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From Grassroots to the Boardroom: Taking Charge of Your Organizations ESG Initiatives

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 60 minutes
Recorded Date: October 08, 2021
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• Introduction
• What is ESG and Why Does it Matter?
• Where to Begin? Understanding ratings and rankings, standards and frameworks
• The ESG Journey:
        - Internal Assessment
        - Integration
        - Communication/Implementation
• Looking into the Future

Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: October 8, 2021

For NY - Difficulty: Experienced Attorneys Only (Non-Transitional)


ESGs have long been considered more of a box checking exercise than an actual commercial driver for your business. However, as we move closer to a more global workforce, and the positive impact of global sustainability efforts are being seen and felt at every level of business, it has become clear that ESGs are rapidly becoming the focal point of organizational strategy. Our ESG experts will share insights into ethical, environmental, and even the commercial benefits of corporate ESGs.

This program was recorded as part of Corporate Counsel's Women, Influence, and Power in Law Conference held on October 8th, 2021.

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Julie Mediamolle

Alston & Bird LLP

Julie Mediamolle is a partner on Alston & Bird’s Corporate & Business Transactions Team. She focuses her practice on representation of private and public companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions and securities transactions. She counsels companies on corporate governance, SEC reporting and disclosure requirements, and other general securities compliance. She also regularly advises hedge funds and other investment groups regarding the beneficial ownership rules and investments in public and private companies. Her experience also includes limited partnership and limited liability company formation and structuring.

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Samantha Wellington

Senior VP, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary

Samantha leads the TriNet Legal, Compliance, Regulatory Affairs and Risk teams; experts who serve TriNet across the breadth of its offerings. She is a trusted thought leader in the areas of diversity, equity & inclusion, workplace benefits, the shared economy, as well as GRC and ESG related topics.

Samantha joined TriNet in 2016 as Vice President and Associate General Counsel. Prior to joining TriNet she was at Oracle Corporation where she was managing counsel for Oracle’s Corporate, Securities & Acquisitions Legal Team. She also served Oracle’s interests on the board of directors of Oracle’s publicly held subsidiaries in India and Japan.

She holds bachelor’s degrees in creative arts and laws from Wollongong University, as well as a master of laws in communication and technology law from the University of New South Wales. Samantha is admitted to practice law in both California and New South Wales, Australia.

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Elizabeth Small

General Counsel
CDP North America, Inc.

Elizabeth Small is General Counsel of CDP North America, Inc. the global data and disclosure platform, focusing investors, companies, and governments on building a sustainable economy by measuring and understanding environmental impact.

A thought-leader on ESG, Climate Change and Environmental Justice, Elizabeth leads on legal and strategic business matters, advices C-Suite executives, boards of directors, and oversees CDP’s annual investor request, the CDP Supply Chain program, CDP policy, Cities, States, and Regions (CStaR) including the CDP-Matchmaker climate resilient infrastructure program, data and technology operations; the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) partnership; and serves on the Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity and Accessibility (JEDIA) global task force. She is also an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University, where she teaches and writes about Bioethics.

Prior to CDP, Elizabeth worked as a Global Litigator with Howrey LLP and with Hemenway & Barnes, focusing on complex commercial litigation, antitrust and intellectual property law.

Elizabeth has a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law, where she trained in the International Sustainable Development program in London, Paris and Geneva. Elizabeth also holds a B.A. in Philosophy from The College of the Holy Cross.

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