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Tiffany Archer, Regional Ethics & Compliance Officer, Corporate Counsel (Americas & Europe) Panasonic Avionics Corporation
Tiffany Archer is the Regional Compliance Officer, Corporate Counsel (Americas & Europe) for Panasonic Avionics Corporation and has more than 17 years of corporate work experience. Prior to becoming an attorney, Tiffany spent six years in the financial services industry where she was responsible for strategizing with members of key functions including Legal, Finance and Compliance.  She assisted with the implementation of financial and transaction monitoring systems focusing on the identification of inherent risks and remediation strategies.

With more than a decade of legal experience with major international law firms and Fortune 500 companies, Tiffany’s practice has spanned the Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America regions.  While at the law firms of Mayer Brown and Arnold & Porter she acquired extensive experience in conducting complex cross-border investigations of multi-national companies, with a particular emphasis on anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering and financial crimes compliance.  Most notable was a high-profile FCPA investigation of a consumer products company with a focus on its global operations and C-level executives.  Tiffany frequently liaised with U.S. regulators including the SEC and DOJ.  Additionally, she counseled clients regarding compliance program and policy/procedure development; conducted risk assessments; developed internal control, audit and corporate governance enhancements; and responded to regulatory inquiries.

As in-house counsel, Tiffany previously served as the Director of Global Investigations and Compliance at a hospitality services company, Lead Global Compliance Counsel at a pharma/medical device company, and an AML/BSA Subject Matter Expert for a global financial institution under a Consent Order. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from The George Washington University Law School.

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Tia Bolden, Vice President & AGC JPMorgan Chase & Co
As Assistant General Counsel for JPMorgan Chase Bank, Tia is primarily responsible for providing practical legal guidance to the Wealth Management business and ensuring that the Bank is protected legally and reputationally - all while enhancing the client experience on every interaction and being a valued partner and trusted advisor to the business.

Tia joined JPMorgan August of 2000. Prior to joining the JPMorgan, Tia was Assistant Deputy Attorney General with the Delaware Department of Justice. Before that, Tia was a Probation & Parole Officer with the Delaware Department of Correction.

Tia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware, a Master of Business degree from Wilmington University, and a Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law. She is a Member in Good Standing of the Pennsylvania State Bar.

In her free time, Tia enjoys cheering on her favorite thee sport (football, basketball, and baseball) athlete, her son Tyler. Tia lives in Delaware with her husband and son.

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Nyree Embiricos, Vice President, Senior Counsel American Express
Nyree Embricos is Vice President and Senior Counsel with Amex Bank of Canada. She has a broad range of experience in many areas of commercial law with particular expertise in intellectual property, technology, privacy and advertising law. Nyree also provides legal as well as strategic advice on social media policies and initiatives. Nyree practiced as a technology lawyer with Herbert Smith, a leading international law firm, in London, England from 1998 - 2005..

Nyree joined TELUS on her return to Canada in2005 as part of the legal team that supports TELUS’ consumer solutions portfolio across Canada. In January 2011, Nyree joined the General Counsel's Office of Amex Bank of Canada where she advises the Merchant Services line of business in Canada and advises on efforts in Canada and internationally to support digital capabilities for American Express. Nyree holds an honors degree in Geography and French from the University of Guelph and a CPE/LPC (Distinction)from the College of Law, London. She is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (2000) and obtained an LL.M. in Computer and Communications Law from the University of London (2002). Nyree was admitted to the Ontario Bar in2008.

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Olivia Fines, Counsel Parsons Corporation
Olivia Fines, Esq. is a Federal government contracts (govcon) attorney for Parsons Corporation based out of Centreville, Virginia. Olivia received her BA in Political Science from Virginia Tech, and graduated from the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia in 2008, with a specialization in International Business Law. Before joining Parsons, Olivia was General Counsel for a small govcon, Golden Key Group, LLC and a larger govcon, PRO-telligent, LLC a Tetra Tech Company.

From 2008-2011, she also served as an adjunct law professor at the law schools of Ludwig Maximillian Universitat of Munich, Germany, and University of Augsburg in Augsburg Germany. Olivia is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion initiatives. She and her passion project partner have launched to undertake the privilege projects – a program designed to promote awareness and education on racism in America, and what you can do about it!

