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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Technological and Economic Leap for New York City: The (New) Quantum Coast

By Randy Segal

Through its land grant on Roosevelt Island for a technology campus and selection of a partnership between New York’s Cornell University and Israel’s Technion University, New York City is changing the focus of technology incubation and fueling an economic revival. This mirrors the type of innovative initiative which our Global Women’s Executive Summit panels, including NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, discussed as necessary to restart the economy.

“Today will be remembered as a defining moment. In a word, this project is going to be transformative,” said Mayor Bloomberg of the selection.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

When a Trailblazer Leaves Work

by Dori Ann Hanswirth

We heard from so many impressive women at the Hogan Lovells Women’s Executive Summit in October, many of them mothers and even grandmothers, who kept their careers going while raising children.  One thing we did not talk about, however, is what may inspire a woman to decide to leave her career. Michele Flournoy, the chief policy adviser to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and one of the highest-ranking women in the Pentagon, recently announced that she is leaving her job in February to “rebalance” her life.  Flournoy, 51, married, and the mother of three children ages 14, 12, and 9, has decided to spend more time with her family.  Two years ago, Flournoy said during an interview that she valued being a mentor to other women:  “The thing I feel the most is wanting to do well by the younger women who are counting on me to kind of open doors and blaze a trail for them.”  Now that Flournoy is stepping down, should those younger women still look to her as a role model?  In my view, the answer is a resounding yes.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Satellites, Torpedoes, and Hollywood

by Randy Segal

Madeleine Albright inspired each of us who heard her speak at the Women’s Executive Summit. On a personal level, her talk has made me think about the mixture of the extraordinary and ordinary which defines us and our legacies.

When leafing through the weekend section of the Washington Post, I came across an announcement of the National Women’s History Museum’s Gala Celebration, to celebrate women’s heritage, through the Christine de Pizan Honors, named after the first woman to write about women’s history in 1405.

What caught my eye, as a satellite and telecommunications lawyer, was one of the posthumous honorees who invented a new system for spectrum frequency hopping and spread spectrum, then-intended for a “Secret Communication System” which could have been used by the US in the war effort. It is said that her ideas were not implemented as, at the time, she was not taken seriously. Later, however, this invention has been cited as the principal anti-jamming device used today, for example, in the U.S. government's Milstar defense communication satellite system, as well as the part of the foundation of much of our wireless communications industry.

Below are two pages of drawings from U.S. Patent # 2,292,387.

Its inventor, and one of the de Pizan Honorees: Hedy Lamarr. (Markey is the name of Hedy Lamarr’s second of six husbands.)

There are a lot of directions I could potentially go with this, but I’ll just say: each of us has greatness within. And I have not found nearly as lovely a pin in any Hedy Lamarr photo as I have in Secretary Albright’s.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Leadership for Growth in Challenging Times

Discussion moderator Emily Yinger just spoke with panelists about the lessons they’ve learned through mergers, management changes, and reorganizations. Sprint Nextel Vice President of Litigation Susan Haller, Time Warner Executive Vice President of Global Public Policy Carol Melton and U.S. Fund for UNICEF President and CEO Caryl Stern offered some advice from their experiences.

Our Top 8:

  1. As a leader you need to share your confidence and imbue the troops with the belief that change is a good thing
  2. Be flexible and ready to pivot on a dime
  3. Be cognizant of how you create a sense of confidence in all the people you’re trying to please (shareholders, employees, customers, public, etc.)
  4. Figure out what your company stands for and who you are. Then engage your employees and help them understand how they fit into the process so they are empowered to have a place in shaping the company
  5. Create a genuine team identity; you can't just declare a team
  6. Get your employees excited about the company to get everyone else excited; solicit input from all levels of staff
  7. Communicate, communicate, communicate; when you think you’ve communicated too much, you still haven’t communicated enough
  8. Pay attention to the world around you--for both problems and opportunities

Six Questions about Women in Business

The discussions got off to a dynamic start with a discussion of past and present barriers to women on the world stage.

Hogan Lovells partner Leah Dunlop moderated a panel of executives including Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman of Carlson; Marina Salamon, Chairman of Atlanta S.p.A.; and Cynthia Zollinger, President and CEO of Cornerstone research.

These panels don't present definitive answers; they raise important questions.

With that in mind, here are six questions about women and global business raised during the panel discussion. Leave responses in the Comments section and Tweet @HoganLovells--we welcome the dialogue.

