8:45—9:15 am


9:15—9:30 am


Sang J. Lee
Chief Executive Officer, Volta Talent Strategies

9:30—10:00 am

Small Shifts, Big Wins: How to Get on the Same Page with Millennials

Brandi Baldwin-Rana, PhD 
Founder & CEO, Millennial Ventures

Dr. Brandi Baldwin-Rana will lead us in our kickoff talk. Dr. Baldwin-Rana will challenge us to examine our own roles as leaders vis-à-vis generational issues and explore how we can influence the discussion. She will help us to look at Millennials and Gen Z, not as a monolithic label, but as a diverse group with many nuances. We will move beyond an “us v. them” or “how can we fix them” perspective to something more powerful – how can we all work together to build a more engaged workplace.

10:00—11:30 am

What Do Millennials Want? A New Leadership Style. When Do They Want It? Now. 

Karen Basile
VP Enterprise Learning, Johnson Controls

Ian Connett, Esq.
Legal Director, Collective

Karen Cunningham
Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting

John Paul Vasellina
Talent & Organization Development Manager, Cigna

No matter the size of the enterprise, most law firms are still organized around pyramid models. Seasoned lawyers pass on their knowledge, skills and experience to eager junior colleagues who are willing to work long hours for many years to gain this knowledge as they rise from menial tasks to more meaningful responsibilities. Millennial lawyers often chafe under these traditional leadership models, which results in increased attrition and lower job satisfaction. Studies show that what millennial employees want is to work for transformational leaders, those who will challenge and empower them to succeed while also giving them a sense of purpose in their work. In this panel session, we will hear success stories from other industries. This panel includes a diverse group of forward-thinking people who have helped a major consulting firm, a blue chip manufacturing company and a renowned biotech organization embrace the possibilities and opportunities raised by so many millennials joining their organizations.  These people are joined by our fourth panelist, a millennial GC who will exchange ideas with them about “leading from behind”, millennials’ needs for mentoring and coaching and the coming technology divide.



11:45 am—12:45 pm

Idea Lab

Let’s innovate!  
In this facilitated incubation session, small groups of Volta Forum participants will collaborate, using a variety of ideation techniques, to design new approaches to some of the biggest questions raised by the swelling numbers of millennials entering the workforce. The Idea Lab will allow forum participants the freedom to channel their right-brained, creative, intuitive selves to help identify and explore some of the less obvious win-win opportunities created by this demographic shift.

12:45—1:45 pm


1:45—2:45 pm

Peer Share


Donna Branca
Director of Strategic Leadership, Blank Rome

Kelli Dunaway
Legal Professional Development Assistant Director, Bryan Cave

Lois Durant
Americas People Advisory—Litigation Practice Leader, White & Case

Ross Guberman
President, Legal Writing Pro

Lauren Jenkins
Professional Development Coordinator, Crowell & Moring

Michelle Kallen
Litigation Associate, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Gianna Karapelou
Manager of Professional Development, Richards, Layton & Finger

Michelle Nash
Professional Development Projects Director, Hogan Lovells

Melanie Priddy
Senior Director of Diversity & Professional Development, Crowell & Moring

Danielle Rosetti
Director of Recruiting & Development, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney

Don Smith
Director of Attorney Development and Diversity, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson

Carrie Wagner
Chief Legal Talent Officer, Cooley  

Noelani Walser
Director of Professional Development, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

After the Volta Idea Lab, we will settle in for a Peer Share. In this fast-paced, get-to-the-point-quickly session, a group of Volta Forum participants will share their ideas, concepts, pain points, challenges and knowledge about millennials. Think of Ted Talks or “lightning talks” with concise, powerful messages worth sharing! Each speaker will have 3-5 minutes (max!) to speak and share their ideas.

2:45—3:00 pm


3:00—4:30 pm

Group Coaching

Mark Schall, MA, CPC, PCC, ELI-MP
Certified Life and Business Coach, Mark Schall Coaching

With certified coach Mark Schall leading us in the final part of the day, participants will explore the nuances of nudging the paradigm in their firms. We know that a seismic “let’s change the entire culture all at once” revolution is impossible for any one person to achieve tomorrow, but we also do not want to lose the momentum and learning of the day. So we will focus on what practical steps each person can take to start to move the needle in a meaningful way. We will use a coaching tool with Mark to unpack the ideas generated by the Idea Lab and really drill down to create concrete next steps. Ultimately, each Volta Forum participant will walk away with one realistic and achievable action-item goal.  Each person will also have supportive accountability around that goal.  And we promise that you will feel the energy flowing as we conclude the day! 

4:30—6:00 pm



Volta would like to thank Crowell & Moring LLP for sponsoring this event.

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