Chambers Diversity Seminar: Washington D.C.

We are delighted to announce details of our upcoming Chambers Diversity Seminar: Washington D.C., in association with Baker Botts LLP.

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018


Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square
806 15th St NW
20005 Washington, D.C.


08:30 am – 09:30 am – Breakfast and Registration
09:30 am – 10:00 am – Welcome & Opening Remarks
10:00 am – 10:45 am – Fireside Chat: #MeToo’s Lasting Impact on Corporate Governance and Boards
10:45 am – 11:45 am – A 360° View of #MeToo: Managing Risk and Potential Crises Related to Workplace Misconduct

This seminar will revolve around the #MeToo movement. We will begin the session with a fireside chat on what is happening across the country within the #MeToo movement, weaving in the response of corporate boards. This will be followed by panel discussions which will focus on how the movement impacts in-house counsel and business.

This event is free to attend. CLE accreditation pending.


Sheila Hooda
CEO Alpha Advisory Partners
Independent Director: Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, Virtus Investment Partners

Sheila Hooda is an independent board director and business leader with a breadth of global operating, financial and technology expertise. She is the CEO & President of Alpha Advisory Partners providing strategic advisory services to C-Suites of firms facing digital, market or regulatory disruption. Ms. Hooda is a former C-level executive with over 30 years of leadership expertise noted for successfully leading customer-centric transformations, driving growth & strategic development at Fortune 500 firms. She is a published thought leader and speaker on Governance, Business Strategy & Leadership. Directors & Boards Magazine honored her as a Director to Watch 2016; NACD Directorship and C-Suite magazines have profiled her in their Board Spotlight. 

Ms. Hooda serves on the board of Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, a Fortune 350 full-service, multi-line organization providing insurance, banking and financial products where she sits on the Audit and the Compensation Committees. She previously served on the Risk and the Investment Committees. She also serves on the board of Virtus Investment Partners (NASDAQ: VRTS), a leading investment management firm where she serves on the Audit and the Risk and Finance Committees. From 1998-2014 Ms. Hooda was the Global Head of multiple functional and operating areas at TIAA, Credit Suisse Investment Bank and Thomson Reuters. She has led businesses in the US, Europe, Asia, and started her career in the USA as a strategy management consultant with McKinsey & Co. 
In addition, Ms. Hooda serves on boards and think tanks focused on Global Policy, Education and Women’s Empowerment including The Council on Foreign Relations, Demand Institute, Pratham (education), Medha (vocational development) and formerly Women’s World Banking (micro enterprise), The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, The Harvard Kennedy Center of Public Leadership and The World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council. Ms. Hooda has also initiated and mentored Diversity & Inclusion and Leadership programs.

Ms. Hooda has a MBA with a specialization in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is an alumna of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.  She has been recognized by the National Association of Corporate Directors as a Board Leadership Fellow and has completed the Carnegie Mellon University CERT Certificate in Cyber Security Oversight.

Michele Davis
Head of Corporate Affairs
Morgan Stanley

Michele Davis is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Global Head of Corporate Relations with responsibility for media relations, digital communications, internal communications and philanthropy. She is also a member of the Firm’s Management Committee.

Michele has worked at the nexus of political and financial communications throughout her career, serving in a number of senior communications positions in the U.S. Treasury Department, Fannie Mae, and the White House from 2001 to January 2009. Among her posts in the Bush White House, Michele served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Communications. In her last government position, she served as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Director of Policy Planning in the U.S. Department of Treasury for Former Secretary Hank Paulson, where she was a senior member of the Treasury team addressing the credit crisis in 2008.

Michele is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and the Board of Reach the World, an educational non-profit. She was also selected as a 2014-2015 David Rockefeller Fellow by the Partnership for New York City.

