How General Counsel Are Working With Their Boards to Bring Value to the Business



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Before the pandemic, the role of general counsel was in constant evolution to be more business focused. Now, agility and business acumen are keys to success. Because of this shift in responsibilities, there is no going back to the days where in-house counsel leaders only provide the business with legal analysis and business support—the pendulum has swung too far. In-house leaders will continue to be asked to play bigger roles in how companies are run, so you must be ready to not only provide quick, critical insight that directly influences risk management, but also drive company culture and business strategies.

To better understand the shifting nature of these responsibilities, Corporate Counsel has conducted an exclusive survey with senior in-house counsels and legal leaders to gauge how their relationship with the board has changed over the last year. Our research also asked what role these senior in-house counsels now play in driving business results within their organization as well as how compliance, data privacy, cybersecurity and other issues now play into the decision-making process.

Join this exclusive webcast to hear detailed results from our Corporate Counsel survey, listen to a panel of experts discuss the conclusions in-depth and explore how to bring value to your organization through your relationship with your board of directors. You will also learn how to:

  • Work effectively with your board of directors and be seen as a strategic business leader in the organization.
  • Develop and lead strategic initiatives that are prioritized by your board of directors and bring value to your legal department and your role as GC.
  • Get initiatives and solutions across to your board of directors when there are internal structural changes.
  • `Make the leap from being seen as a cost-center to a business innovator.


Heather Nevitt, Editor-in-Chief, Corporate Counsel

Heather D. Nevitt is the Editor-in-Chief of Corporate Counsel and Global Leaders in Law, a private network for general counsel at ALM Media. She oversees the news coverage and thought leadership that focuses on the in-house legal community and the evolving role and global nature of the GC. Heather is also a licensed attorney and practiced law for several years before joining ALM in 2005.

Audrey Murphy, Esq., MSN, RN

Ms. Murphy serves Hackensack Meridian Health as Executive Vice President, Co-Chief Legal Officer, and Chief Officer, Team Member Health and Safety. She previously served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer at Hackensack University Medical Center and Hackensack University Health Network. In her role as Co-Chief Legal Officer, her direct network responsibilities include the Enterprise Risk Management Program, the Physician Enterprise, the regional CTS programs, the Foundations, all academic programs, including the School of Medicine, the vast insurance programs and captives, Research, and the Center for Discovery and Innovation and all non-strategic litigation. As Chief Officer, Team Member Health and Safety, Ms. Murphy is responsible for Workplace Health and Safety, The Keeping America Safe Program, Corporate Wellness, Network Environmental Safety, Network Security, and Emergency Management.

Michael W. Peregrine, partner at McDermott Will & Emery

Michael W. Peregrine represents corporations (and their officers and directors) in connection with the full range of governance and fiduciary duty matters, officer-director liability issues, charitable trust law and corporate structure. Michael is recognized as one of the leading national practitioners in corporate governance law. As a regular contributor to the Corporate Counsel daily newsletter, his articles explore the important role in-house counsel play in relation to the board. He is also a senior contributor to Forbes.com where his articles focus on governance and leadership topics.

Michael advises on matters related to board conduct such as composition and culture, risk oversight, executive and board leadership/succession, board performance evaluations and assessments; and intra-board conflict and dysfunction. He is often called upon to advise boards in response to external/regulatory challenges to governance. He frequently serves as special counsel in connection with confidential internal board reviews and investigations.

Lisa Edwards, President and COO of Diligent Corporation and Director at Colgate-Palmolive

Lisa Edwards is President and COO of Diligent Corporation, the largest governance, risk and compliance (“GRC”) SaaS provider serving over 23,000 organizations around the globe. Lisa is responsible for commercial growth and performance. Prior to joining Diligent, she served as EVP of Strategic Business Operations at Salesforce. Lisa also held leadership positions at Visa, Inc. and KnowledgeX, and co-founded Valubond, prior to the company’s acquisition by Knight Capital.

Lisa received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She serves on the Board of Directors of Colgate-Palmolive Company, and is deeply involved in two non-profits where she previously served on the board, Playworks and the Presidio YMCA.



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