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

Thursday, September 28, 2017

7:30-8:30 a.m. - Optional Breakfast Roundtable Discussion: Cyber Breach Aftermath: Civil Litigation, Insurance Risks, and the SEC Perspective
Sponsored by Charles River Associates (Registration Required)

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

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

Juliann Cecchi, Assistant Dean, External Partnerships, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago
Carrie J. Hightman, Institute Chair, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, NiSource Inc., Merrillville, IN

9-10 a.m. - What to Expect from the New Administration: Regulatory Developments for In-House Counsel

  • Defending America-Borders, Homeland & National Security
  • Changes in the Supreme Court 
  • The nation's health care and its impact on corporations and their employees
  • Deregulation, job creation and tax reform

Travis Lenkner, Managing Director, Burford Capital, Chicago

Kevin Brown, Principal, Co-leader, Tax Controversy and Regulatory Services, PwC, Washington, DC
Reginald J. Brown, WilmerHale, Washington, DC
Jodie A. Curtis, Executive Vice President, District Policy Group, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Washington, DC

10-10:15 a.m. - Break

10:15-11:15 a.m. - Is Your Compliance Program Ready for a Tune-Up?

Compliance Program Development
  • How have compliance programs evolved over the recent past?
  • What do the enforcement agencies expect?
  • What should legal/GC be driving?
  • How do you develop meaningful metrics for determining success?

Program Effectiveness

  • When was the last time you revised your risk assessment?
  • Have you tested the effectiveness of your current program?
  • Are corporate incentives aligned with compliance – or working against it?
  • What's the interplay between employment law, ethics, and compliance in your organization?
  • Do you conduct refresher due diligence on your third parties at regular intervals?

Training & Communication

  • Are you using media reports of ethical problems to bolster your compliance program?
  • Are your communications and training methods using the latest technology?
  • Are you using your organization's "compliance failures" to educate managers, risk owners, and employees?
  • Are your managers ready to respond to the ethics and compliance issues raised by their employees? How do you prepare them?

Session Chair
Kimberly W. White, Corporate Compliance Officer, Ingredion Incorporated, Westchester, IL

Theodore (Ted) L. Banks, Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, Chicago, former Chief Counsel, Global Compliance Policy, Kraft Foods
Sarah M. DiLorenzo, Corporate Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Rolling Meadows, IL
Gretchen A. Winter, Executive Director, Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society, College of Business, Adjunct Professor, College of Law and College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chicago

11:15-11:30 a.m. - Break

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Labor and Employment Law: Hot Topics & Recent Developments

  • Supreme Court Update – Gorsuch, the employment agenda and another vacancy?
  • Your Hiring Checklist – the expanding list of "do not ask" questions
  • Trump's Labor Board – what employers can expect
  • LGBTQIA – the changing landscape of employment protections
  • Paid Sick Leave – it's coming to a town near you
  • Joint Employment – is it a passing fad?
  • In 140 Characters or Less – the social media invasion into the workplace is unabated
  • Insider Threats – individual employee behavior that leads to instructional and material risk

Session Chair
Anna Wermuth, Cozen O'Connor, Chicago

Megan Belcher, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, The Scoular Company, Omaha
Brett Rawitz,
Associate General Counsel, US Foods, Inc., Rosemont, IL

12:30-1:30 p.m. - Lunch Sponsored by Houlihan Lokey

1:30-2:30 p.m. - Practicing Law in the Digital Age

The digital age has created an exciting set of new challenges for in-house lawyers.  Legacy areas of risk have taken on a new dimension as our organizations experience rapid changes in technology, stakeholder expectations and the threat environment. A panel of experts will discuss the technology-related topics senior in-house counsel and GCs should be raising with their peers in their next one-on-ones.

Colleen Batcheler, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Conagra Brands, Inc., Chicago

Scott Culpepper, General Counsel, The Rocket Science Group LLC d/b/a MailChimp, Atlanta
Trevor Foster, Vice President, Chief Counsel – Commercial Transactions, Conagra Brands, Inc., Chicago
Nancy C. Libin, Jenner & Block LLP, Washington, DC

2:30-2:45 p.m. - Break

2:45-3:45 p.m. - The Role of the General Counsel in Board-Related Matters

  • Becoming the Trusted Advisor: how can the GC quickly establish relationships of trust with each Director and the Chair/Lead Director
  • Effectively managing the triad: the Chair/Lead Director/General Counsel relationships
  • The General Counsel's role in selection and onboarding of new directors
  • Influencing the board's agenda (and what should be on that agenda for 2018 and beyond)
  • Key means of communication
  • When to bring in outside counsel

Session Chair
Carrie J. Hightman

Thomas A. Cole, Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago
Theodore L. Dysart, Vice Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles, Chicago
John W. Rowe, Chairman Emeritus, Exelon Corporation, Chicago

3:45-4 p.m. - Break

4-5 p.m. - Lawyers as Leaders: Making the Transition from Individual Contributor to Leader

