[Webinar] ESG Symposium: Capital, Climate and Culture in the New World - September 15th, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm CT

Vinson & Elkins LLP

September 15th, 2020
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM CT

Join Vinson & Elkins’ innovative Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Taskforce members for an exceptional series of conversations with industry insiders, top capital providers, and thought trailblazers on key developments and expectations regarding the alignment of corporate risks, oversight and strategy, and what the pandemic is teaching us about the future of ESG.

Panels will include:

Blizzard, Winter or Ice Age: How COVID-19 Is Changing the ESG Conversation
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. CT

Join the V&E ESG Taskforce as we discuss recent ESG trends and developments and how the pandemic is both dramatically altering the ESG landscape and providing companies, investors and other stakeholders with a template for addressing other emerging areas of non-financial risks and opportunities.


  • Sarah Fortt, Counsel – Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets, Vinson & Elkins
  • Devika Kornbacher, Partner – Technology Transactions & Intellectual Property, Vinson & Elkins
  • Maggie Peloso, Partner – Environmental & Natural Resources, Vinson & Elkins
  • Tom Wilson, Partner – Labor & Employment, Vinson & Elkins

Navigating the Emerging Challenges of Technology and Labor
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. CT

We now live in a world where a laptop and reliable Wi-Fi are essential for many jobs, workforces are using company systems in personal settings, and technology is becoming a more efficient choice than human labor for some roles. Join social responsibility, compliance and legal leaders across industries as they discuss how they creatively tackle this confluence of labor and technology with an ESG-conscious lens.


  • Alifya Curtin, General Counsel, Khoros
  • George E. Danner, Chief Scientist, Valedor Partners
  • Roger Martella, General Counsel – EHS, General Electric Company
  • Devika Kornbacher, Partner – Technology Transactions & Intellectual Property, Vinson & Elkins
  • Tom Wilson, Partner – Labor & Employment, Vinson & Elkins

Accessing Capital and Credit in the New Climate
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. CT

Join a range of representatives from top capital providers and investors who will discuss their evolving methodologies for analyzing ESG risks and opportunities in the context of enhancing the values of their portfolios and their approaches to engaging with companies on ESG strategy development.


  • Fred Ebrahemi, Partner, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Clearlake Capital Group
  • Michelle Edkins, Managing Director – Investment Stewardship, BlackRock
  • Eliza Eubank, Managing Director and Global Head – Citi Environmental and Social Risk Management, Citigroup
  • Nathalie Wallace, Global Head of ESG Investment Strategy, State Street Global Advisors
  • Sarah Morgan, Partner – Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions, Vinson & Elkins

Tackling ESG Due Diligence and Strategic Transaction Preparation and Integration
1:45 – 2:45 p.m. CT

Navigating the complexities of considering ESG in the context of strategic transactions and corporate transitions represents a top challenge for many companies. In this panel, top company insiders and due diligence experts will discuss the practicalities of conducting effective analysis and moving the corporate ESG story forward hand-in-hand with strategy.


  • Alan Kao, Global Director for ESG Services, Ramboll
  • Paul Lalli, Global Counsel – Labor & Human Rights, General Electric Company
  • Amy Mifflin, Energy Consultant, ESG, Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Dean A. Slocum, President, Acorn International, LLC
  • Tom Wilson, Partner – Labor & Employment, Vinson & Elkins

Preparing for the Future of ESG
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. CT

Join top ESG thought leaders as they discuss where the current ESG developments are leading us, how we can expect the ESG conversation to change over the next decade, and how companies can prepare for new ESG legislation, regulation, litigation and reporting trends.


  • Skye d’Almeida, Senior Vice President, Investor Coverage, Green Investment Group, Macquarie
  • Susan Gray, Global Head of Sustainable Finance Business and Innovation, S&P Global Ratings
  • Beth Lowery, Managing Director, TPG
  • Emilie Mazzacurati, Founder and CEO, Four Twenty Seven
  • Maggie Peloso, Partner – Environmental & Natural Resources, Vinson & Elkins

Virtual Happy Hour
4:30 p.m. CT

Currently our happy hour is full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please reach out to Sarah Fortt and Aubrey Pritchett.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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