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Third Annual Vanguard Forum for General Counsels

In just over a year, ESG has moved from the back burner for General Counsels, to the front burner - and it will be staying there.

 

The annual Vanguard Forum for General Counsels explored the unique challenges ESG presents, and how to respond.

 

Unlike the plethora of other programs on ESG that focus on the "what" and the "how" of ESG, this Vanguard Forum was different. Instead, we looked at the role of General Counsels as leaders and decision-makers on ESG.

 

Topics ranged from ethical dilemmas GCs must address around making ESG commitments into the future, to leading Board dialogues on ESG issues, to balancing priorities around the multiple components of ESG.

 

As always, the Forum generated deep dialogue around real-world GC challenges, in the company of peers from across sectors.

SESSION LEADERS and ADVISORY BOARD

Session leaders are highly experienced General Counsels, Senior Counsels, Board members, and top leadership experts. Advisory Board members helped us plan the Forum agenda and we included topics that were of the most importance to GCs.

  • Mary Ann Hynes; Senior Counsel, Dentons; career General Counsel

  • David Robinson; Executive Vice President & General Counsel, The Hartford

  • Tom Sabatino; Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Tenneco

  • Brandon SmithExecutive Vice President & General Counsel, CHS Inc.

  • Noni Ellison; Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Tractor Supply

  • Orlan Boston; EY Americas ESG Markets Leader; Senior Partner, Health Sciences & Wellness, EY

  • David Robinson; Executive Vice President & General Counsel, The Hartford

  • Caroline Tsai; EVP, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Western Union

  • Arian June; Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

  • Maura Monaghan; Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

AGENDA, OCT 13
NOON TO 5 PM ET

CAN YOU HELP ME WITH MY CHALLENGE?


Participants take turns sharing and immediate challenge and getting instant feedback and advice.




CASE STUDY: AN ESG CRISIS EXPLODES


For this session we quickly move into small groups, and work on a simulation around an ESG crisis. There's been an incident, and it quickly escalates. Each group plays the role of a stakeholder in the crisis, from board to GC to CEO, and external advisors. You and you group decide on the needed approach, from your perspective, and share it with the other participants.




BREAK





SPOTLIGHT: DEI


Participants build on the work of the previous ESG crisis simulation to comment on the different outputs, and ties it to the issues of an overall ESG action agenda, using Western Union as a case study.




WHAT KEEPS ME UP AT NIGHT: PEOPLE!


After two years of pandemic disruption, and the looming challenges of ESG, this session confronts some of the biggest challenges we face as GCs: having the right people, in the right jobs, doing the right things -- together. Does ESG call for new ways of working with our existing teams, or do we also need new talent in the mix? How do we get from here, to there? What is the right balance for a law department between office and remote working? Is there a new, lasting generational change in ways of working and expectations - or is it just standard differences among age cohorts? If the critical factor for law groups is working as business partners, what does that mean for whom we should be hiring, and how we should be developing them?




SURVEY





CLOSING COMMENTS






AGENDA, OCT 14
9 AM TO NOON ET

CAN YOU HELP ME WITH MY CHALLENGE?


Participants take turns sharing and immediate challenge and getting instant feedback and advice.




CASE STUDY: AN ESG CRISIS EXPLODES


For this session we quickly move into small groups, and work on a simulation around an ESG crisis. There's been an incident, and it quickly escalates. Each group plays the role of a stakeholder in the crisis, from board to GC to CEO, and external advisors. You and you group decide on the needed approach, from your perspective, and share it with the other participants.




BREAK





SPOTLIGHT: DEI


Participants build on the work of the previous ESG crisis simulation to comment on the different outputs, and ties it to the issues of an overall ESG action agenda, using Western Union as a case study.




WHAT KEEPS ME UP AT NIGHT: PEOPLE!


After two years of pandemic disruption, and the looming challenges of ESG, this session confronts some of the biggest challenges we face as GCs: having the right people, in the right jobs, doing the right things -- together. Does ESG call for new ways of working with our existing teams, or do we also need new talent in the mix? How do we get from here, to there? What is the right balance for a law department between office and remote working? Is there a new, lasting generational change in ways of working and expectations - or is it just standard differences among age cohorts? If the critical factor for law groups is working as business partners, what does that mean for whom we should be hiring, and how we should be developing them?




SURVEY





CLOSING COMMENTS






UNDERWRITTEN BY

Debevoise & Plimpton