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Building a Robust Emergency Response Plan

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 58 minutes
Recorded Date: October 28, 2020
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  • What is an Emergency Response Plan?
  • Risk Assessment and when to implement plan
  • Types of Emergencies that need to be in a plan
  • Response Plans: Small Local Company vs. Large Global Comany
  • Communication
  • What's Next?
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: October 28, 2020


In times of crisis, it is important to have an emergency response plan in place to tackle the first signs of crisis and safely navigate through the storm.

In the session, we will look to the role General Counsel and legal teams have in developing an emergency response plan.

Collaborating with the marketing, operations and financial units Critical competencies for emergency planning and project management Effective communication strategies for any scenario.

This program was recorded as part of Corporate Counsel's Women, Influence, and Power in Law Virtual Conference held on October 28th, 2020.

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Sloane Perras

Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer
Foss Maritime Company

As Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer, Sloane Perras leads Foss Maritime’s Legal and Risk Management Group where she provides legal counsel, advises on business strategies and best practices, and directs ethics and compliance programs.

Prior to joining Foss, Perras served as Chief Administrative and Legal Officer for two privately held retail brands. In her roles at both companies, Perras regularly reviewed enterprise risk strategies, financial controls and flows of revenue. She managed the risk management functions and provided enterprise strategy for innovation, regulatory compliance and HR risk mitigation. In addition, Perras worked closely with the leadership teams on corporate governance, including cyber and privacy issues.

Perras early career was with companies involved in the global supply chain. As an in-house lawyer, she was the Vice President, Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary of Americold Logistics, LLC and corporate counsel of Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (“EXPD”). Throughout her supply chain background, she has addressed significant regulatory and compliance matters, especially around global enforcement protocol.

Perras has a degree in Finance from University of Florida and earned her law degree, Cum Laude, from University of Georgia School of Law.

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Katherine Bennett

General Counsel

Katherine H. Bennett is an award-winning board adviser, executive leader, and corporate generalist. In 2020, Katie was named General Counsel of FlexiVan, one of the largest chassis providers in North America with a fleet of ~125,000 units powered by best-in-class technology.

This year, FlexiVan merged with industry powerhouse American Intermodal Management (AIM). Katie embodies FlexiVan’s core values of integrity, commitment, and innovation. She brings a wealth of cross-functional and cross-industry experience to FlexiVan’s senior leadership team. Over nearly 15 years, she has worked with companies of all sizes—from Fortune 500 multinationals like Google, Expedia, and Cisco, to start-ups.

She’s also worked across sectors—from heavily regulated industries like financial services and healthcare, to tech companies exploring next generation problems, to traditional businesses in established sectors like real estate and transportation.

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Lisa Shuchman

Senior International Editor
ALM Media, LLC

Lisa Shuchman is Senior International Editor for The American Lawyer and Previously, she was a business of law editor for The American Lawyer and a senior reporter for Corporate Counsel. Before joining ALM Media, she worked as a foreign correspondent and reporter for major newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and abroad.

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Monica Palko

Chief Legal & Administrative Officer
York Space Systems

Monica serves on the global board of the Association of Corporate Counsel, a 45,000-member organization that fosters excellence among in-house practitioners. Her expertise includes holistic, enterprise-wide risk management and emergency response. In roles that include Vice President and General Counsel of the Space division of Lockheed Martin and Vice President of Corporate Responsibility of ITT Defense & Information Solutions, Monica developed expertise that includes classified data handling and cyber resilience and security. As a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Monica handled complex litigation, including restraining orders and other emergency legal measures.

Monica supports Water Drop, a non-profit borne of the current pandemic that provides clean drinking water to homeless in the Los Angeles area.

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