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Anjli Garg, Director, Associate General Counsel Citibank
Anjli Garg currently serves as Director, Associate General Counsel at Citibank, N.A., where she counsels the global B2B card payments business, working with Citi’s largest global institutional clients. She is an active member of Citi Legal’s Global Diversity Council and has published articles and spoken at conferences and panels on privacy and data security, unconscious bias and diversity and inclusion.

Before joining Citibank, she was in-house counsel at American Express and an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell.Before joining Citibank, she was in-house counsel at American Express and an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell. She has a broad range of legal experience, including corporate law, product launch, intellectual property, privacy/data protection, internet/e-commerce, dispute resolution, bankruptcy, securities, project finance and franchising. She obtained her J.D. from NYU School of Law.

When she is not serving in her capacity as AGC, Anjli is coaching leaders. She is a Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Index – Master Practitioner. She obtained her coaching certifications through iPEC, which is an ICF accredited coach training program.

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Julie Honor, General Counsel 3Q Digital
Julie Honor is General Counsel at 3Q Digital. She manages the organization's legal risks, negotiates commercial contracts and corporate transactions, and advises on employment, data privacy, litigation, and intellectual property matters. Prior to her role at 3Q, Julie built out and led the legal department at Rise Interactive and managed North American commercial work for Anixter. She brings to 3Q a unique background, having specialized in change management consulting, where she worked with clients to re-engineer processes and optimize organizational design, in addition to her years in private practice focusing on class action, business, and intellectual property litigation.

Julie graduated cum laude from Indiana University - Maurer School of Law and earned a bachelor's degree with the highest distinction in supply chain and information systems from The Pennsylvania State University.

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Arden Joseph, Assistant Vice President & Counsel Deutsche Bank
Arden Joseph joined Deutsche Bank in 2015 as Assistant Vice President and Counsel in the Americas Legal Department located in Jacksonville, Florida. In her role, she negotiates derivative contracts for hedge funds, corporate and institutional clients

Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, she spent eleven years at Citigroup in New York as a senior member of their capital markets legal team. There, she partnered extensively with various stakeholders as a transactional attorney. She also served as a subject matter expert for the FX prime brokerage desk. Ms. Joseph earned a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School and her Bachelor of Science in Finance from New York University, Stern School of Business.

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Felice Kemp, Senior Vice President, Global General Counsel Cyient
Felice Kemp is the first-ever Senior Vice President and Global General Counsel of Cyient, a publicly-traded company that is a leading provider of technology services and solutions. She is an international in-house lawyer; an expert in customer contracts, including intellectual property, employer agreements, compliance, and regulatory issues.

Before joining Cyient, Felice was Chief Legal Officer and Chief Administrative Officer at Unicorns LLC, a firm she founded to support start-ups and private equity-owned businesses. She has also held global leadership positions at multinational companies such as United Technologies Corporation (now Raytheon Technologies), Honeywell International, and LEGO.

Felice holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law and a graduate degree in taxation from Boston University School of Law. She completed her bachelor's degree in English at Yale University. Throughout her career, she has received recognition as a legal and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) thought leader as well as for service to the state of Connecticut. In 2017, she was honored by the Urban League of Southern Connecticut with the Woman of Power Award. The Connecticut Governor appointed Felice to the Board of Regents for Higher Education.

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Melanie Kiely, Senior Corporate Counsel T-Mobile
Melanie is Sr. Counsel for T-Mobile's Technology organization and partners with her Technology clients in bringing the Un-carrier revolution to T-Mobile’s customers. Her practice includes legal guidance for T-Mobile’s network deployment strategy involving thousands of cell sites, distributed antennas systems (DAS), and in-building facilities providing wireless coverage to T-Mobile’s 79 million customers and propelling 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) into the future. She also focuses on commercial transactions involving software licenses, software as a service, cloud computing, data collection, privacy and cyber security. Melanie supports the business with acquisitions, integrations, and divestitures.

