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All sessions will take place at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Thorne Auditorium, 375 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Session times and speakers are subject to change.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

7:30-8:30 a.m. - Optional Breakfast Roundtable Discussion: Demystifying Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Presented by Charles River Associates (Separate Registration Required)

7:45 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45-9 a.m. - Welcome and Overview

Kimberly A. Yuracko, Dean, Judd and Mary Morris Leighton Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago
Eric A. Reeves, Institute Chair, Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer, Duchossois Capital Management, Chicago

9-10:15 a.m. - Lawyers as Leaders: Embracing Generational Diversity

People are living longer, working longer, and changing jobs more frequently than in any other time in our history. The accelerated pace of change, the equal parts connecting and isolating Internet, and the presence of four generations further add to the complexity of the workplace. Learn how to navigate this new world of work in which the GC’s role as leader is even more crucial.

Christopher P. De Santis, Principal,, Chicago

10:15-10:30 a.m. -  Networking Break

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. - ESG: Putting Theory into Practice

  • Key themes and concepts
  • Recent regulatory and other developments
  • Shareholder proposals and constructive engagement practices
  • ESG Integration: Opportunities and challenges
  • Current and emerging hot topics

Yves Denizé, Senior Managing Director and Division General Counsel, Nuveen, New York City

Suzanne S. Bettman, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, LSC Communications, Inc., Chicago
Jon Hale, Global Head of Sustainability Research, Morningstar, Inc., Chicago
Amy Muska O’Brien, Managing Director, Head of Responsible Investment, Nuveen, New York City
James M. Shea Jr., Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York City
William Ultan, Managing Director, Corporate Governance Consulting Group, Morrow Sodali LLC, Stamford, CT

12:05-12:35 p.m. - Technology Teaching Moment: Data For Good

Information-driven innovation is improving quality of life and growing the economy. In this session, learn how you can enable your legal operators to use your data to find efficiencies, reduce risk, pursue your mission, and deliver value to your client.

Jordan Crenshaw, Assistant Policy Counsel, Chamber Technology Engagement Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC

12:35-1:35 p.m. - Lunch Sponsored by Houlihan Lokey

1:35-2:35 p.m. - Trends in Business Cases Before the Supreme Court

  • State Law and the National Economy: State sales tax on internet businesses, sports betting, and public sector union dues
  • Patent Law: Challenging patent validity and the scope of patent damages
  • Federal Statute Interpretation/“Chevron Doctrine”: The transition from Justice Scalia to Justice Gorsuch
  • Anti-Discrimination Law: Free speech and discrimination, and potential sexual orientation discrimination cases
  • A look ahead at the 2018–v19 docket

Martin H. Redish, Louis and Harriet Ancel Professor of Law and Public Policy, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago

Robert N. Hochman, Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago
Michael A. Scodro, Mayer Brown LLP, Chicago

2:35-2:50 p.m. - Networking Break

2:50-4:20 p.m. - The New Age Of Sexual Harassment, Pay Equity, and Gender Discrimination Claims

  • Reporting #MeToo and other discrimination claims to the board, dealing with publicity, and the murky world of defamation claims
  • Changes in the hiring paradigm being driven by new pay equity rules
  • The impact of class action litigation on promotion practices

Victoria L. Donati, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and SVP, Administrative Services, Crate & Barrel Holdings, Inc., Northbrook, IL

Rachel B. Cowen, McDermott Will & Emery, Chicago
Thomas S. O’Neill, SVP and General Counsel, Exelon Corporation, Chicago
Grace E. Speights, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Washington, DC

4:20-4:30 p.m. - Networking Break

4:30-5 p.m. - Technology Teaching Moment: Robotic Process Automation

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has the potential to dramatically transform many business processes including internal and external financial, regulatory, and compliance audits. Learn what conversations you should be having with your IT professionals about the potential benefits and risks for RPA.

