pitch Session Network must complete the application form that will be made available as part of the 2022 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference registration process.

To ensure that your application will be reviewed, it is strongly recommended that PSN applications be submitted as early as possible and no later than September 9, 2022.

To learn more about the Pitch Session Network and view FAQs, click here.

2022 PSN CORPORATE PARTICIPANTS

Additional participants coming soon!

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4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

COFFEE BREAK
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4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

The Real Problem With Diversity Programs -- Too Many Lawyers: Legal Issues Involved in Implementing a Metrics-Driven DEI Program

For many employers, diversity, equity, and inclusion (“DEI”) programs are no longer mere “add-ons” to existing human resources initiatives—they are essential to conducting business in the current climate.  The events of summer 2020, including the incidents and protests involving George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Elijah McClain, Jacob Blake, and others, have refocused attention on the racial and gender inequities present in our society today.  Many employers are doing their part to ensure that their workplaces are as diverse, equitable, and inclusive as possible.

This panel will explore the legal risks organizations face as they implement DEI strategies and how to navigate them.

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4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Responsible & Ethical AI and How it Fosters Disability Inclusion
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4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Corporate Promotion Workshop
MCCA Member Only Workshop
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6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

NETWORKING RECEPTION

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2022

*Please note the agenda times are in EDT.

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7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION DESK
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7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

BREAKFAST
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8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

PITCH SESSION NETWORK


MCCA’s Pitch Session Network (“PSN”) allows in-house counsel to connect with diverse law firm partners at majority law firms, diversify their preferred provider portfolios and hold law firms accountable for their diversity efforts. Member law firms and sponsors will have the ability to meet privately with in-house counsel to pitch the legal services they offer and develop meaningful connections with potential clients. MCCA created the Pitch Session Network to address the lack of diversity at the equity partner-level in law firms.

In collaboration with:

Pitch Session Network Registration Instructions:

Eligible conference registrants interested in participating in the Pitch Session Network must complete the application form that will be made available as part of the 2022 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference registration process.

To ensure that your application will be reviewed, it is strongly recommended that PSN applications be submitted as early as possible and no later than September 16, 2022.

To learn more about the Pitch Session Network and view FAQs, click here.

2022 PSN CORPORATE PARTICIPANTS

Additional participants coming soon!

Amazon
Salesforce
   
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9:00 am – 10:00 am

Generational Inequities in Corporate America

The most successful companies also tend to be the most diverse. But while we typically associate diversity in professional settings with gender and racial differences, this dedication to diversity should also include age. Generational diversity refers to having a vast range of ages represented in the workplace.

Now more than ever, workplaces are reckoning with the concept of generational diversity. Part of this is because there are more people over the age of 60 than under the age of 15 in Europe and North America for the first time in history. At this rate, more than half of the population in Western Europe will be over the age of 50 by 2030.

This panel will discuss how to create a supportive culture , developing a better understanding of the generational composition of your workforce, facilitating regular discussion about generational issues, and developing a set of programs and policies that are broad enough to address the needs of all workers throughout the working life (e.g., family leave policies that appeal to both younger and older workers) and encourage positive interactions between different age cohorts (e.g., mentoring programs).

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9:00 am – 10:00 am

Building a More Inclusive Workplace for LGBTQ+ Employees: Bostock and Beyond

In June 2020, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, 590 U.S. __,140 S. Ct. 1731 (2020), holding that sexual orientation and gender identity are protected under Title VII and discrimination against an employee on either basis is considered sex discrimination. 

Most employers and human resources professionals immediately understood the core consequence of this decision:  employers cannot take adverse action against employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.  However, Bostock left many questions unanswered.  

This panel will discuss the legal issues and risks that employers must navigate an how to build a more inclusive work environment for their LGBTQ+ employees.

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10:30 am – 11:30 am

Sustainable Solutions to DEI Challenges in ADR

In the overall push to bring greater diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) to the legal industry, one sector of our field receives relatively little attention: the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process and the neutrals—mediators and arbitrators—who help parties resolve disputes outside the court system. As more and more matters are resolved through ADR rather than traditional litigation, now is the time to reap the benefits of increased diversity, equity and inclusion among neutrals.