Additionally, Melanie is the Chairperson of the Women’s Leadership Network, an internal leadership organization that drives gender diversity at T-Mobile and empowers its 15,500 members across 53 Chapters nationwide reach for opportunity and thrive in their personal and professional lives. She also is a Board Member of Law360’s Telecommunications Editorial Advisory Board and advises the publication on trends in the telecommunications industry.

Prior to joining T-Mobile, Melanie served as Managing Attorney at American Tower Corporation and led an organization in the securitization of the company’s most valuable real estate tower assets. Melanie graduated with a J.D. from New England School of Law and a B.A. from Brandeis University, where she was a 3-sport varsity captain and recipient of the Max I. Silber award for being an outstanding female student-athlete. She is a champion for diversity and advocate for gender and racial equality.

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Kyle Lewis, Senior Counsel, Insurance - Claims Litigation Uber
Kyle Lewis is Senior Counsel on the Safety & Insurance Legal team at Uber Technologies, Inc. He oversees a team of in-house attorneys who work closely with outside counsel to defend the company in Northeast U.S. claims litigation matters, which present a host of novel and first-impression legal issues.

Before joining Uber, Kyle was an Associate at an insurance defense law firm in Chicago where he defended a range of corporate defendants in a variety of tort liability litigation. He received his B.A. in International Studies and Communications from Saint Louis University, and his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a Member in Good Standing of the Illinois State Bar. In his free time, Kyle enjoys exploring Chicago with his wife or taking weekend trips to mountain towns to go hiking.

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Tyng Loh, Assistant General Counsel Genentech
Tyng Loh is an Assistant General Counsel at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, where she has advised on legal and regulatory matters across the biotechnology product portfolio and across the lifecycle, including international clinical research, manufacturing, quality, trade compliance and sanctions, cybersecurity, as well as US commercial sales and marketing.

Prior to joining Genentech, Tyng practiced in private international law firms in Washington D.C. and Tokyo, where she focused on healthcare regulatory and litigation matters and corporate and securities issues in the life sciences space. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, and received her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry from Yale University.

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Megan Lutes, Director, Legal Convoy
Megan Lutes is the Director of Legal for Convoy, Inc., a technology company that is changing the logistics and transportation industry with the use of modern technology. Convoy was recently named Geekwire’s 2018 Tech Titan of the Year and 2019's Deal of the Year. Convoy recently became Seattle's second Unicorn company, being valued at over a billion dollars and is one of the fastest-growing tech companies in the country with offices in Seattle and Atlanta growing in a matter of a few years to 900+ employees.

Convoy has been in the news recently with its significant fundraising successes, with impressive investors such as CapitalG (Google's late stage venture arm), Jeff Bezos and venture capital firm Greylock Partners. Megan joins the panel with over a decade of legal experience both at law firms and in-house at large companies in the Puget Sound region. At Convoy she leads its commercial transactions team, handles its employment law matters.

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Belinda Luu, Leader of Enterprise Data Management & Governance & Senior Counsel Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
Leader of enterprise-wide Big Data strategy and governance; experienced in Healthcare Information Technology (Health IT); complex technology transactions, Big Data strategy, and IP attorney for one of the largest health care non-profits ($79 billion operating revenues); over 18 years of experience in structuring and negotiating high dollar technology transactions, cloud services, AI, strategic innovation collaborations, licensing, professional and managed services, web-based, and outsourcing transactions. Negotiated upwards of one-billion-dollar IT deals, including domestic and international transactions. Advised on customer and supplier side of technology agreements for both in and out-bound transactions. Counseled clients ranging from Fortune 100, and early stage companies in IT, healthcare, software, web-based, e-commerce, automotive, manufacturing, insurance, energy, and banking and financial industries. Lead a Data Strategy Team of 12 attorneys and paralegals. Co-chair of the Enrichment and Development Subcommittee of the Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee.

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Shelly Northover, (Former) Vice President, Risk & Compliance Officer & Privacy Officer  Holiday Inn Club Vacations Inc.
Shelly Northover is the former Vice President of Risk and Compliance, Risk and Compliance Officer and Privacy Officer for Orlando based Holiday Inn Club Vacations Incorporated (formerly Orange Lake Resorts), where she was responsible for corporate Ethics, risk management, Compliance, Privacy and restructuring and entrenching the Enterprise Risk Management Program into the organization. She specializes in management of Risk Committees and working collaboratively with both Executive teams and business units to establish best practices, effective and efficient controls and processes, and corporate and departmental policies that support Compliance with legal and regulatory matters to ensure a compliant culture within organizations.

