Doing Business Globally 2018: A Moral Compass for your Global Business

We are living in a time of unprecedented change. From disruptive technologies to geopolitical turmoil, multinationals have a broad range of complex issues to consider in managing their global footprint, while still seeing, and capitalizing on, the unprecedented growth opportunities that come alongside change. In this complex and dynamic era, we are seeing the domain of corporate legal departments extend to include protecting one of a company’s most fragile assets – its reputation. As business executives and their boards deepen their expectations of legal departments to include this “moral compass,” chief legal officers, general counsel and their teams are juggling much more than they were only a few years ago.

At Doing Business Globally, you will hear from experienced business leaders, in-house counsel and Baker McKenzie attorneys, discussing the most prominent legal and operational challenges for businesses with global footprints, and how they are also embracing uncertainty to deliver growth.

Registration is now open for our first Doing Business Globally session in Seattle (October 10, 2018), as well as our Dallas session (October 18, 2018).

In Dallas, you’ll hear from keynote speaker, Terry Jones, founder and former CEO, Travelocity and former Chairman,, about how technological innovation is disrupting conventional business models, and how you can embrace and foster innovation in your organization.  For more about Terry, view his recent TEDx Talk.

Gloria Santona, former EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of McDonald’s Corporation of nearly 40 years, and now Of Counsel, Baker McKenzie, will moderate both Seattle and Dallas plenary sessions on this year’s Doing Business Globally theme, Guarding the Corporate Reputation and Creating Security in a New World Order, which explores General Counsel’s evolving and more expansive role in helping their boards and executives deliver greater security for their companies during uncertain times. How are GC and their legal departments approaching this emerging role of Guardian of Corporate Reputation, to protect their businesses’ reputation in an era of constant innovation and heightened risk, while embracing the opportunities that come with change?

Our thought-provoking discussions will revolve around the following key themes:

  • Regulation and risk management in a complex world;
  • Impact of innovation and new technologies on business models;
  • Workforce challenges and the diversity and inclusion imperative; and
  • Evolving strategies for global expansion and investment

Breakout sessions in both Seattle and Dallas will look at a variety of cross-border legal and business topics including: global expansion strategies, privacy, protecting privilege, trends in diversity and inclusion, trade compliance and recent regulatory/geopolitical developments. Attendees can customize their day and move between the sessions to take full advantage of the topical presentations.

View the program brochures and register for the event on our website.

Reasons to Attend

 Learn practical tips and strategies from senior executives at the forefront of geopolitical and macroeconomic developments that apply to your business.

  • Tailor your own itinerary for this complimentary conference
  • Build relationships and network with global executives and industry colleagues
  • Earn CLE credits
  • Access exclusive analysis and thought-provoking publications

For more insights on how globalization is changing and impacting your business, read our Globalization 3.0 report.

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