Monica AhujaSenior Corporate Counsel, Roche Molecular Systems

Monica Ahuja is a seasoned Labor and Employment Attorney with almost 15 years of experience. In Monica’s current role, as Senior Employment Counsel for Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., she provides advice to and counsel on a wide range of US/International employment laws. Prior to going in-house, Monica worked for a number of law firms, including, DLA Piper, Littler Mendelson, LLP, and Burke, Williams and Sorensen, where she provided advice and counsel and litigated Labor and Employment matters. Monica earned her JD/MBA from Loyola University Chicago, and her Bachelors of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley in Economics.

Monica AhujaSenior Corporate Counsel, Roche Molecular Systems

Monica Ahuja is a seasoned Labor and Employment Attorney with almost 15 years of experience. In Monica’s current role, as Senior Employment Counsel for Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., she provides advice to and counsel on a wide range of US/International employment laws. Prior to going in-house, Monica worked for a number of law firms, including, DLA Piper, Littler Mendelson, LLP, and Burke, Williams and Sorensen, where she provided advice and counsel and litigated Labor and Employment matters. Monica earned her JD/MBA from Loyola University Chicago, and her Bachelors of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley in Economics.

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Thelma AkpanAssociate, Littler Mendelson P.C.

Thelma Akpan represents employers in both state and federal court in various aspects of employment law, including pay equity, internal investigations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract and defamation claims, including counseling and alternative dispute resolution. Thelma has successfully litigated cases from inception through summary judgment, as well as through arbitration.

Thelma is a member of Littler’s Pay Equity Core and Assessment Groups, where she advises employers on federal, state and city issues related to pay equity, as well as conducting privileged Pay Equity Assessment for domestic and multinational companies, using Littler’s Pay Equity Assessment™ for employers. Thelma also provides training sessions to employers and trade groups regarding pay equity wage and hour considerations.

Before joining Littler, Thelma was a litigation associate at a national law firm with an emphasis on labor and employment, products liability, premises liability and complex commercial litigation. During law school, she was the notes and executive editor of the Connecticut Journal of International Law, and an extern at the National Labor Relations Board, Region 34.

Thelma AkpanAssociate, Littler Mendelson P.C.

Thelma Akpan represents employers in both state and federal court in various aspects of employment law, including pay equity, internal investigations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract and defamation claims, including counseling and alternative dispute resolution. Thelma has successfully litigated cases from inception through summary judgment, as well as through arbitration.

Thelma is a member of Littler’s Pay Equity Core and Assessment Groups, where she advises employers on federal, state and city issues related to pay equity, as well as conducting privileged Pay Equity Assessment for domestic and multinational companies, using Littler’s Pay Equity Assessment™ for employers. Thelma also provides training sessions to employers and trade groups regarding pay equity wage and hour considerations.

Before joining Littler, Thelma was a litigation associate at a national law firm with an emphasis on labor and employment, products liability, premises liability and complex commercial litigation. During law school, she was the notes and executive editor of the Connecticut Journal of International Law, and an extern at the National Labor Relations Board, Region 34.

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Heather AndersonVice President - Programming & Acquisitions, ESPN Enterprises, Inc.

Heather Anderson, an entertainment and technology attorney for almost 25 years, joined ESPN in October 2021 as VP, Programming, and Acquisitions.  She is the point of contact between ESPN teams, streamlining alignment related to large, multi-sport opportunities and audience expansion initiatives. She has a similar role as a liaison between ESPN teams with respect to ESPN Edge, sports betting, Andscape, and more. 

Anderson came to ESPN from Disney where, since 2013 she was a digital media, product , and technology attorney.  As VP and assistant chief counsel since January 2020, she led a team supporting mobile apps, websites, video games, and interactive connected and VR experiences.  Her responsibilities included supporting 150 digital products ranging from ABC, ABC News, ESPN, FX, Freeform, National Geographic, and DisneyNow mobile apps and websites, to Disney.com, Starwars.com , and technology for Disney+ and Hulu.  She also has practiced as a Disney TV and short-form production attorney.   

Before Disney, Anderson was an attorney in the Business and Legal Affairs department of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, handling multi-million-dollar recording, production, and license agreements for high-profile IGA artists. Prior to joining Interscope, she was senior counsel in the Intellectual Property department at Fox, handling digital copyright and trademark issues for all of the Fox companies worldwide. 

Consecutively with her time at Fox, Anderson owned and operated Good Girl Entertainment – her music law practice, artist management company, and independent record label.  

Anderson began her career as a litigator at Thelen Reid & Priest LLP.  

Anderson received dual BA degrees in political science and ethnic studies from UC Berkeley and her law degree from the UCLA School of Law. 

Heather AndersonVice President - Programming & Acquisitions, ESPN Enterprises, Inc.

Heather Anderson, an entertainment and technology attorney for almost 25 years, joined ESPN in October 2021 as VP, Programming, and Acquisitions.  She is the point of contact between ESPN teams, streamlining alignment related to large, multi-sport opportunities and audience expansion initiatives. She has a similar role as a liaison between ESPN teams with respect to ESPN Edge, sports betting, Andscape, and more. 

Anderson came to ESPN from Disney where, since 2013 she was a digital media, product , and technology attorney.  As VP and assistant chief counsel since January 2020, she led a team supporting mobile apps, websites, video games, and interactive connected and VR experiences.  Her responsibilities included supporting 150 digital products ranging from ABC, ABC News, ESPN, FX, Freeform, National Geographic, and DisneyNow mobile apps and websites, to Disney.com, Starwars.com , and technology for Disney+ and Hulu.  She also has practiced as a Disney TV and short-form production attorney.   

