2020 IHC Summit

IHC Summit

2020 In-House Counsel Summit

August 12-13, 2020

The NAPABA In-House Counsel Summit is a career and skills development program designed to help senior and experienced attorneys make the jump into the C-Suite, with a focus on diversifying the legal leadership of Fortune 500 companies. Drawing on the collective experience of senior leaders in the Asian Pacific American community, participants will learn how to get where they want to be from people who are already there.

The program is designed for in-house counsel who are seeking to become general counsel or will be seeking that role in the near future (in the next five years). Participants will receive tailored guidance and training based on where they are in their career.

Participants will be exposed to experienced and established faculty, including current and former General Counsels, C-Suite Executives, and senior professionals from search firms. Through a series of panels and individual support, participants will learn how to navigate the search process, address corporate leadership challenges, and position themselves for success as a legal leader.

Questions? Contact Pang Moua.

Participant Qualifications

Participation in the Virtual IHC Summit is invitation only and is limited to in-house attorneys who are "ready-soon" or "ready-now" to become Fortune 500 or 1000 General Counsels. Participants must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • a direct report to the General Counsel of a Fortune 500 company;
  • a divisional General Counsel of a Fortune 500 company; 
  • an IHC who manages at least five (5) direct or indirect (IHC) reports; or
  • a General Counsel of a public company other than a Fortune 1000 company.

If you would like to be added to the invitation list, please email Pang Moua.

Costs and Fees

There are no costs or fees to participate in the Virtual IHC Summit. 


David Chun

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Equilar

David Chun David has led Equilar since its inception to become one of the most trusted names in the corporate governance community. David has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Players in Corporate Governance” by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Disruptor Award by 2020 Women on Boards and Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business. David speaks publicly on corporate governance and board diversity matters, including events hosted by The Conference Board, Deloitte, EY, HR Policy Association, KPMG, NACD, NASDAQ, NYSE, The Society for Corporate Governance and Stanford’s Directors’ College.

David is a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development (CED) and serves on the boards of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) and the Asian Pacific Fund Community Foundation of San Francisco. He is on Catalyst’s Women on Board Advisory Council, the Silicon Valley Advisory Council of the Commonwealth Club of California, the Women on Boards Advisory Council of the California Partners Project and the Advisory Council of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. David is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Past Chair of the SF Bay Chapter, a founding member of the Council of Korean Americans (CKA) and a former advisory board member of the Wharton Center for Entrepreneurship.

Prior to founding Equilar, David was a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, a global investment bank that has since merged with Credit Suisse. Prior to DLJ, David was a management consultant with Bain & Company and also Kenan Systems, a telecom software developer acquired by Lucent Technologies.

David earned his M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Science with Honors in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Jen Gerney

Principal - Legal, Compliance and Regulatory, Spencer Stuart

Jen GerneyJennifer Gerney is an attorney and a member of Spencer Stuart's Legal, Compliance & Regulatory Practice. She leads general counsel and other senior legal executive searches for clients from multiple industries, including financial services, technology, industrial, life sciences and healthcare and consumer goods and retail.

Jennifer is deeply experienced in general counsel, chief compliance officer, deputy/divisional general counsel, corporate secretary and chief securities counsel assignments. Her legal and compliance search work spans a wide range of industries and includes assignments ranging from global Fortune 50 to mid/small cap to growth stage and private equity-backed companies.

Jennifer has a strong concentration in the promotion of diversity in the legal profession and leads diversity initiatives and outreach for the Legal, Compliance and Regulatory Practice. She has represented Spencer Stuart on various panels focused on the advancement of diverse talent and is part of several legal associations and networks focused on diversity and inclusion.

Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Jennifer practiced as a commercial real estate attorney with the highly regarded California law firm Allen Matkins. She is licensed to practice law in California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Jennifer earned her law degree from the University of Southern California Law School and her B.A. in psychology from Temple University, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa as a part of the school’s honors program.

