Law School to Host ‘Role of Directors, General Counsel in Developing Diversity and Gender Equity’ – April 8

Washington University School of Law will host Resetting Performance Expectations: The Role of Directors and General Counsel in Developing Diversity and Gender Equity on April 8. The event is co-sponsored by DirectWomen, the Missouri Joint Commission on Women in the Profession, and the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.

The program’s Capstone Session featuring CEOs and Directors of public companies discussing “Becoming an Effective Public Company Director” will begin at 4 p.m. in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (Anheuser-Busch Hall, No. 310). A reception will follow in the Crowder Courtyard. Resetting Performance Expectations will be eligible for 3.6 CLE credits in Missouri. The event is free and open to the public. Information on parking and MetroLink access can be found on this page about visiting the law school [view].

The distinguished Capstone Session panelists are:

  • Arnold Donald – CEO and President, Carnival Corp.; Director, Bank of America and Crown Holdings
  • Ann Harlan – Director, The Gorman-Rupp Company; retired Vice President and General Counsel, The J.M. Smucker Company
  • Mary Ann Hynes – Director, GHD Group Pty Ltd.; Senior Counsel, Dentons
  • Hillary A. Sale, Moderator – Walter D. Coles Professor of Law and Professor of Management, Washington University School of Law
  • Diane Sullivan – CEO and President, Brown Shoe Co.
  • James Turley – Director, Emerson Electric Co. and Citigroup Inc.; retired Chairman and CEO, Ernst & Young
  • Mark Wrighton – Chancellor, Washington University in St. Louis; Director, Cabot Corp., Brooks Automation, and Corning, Inc.

“Diversity in corporate boards is essential for effective business practices in today’s corporate world,” says Sale, a leading expert in corporate governance and securities law. “This program will bring together corporate leaders discussing ways in which companies can diversify their boards while reinforcing the value of diverse perspectives and experiences in the boardroom.”

The event is part of a two-day conference organized by DirectWomen, of which Sale is an executive committee member. As part of the conference, the law school is also hosting “Power of the Purse: How General Counsel Can Impact Pay Equity for Women Lawyers” at 2 p.m. on April 8 in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom. This session draws its name from an ABA report issued by the Task Force on Gender Equity, which offers recommendations on how “in-house counsel can use their economic power to minimize – perhaps even eliminate – the compensation gap that women continue to experience in the legal profession.”

Power of the Purse panelists include:

  • Patricia Gillette, Moderator – Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Mary Ann Hynes – Senior Counsel, Dentons; Director, GHD Group Pty, Ltd.
  • Roberta Liebenberg – Partner, Fine, Kaplan and Black
  • Sheri Mossbeck – Vice President and Treasurer, Leggett & Platt, Inc.
  • Meredith Perkins – Vice President, Corporate Counsel and Assistant Secretary,Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
  • Reuben Shelton – Senior Counsel for Litigation, Monsanto

A number of law firms are also co-sponsoring the event, including Bryan Cave LLP, Polsinelli PC, Thompson Coburn LLP, Gray, Ritter & Graham PC, and Husch Blackwell LLP.