Before Disney, Anderson was an attorney in the Business and Legal Affairs department of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, handling multi-million-dollar recording, production, and license agreements for high-profile IGA artists. Prior to joining Interscope, she was senior counsel in the Intellectual Property department at Fox, handling digital copyright and trademark issues for all of the Fox companies worldwide. 

Consecutively with her time at Fox, Anderson owned and operated Good Girl Entertainment – her music law practice, artist management company, and independent record label.  

Anderson began her career as a litigator at Thelen Reid & Priest LLP.  

Anderson received dual BA degrees in political science and ethnic studies from UC Berkeley and her law degree from the UCLA School of Law. 

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Jennifer BlakelyDirector of Litigation, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Jennifer Blakely is Director of Litigation in the legal department at Chick-fil-A, Inc. where she provides legal counsel, strategy, and manages a wide variety of commercial litigation, pre-litigation, and dispute-resolution matters.  Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, Inc. in October 2017, Jennifer served in the role of Associate General Counsel at Emory University where she focused on a range of healthcare, employment, pre-litigation and legal operational issues for Emory University and Emory Healthcare. Jennifer also worked as an Associate with the Atlanta law firms of Arnall Golden Gregory and McGuireWoods LLP. Jennifer received her J.D. degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2008, where she was a member of the Moot Court and Mock Trial teams. In 2003, she received a Master degree in Public Health from Rollins School of Public Health. Prior to attending law school, Jennifer worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Jennifer BlakelyDirector of Litigation, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Jennifer Blakely is Director of Litigation in the legal department at Chick-fil-A, Inc. where she provides legal counsel, strategy, and manages a wide variety of commercial litigation, pre-litigation, and dispute-resolution matters.  Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, Inc. in October 2017, Jennifer served in the role of Associate General Counsel at Emory University where she focused on a range of healthcare, employment, pre-litigation and legal operational issues for Emory University and Emory Healthcare. Jennifer also worked as an Associate with the Atlanta law firms of Arnall Golden Gregory and McGuireWoods LLP. Jennifer received her J.D. degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2008, where she was a member of the Moot Court and Mock Trial teams. In 2003, she received a Master degree in Public Health from Rollins School of Public Health. Prior to attending law school, Jennifer worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Priya BrandesSenior Corporate Counsel, Intuit Inc.

Priya Brandes is a Senior Corporate Counsel at Intuit where she is a member of the Corporate, Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions Team. At Intuit, Ms. Brandes has also supported products, privacy, and ethics matters. Prior to joining Intuit in 2018, Ms. Brandes’ practice focused on telecommunications, public law, regulatory law, and litigation. Ms. Brandes grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from Bates College, continuing her studies at the University of San Francisco School of Law. She enjoys photography and cooking in her spare time and is the mother to a lively one year-old.

Priya BrandesSenior Corporate Counsel, Intuit Inc.

Priya Brandes is a Senior Corporate Counsel at Intuit where she is a member of the Corporate, Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions Team. At Intuit, Ms. Brandes has also supported products, privacy, and ethics matters. Prior to joining Intuit in 2018, Ms. Brandes’ practice focused on telecommunications, public law, regulatory law, and litigation. Ms. Brandes grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from Bates College, continuing her studies at the University of San Francisco School of Law. She enjoys photography and cooking in her spare time and is the mother to a lively one year-old.

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Kobi Kennedy BrinsonPartner, Winston & Strawn LLP

Kobi Kennedy Brinson defends financial services and other clients in regulatory enforcement inquiries and investigations, and class action litigation. Kobi has spent more than 20 years as in-house counsel for some of the nation’s largest financial institutions and as outside counsel to corporate clients nationwide. Kobi’s heightened sensitivity to business objectives and risk considerations has led to her successful handling of high-stakes matters on behalf of her global and regional clients. As a result, she has been recognized as a leading commercial litigator by LawDragon and Best Lawyers in America, as well as one of the 2022 Most Influential Black Attorneys in the nation by Savoy Magazine. Kobi serves on the firm’s Executive Committee, as Charlotte's office head of Litigation, and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Kobi Kennedy BrinsonPartner, Winston & Strawn LLP

Kobi Kennedy Brinson defends financial services and other clients in regulatory enforcement inquiries and investigations, and class action litigation. Kobi has spent more than 20 years as in-house counsel for some of the nation’s largest financial institutions and as outside counsel to corporate clients nationwide. Kobi’s heightened sensitivity to business objectives and risk considerations has led to her successful handling of high-stakes matters on behalf of her global and regional clients. As a result, she has been recognized as a leading commercial litigator by LawDragon and Best Lawyers in America, as well as one of the 2022 Most Influential Black Attorneys in the nation by Savoy Magazine. Kobi serves on the firm’s Executive Committee, as Charlotte's office head of Litigation, and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

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Kori S. Carew, Esq.Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Kori S. Carew, Esq., an attorney, TedX speaker, and community builder who generates awareness and understanding of critical human issues by creating the space and climate for open dialogue that is meaningful, enables people to expand their perspective and drive positive change.

With grace and truth, she is a disruptor, womanist and social justice advocate. With a multi-national, multi-religious, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual family background, she brings a keen sensitivity to belonging and inclusion across differences.

