How can LCLD harness the power of innovation to produce a more diverse and inclusive legal profession? How can we, the leaders of the profession, actively remove impediments for minorities and women while helping our organizations achieve even greater levels of success?

These are questions asked at the 2018 edition of LCLD's Annual Meeting, which serves as one of the country's most effective D & I laboratories—incubating new ideas, testing them against tough-minded peers in small group sessions, and sharing them with the full membership of LCLD, more than 300 of the world's most powerful legal minds.

“I left not only with many good ideas, but also with renewed energy for our common cause. It made me very proud to be on the Board and a part of this important organization. In particular, I thought the panel discussions and table work were top-shelf. Two thumbs up for a terrific Annual Meeting!”
—Andrew Giacomini, Managing Partner, Hanson Bridgett

And at this year's meeting, held on October 16 in Washington DC, Members not only heard from some of the true pioneers in this effort, but they also generated a wealth of ideas worth exploring in the year ahead, as LCLD moves to harness the power of innovation within organizations to fulfill our mission.

The meeting was preceded by a welcome reception at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, where a number of Members and guests had photographs made in front of a backdrop emblazoned with this year's theme: The Power of Innovation. (You can download your pictures here.)

Also recognized were Members whose high levels of participation in LCLD programs and activities qualified them as Top Performers and/or Compass Award winners. 

Details of the Annual Meeting can be found on the agenda below, which includes links to multimedia from the meeting and written summaries of the various program elements.


Monday, October 15, 2018


Pre-Reception for New LCLD Members
Hosted by the LCLD Board of Directors


Reception at the National Museum of African American History & Culture
Hosted by the LCLD Board of Directors with the 2018 LCLD Fellows 


Tuesday, October 16, 2018




Slideshow: The Innovators (video)

Welcome (video)
Laura Stein, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Affairs, of The Clorox Company, and Chair of the LCLD Board of Directors

Vision 2020 Update and Year in Review (video)
Robert Grey, President, LCLD




A Conversation at the Intersection of Leadership, Innovation, and Inclusion
Panel Discussion with: 

Laura Stein, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Affairs, The Clorox Company, and Chair, LCLD Board of Directors
Kim Rivera, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, HP Inc.
Dev Stahlkopf, General Counsel and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Corporation
Deneen Donnley, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, USAA 
Ellen Dwyer, Chair of the Executive Committee, Crowell & Moring LLP
Moderated by Martha Minow, Former Dean and Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence, Harvard Law School, and Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University







Designing Our Preferred Future: Turning Questions into Answers

Discussion with Andrew Kassner, Chair of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, and Jennifer Breuer, Partner and Co-Chair of the Women's Leadership Committee, on How to Be Intentional About Promoting Women

Followed by Table Discussions Led by Scott Westfahl, Director of Executive Education at Harvard Law School, and Corporate Members: 

Altria Group, Inc.
Apple Inc.
Bank of America Corporation
BASF Corporation
Capital One Financial
Dominion Energy Inc.

Eli Lilly and Company
Exelon Corporation
Fannie Mae
Federal Home Loan Banks
General Mills, Inc.
HP Inc.
Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated
IBM Corporation

Lincoln Financial Group
Lockheed Martin Corporation

McDonald's Corporation
Microsoft Corporation

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
PPL Corporation
Prudential Financial, Inc.
State Farm Insurance Co.
Target Corporation

The Procter & Gamble Company
The Walt Disney Company
United Airlines, Inc.

United Parcel Service





Designing our Preferred Future Part II: Living Case Studies

Featuring (with links to the related What's Working articles):

Sustainable Partnerships, with Kenneth Perry, Deputy General Counsel, Fannie Mae

Collaborative Goal Setting & Measurement, with Sneha Desai, Deputy General Counsel, Litigation, BASF Corporation




Driving Innovation: The Way Forward