An Exploration of Courageous Leadership and Decision Making with Microsoft's Carolyn Frantz

Please join LCLD Fellows/Alumni, Pathfinder Alumni, 2017 1L Scholars, and 2017 Mentors and Mentees on Thursday, January 11, 2018, for a conversation with Carolyn Frantz, Corporate Secretary, Vice President, and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation. The conversation will be moderated by Jessica Tsao, Technology and Intellectual Property Transactions Associate, K&L Gates LLP, 2016 Pathfinder.

Breakfast or lunch will be provided at all locations.

This event is sponsored by the LCLD Fellows Alumni, Dentons US LLP, K&L Gates LLP, Microsoft Corporation, and Pepper Hamilton LLP.

Thursday, January 11, 2018
Live in Seattle at K&L Gates LLP
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. PT

Viewing Parties in the Following Locations:
Chicago (Dentons US LLP, 233 South Wacker Drive), 11:00 am -12:30 pm CT
New York (Dentons US LLP, 1221 Avenue of the Americas), 12:00-1:30 pm ET
Philadelphia (Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square), 12:00-1:30pm
Pittsburgh (K&L Gates LLP, 210 Sixth Avenue), 12:00-1:30 pm ET
Washington, D.C. (K&L Gates LLP, 1601 K Street, NW), 12:00-1:30 pm ET
For all other locations, online viewing is available.

Register here by January 8, 2018 to attend at any location or online. Online viewing is on a first come, first served basis. All online registrants should have an open line; however, due to the popularity of this program, we recommend logging in ten minutes prior to the start of the program. 

Attendees will explore with Frantz her principles for leadership and decision making, and how these principles have evolved during her professional career, particularly at Microsoft and in the technology sector. Frantz will discuss strategies and characteristics necessary for successful organizational leadership and strong decision making. She will also discuss the importance of authenticity, emotional intelligence, and finding your inner motivation. Attendees will also gain insights from Frantz on her former positions as a law clerk, an academic, a law firm partner, and how each prepared her for her current role at Microsoft.

For questions about this event, please contact Erin Hess at

About Carolyn Frantz 

Carolyn Frantz currently serves as a Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft. She joined the company in 2016 to manage its worldwide tax litigation and, in 2017, became Microsoft’s Corporate Secretary and head of its Corporate Law Group. Prior to joining Microsoft, Frantz was a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, where her practice was focused on complex civil litigation and appellate litigation matters. Before private law practice, Frantz was an assistant professor at The University of Chicago Law School and an Alexander Fellow at New York University Law School and previously served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (retired) on the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge David S. Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Frantz graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University with a degree in philosophy and received graduate degrees from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Frantz received her law degree, summa cum laude, from The University of Michigan Law School, where she was awarded the Bates Prize, the law school’s highest honor for graduating students.