Kori is the Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer at Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, an international AmLaw 100 firm. Using advocacy and organizational strategy to address structural barriers to diversity in the workplace, she brings an incisive voice, unapologetic questioning of the status quo, and a lifelong fascination of human potential to empowering women and marginalized people. She is a nationally sought-after speaker on topics of diversity, inclusion and belonging, inclusive leadership, talent engagement and development, authenticity and leveraging power. Her TedX, Just belonging: finding the courage to interrupt bias can be found here.

Kori S. Carew, Esq.Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Kori S. Carew, Esq., an attorney, TedX speaker, and community builder who generates awareness and understanding of critical human issues by creating the space and climate for open dialogue that is meaningful, enables people to expand their perspective and drive positive change.

With grace and truth, she is a disruptor, womanist and social justice advocate. With a multi-national, multi-religious, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual family background, she brings a keen sensitivity to belonging and inclusion across differences.

Kori is the Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer at Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, an international AmLaw 100 firm. Using advocacy and organizational strategy to address structural barriers to diversity in the workplace, she brings an incisive voice, unapologetic questioning of the status quo, and a lifelong fascination of human potential to empowering women and marginalized people. She is a nationally sought-after speaker on topics of diversity, inclusion and belonging, inclusive leadership, talent engagement and development, authenticity and leveraging power. Her TedX, Just belonging: finding the courage to interrupt bias can be found here.

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Kate DjavakhyanEmployment Legal Counsel, Google Inc.

Kate Djavakhyan is employment legal counsel for Google. Prior to moving in-house, Kate worked as a labor and employment attorney in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' San Francisco office. Kate earned her JD from UC-Davis, MAR from Yale University, and BA from Hamline University.

Kate DjavakhyanEmployment Legal Counsel, Google Inc.

Kate Djavakhyan is employment legal counsel for Google. Prior to moving in-house, Kate worked as a labor and employment attorney in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' San Francisco office. Kate earned her JD from UC-Davis, MAR from Yale University, and BA from Hamline University.

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Donna DoAssistant General Counsel, Intuit Inc.

Donna Do is an agile leader and collaborative business partner with extensive in-house legal experience. Her practice focuses on a wide range of matters including global financial technology services, regulatory analysis and complex commercial transactions. Donna is currently Assistant General Counsel at Intuit Inc. where she serves as the Legal Business Partner for the company’s Money Organization which includes payments, lending and banking and platform services. In this position, she is a member of the Money Leadership Team and plays a critical role advising on global product and marketing strategies and managing legislative and regulatory matters.

Prior to joining Intuit, Donna served as Senior Director, Associate General Counsel at PayPal, Inc. where she was responsible for managing the company’s global consumer product legal support. Prior to PayPal, Donna was Director of Legal at Symantec Corporation where she led end-to-end commercial, product, marketing, strategic licensing and IP legal support for various global business units.

Donna earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Mass Communications from the University of California at Berkeley and her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University. She is passionate about pro bono and education and has held leadership roles in initiatives to promote both, including managing the launch of PayPal’s legal pro bono program and serving as a Board Member for Palo Alto Partners in Education, an organization that raises funds to enrich educational experiences beyond what is possible with public funding. Donna is also an avid foodie who enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking and spending time with her family and friends when she is not moonlighting as a chauffeur for her three active children.

Donna DoAssistant General Counsel, Intuit Inc.

Donna Do is an agile leader and collaborative business partner with extensive in-house legal experience. Her practice focuses on a wide range of matters including global financial technology services, regulatory analysis and complex commercial transactions. Donna is currently Assistant General Counsel at Intuit Inc. where she serves as the Legal Business Partner for the company’s Money Organization which includes payments, lending and banking and platform services. In this position, she is a member of the Money Leadership Team and plays a critical role advising on global product and marketing strategies and managing legislative and regulatory matters.

Prior to joining Intuit, Donna served as Senior Director, Associate General Counsel at PayPal, Inc. where she was responsible for managing the company’s global consumer product legal support. Prior to PayPal, Donna was Director of Legal at Symantec Corporation where she led end-to-end commercial, product, marketing, strategic licensing and IP legal support for various global business units.

Donna earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Mass Communications from the University of California at Berkeley and her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University. She is passionate about pro bono and education and has held leadership roles in initiatives to promote both, including managing the launch of PayPal’s legal pro bono program and serving as a Board Member for Palo Alto Partners in Education, an organization that raises funds to enrich educational experiences beyond what is possible with public funding. Donna is also an avid foodie who enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking and spending time with her family and friends when she is not moonlighting as a chauffeur for her three active children.

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Michelle FerreiraCo-Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP

G. Michelle Ferreira is Co-Managing Shareholder of the San Francisco office and Co-Managing Shareholder of the Silicon Valley office and counsels individuals, partnerships, estates and corporations in tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and state and local tax agencies, including the California Franchise Tax Board, the State Board of Equalization, the Employment Development Department and county assessment appeals boards.

As a former tax litigator for the Internal Revenue Service, Michelle brings unique experience to clients who have complex and sensitive tax and penalty disputes. Michelle represents clients before the IRS, and state and local tax agencies at the audit, collection, appeals and litigation stages.

Michelle has 21 reported decisions in the U.S. Tax Court on issues such as unreported income, family limited partnerships, civil and criminal tax fraud, penalty assessments, statutes of limitation assertions, valuation disputes, controversies involving valuation discounts for lack of control and lack of marketability, tax shelters, hobby losses, complex real estate transactions, tax structured transactions, and unsubstantiated business expenses.