Arlene Hong

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Bed Bath & Beyond

Arlene HongArlene Hong joined Bed Bath & Beyond in May 2020 as Executive Vice-President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary of Bed Bath & Beyond. Prior to Bed Bath, she spent two years as Senior Vice-President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for FULLBEAUTY Brands and four years at Amazon, first as General Counsel of its largest retail e-commerce subsidiary Quidsi and then supporting Amazon’s core N.A. Softlines business. Arlene also previously served as Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of e-commerce retailer Ideeli, Inc. for three years and as Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of multi-channel retailer J. Crew for 10 years. Prior to going in-house, she spent several years at the law firms of Proskauer Rose and Windels Marx. Arlene holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Cornell University School of Law.

Lily Yan Hughes

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Arrow Electronics

Lily Yan HughesMs. Hughes, a direct report to the CEO, is responsible for Arrow’s 100+ global legal, compliance and trade compliance organization and is a member of the Executive Committee. A Fortune 500 company (F110) with 18,000+ employees worldwide, Arrow guides innovation forward for over 200,000 leading technology manufacturers and service providers. With 2019 sales of nearly $29 billion, Arrow develops technology solutions that improve business and daily life. Previously, Ms. Hughes reported to the CEO and was a member of the Executive Team of Public Storage (NYSE:PSA) – a component of the S&P 500 and FT Global 500. She provided leadership and oversight for all legal and internal audit matters, including board, corporate securities, governance, capital markets, litigation, employment, real estate, compliance, operations, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, business continuity, enterprise risk management, government affairs, investor relations, and external communications. The 30+ legal and internal audit teams reported to her.

Ms. Hughes has also been recognized by numerous publications and organizations, including to be honored in April 2020 as a Top 50 General Counsel by the National Diversity Council; was named in 2018 as General Counsel of the Year by the National Women in the Law Awards; in 2017 as Public Company General Counsel of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal; named in 2016 as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in the nation by the National Diversity Counsel; recipient of a 2016 Most Influential Women Award and a 2014 Multicultural Leadership Award from the California Diversity Council; and recipient of the 2013 Orange County Rising Star General Counsel Award from the Orange County Business Journal. Ms. Hughes is an immigrant from Kowloon City, Hong Kong,moving to the US when she was 11.

Hannah Kim

Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Energizer Holdings

Hannah KimHannah Kim is Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Energizer Holdings. She oversees all worldwide legal affairs across functions, including government affairs and corporate compliance and ethics. Prior to her current role, Hannah served as Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

Prior to joining Energizer, Hannah was Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Bank of America from 2016 to 2018. She also served as Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Deputy Chief Compliance Officer and Assistant Corporate Secretary for Lowe’s Companies, Inc. from 2008 to 2016. She began her career as an attorney at Alston & Bird LLP and Parker Poe Adams and Bernstein LLP. Hannah holds a law degree and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

John Kuo

Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, Charles River Laboratories

John KuoJohn W. Kuo is the EVP, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Charles River Laboratories. He joined CRL in June 2020 and oversees the Legal, Compliance, Quality Assurance, Animal Welfare, and Security organizations.

Prior to Charles River, John was SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Varian Medical Systems for 15 years, where he served under 3 CEOs and started the government affairs, trade compliance and corporate social responsibility functions. He has also held senior legal positions at Broadvision, 3Com Corporation and Acer America and was with Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper) and Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright) law firms.

In his career, he has spanned 3 different industries: energy/oil & gas, high tech and life sciences. ohn also counts his 2 expat assignments (Scotland and Singapore) as being seminal in his professional development. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

Selena LaCroix

Vice Chair, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry

Selena LaCroixSelena Loh LaCroix is a Vice-Chair within Korn Ferry’s Global Technology practice and is based in Dallas.

LaCroix joined Korn Ferry from a prominent management consulting and executive search firm where she was the Global Leader of the Technology & Communications practice. There, she worked on CEO, board advisory and executive-talent management in the technology sector, with expertise in the semiconductor, IoT and cybersecurity segments. She has also incubated and developed the cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, blockchain and IoT segments.

LaCroix also previously led the Global Legal, Regulatory & Compliance practice and continues to spend time recruiting General Counsels and other strategic legal roles today.

Prior to this, LaCroix was Vice President of General Counsel, Asia Pacific, at Honeywell International and she served as senior counsel to Texas Instruments Incorporated. Her experience spans cross-border joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property licensing and monetization, global corporate governance and compliance, and litigation management.

