Denise Jones joined Sarah Cannon in 2008 and currently serves as Assistant Vice President, Legal Counsel. Mrs. Jones is lead counsel for Sarah Cannon Development Innovations (Sarah Cannon’s Contract Research Organization) and oversees the daily operations of the legal department.
Mrs. Jones has been practicing law for over 20 years. Prior to working at Sarah Cannon, she served as charitable giving counsel for the American Cancer Society and worked as senior tax consultant at Deloitte and KPMG. She received her bachelor’s and law degrees from University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Mrs. Jones previously served on the boards of Preston Taylor Ministries (a non-profit organization that provides mentoring, tutoring and counseling for at-risk youths) and Our Kids (a non-profit organization that provides medical evaluations and crisis counseling services in response to concerns of child sexual abuse).
Mrs. Jones is married to the Honorable Kelvin D. Jones, III; they have two children KJ and Alaina Bryce.
Candace Rodriguez is Associate General Counsel for The Home Depot. In this capacity, Mrs. Rodriguez is responsible for providing transactional and regulatory support to The Home Depot’s Merchandising, Marketing, Private Brand, and Global Sourcing teams. In addition, Mrs. Rodriguez is responsible for managing the Company’s global intellectual property portfolio and providing guidance related to antitrust issues, commercial disputes and product safety concerns.
Mrs. Rodriguez began her career at The Home Depot in 2002 as Corporate Counsel and has since held several positions, each with increased responsibility. Prior to joining The Home Depot, Mrs. Rodriguez was a corporate associate for King & Spalding, LLP where she handled commercial transactions.
Stacey Wolf is the Vice President of Business Affairs for CNN Worldwide. In this role, she negotiates all development, production, license and distribution deals for CNN Original Series, CNN Films, and HLN Original Series.
Stacey launched the Business Affairs team in 2014 and since then has negotiated deals to acquire or commission more than 20 CNN Original Series, including the critically-acclaimed and Peabody award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, produced by ZPZ Production; This is Life with Lisa Ling, produced by Part 2 Pictures, the Primetime Emmy® Award-nominated The Sixties, The Seventies, The Eighties and The Nineties, executive produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog; and The History of Comedy, executive produced by Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Mark Herzog and Christopher Cowen. Stacey and her team have also negotiated deals with Cineflix, Endemol Shine International, Fremantle Media and Kew Media for the global distribution of select CNN Original Series.
Since 2014, Stacey has negotiated deals to acquire, co-produce, or commission more than 30 feature and short documentary films for CNN Films - many of which have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to have successful theatrical exhibitions. Under her leadership, CNN has partnered with companies including Magnolia Pictures, Paramount, Participant Media, NEON and Universal Pictures for the worldwide distribution of CNN Films.
Before starting the CNN Business Affairs department in 2014, Stacey was in the CNN Legal Department for 15 years, ultimately as Assistant General Counsel, and provided legal advice on newsgathering, production, and copyright issues for CNN. Stacey also created and ran the CNN Rights and Clearances team which handles the licensing and tracking of all third-party material used on CNN networks worldwide.
A graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A., with distinction, in English, Stacey also holds a law degree from Emory Law School.She was a staff member of the Emory Law Review and graduated in the top 10% of her class. She began her career as a product liability litigation associate at King & Spalding in Atlanta. Stacey is a Turner’s KEYS program graduate and a Turner Volunteer Day Site Leader. She and her husband, Barry, co-run the Wolf household. They are parents to three active kids, Sawyer, Alana and Zachary, and two dogs. Stacey also volunteers on the Board of the Lakeside PTSA and as a committee head and Parent Association Member at The Galloway School.
Ms. Hall is Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary for Cox Enterprises, Inc. where she advises the board of directors and senior leadership on corporate governance matters and directs the entity management and business licensing functions.
From 2014 – March 2018, Ms. Hall served as the Compliance Officer for Cox Enterprises and Cox Media Group, and was responsible for the design and direction of the organizations’ Ethics and Compliance Programs. She also designed and directed the Cox Enterprises' Records and Information Management (RIM) Program.
Ms. Hall began her legal career as an Associate with Bryan Cave, LLP in Atlanta, where she advised financial institutions on corporate governance, securities, transactions and bank regulatory matters. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Hall was in the analyst program at Goldman Sachs and worked as a marketing manager for internet and wireless startup organizations in Los Angeles and Denver.
Ms. Hall earned her B.A., cum laude, from Spelman College and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. Additionally, she holds the designation of Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.
Angela is currently GE Power’s Global Chief Litigation Counsel.GE Power is a $40 billion dollar subdivision of the General Electric Co.In her role, Angela provides strategic and organizational leadership globally and is responsible for driving strategy and resolution for global litigation which has a $30 million litigation budget.Angela also conducts business reporting for all litigations.She meets regularly with the business CEO, CFO, auditors, and financial controllers.
