2023 Conference Schedule

Friday, November 10, 2023

8:15 AM - 8:55 AM | Networking Breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM | Gathering, Thank You & Housekeeping

9:10 AM – 9:30 AM

Noah Phillips

Former Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Noah's Bio

Noah Joshua Phillips is Co-Chair of the Antitrust Practice and previously served as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  He advises clients on a range of antitrust issues, including mergers and acquisitions, business conduct and compliance, litigation and investigations, and data security and privacy.  On the FTC, Mr. Phillips played an integral role in precedent setting enforcement actions and regulatory efforts concerning antitrust, consumer protection and privacy.  Prior to the FTC, he served as Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator John Cornyn, of Texas, on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Mr. Phillips received an A.B. magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2000, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2005.  After law school, Mr. Phillips clerked for Hon. Edward C. Prado of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and joined Cravath’s Litigation Department in 2006.  He left the Firm in 2010, and rejoined Cravath as a partner in December 2022.

TALK 05: WTF FTC? Antitrust and Consumer Protection in the New Era

9:30 AM – 9:50 AM

Judge David A. Canales

73rd District Court, Bexar County, Texas
Judge Canales' Bio

The Honorable David A. Canales serves as the Presiding Judge of the 73rd District Court in Bexar County, Texas. First elected in 2012, he was re-elected without opposition in both 2016 and 2020. A distinguished academic, Canales holds a B.A. in psychology with a double minor in Criminal Justice and Music from the University of Texas-Pan American. He achieved a J.D., summa cum laude, from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law, standing out as class valedictorian.

Initiating his legal career at Sidley Austin in Chicago, Canales soon ventured back to Texas, founding his own law firm. There, he managed a broad spectrum of cases, ranging from family law and immigration to civil litigation.

In his role as a district judge, Canales oversees an extensive docket of civil and family law cases. His leadership extends beyond the bench, with significant roles in committees, boards, and as a regular speaker at continuing legal education seminars. Notably, he chairs the Bexar County Juvenile Board and serves as Judicial Co-Chair for the San Antonio Legal Services Association, Bexar County’s largest pro bono organization. Further appointments include liaison membership on the Texas Judicial Committee on Information Technology, by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas, and positions on various State Bar of Texas committees.

One of his pivotal contributions is the inception of the E.A.G.L.E.S. Court in Bexar County, dedicated to guiding teen boys in foster care towards self-worth. It emphasizes core values and skills with a focus on esteem, achievement, grit, learning & leadership, empowerment, and strength. Beyond regular case hearings, the court offers therapeutic care, case management, life skills training, and mentoring programs to these young men.

Outside his professional duties, Canales engages actively with his local church and has contributed to his community as an assistant club basketball coach and Cub Scouts den leader.

TALK 06: New Day, Next Play: A Judicial Perspective

9:50 AM – 10:10 AM

Rabbi Amy Weiss

Founder & Executive Director, Undies for Everyone
Rabbi Weiss' Bio

Rabbi Amy Weiss is Founder and Executive Director of Undies for Everyone (UFE), a national nonprofit providing underwear for children experiencing underwear insecurity. Amy created UFE in 2012, four years after she blogged in the Houston Chronicle about underserved children needing underwear, a blog post that resulted in thousands of underwear donations from readers. Incorporating a passion for entrepreneurial opportunities with a commitment to “repairing the world”, Amy set out to fill a void unaddressed by the nonprofit community, and she has been getting underwear to children for 15 years with the help of a talented staff and hundreds of volunteers.

During Amy’s early rabbinical career she taught extensively in Jewish communal settings in New York City and Philadelphia. In Washington DC Amy served as assistant director and acting director for the Reform Jewish movement, where she helped build lay leader boards, trained medical doctors to become mohels (religious leaders who perform circumcisions), and consulted with synagogues in both adult and children’s education.

A Houstonian for more than 20 years, Amy blogged for the Houston Chronicle Belief website representing a Jewish point of view, and wrote an ethical parenting column, “Parenting with Courage”, for the Houston Chronicle’s print edition. Amy served on the Houston Citizen’s Police Oversight Board as a panel chair for three years, and was also a member of the HPD Internal Disciplinary Committee.

In another combination of entrepreneurial passion and experience, Amy handcrafted Jewish ritual items from Legos, which were sold in Jewish museum stores in New York City, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, and synagogue gift shops across the country.

Amy was named a CNN Hero in 2022, and appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show and she continues to spread the word about underwear insecurity on television and radio stations across the country. A University of Texas Longhorn with a BS in Advertising, Amy was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in NYC where she also received masters’ degrees in Jewish Education and Hebrew Letters.