According to a Law.com analysis of more than 350 neutrals affiliated with one of the nation’s largest providers of dispute resolution services, Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS), 25% are women and 7% are racial minorities.

This diverse panel will explore diversifying the neutral pool, best practices on hiring diverse ADR professionals and the importance of transparency and data.

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11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Women in Law Discovering the True Meaning of Success

Luncheon Plenary

Sponsored by:

Women in Law provides uplifting and triumphant recollections with words of encouragement for those considering a career in law. Pre-law students, law students, and new lawyers will find these stories particularly poignant and helpful. In fact, women in any profession will find this book uplifting and encouraging as they embark on their own path toward defining success for themselves. Each story depicts a particularly evocative discovery of what is meaningful and how defining success is a personal endeavor.

The authors are confident that Women in Law will help dispel the myths surrounding the practice of law and its traditional definition of “success” while honoring the sacrifices that many women have made, and feel they must continue to make, to reach the pinnacle.

Moderator:
Michelle Banks – Senior Advisor, BarkerGilmore

Panelists:

  • Tatia Gordon-Troy – CEO, Ramses House Publishing
  • Angela Han – Senior Corporate Counsel, HealthPro Heritage
  • Jamie Sternberg – Counsel, Sanders & Silverstein LLP
  • Lauren Tetenbaum – Therapist & Advocate, LAT Counseling
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1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

PITCH SESSION NETWORK

MCCA’s Pitch Session Network (“PSN”) allows in-house counsel to connect with diverse law firm partners at majority law firms, diversify their preferred provider portfolios and hold law firms accountable for their diversity efforts. Member law firms and sponsors will have the ability to meet privately with in-house counsel to pitch the legal services they offer and develop meaningful connections with potential clients. MCCA created the Pitch Session Network to address the lack of diversity at the equity partner-level in law firms.

In collaboration with:

Pitch Session Network Registration Instructions:

Eligible conference registrants interested in participating in the Pitch Session Network must complete the application form that will be made available as part of the 2022 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference registration process.

To ensure that your application will be reviewed, it is strongly recommended that PSN applications be submitted as early as possible and no later than September 9, 2022.

To learn more about the Pitch Session Network and view FAQs, click here.

2022 PSN CORPORATE PARTICIPANTS

Additional participants coming soon!

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1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

The Harvard Case, the Future of Race-Conscious Admissions and Impact on the Pipeline

Harvard’s admissions policy has been in the spotlight since a 2018 trial brought on behalf of Asian American students who claimed the way in which they were ranked was discriminatory.

Harvard won the case, but it has continued to make its way through the appeals process, and last month the Supreme Court of the United States announced it would take up the case in its next term, along with a similar lawsuit against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Experts on the subject will discuss the long term legal and societal implications of a Supreme Court decision and its impact on corporate America’s pipeline.

Registration & Fees

Registration Date:
Early Bird (before July 31)
Regular (August 1 - September 30)
Late (October 1 - 19)
MEMBERS
IN-HOUSE
$1,000
$1,200
$1,500
MEMBERS
LAW FIRMS
$1,500
$2,000
$2,500
NON-MEMBERS
GOVERNMENT / NON-PROFIT
$1,500
$1,800
$2,000
NON-MEMBERS
IN-HOUSE
$1,500
$1,800
$2,000
NON-MEMBERS
LAW FIRMS
$2,000
$2,500
$3,000
NON-MEMBERS
VENDORS
$2,500
$2,500
$3,000

PAYMENT MESSAGE

All payments must be received no later than October 7, 2022, 9:00 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 at 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: P.O. Box 98357 Washington, DC 20090-8300

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 a credit in the amount paid for the 2022 Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference towards attendance to MCCA’s 2023 Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference.

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 paid participant for another participant from the same organization.

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

FINANCIAL HARDSHIP POLICY

To apply for the financial hardship scholarship, please click here to complete the application.

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 MCCA conference at their discretion.

Additional Information:

MCCA will review applications on a rolling basis. The deadline for the 2022 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference financial hardship applications is September 9.

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 facilities, visual aids or dietary requirements 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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