SOLID Central, Chicago
April 30, 2020



SOLID Chicago
April 30, 2020



SOLID Chicago
April 30, 2020



SOLID Chicago
April 30, 2020


The Summit on Legal Innovation and Disruption
Great Location • Audacious Mission


SOLID Central, Chicago Agenda – November 5, 2020

*Content Subject to Change

Registration, Check-in and Breakfast

Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Table Introductions

Session One: Reimagining the Future of Law

Brian Vandenberg

Brian Vandenberg – SVP and General Counsel, American Medical Association

Innovation Launchpad – Turning Ideas into Assets

Who thinks of the General Counsel of a 170 year old medical association as a catalyst for industry change? Brian certainly does, and is capitalizing on Legal’s ability to develop and execute on workflow, his previous experience with technology and the unique intersection of legal in the organization to not only assist but accelerate innovation and growth.

Robert Mignanelli

Robert Mignanelli – SVP & COO, Legal & Associate General Counsel, Pearson

Re-engineering Legal – An Ongoing Success Story

Bob will share his ongoing journey in creating the Transactions Services Center – combining technology, workflow and a hybrid service delivery model to reengineer legal, better align to global corporate strategy, and reduce costs of service delivery by 35%.

Megan Pavich
Travis Rogers

Megan Pavich – Senior Managing Counsel, AllState
Travis Rogers – Senior Counsel, Innovation Law, AllState

“Auto”-mation – The Foundation for Allstate’s Innovation Law Group

Describing the ultimate transformation – Megan and Travis will share how Allstate is changing its approach to the practice of law. From autonomous vehicles to legal bots – learn practical first steps and what’s next in their Commercial Towers of Innovation.

Elaine Karp

Elaine Karp – Director, Legal Operations, Baxter International

The Art of Change

Coming Soon

Table Discussions and Town Hall

Morning Break

Session Two: Collaboration and Inclusivity

Ashley Bolender

Ashley Bolender – Director of Legal Operations, GE

Never Waste a Good Crisis – Getting a Handle on Outside Counsel Spend

In a company facing very lean times, how did Ashley get executive buy-in to invest in people, process and technology? Ashley will share her experience reducing their outside counsel panel from over 1000 law firms to just over 150 firms, replacing outdated software with new automated tech, operationalizing management guidelines, and building her team, all while facing resistance to change and company layoffs. When you dont have the luxury of time, how can pragmatism and execution help you excel in recreating a minimum viable product and move forward?

John Albright

John Albright – Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, Hub International

“The Borrowers” – Collaborating with Outside Partners to Access to Advanced Technology and Resources

For all but the largest companies, it can be difficult to justify ROI for NextGen technology. Even an international insurance group with over 500 daily claims, might not have the volume to support enterprise AI platforms. John will share how working with an LPO has allowed his organization to have access to the best analytics, machine learning, and reporting as well as labor arbitrage, allowing them to restructure internal roles and accumen.

Deirdre Brekke

Deirdre Brekke – Deputy General Counsel, Reynolds Packaging Group

Resource Contraints Can Lead to Empowering People

How does 1 lawyer supports over $1BB in business in a company that is budget conscious and subject to growth and change? Deirdre will share her “not so secret” superpowers of collaboration and leveraging teams outside of legal in order to enable the business.

Paul Brown

Paul Brown – VP, Assistant General Counsel, Underwriters Laboratories

Arming the Business with Tools and Information to Mitigate Risk

Coming Soon

Table Discussions and Takeaways

Town Hall and Collaborative Q&A


New Table Introductions

Session Three: Data Privacy

Peter Hanna

Peter Hanna – US Chief Privacy Officer, BMO Harris Bank

Data Privacy as a Business Differentiator – How to Get Started

In the wake of decentralized, state and international regulations, how do you build a comprehensive, future proof, privacy program without breaking the corporate bank? Do you need to invest in people, process or technology? Peter will address what General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officers need to know, how to get started, and share a unique perspective that data privacy can be a business differentiator, not just a risk management headache.

Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds – Chief Executive Officer and Chief Data Privacy Officer, Debbie Reynolds Consulting, LLC

The Future of Data Privacy – What Legal Needs to Know

Coming soon

Fran Wiet

Fran Wiet – Chief Privacy Officer, Becton, Dickinson and Company

Coming Soon

Table Discussions and Takeaways

Town Hall and Collaborative Q&A

Afternoon Break and Table Change

Table Introductions

Session Four: Talent, Talent, Talent

Amy Cline

Amy Cline – Associate General Counsel, HCSC/Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Cultivating Executive Presence

It is no longer enough to be a good lawyer. To thrive in today’s corporate environment, you have to cultivate executive presence. While executive presence is hard to define, Amy will review 5 crucial skills that will help you flex your “executive lawyer muscle,” and share anecdotes from her own experience.
– Exhibit poise
– Project self-confidence
– Earn influence
– Practice authenticity
– Cultivate connections.

Ahna Severts

Ahna Severts – SVP and General Counsel, Wilton Brands

In Defense of Trouble-Making Lawyers

Based on her passion for social science research, Ahna will advocate that lawyers facilitate more effective decision making at the executive and board level. Legal leaders can capitalize on their analytical thinking, their neutral position in the busines, and their abilities to attune to process and be an honest broker to bring their company to a better place and enable the business

Law Firm Sprint Panel

Reimagining and Reinventing the Law Firm/Client Relationship

Table Discussions and Takeaways

Town Hall and Collaborative Q&A

Closing Ceremony

Cocktails and Networking

What is SOLID?

SOLID is a TED-STYLE Talk summit focused on innovation and the business of law. Did you ever listen to a great SOLID Talk or panel and wish you had time to engage and brainstorm in real time on how to apply those ideas to your business? 14 speakers will give TED-STYLE talks around the intersection of innovation, advanced technology and the business of law. They share what they are doing, how they are doing it, and the business impact it has.

Our talks are followed by facilitated table talks, sprint panels, and town hall discussions, whereby participants discuss what they know now that they did not know before the session started and how to apply these lessons to their own organizations. SOLID provides participants with maximum interaction with peers and colleagues in a round table, workshop environment to assess current challenges and design concrete solutions.

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Reasons to Attend SOLID

Our day will be broken into four themed segments focused on innovation and disruption. We will focus on challenges and barriers, identify opportunities for meaningful change, and develop solutions for all market segments.

100 legal professionals and subject matter experts from law departments, law firms, alternative legal service providers, and academics.

Purposefully moderated tables with curated participants from all market segments.

Participants will switch their tables 2 times throughout the day.

“Solid is unique in size, format and quality of participants and presenters. I met so many talented professionals, given the intimate setting I was able to collaborate with others who shared similar challenges, was inspired by the innovative ways others approach them and gained strategic insight into emerging capabilities that I could bring back and apply. It’s a great forum to expand your insights into innovative approaches that are driving real improvements for how corporations deliver legal services. It’s not your ordinary conference if you want to engage in a thought provoking learning experience while expanding your network. I would highly recommend it.”


Deb Tatar


VP Corporate Systems at MetLife

“If you can attend this, I highly recommend it! Compliance Discovery Solutions was at SOLID East last month in NYC. The format allows for an exchange of ideas with a variety of legal professionals. In one day, I felt like I learned as much or more as I’ve learned from multi-day conferences!”


Maria Maccarone


Vice President, Client Solutions at Compliance Discovery Solutions

“Before SOLID I would say I was a bit of an accidental innovator. I was naturally interested in looking for new and better ways to structure and manage my legal department and spend, but I was not aware of the incredible depth of knowledge out there about how to do that most effectively. SOLID brought all of the pieces together for me and allowed me to make lasting connections with others who are innovating within their teams and across the legal industry. I now have a much deeper understanding of how to draw upon a wide array of resources and technology to reshape what we are doing in a way that drives more value for less total spend. It’s also just a really fun and interesting group of people and the whole experience has expanded my circle of go-to colleagues.”


Jennifer Warner


VP Legal at Columbia Sportswear Company

“I think the most valuable thing for me has been the chance to collaborate with, but also to listen to clients. Getting to hear first hand from GC’s and the C-Suite about their pain points and expectations is truly valuable. It really helps us to “sense check” and to ensure we are not only listening, but hearing and acting on what our clients expect and need from their outside counsel.”


Bryant Isbell


Managing Director, Global eDiscovery & Data Advisory at Baker & McKenzie, LLP