TALK 07: Leading at Critical Moments in History

10:10 AM – 10:35 AM | Networking Break w/ Snacks

10:40 AM – 11:00 AM

Betsy Greytok

Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Foundation Models, IBM Corporation
Betsy's Bio

Betsy Greytok is Vice President & Associate General Counsel for IBM Foundation Models, providing cross-brand, global support for IBM’s foundation models business. Prior to this position, Betsy was Vice President, Ethics & Policy, Chief Privacy Office, where she worked closely with the IBM AI Ethics Board developing principles, practices and policies driving the ethical development and deployment of technology. She was also founding co-Director of the Notre Dame-IBM Tech Ethics Lab. This unique experience and deep dive into AI Ethics enables her to help IBM embed ethical considerations over the entire lifecycle of AI, from drawing board to end of life. As an attorney for IBM Betsy has led legal teams providing support for mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, IP Partnerships, and other complex alliance transactions. She was Director and Synergy Counsel for the Red Hat acquisition, aligning key compliance measures while maintaining Red Hat’s separate identity and culture. Betsy joined IBM in 1999 after working in Litigation at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP. She has provided legal support for various IBM practices & offerings including IBM Software, Channel Sales, Cloud & Cognitive Systems, and Power Systems.

TALK 08: Llama, Llama Why the Drama – The Ins & Outs of Foundation AI Models

11:00 AM – 11:20 AM

Billy Martin

Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Billy's Bio

William R. (Billy) Martin is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Barnes & Thornburg. As one of the top trial attorneys in the U.S., Billy represents corporations and leading individuals in politics, sports and entertainment, and he has tried more than 150 jury trials across the country. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and the White Collar Practice Group.

Previously named as one of the country’s ‘50 Most Influential Minority Attorneys’ by The National Law Journal, Billy represents corporations in complex civil and white collar criminal matters in state and federal courts and in administrative hearings and arbitrations. In addition to his high-profile cases, Billy has substantial experience with internal investigations and has worked extensively with integrity and compliance monitors in a number of industries.

Prior to entering private practice, Billy served as a local and federal prosecutor in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1976 to 1980. He then was appointed as special attorney in the Organized Crime-Strike Force in San Francisco. Following that appointment, he served as Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C., before being promoted to Executive Assistant for the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

He is a member of the American Arbitration Association and has experience representing parties in arbitration and mediation proceedings in private disputes. He also has served as outside counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ethics related to its investigation of a sitting member of Congress. Billy also is a member of the American Bar Association, American Bar Foundation, National Bar Association and the Washington Bar Association, of which he is a past-president.

He has received several honors during his illustrious legal career. Among them are being named to the American Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers list, Best Lawyers in America, D.C. Bar Association’s Legend of the Bar, and featured as a ‘Top Lawyer’ in Washingtonian Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine and Ebony Magazine. He also has been selected for inclusion in the Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers from 2007-2011 and 2013-2019. Billy is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Ohio, and before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits; and the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.

He earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. He also received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Howard University, where he earned his undergraduate degree.

TALK 09: How to Survive A Public Relations Nightmare In The C Suite And Beyond

11:20 AM – 11:40 AM

George Seay

Founder & Executive Chairman, Annandale Capital
George's Bio

George Seay is a 7th generation Texan from Dallas, married to Gretchen Seay and with 6 children between them. He attended Highland Park High School, then the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in History. He subsequently earned his J.D., cum laude, from SMU School of Law where he was President of the SMU Law Review Association and a member of the Order of Barristers. Mr. Seay earned his M.B.A., with a Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, from the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin. He is also a CFA Charterholder.

Mr. Seay started his career as a staff aide to Governor of Texas William P. Clements, Jr. while in college. He subsequently worked as a staff aide for Deputy Secretary (later Secretary) of State Lawrence Eagleburger in the George H.W. Bush Administration. Following government service, Mr. Seay worked for the law firm of Locke Purnell Rain Harrell in the mid-1990s. After a short stint practicing law, he founded the global investment firm Seay Stewardship & Investment Company in 1998, which seven years later became known as Annandale Capital. Annandale provides investment counsel and management to a wide variety of institutional and individual clients, with a focus on global stocks and bonds, as well as all forms of private equity.

Mr. Seay has served on many philanthropic and civic boards, including The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum Foundation (as member and President), the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin (Chairman), The Texas – Israel Alliance (Chairman), the McCombs School of Business Board of Advisors (Member & Chairman), the Clements Foundation, the Gill Foundation, the New Covenant Foundation, the 7th Generation Foundation (Chairman), the Trinity Forum Europe, CAIL, Sky Ranch Ute Trail (Founder), Anago Partners (Chairman), UTSWMC Foundation Board of Trustees and PAC (Chairman), Texas Exes, and many others.

Mr. Seay enjoys reading, history, travel, fishing, hunting, and leisure time in the Old Republic of Texas in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado.

TALK 10: Why General Counsel Should Care about Return on Equity (ROE)

11:40 AM - 11:50 PM | Thank You, Evaluations, Prize Drawings & Save the Date for 2024

12:00 PM - 2:30 PM | Farewell Celebration Lunch at Moonshine

303 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701