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Quarterly Vanguard Forum for General Counsels

This Forum was presented at the request of several of our GC members.


We worked on two critical challenges for 2021: how to turn DEI rhetoric into reality, and how to navigate the regulatory landscape and government relations under the new Biden administration.


Each session was led by fellow GCs with deep experience in the topic. Tom Sabatino was the Forum Chair.


Session leaders for the mini-forums are highly experienced General Counsels, Senior Counsels, board members, and top leadership experts.


Advisory board members help us plan the forum agendas, which focus on the topics most important to GCs. Board members include:

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

  • Noni Ellison, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, Carestream

  • Mark Goodman, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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

  • Garrick Isert, President, Executas; past Managing Director of World 50, Inc.

  • Michael O'Connor, General Counsel, MassMutual

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

  • Brandon Smith, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Tenneco

  • Bjarne Tellmann, General Counsel, GSK Consumer Healthcare

  • Caroline Tsai, CLO and Corporate Secretary, Western Union


  • Leading into the unknown: the new roles of CEOs and C-suite leaders

  • Do you need a DC strategy?

  • The founder’s journey

  • If diversity drives performance, how do you achieve it?

  • What have we learned from the pandemic about the building and leading high-performce teams?

  • Turning the pandemic challenges into positive change: the opportunity to improve from Covid

  • Leading from a distance

  • What do investors want from you now?




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