Michelle FerreiraCo-Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP

G. Michelle Ferreira is Co-Managing Shareholder of the San Francisco office and Co-Managing Shareholder of the Silicon Valley office and counsels individuals, partnerships, estates and corporations in tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and state and local tax agencies, including the California Franchise Tax Board, the State Board of Equalization, the Employment Development Department and county assessment appeals boards.

As a former tax litigator for the Internal Revenue Service, Michelle brings unique experience to clients who have complex and sensitive tax and penalty disputes. Michelle represents clients before the IRS, and state and local tax agencies at the audit, collection, appeals and litigation stages.

Michelle has 21 reported decisions in the U.S. Tax Court on issues such as unreported income, family limited partnerships, civil and criminal tax fraud, penalty assessments, statutes of limitation assertions, valuation disputes, controversies involving valuation discounts for lack of control and lack of marketability, tax shelters, hobby losses, complex real estate transactions, tax structured transactions, and unsubstantiated business expenses.

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Rahwa Ghebre-AbEVP, Chief Ethics & Legal Compliance Officer, Lionsgate Entertainment

In her role as Chief Ethics and Legal Compliance Officer at Lionsgate Entertainment, Rahwa works closely with Lionsgate senior management, its various film & television productions, and employees at all levels to both address the Company’s employment law, data privacy and compliance needs and support its M&A and other strategic growth initiatives around the world.

Prior to her current role at Lionsgate, Rahwa led the Company’s employment law group for 7 years and helped direct legal and employment matters related to Lionsgate’s launch of its offices in Mumbai, India, Beijing, China, and Toronto, Canada, as the Company continues to globalize its operations. In addition, she provided legal support and employment counsel to Lionsgate’s numerous joint ventures and SVOD platforms. As lead employment counsel, Rahwa has also played a prominent role in developing and overseeing the implementation of practices and policies that create a safe, tolerant, diverse and inclusive work environment for Lionsgate employees.

A graduate of The University of Michigan—Ann Arbor with a B.A. degree in History in 2005 and a J.D. degree recipient from the University of Chicago Law School in 2009, Rahwa began her career as an employment litigator at the law firm of Baker McKenzie in Chicago. She joined Lionsgate in 2014. She serves on the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel’s “Women Who Lead” Board and on the Board of Directors of Habesha Networks, a grassroots non-profit organization in multiple cities around the world committed to developing and implementing methods of connectivity and support between Eritrean and Ethiopian communities across the globe. Rahwa is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Rahwa Ghebre-AbEVP, Chief Ethics & Legal Compliance Officer, Lionsgate Entertainment

In her role as Chief Ethics and Legal Compliance Officer at Lionsgate Entertainment, Rahwa works closely with Lionsgate senior management, its various film & television productions, and employees at all levels to both address the Company’s employment law, data privacy and compliance needs and support its M&A and other strategic growth initiatives around the world.

Prior to her current role at Lionsgate, Rahwa led the Company’s employment law group for 7 years and helped direct legal and employment matters related to Lionsgate’s launch of its offices in Mumbai, India, Beijing, China, and Toronto, Canada, as the Company continues to globalize its operations. In addition, she provided legal support and employment counsel to Lionsgate’s numerous joint ventures and SVOD platforms. As lead employment counsel, Rahwa has also played a prominent role in developing and overseeing the implementation of practices and policies that create a safe, tolerant, diverse and inclusive work environment for Lionsgate employees.

A graduate of The University of Michigan—Ann Arbor with a B.A. degree in History in 2005 and a J.D. degree recipient from the University of Chicago Law School in 2009, Rahwa began her career as an employment litigator at the law firm of Baker McKenzie in Chicago. She joined Lionsgate in 2014. She serves on the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel’s “Women Who Lead” Board and on the Board of Directors of Habesha Networks, a grassroots non-profit organization in multiple cities around the world committed to developing and implementing methods of connectivity and support between Eritrean and Ethiopian communities across the globe. Rahwa is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Elaine HarwellSenior Counsel Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Elaine focuses on representing clients in privacy and data security matters, including litigating claims involving privacy issues, helping clients manage emerging risks and conduct privacy risk assessments, and advising on regulatory and compliance issues. She been involved in numerous trials as well as arbitration proceedings related to contract and general business disputes, trade secret matters, complex unfair competition and business practice claims, and professional liability. Elaine has earned the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) and the Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) credentials through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and is the co-leader of Procopio’s Privacy and Cybersecurity practice and the firm’s Privacy Officer.

Elaine HarwellSenior Counsel Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Elaine focuses on representing clients in privacy and data security matters, including litigating claims involving privacy issues, helping clients manage emerging risks and conduct privacy risk assessments, and advising on regulatory and compliance issues. She been involved in numerous trials as well as arbitration proceedings related to contract and general business disputes, trade secret matters, complex unfair competition and business practice claims, and professional liability. Elaine has earned the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) and the Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) credentials through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and is the co-leader of Procopio’s Privacy and Cybersecurity practice and the firm’s Privacy Officer.

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Marie Oh HuberSenior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, eBay Inc.

Marie Oh Huber is a C-suite leader with over 25 years of strategic business, legal and public policy experience in three global Fortune 500 technology, Internet, ecommerce and life sciences companies.

