Mikiesha Mayes is Senior Associate General Counsel at UnitedHealth Group, the largest health care services company in the world. Kiesha partners with Company leadership to identify opportunities to leverage the law for strategic advantage and identify and mitigate risks in the human capital-employee relations space. Having started her professional career in employee relations, Kiesha knows that being an effective in-house employment attorney is not about cleaning up messes (even if it is required from time to time). It’s about relationship building and providing sound legal advice that is at the same time thoughtful and practical. Kiesha guides clients through challenging and complex business and legal matters by helping them understand what is legal, but also what is right.
Before joining UnitedHealth Group, Kiesha was a private-practice attorney—including at the largest global employment law firm representing management exclusively. Kiesha also previously served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota. Prior to beginning her legal career, Kiesha worked in labor and employee relations at Minneapolis Public Schools/Special School District No. 1.
Kiesha is a frequent speaker on emerging employment law trends and diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Kiesha is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minneapolis, MN).
Karen Wilkinson spent the first few years of her legal career as litigation counsel, where she learned a great deal about where you can end up if you don’t plan properly! She then went in-house to ADC Telecommunications, where she spent several years gaining experience drafting and negotiating commercial agreements and handling employment law matters.
Over the years, Karen has served other companies in Minnesota as an in-house lawyer, until she landed with her current employer, Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc., a railroad maintenance equipment and service provider, located in Hamel, Minnesota, in 2011. Loram sought Karen out for her German language skills in order to help manage a critical contractual relationship with a German customer. She quickly became involved in numerous other international commercial deals as a corporate attorney at Loram, in addition to handling a wide range of other corporate legal matters, including litigation management, intellectual property, regulatory compliance and employment law issues. In February 2017, Karen was promoted to General Counsel and Secretary, which is the role she currently occupies. Outside of her busy in-house practice, Karen loves to serve as a volunteer lawyer, travel, spend time with her growing family and participate in summer outdoor activities, especially boating.
Katie Lichty is Assistant General Counsel and Lead IP Counsel for Land O’Lakes, Inc. She has been with the company for nine years. As AGC she supports the animal nutrition business unit and advises on both domestic and international matters. As Lead IP attorney she is responsible for the company’s trademark and patent portfolios and associated licensing in addition to oversight of marketing and advertising legal compliance for the animal nutrition and crop inputs businesses. Before joining Land O’Lakes, she spent time as an in-house attorney at a marketing and advertising agency in Minneapolis and started her practice as an associate attorney at a civil litigation law firm. Katie is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School.
Nicole Cameli is the Associate General Counsel for Emerson Automation Solutions. Prior to working in this role, she was the Senior counsel for Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions. Nicole acquired her Law Degree from Marquette University Law School.
Alona received an MBA in Marketing from the University of St. Thomas in 2000 and held various positions in the banking industry, including Business Banking Officer for M&I, Bank Officer and Financial Consultant for Wells Fargo, and Marketing Channel Manager for U.S. Bancorp's First American Funds. Alona graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 2008 and spent two and a half years at Anastasi & Associates, where she managed the firms real estate foreclosure practice and handled a variety of other general banking matters for her financial institution clients. Currently, Alona leads a team of attorneys who provide comprehensive legal and regulatory support to all U.S. Bank's Consumer Default Management divisions, including Real Estate Foreclosures, Loan and Credit Card Collections, Loss Mitigation, Bankruptcy, Vendor Management and Customer Complaints. In addition, she advised various business lines on Credit Bureau Management issues. Alona serves on the Minnesota Women Lawyers ("MWL") Board of Directors and Children's Law Center ("CLC") Board of Directors. She is a co-chair of the MWL Professional Parents Affinity Group and the MWL Programming Committee. In addition, Alona is a long standing volunteer with Volunteer Lawyers' Network ("VLN") and CLC.
Jaimala K. Pai is Senior Legal Director at Medtronic, where she has responsibility over the Global New Business Models & Value-based Healthcare Legal Center of Expertise.
This newly created Center establishes global line of sight to advise Medtronic when it acts in a capacity other than a device manufacturer or enters into arrangements that share direct accountability for health care costs and patient outcomes. Operating as part of Medtronic’s corporate legal team, Jaimala also provides legal advice across Medtronic’s various business units on complex health law matters, legal and regulatory questions, and contributes to high-level policy decision-making.
Prior to joining Medtronic, Jaimala was Senior Counsel for Coloplast Corp. and spent several years as Senior and Associate General Counsel at UnitedHealthcare in the Medicare & Retirement division. She also served as corporate counsel at Northwest Airlines, Inc. and in private practice at Faegre & Benson, LLP.
