Agenda for 2018 In-House Essential


Agenda | Thursday, November 29, 2018

8:30 – 9 a.m.
Registration / Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome & Introduction

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Advancing In-House: Elements of Successful Talent Development Programs

In today’s diversified work force, those legal teams that offer substantive leadership and talent development programs position their teams and companies for optimal retention of top talent and success.  This presentation will focus on the importance of talent development programs for in-house legal departments.  The panel will also identify elements of successful talent development programs, essential skills that position in-house counsel for success, and the use of internal and external resources to optimize limited budgets.

Moderated by: James D. Thomas, General Counsel to the Honorable Michael J. Rogers and Principal, James D. Thomas Consulting


  • John Kahle, General Counsel and Division Manager, Honda North America, Inc.
  • Marilyn McClure-Demers, Vice President, Associate General Counsel Corporate Litigation & Discovery Management, Nationwide
  • Abigail Picotte, Manager, Legal, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
  • Moderated by: James D. Thomas, General Counsel to the Honorable Michael J. Rogers and Principal, James D. Thomas Consulting

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Principles of Effective Leadership for In-House Counsel

This leadership workshop is designed to offer a mix of both conceptual and practical training on the key leadership principles necessary to help you succeed in your role as in-house counsel.  The program includes discussion of effective leadership skills, mentoring and career management and other topics such as difficult conversations, goal setting, managing up and managing oneself.

  • James D. Thomas, General Counsel to the Honorable Michael J. Rogers and Principal, JDT Consulting

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Building Innovation Competency in Your Legal Department through Design Thinking

This session will take the audience through the innovation journey starting with the question- what is innovation?  The speakers will talk about the need for innovation not only  in insurance and financial services, but in different industries across the marketplace. Scott Sanchez will share some real life experiences before taking the audience through an actual innovation exercise. Next, the speakers will talk about how they are applying these concepts at Nationwide and how legal needs to think differently when interacting with innovators.  The session will conclude with how to get legal involved in the process and to ensure that companies are thinking about protecting intellectual property that is created through the design thinking process.

  • Anthony Sharett, SVP Legal Marketing and Emerging Businesses, Nationwide
  • Daniel Armstrong, VP, Emerging Businesses Legal, Nationwide
  • Scott Sanchez, Chief Innovation Officer, Nationwide

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Compliance Forum

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Why Do Good People Do Bad Things?

Using behavioral science to better understand the psychological, sociological and instinctual influences that affect decision making.

  • Hollie Foust, Senior Vice President, Ethics and Compliance, Cardinal Health

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Legal and Compliance – Working Together to Effectively Navigate Complex Issues

A panel discussion on the partnership between legal and compliance and effective and ethical decision making.


  • Forrest Deegan, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
  • Hollie Foust, Senior Vice President, Ethics and Compliance, Cardinal Health
  • Gates Garrity-Rokous, Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, The Ohio State University
  • Arturo Hernandez, Senior Director of Global Compliance, RPM International, Inc.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception

Please join the speakers and participants for a reception at the Barrister Club courtesy of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP immediately following the program.


Agenda | Friday, November 30, 2018

8:30 – 9 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
GC and Board Oversight of Corporate Culture

Corporate culture is front and center today for customers, investors, employees, and regulators—not only as a risk, but as a strategic differentiator in driving sustainable long‑term corporate performance. The link between culture, strategy, and performance is no longer a topic for debate. A negative incident can impact a company’s reputation in an instant. The implications of corporate culture must be top of mind for legal departments and corporate boards, and, to that end, this session will explore corporate culture from a legal and board perspective—how to influence, monitor, and assess the culture throughout the organization.

  • Matt Kramer, Columbus Office Managing Partner, KPMG
  • Claudia Allen, Senior Advisor, Board Leadership Center, KPMG
  • Ivan Smith, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
  • Andy Rose, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Worthington Industries, Inc.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Diving into Data Security and Privacy

This presentation will cover a number of topics related to data security and privacy including major data breaches, best preventive measures, how to establish and maintain a compliance and risk management program, an FTC enforcement update, GDPR privacy concerns and more.

  • Liam Gruzs, Associate, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
  • Lisa Pierce Reisz, Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
  • Emily Root, Assistant General Counsel, OhioHealth 

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

12:45 – 4:00 p.m.
What #MeToo Means for You: A Guide to Navigating Civility, Harassment, and Other Workplace Minefields

12:45 – 2:15 p.m.
Workplace Civility, Off-Duty Conduct and the First Amendment: Where Should Employers Draw the Line?

The workplace can be a minefield. In addition to heated discussions caused by people on both sides of political, ideological, social and religious debates, employers now grapple with whether they should discipline employees for off-duty conduct & comments. Where should employers draw the line? This session will discuss how to achieve a workplace that is respectful, free of discrimination and harassment, while preserving the right to free speech and a positive exchange of ideas within the law.

  • Monica Oathout, Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
  • George Stevens, Associate, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Sexual Harassment: What to Know and What to Do in the #MeToo Era

For employers, the #MeToo and #TimesUp hashtags are shorthand for much larger issues: what is sexual harassment, what strategies actually help to prevent it, and how should employers respond to harassment accusations against current or former employees?  Even the most seasoned HR professionals and their counsel are being faced with new expectations and new questions on these longstanding workplace challenges.  This session will discuss effective methods for moving beyond “zero tolerance” policies and buzzwords, how to protect your workplace from “toxic” employees and their enablers, and best practices for investigating and responding to harassment claims.

  • Janay Stevens, Associate, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
  • Anjali Chavan, Attorney – Corporate Legal Services, Battelle

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