She is Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of eBay Inc., previously served as SVP and General Counsel at Agilent Technologies, where she was also responsible for communications, regulatory/quality and philanthropy. She started her career at HP and at large law firms in New York and San Francisco.

Huber is a board member of Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) and Adevinta ASA (ADE.OL), the largest global online classifieds company. She also serves on the University Council at Yale, the board of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, the Northwestern Law Board and recently served on the board of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She is a strong advocate for DE&I, paying it forward and giving back to the community.

Huber has a BA in Economics from Yale, studied at the London School of Economics and received her JD from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She and her husband live in the Bay Area, have two young-adult children and enjoy cycling.

Marie Oh HuberSenior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, eBay Inc.

Marie Oh Huber is a C-suite leader with over 25 years of strategic business, legal and public policy experience in three global Fortune 500 technology, Internet, ecommerce and life sciences companies.

She is Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of eBay Inc., previously served as SVP and General Counsel at Agilent Technologies, where she was also responsible for communications, regulatory/quality and philanthropy. She started her career at HP and at large law firms in New York and San Francisco.

Huber is a board member of Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) and Adevinta ASA (ADE.OL), the largest global online classifieds company. She also serves on the University Council at Yale, the board of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, the Northwestern Law Board and recently served on the board of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She is a strong advocate for DE&I, paying it forward and giving back to the community.

Huber has a BA in Economics from Yale, studied at the London School of Economics and received her JD from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She and her husband live in the Bay Area, have two young-adult children and enjoy cycling.

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Nicole HusbandVice President - Human Resources, Warner Bros. Discovery

Nicole Hancock Husband is Talent Leader/Vice President, Human Resources for Warner Bros. Television Group. Before joining HR, Ms. Husband served as Vice President/Senior Employment Counsel for Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. where she managed the defense of employment litigation, negotiated favorable resolutions of employment claims, and counseled clients on a wide range of day-to-day employment issues.  Before joining Warner Bros., Ms. Husband was an employment litigation associate at Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  Ms. Husband also clerked for the Hon. Gerald Bruce Lee (Ret.) of the U.S. District Court (E.D.V.A.) and the Hon. Gregory K. Scott of the Colorado Supreme Court.  Ms. Husband graduated from Howard University School of Law and The Ohio State University.  Ms. Husband is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. 

Nicole HusbandVice President - Human Resources, Warner Bros. Discovery

Nicole Hancock Husband is Talent Leader/Vice President, Human Resources for Warner Bros. Television Group. Before joining HR, Ms. Husband served as Vice President/Senior Employment Counsel for Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. where she managed the defense of employment litigation, negotiated favorable resolutions of employment claims, and counseled clients on a wide range of day-to-day employment issues.  Before joining Warner Bros., Ms. Husband was an employment litigation associate at Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  Ms. Husband also clerked for the Hon. Gerald Bruce Lee (Ret.) of the U.S. District Court (E.D.V.A.) and the Hon. Gregory K. Scott of the Colorado Supreme Court.  Ms. Husband graduated from Howard University School of Law and The Ohio State University.  Ms. Husband is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. 

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Kirsten JacksonLitigation Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Kirsten Jackson is a litigation partner at Latham & Watkins. She works on behalf of policyholders to recover insurance assets. She has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance coverage for business clients under commercial general liability, professional liability, directors and officers liability, errors and omissions liability, and cyber insurance. Last year, Kirsten was named to the Daily Journal’s “40 Under 40” List.

Kirsten JacksonLitigation Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Kirsten Jackson is a litigation partner at Latham & Watkins. She works on behalf of policyholders to recover insurance assets. She has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance coverage for business clients under commercial general liability, professional liability, directors and officers liability, errors and omissions liability, and cyber insurance. Last year, Kirsten was named to the Daily Journal’s “40 Under 40” List.

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Jerri Kay-PhillipsEmployment Counsel, Instacart

Jerri Kay-Phillips joined the Instacart team as Employment Counsel in 2021, having served most recently as a Labor & Employment Attorney for Hanson Bridgett LLP in San Francisco.  Jerri is a Bay Area local, graduating from Stanford University with a double major in Political Science and African & African-American Studies in 2001, her Masters in Sociology at Stanford in 2002, and earning her J.D. from Berkeley Law in 2016.    

Jerri currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Good Tidings Foundation, a San Francisco-based children’s charity and she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  Jerri’s professional affiliations include the California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP), and Black Women Lawyers of Northern California. Jerri resides in Concord with her husband and two children and she enjoys reading, watching NFL Football and running 5-10K's in the Bay Area. 

3 Words That Describe Jerri: kind, hardworking, and (super) social!  

Jerri Kay-PhillipsEmployment Counsel, Instacart

Jerri Kay-Phillips joined the Instacart team as Employment Counsel in 2021, having served most recently as a Labor & Employment Attorney for Hanson Bridgett LLP in San Francisco.  Jerri is a Bay Area local, graduating from Stanford University with a double major in Political Science and African & African-American Studies in 2001, her Masters in Sociology at Stanford in 2002, and earning her J.D. from Berkeley Law in 2016.    

Jerri currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Good Tidings Foundation, a San Francisco-based children’s charity and she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  Jerri’s professional affiliations include the California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP), and Black Women Lawyers of Northern California. Jerri resides in Concord with her husband and two children and she enjoys reading, watching NFL Football and running 5-10K's in the Bay Area. 

