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 May 9, 2019, featuring Bill McNabb (former CEO and Chairman of Vanguard Group) and Bruce Sewell (former Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Apple, Inc.)

Other Programming for In-House Counsel

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.

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.


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