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The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is the world's largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, nonprofits and other private-sector organizations around the globe.

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March 16, 2023 | 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

In-Person Only: Westwood Country Club
800 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA, USA 22180

Overview (Program Summary)

Society, businesses, and workforces are rapidly becoming more complex, unpredictable, and risk-laden. GCs must be key thought partners, decisionmakers, and stakeholders within the inner circle of leadership to guide organizations. GCs and legal departments must be engaged with business leadership and cannot afford to provide counsel from a distance or after the fact. Nor can GCs rely on traditional facetime to train and develop legal teams. We will explore how the GC role is changing in these ways:

  • Becoming more central and indispensable to key strategy discussions, early decision-making, and direction-setting 
  • Demonstrating more diversity in demographics, career path, and experience, reflecting increasingly diverse workforces as well as contributing broader perspectives in the C-suite
  • Developing more proactive advice and leadership in counselling organizations, defining how legal work is performed in hybrid environments, developing legal team interpersonal competencies, and team-building.  

This will be a moderated discussion with Audrey Jean, ACC NCR VP of Programming and General Counsel at 3E and the following chief legal officers:

Sumeet Seam, Chief Legal Officer at National Geographic Society;

Tracy Schampers, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Deltek;

Karen Gally, General Counsel of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical;

Jerald "Jerry" Howe, Jr., EVP and General Counsel at Leidos.

All ACC members, in-house counsel, ACC NCR annual relationship sponsors*, and select guests** are invited to join us for this special event.

*ACC NCR annual relationship sponsors may send two representatives, except Diamond, which may send three.

**Guests may include business colleagues and significant others, but may not include law firm or vendor representatives that compete with our sponsors.

Agenda for Event:

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm:  Lunch and Networking

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm:  Panel Discussion

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Dessert and Coffee Reception

(This is for informational purposes only, no VA MCLE will be provided.)


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