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May 13, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT


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Overview (Program Summary)

ACC Houston Career Development Series
Career Advancement Toolkit - Moving into Leadership
May 13th, 2021 | 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Join the Houston ACC Chapter and Gibson Arnold & Associates for a lively discussion on Moving Into Leadership. This panel discussion will provide members with tools and exercises in an interactive session.

Moving Into Leadership

• How do lawyers become General Counsel?
• When do companies promote within and when do they look outside?
• What skills do I need to become a leader in my organization?
• I feel stagnant in my growth. How do I move the needle?
• I am in a large department and there are limited opportunities for growth. How do I communicate with my leadership team on my goals without being viewed negatively?
• I am an individual contributor, lead a small team, or my legal department has a flat structure. How do I demonstrate leadership skills?

Presentation Description:
This session is a panel of General Counsel and Human Resource executives, coming together to discuss their own experiences coming into leadership, as well as what skills are needed to become a leader in an organization. You will learn how to develop a personal network both inside and outside of your organization, as well as how you can leverage professional organizations such as the Association of Corporate Counsel, the International Bar Association, the National Association of Corporate Directors, and others like them to further your professional development.


Moderator - Melinda Delmonico

President & CEO, Gibson Arnold & Associates

Melinda Delmonico is the President and CEO of one of the nation’s most respected legal recruiting agencies, Gibson Arnold & Associates. Melinda has over 25 years of experience building relationships with clients and candidates and has earned her company’s impeccable reputation for efficacy and integrity. Gibson Arnold & Associates’ significant industry experience and unique expertise in the national legal community is a tribute to Melinda’s leadership and commitment.

Terry Leve

Chief Legal and Corporate Resources Officer, Pinnacol

Terry Leve joined Pinnacol Assurance in 2012. As Pinnacol's general counsel, corporate resources executive and board secretary, Leve provides advice and counsel to the board of directors and senior management on legal, governance and corporate matters. He leads the company's legal services, subrogation, compliance, security, special investigations, facilities, and corporate services functions. His legal services responsibilities include overseeing litigation, commercial transactions, regulatory affairs and federal legislative activities, and his corporate services responsibilities include overseeing records, mail and print. Leve also directs Pinnacol's ethics officers and the crisis management team.

Leve is an accomplished executive and legal professional with 30 years of experience. Prior to joining Pinnacol, he was general counsel for the State of Tennessee's Division of Health Care Finance and Administration. Before that, Leve was chief legal officer and corporate secretary for Sitel Worldwide, a leading global process outsourcing provider with 57,000 employees and locations in 25 countries. He presently serves as a board member of Cake Insure Inc. and the Colorado Civil Justice League, and previously served on the Bonfils Blood Center Board of Trustees and Tennessee's Williamson County Board of Education.

Regina Bynote Jones

Chief Legal Officer, Baker Hughes

Regina Bynote Jones is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of experience in the energy industry. Over the course of her career, Ms. Jones has held both domestic and international leadership roles in the US, Europe and Southeast Asia. Ms. Jones currently serves as Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Baker Hughes Corporation where she oversees a global legal team supporting operations in 60+ countries. Her previous experience includes serving as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Delek US Holdings and Delek Logistics Partners. Ms. Jones has also served in multiple international roles during a 13-year tenure with Schlumberger Limited that included multi-year assignments in Paris, France and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to her legal career, Regina served in technology-focused roles with responsibilities for managing software development, project management, infrastructure support, IT strategy, contracts, and procurement.

Ms. Jones has a demonstrated leadership and commitment to serving on both professional and community organization board of directors, which have included service on boards for the Houston March of Dimes, the Girl Scouts San Jacinto Council (Houston), Child Advocates (CASA), the State Bar of Texas, South Texas College of Law Alumni Association and as an appointed member of the Houston Midtown Management District board. She was recently honored by the Houston Business Journal in their annual “Women Who Mean Business” Awards for her leadership in the energy industry.

Kim Warnica

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, & Secretary, Marathon Oil Company

Kim Warnica joined Marathon Oil Corporation in January 2021 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel and is responsible for legal, compliance, corporate communications and government relations. Prior to joining Marathon Oil, Ms. Warnica was Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary of Alta Mesa Resources, Inc., responsible for the ethics and compliance, human resources, facilities, contract administration, corporate communications and legal functions of Alta Mesa.

Prior to Alta Mesa, Ms. Warnica served in several positions in the Marathon Oil legal department from 2016 to 2018, including Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Prior to Marathon Oil, Ms. Warnica served as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas (formerly Plains Exploration and Production Company). Ms. Warnica started her career at Andrews Kurth LLP (now known as Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP) where she practiced corporate and securities law, representing a variety of clients in numerous transactional, securities and corporate governance matters.

Kim received a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M and earned her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

Event Host & Board Representative – Chantel Jordan

Chantel Jordan is President of the Association of Corporate Counsel – Houston Chapter, which is led by a Board of Directors, consisting of twenty hardworking volunteer attorneys, and includes 1,100 in-house members representing more than 400 organizations in the Greater Houston area. ACC Houston is dedicated to offering quality education, networking, and community outreach opportunities.

Chantel is also Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary at American Bureau of Shipping, a global organization with 200 offices in 70 countries committed to setting standards for safety and excellence in design and construction in the marine and offshore industries.

She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and the University of Notre Dame Law School, a native Houstonian, and an active volunteer for a variety of organizations in her community including the Houston Food Bank.

About Gibson Arnold and Associates:

Gibson Arnold & Associates is dedicated to providing outstanding results to the legal community. Founded in 1981, Gibson Arnold & Associates has over three decades of experience in legal recruiting, temporary staffing and document review. The company’s national and international clients rely upon them to find outstanding attorneys, paralegals and legal support staff for full-time positions, temporary positions, retained services, and our Distinguished Legal Advisor® program. They expertly place candidates with Fortune 500 corporations, law firms, and government agencies. In addition to the above services, Gibson Arnold & Associates has the resources, knowledge, and expertise to manage large-scale document review projects.


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