18th Annual Charting Your Own Course Career Conference (CYOC)

February 8-11, 2018

Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, Orlando Florida

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S PRE-CONFERENCE

6:30pm     

Welcome Reception and Dinner
Join us for our Pre-Conference Reception and Dinner.
MEN’S PRE-CONFERENCE RECEPTION AND DINNER
WOMEN’S PRE-CONFERENCE RECEPTION AND DINNER

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018

MEN’S SESSION

9:00 – 10:00am

Pre-Conference Panel Discussions

Lack of Curiosity = Lack of Progress

Attorneys of color are not sufficiently curious about each other and it is limiting our potential.  When curiosity wanes, new relationships don’t happen and old relationships stop growing.

In our quest for speed, simplicity and convenience in our lives, we sometimes starve our relationships of something of vital importance, this thing called curiosity.  Truth is, in both our personal and professional lives, curiosity is what helps sustain the relationship.

In this discussion, we will examine the extent to which attorneys of color are genuinely curious about each other and how this might impact the depth of our relationships both professionally and personally.

JOE DRAYTON, PARTNER, COOLEY

RAY MERCEDES, ASSOCIATE

GENERAL COUNSEL, UNIVISION

RICKY RAVEN, PARTNER, REED SMITH

DONALD PROPHETE, PARTNER, CONSTANGY PROPHETE
UCHE NDUMELE, ASSOCIATE

GENERAL COUNSEL, PINNACLE
FOODS

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018

WOMEN’S SESSION

9:00 – 10:00am

Pre-Conference Panel Discussions

Lack of Curiosity = Lack of Progress

Attorneys of color are not sufficiently curious about each other and it is limiting our potential.  When curiosity wanes, new relationships don’t happen and old relationships stop growing.

In our quest for speed, simplicity and convenience in our lives, we sometimes starve our relationships of something of vital importance, this thing called curiosity.  Truth is, in both our personal and professional lives, curiosity is what helps sustain the relationship.

In this discussion, we will examine the extent to which attorneys of color are genuinely curious about each other and how this might impact the depth of our relationships both professionally and personally.

CARI DAWSON, PARTNER, ALSTON & BIRD

WANJI WALCOTT, GENERAL COUNSEL,

PAYPAL

PHYLLIS TURNER BRIM, ASSOCIATE

GENERAL COUNSEL, STARBUCKS

CORPORATION

KIM CHAINEY, ASSISTANT GENERAL

COUNSEL, AVISBUDGET

The Lessons of Crisis and Setback – in Career and Life

Experiencing personal or professional setback is an inevitable part of life.  The resilient develop strategies, adopt mindsets, and build relationships that help them course-correct, bounce back, and restore in the face of a setback.

In this discussion, we will share stories of setback, with a focus on the strategies, mindsets and relationships that give us resilience.

MICHAUNE TILLMAN, GENERAL COUNSEL, WORTHINGTON ARMSTRONG VENTURE

ADRIENNE GONZALEZ, LEAD, BOLD RESOURCE GROUP, BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB

JEAN KUEI, PARTNER, PILLSBURY

PHYLLIS HARRIS, GENERAL COUNSELADMINISTRATION, WAL-MART STORES, INC

SONYA JOHNSTON, COUNSEL, MICROSOFT

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018

MEN’S SESSION

 – 11:45am

Pre-Conference Panel Discussions 10:30

The Lessons of Crisis and Setback – in Career and Life

Experiencing personal or professional setback is an inevitable part of life.  The resilient, develop strategies, adopt mindsets, build relationships that help them course-correct, bounce back, and restore in the face of a setback.

In this discussion, we will share stories of setback, with a focus on the strategies, mindsets and relationships that give us resilience

SQUIRE SERVANCE, SENIOR COUNSEL, BAXTER INTERNATIONAL

CONWAY EKPO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MORGAN STANLEY

KEVIN DUCKWORTH, PARTNER, DUCKWORTH LAW GROUP

ADRIAN PATTERSON, PARTNER, ANDREWS KURTH

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018

1:30-2:30pm

FIRST TIME ATTENDEE ROUNDTABLE


Getting the most out of the CYOC Expe6rience

Designed for the first-time attendee, this session explores some of the not so obvious ways to maximize the value of the CYOC Conference.

2:30 – 4:00pm

Welcome and Keynote Speaker

4:15 – 5:15pm

PLENARY SESSION

The Need for Accountability Partners in our Lives

We have the amazing ability to talk ourselves into or out of nearly anything. When we have an ambitious project we want to launch, a job we want to take, or life change we want to make, our brain will do everything in its power to tell us all the reasons why we shouldn’t be doing that thing. We’re wired that way, just accept it and move on.

