The Top Issues Corporate Counsel Should Understand About the Coronavirus Pandemic Heading into 2021
The coronavirus pandemic has had a broad and novel impact on our work and lives for most of 2020. It’s apparent we can expect more of the same as we move into 2021. Our panel will explore the critical questions that corporate counsel need to evaluate and understand in the coming months and will offer helpful insight, resources, and tips that attendees can put to use right away.
Peter Carter, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
John L. Hick, Faculty Emergency Physician Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC); Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School
Elizabeth Truesdell Smith, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board, Allina Health
Theresa Bevilacqua, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP (Moderator)
Antiracist Law Department (and Business): How Corporate Counsel Can Help Build a More Equitable World
The recent children’s book Antiracist Baby is a #1 New York Times Bestseller that offers nine concise lessons to teach and empower all ages about how to uproot racism in ourselves and in our society. Taking a lead from the bold, playful language in the book, our panel will apply the nine lessons to examine how law departments, corporate lawyers, and the businesses they support can participate in the critical conversations and actions necessary to unravel systemic racism and injustice in our profession and in our broader world.
James Chosy, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel, U.S. Bancorp
Shayne O'Reilly, Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation, Facebook, Inc.
Denise Zamore, Senior Associate General Counsel, UnitedHealth Group
Shevon Rockett, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP (Moderator)
Gut Churn, by Jad Abumrad
Our featured keynote speaker is Jad Abumrad, the host and creator of Radiolab, a public radio program broadcast on 524 stations across the nation and downloaded more than 9 million times a month as a podcast. The thread of Jad’s talk begins with a simple question: what does it mean to “innovate?” How does it feel to make something new in the world? (These are questions Jad was frequently asked after being awarded a MacArthur fellowship in 2011—and questions we’ve all been called to answer as we’ve weathered the pandemic and social impact of the last year). This address, on one level, is the personal story of how Jad invented a new aesthetic. On another, it is a clinic in the art of storytelling. On a third and more profound level, it is the result of a three-year investigation into the science, philosophy and art of uncertainty, which all began with the two words that are the title of this talk. Gut churn. What use do negative feelings have during the creative process? Do those feelings get in the way, or do they propel us forward? We are thrilled to welcome Jad and hear his unique insights on these ever-more relevant questions—for all of us in life and in the practice of law.