  1. A large part of doing business today involves emerging markets--including ones that do not have strong track records of preserving the rights of women. Does that reality change how female executives at firms doing business in those markets go about their jobs
  2. Right now, there are more women than men completing college and acquiring a formal education. Will that have any noticeable impact on the business world going forward?
  3. Boards of Directors are notoriously male-heavy. How does that impact organizations that have females at the very top of the C-Suite?
  4. Most can agree that popular culture--advertising in particular--fails to properly represent gender roles. Does this affect business in any direct way?
  5. Does being a confident woman change how one finds success in business?
  6. There has been what amounts to a recession among consumers from 2008 through today. Has that altered the role of women in business?

Claudette Christian Opens Day 2 of Global Women's Executive Summit

Claudette Christian kicked off the second day of the inaugural Hogan Lovells Women's Executive Summit reminding attendees of the impetus behind the event: to harness the collective power of women.

To further set the stage for the day's discussions, Hogan Lovells' Co-CEO Warren Gorrell welcomed attendees and reminded them that the event was conceived to focus on five things: global business challenges and opportunities, political shifts that impact everything we do, an increased global regulatory environment, protecting reputations--both personal and professional--and the type of mark powerful women can make in this world.

The seats were filled, and now it's off to the panels...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Conversation with Albright Begins Summit

Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State and, at the time, the highest ranking female in the history of U.S. government, opened the Hogan Lovells Women's Executive Summit on Monday night, bringing attendees on an extraordinary international trip through her groundbreaking career and providing advice and perspective on issues facing every business and executive today.

Institutional discrimination of decades ago, she said, either made achieving a career difficult or kept her out of certain professions -- she had originally wanted to be a journalist -- altogether. "I think every woman's middle name is guilt," said Albright. "If you're going to school, you feel like you should be working. But if you're working, you feel like you should be with your family."

(Read more quotes from Sec. Albright here.)

The summit is not only about women's issues -- it also addresses contemporary business and political trends as well. Albright's commentary, which ranged from institutional discrimination to foreign affairs and gender and business, reflected that.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Co-Chair of Hogan Lovells' Global Board & Women's Executive Summit Chair Claudette Christian Offers "Ten Tips for Women in Business"

In this Q&A profile published by Forbes, Hogan Lovells Global Board Co-Chair and Chief Diversity Officer Claudette Christian shares her insights into how women can achieve success in our global economy. Claudette discusses what inspired her to become involved in international project finance law, the biggest challenges and opportunities for women in business, and 10 tips for women in business.

Read the complete article here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Controlling Your Reputation in a
World that Holds No Secrets

by Chris Wolf

With Marcy Wilder, I co-chair the Hogan Lovells Privacy and Information Management practice, where Privacy Professor Dan Solove is a Senior Privacy Advisor.  Dan recently wrote a book recently entitled The Future of Reputation in which he observes:

An entire generation is growing up in a very different world, one where people will accumulate detailed records beginning with childhood that will stay with them for life wherever they go. . . . The Internet is bringing back the scarlet letter in digital form—an indelible record of people’s past misdeeds.

My friend (and fellow member of an Internet hate task force), Danielle Citron, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, made this more dire observation in a recent talk at Yale University:

[O]nline crowds can destroy the privacy and reputations of individuals, particularly women. Social networking sites and blogs have recently become breeding grounds for anonymous groups that attack women with lies, threats of sexual violence, and damaging photographs. In response, some women have gone offline or assumed gender-neutral pseudonyms. Because search engines reproduce the attacks, the online reputations of targeted women are repeatedly battered. (emphasis supplied)

So, what is an individual to do?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hogan Lovells’ Global Client Forum presents:
the Women’s Executive Summit

October 24-25, 2011 | New York

The Hogan Lovells’ Women’s Global Executive Summit will bring together a diverse, global audience of women executives to explore topics of relevance and value presented by leading business executives, educators, and diplomats.

Madeleine K. Albright
Former U.S. Secretary of State
Joining an on stage conversation

Claudette M. Christian
Summit Chair
Partner and Co-Chair of the Board, Hogan Lovells

Monday, October 3, 2011

2011 Press Release

Hogan Lovells Brings Together Global Business and Political Leaders at Inaugural Women’s Executive Summit

Secretary Madeleine Albright Joins on Stage Conversation at Robust Event; Panelists Launch Women’s Executive Blog to Continue the Dialogue

WASHINGTON, D.C., 25 October 2011 – Hogan Lovells’ Global Client Forum today held its inaugural Women’s Executive Summit, connecting senior women executives from diverse industry sectors and geographic regions to explore topics that are critical for success in today’s global economy.

