8:00AM - 9:30AM


10:00AM - 10:45AM


Amplify Your Influence

Description TBD. 

We are thrilled to have Rene Rodriguez open the conference. Rene is an entertaining, powerful, and thought provoking speaker. For the last 20 years, René has researched and applied behavioral neuroscience as a dynamic keynote speaker, leadership advisor, world class sales expert, and renowned speaker coach. Yet, he believes that we are only scratching the surface of what is possible and that every profession can benefit from fully engaging human mind/brain. A captivating, high-energy speaker, Rene is in high demand for annual events, conventions, and keynote speeches. He has shared the stage with the likes of Tony Robbins, George W. Bush, Magic Johnson, Ken Blanchard, and Jeffery Gitomer to name a few. 

10:55AM - 11:25AM


"And do as adversaries do in law, strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends." – Shakespeare and Legal ethics in an evolving age of divisive rhetoric.

Those iconic words from Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” could not be more relevant than they are today! Joins us for a conversation about our duty of civility and how Shakespeare can help us understand and rise above today’s Machiavellian monologues. The ends do not justify the meanness!

Sandy Grimm

VP, General Counsel and Secretary

Southeastern Grocers

11:25AM - 11:55AM


The Machines are Coming: the Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Automation on Legal Services

AI and automation in legal services has everybody talking, but few probably understand the impact they are likely to have on our industry. Machines can be utilized today to complete many time-consuming tasks, such as data collecting and analytics, research and fact verification, document creation, review and redlining, and more. This session will focus on the impact this transformation will likely have on the structure and focus of both law firms and legal departments, as well as on the new roles and skills that will be needed in this new “digital age”.

John Albright

Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary


Hub International

11:55AM - 12:25AM


Building Legal Teams In An Age Of Disruption

The role of the General Counsel is constantly evolving, requiring excellent technical legal knowledge, commercial acumen and team management skills to lead and motivate global teams. With technological innovation, disruption and shrinking budgets, GCs have to figure out how to deliver more for less. 

Bjarne Tellmann

Senior Deputy General Counsel



12:30PM - 1:00PM


Authentic Leadership: Servant Leader First . . . Professional Second.

Based on my combined 35 years of leadership experience in the Marine Corps and in the business world, I’ve come to the inescapable conclusion that servant leadership is the heart of authentic leadership. We are all called to lead in our own lives, across the spectrum of our lives. We can either answer that call, or turn our back on it. When we choose to lead, we are filling a gap that no one else can fill. To lead authentically, we must first define ourselves as servant leaders, serving our teammates, our teams, and our organizations, as human beings and as professionals, in the direction of our shared mission. I will share my conclusions and place a personal challenge in front of those who attend.

Sean Georges

Senior Vice President, Human Resources and In-House Counsel

Shoe Carnival

1:00PM - 1:45PM



Lunch available for purchase.

1:45PM - 2:15PM


Responding to Violence in the Workplace – A Case Study

What happens after a violent act in the workplace? Using an actual event, this session will cover how to bring together the right professionals to deal with communicating with your workforce, responding to law enforcement and the media and addressing potential liability issues.

Larry Parsons

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

McLane Company, Inc.

2:15PM - 3:15PM


Report of the National Association of Corporate Directors Blue Ribbon Commission on Adaptive Governance Board Oversight of Disrupted Risks.

Disruptive risks can be not only unknown, but unknowable unknowns-a Black Swan event is something that falls outside the realm of regular knowable expectations. Events that cannot be predicted or planned for. Things we do not know that we do not know. But, disruptive events can also be “known knowns” – White Elephants – something that is known but ignored, not seen or based on probability/severity analysis, not addressed or able to be addressed because of the cost of mitigation. Finally, disruptive risks can be “know unknowns” or a combination of Black Swan and White elephant events – Grey Rhinos. In the current operating environment characterized by the acronym VUCA (Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and Ambiguity) Boards must do a better job of assessing disruptive risks.

Bob Bostrom

EVP, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary

Pier 1 Imports

3:30PM - 4:00PM


The Modern GC: Propelling Companies Forward through Legal Leadership

Alex Labowitz, General Counsel of Cadre, will lead a roundtable discussion on how the role of general counsel has evolved for both start-up and traditional organizations. This interactive session will explore how senior legal leaders can drive innovation to support their companies’ business strategies and the fulfillment of their missions. We will also discuss ways that general counsel can become indispensable advisors to their C-suites and go-to talent developers within their companies.


Doing Business In Europe. What To Comply With, And How To Do It.

Topics to be discussed: - GDPR/MDR and other - Work/residency permits - Basic orientation in EU laws/where to find them, how to orientate in them - How to approach your clients/staff/vendors – contacting/contracting/project delivery

Alex Labowitz

General Counsel


Michaela Jandova

General Counsel

Deloitte, Central Europe

4:00PM - 4:30PM


The Modern Legal Department: How to Best bring value to your clients

Tips, best practices and technology drivers for building a world class internal legal team.


Wearing Two Hats: The General Counsel as a Business Partner and the Legal Voice

Now that you've got your seat at the table, are you acting as a business partner or a legal guardian. How can you balance both roles?

Heather McAllister

Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary

Penn Foster

Rich Cohen

General Counsel

Corporate Creations

4:30PM - 5:00PM

Mark Smolik

General Counsel Chief Compliance Officer



Managing Metrics That Matter

Description TBD


IP and Data Privacy in the US and around the world for the non-technical lawyer

Technology permeates everything we do around the world. Understanding new data privacy regulations and ownership of intellectual property in a connected world is critical for any lawyer. Come join us as we provide a high level understanding of these two critical topics, and point out potential pitfalls and ways to avoid them.

Gordon Kessler

General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer


5:00PM - 7:00PM


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  • Networking

  • Live Entertainment




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