Please see below for the agenda, with linked meeting materials. There is also a gallery of photos from the event at the bottom of this page (photography by Jay Haas). If you have any photos from the meeting that you would like to share with LCLD, please email them to Nancy Richardson. Please note that photos may be posted on the website or used in LCLD publications.

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LCLD 2014 Fellows First Meeting Agenda

March 21-23, 2014
Dallas, TX

March 21, 2014

12:00 – 12:30 pm

Welcome & Orientation (Full Agenda and Speaker Biographies)
Lori L. Lorenzo, Deputy Director, LCLD 

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch for 2013 and 2014 Fellows with LCLD Members

1:45 – 3:00 pm

True Stories of Success and Leadership
Gary L. Sasso, LCLD Board Member, and President and CEO, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A.
C. Wade Cooper, Managing Partner, Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Kirkland L. Hicks, Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Towers Watson
Robert V. Jewell, Managing Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP
Emily A. Parker, Managing Partner, Thompson & Knight LLP
William D. Young, Managing Partner--Dallas Office, Vinson & Elkins LLP
And Additional Speakers
Moderated by Lori L. Lorenzo

LCLD Member General Counsel and Managing Partners will share stories of their paths to leadership. While describing the positive qualities they seek out in future leaders, they will share their experiences—including the disappointments, setbacks, and stumbles they encountered along the road and how they developed resilience to come through stronger than before. This session will look at how these leaders make difficult decisions, what everyday habits they nurture that you can emulate, and how they manage the delicate balance between work, family, and community commitments.

3:00 – 3:30 pm


3:30 – 4:30 pm 2014

Fellows Networking Exercise (for Accountability Partners)

Fellows will get to know their accountability partners and identify three goals for which they will hold each other accountable in 2014.

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Networking Break

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Welcome Reception

March 22, 2014

8:00 – 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast with 2013 and 2014 Fellows

9:00 – 11:00 am

LCLD Fellows Inventory
Kathleen Brady, Principal, Brady & Associates Career Planners, LLC

Fellows will be guided through the Highlands Ability Battery Leadership Report to interpret and understand results. Fellows will learn how to use their style strengths and mitigate shortcomings during this interactive session to develop their leadership style.

11:00 – 11:30 am


11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Building Deep Relationship Capital
Werten F.W. Bellamy, Jr., President, Stakeholders, Inc.

Your capacity to develop, sustain, and grow deep relationships (relationships worthy of loyalty), is the single strongest predictor of your long-term success.

In this training, we will examine and discuss the practical ways of relationship building of top-performing in-house counsel and law firm partners, and what they do to build deep relationships (when no one is watching).

1:30 – 2:30 pm


2:30 – 4:00 pm

The Crucible Experience and the Shaping of a Leader
Chris DeSantis, Specialist in Management and Organization Development Design and Delivery

This interactive session will explore the traits, behaviors, and characteristics of leading in the face of challenging experiences. The insights derived from these crucible experiences will help us understand why leaders need to be both Emotionally Intelligent and Transformational.

4:00 – 4:30 pm


4:30 – 5:45 pm

Differentiate As A Lawyer! Develop Your Personal Brand and Increase Your Career Success
Katy Goshtasbi, JD, Founder & CEO, Puris Personal Brand Solutions

People buy our uniqueness before they ever buy our service as a lawyer. You alone have the power to attract business and grow your career if you have the right personal brand. Learn what it takes to create a personal and professional brand in order to project the best to the world and perform at the highest level.

5:45 – 7:30 pm

Networking Break

7:30 pm

Meet in the Lobby
Dinner: Dine-Arounds

Dine-Arounds are at the Fellows’ expense.

March 23, 2014

9:00 – 9:30 am


9:30 – 11:30 am

Make an Impact, Get Results
Brent Baer, Learning and Organizational Development Expert, BAER Essentials

A dynamic, interactive event that will help lawyers achieve greater credibility and influence in their communications and presentations, both formal (boardrooms and courtrooms) and informal (networking and office interactions).

11:30 – 11:45 am

Lori L. Lorenzo

Other Materials:

Online LCLD Fellows Directory
LCLD 2014 Fellows First Meeting Survey