After graduating from the University of Denver and the University of Minnesota Law School, she served as a judicial clerk on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Anjie currently works as the Deputy General Counsel at Minneapolis Public Schools. Prior to that she served as the Equality and Civil Rights Investigator and Assistant General Counsel at the District. Anjie has worked in human resources, the legal field, and in the education sector for the majority of her career. She has a breadth of experience in both the public and private sectors. Her prior Board service has always focused on helping others, education, and giving back to communities in need. Anjie is passionate about creating pathways for equitable education and economic sustainability for individuals and families.
Anjie was moved by the support systems and infrastructure that Gives Us Wings has put in place to support families. Give Us Wings goes beyond giving a helping hand. Give Us Wings partners with families to provide access to healthcare and education and provides tools to achieve economic sustainability. It allows others to pay it forward. Anjie has a B.A. in English, M.A. in Organizational Management and Human Resources, and a Juris Doctor degree. Anjie looks forward to serving others through Give Us Wings.
Jihan is an experienced intellectual property attorney well-versed in many things under the IP umbrella including patent drafting and prosecution, patentability and FTO opinions, global agreement work, and creating IP strategies aligned with overall business strategy. Currently, she is the global lead IP lawyer for Cargill's Global Edible Oil Solutions business.
Jihan characterizes herself as being an “extrovert's extrovert” and loves working in team environments. She cares about the growth, happiness, and mental health of those around her and strives to encourage such a culture within the teams she works. She is an advocate and champion for diversity and inclusion and strongly believe teams comprised of diverse talents, experiences, and thought are the best teams.
Jihan is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan and holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Emory University in Atlanta. She is also the very proud mom of Jeremiah (7) and Jiselle (4).
Sukanya Momsen is Associate Corporate Counsel at Best Buy. She works closely with Geek Squad Services on advertising compliance and third-party contract negotiation. Sukanya has also worked as an employment attorney at Nilan Johnson Lewis, and as a judicial law clerk on the Minnesota Court of Appeals for the Honorable Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman. Sukanya graduated Order of the Coif, magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, and summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
Demeka currently serves as Associate Counsel for the Minnesota Vikings. In her role, she spearheaded and implemented the launch of the Sensory Room at U.S. Bank Stadium, and she has led contract negotiations for the inaugural Summer Skolstice summer concert series and the Premier Lacrosse League Tournament to be held at TCO Stadium. Upon joining the Vikings in 2016, Demeka worked in Legal and Business Affairs, where her responsibilities included negotiating, drafting and finalizing contracts related to technology, entertainment, sponsorships, licensing, revenue sharing and more. She was integral in negotiations for several Vikings’ Super Bowl LII and NFL International Series agreements. In addition, she provided business and legal support to the Chief Operating Officer and took part in strategic planning, speech writing, and acted as a liaison between the C-suite and other Vikings divisions and departments. As an alumna of the Howard University, facilitating and managing the Minnesota Vikings participation in the HBCU Battle of the Brains, as well as other HBCU initiatives, are passion projects that she is happy to see come to fruition.
An Augusta, Georgia native, Demeka received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University and her law degree from Tulane University’s School of Law.
Ann Vanga is the Vice President of Legal at IDS, a global B2B software company headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. Her areas of focus include international commercial law, M&A due diligence, data privacy and security, intellectual property, service organization control (SOC 2) reporting, and software as a service (SaaS) implementation and oversight. In her previous role, she was a global executive team member of a German manufacturing firm with Chinese ownership as the primary counsel for all subsidiaries in the Americas, Australia and India.
For the last 8 years, she has been the head coach of a Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot team, taking students to Hong Kong and Vienna each year to compete against students from across the world. Ann received her BA from the University of Kentucky, her JD from Hamline University School of Law and her MBA from the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota.
Laurie Young is Senior Intellectual Property Counsel and Data Privacy Officer at Katun Corporation, an international supplier and distributor of after-market printer and copier supplies. At Katun, Laurie manages all aspects of intellectual property, striving to ensure Katun does not infringe any third party’s intellectual property – anywhere in the world. Laurie also manages an international patent and trademark portfolio for Katun.
Laurie also is the Data Privacy Officer for Katun. In this role, she advices the company on all data privacy matters – whether in the US, Europe or Latin and South America. She has created policies and procedures for Katun to ensure data privacy compliance with local laws and regulations.
Laurie earned her JD from William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline College of Law) in St. Paul, Minnesota and her BS in Mechanical Engineering from The George Washington University. Laurie also received a certificate in Data Privacy from William Mitchell College of Law.