LaCroix currently sits on the Board of Directors of Renesas Electronics Corporation (RNECF) and the Board of the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Most recently, she was a Board Member of Integrated Device Technology (Nasdaq: IDTI) until its acquisition by Renesas in 2019. LaCroix also served on the Dallas Symphony Board from 2006-2017.

LaCroix holds an LLB Hons, Law from the National University of Singapore and completed a graduate program in American Law at the University of California at Berkeley & Davis.

Sandy Leung

Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Sandy LeungSandy Leung is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. She leads the worldwide Law Department and is responsible for a wide range of legal areas including intellectual property, commercial and regulatory law, litigation, corporate governance, securities and transactions including licensing, acquisitions and divestitures. She also has responsibility for Compliance & Ethics, Environment, Health & Safety, Corporate Security and Corporate Philanthropy.

Sandy joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1992 as a staff attorney in the litigation department. She was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility and was elected Corporate Secretary in 1999. In September 2006, she was appointed Interim General Counsel. In February 2007, she was named General Counsel.

Sandy began her legal career as Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York City where she was an original member of the Child Abuse Bureau. She ended her prosecutorial career, after trying more than 40 jury trials to verdict, as a member of the prestigious Homicide Investigations Unit where she conducted investigations of unsolved homicides linked with drug gang activity.

Sandy is on the board of directors of the Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the board of directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Sandy is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston College Law School.

Don Liu

Executive Vice President & Chief Legal and Risk Officer, Target

Don LiuDon Liu is executive vice president and chief legal & risk officer for Target and a member of its executive leadership team. He oversees all legal, risk and compliance, corporate governance and governmental affairs matters for the company. Don also serves as Target’s chief compliance officer and corporate secretary.

Prior to joining Target in 2016, Don was executive vice president, general counsel and secretary for Xerox Corporation. He also held in-house legal leadership roles at Toll Brothers, IKON Office Solutions, and Aetna U.S. Healthcare. He began his career in private practice, specializing in securities and mergers and acquisitions.

Don currently serves on the boards of CaringBridge and Haverford College. He is also a member of the American Law Institute and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He formerly sat on the Comcast Asian American Diversity Advisory Council and the boards of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, where he served as chairman for two years, and MoreBank, an ethnic community bank he helped found.

Don graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion, and received his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law.

Linda Lu

Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Trans Union

Linda LuLinda Lu is the Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Trans Union. She is responsible for leading global litigation, enforcement and strategy. Prior to Trans Union, Linda was the Senior Vice President of the Property & Casualty Personal Lines Legal Team at Nationwide Insurance. As functional general counsel, Linda led a team of 100 professionals in providing legal, regulatory and transactional counsel to the $10B insurance business. She was on the President’s Cabinet. Previously, Linda was the Senior Vice President and Chief Litigation Officer for the Nationwide enterprise. Prior to joining Nationwide, Linda was with Allstate, where she managed class actions and provided legal counsel to Allstate’s P&C Product and Claims organizations. Linda was with a few Chicago law firms earlier in her career.

Linda is currently a Board Member of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and the Association of Corporate Counsel Foundation. Linda is past Vice President of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, past President of the Asian American Bar Association of Chicago, and an Alumni Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. She is also past Vice President of The University of Chicago Board of Governors. Linda is the recipient of NAPABA's Best Lawyers Under 40 Award, and recognized as a R3-100 by Inside Counsel Magazine. Linda was recognized by the National Diversity Council as one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women of Ohio, received the Transformative Leadership Award from Inside Counsel, awarded the Diversity Leadership Award by NAPABA, and received the Ohio Asian Award.

Linda graduated from the Georgetown Law Center and The University of Chicago, where she was the captain and MVP of the tennis team.

Bill Min

Executive Vice President & General Counsel for Risk & Business Analytics, RELX

Bill MinBill is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Risk & Business Analytics division of RELX, which includes LexisNexis Risk Solutions and Reed Business Information. In this role, he is responsible for all legal, compliance and regulatory matters across the global Risk & Business Analytics organization. RELX PLC (LSE: REL/AMS: REN/NYSE: RELX) is a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers across industries.

Prior to joining RELX, Bill served as Deputy General Counsel and Chief Privacy & Data Governance Officer at Western Union. He also held in-house legal positions at Live Nation Entertainment, Inc., Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Sara Lee Corporation and Sunkyong America, Inc. Prior to working as in-house counsel, Bill was a mergers and acquisitions attorney at two New York City law firms.