3 Words That Describe Jerri: kind, hardworking, and (super) social!  

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Deanna KwongDirector - Office of Operations, Legal, and Administrative Affairs, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

Deanna Kwong is a Director in the Office of Operations, Legal, and Administrative Affairs department at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company.  She also serves on the HPE CEO’s Executive I&D Council and is Co-Chair of HPE’s Global Asian Network ERG.  Deanna presently serves as President of Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (“APABA Silicon Valley”).  In her spare time, Deanna enjoys training for and running road marathons and trail and mountain ultramarathons.  She just ran her fifth Boston marathon in April 2022. 

Deanna KwongDirector - Office of Operations, Legal, and Administrative Affairs, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

Deanna Kwong is a Director in the Office of Operations, Legal, and Administrative Affairs department at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company.  She also serves on the HPE CEO’s Executive I&D Council and is Co-Chair of HPE’s Global Asian Network ERG.  Deanna presently serves as President of Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (“APABA Silicon Valley”).  In her spare time, Deanna enjoys training for and running road marathons and trail and mountain ultramarathons.  She just ran her fifth Boston marathon in April 2022. 

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Lisa LamPresident, Lam Legal Search, Inc.

Lisa has been a legal recruiter since 2011 and is President of Lam Legal Search, Inc., a minority- and female-owned legal search consulting company. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and practiced at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and in-house before becoming a legal recruiter. Lisa also holds an M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology from Boston University.

As legal recruiter, Lisa has placed partner- and associate-level candidates in large, mid-size, and boutique law firms, as well as in-house at top-level companies. She works closely with her candidates to identify their career goals, tailor their job search strategy, and advise them on how best to market themselves to employers. Given her counseling background, she takes a unique approach when working with her candidates and is focused on finding long-term and fulfilling career opportunities for her candidates.

Lisa LamPresident, Lam Legal Search, Inc.

Lisa has been a legal recruiter since 2011 and is President of Lam Legal Search, Inc., a minority- and female-owned legal search consulting company. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and practiced at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and in-house before becoming a legal recruiter. Lisa also holds an M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology from Boston University.

As legal recruiter, Lisa has placed partner- and associate-level candidates in large, mid-size, and boutique law firms, as well as in-house at top-level companies. She works closely with her candidates to identify their career goals, tailor their job search strategy, and advise them on how best to market themselves to employers. Given her counseling background, she takes a unique approach when working with her candidates and is focused on finding long-term and fulfilling career opportunities for her candidates.

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Monica MonroePartner-in-Charge, Tucker Ellis LLP

Monica Monroe, Partner-in-Charge of the Tucker Ellis San Francisco office, practices in the area of complex civil litigation. In her capacity as both local and national counsel, she has represented a variety of corporate and insurance interests. Monica is a long-term member of the Tucker Ellis Equity & Inclusion Committee, serving to support minority and underrepresented groups through the development of sustained diversity initiatives throughout the firm. She has also served as a Programs Committee Lead and Impact Nonprofit Program Director for the Coalition of Black Excellence. Monica is a 2021 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, an organization committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession

Monica MonroePartner-in-Charge, Tucker Ellis LLP

Monica Monroe, Partner-in-Charge of the Tucker Ellis San Francisco office, practices in the area of complex civil litigation. In her capacity as both local and national counsel, she has represented a variety of corporate and insurance interests. Monica is a long-term member of the Tucker Ellis Equity & Inclusion Committee, serving to support minority and underrepresented groups through the development of sustained diversity initiatives throughout the firm. She has also served as a Programs Committee Lead and Impact Nonprofit Program Director for the Coalition of Black Excellence. Monica is a 2021 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, an organization committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession

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Sabrina NarainPartner, Sanders Roberts, LLP

Sabrina C. Narain is a Partner at Sanders Roberts, where she focuses her primary practice on auto manufacturing litigation, defending corporations in consumer protection matters, including breach of contract, fraud claim, and product liability. Ms. Narain is experienced in all aspects of litigation, including law and motion, discovery, corporate and expert depositions, trial preparation, and post-judgment litigation.

Ms. Narain was recognized among the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2022 ‘Leaders of Influence: Minority Attorneys’. She was also recognized as a ‘2021 Inspirational Women Awards Nominee’ by the LA Times B2B Publishing team. Ms. Narain was featured in the 2021 Professional Women’s Magazine article, ‘Auto Attorney Sabrina Narain Inspires Others to Take the Wheel.’

Sabrina NarainPartner, Sanders Roberts, LLP

Sabrina C. Narain is a Partner at Sanders Roberts, where she focuses her primary practice on auto manufacturing litigation, defending corporations in consumer protection matters, including breach of contract, fraud claim, and product liability. Ms. Narain is experienced in all aspects of litigation, including law and motion, discovery, corporate and expert depositions, trial preparation, and post-judgment litigation.

Ms. Narain was recognized among the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2022 ‘Leaders of Influence: Minority Attorneys’. She was also recognized as a ‘2021 Inspirational Women Awards Nominee’ by the LA Times B2B Publishing team. Ms. Narain was featured in the 2021 Professional Women’s Magazine article, ‘Auto Attorney Sabrina Narain Inspires Others to Take the Wheel.’

