Second Annual Vanguard Forum for General Counsels - Online, October 2020

The role of General Counsel is one of the most demanding in the C-suite, whether you are taking the role for the first time - or are addressing fresh challenges later in your career.

That is why The Vanguard Forum program focuses uniquely on further developing the top leadership capabilities of the by-invitation members - while building valuable networks.


  • A unique leadership and networking membership for General Counsels from all sectors.

  • Pragmatic, real-world topics relevant to GCs, across the career spectrum.

  • Session leaders will be deeply experienced GCs, Senior Counsels, CEOs/C-suite Executives, and leadership experts. Participants learn from the sessions and each other.

  • The year-long program launches with face-to-face forum with an intimate format and vigorous, engaging dialogue around critical leadership challenges. No PowerPoint presentations or podium speeches.

  • Membership in the custom year-long Vanguard Network extends the Forum experience with digital learning, private dinners on leadership topics, and a private networking platform.

Session leaders

2019 Forum session leaders included:

  • Bob Bailey - Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Allergan

  • Stephen Cutler - Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

  • Cynthia Dow - Leader, Global Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Officers Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates

  • Mark Goodman - Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

  • Mary Ann Hynes - Senior Counsel, Dentons; career General Counsel

  • Garrick Isert - President, Executas; past M.D. of World 50, Inc.

  • Nancy Jessen - Senior Vice President, Legal Business Solutions, UnitedLex

  • Maeve O’Connor - Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

  • Mark Pfister - M A Pfister Strategy Group; Board Advisor

  • Kim Rucker - Past Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Andeavor and Independent; Director of Lennox International, Celanese Corporation and Marathon Petroleum Corporation

  • Tom Sabatino - Board Member, Teligent; past Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Aetna; past GC of Hertz, United Airlines, Walgreens, Schering-Plough, Baxter

  • Bjarne Tellmann - General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer, Pearson 

Sample agenda (2019 forum)


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