In her free time, Laurie enjoys baking cookies and updating her Instagram cookie-baking account (@baking_all_of_the_cookies), spending time with her family and most recently running.
Sarah Erickson is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc. Established in 1905 and headquartered in Red Wing, Minnesota, Red Wing Shoe is known for its premium purpose-built work boots. Red Wing offers footwear and workwear under the well-known brands Irish Setter, Vasque as well as Red Wing. Privately held and family owned, Red Wing Shoe sells its products globally, owns two US-based manufacturing plants, a tannery and has over 500 company-owned and dealer-owned Red Wing Shoe stores. Sarah is responsible for the legal function, as well as enterprise risk management and environmental, health & safety (EHS).
Prior to Red Wing Shoe Company, Sarah was General Counsel at Capital Safety, a world leader in fall protection equipment owned by private equity firm KKR. At Capital Safety, Sarah designed and implemented the Company’s updated and expanded Code of Conduct as well as its anti-corruption and trade compliance programs.
Sarah came to Capital Safety from Ecolab Inc., a multi-national publicly held company and the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services serving markets in more than 170 countries. At Ecolab, Sarah held various senior roles in the Law Department, including primary responsibility for the anticorruption/FCPA compliance program and led internal investigations in countries such as Brazil, China and Russia. In addition, she has handled numerous international acquisitions and other transactions as well as had responsibility for antitrust, dispute and litigation management, corporate governance and SEC compliance.
Sarah received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota Duluth and received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Maggie Lassack is Privacy & Cybersecurity Counsel at Polaris Inc. in Medina, MN, where she counsels on global privacy and data security issues, including the implementation of new privacy and data security laws, and issues related to vehicle connectivity and data collection. Before moving in-house, Maggie was Of Counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR), where she defended clients in investigations conducted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other regulators concerning privacy, data security, and marketing practices.
Maggie joined WSGR from the FTC, where she investigated and prosecuted deceptive and unfair practices related to data security, privacy, and marketing practices, and litigated both federal-court and administrative enforcement actions, including the FTC’s first administrative data security enforcement action. Before entering public service, Maggie spent four years as an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York and Washington, D.C., where she focused on antitrust, litigation, and regulatory investigations, including those related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Maggie began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable James L. Ryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and she earned her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.
Nikki Odom Dibley is an experienced Senior Counsel with a demonstrated history of working in the chemicals, paint and manufacturing industries. Currently, Nikki serves as Employment Counsel with 3M, a multinational conglomerate with approximately $31 billion in revenue and 91,500 employees world-wide. Nikki handles a wide variety of employment law matters that cover 3M business groups, plants, staff functions, centers of excellence and specialist assignments. Last year, Nikki implemented a sustainable process.
Prior to joining 3M, Nikki was Senior Employment Counsel with Akzo Nobel Inc., a Netherlands- based multinational chemical and coatings company with €14.9 billion in revenue and 45,600 employees world-wide. There, Nikki was responsible for U.S. and Canadian labor and employment matters, benefit plan and ERISA compliance issues, as well as some U.S. compliance and commercial matters.
Nikki is currently the Secretary of the Association of Corporate Counsel Employment and Labor Law Network. Nikki is also an American Bar Fellow and an editor for the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Journal.
Nikki is a two-time Marquette University graduate where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Finance and earned her Juris Doctorate (JD) degree. In addition, Nikki is a certified Professional in Human Resources and a Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional.
Ms. Bogart has served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since January 2, 2018. Prior to joining Winnebago Industries, Bogart was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Compliance Officer, Corporate Secretary at Polaris Industries where she joined in November 2009. Previously, Bogart was General Counsel of Liberty Diversified International; Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at The Toro Company; and a Senior Attorney for Honeywell Inc. She started her career at the law firm of Gray Plant Mooty & Bennett. She is also active in Corporate Responsibility and is President of the Winnebago Industries Inc. Foundation. In her prior roles, she was also President of the Polaris Foundation and The Toro Foundation. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Guthrie Theater and the Greater Twin Cities United Way.
Alexandria (Alex) Reyes is Senior Counsel in the Cards and Personal Loans Section of Wells Fargo's Consumer Banking, Payments, and Wealth & Investment Management Division. In this role, she supports the Bank's credit card businesses, with a focus on its co-brand credit card program. She provides legal and regulatory guidance related to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Truth in Lending Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices, and data privacy, with the goal of managing risk while supporting business objectives. Additionally, she reviews and advises the Bank and its co-brand partners on marketing, advertising, and training materials. Alex also has an active pro bono practice, with a focus on matters relating to immigration and housing.