Shelly has spent over 24 years in the Insurance industry crafting unique coverage forms, working with state agencies and supporting product management in various roles. For over 12 years Shelly has brought her experience as a litigator and depth of experience, practical skills, and knowledge in risk, privacy and compliance to companies like Nationwide Insurance, Kemper Property & Casualty (formerly Unitrin Specialty), in Texas, and Esurance, in California, before moving to Florida.

Shelly has an undergraduate degree from Rice University and a JD from South Texas College of Law, in Houston Texas, and is a former Prosecutor with the City of Houston also in Texas.

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Shaila Ohri, Assistant General Counsel Exelon Corporation
Shaila Lakhani Ohri is an Assistant General Counsel at Exelon Corporation in the Washington, DC office. Exelon is a Fortune 100 energy company that operates in every stage of the energy business: power generation, competitive energy sales, transmission and delivery. Ms. Ohri is responsible for legal support for innovation work at Exelon and its utility affiliates. Her practice consists of negotiating agreements and handling complex transactions for Exelon and its businesses, particularly in the areas of innovation, mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, venture capital, technology and innovation, and other corporate work.

Ms. Ohri’s experience also includes work in the Office of Corporate Secretary of Pepco Holdings, a utility subsidiary acquired by Exelon, in corporate governance and securities, and in the General Law group in procurement, electronic discovery / litigation and antitrust, and software and IP licensing. Prior to joining Exelon, she worked in-house at CapitalSource Finance, as an associate at the firm Dyer, Ellis & Joseph (combined with Blank Rome), and as a clerk to the Honorable Herbert B. Dixon at the D.C. Superior Court. She received her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and her B.A. from the American University.

Ms. Ohri is focused on diversity in the law and was a 2018 LCLD Fellow, serves on the Exelon legal department’s D&I Steering Committee, is involved in a number of affinity bar associations including as Board Member and Co-Chair of the In-House Counsel Committee of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the District of Columbia and a co-chair of the Women’s Leadership Network for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She is also a Trustee for the South Asian Bar Association of North America Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and an active volunteer in her community.

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Sloane Perras, Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer Foss Maritime Company
Sloane Perras is a seasoned corporate executive and leader in global logistics and retail brands with expertise in post-acquisition integration of top two industry leaders as well as transitioning two, separate large publicly held companies from family control to investor control.  Perras also has expertise in cyber security, corporate governance and complex regulatory environments.   She is the General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer of Foss Maritime Company, LLC, a 130-year-old harbor and marine services company. She is formerly the Chief Administrative & Legal Officer for two privately held retail brands. As part of her executive teams, Perras regularly reviewed the companies’ enterprise risk strategies, financial controls and stays very familiar with the businesses’ flows of revenue. Perras also managed the Risk management functions and provided enterprise strategy for innovation, regulatory compliance and HR risk mitigation. Perras also has worked closely with her CEOs, executive peers and Boards of Directors on corporate governance, including reporting direct to the Audit Committee on cyber and privacy issues.

From 2002 through 2011, Perras worked in companies involved in the global supply chain. As an in-house lawyer, she was the Vice President, Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary of Americold Logistics, LLC and corporate counsel of Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (“EXPD”). At Americold, she served as a key team member in the IPO readiness and IPO and secured indenture offering of the largest global logistics REIT and the resulting integration of two industry powerhouses. Throughout her supply chain background, she has addressed significant regulatory and compliance matters, especially around global enforcement protocol. Perras has a BS Finance from UF and earned her law degree, Cum Laude, from UGA School of Law. She is a recognized leader in talent development as well as promoting diversity in her community and industry as well as acting as an executive.

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Pam Rea, Senior Litigator Allstate
Pam Rea is a member of the Law & Regulations team for Allstate Insurance. In her position as Counsel, Pam litigates claims for damages under commercial and automobile policies representing the company’s insureds. She also provides other legal services to the organization. She embraces Allstate’s focus on diversity and team building by seeking out opportunities to work with colleagues who want to sharpen their own skills, while also learning from these talented team members.

