Day Three, Tuesday, February 26, 2019
8:00 am - 8:45 am Networking Breakfast
8:50 am - 9:20 am Why CFO's Should Focus on Legal Spend and Their Outside Counsel's use of TechnologyMelissa C. Prince - Chief Client Value Officer, Ballard Spahr LLP
Outside counsel legal spending used to be an expense many organizations felt was beyond their ability to adequately control. Then the Great Recession forced organizations to examine every facet of spending. Data shows that in recent years, organizations have increasingly focused on receiving more value from their outside law firms.
Most large firms now offer value-based fee options and are engaging in more disciplined matter management in order to provide cost-effective, transparent, and predictable legal service. Forward-thinking firms are also developing innovative technology and processes that help them understand client goals and how to deliver the service and value clients need.
In this session we will discuss:
• Current industry data and trends
• Why legal spending should be on the CFO’s radar
• What initiatives CFOs should put in place to ensure that outside counsel delivers value
• How your outside counsel’s focus on technology can affect your bottom line
• How a law firm convergence program can save your organization money
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Melissa C. PrinceChief Client Value Officer
Ballard Spahr LLP
9:20 am - 10:10 am Deep Dive Session
Earlier in the exchange, you had the opportunity to choose a critical topic areas as identified by the Thoughtexchange tool. Smaller groups were formed to develop an action plan for improvement. During this session, there will be the opportunity to deep dive in small groups and create specific action plans and next steps.
10:15 am - 10:45 am Business Meetings/Networking Break
10:45 am - 11:15 am Business Meetings/Networking Break
11:20 am - 12:05 pm Women's Power PanelVeena Gundavelli - Founder & CEO Emagia
Meghan Maze - Chief Financial Officer, Natixis
Jacinth Smiley - Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer, LyondellBasell
Holly Greaves - CFO, Environmental Protection Agency
Careers in finance include the ability to make a difference, learn and innovate. Explore the opportunities and challenges of the gender gap in finance with case studies and statistics. In this session, delve into the gender gap in the C-Suite and effective ways to support and grow workforce diversity and inclusion.
Meghan MazeChief Financial Officer
Jacinth SmileyVice President & Chief Accounting Officer
Environmental Protection Agency
Veena GundavelliFounder & CEO