Todd Marlin, Principal, Ernst & Young LLP, New York City

5 p.m. - Reception sponsored by Mayer Brown LLP

Friday, September 28, 2018

7:45-8:45 a.m. - Optional Breakfast Roundtable Discussion: The Law Department as a Business Enabler
Presented by Morae Global (Separate Registration Required)

8 a.m. - Continental Breakfast

9-10:15 a.m. - Lawyers as Leaders: High Impact Teams

It has been said that teams are like Ferraris: “High performance, but also high maintenance.” This interactive session will focus on how you can build, maintain, and fortify high performance teams.

Leigh Thompson, J. Jay Gerber Distinguished Professor of Dispute Resolution and Organizations, Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago

10:15-10:30 a.m. - Networking Break

10:30-11:30 a.m. - Mindfulness for Health, Well-Being, and Better Lawyering

Recognizing the demanding nature of corporate counsel work, this experiential session will provide proven techniques for eliminating toxic stress, balancing personal and professional priorities, and encouraging peak performance. 

Session will be submitted for Illinois Mental Health and Substance Abuse Credit, and for similar credit in other states as applicable.

Tom Klisiewicz, Founder and President, Smart Health Wellness and Performance, Naperville, IL

11:35 a.m.-12:05 p.m. - Technology Teaching Moment: Artificial Intelligence in the Hiring Process

This session will provide an overview of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology through examples of how it is currently being used in the hiring process. The technology raises some fascinating employment law questions such as whether it can effectively eliminate bias or just shift biases to algorithms used to operate the AI.

Dr. Nathan Mondragon, Chief Industrial and Organizational Psychologist, Hirevue, Erie, CO

12:05-12:25 p.m. - Boxed Lunch Break

12:25-1:40 p.m. - The Role of Corporate Counsel in Managing Technology and Information Security Risks

  • The role of legal in a cyber incident, both pre and post-attack
  • How to prepare for and minimize risks caused by a third party supplier cyber or information security breach
  • Legal risks that new technologies such as AI, Cloud, and the Internet of Things pose to the company
  • What the board needs to know and how to ensure appropriate information security expertise on the board

Kathleen M. Cronin, Senior Managing Director, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, CME Group, Chicago

Michael E. Leiter, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates, Washington, DC
Andrew Polovin, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Uptake Technologies, Inc., Chicago
Deborah Forhan Rimmler, Dentons, Washington, DC

1:45-2:15 p.m. - Technology Teaching Moment: Enterprise Internet of Things and the On-Demand Economy

As evidenced by the growth of Uber, Amazon, and others, one of the most powerful forces reshaping markets is the production and provisioning of products and services ever closer to the point of demand. Critical to this success is the Internet of Things (IOT) used in Enterprise applications. Learn how you can create competitive distance while managing the privacy and legal challenges associated with this emerging data-rich future.

Thomas D. Bianculli, Chief Technology Officer, Zebra Technologies Corporation, Holtsville, NY

2:15-2:30 p.m. - Networking Break

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Public Company Breakout Session: When Activists Knock: How Do You Deal with an Uninvited Guest?

  • Motivations, processes, and timing mismatches: How the corporate biorhythm creates challenges for dealing with activists
  • Role of the GC in an activist encounter
  • The wolf pack: Dealing with more than one activist simultaneously
  • Living with an activist on your board: Special considerations for the corporate secretary

Walter D. Bay, VP, General Counsel, and Secretary, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Chicago

Matthew J. Revord, SVP, Chief Legal Officer, Chief People Officer, and Secretary, Potbelly Corporation, Chicago
Gregory P. Taxin, Managing Director, Spotlight Advisors, LLC, New York City
Monica M. Weed, EVP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Navigant Consulting, Chicago

Private Company Breakout Session: Current Issues in M&A and Private Equity

  • Back to BRICS: Practical tips for cross-border transactions
  • What’s happening in the private equity: Current landscape and how it impacts your deals
  • Trends in private company transactions

Keith S. Crow, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago

Christopher G. Athas, VP-General Counsel and Secretary, Amsted Industries, Chicago
John W. Lee, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Follett Corporation, Westchester, IL
Nada Litwin, VP and General Counsel, Kinzie Capital Partners, Chicago

3:30 p.m. - Program Concludes