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2017 Winter Meeting Agenda

The Relevant and Resilient PD Professional: Staying Visible in an Environment of Innovation

The full agenda of this year's Winter Meeting is below. Times and sessions are subject to change.

9:30 AM - Winter Meeting Registration Open

10:00 AM - Welcome & Opening Remarks

10:10 AM - Check In/Ice Breaker - Facilitated by Erin Walczewski, Manager of Professional Development, Cooley LLP

10:30 AM - Disruptive Talent Management: To Go Boldly Where No One Has Gone Before - Presented by Terri Mottershead, Principal, Mottershead Consulting

The legal industry has changed, but have we changed with it? If the talent management strategy and every component of the competency model in your firm has not been revisited in the last three years, then the answer could be a resounding “no.” And, then there are our own skills – have we taken the time to do a skills audit of ourselves and our teams so that we can be sure we are leading, managing, and delivering the people-related advice, data, support and coaching that is needed in the new normal? Terri Mottershead, Mottershead Consulting, will Keynote the 2017 Winter Meeting and in her address, Terri will identify the overarching themes evolving from the changes in our industry, ask you to consider and reflect on how these impact the work you do and what this means for you own capabilities so you remain relevant and indispensable. As we progress through the day, Terri will lead attendees in exploring in more detail the questions raised and will be back at the end of the day to wrap-up and connect the dots in our closing session.  

11:00AM - Sightlines and Insights: Perspectives on the Future of Legal Professional Development
Presented by Donald Prophete, Partner, Constangy Prophete; Kellye Walker, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Huntington Ingalls Industries; Keba Gordon, Global Head of Learning and DevelopmentWhirlpool Corporation; Marvin Mendoza, Practice Director, PwC; Moderated by Werten Bellamy, President, Stakeholders, Inc.

​To remain relevant and set priorities, the PD professional must be in the path of a rich body of leadership insights. In this forward-thinking panel discussion, we will invite law firm and corporate leaders to identify the key business and service demands of the future and offer their perspectives on areas of priority for the talent development of next generation attorneys.

Follow-up article from Marvin Mendoza, panelist from PwC: “Fast Takes on Talent Innovation:  Short Perspectives on the Future of Talent”

12:00 PM - Networking Lunch & Richard Pearson Award Presentation

1:15 PM - Where is Innovation Heating Up: Technology Impacting PD Professionals - Presented by Mark A. Cohen, Esq., Founder & CEO, Legal Mosaic, LLC

Technology has changed the way goods and services are bought and sold. It has led to the creation of new delivery models in multiple industries—from retail to ride hailing and hospitality. Technology’s impact on the legal industry is profound; many labor-intensive legal “services” are now delivered as “products,” and buyers are demanding “faster, better, cheaper” delivery of legal services. Professional development professionals must not only be aware of these changes but also identify creative ways to integrate them into training programs. This session will address both issues. 

2:30 PM - Managing the Whirlwinds of Innovation: Wellness for PD Professionals - Presented by Diane Costigan, Director of Coaching, Winston & Strawn LLP and Donna Branca, Director of Strategic Leadership, Blank Rome LLP

A regular wellness routine is important not just to our overall health but for our career health as well. In today’s changing legal market Professional Development roles require innovation and creativity to help firms stay ahead of their competition with respect to how they attract, retrain and develop their talent.  Increased demands and  hectic schedules can increase stress which can impact our rigor for wellness. Unfortunately, when our well-being is compromised, innovative, game-changing ideas and/or the mental and emotional fortitude required to propose and implement them, can seem scarce.  This workshop will explore three powerful tools that can help participants maintain their individual self-care goals to maximize and optimize innovation.

3:15 PM - Networking Break

3:30 PM - Brainstorming and Sharing:  PDC Innovators and Disruptors in Action - Facilitated by Jessie Spressart, Manager of Professional Development, Covington & Burling LLP

Spending a few minutes to reflect on what we’ve heard and talked about today, this session aims to pull together some themes from the previous sessions.

4:00 PM - Where We Go From Here & Closing Remarks - Presented by Terri Mottershead, Principal, Mottershead Consulting 

6:00 PM - Small Group Dinners