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Marta PalaciosVP, Assistant General Counsel, Commercial & Global, Oportun

Marta brings over 20 years of both in-house and law firm experience to her role leading Oportun’s global and commercial legal team and intellectual property practice. Marta has held several senior in-house counsel positions following a career with Perkins Coie and Bingham McCutchen (now Morgan, Lewis & Bockius), where her practice focused on antitrust, commercial litigation, and global investigations. As an amateur chef, baker, and drawing aficionado, Marta applies a creative approach to legal risk mitigation.

Marta PalaciosVP, Assistant General Counsel, Commercial & Global, Oportun

Marta brings over 20 years of both in-house and law firm experience to her role leading Oportun’s global and commercial legal team and intellectual property practice. Marta has held several senior in-house counsel positions following a career with Perkins Coie and Bingham McCutchen (now Morgan, Lewis & Bockius), where her practice focused on antitrust, commercial litigation, and global investigations. As an amateur chef, baker, and drawing aficionado, Marta applies a creative approach to legal risk mitigation.

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Meena PatelDiversity, Equity & Inclusion Director, NextGen Healthcare

Meena Patel is the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director at NextGen Healthcare which creates IT healthcare solutions for ambulatory markets. Her background as an employment attorney and HR practitioner using a diversity lens prepared her for her current role. She focuses on mindset and metrics for the largest impact for her internal clients. She is a member of the California Bar and the co-chair of the Equity, Belonging and Anti-Racism Committee of Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.

Meena PatelDiversity, Equity & Inclusion Director, NextGen Healthcare

Meena Patel is the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director at NextGen Healthcare which creates IT healthcare solutions for ambulatory markets. Her background as an employment attorney and HR practitioner using a diversity lens prepared her for her current role. She focuses on mindset and metrics for the largest impact for her internal clients. She is a member of the California Bar and the co-chair of the Equity, Belonging and Anti-Racism Committee of Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.

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Theresa PhamSenior Business Development and Marketing Manager, Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Theresa is an experienced business development and marketing professional with over 18 years in the legal and business environments. As a Senior Business Development and Marketing Manager at Allen Matkins, she is skilled in business coaching, business development, lead generation, content strategy, technology, and branding. Theresa loves to incorporate technology, data, and analysis to accelerate business development relationships. She received a B.A. from the University of California at Davis, is certified as a business development coach, and in PowerBi for client insight.

Theresa PhamSenior Business Development and Marketing Manager, Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Theresa is an experienced business development and marketing professional with over 18 years in the legal and business environments. As a Senior Business Development and Marketing Manager at Allen Matkins, she is skilled in business coaching, business development, lead generation, content strategy, technology, and branding. Theresa loves to incorporate technology, data, and analysis to accelerate business development relationships. She received a B.A. from the University of California at Davis, is certified as a business development coach, and in PowerBi for client insight.

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Angela Reddock-WrightManaging Partner, Reddock Law Group

Named a Best Lawyer in America and a fellow with the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, Angela is the Managing Partner of the Reddock Law Group and is neutral with Judicate West. She also conducts high-level workplace and Title IX investigations. Prior to becoming a full-time neutral, Angela was an employment litigator working at some of the country’s most distinguished law firms.

Angela serves on the USDC Central District panel of mediators and is an Adjunct Instructor in the Employment Mediation Clinic at USC Gould School of Law. She is a past president of the Southern California Mediation Association and serves on the Executive Committee of the LACBA Labor & Employment Law Section. Angela is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and is passionate about helping employers and employees create great workplaces.

Angela Reddock-WrightManaging Partner, Reddock Law Group

Named a Best Lawyer in America and a fellow with the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, Angela is the Managing Partner of the Reddock Law Group and is neutral with Judicate West. She also conducts high-level workplace and Title IX investigations. Prior to becoming a full-time neutral, Angela was an employment litigator working at some of the country’s most distinguished law firms.

Angela serves on the USDC Central District panel of mediators and is an Adjunct Instructor in the Employment Mediation Clinic at USC Gould School of Law. She is a past president of the Southern California Mediation Association and serves on the Executive Committee of the LACBA Labor & Employment Law Section. Angela is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and is passionate about helping employers and employees create great workplaces.

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Ghada Saliba-MaloufSenior Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Wells Fargo

Ghada Saliba-Malouf is Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel in the Wells Fargo Legal Department. She is based in San Francisco and leads the Section of attorneys and paralegals that provide support and advice to WIM’s Banking, Lending & Trust (BL&T) center of excellence. Ghada has more than 29 years of leadership experience providing counsel and advice to wealth management banking and fiduciary businesses. Ghada joined Wells Fargo in 1999 and has held numerous positions including Managing Counsel and Senior Managing Counsel.

At Wells Fargo and in the San Francisco community, Ghada has served in various key roles and appointments advancing diversity and inclusion and human rights matters. In 2017, she was named as the Gender Justice Honoree by Equal Rights Advocates and in 2018 she was selected as one of San Francisco Business Times’ 2018 Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business.

Ghada received her BA in Legal Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and her JD from Golden Gate University.

Ghada Saliba-MaloufSenior Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Wells Fargo

Ghada Saliba-Malouf is Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel in the Wells Fargo Legal Department. She is based in San Francisco and leads the Section of attorneys and paralegals that provide support and advice to WIM’s Banking, Lending & Trust (BL&T) center of excellence. Ghada has more than 29 years of leadership experience providing counsel and advice to wealth management banking and fiduciary businesses. Ghada joined Wells Fargo in 1999 and has held numerous positions including Managing Counsel and Senior Managing Counsel.