Prior to joining Allstate, Pam had her own law firm for more than a decade representing clients involved in business and contractual disputes, copyright infringement and trademark disputes; the misappropriation of proprietary data and trade secret theft; unfair competition and other commercial litigation. She also handled labor and employment matters, including restrictive covenants and workplace discrimination claims, risk prevention training, policy guidance, external investigations of allegations, and representation of employers before the EEOC or other governmental entities and through the litigation or arbitration process.

Beyond litigation, Pam Rea is experienced in handling cases at the appellate levels and has tried cases before arbitration panels and in administrative law matters.

Pam was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in May 1995 and has practiced throughout the State of Texas. She is also admitted to practice before the federal U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas.

Past firm affiliations include Delgado, Acosta, Braden & Jones LLP, and Beirne, Maynard & Parsons LLP. An honors graduate of the University of St. Thomas and South Texas College of Law, Pam is also a graduate of Leadership Houston Class XXIV and a member of the Texas Bar College.

Michelle Ruff, Associate Corporate Counsel Amrock
Michelle Ruff’s practice presently centers around licensing and compliance. Since 2012 she has served as a legal advisor to corporate counsel and leaders at Amrock, a title and technology company located in Detroit, Michigan. She is heavily relied upon for matters in Texas and is an expert in all matters pertaining to title, curative, real estate and settlement services for the State of Georgia.

Prior to working for Amrock, Michelle was in private practice handling real estate, family, criminal, unemployment appeals, social security appeals and immigration matters. She is a seasoned family law litigator and believes that her civil litigation practice has helped her to skillfully find creative legal solutions to meet complex compliance issues.

She graduated with her B.A. in Communications from Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL in 1996 and with a M.A. in Communications from Morehead State University, Morehead, KY in 1998. A 2001 graduate of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, Michelle participated in the Immigration Clinic as a student; received an award for her public service work; and, was an active member of the Diversity Committee. After graduation, she began her career working with Farmworker Legal Services in Michigan and proudly continued her non-profit service with Cobb County Legal Aid, a division of Atlanta Legal Aid and the Latin American Association before going into private practice. She is a member of the Kentucky, Michigan and Georgia Bar Associations. Michelle has put together training materials on cultural sensitivity for guardian ad litems and spoken on the impact of natural disasters on immigrants for young lawyers assisting Hurricane Katrina victims.

Most importantly, Michelle has two adult children, who endured college, graduate and law school with her as a single mother. She is an avid fitness enthusiast who volunteers to teach a workout class to senior citizens in Atlanta, Georgia, where she lives.

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Marla Sofer, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships Jemstep
Marla Sofer is the VP of Strategic Partnerships at Jemstep, a B2B2C digital advice platform focused on helping Americans invest to achieve their financial goals. Before diving into Fintech in 2015, Marla led institutional partnerships at BlackRock and J.P. Morgan quantified in billions of dollars. She has been a champion of gender diversity, founded two employee women’s networks, and served as a non-profit leader dedicated to social justice.

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Deborah Solmor, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary TCS Education System
Deborah G. Solmor is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at TCS Education System, a nonprofit system of colleges and universities. TCS’s affiliates include the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Saybrook University, Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School, the Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, the Dallas Nursing Institute and Kansas Health Science Center. Deborah leads the legal and compliance functions within this innovative model that focuses on supporting higher education institutions whose missions focus on student enrichment and community impact. Prior to joining TCS, she served as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Litigation and Chief Compliance Officer at Career Education Corporation, a publicly-traded provider of post-secondary education.

In addition to being a highly adaptable and collaborative business partner, Deborah is also a seasoned litigator. Prior to moving in-house, she spent many years as Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP where her practice focused on complex commercial and consumer litigation. While at Skadden she represented clients across diverse industries in all aspects of litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. She is a CCEP certified compliance professional and is often invited to speak on topics including best practices in regulatory and internal investigations as well as issues related to compliance and marketing in higher education. She holds a Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University.

