6th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute

Event Description


Join us for the 6th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute!  This year's theme - Perspectives on Governance and Compliance - offers insights for legal and compliance professionals. Whether you are looking to learn more about a growing and important field or are already a seasoned practitioner, the Institute aims to offer you something interesting. Come for the practical education and the opportunity to connect with friends and colleagues. Registration includes breakfast, lunch and social hour drinks and appetizers. We look forward to seeing you!

8:00 a.m.   Breakfast

8:45 a.m.    Ethical Issues for Lawyers Serving on Non-Profit Boards (1.0 Ethics)

Attorneys are often sought out to be Directors and Officers for nonprofit organizations because they bring special skills – superior reasoning, advanced schooling, special expertise, attention to detail, but the opportunity could be fraught with ethical and practical pitfalls.

Jenn Urban | Attorney for Nonprofits & Owner, Legal for Good PLLC

9:45 a.m.    Networking Break

10:00 a.m.  Role of Legal & Compliance in Your Organization

Panel discussion from in-house compliance officers and lawyers on the differences between the skills and responsibilities of Legal and Compliance.

Jonelle Burnham | Compliance Officer & Counsel, Coloplast
Joe Fleming | Chief Compliance Officer, Advice & Wealth Management, Ameriprise Financial
Jennifer Lohse | Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Moderator: Colleen Dorsey | Director, Organizational Ethics & Compliance, University of St. Thomas School of Law

11:15 a.m.   The Lawyer’s Guide to Dancing in a Hurricane: Strategies and Tools for Thriving in a Stressful Profession

• Share and discuss the unique challenges and stressors facing lawyers in the profession:
• Learn simple but effective life hacks for promoting better positive psychology and well-being outcomes
• Discover the brain science behind the mindfulness, meditation, and gratitude practices that can transform your life

Lisa Beth Lentini Walker | CEO and Founder, Lumen Worldwide Endeavors

12:15 p.m.   Lunch

12:45 p.m.   Keynote: A View from the Director’s Seat

Seasoned company director shares her perspective on the role of the director, what directors look for from their corporate secretaries and how to ensure that the director is properly fulfilling their duties

Sarah Lynn Oquist | Oquist McFadden Consulting, PLLC

1:45 p.m.     Networking Break

2:00 p.m.     Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Secretarial Function

Many boards take the role of the secretary for granted; what does it take to be an effective secretary for your corporation and ensure that your company and its directors are protected from potential pitfalls.

Jennifer Randolph Reise | Professor, Mitchell Hamline Law School
Trevor Gunderson | Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, General Mills

3:15 p.m.     Corporate Governance Perspectives from the General Counsel Seat

Current General Counsels from Minnesota companies share what they have learned to establish effective governance structures in their organizations.

Stacy Bogart | Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel at Winnebago Industries, Inc.
Brenda Furlow | General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, Bio-Techne Corporation
Jon Lammers | Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, nVent Electric plc
Scott Wilensky | Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Xcel Energy

4:30 p.m.     Social Hour

University of St. Thomas
Opus Hall - Great Rooms
1000 LaSalle Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

CLE Credits:

5.0 Standard and 1.0 Ethics credits to be applied for | Event Code: 291175


Section Member:  $80
MSBA Member not in the section: $150 OR join the CCS and attend for $100 (must contact Kayla Erbach)
Non-MSBA Member: $200
Law Student: $25

Remote Participation: 

Remote participation is not available.

Registration deadline: February 21, 2020

Want more information about the Corporate Counsel Section? 
To register with a check, please mail in this registration form.
Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy.
Questions? Contact Kayla Erbach | 612-278-6325

The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify Kayla Erbach. Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Opus Hall, Great Rooms / University of St. Thomas Minneapolis, MN United States