Successful people, however, identify accountability partners, people who are affirming, offer guidance and are entrusted to help them set ambitious goals, assess their progress, and support them in the face of challenge.

In this discussion, we will examine the powerful role Accountability Partners play in helping us achieve our professional and personal goals.

RHONDA FERGUSON, GENERAL COUNSEL, UNION

PACIFIC

MARC HOWZE, CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, DEERE & CO., INC.

DENELLE WAYNICK, GENERAL COUNSEL, UCB, INC.USA

DAWN ROSEMOND, PARTNER, BARNES & THORNBURG

ANDREZ CARBERRY, ASSOCIATE GENERAL COUNSEL, US FOODS

LETOIA CROZIER, CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER,

CHANGE HEALTHCARE

7:30 – 9:00pm

Welcome Reception

9:00 – Midnight 

Club CYOC

We really party at CYOC.  Come ready to dance and enjoy!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2018

8:30 – 9:30 am

Breakfast Session (Partner Roundtable) Executive Presence

Without executive presence, one really cannot compete for significant work.

Executive Presence for the partner of color is not simply a matter of appearance or professional presentation.  To compete against well entrenched incumbents, today’s partner of color must understand how to signal genuine differentiation.  In addition to eminence in one’s field, being a source of disruptive insights and best practices, a student of internal client considerations, skilled at assessing reputational and business risk, and possessing the ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams in crisis, are all factors that contribute to Executive Presence for partners.

In this discussion, rainmaking partners will deconstruct their journey to executive presence.

10:00 – 11:00 am JUNIOR ASSOCIATE BREAKOUT

Junior Associate  

Why Coachable Associates Win

It is easy to confuse the desire to be coached (mentored) with one’s “coachability” – actual willingness to take direction and be coached.

Attorneys of color who attract investment and achieve their full potential, are widely viewed as coachable.  In this session, we will deconstruct the performance, followership, and self-investment habits of highly coachable top performing associates of color.

SAMUEL MATCHETT, PARTNER, KING & SPALDING

ANDI GROOMES, PRINCIPAL, STAKEHOLDER COACHING

SYLVIA JAMES, CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER, WINSTON & STRAWN

SHERI ZACHARY, DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, SAUL EWING

WARRINGTON PARKER, PARTNER, ORRICK

10:00 – 11:00 am  ASSOCIATE BREAKOUT

Senior Associate

The Lateral Questionnaire: A Line of Sight to Your Developmental Priorities

 

The lateral partner questionnaire offers powerful insights into the factors that shape the developmental trajectory and likely future market value of any senior associate – as it seeks to measure factors to include strength of brand, quality of development, durability, health of relationships, and subject matter eminence.

RICKY RAVEN, PARTNER, REED SMITH

TARA ELLIOTT, PARTNER, WILMER HALE

T. REED STEPHENS, PARTNER, MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY

AL COLEMAN, PARTNER, GRAY PLANT MOOTY

DAVID CRICHLOW, PARTNER, KATTEN MUCHIN

10:00 – 11:00 am GENERAL COUNSEL FORUM

Measuring the Pace and Quality of Your Development

Tenure in role, performance reviews, salary increases often mask the fact that you really are not growing much during your in-house years.

When you lose your ability to accurately measure the pace and quality of your growth and development, your career options within and outside your company can shrink dramatically.

In this session, we will offer a practical framework for assessing the pace and quality of your growth.

KIRKLAND HICKS, GENERAL COUNSEL, LINCOLN FINANCIAL

APRIL MILLER BOISE, GENERAL COUNSEL, MERITOR, INC.

REGINALD RASCH, GENERAL COUNSEL, RAKUTEN USA, INC.

GENA ASHE, GENERAL COUNSEL ADTALEM GLOBAL EDUCATION

DOMINIC BLUE, DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL, MASS MUTUAL

11:15 – 12:15pm PLENARY SESSION

 

Who Actually Sponsors Attorneys of Color? Inside the Minds of Sponsors

While self-declared diversity experts and commentators talk a big game about sponsorship, few can identify an attorney of color who they actually sponsor.

Seldom do we hear from empowered leaders of color who actually sponsor, who have a vision for and consistently place attorneys of color in the path of their premium time, highest value relationships, and insights.

In this panel discussion, we will engage real sponsors in questions to include:

  • Talking about sponsorship versus actually sponsoring?
  • What motivates a sponsor of color to make deep personal and discretionary investment in a protégé of color?
  • What makes a mentee “sponsor ready?” ▪ How does sponsorship define one’s legacy?

JOSEPH MCCOY, RILEY SAFER HOLMES & CANCILA

JIMMIE MCMILLIAN, COUNSEL, INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

RON MACHEN, PARTNER, WILMER HALE

DONALD REMY, CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER, NCAA

DONALD PROPHETE, PARTNER, CONSTANGY PROPHETE

KELLYE WALKER, GENERAL COUNSEL, HUNTNGTON INGALLS INDUSTRIES, INC

1:00 – 6:30pm

AFTERNOON RECREATION EVENTS

Golf Scramble Event

Ritz-Carlton Spa Experience

Theme Park Excursions

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2018

7:30 – 9:30pm

 

EVENING WELLNESS SESSION

7:30 – 8:00pm  

EVENING WELLNESS SESSION

7:30 – 8:00pm

INSIDE THE 4th ANNUAL CYOC FAMILY EXPERIENCE AT

MARTHA’S VINEYARD

PresenterEmerson Moore, General Counsel, TMP Worldwide

8:00- 9:00pm  

The Path Less Travelled: CYOC Family Living Their Dream

Too often we talk ourselves out of pursuing our dreams.  Financial constraints, family obligations, lack of business experience, or a simple lack of courage, can conspire to prevent us from pursuing our passion.

In this discussion, former attorneys will deconstruct their journey from attorney to entrepreneur.

 

A Letter to a Single Brother and Sister

Pursuing full manhood or womanhood, dignity intact, is no small feat for the brother or sister of color.   Achieving one’s ambitions professionally requires focus, strength, and resilience.   Finding a mate to love, honor, and support can be equally challenging.  Along both the professional and personal journey, there are many lessons to be learned, about life and about self.

In this session, the elders of CYOC will speak candidly about their journey to full manhood and womanhood, the successes, failures, and lessons learned – about career, personal growth, and love.

EVENING FUN AND FELLOWSHIP

 

9:00 – 10:30pm

A Night of Karaoke 

Join us for an evening of karaoke fun!

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2018

8:00 – 9:15am          GOSPEL BREAKFAST

 

 

CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSIONS

9:30 – 11:00am

ASSOCIATE BREAKOUT

Junior Associate

Deconstructing Grit for the Associate of Color

Without grit, achieving one’s full potential is impossible, as the inevitable challenges and setbacks become a source of demotivation and slow the pace of development.

In this session, our panelists will discuss the role of grit in their career journey, with a particular focus on the factors and people who contribute to their resilience and perseverance.

MICHAEL MARSH, PARTNER, AKERMAN SENTERFIT

LESLIE OGUCHI, COUNSEL, HOUSTON ASTROS

JEFFREY JONES, PARTNER, LITTLER

PETER WILSON, CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER, PROSKUER

GREG WILLIAMS, PARTNER, FOX ROTHSCHILD

MICHELLE WIMES, DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL

DEVELOPMENT, OGLETREE DEAKINS

9:30 – 11:00am

GENERAL COUNSEL FORUM

How the General Counsel is Evaluated

 The General Counsel receives an annual evaluation from the CEO, one that reflects an individual and appraisal of the legal team.

In this panel discussion, we will deconstruct the General Counsel evaluation, with a particular focus on what general counsel do to elevate CEO perceptions of their value

DAMIEN ATKINS, GENERAL COUNSEL, PANASONIC

NORTH AMERICA

BURT FEALING, GENERAL COUNSEL, SOUTHWIRE

CORNELL BOGGS, GENRAL COUNSEL, TOYS R US

11:15 – 12:15pm

Plenary Session

The Personal Journey

In the tradition of CYOC, we will invite a panel General Counsel to “tell their stories” – the uncut version.

Join us as we engage our speakers in areas to include:

  • Professional transitions; how they impacted your career
  • The people who have shaped you
  • Professional “turning points”
  • Areas of personal and professional improvement
  • Setbacks and times of professional frustration
  • Sources of inspiration; your passion
  • The people in whom you invest; how you invest and why
  • What you wish the lawyers who work with you knew better about you

Your legacy and what you are doing to secure it

CHAD WALKER, GENERAL COUNSEL, MORTON SALT

PAULA TUFFIN, GENERAL COUNSEL, BETTER MORTGAGE, INC.

HAZEL ANN MYERS, GENERAL COUNSEL,

SIMON & SCHUSTER

DENISE CADE, GENERAL COUNSEL, IDEX

CORPORATION