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Nicholas Tiger, Senior Counsel, Customer Connections Capital One
Nicholas Tiger joined Capital One as in-house counsel in 2017, initially providing legal guidance to the Office of the President in resolving highly escalated customer complaints and regulator inquiries. Since then, his role has expanded to provide complaint escalations and regulatory counsel to multiple customer-facing phone channels. Nicholas serves on the Legal Diversity & Inclusion Committee at Capital One and in a leadership capacity for OutFront, the LGBTQ+ employee resource group. In addition to being passionate about driving diversity in the legal field, he has also been widely recognized for his pro bono service where he has appeared in contested removal proceedings before the Board of Immigration Appeals. He was recently named a finalist for the 2019 Volunteer of the Year award for the Greater Washington DC metro area.

Prior to joining Capital One, Nicholas practiced at the firm of Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson, & Hornik in the area of creditors' rights where he represented multiple Fortune 500 finance companies and successfully defended federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) suits. Nicholas received his J.D. with an emphasis in International Law from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While in school, Nicholas clerked for both a Federal Magistrate Judge in the Western District of Missouri and an Administrative Court of Appeals Judge abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico. He also holds a B.A. from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Casiya Thaniel, Attorney Microsoft
Casiya Thaniel is an attorney at Microsoft providing legal support to clients responsible for enterprise customers in the $2 Billion - U.S. Financial Services Industry. Casiya negotiates complex cloud technology deals and assists the U.S. Commercial business team drive revenue by hosting technology events and speaking regularly on digital transformation, artificial intelligence, privacy, cyber security, and the importance of cloud literacy. In her prior role, she supported Xbox and PC products for large U.S. retailers, where she primarily focused on marketing, sales, and antitrust concerns.

Casiya holds a B.B.A. from Howard University, Master’s Certificate in Commercial Contract Management from George Washington University/ESI International and a J.D. from North Carolina Central University. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional-U.S. and an alum of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Casiya is on the board of trustees for the Holy Trinity Day School in Maryland and the Executive Committee of the National Bar Association – Commercial Law Section.

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Alma Uldedaj, Assistant Vice President Deutsche Bank
Alma Uldedaj is currently an Assistant Vice President with Deutsche Bank in Jacksonville, FL where she negotiates international swaps and derivatives documentation as well as all ancillary supportive agreements for various entity types and jurisdictions. In addition, she advises Deutsche Bank on Dodd-Frank regulatory matters and reviews netting quality assurance reports. Alma previously worked as a residential real estate and banking attorney in New York.

Alma is an active participant in Deutsche Bank’s Employee Resource Groups. She is the Co-Treasurer for the Multi Cultural Partnership and is a Committee Member for the Americas Diversity and Inclusion Council. She previously served as a mentor at the Tiger Academy Charter School in Jacksonville, FL. She also served as the Vice President of the New Albanian Generation Organization in Bronx, NY. Alma was born in Shkodër, Albania and immigrated to the United States in her early 20’s, settling in New York City. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She earned her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in New York. Alma enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, volunteering, playing volleyball and soccer.

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Rishi Varma, General Counsel Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Rishi Varma serves as General Counsel and oversees Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s legal department globally. Rishi and his team handle, among other things, HPE’s corporate governance, strategic acquisitions, divestitures and investments, litigation, intellectual property, commercial contracting, sales and supply chain issues, securities law compliance and disclosure, treasury and financing transactions, and certain other corporate transactions and restructurings, bankruptcy, credit and collections matters and employee compensation and retiree benefits.

From 2013 – 2017, Rishi served as Deputy General Counsel overseeing HPE’s corporate, securities and M&A practice. Before joining Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Rishi served as general counsel for two different publicly traded companies from 2005 to 2013 – TPC Group, Inc., a petrochemical company, and Trico Marine Services, Inc., a global subsea service provider. During his time at Trico, Rishi also served in additional management roles including chief operating officer and president. Prior to these companies, Rishi served as securities counsel and director of investor relations for EGL, Inc., a publicly traded global freight forwarder (2002 – 2005), and as a business associate in the New York office of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, LP (1998 - 2002). He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and also graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Rishi and his wife, Michelle, have three children.