Stephanie Davis
Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
Volkswagen Group of America

Stephanie Davis is the Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for Volkswagen Group of America. She assumed her role in May 2017 and brings more than a decade of experience in compliance program and process design, implementation and oversight in corporate, advisory and academic settings in the United States. In her current role, she directs strategy for and drives a culture of compliance and integrity that ensures adherence to legal and statutory requirements as well as the highest ethical principles.

Prior to joining Volkswagen Group of America, Ms. Davis served as a Director in the National Forensic Practice of the audit, tax, and advisory firm KMPG, based in Washington, D.C. There, she specialized in automotive and energy clients with a focus on financial service fraud, forensic accounting investigations, compliance policies and procedures and regulatory change management.

Ms. Davis is an adjunct professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Adrian Mebane
[Interim General Counsel] and VP, Global Commercial & Supply Chain
The Hershey Company

Adrian is a strategic thought leader that leverages extensive expertise from executive-level roles at Fortune 500 companies, private practice and as a federal prosecutor to deliver sustainable results. Adrian applies global experience and a broad array of legal capabilities to successfully address legal, regulatory, commercial and compliance impacts in an efficient, cost-effective manner that drives value. He currently serves as interim General Counsel with formal accountability to the CEO for leading the global Law, Government Relations and Corporate Security Departments’ day-to-day operations and initiatives.

Adrian is the primary legal advisor to the Board of Directors and ensures the Board and company operate in accordance with all corporate charters, guidelines and other requirements of a U.S. publicly-traded corporation, and that fiduciary obligations are met.

Michael Martinez
Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel
Marriott International, Inc

Michael L. Martinez is Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Dispute Resolution at Marriott International, Inc. and is based at Marriott’s headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, just north of Washington, D.C.  In that role Michael oversees Marriott’s litigation and arbitration matters worldwide (with the exception of tax or labor and employment matters).
Prior to joining Marriott, Michael was a partner for ten years at Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, D.C. where he handled commercial and government related litigation and arbitration.  Prior to that Michael was, among other things, an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington and Philadelphia.  Michael grew up in northern California and obtained his Law degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of California, Davis.

Alex Bourelly
Baker Botts, L.L.P.

Alex J. Bourelly is firmwide Chair of the Securities Regulation & Enforcement Practice. Mr. Bourelly represents individual and corporate clients in a wide range of criminal and civil investigations and trials, including those involving allegations of securities fraud, healthcare fraud, antitrust violations, violations of the Clean Water Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Before joining Baker Botts, Mr. Bourelly worked for more than four years in the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia where he served as senior trial assistant in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section and the Homicide/Major Crimes Section.

Prior to his work in the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Bourelly spent more than three years as senior counsel in the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement, where he was responsible for cases involving insider trading, market manipulation and accounting fraud.

Kathy Bowman-Williams
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Baker Botts L.L.P.


Amy Conway-Hatcher
Baker Botts, L.L.P.

Amy Conway-Hatcher's practice focuses on corporate internal investigations, corporate compliance matters and defending corporate and individual clients in criminal and civil enforcement matters before the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other federal and state enforcement authorities.

Ms. Conway-Hatcher has handled a broad range of matters across industries including cross-border investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), as well as matters implicating false or fraudulent claims, securities, health care, antitrust, U.S. sanctions, export, money laundering, tax, environmental, and workplace health and safety laws.

Ms. Conway-Hatcher advises clients, including boards of directors, audit committees and management, on matters related to compliance and international regulatory issues, due diligence in connection with corporate transactions, and the development, implementation, evaluation and auditing of effective internal compliance and ethics programs. She regularly counsels clients on crisis management planning and assessment of risk related to matters with potentially significant media coverage.

Elaine Walsh
Baker Botts, L.L.P.

Elaine counsels clients regarding energy company mergers, energy asset acquisitions, divestitures and investments, as well as, the development of electric generation and fuel transportation and storage projects. She advises independent power producer, renewable energy, oil and gas companies, utility, coal company and power marketer clients in electricity and fuel trading and marketing activities. She negotiates physical and financial power, fuel, cross-commodity and retail supply contracts.