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The Vanguard Forum for General Counsels - New York, Sep 11-12, 2019

The role of General Counsel is one of the most demanding in the C-Suite, whether you are taking the role for the first time - or are addressing fresh challenges later in your career.

That is why The Vanguard Forum program focuses uniquely on further developing the top leadership capabilities of the by-invitation members - while building valuable networks.

Chair: Tom Sabatino 

Vice-Chairs: Ken Banta and Garrick Isert 


  • A unique leadership and networking membership for General Counsels from all sectors

  • Pragmatic, real-world topics relevant to GCs, across the career spectrum

  • Session leaders will be deeply experienced GCs, Senior Counsels, CEOs/C-Suite Executives and leadership experts. Participants learn from the sessions and each other.

  • Year-long program launches with face-to-face forum with intimate format and vigorous, engaging dialogue around critical leadership challenges. No PowerPoint presentations or podium speeches

  • Membership in the custom year-long Vanguard Network extends the Forum experience with digital learning, private dinners on leadership topics, and a private networking platform

Session leaders

The session leaders are highly experienced General Counsels, Senior Counsels, CEOs, Board members, and top leadership experts. Confirmed session leaders include:

  • Bob Bailey - Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Allergan

  • Stephen Cutler - Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

  • Cynthia Dow - Leader, Global Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Officers Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates

  • Mark Goodman - Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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

  • Garrick Isert - President, Executas; past M.D. of World 50, Inc.

  • Nancy Jessen - Senior Vice President, Legal Business Solutions, UnitedLex

  • Maeve O’Connor - Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

  • Mark Pfister - M A Pfister Strategy Group; Board Advisor

  • Kim Rucker - Past Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Andeavor and Independent; Director of Lennox International, Celanese Corporation and Marathon Petroleum Corporation

  • Tom Sabatino - Board Member, Teligent; past Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Aetna; past GC of Hertz, United Airlines, Walgreens, Schering-Plough, Baxter

  • Bjarne Tellmann - General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer, Pearson 

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