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Priya Venkat, Deputy General Counsel Ribbon Communications
As General Counsel of Edgewater Networks, a market leader in enabling real-time cloud communications and analytics, Priya led the company though a public acquisition by Ribbon Communications in August 2018. She currently serves as Deputy General Counsel at Ribbon. Priya advises on all legal aspects of structuring and executing multi-year enterprise deals, strategic software licensing, IP portfolio management, and open source compliance.

Priya’s practice, over the past two decades, includes product and technology counseling for companies in Denver, Boston, D.C., Chicago, and the Bay Area. Prior to Ribbon, Priya held leadership roles at Capgemini, King & Spalding, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Nextel Communications, where she was a strategic legal advisor advancing the company’s business goals. Priya also served as a Judicial Extern to a Federal Magistrate in the Northern District of Ohio and co-authored a publication titled, “Protecting Your Personal Privacy: A Self-Help Guide for Judges and their Families.”

Priya regularly participates as a conference speaker and moderates’ panels on Trade Secrets, Intellectual Property Risks, and Strategic Business Counseling. She received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law and her B.A. Honors in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Priya was also an LL.M Honors Candidate in Information Technology and Privacy Law at The John Marshall Law School.

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Natara Williams, General Counsel Gemini Midstream
Natara is the General Counsel of Gemini Midstream. Prior to joining Gemini in early 2019, she was the Assistant General Counsel of Oasis Petroleum and worked in the Legal Department at Oasis for seven years from 2012 managing a diverse workload of transactional and other legal matters. From 2007 to 2012, she was an associate in the Energy Transactions & Project Finance group at the law firm of Vinson & Elkins where she represented Fortune 500 energy and oil and gas companies in matters involving upstream and midstream transactions, strategic investments and corporate and project financing and development. Natara began her career at Norton Rose Fulbright as an associate in the Corporate Department in 2005. Natara currently serves on the Tahirih Justice Center Advisory Committee and has also provided pro bono representation for the organization and for other various matters throughout her career. She has a JD from Duke University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Stetson University.

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Joshua Wolkomir, Senior Counsel Uber
Joshua Wolkomir is Senior Counsel at Uber, responsible for handling high exposure tort litigation in the Central U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining Uber, Josh was a partner at a national firm where he handled a broad range of litigation in the areas of product liability, employment law, commercial disputes, and professional liability. Josh is a brother, father, husband, and son to a group of distinctly amazing women, ranging from 4 to 72 years, who, collectively, motivate his interest Centerforce's missions to drive D&I and equity in the workplace.

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Jiyon Yunu, Senior Counsel, New Mobility Uber
Jiyon serves as the front-line attorney for Uber's New Mobility, Hardware Products group, advising the hardware product and safety teams on global safety regulations, compliance, certification process and design. She partners with Uber's stakeholders and cross functional leaders to develop relationship and engagement strategy. She supports a dynamic organization of product managers, software and hardware engineers, designers, deal makers, and operations specialists who are responsible for bringing new mobility products to Uber's platform.

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Nina Blackshear
Nina Allen Blackshear is in-house Corporate Counsel at Incyte Corporation, supporting the Global Technical Operations division. In her role, she provides both legal and compliance advice, and drafts and negotiates a broad spectrum of contracts. Prior to joining Incyte, Nina was a Director of Development and Regional Giving at Temple University, and also worked for Merck in a variety of roles in both Global and US Marketing Communications, as well as Human Resources/Employee Relations. Nina's legal experience includes working for Dechert LLP as a contract attorney and as a law clerk for the Honorable Charles H. Toliver, IV of the Superior Court of Delaware. Nina earned her BA degree in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Julie Baker
Julie Baker serves as Assistant General Counsel, Employment at US Foods. In this role, Julie provides advice and guidance to management and human resources on a wide range of employment issues arising from the Company's day-to-day operations. She also oversees all types of employment litigation including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour claims.

Prior to joining US Foods, Julie worked as Sr. Counsel, Employment Litigation at JLL, a global professional services firm specializing in real estate and investment management. Julie started her legal career at Jones Day as an employment litigator.

Julie holds a Juris Doctor from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and a Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University. Before law school, she spent two years teaching fourth grade as a Teach for America corps member in Brownsville, Texas and before that she lived abroad in London, England and Santiago, Chile.