In addition to her work at Wells Fargo, Alex is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, where she teaches an advanced practice-oriented civil litigation course. She is Co-President of the board of the St. Paul Central High School Foundation, where she leads the selection and fundraising committees for the Philando Castile Memorial Scholarship. Last year, Alex was named President-Elect of the Wake Forest University Alumni Council. She was also a 2019-20 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Alex practiced at law firms in Atlanta and Minneapolis where she defended clients in financial and general commercial litigation matters. She has extensive litigation, trial, arbitration, and mediation experience, including as first and second chair, and has appeared in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels.
Alex Stanley is Assistant General Counsel for Collins Aerospace, serving as lead attorney for the company’s Sensors & Fire Protection portfolio. As a business partner, Alex ensures the delivery of high-quality legal advice on a range of topics affecting the global aerospace industry. An experienced litigator versed in managing internal investigations, she is a vocal and visible advocate of the company’s core commitments to product safety and ethical decision-making, regularly engaging all levels of the organization through individualized counseling and tailored training efforts.
Immediately prior to joining Collins Aerospace, Alex worked in the commercial building sector as an attorney for Carrier Corporation. Earlier in her private practice career with a large Boston law firm, Alex represented firm clients in the prevention and resolution of complex construction disputes. She holds admissions to the state and federal bars of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Alex hails from the Green Mountains of Vermont, now making her home in Minneapolis. She finds immense satisfaction fostering work-life integration through the pursuit of many interests, including gardening, travel, plyometric yoga, and spending time with her husband Chris and two cats Pearl and Lucy.
Ji Hae is a Director Counsel, Employee Relations at Target, where she provides legal support to the company’s supply chain processes and initiatives and advises on employee relations issues.
Prior to that, she worked at Paul Hastings as an employment attorney, representing Fortune 500 companies in single-plaintiff and class action discrimination and wage and hour lawsuits.
She serves as co-chair of the Minnesota Women Lawyers, Awards and Recognition Committee and is active on the board of the Minnesota Korean American Bar Association.
Ji Hae received her JD from Georgetown Law and graduated from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service.
Christina (Chris) Corsac is Associate General Counsel at Patterson Companies, a $5.6B value-added distributor focused on providing best-in-class products, services, technology and experiences to the dental and animal health markets. Chris partners with business leadership to drive execution of practical action plans consistent with business goals and legal obligations, and with external counsel to obtain positive results in disputes. She advises C-level executives on critical matters impacting company assets, products and market reputation. She has deep expertise with all phases of complex legal strategy development and execution, as well as with advising executives on legal risk identification and mitigation.
Before joining Patterson in 2018, Chris managed complex, highly contentious global disputes across all business units for SABIC, a $50B global manufacturer and distributor of chemicals, agri-nutrients, metals and specialty materials with operations in 50+ countries. Chris began her in-house career with General Electric’s Plastics division (acquired by SABIC in 2007), where she managed a large caseload of disputes spanning a wide spectrum of substantive issues. She has worked as outside litigation counsel with firms in both New York and Philadelphia, where her practice focused on complex commercial disputes, securities fraud, antitrust, trademark infringement and breach of contract matters.
Katie Gettman is a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Corporate Practice. She provides legal and business guidance to corporations, executives, and business owners primarily by acting as their outside general counsel. Many of Katie’s clients are businesses looking to grow and she advises these companies on acquisitions and financing strategies. She counsels and guides corporations, executives, and business owners in mergers, stock sales and asset acquisitions, private placement offerings, and subscription agreements. She also represents investors, handling all aspects related to the private placement and investment of funds and purchase of securities.
Katie counsels clients on general business matters, including vendor and customer contract negotiations, operations and project financing, management concerns and competitor disputes, software license agreements, master services agreements, statements of work and other intellectual property, and web-based services agreements.
Public companies rely on Katie's experience to support them with board governance and counseling, SEC, and exchange rule compliance, Rule 144 and other stock transfer restrictions, registered offerings, drafting and review of press releases, 8-Ks, 10-Qs, 10-K-s, and other periodic reporting.
Having worked in business in a variety of roles, including as a member of the executive team of a highly acquisitive public company, Katie brings practical aspect to her approach with clients. This approach allows Katie to provide legal counsel that is appropriate and actionable, taking into account both business and legal considerations.
Katie earned both her B.A. and B.B.A., cum laude, from University of Minnesota. Katie earned her M.B.A., with honors, and her J.D., cum laude, from Willamette University.