24th Annual Conference: "There's No Normal"

Thursday, November 3 & Friday, November 4, 2022
Fairmont | Austin, Texas


Our two-day Annual Conference is designed to encourage conversation and inspire professional advancement through a series of short, dynamic presentations from industry leaders and networking events. Each year, the topic of the Conference centers around leadership with over 250 members in attendance. The Annual Conference fee is included in the yearly membership dues. The 24th Annual Conference took place on Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4, 2022 at the Fairmont in Austin, Texas.

After two years of “the new normal,” today there’s no normal. Our Conference topic recognizes this new world and how legal leadership anticipates, adapts, and overcomes.


  • Learn Best Practices
  • Discuss Leadership
  • Receive CLE Credit
  • Connect with Peers

2022 Schedule

Thursday, November 3, 2022

12:30 PM – 2:00 PMWelcome Luncheon
Robert B. Ahdieh | Dean, Texas A&M University School of Law
2:05 PM – 2:25 PMTalk 1: The Value of Never Going Back
A. Shonn Brown | VP & Deputy General Counsel ESG & Sustainability, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
2:25 PM – 2:45 PMTalk 2: The Inevitable Cybersecurity Intrusion: Where Does Your Client’s Data Actually End Up
Sid Mody | Formerly with the National Security, Cybercrime and Money Laundering Division , U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas
2:45 PM – 3:15 PMNetworking Break w/ Snacks
3:20 PM – 3:40 PMTalk 3: An SEC Update: Discussion with Elad Roisman, Former SEC Commissioner and Acting Chair
Elad Roisman | Former Commissioner & Acting Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Moderator: Stephen Burns | Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
3:40 PM – 4:00 PMTalk 4: ESG: Navigating an Ever-Changing Minefield
Yafit Cohn | Chief Sustainability Officer & Group General Counsel, The Travelers Companies, Inc.
4:00 PM – 4:05 PMThank You & Housekeeping
6:00 PMMagna Stella Dinner (Separate Ticket Required)

Friday, November 4, 2022

8:15 AM - 8:55 AMNetworking Breakfast
9:00 AM - 9:10 AMGathering, Thank You & Housekeeping
9:10 AM - 9:30 AMTalk 5: Next Generation Legal
Rishi Varma | Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
9:30 AM - 10:00 AMTalk 6: “If I Could Turn Back Time”: Federal Judges On What They Wish They Knew When They Were Litigators and Advisors to Corporate Counsel
Hon. Karen Gren Scholer | United States District Judge, Northern District of Texas
Hon. Sean D. Jordan | United States District Judge, Eastern District of Texas
10:00 AM - 10:30 AMNetworking Break w/ Snacks
10:35 AM - 10:55 AMTalk 7: What’s Your Story?
Armando Colombo | President & Chief Executive Officer, The Menninger Clinic
10:55 AM - 11:15 AMTalk 8: How Startups Eat Unprecedented Change For Breakfast (And You Can, Too)
Chris Wood | Co-Founder & Co-President, Moonshot Compost
11:15 AM - 11:35 AMTalk 9: The Future of Work: An Economic Tilt-a-Whirl
Bryan Daniel | Chairman & Commissioner Representing the Public, Texas Workforce Commission
11:35 AM - 12:00 PM Thank You, Evaluations, Prize Drawings & Save the Date for 2023
12:00 PM - 2:30 PMFarewell Celebration Lunch at Moonshine
303 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

Annual Conference is Free for Members

Texas General Counsel Forum's Health Protocols

Due to the recent COVID-19 trends, we are not requiring confirmation of vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 test. If you have not been feeling well, please refrain from attending this event.

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