WSG 2020 Meeting of the Americas

  • 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.

This event has been postponed. Please check back for more information.


Wednesday, 04 March
12:00 - 13:00
WSG ELG Standing Lunch: WSG ELG Standing Lunch
WSG ELG Standing Lunch
Hanson Bridgett LLP Offices

13:00 - 14:15
WSG Emerging Leaders Group (ELG): Welcome and Roundtable : WSG Emerging Leaders Group (ELG): Welcome and Roundtable
WSG ELG Welcome and Roundtable

14:15 - 15:30
WSG Emerging Leaders Reception (ELG): Presentation 1: WSG Emerging Leaders Reception (ELG): Presentation 1
ELG Speaker Presentation
Twelve Critical Steps on the Path to a Thriving Practice

Speaker: Donna Bedford, Founder and President, The Bedford Group

Guest Speaker

Donna Bedford

The Bedford Group

15:45 - 17:00
WSG Emerging Leaders Reception (ELG): Presentation 2: WSG Emerging Leaders Reception (ELG): Presentation 2
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

Guest Speaker

Francesca Puccinelli


17:00 - 18:00
WSG ELG Reception : WSG ELG Reception
WSG ELG Reception

18:00 - 20:30
Welcome Reception : Welcome Reception
Welcome Reception
Hanson Bridgett LLP Offices

Thursday, 05 March
Registration : Registration

08:00 - 09:20
WSG Women’s Group Breakfast Meeting : WSG Women’s Group Breakfast Meeting
WSG Women’s Group Breakfast Meeting

Welcome: Welcome

09:30 - 10:45
Panel Discussion: Panel Discussion
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

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


Jonathan Storper

Hanson Bridgett LLP

Sherri Haskell

Founder & CEO
Canna Angels LLC

Michael Mitgang

Founder & Managing Director
WGD Partners

Cameron Wald

Executive Vice President
MM Acquisition Co., LLC

Karli Warner

Co-Founder & CMO
Garden Society

10:45 - 11:00
Coffee Break: Coffee Break
Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:15
Panel Discussion: Panel Discussion
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

Wes Bull, CEO, Sentinel Resource Group
Steve Walker, Founder, Cobaltix


Batya Forsyth

Hanson Bridgett LLP

Wes Bull

Sentinel Resource Group

Steve Walker


12:15 - 13:45
Lunch: Lunch

13:45 – 14:15
WSG Regional Presentation: WSG Regional Presentation
WSG Regional Presentation

14:15 - 15:00
Speaker Presentation : Speaker Presentation
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

Guest Speaker

Evangelos Simoudis

Founder and Managing Director
Synapse Partners

15:00 – 16:15
Panel Discussion: Panel Discussion
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, Chief Equity + Inclusion Officer & Partner, Dinsmore

Natalia Marulanda, Mansfield Rule & Knowledge Sharing Specialist, Diversity Lab
Michael Bronson, Partner and Deputy Equity + Inclusion Officer,Dinsmore
María Catalina Jaramillo, Partner, Brigard Urrutia
Angela Johnson, Sr. Litigation Counsel, Uber


Michael Bronson

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Maria Jaramillo

Brigard Urrutia

Angela Johnson

Sr. Litigation Counsel

Natalia Marulanda

Mansfield Rule & Knowledge Sharing Specialist
Diversity Lab

16:15 - 16:30
Coffee Break: Coffee Break
Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:45
Panel Discussion: Panel Discussion
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

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


Catherine Claussen

Chief Legal Officer & SVP of Corporate Development
Zealandia Holding Co

Kristi Nelson

VP Global Human Resources & General Counsel
Multi-Color Corporation

Jessica White

General Counsel
Horsley Bridge Partners

Rob Zakari

EVP Corporate Development & General Counsel
Jam City

18:00 – 22:00
Meeting Dinner: Meeting Dinner
Cocktail Reception and Dinner
Top of the Mark
999 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Friday, 06 March
Optional Event: Optional Event
Optional Event

Hosted By:

Hanson Bridgett LLP