  • How do you make the transition from individual performer to player/coach?
  • What will your leadership style be and what do you stand for?
  • How do you prioritize your time and focus on only what is most important?
    • Legal priorities, enterprise priorities, professional development priorities and personal priorities
    • How do you balance legal and business priorities and know which is more important?
  • How do you coach your teams to become the go-to team and not the have-to-go-to team?
  • How do you succeed in a matrixed organization - managing multiple constituencies effectively - bosses, stakeholders, clients - tips on how to prioritize, seek consensus/alignment, and stay out of "potholes"

Jodi J. Caro, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary, ULTA Beauty, Bolingbrook, IL

Hiranda Donoghue, Director and Managing Counsel - M&A Legal, Walgreens Co., Deerfield, IL
Deborah A. Golden, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, GATX Corporation, Chicago
Brian P. Hanigan, Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, IDEX Corporation, Lake Forest, IL
Mary Ann Hynes, Dentons, Chicago

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

Friday, September 29, 2017

7:45-8:45 a.m. - Optional Breakfast Roundtable Discussion: How to Enable Legal to Operate at the Speed of Business: New Strategies on Performance Management, Organizational Designs, and New Technology Tools
Sponsored by Morae Global (Registration Required)

8 a.m. - Continental Breakfast

9-10 a.m. - Lawyers as Leaders: Values-Based Leadership

This lively and engaging session will offer a framework for adopting the principles of values-based leadership. Today's business environment demands leaders who, in "doing the right thing," deliver outstanding and lasting results for their organization. To get there, a leader must know who you are and what matters most to you.


Harry M. Kraemer, Clinical Professor of Strategy, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management; Executive Partner, Madison Dearborn Partners and former CEO, Baxter International Inc., Chicago

10-10:15 - Break

10:15-11:15 a.m. - "Legal, We Have a Problem": Lessons in Corporate Crisis Management

What do you do when your company finds itself portrayed negatively on the front page of the Wall Street Journal? A panel of experienced general counsels and a crisis communications expert will discuss what executives should do to prepare for, handle and mitigate significant corporate crises – scandals, cyberbreaches, government investigations, and product safety issues.

Session Chair
D. Cameron Findlay, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Chicago

Timothy R. Baer, Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Target Corporation, Minneapolis
David G. Leitch, Global General Counsel, Bank of America, Charlotte, NC
Debbie Miller, Managing Director, Sard Verbinnen & Co., Chicago

11:15-11:20 a.m. - Transition Break

11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. - The Business of Law: The Changing Economic Landscape

  • The changing law firm economics and the implications on in-house practice
  • What current structures predominate within law firms and how does each impact service?
  • How are these structures likely to change with disruption?
  • What is the impact of change on the quality of legal services, the cost of legal services and the market for legal talent?

John L. Howard, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, W.W. Grainger, Inc., Lake Forest, IL

Susan Hackett, CEO, Legal Executive Leadership, LLC, Chevy Chase, MD 
William D. Henderson, Stephen F. Burns Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, IN; Visiting Professor, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Fall 2017
David M. Love, Spencer Stuart, Dallas
David Mendelsohn, DLA Piper, Chicago

12:20-12:45 p.m. - Boxed Lunch Break

12:45-1:45 p.m. - Ethics: Identifying In-House Lawyers' Client: Implications of Misunderstanding and Mistakes

  • Properly identifying in-house lawyers' "client" or "clients" within the corporation
  • Implications of joint representations in corporate transactions and elsewhere
  • Intentional and accidental representations of corporate employees
  • Dangers of widespread intra-corporate communications

Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods LLP, Tysons, VA

1:45-2 p.m. - Break

2-3 p.m. - Breakout Sessions: Anatomy of the Big Deal: What I Wish I Knew

Leveraging the insights of law department leaders who have recently completed large transactions (e.g., a big acquisition, divestiture, and spin-offs), learn about the key things they wish they had known at the time – and might do differently next time. 
NOTE: This session will include time for a general roundtable discussion on topics of interest to the participants.

Public Company Breakout Session

Session Chair
R. Scott Falk, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago

Chris H. Anderson, Assistant Corporate Secretary and Chief Counsel, Corporate and Securities, The Kraft Heinz Company, Chicago
Suzanne S. Bettman, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, LSC Communications, Inc., Chicago
Michelle M. Warner, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, USG Corporation, Chicago

Private Company Breakout Session

Session Chair
Bradley C. Faris, Latham & Watkins LLP, Chicago

Christopher G. Athas, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Amsted Industries, Chicago
Eric A. Reeves, Managing Director and General Counsel, The Duchossois Group Inc., Elmhurst, IL
Grace Shaff, Vice President and General Counsel, Reinhart Foodservice, L.L.C., Chicago
Robert L. Verigan, Managing Director and General Counsel at BDT & Company LLC, Chicago

3 p.m. - Program Concludes