K2L 2020 Sessions & Speakers

Welcome and Morning Keynote

ADELMISE WARNER

Diversity & Inclusion

Adelmise is Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Pandora and SiriusXM.  She joined Pandora in 2015, and was previously Division General Counsel – Global Employment and Compliance.  While in the Legal Department, she demonstrated a strong commitment to the hiring, development, and retention of diverse talent, and promoting an inclusive work culture and a sense of belonging. 

In 2018, Adelmise took on the role of Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Pandora. Since the acquisition of Pandora by SiriusXM in 2019, she has become Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the combined Company.  Adelmise is accountable for developing and implementing diversity and inclusion strategies, including the hiring, retention, development, and advancement of underrepresented talent.  She leads a diverse team that is responsible for developing enterprise-wide programs and policies, and cultivating internal and external partnerships, that support the Company’s diversity and inclusion strategies; meet its internal and external commitments on diversity and inclusion; help align diversity and inclusion initiatives with business objectives; and promote an inclusive work environment.

Since 2015, Adelmise has been on the Board of Women’s Audio Mission (WAM), a San Francisco-based organization that trains underrepresented women and girls to develop valuable skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM), particularly in music production and the recording arts.  She also has been a member of the Board of the National Employment Law Council (NELC), an organization committed to the professional development and advancement of attorneys of color, since 2018.  Adelmise is a 2019 Eisenhower Fellow in the Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowship Program, with a focus on best practices for increasing gender diversity in the C-Suite. 

Adelmise received her Juris Doctor Degree from Hastings College of the Law (San Francisco, California) and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.  She has 18 years of experience in labor and employment law, both as a litigator and a strategic advisor to corporations as well as government entities.  

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Lunch Keynote

TED DESMAISONS

The Mojo of Playful Mindfulness: How Getting Present Helps You, Your Colleagues, and Your Client

A graduate of Stanford Business and Harvard Divinity schools, Ted DesMaisons trained to teach mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn and others at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and has studied, taught and performed improvisation internationally, including with BATS Improv in San Francisco, CA. He is one of an elite group of registered trainers who have worked with renowned UK acting and voice coach, Patsy Rodenburg.

Currently, he teaches Playful Mindfulness and personal and vocal presence through Stanford University’s Continuing Studies program. He co-hosts the Monster Baby Podcast (“a curious romp through the worlds of mindfulness and improvisation”) which reaches listeners in more than 60 countries, and his first book, Playful Mindfulness: a joyful journey to everyday confidence, calm, and connection, has received praise for its insight, originality, relevance and humor.

He lives near the beach cliffs of Daly City, California with Luna and Marley, his two quirky and charismatic spotted Ocicats.

 

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Closing Keynote

ADAM SMILEY POSWOLSKY

Engaging the Multigenerational Workplace & Managing Generational Differences

Millennials currently make up more than half of the workforce, but what about everyone else? There are currently five different generations working together in the workplace. How do we create an employee experience where every single employee can thrive? Millennial workplace expert Adam Smiley Poswolsky will share how companies can retain top talent and empower the talent of the future by leading with purpose. We’ll breakthrough common stereotypes about millennial employees, share case studies for increasing employee engagement, and learn proven strategies and tools to increase retention and foster intergenerational collaboration in the workplace, which will help you build a purpose-driven culture that empowers all of your employees.

Adam Smiley Poswolsky is a millennial workplace expert, keynote speaker, and bestselling author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough (Penguin Random House) and The Breakthrough Speaker.

Smiley helps companies attract, retain, and empower millennial talent, and he has inspired thousands of professionals to be more engaged at work, through speaking at companies like Unilever, IDEO, Salesforce, Genentech, Deloitte, SAP, Pinterest, MailChimp, and TED. An internationally renowned motivational speaker, Smiley speaks about millennials, employee engagement, and intergenerational collaboration at Fortune 500 companies, business conferences, leadership trainings, and universities. His TEDx talk has been viewed over 1 million times, and he has done hundreds of speaking engagements, reaching over 50,000 people in 15 countries.

Smiley’s writing has been published in The Washington Post, Fast Company, Time, and Business Insider, and his work has been featured in USA Today, Inc., Mashable, Forbes, Entrepreneur, CNN, CNBC, Cosmopolitan, and the World Economic Forum, among others. 

Previously, Smiley worked as special assistant to the director of global operations at the U.S. Peace Corps in Washington, D.C.

In 2017, Smiley launched The Women Speaker Initiative, a community that aims to increase the number of women and people of color speaking at conferences and companies, as well as ensure that women and POC speakers are paid competitively as compared to their colleagues. The group now has over 2,000 members.

Smiley is a proud graduate of Wesleyan University, and can usually be found dancing in San Francisco, California.

