General Counsel Forum

The General Counsel Forum is composed of general counsel from public and private corporations that meet in a peer setting to engage in interactive sessions around the governance issues most relevant to their unique role in their organizations.  The Forum is focused on supporting and enabling these general counsel to implement good governance practices, particularly those that advance the long-term strategic interests of their corporations, and to become true counselors to the board on critical governance and business matters. 

The most recent session of the Forum was held on June 9, 2022, featuring Bill McNabb (former CEO and Chairman of Vanguard Group), Tim Wu (Special Assistant to the President for Technology and Competition Policy on the National Economic Council), Sonia Galindo (Executive Vice President and General Counsel of KBR), Keir Gumbs (Chief Legal Officer at Broadridge), and Anne Robinson (General Counsel of Vanguard Group and Secretary of Vanguard Funds), among others.

Other Programming for In-House Counsel

General Counsel as Corporate Director: Making It Happen - March 10, 2021 | Webinar

The Millstein Center, Cleary Gottlieb, and Heidrick & Struggles hosted a webinar for in-house counsel featuring a discussion moderated by Lee Hanson and Victoria Reese of Heidrick & Struggles with General Counsel from The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (Dierdre Stanley), Hearst Corporation (Eve Burton), and GSK Consumer Healthcare (Bjarne Tellmann) on opportunities for general counsel to serve as corporate directors.

In case you missed the live webinar, you can watch the video here

Taking the High Road:
Navigating Corporate Responsibility to Advance Public Welfare - October 6, 2020 | Webinar

On October 6, the Millstein Center and Cleary Gottlieb hosted a webinar for in-house counsel featuring a lively discussion moderated by Colin Stretch, former Facebook General Counsel, with the General Counsel of Morgan Stanley (Eric Grossman), Nike (Hilary Krane), Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (Sandra Leung), Honeywell International (Anne T. Madden), and Google (Halimah DeLaine Prado).

In case you missed the live webinar, see the replay below.

Same as It Ever Was, Same as It Never Was: Engaging Our Stakeholders: What General Counsel Are Doing Now - June 5, 2020 | Webinar

On Friday, June 5th the Millstein Center and Cleary Gottlieb hosted a webinar for in-house counsel focused on engaging with stakeholders as businesses and the economy begin to reopen. We were joined by Rupert Bondy (SVP, General Counsel, and Company Secretary, Reckitt Benckiser), Sean Edgett (Vice President and General Counsel, Twitter), Rachel Gonzalez (Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Starbucks Coffee Company), Rena Reiss (Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Marriott International), and Jennifer Kennedy Park (Partner, Cleary Gottlieb). Millstein Center Co-Director Eric Talley moderated the panel discussion, and Michael Gerstenzang, Cleary Gottlieb's Managing Partner, gave opening remarks.

In case you missed the live webinar, see the replay below.

Leadership in Times of Crisis: What General Counsel Are Doing Now - April 17, 2020 | Webinar

On Friday, April 17th from 12:30 - 1pm ET, the Millstein Center and Cleary Gottlieb hosted a webinar for in-house counsel exploring how general counsels and their teams are handling the COVID-19 pandemic. We were joined by David Leitch (Global General Counsel, Bank of America), Jennifer Zachary (Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Merck & Co., Inc.), Brandon Nelson (General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, JetBlue), and Louise Parent (Of Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb and Former General Counsel, American Express) for a panel discussion moderated by Millstein Center Co-Director Eric TalleyMichael Gerstenzang, Managing Partner of Cleary Gottlieb, gave opening remarks.

In case you missed the live webinar, see the replay below.


If you are a general counsel that is interested in joining the General Counsel Forum, or for more information, please contact the Center's Associate Director, Molly Calkins, at