Prior to joining GE Power, Angela was with GE Energy for several years.
Angela relocated from California to Atlanta to join GE in 2008, working with the HQ Legal team. She became Executive Counsel, Litigation in June 2009.Prior to GE, Angela spent 13 years in private practice in California working with several international law firms. She joined GE from Morrison & Foerster, where she was a Litigation Partner.
Angela obtained her undergraduate B.S. degree in Business from the University of Southern California and her JD / law degree from UCLA.
Angela is married with two children.
Michelle Harding has served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for XOOM Energy, LLC, and its family of international energy retailers located in Charlotte, NC, since its inception in 2011. In her role, Michelle oversees a team of legal and compliance professionals that are responsible for all legal, compliance and regulatory activities. During her tenure, she has grown the Legal and Compliance teams to support the company in the U.S. and Canada. She has also been instrumental in assisting related companies in the on-going global expansion in Japan, Australia and Europe.
Michelle’s 25-year career includes working with diverse groups, moving from one of the oldest state civil rights agencies in the country to a nationally renowned law firm as an employment attorney representing management. The majority of her career has been as in-house counsel for companies ranging from a Fortune 50 global conglomerate including United Technologies Corporation and its family of companies, specifically Hamilton Sundstrand and Carrier Corporation to a privately held company with an entrepreneurial spirit, ACN, Inc.
Michelle holds a B.A. in Political Science from Hampton University and her J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. When not providing legal advice and counsel at work, Michelle enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband of nearly 25 years and her, 15-year-old daughter and 13-year-old twin sons.
Natasha Walwyn-Robinson is Counsel for Progress Software Corporation, a global enterprise software company. Progress Software products and technology are used at over60,000 organizations in 140 countries including 90% of Fortune 500 companies. Natasha handles intellectual property, commercial litigation and general corporate matters for Progress’ product development, engineering, marketing, human capital and sales teams. Some of her responsibilities include patent and trademark prosecution, intellectual property portfolio management, open source & third-party rights clearance, and software license compliance. Additionally, Natasha leads the Legal department’s procurement practice.
Natasha started her legal career in public television before transitioning into the technology sector, where she has worked for the past 8 years. Prior to joining Progress Software, Natasha cultivated her software licensing and transactional expertise in various positions at Oracle, Morgan Stanley and General Dynamics. Outside of the office, Natasha serves on several non-profit boards and has received awards from the American Bar Association and Boston Bar Association for her commitment to diversifying the legal profession. Natasha graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Biology and received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Natasha currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and daughter.
Crista Harwood leads the organization’s legal and contracting functions with its business partners and thousands of clients across the U.S. Before joining Passport, Crista practiced corporate finance law with Nashville firm Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis. She has experience representing both borrowers and lenders in corporate financial transactions and is well versed in private equity financing and mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Crista worked as a financial analyst at General Motors Corporation and as an industrial engineer at Ford Motor Company. She earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University, an MBA from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Kettering University, Flint, Mich.
Melissa Siegelman is a Litigation attorney for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. She assists in managing the world-wide litigation for Turner Broadcasting and all of its subsidiaries and brands. She handles cases and claims in a variety of areas, including contracts, employment, personal injury, bankruptcy, and intellectual property, with a large part of her practice focusing on technology litigation. In particular, Melissa oversees Turner’s domestic patent litigation matters, advises on offensive patent strategy issues and certain technology-related contracts, and provides guidance in relation to various technology industry standards organizations. Before joining Turner Broadcasting, Melissa worked for four years as an intellectual property attorney at Proskauer Rose, LLP in Boston, and for two years at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York. Melissa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and Duke University Law School in 2005.
After earning her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Stanford Law School, Monica Howard Douglas began her legal career as a judicial law clerk for Damon J Keith on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals of the United States.She later joined the law firm of Troutman Sanders where she was an associate in the corporate practice group and then subsequently gained in-house experience as a generalist at the Atlanta based Equifax Corporation.Monica joined The Coca-Cola Company in 2004 as Marketing and Supply Chain Counsel for North America.She then had the unique opportunity to play a role in supporting the largest vertical integration in North American history when The Coca-Cola Company acquired its largest bottler, Coca-Cola Enterprises, in 2010.The result was the creation of an integrated operating Company, Coca-Cola Refreshments, which housed the product supply and customer care businesses that Monica supported as Vice President and Senior Managing Counsel.In 2013, Monica seized the opportunity move to Johannesburg South Africa where she served as the Legal Director for the Southern and East Africa Business Unit that includeded 24 countries in Southern, East and Central Africa.After spending four years in South Africa, Monica returned to The Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta where she currently serves as the General Counsel of North America.