 

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EARLY MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS

KENNY LECKIE

Cybersecurity Issues and Their Ethical Impacts on Law Firms and Law Firm Personnel

The job of protecting information you've been entrusted with from cybersecurity threats is not a job to be relegated to others.  It is everyone's job!  We all have a party to play - personally and professionally. The law firm is a target and so are you.  As the custodians of enormous amounts of confidential, sensitive, protected, and personal information, law firms are at great risk of targeted cyberattachks from outsiders and data leakage due to employee negligence.  Law firm personnel are also being targeted personally.  Both have an ethical responsibility to handle, save, share, send and receive the information entrusted to them with great care.  This session is designed to provide an overview of the impact of threats, how to spot a scam, why you are being targeted, how cybersecurity issues correlate with ethical obligations, and security vulnerabilities.

As a Senior Technology and Change Management Consultant, Kenny works with Traveling Coaches’ clients to develop and deploy customized programs with an emphasis on user adoption and increased ROI. With over 20 years of combined experience working in and with the legal industry as a Trainer, Manager of Support & Training, and Chief Information Officer, he has a unique point of view that allows him to understand the challenges of introducing change in law firms.

In addition to his experience, Kenny is a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner and a Certified Technical Trainer and has earned the trust of clients across the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia. His approach brings immediate value to clients as they navigate the decision tree path of Office 365, Office 2016, and Windows 10 and as they develop and deploy Security Awareness programs that enable lawyers to focus on the practice of law while minimizing risk to confidential, protected, and sensitive information. His focus is on creating custom strategic solutions for law firms while delivering a positive user experience.

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RACHEL WILLIAMS

Recruiting in the Legal Industry: Competing Against Corporations for Talent

Rachel Williams is a Bay Area native with more than 20 years of experience in Silicon Valley. Most of her experience spans human resources – recruiting, strategic organizational change, culture & learning development. Rachel is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Miller Harper Williams. Her firm helps clients actualize inclusion and equity strategies for sustained impact. Concurrently, Rachel is the Head of Talent Strategy at X - the moonshot factory where she owns how this innovation lab finds global talent passionate about building companies that deliver 10x impact solutions for the world's most challenging problems. Most recently she’s held roles as the first Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at StubHub where she focused her efforts on the company’s workforce, workplace and marketplace to drive inclusion. 

Rachel’s passionate about developing unique programming to help build a culture of openness and belonging that embraces diversity as a dimension of a company’s overall talent strategy. Prior to StubHub, Rachel was the first Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Corporate Recruiting at Yelp. Building Yelp’s diversity initiatives from the ground up to accelerate action, which led to a 10 percent increase in women in Engineering in the company, as well as the creation of numerous Employee Resource and Affinity Groups that had more than 75 percent employee participation, among other accomplishments. The foundation of her mission is simple: Great ideas come from all types of people with all types of experiences. Therefore, she believes that just like great ideas have no boundaries, nor should an employee’s experience. 

Rachel has spoken on her work and thought leadership at numerous conferences and universities like: Tech Inclusion Conference, SXSW, the White House, North Carolina A&T, Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management and MIT Sloan. Rachel graduated from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) and enjoys spending time with her more than 300 family members whenever she can.

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DREW AMOROSO

Time Management

Drew Amoroso is the founder of Move Associates, a legal learning company that helps lawyers achieve their performance goals, accelerate their growth and development, stay professionally fulfilled, and add value to their clients.

Prior to founding Move Associates, Drew was a senior associate at a global law firm and was the owner of his own law firm where he counseled clients in the fitness and health and wellness industries. He graduated from UC Davis School of Law where he was the editor-in-chief of the law review.

Drew is the president of the Barristers Club at the Bar Association of San Francisco and the president of StandUpKids, a nonprofit that combats the epidemic of sedentary lifestyles and inactivity by outfitting elementary schools with standing desks.

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MID-MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS

MATTHEW HARRIS

Workplace Violence

Matt is the Fire, Life, Safety Trainer with Allied Universal Security Services.  He is responsible for all specialized training and Compliance Tracking in Northern California for over 15,000 employees.  His specialties include Emergency Preparedness, Active Shooter, Disaster Aid, and Firearms.

Matt has 15+ years’ experience in the security industry, managing security operations and investigations with a variety of vertical markets.  He has held management positions in the Global Security Operations Centers, Emergency Preparedness & Response and Training. He developed training programs on leadership, supervision, mentorship, threat assessment, workplace violence, and emergency response. 

Matt attended Gavilan College where he obtained a Certificate in Administration of Justice and South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium where he earned his Peace Officer Level 3 Certificate.  Matt is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management through FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute.

Matt is a member ASIS San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.  He is currently studying to be a Physical Security Professional (PSP).  Matt recently became certified as an NRA Instructor and a Range Safety Officer.

Matt currently lives in Livermore and operates a small homemade, barbeque business with his wife when he’s not (joylessly) rooting on the San Jose Sharks!

 

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LISA SMITH

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Legal Profession: The Facts and the Path Forward

A recent ABA/Hazelden Betty Ford study revealed that lawyers are significantly more likely to experience substance abuse, depression and anxiety than the general population. Subsequent guidance issued by an ABA Task Force has put forth a proposed “Path to Lawyer Well-Being” and a challenge to legal employers to pledge to advance attorney well-being.  Lisa Smith will discuss her story, how it relates to the profession more broadly, and how we might think about these issues going forward.