Among his accomplishments, Bill is acknowledged as an expert in the area of data privacy, and built and led the global privacy function at Western Union, Live Nation and Starwood.

Bill holds a BA in the Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania, a MA in Liberal Studies from State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a JD from Fordham University School of Law.

Debbie Tang

Partner, Bridge Partners

Debbie TangDebbie Tang is a Partner at Bridge Partners, a minority-owned executive search firm with unique expertise in attracting and retaining senior, diverse executives.

Debbie leads global executive searches in both the private and public sector, from Fortune 100 companies to universities and government agencies. She recruits diverse senior executives across all functions, including CEO, CFO, CHRO, General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer and regulatory leaders, in a wide variety of industries. Debbie is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and often partners with US clients on overseas hiring needs.

Before joining Bridge Partners, Debbie spent over six years as a Managing Director in Major, Lindsey & Africa's in-house practice group. Prior to her career in executive search, she gained corporate experience as in-house counsel for Marriott International and also served as General Counsel of an international restaurant chain. She began her career as an attorney at Troutman Sanders and Reed Smith.

Debbie is actively involved in the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia. She received a BA degree from McGill University and a JD from Washington & Lee School of Law, where she served on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice.

Alan Tse

Chief Legal Officer, Jones, Lang, LaSalle

Alan TseBio to come.


Wednesday, August 12

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM EDT | Welcome Remarks

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM EDT | Understanding Change: Tools to Act in the Face of Uncertainty

We are in perhaps the most enduring crisis management period of our lifetimes in the wake of COVID-19. A panel of Fortune 500 general counsel will candidly discuss the skills needed to manage and lead during these turbulent times. Specifically, this panel will seek to answer the following questions: Can we move forward with the same management and leadership skills we relied on six months ago? Have the necessary skills evolved and changed since the start of the pandemic?

Moderator: Linda Lu, Trans Union


Lily Yan Hughes, Arrow Electronics

Sandra Leung, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Alan Tse, Jones, Lang, LaSalle

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM EDT | Collaboration and Community Through Dialogue Session 1

Participants will break into smaller groups for open discussion with a general counsel to debrief the previous panel discussion. This session offers an opportunity for dialogue and learning among professionals who may be dealing and grappling with similar issues and challenges in the workplace.


Lily Yan Hughes, Arrow Electornics

Sandra Leung, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Don Liu, Target

Linda Lu, Trans Union

Alan Tse, Jones, Lang, LaSalle

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM EDT | Break

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM EDT | A (Virtual) Fireside Chat with David Chun, CEO of Equilar

David Chun, CEO and founder of Equilar, has become one of the most respected and trusted names in the corporate governance industry. He is a leader in board intelligence, shareholder engagement and governance solutions and is an avid advocate for increasing and promoting board diversity. Don Liu of Target will have a frank conversation with David regarding David’s personal journey, his keys to success, and the importance of diversity and networking in the field.


David Chun, Equilar

Don Liu, Target

Thursday, August 13

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT | How to Get the Job: Secrets from Recruitment Insiders

Top executive search firms will discuss what they look for in a prospective general counsel. They will share how the pandemic has changed (or not) the recruiting process (e.g., Zoom interviews), what companies are looking for, and share insights on what APAs can do to improve their candidate profiles.

Moderator: John Kuo, Charles River Laboratories


Jen Gerney, Spencer Stuart

Selena LaCroix, Korn Ferry

Debbie Tang, Bridge Partners

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT | Collaboration and Community Through Dialogue Session 2

You’ve made it! You’ve gotten your dream general counsel job. Yet, given the current climate, you may not have been to corporate headquarters or have met other members of the executive team in person. How do you navigate a new position from afar? A panel of new-in-position general counsel will lead a discussion from how they managed the job search process to integrating with their new company and colleagues during the pandemic and share their key tips for success.


Arlene Hong, Bed Bath & Beyond

Hannah Kim, Energizer Holdings

John Kuo, Charles River Laboratories

Bill Min, RELX


Registration is now closed.

Participation in the Virtual IHC Summit is invitation only.

After invitation, enrollment is first come, first served. Space is limited. 

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