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Keynote Speaker

Sandra Leung

Exec. Vice President & General Counsel

Bristol-Myers Squibb


Sandy 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 Environment, Health & Safety, Compliance & Ethics 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. She is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston College Law School.


Additional Awards

  • 2009 Recipient of the Justice in Action Award from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • 2013 Recipient of the Excellence in Corporate Practice Award from the Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Named one of America’s 2014 and 2016 Top 50 General Counsel by the National Law Journal




General Counsel Diversity Champion

Craig Silliman

Exec. Vice President & General Counsel -- Public Policy

Verizon


Craig Silliman is executive vice president – public policy and general counsel, responsible for leading Verizon’s public policy, legal, regulatory, government affairs and security groups.


Before assuming his current position in January 2015, Silliman was senior vice president for public policy and government affairs, with responsibility for Verizon’s global public policy, federal and state legislative affairs, federal regulatory affairs, strategic alliances, national security, privacy and corporate citizenship.


Prior to that, Silliman served in a number of other senior management roles at Verizon. He was senior vice president and general counsel for Verizon’s wireline consumer, business and wholesale groups globally, and senior vice president and deputy general counsel, with responsibility for antitrust, intellectual property, national security, privacy and strategic product support.


Prior to joining a Verizon predecessor company in 1997, Silliman was an attorney in the international trade practice at Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott in Washington, D.C.  He has also taught international telecommunications regulation as an adjunct professor at the American University School of Law in Washington, D.C.


Judge Alvin T. Wong Pioneer Award

 


Women's Leadership Award



Emcee



Rising Star Award

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