At Wells Fargo and in the San Francisco community, Ghada has served in various key roles and appointments advancing diversity and inclusion and human rights matters. In 2017, she was named as the Gender Justice Honoree by Equal Rights Advocates and in 2018 she was selected as one of San Francisco Business Times’ 2018 Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business.

Ghada received her BA in Legal Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and her JD from Golden Gate University.

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Gisele SimmonsConsultant, Exec|Comm

Gisele Simmons specializes in executive coaching, leadership skills training, consultative selling, and strategic meeting facilitation. She is passionate about helping others find their voice to operate from a place of confidence, conviction, and clarity. She leverages her extensive experience in marketing and strategic planning to help executive professionals and women leadership teams see opportunities where others see impossibility. Her clients include Starwood Capital Group and its affiliates, FTI Consulting, Michael Baker International, and Blue River Technology. During her tenure with Exec|Comm, she has trained over 10,000 global professionals in one-on-one personal development sessions, group workshops, and virtual learning webinars.

Prior to joining Exec|Comm, Gisele was an independent consultant to senior executives in food, health, beauty, spirits, government, and non-profit industries. She also held management positions at Kraft Foods, Inc., Avon Products, Inc., The Guild Group, and Grey Advertising.

Gisele graduated from Harvard University, Ed.M Administration, Planning, and Policy and Tufts University, B.S. Psychology. She also holds completion certificates in online studies from Harvard Business School and MIT. She volunteers as an off-campus interviewer for Harvard University’s Admissions Office. In her spare time, she enjoys adventure travel, has visited remote areas in Africa, Antarctica, and South America, and is proud to announce that she has set foot on every continent. Next stop…the moon!

Gisele SimmonsConsultant, Exec|Comm

Gisele Simmons specializes in executive coaching, leadership skills training, consultative selling, and strategic meeting facilitation. She is passionate about helping others find their voice to operate from a place of confidence, conviction, and clarity. She leverages her extensive experience in marketing and strategic planning to help executive professionals and women leadership teams see opportunities where others see impossibility. Her clients include Starwood Capital Group and its affiliates, FTI Consulting, Michael Baker International, and Blue River Technology. During her tenure with Exec|Comm, she has trained over 10,000 global professionals in one-on-one personal development sessions, group workshops, and virtual learning webinars.

Prior to joining Exec|Comm, Gisele was an independent consultant to senior executives in food, health, beauty, spirits, government, and non-profit industries. She also held management positions at Kraft Foods, Inc., Avon Products, Inc., The Guild Group, and Grey Advertising.

Gisele graduated from Harvard University, Ed.M Administration, Planning, and Policy and Tufts University, B.S. Psychology. She also holds completion certificates in online studies from Harvard Business School and MIT. She volunteers as an off-campus interviewer for Harvard University’s Admissions Office. In her spare time, she enjoys adventure travel, has visited remote areas in Africa, Antarctica, and South America, and is proud to announce that she has set foot on every continent. Next stop…the moon!

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Tiffany Renee ThomasAssistant General Counsel - Employment Law & Benefits, Genentech

Tiffany Renee Thomas is an experienced employment attorney and HR professional who blends a big law background with start-up creativity to partner with clients to develop effective solutions to strategic and day-to-day in-house employment law concerns. As a passionate Diversity + Inclusion advocate, trainer, and public speaker, Tiffany also helps businesses establish and work toward their D&I goals.

Tiffany holds the position of Assistant General Counsel - Employment Law and Benefits at Genentech where she provides advice and support on all aspects of employment law, human resources compliance, and D&I. Prior to joining Genentech, Tiffany held in-house positions at Visa and GE Digital and the position of employment partner at Reed Smith LLP where she started her legal career.

Tiffany is a graduate of Stanford University and Berkeley Law.

Tiffany Renee ThomasAssistant General Counsel - Employment Law & Benefits, Genentech

Tiffany Renee Thomas is an experienced employment attorney and HR professional who blends a big law background with start-up creativity to partner with clients to develop effective solutions to strategic and day-to-day in-house employment law concerns. As a passionate Diversity + Inclusion advocate, trainer, and public speaker, Tiffany also helps businesses establish and work toward their D&I goals.

Tiffany holds the position of Assistant General Counsel - Employment Law and Benefits at Genentech where she provides advice and support on all aspects of employment law, human resources compliance, and D&I. Prior to joining Genentech, Tiffany held in-house positions at Visa and GE Digital and the position of employment partner at Reed Smith LLP where she started her legal career.

Tiffany is a graduate of Stanford University and Berkeley Law.

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Kesa YorozuVice President, Legal, Visa Inc.

Kesa is a team leader and strategic legal/business advisor with over 20 years of experience working with high technology companies. She has expertise in commercial transactions, strategic partnerships, collaboration frameworks, master agreements related to financial digital partnerships, IP licensing, development agreements, mergers and acquisitions, litigation strategy, complex negotiations, and settlements.

Her special interest is aiding underrepresented groups to gain access and bring talent to corporate high tech and legal opportunities.

Kesa YorozuVice President, Legal, Visa Inc.

Kesa is a team leader and strategic legal/business advisor with over 20 years of experience working with high technology companies. She has expertise in commercial transactions, strategic partnerships, collaboration frameworks, master agreements related to financial digital partnerships, IP licensing, development agreements, mergers and acquisitions, litigation strategy, complex negotiations, and settlements.

Her special interest is aiding underrepresented groups to gain access and bring talent to corporate high tech and legal opportunities.

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