How to Develop & Retain Top Talent

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 58 minutes
Recorded Date: September 26, 2018
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10:50 am - 11:50 am
  • Overview
  • Benchmark Metrics
  • Recruiting
  • Onboarding
  • Work Allocation Systems/Work Assignments
  • Mentor/Sponsor
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Promotion
  • Attrition/Alumni
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: September 26, 2018


One of the top concerns for any department head is how to attract and retain talented employees. From implementing employee perks benefits to providing opportunities for strategic growth, incremental pay raises and bonus structures, to sustaining an accommodating and supportive workplace, this session will examine the tactics that law department leaders can utilize to help catch and keep talent within their organizations.

This program was recorded as part of ALM and Corporate Counsel's 30th Annual General Counsel Conference on September 26th, 2018.

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General Counsel Conference


Anna Marciano

Chief Counsel
Nestle Waters N.A.

Anna Marciano is Chief Counsel, Creating Shared Value, Sustainability & Corporate Affairs at Nestl? Waters North America. The company is the third largest non-alcoholic beverage company in the United States with brands that include Poland Spring, NESTEA, Perrier and Nestl? Pure Life.

Anna assumed this role in April 2017, and she provides counsel for the company’s corporate and sustainability departments. In her role, she helps to develop digital ad campaigns, branded content and a diverse range of partnerships. She also reviews environmental and health claims.

She joined Nestl? Waters North America from Heineken USA where she served as Deputy General Counsel. Prior to her role at Heineken USA, she was division general counsel of Euro RSCG Worldwide and with Cadbury/Snapple for eight years, serving in various capacities, including as Assistant General Counsel for the North American division of the confectionery company.

She has extensive generalist experience with a focus in the areas of advertising, marketing, public relations, human resources and litigation.

Anna is a graduate of Boston College and Pace Law School. She is based in Stamford, CT.

Michael Avalos

Assistant General Counsel
AIG Insurance

Michael A. Avalos is an Assistant General Counsel in American International Group, Inc.’s (AIG) Digitial & Business Services Legal Group. During his 10-year AIG career, Michael has been responsible for negotiating a wide range of commercial transactions including, but not limited to, professional/consulting services, IT, outsourcing, travel, marketing, sponsorship, training and corporate cards. His work in this area includes advising AIG’s business units on all stages of the contract process – request for proposals (RFPs), project strategy, negotiation of governing agreements and ongoing vendor governance.

Before joining AIG, Michael worked at MetLife and ING DIRECT where he was responsible for supporting each company’s procurement department. Michael graduated from Widener University School of Law with a Juris Doctor and LLM (Corporate Law and Finance), and from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.

Steven Kovalan

Director of Research, ALM Intelligence
ALM Media, LLC

Steve is a Senior Analyst at ALM Legal Intelligence. Steve’s research focuses on a variety of topics related to the business of law, including cybersecurity, lateral partner hiring, and law department operations.

Prior to joining ALM Intelligence, Steve was a Senior Advanced Research Analyst at Deltek Inc., where he supported federal government contractors in conducting market analysis, competitive intelligence, and business development research.

A member of the District of Columbia Bar, Steve earned a J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in History and Political Science from West Virginia University.

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