Womble Bond Dickinson is proud to sponsor the Women, Influence & Power In Law Virtual (WIPL) Summit, hosted by Corporate Counsel and the ALM Global Newsroom. WIPL offers an opportunity for exchange with women in-house and outside counsel. As ALM Intelligence reports, women represent only 25% of the non-equity partnership tier in law firms and around 16% of equity partnership. While women occupy 25% of GC positions at Fortune 500 companies, research indicates that they are not paid the same as their male counterparts.
Because of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, WIPL is going virtual this year. Womble Bond Dickinson’s involvement is led by Cathy Hinger, and participating attorneys include Betty Temple, Lela Ames, Elizabeth Lee, Taber Cathcart, Sonny Haynes, Kristin Walker-Probst, Victoria Bruno, Sarah Stone, and Toni Peck. In addition, Professional Development Director Victoria Taylor is facilitating “Courageous Conversations” throughout the week.


Strategy Considerations for Global Litigation

Womble Bond Dickinson is sponsoring a panel discussion, moderated by Cathy Hinger, on Tuesday, October 27th from 2:00pm – 3:00pm (ET).

Companies are increasingly initiating or defending concurrent lawsuits in foreign jurisdictions – each with its own opportunities and risks. Companies competing in the global economy should not ignore the global litigation landscape. Speakers will address opportunities and risks presented by various jurisdictions, and important strategic considerations in managing concurrent disputes throughout the world.

Panel members include: 

  • Cathy Hinger, Partner – Womble Bond Dickinson (Moderator)
  • Katherine Knight, Vice President, General Counsel, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.
  • Nikki Vo, AGC, IP Litigation, Facebook
  • Michele Lee, Senior Director and Associate General Counsel, Head of Global Litigation, Regulatory & Compliance – Twitter
  • ​Emily O'Neil, General Counsel, UK – Deminor

Lessons Learned in 2020: Leadership in the New Normal and Beyond

​Lela Ames will lead a Roundtable Discussion on Wednesday, October 28th from 1:00pm – 2:00pm (ET)​. Womble Bond Dickinson’s U.S. Chair, Betty Temple, joins prominent general counsels to discuss the application of leadership lessons learned in 2020 to the future.

Speakers include:

  • Lela M. Ames, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (Moderator)
  • Elizabeth O. “Betty” Temple, Chair and CEO, Womble Bond Dickinson
  • Diana Toman, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Arconic Corporation
  • Victoria Harvey, General Counsel and CLO, Smile Brands, Inc.
  • Ako S. Williams, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Ushio America, Inc.

Womble Bond Dickinson Hosted Networking and Facilitated Discussions

In addition to a terrific line-up of keynote speakers, roundtable discussions, and breakout sessions, Womble Bond Dickinson will host additional networking and facilitated discussions straight from our branded sponsor channel. These events will take place during the Summit’s “Networking Times” and are separate from the Summit’s main agenda.   

Full List of Womble “Extra” Events (Hosted from our Branded Channel):

Courageous Conversations

As we think about the events that have unfolded in our nation over the past eight months – an unprecedented pandemic, protests and messages as a result of the killing of Black men and women, a political divide that seems more like an impassable crater, and the list goes on. We are wading through all of this while also managing feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and sadness. Join Womble Bond Dickinson's Professional Development Director Victoria Taylor for a small group Courageous Conversation where, in a safe space, we can unpack our thoughts and exhale, and connect, support, and listen to each other. 

  • Tuesday, October 27 / 9:00am – 10:00am (ET)
  • Wednesday, October 28 / 9:00am – 10:00am (ET)
  • Thursday, October 29 / 9:00am – 10:00am (ET)

Mystery Meets

Join us for Mystery Meets Networking and land in a virtual gathering with other WIPL in-house attendees. A member of the Womble Bond Dickinson team will facilitate introductions of in-house attendees and kick off a conversation on themes that one would expect to emerge during an old fashioned CLE conference coffee break. From there, it's your forum to connect with each other – make friends, share ideas, and become inspired. 

  • Monday, October 26 / 11:30am – 12:00pm (ET)
  • Tuesday, October 27 / 11:00am – 11:30am (ET)
  • Wednesday, October 28 / 11:00am – 11:30am (ET)

​A Conversation on Litigation Funding Trends

Join D.C. litigation partner Cathy Hinger in a conversation with litigation finance professionals about this growing industry and learn how in house counsel are bringing value to their clients’ bottom lines by exploring third party funding to finance recovery of sizeable unpaid receivables. Joining Cathy in this discussion is Ted Farrell, Founder at Litigation Funding Advisors; Molly Pease, Managing Director, Curiam; and Emily O'Neill, General Counsel, UK, Deminor.

  • Monday, October 26th / 2:00pm – 2:30pm (ET)

Navigating COVID-19 Workplace Safety Regulations for Businesses

Learn how to prepare your organization for new state regulations that impact return-to-work plans. Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Victoria Bruno and Sarah Stone will guide you through Virginia’s first-in-the-nation regulations and how other states are following suit, provide practical advice on compliance, and address what to expect from regulatory enforcement and civil litigation. 

  • Thursday, October 29 / 11:00am – 11:30am (ET)
CLE points
Earn up to 19.2 CLE credits, including 1 Ethics, 1 Mental Health, and 2 Diversity