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3/4/2020 12:00:00 AM3/6/2020 12:00:00 AMAmerica/Los_AngelesWSG 2020 Meeting of the AmericasWorld Services Group and host firm, Hanson Bridgett LLP, welcome WSG members to the 2020 Meeting of the Americas in San Francisco, California on 04 - 06 March 2020. The meeting will provide several valuable networking opportunities, discussion around important topics and events, and, the opportunity to strengthen global relationships within the industry.San Francisco, California, United States of AmericaWorld Services Group[email protected]
When: 04 - 06 March 2020
Where: San Francisco, California, United States of America
World Services Group and host firm, Hanson Bridgett LLP, welcome WSG members to the 2020 Meeting of the Americas in San Francisco, California on 04 - 06 March 2020. The meeting will provide several valuable networking opportunities, discussion around important topics and events, and, the opportunity to strengthen global relationships within the industry.

Wednesday 04 March
12:00 - 13:00
WSG ELG Standing Lunch
Hanson Bridgett LLP Offices
13:00 - 14:15
WSG ELG Welcome and Roundtable
14:15 - 15:30
ELG Speaker Presentation
Twelve Critical Steps on the Path to a Thriving Practice


Speaker: Donna Bedford, Founder and President, The Bedford Group
15:45 - 17:00
WSG ELG Presentation
Carta: Connecting Investors, Companies, and Employees Through Software

Carta has changed the way how companies, investors, and employees manage equity. Learn more about the Carta story and how they are building an ownership network that changes how assets are acquired, valued, and transacted.

Speaker: Francesca Puccinelli, Partnerships,Carta
17:00 - 18:00
WSG ELG Reception
18:00 - 20:30
Welcome Reception
Hanson Bridgett LLP Offices
Thursday 05 March
07:30
Registration
08:00 - 09:20
WSG Women’s Group Breakfast Meeting
09:25
Welcome
09:30 - 10:45
Panel Discussion
Navigating the Uncharted Fields of CannaBusiness

Legal cannabis is expected to be a USD $57-89 billion industry by 2027. From foreign investment issues and delays in full-legalization in Mexico to grueling demands from consumers in Canada, smart pro-active legalization is critical for this growing market. This panel will discuss both opportunities and challenges posed by the current commercial, financial, and legal landscape of this rapidly growing international industry.

Moderator: Jonathan Storper, Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP

Panelists:
Karli Warner, Co-Founder & CMO, Garden Society
Sherri Haskell, Founder and CEO, Canna Angels LLC
Michael Mitgang, Founder & Managing Director, WGD Partners
Cameron Wald, Executive Vice President, MM Acquisition Co., LLC
10:45 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:15
Panel Discussion
CyberSecurity: Threats and Vectors

The past year has brought significant change in the threat landscape. Attacks are becoming more sophisticated and highly targeted. We will be discussing where and how the threats are coming and how to protect against them.

Moderator: Batya Forsyth, Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP

Panelists:
Wes Bull, CEO, Sentinel Resource Group
Steve Walker, Founder, Cobaltix
12:15 - 13:45
Lunch
13:45 – 14:15
WSG Regional Presentation
14:15 - 15:00
Speaker Presentation
The Big Data Opportunity in Our Driverless Future

This speaker presentation introduces next-generation mobility, autonomous vehicles and the use cases under which they will be deployed. We will discuss the importance of big data and AI in next-generation mobility, explore big data sources and discover areas where big data and AI create value. Finally, we will discuss the implications of automotive OEMs, startups, and venture investors.

Speaker: Evangelos Simoudis, Founder and Managing Director, Synapse Partners

15:00 – 16:15
Panel Discussion
Unprecedented: Closing the Leadership Gap for Women and Minorities in the Legal Profession

Law firms and their corporate clients around the globe are cognizant of the value, benefits and challenges of improving diversity and inclusion within the profession. However, multinational companies are driving the transformation to make law firm cultures more heterogeneous and reflective of the vast populations clients employ and serve. Even with mounting pressure of client demands, far too few law firms have been successful in efforts to recruit, retain and advance women, racial and ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ attorneys.

In this session, we explore the common barriers that undermine the well-intentioned efforts of law firms. We also discuss unprecedented equitable approaches, such as the Mansfield Rule, adopted by law firms and corporate law departments alike to shift away from traditional cultural norms that fail to harness the benefits of diversity towards inclusive cultures that maximize unique talent.

Moderator: Tammy Bennett, Partner of Counsel, Dinsmore

Panelists:
Natalia Marulanda, Mansfield Rule & Knowledge Sharing Specialist, Diversity Lab
Michael Bronson, Deputy Equity + Inclusion Officer, Dinsmore
María Catalina Jaramillo, Partner, Brigard Urrutia
16:15 - 16:30
Coffee Break
16:30 – 17:45
Panel Discussion
Minimizing Risk Globally for Corporate Counsel in a Changing Regulatory Environment
This Briefing will assess how corporate counsel of multi-national companies navigate the rapidly changing regulatory developments, compliance requirements, and market realities significantly impacting M&A deal processes across borders.

Moderator: Kristi Nelson, VP Global Human Resources & General Counsel, Multi-Color Corporation

Panelists:
Catherine Claussen, Chief Legal Officer & SVP of Corporate Development, Zealandia Holding Co.
Robert Zakari, EVP Corporate Development & General Counsel, Jam City
Jessica White, General Counsel, Horsley Bridge Partners
18:00 – 22:00
Cocktail Reception and Dinner
Top of the Mark
999 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Friday 06 March
09:30
Optional Event

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