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Innovative Legal Leadership is the podcast dedicated to the world’s most innovative General Counsel and their leadership teams. In this show, you’ll hear best practices in running a Fortune 500 inhouse legal department: the challenges, wins, roadblocks and what lies ahead. 

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Innovative Legal Leadership PERSUIT

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Innovative Legal Leadership is the podcast dedicated to the world’s most innovative General Counsel and their leadership teams. In this show, you’ll hear best practices in running a Fortune 500 inhouse legal department: the challenges, wins, roadblocks and what lies ahead. 

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    Ulrike Schwarz-Runer: Boston Consulting Group — Building a Psychologically Safe Legal Department

    Ulrike Schwarz-Runer: Boston Consulting Group — Building a Psychologically Safe Legal Department

    Ulrike Schwarz-Runer, Managing Director and Senior Partner, GC and CLO at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), has long been a champion for DEI and psychological safety in the workplace.
    While she’s overseeing BCG’s global legal operations, she’s also leveraging her position to empower her people to feel safe and heard while participating in international forums on inclusivity.
    Ulrike shares how BCG is driving DEI initiatives through innovation, effective communication, and expertise deployment.
    Join us as we discuss:
    [5:11] Why diverse teams are more effective and innovative
    [14:32] The importance of psychological safety in the workplace
    [21:39] Keeping the human connection in digital transformation
    Check out these resources we mentioned during the podcast:
    The Positive Domino Effect of Psychological Safety (BCG)
    Flexible Teams Are Key for In-house Lawyers to Share Expertise (Financial Times)
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    • 30 min
    André Wright: NiSource — How to Get Buy-In on DEI Initiatives in Legal

    André Wright: NiSource — How to Get Buy-In on DEI Initiatives in Legal

    It takes everyone, from corporate leadership to interns, to drive successful DEI initiatives through an in-house legal department.So, when Forbes recognized NiSource as one of the top employers for diversity in the energy field in 2023, André Wright and his team knew their efforts had paid off.
    The VP & Deputy GC for NiSource joined us to talk about how they implemented their DEI strategy and share some of the surprising challenges and outcomes of bringing everyone along.
    Join us as we discuss:
    [4:05] Carrying out DEI initiatives at the strategic level
    [11:59] The need to find like-minded suppliers and partners
    [16:48] Why it’s important to consider opposing viewpoints
    Check out these resources we mentioned during the podcast:
    Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)
    NAMWOLF
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    • 20 min
    Kailee Goold: Cardinal Health — Contribution Over Perfection in Building a Better Legal Department Culture

    Kailee Goold: Cardinal Health — Contribution Over Perfection in Building a Better Legal Department Culture

    Creating a positive culture is hard — especially in the legal space.
    Old institutions and ways of doing things are difficult to unseat, and modern corporate legal departments need to lean heavily into building culture that works for both the company and its people equally.
    Kailee Goold, VP of Litigation and Legal Operations at Cardinal Health, sits down with PERSUIT’s own Michelle Landy to discuss how to disrupt outdated patterns of thinking and behavior when it comes to culture and belonging inside of your organization.
    When everyone has a seat at the table and is comfortable sitting in it, legal departments win.
    Join us as we discuss:

    [3:30] Acting as an “actor in a playground of critics” 
    [6:15] Tailoring DEIB to your department’s culture
    [11:00] How disrupting existing patterns can impact legal department health
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    • 22 min
    Brent Dyer: Trend Micro — Run Your In-House Legal Department Like a Business

    Brent Dyer: Trend Micro — Run Your In-House Legal Department Like a Business

    As the Director of Legal Operations, Employment Law, and Litigation at Trend Micro, Brent Dyer is leading the transformation of legal operations within the multinational cybersecurity giant. 

    His journey from aspiring opera singer to legal innovator is not just a fascinating career transition but a testament to the dynamism and versatility required in the legal ops landscape.

    Brent joins us to unpack the world of legal ops, sharing insights on enhancing operational efficiencies, strategic litigation management, and spearheading initiatives that challenge the conventional law firm model.

    Join us as we discuss:
    [6:57] The duality of legal ops and traditional legal work
    [15:44] Optimizing litigation management and billing issues
    [26:02] Why law firms need to care more about the client experience
    [35:15] Underappreciated value of non-lawyers in legal ops

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    • 40 min
    Veronica Gromada: Shook, Hardy, & Bacon L.L.P. — Run for the Fire Hose Instead of the Fire Exit

    Veronica Gromada: Shook, Hardy, & Bacon L.L.P. — Run for the Fire Hose Instead of the Fire Exit

    Most of our guests started their legal journeys in private law firms before pivoting to corporate in-house legal departments. In this insightful episode, the shoe is on the other foot.
    Veronica Gromada spent nearly 20 years with Walmart’s in-house legal department, leading teams of attorneys, paralegals, and various professionals and managing the retailer’s extensive tort litigation portfolio.
    Now, as a partner at the prestigious law firm Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., Veronica is not only overseeing their products liability group. She is also the co-chair for multiple ESG initiatives.
    Hear how Veronica is using her Fortune One experience to give her colleagues new perspectives on business relationships and how she’s championing diversity in AMLAW firms.
    Join us as we discuss:
    [3:03] Pivoting from a massive in-house department to private practice
    [13:51] Why law firms need to adopt a business mindset
    [23:56] The challenges of being a black female partner
    [34:34] How AI will free legal professionals to better serve clients
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    • 40 min
    Ben Adams: Western Union — Why CLOs Must Be True Problem Solvers

    Ben Adams: Western Union — Why CLOs Must Be True Problem Solvers

    The roles of chief legal officer or general counsel can mean different things in different corporate hierarchies.
    But if there’s one thing that Ben Adams has learned on his way to becoming CLO and Corporate Secretary at Western Union, it’s that those men and women must be true problem solvers.He’s always reminding his in-house team that a uniform legal background will only get them so far. It’s the willingness to adapt and learn the ins and outs of their business that will take them places. Ben gives us an exclusive peek into how his team manages the legal challenges that can arise in financial services and how they’re cautiously approaching AI to help with international transactions.
    Join us as we discuss:

    [7:53] Core values and the Western Union Foundation
    [19:46] If in-house legal job titles really tell the whole story
    [28:53] How technology ties into transparency in legal departments
    Check out these resources we mentioned during the podcast:

    Western Union Foundation
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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