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Ready Set GC: Impacting the Success of Women GCs

September 21, 2023
9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET


Husch Blackwell
1801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20006

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Are you new to the general counsel (GC) role? Please join us for a full-day workshop connecting with an intimate group of peers to discuss how to maximize an impactful transition into the role. You will also have the opportunity to broaden your network by meeting and hearing from accomplished GCs, who will offer their support and mentorship. The workshop will feature keynote speaker Ellen Taaffe, clinical professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. In addition to teaching, Ellen is also a leadership coach and the author of The Mirrored Door: Break Through the Hidden Barrier that Locks Successful Women in Place.

Workshop Topics

Work It! Tips for Success From GCs Who’ve Been There and Done That
This panel discussion will be moderated by Cortney O'Toole Morgan, partner at Husch Blackwell. It will feature Sherri Sampson, senior vice president and GC at the University of Maryland Global Campus; Leslie Thornton, former senior vice president and GC at Washington Gas and Washington Gas Holdings, Inc.; Taryn Fielder, executive vice president and GC at Veris Residential; and Lauren Fisher, chief legal officer at Vox Media, LLC.

The Future Is Now: Artificial Intelligence and What GCs Need To Know
This panel discussion will be moderated by Angela Quinn, chief client officer at Husch Blackwell. It will feature Mary Ann Le Fort, chief privacy officer at Priceline; Marla Crawford, GC at Cimplifi; and Blake Rooney, chief information officer at Husch Blackwell.

Financial Literacy: That’s So Money
This presentation will feature Amanda Rigby and Patricia Thomas. Both are vice presidents at Charles River Associates.

The Relationship Between General Counsel and the C-Suite
This panel discussion will be moderated by Deborah Solmor, founder of Ready Set GC. It will feature Marguerite Eastwood, chief human resources officer at U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Tara Rush, former chief marketing officer at Audi of America; and Cathy Hubbs, chief information security officer at The American University.

Personal PR: Messaging Value and Being Heard
This panel discussion will be moderated by Cara Peterman, partner at Alston & Bird. It will feature Amy Gardner, founder of Apochromatik; Julie Kinch, former GC at Heineken USA; and Susan Sneider, founder and principal at New Vistas Consulting.

9:30 a.m. | Breakfast and Registration
10:00 a.m. | Program
12:45 p.m. | Lunch
2:00 p.m. | Program
5:15 p.m. | Networking Reception

Who Should Attend
Women general counsel who have been in their roles for one to four years.

Questions? Contact Andrea` Reid at 314.345.6656.


Angela S. Quinn

Chief Client Officer

Blake Rooney

Chief Information Officer