"Our vision for the Women’s Executive Summit is to provide a meaningful starting point for a vibrant, ongoing discussion about the interplay and influence of business and politics on the global economy," said Claudette Christian, Co-Chair of the Global Board of Hogan Lovells. "We gathered to gain new perspectives on the issues facing businesses across the globe, and I look forward to continued debate about these complex and fast-changing issues through our conversations, future Summits, and our new blog."

Hogan Lovells brought together top women leaders in the fields of business, politics, and philanthropy for the two-day event which began with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright joining a dynamic on stage conversation.

Speakers for the panel presentations included: Bloomberg Television journalist Margaret Brennan; MSNBC journalist Mika Brzezinski; Tammy Haddad, President and Founder, Haddad Media; Susan Z. Haller, Vice President, Legal, Sprint Nextel Corporation; Christina Lamb, U.S. Editor, The Sunday Times; Carol A. Melton, Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy, Time Warner Inc.; Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman, Carlson; Ekaterina V. Petelina, Member of VTB Bank Management Board, VTB Group; Vicky Pryce, Senior Managing Director, Economics, FTI Consulting Inc.; New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn; Marina Salamon, Chairman, Altana S.p.A.; Julia Solovieva, President, Prof-Media; Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF; and Cynthia L. Zollinger, President and CEO, Cornerstone Research.

Panel discussion topics included:
  • - Women on the World Stage: This panel centered on the perceptions and realties surrounding the role of women in high-level executive and leadership positions around the globe. Drawing from their varied backgrounds and leadership roles, the group addressed potential barriers to success, gender politics, and the public’s role in influencing the standards for success. Looking to the next generation of women leaders, the panel also discussed the role of mentors and the long-term view of making a meaningful impact, and they offered their advice and observations concerning navigating a rewarding career path.
  • - The Impact of Economic and Political Shifts: With globalization comes interlacing (and sometimes conflicting) corporate, regional, national, and political interests that seem to grow exponentially complex with each days’ news headlines. Panelists discussed which ones deserve immediate attention from Western governments and the associated challenges of making those difficult decisions in the near term. Looking across the Atlantic, the panelists also offered their perspectives on risks associated with the Eurozone and its potential impact around the world.  On a world-wide scale, the concept of what it means to be a global corporation and the definition of success was examined, along with a discussion of how differing regulatory environments create both business and ethical challenges.
  • - Controlling Your Reputation in a World That Holds No Secrets: Global enterprises conduct business before a tuned-in, hyper-connected global population empowered with tools that turbo charge the rumor mill. As it was with rumors around the wellhead in the days of the village economy, gossip is powerful. It can make or break reputations; it can cause the value of corporations to evaporate; it can thwart ambition; it can create a mega-market hit over night; and it can be harnessed to effect impactful change. It is a force to be reckoned with by corporations and individuals alike. This panel explored building and protecting reputations in this age of citizen journalists and always-on media. 
  • - Leadership for Growth in Challenging Times: Leading a growing company and keeping it on a strategic path means leaders must prepare for change, including the unpredictable. This panel explored the role of leaders in an environment where many employees fear for their jobs and investors are wary of risk. Panelists shared their views on how leaders can help their organizations overcome challenges and meet their strategic goals in tumultuous economic times.

Additionally, former Acting Solicitor General of the United States and current Hogan Lovells partner and Appellate Practice co-head Neal Katyal spoke to the group about the U.S. Supreme Court’s impact on business and the economy.

For more information about the event and an ongoing discussion of related issues, please visit the Hogan Lovells’ Women’s Executive Summit blog at http://www.hoganlovellswes.com/.

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2011 Discussion Topics

The summit will include panel discussions on the following topics:

  • Women on the World Stage
  • The Impact of Economic and Political Shifts
  • Controlling Your Reputation in a World that Holds No Secrets
  • Leadership for Growth in Challenging Times
  • Leaving Your Mark: What’s Your Legacy?

About the 2011 Global Women's Executive Summit

Hogan Lovells’ Global Client Forum presents:
the Women’s Executive Summit
October 24-25, 2011 | New York

The Hogan Lovells’ Women’s Global Executive Summit will bring together a diverse, global audience of women executives to explore topics of relevance and value presented by leading business executives, educators, and diplomats.

Madeleine K. Albright
Former U.S. Secretary of State
Joining an on stage conversation

Claudette M. Christian
Summit Chair
Partner and Co-Chair of the Board, Hogan Lovells

2011 Speakers

LEADING SPEAKERS INCLUDE: