Bloomberg Law Leadership Forum

The New Era of Corporate & Client Engagement

May 19 & 20, 2021  |  1:00 – 2:30 pm ET


The rules for corporate and legal engagement in politics and society have changed dramatically in the past few years. The Covid-19 pandemic and economic crisis, the global outcry over systemic racism, an epidemic of misinformation in a divided country, and widespread effects of climate change have accelerated these changes.

Organizations of all types, especially those that claim to be values-oriented, are expected to acknowledge and act on the issues facing the country. Ultimately driving corporations and law firms to consider how their actions and public statements impact their reputations – and brands.

Join us for the Bloomberg Law Leadership Forum, Heightened Expectations: The New Era of Corporate & Client Engagement, where we’ll examine:

  • How social change translates into policy and operational changes
  • How corporations and law firms are transforming their internal conduct
  • Impacts on relationships with business partners
  • Proactive compliance and active reputations risk management strategies
  • Corporate engagement’s impact on contractual relationships

CLE credit:

Each day will be eligible for 1 CLE credit.

Who Should Participate?

Leaders across in-house legal teams and law firms who are setting compliance and legal goals and social responsibility initiatives – as well as leaders in charge of executing new internal policy guidelines.

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Wednesday, May 19

1:00 – 1:20 pm ET 

Fireside Chat Featuring Richard Edelman, CEO, Edelman

Hear valuable findings from the 2021 Trust Barometer and gain insights on ways company leaders can advance positive values in their organization and beyond.

Interviewer: Jo-el Meyer, News Director, Bloomberg Law

1:20 – 2:00 pm ET        

Panel Session:

Embracing Change: Proactive Compliance and Reputational Risk

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced changes to how businesses and law firms treat their workforces and keep them safe, healthy, and productive. Economic pressure, the movements for social justice, and an outlook of more active enforcement by federal and state agencies are all part of the picture. These disparate challenges provide opportunities to meet stakeholder expectations – but at times they may also risk reputational damage, force difficult personnel decisions, and lead to litigation. In this session we will discuss with experienced organizational leaders how businesses are embracing social change within their own organizations.


  • Peter Anderson, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Carnival
  • Marcy Sharon Cohen, Managing Director, Chief Legal Officer, ING Americas
  • Laurie N. Robinson Haden, President and Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Counsel Women of Color
  • Jillian C. Kirn, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP

Moderator: Amanda Allen, Analysis Team Lead, Bloomberg Law

2:00 – 2:15 pm ET

Fireside Chat Featuring Halimah DeLaine Prado, General Counsel, Google

Join us for a conversation on social justice, diversity, and inclusion with Google’s General Counsel, Halimah DeLaine Prado.

Interviewer: Cesca Antonelli, Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg Industry Group

2:15 – 2:30 pm ET

Breakouts – Select One

I. Roundtable Discussions

Keep the discussion going in informal, moderated networking breakout rooms and share your own experience on how your company leadership has reacted to new expectations from employees and the wider community.

II. Staying Compliant: Using Technology & Tools

Join an exclusive conversation where we’ll discuss practical solutions to the labor and employment issues facing your organization. We’ll present our L&E Practical Guidance and demonstrate how our Chart Builders, Trackers, and In Focus resources equip you with the knowledge you need to take decisive action.

Thursday, May 20

1:00 – 1:20 pm ET

Fireside Chat Featuring Rhonda Foxx, Social Equity Policies & Engagements, Intel

Diversity, inclusion, and equity impact all economic sectors and industries. Tune into a conversation in which Rhonda will shed light on how she is driving social change at Intel — and about her work on Capitol Hill.

Interviewer: Vivia Chen, Columnist, Bloomberg Industry Group

1:20 – 2:00 pm ET

Panel Session:

Re-Evaluating Contractual Standards and Business Relationships

Corporations and law firms find themselves under greater public scrutiny, not just for their own actions but for those of business partners as well. This internal review often involves a nuanced look at contractual relationships with vendors, service providers, clients, and business partners – and they are keeping a close watch on government agency enforcement postures. Beyond operational needs and legal requirements, leadership must now also determine which additional public and stakeholder expectations they will attempt to meet. This session will discuss how business relationships are changing, the impacts on risk tolerance, and what frameworks organizations are considering to promote their values.


  • Elizabeth Sheyn Brown, Acting General Counsel, CSC Generation Holdings
  • Katrina Lindsey, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, The ODP Corporation
  • Tracy O’Flaherty, Deputy General Counsel, Global Litigation, Compliance, Employment & Regulatory, Groupon
  • Donald Prophete, Partner, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete

Moderator: Diane Holt, Analysis Team Lead, Bloomberg Law

2:00 – 2:15 pm ET

Fireside Chat Featuring Dev Stahlkopf, Corporate Vice President & General Counsel, Microsoft

Join us for a conversation with Dev Stahlkopf who will share how she is promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity as general counsel of Microsoft.

Interviewer: Lisa Helem, Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives, Bloomberg Industry Group

2:15 – 2:30 pm ET

Breakouts – Select One

I. Roundtable Discussions

Keep the discussion going in informal, moderated networking breakout rooms and share your own experience on how your organization is addressing D&I goals when evaluating business relationships and contracts.

II. Business Connections: Speed Networking

Expand your connections by participating in small group video breakouts with in-house and law firm leaders. You’ll rotate through three, 5-minute group conversations — at random and designed for you to connect face-face — for a more personal conversation in groups of no more than four.