In our podcast series, “Empowering Exceptional,” Vinson & Elkins partners lead wide-ranging and insightful discussions on innovation and the law. We invite you to join V&E’s exploration of modern business and the law with thought leaders from around the world. Please listen and enjoy!
Empowering Exceptional with Bill White, Former Houston Mayor
How have great leaders navigated past crises and what can we learn from them as we face the coronavirus pandemic? In this episode of Empowering Exceptional, we are joined by Houston’s former mayor Bill White, who led the city through three hurricanes and received national recognition for his efforts. Listen as Bill, the current chairman of Lazard Houston, shares his principles of successful leadership in a crisis, his advice for businesses navigating the pandemic, and more.
Empowering Exceptional with Lauren Leahy, Pizza Hut
In this episode of Empowering Exceptional, we are joined by Pizza Hut’s Chief Legal Officer Lauren Leahy. A V&E alum, Lauren is no stranger to innovation, beginning her legal career as a litigator and now managing legal operations for one of the world’s most famous restaurant chains. Lauren shares with us what it means to be a modern-day general counsel for a franchise business focused on customer experience, and what’s ahead for The Hut, including autonomous delivery, driverless cars, and more.
Empowering Exceptional with Purav Jesrani, Magic Leap
What does it take to develop a product with the potential to change the world? Just ask Magic Leap Inc., an innovative, fast-rising start-up whose augmented reality headset seamlessly blends the digital and physical worlds. In this episode, host Sean Becker and V&E IP partner Devika Kornbacher are joined by Purav Jesrani, a V&E alum and Senior Licensing Counsel of Magic Leap. Listen as Purav demonstrates how Magic Leap lets people – including Sean and Devika – interact with the world in ways never before possible.
Empowering Exceptional with Mark McClain, SailPoint
Austin’s “Best CEO” and longtime V&E client Mark McClain joins us to talk about the importance of values and culture at his company, SailPoint, and his path from big tech to serial entrepreneur.
Empowering Exceptional with Manoj Saxena, CognitiveScale
For this episode, we're joined by Manoj Saxena, a serial entrepreneur focused on artificial intelligence and augmented intelligence. A longtime client of V&E partner Paul Tobias, Manoj talks with Paul and Empowering Exceptional host Sean Becker about how he got his start in tech and shares his thoughts on what it takes to succeed in the startup space. He also explains the innovative work of his current startup, Cognitive Scale, as well as the mission of his nonprofit, Responsible AI.