Lisa is a recovery advocate, writer, speaker, podcast host, and former practicing lawyer and law firm executive. She consults with legal employers and other organizations to break the stigma around substance use and mental health disorders, as well as to promote employee wellbeing.

Prior to beginning her more than 20-year legal administration career, Lisa practiced law in the Corporate Finance group of a leading international firm.  She most recently served for more than five years as the Deputy Executive Director of a leading New York City firm.

In addition, Lisa is the author of Girl Walks Out of a Bar, her award-winning memoir of high-functioning addiction and recovery in the world of New York City corporate law. She also co-hosts the podcast, Recovery Rocks, an inclusive discussion of issues affecting people in all kinds of recovery.

Lisa is a frequent speaker at law firms, law schools, bar associations, and other organizations. She serves on the Advisory Board of Law.com’s Minds Over Matters mental health reporting project. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Depression Project, which works to break the stigma around all mental health disorders and to provide peer support.

Lisa has appeared on TODAY and BBC World News discussing alcoholism and addiction. Her writing has been published in The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Women’s Health, Refinery29, TheTemper.com, A Women’s Thing, and WorkitHealth.com, among others.

She is a graduate of Northwestern University and Rutgers School of Law, where she served on the Editorial Board of the Rutgers Law Review

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KEN SOKOL

Data Breaches

What to do and how to advise a client dealing with a data breach in light of recent changes in legislation involving GDPR and CCPA.

Ken Sokol offers more than two decades of experience in eDiscovery and information governance. As a solution architect with Epiq, Ken draws on years of experience in product management, marketing, consulting and service design to create solutions combining people, processes and technologies. In his current capacity, Ken helps Epiq clients effectively utilize our broad service and technology capabilities to reduce cost and risk complex eDiscovery matters, and optimize information governance practices.

Within Epiq, Ken is a thought leader for the utilization of advanced technologies and methods. Mr. Sokol is an evangelist for the use of advanced analytics and machine learning to eliminate costly human review of irrelevant data in eDiscovery. Mr. Sokol also supports Epiq information governance and data breach service groups.

 

 

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS

RENE NOURSE

5 Ways to Up Your Money Game

You may not know this, but there are some very simple ways to up your money game and get your wealth life in order.  This session will highlight 5 easy breezy ways to make it happen. But wait, there’s more! Not only are there ways to up your money game at little or no cost but others that can provide you with some amazing tax benefits too.

After 25 years as a financial advisor in the corporate world, René Nourse left Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in June of 2012, to launch Urban Wealth Management Group. Sensing that a shift was taking place in the industry, her intention was to build a platform that focused on strategic financial planning alongside investment management to better serve clients. Also recognizing that women face unique and complex financial challenges, the Smart Women/Savvy Money Club was formed in order to provide a supportive, secure environment where women are encouraged to learn, explore and feel confident about making financial decisions.

A frequent guest speaker and contributor on the topic of women and finance, she has been recognized as a trailblazer and financial expert. Since 2013, she has been a guest commentator for CNBC’s Closing Bell Report, was one of twenty awardees for 2017’s Investment News' Women to Watch, a recipient of the Five Star Wealth Manager Award since 2014, and recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal’s as one of LA’s Most Influential Wealth Managers for 2018. In January of 2019, she was elected as the 10th President of the Association of African American Advisors, a national organization dedicated to advancing and supporting African Americans in the financial planning industry. 

 

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TED DESMAISONS

Powerhouse Presence: How Getting Present Helps You, Your Colleagues, and Your Client

A graduate of Stanford Business and Harvard Divinity schools, Ted DesMaisons trained to teach mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn and others at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and has studied, taught and performed improvisation internationally, including with BATS Improv in San Francisco, CA. He is one of an elite group of registered trainers who have worked with renowned UK acting and voice coach, Patsy Rodenburg.

Currently, he teaches Playful Mindfulness and personal and vocal presence through Stanford University’s Continuing Studies program. He co-hosts the Monster Baby Podcast (“a curious romp through the worlds of mindfulness and improvisation”) which reaches listeners in more than 60 countries, and his first book, Playful Mindfulness: a joyful journey to everyday confidence, calm, and connection, has received praise for its insight, originality, relevance and humor.

He lives near the beach cliffs of Daly City, California with Luna and Marley, his two quirky and charismatic spotted Ocicats.

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DEANNA OUDERKIRK, CLM, SHRM-SCP

Secretarial Services Roundtable

DeAnna Ouderkirk, CLM, MBA, SPHR, is the Office Administrator of the San Francisco Office of Sheppard Mullin. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations, as well as the ongoing leadership and development of the dynamic professionals of the San Francisco office. Working collaboratively with the Co-Managing Shareholders and her team, she plans, develops and implements best practices to improve the effectiveness of their processes and focuses on "Client First" quality, consistency and efficiency. Ouderkirk is the Chair of the Certification Committee for the Association of Legal Administrators, the current VP/President-Elect of the Golden Gate Chapter of ALA, and an active member of the Bay Area Human Resource Executives and the Society of Human Resource Managers.

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