The 2017 10 Top 30-Somethings truly do represent
the best characteristics of ACC members. They
understand that helping the business is core to their
mission, and that sharing insights with each other
makes every individual in the group stronger.
EFFICIENCY It’s a cliché but it’s true: Lawyers will always be asked to do more with less. Every
Top 30-Something has leveraged technology to speed up the services they provide.
At Exponential Interactive, Thomas Chow engineered a ticketing system that helped
the company move at the speed of Silicon Valley. Gladys Chun, the legal leader of
Lazada, an e-commerce platform that serves Southeast Asia, had her legal team
create a non-disclosure agreement self-service tool that managed the disparate NDA
rules of six countries. At the fashion house of St. John, Christina Zabat-Fran was
crucial to the rollout of the e-commerce platform of the high-end clothing company
and seamlessly integrated the new “door” with its established boutiques.
LEADERSHIP Dan Seltzer recognized an inefficiency with Accenture’s due diligence program.
After he led the overhaul, the company reduced its spend by 90 percent. Charlie
Bingham, a field attorney for Microsoft, also saw an opportunity that would benefit
his company’s bottom line. He negotiated a master contract that allowed Microsoft
to sell its Surface units to state and local governments, opening a new revenue
stream. At Shell, Jessica Roper performed a similar function. Amid a glut of oil
production, she helped engineer a plan to save the company US$500 million by
minimizing downtime and using similar oil rigs. Leilani Harbeck played a pivotal
role in the relocation of Conagra Brands from Omaha to Chicago.
COMMUNITY A quick look at ACCDocket.com will show the commitment of ForgeRock’s Katia
Bloom to the in-house community. In addition to her day job, she often authors
multiple articles a week that focus on in-house leaders. Jocelyn Shaw worked with
her European colleagues at Bayer to establish an anticorruption assessment that is
now used company-wide. In Arizona, US Foods’ Jennifer Holsman Tetreault teaches
law classes at Arizona State University when she’s not helping supply the food that
feeds the western states. Their commitments to the in-house community are part of
the reason they are recognized as ACC’s best.
FOR MORE ON THEIR PERSONAL JOURNEYS AND PATHS TO SUCCESS, READ ON.