This was the second and final in-person meeting for the 2016 Pathfinders, held October 27-29, 2016 at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

Linked throughout the agenda below, you will find speakers' slides and handouts that were featured at the meeting. Below the agenda, you will also find contact information for the LCLD Pathfinder Program faculty who spoke at this meeting, as well as a photo gallery.

For questions about the meeting, please contact Lori Lorenzo, LCLD Program Director.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

10:00 - 11:00 am


11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Networking Lunch Challenge
Put the networking lessons you’ve learned into action and schedule lunch with someone in Dallas—a partner from your Dallas office, a potential or current client or business partner, an LCLD Fellow, or one of your Pathfinder colleagues. If you like, meet with your Pathfinder Program Facilitator to brainstorm how to best use this opportunity, or use one of your power hours to reach out to potential lunch mates. Please note that lunch will not be served at the conference hotel; if you think you might be hungry, make sure to get your networking lunch on your calendar! For a list of restaurant suggestions, click here.

12:30 - 12:40 pm

Lori L. Lorenzo, Program Director, LCLD

12:40 - 2:00 pm

Success Mindset (also see the Defining Success Action Sheet and the Change Your Thoughts Action Sheet)
Elise Holtzman, President, The Lawyer’s Edge

2:00 - 2:15 pm


2:15 - 4:30/5:00 pm

Law Firm and In-House Workshops

4:30/5:00 - 5:30 pm

Networking Break

5:30 - 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception

Friday, October 28, 2016

8:00 - 9:00 am


9:00 - 10:15 am

The Essentials of Emotional Intelligence
Carrie Fletcher, Executive Director, Harvard Law School Executive Education

10:15 - 10:30 am

Group Photograph

10:30 - 10:45 am


10:45 am - 12:00 pm

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
Tod B. Edel, Deputy General Counsel and Managing Director, Fannie Mae; 2015 LCLD Fellow  |  Yolanda C. Garcia, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; 2013 LCLD Fellow  |  Tim Henderson, Chief Recruitment and Professional Development Officer, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP  |  James C. Ho, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; 2013 LCLD Fellow  |  William M. Toles, Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo LLP; 2014 LCLD Fellow

12:00 - 12:30 pm

Group Work & Application

12:30 - 1:30 pm


1:30 - 5:40 pm

Developing a Network Designed for Business Development

  • 1:30 - 2:10 pm: Company “Tours” Jessyca Newman Dessing, Legal Counsel, Adobe Systems Incorporated | Brandon Mitchell, Senior Counsel–Corporate Transactions, and Uma Setty, Assistant General Counsel, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (All 2016 Pathfinders)
  • 3:30 - 5:00 pm: Breakout Sessions Adobe Systems Incorporated & The Clorox Company: Jessyca Newman Dessing, Legal Counsel, Adobe, 2016 Pathfinder; Lisa Konie, Senior Director of Legal Operations, Adobe; and Meagan Given, Corporate Counsel, Clorox, 2016 Pathfinder | Altria Client Services: Holly Brady, Senior Counsel, 2016 Pathfinder | Intel Corporation: Tzung-ping Wei, Senior Counsel, 2016 Pathfinder | Microsoft Corporation: Azar Koulibaly, Attorney; 2016 Pathfinder; and Aneesh Mehta, Attorney 2016 Pathfinder | Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company: Brandon Mitchell, Senior Counsel–Corporate Transactions, 2016 Pathfinder; and Uma Setty, Assistant General Counsel, 2016 Pathfinder | PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.: Renee Garcia, Senior Counsel, 2016 Pathfinder | Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.: Trace Northcross, Assistant General Counsel, 2016 Pathfinder

5:40 - 6:30 pm

Networking Break

6:30 pm



Saturday, October 29, 2016

8:00 - 8:30 am


8:30 - 10:00 am

Executive Presence
Chris De Santis, Specialist in Management and Organization Development

10:00 - 10:30 am


10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Tying It All Together
John Mitchell, “The Purple Coach” and Owner, KM Advisors, LLC

12:30 - 12:45 pm

Closing Remarks
Lori L. Lorenzo

Please see the "Resources" section below for the full agenda with session descriptions.

Pathfinders are welcome to contact faculty directly with any questions or comments relating to the material presented at the conference. Please see below for their contact information:

Chris De Santis,,

Carrie Fletcher,, 617-496-2528,

Elise Holtzman,, 908.233.2273,

John Mitchell,, 773.486.4620,

Photo Gallery

Photography by Jay Haas