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Lunch and Learn Series

In an effort to continue to build opportunities for our students to connect with practitioners, the ILE offers lunch and learn programs that highlight prominent members of the business field. These programs are designed to expose students and the Penn community to a diverse range of careers and cutting edge topics in business and business law. 

Location: Silverman 147 | Time:  Noon

Speakers 2023-2024

 

 

Past Events

February 15, 2023

ILE Lunch & Learn Series: Kyle Wagner Compton

Kyle Wagner Compton (Editor, The Chancery Daily)

Kyle Wagner Compton, L ’04, Wharton MBA ’11, served as a clerk to Hon. Leo Strine, Jr. on the Delaware Court of Chancery. He is the creator and editor of The Chancery Daily, a comprehensive, widely followed daily e-publication that describes, analyzes, and provides links to corporate and business law opinions of the Delaware Court of Chancery, the Delaware Supreme Court, and the Complex Commercial Division of the Delaware Superior Court.

February 28, 2023

ILE Lunch & Learn Series: Audrey Choi

Audrey Choi (Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley)

Audrey Choi is currently a Senior Advisor at Morgan Stanley.She formerly served as Morgan Stanley’s Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO)—the first CSO on Wall Street, and has held senior policy positions in the White House, including Chief of Staff of the Council of Economic Advisors.

March 21, 2023

ILE Lunch & Learn Series: Lissette Duran

Lissette Duran (Senior ESG Associate, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP)

Lissette Duran, named a “Top Lawyer Under 40” by the Hispanic National Bar Association, is a senior ESG associate at Paul, Weiss with extensive experience in internal employment investigations, advising corporate boards on the development of HR and DEI initiatives, and conducting racial equity audits related to some of the nation’s largest corporations.

April 18, 2023

ILE Lunch & Learn Series: Sam Glasscock III

Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III (Delaware Court of Chancery)

The Honorable Sam Glasscock III was appointed as Vice Chancellor in 2011 after having served as Master in Chancery from 1999 to 2011. He was born in Erie, Pennsylvania and spent most of his youth in Lewes, Delaware. He received a B.A. in History from the University of Delaware in 1979, a J.D. from Duke University in 1983 and a Master’s Degree in Marine Policy from the University of Delaware in 1989. Before coming to the Court of Chancery, he worked as a judicial clerk, as an associate at Prickett, Jones, Elliott, Kristol & Schnee in the litigation section, as a Superior Court special discovery master and as a Deputy Attorney General in the Appeals Unit of the Department of Justice.

Master Bonnie W. David (Delaware Court of Chancery)

The Delaware Administrative Office of the Courts announced Jan. 3 that Bonnie W. David has joined the Court of Chancery as a master in chancery, with chambers at the Court of Chancery Courthouse in Georgetown.

Prior to joining the bench, David was a litigator in private practice with a focus on deal litigation, corporate statutory proceedings and contract disputes, and she also advised on corporate governance and transactions.

David graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2013, where she served as senior editor on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. She received her B.A. from Boston University, graduating summa cum laude. Immediately after law school, David clerked in the Court of Chancery for Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III.

October 31, 2023

ILE Lunch & Learn Series: Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky

Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky (Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP)

Eric advises corporations on a broad array of transactions, including business combinations, acquisitions and divestitures, spin-offs and split-offs, and capital raises. He also advises generally on matters of corporate governance. A major focus of his practice is representing public companies in M&A transactions as well as special committees of independent directors in considering transactions involving potential conflicts of interest.

A former clerk to Chancellor Chandler and Vice Chancellor Noble on the Delaware Court of Chancery, Eric has been actively involved in the national corporate legal community, the local Delaware legal community, as well as in firm governance. At the national level, he is the former chair of the ABA Section of Business Law Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee.

Within Delaware, at the request of two successive Chief Justices of the Delaware Supreme Court, Eric served as a member of the Permanent Advisory Committee on Supreme Court Rules and a committee of the Delaware Access to Justice Commission. At Morris Nichols, Eric has served terms as hiring partner and as practice group coordinator of the Corporate Counseling Group, and currently serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee.

November 29, 2023

ILE Lunch & Learn Series: Kristopher Knight (in Silverman 280)

Kristopher Knight (Delaware Department of State)

Kristopher Knight serves as Chief Deputy Secretary of State and Director of the Delaware Division of Corporations. In his role, he oversees the state’s $1.6 billion corporate franchise and servicing of the 1.6 million business entities that make their legal home in Delaware. Mr. Knight also supervises several other divisions of the Delaware Department of State, including the Office of the State Bank Commissioner, the state’s Corporate and International Development office, and Delaware’s abandoned property Voluntary Disclosure Agreement program. Since 2012, he has also served as treasurer of the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility’s Board of Directors. There he led a comprehensive overhaul of the utility’s financial policies and practices. Mr. Knight also serves on the Governmental Accounting Board (GASB), an independent, private-sector organization based in Norwalk, Connecticut, that establishes accounting and financial reporting standards for U.S. state and local governments that follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

Previously, Mr. Knight served as the director of Delaware’s Division of Accounting at the Delaware Department of Finance. In that role, he administered policy related to the state’s procurement card program, which has an $80 million annual budget. Prior to his career in public service, Mr. Knight served in positions of increasing responsibility at KPMG LLP for more than a decade. As senior audit manager, he managed all aspects of governmental client audits, including those for the University of Delaware, the State of Delaware, and Philadelphia Gas Works.

Mr. Knight holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola University. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the AICPA.

ROOM CHANGE to Silverman 280

December 4, 2023

ILE Lunch & Learn Series: Mark Lebovitch

Mark Lebovitch (Retired, Bernstein, Litowitz, Berger & Grossmann)

Before his recent retirement from the active practice of law, Mark Lebovitch founded and lead the corporate governance litigation practice at stockholder rights firm Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann. His practice focused on the startup and conclusion stages of the practice’s stockholder derivative suits and transactional litigation, with a focus on pursuing novel challenges to alleged anti-shareholder practices. Over his 25 year career, Mark brought claims that changed corporate governance practices, including challenges to anti-activism poison pills, dead hand proxy puts, and the way SPAC deals take place.

He has received various awards and recognitions for his work, including the New York Law Journal naming Mark the 2019 “Attorney of the Year,” being named a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation and the highest rankings from Chambers USA. Mark has been named a Fellow at the American College of Governance Counsel, an invite-only membership that is extended to lawyers who have practiced law for a minimum of 15 years, while devoting at least 10 of those practice years focused on the field of governance.

March 27, 2024

ILE Lunch & Learn Series: Alicia Wilson

Alicia Wilson (JPMorgan Chase & Co.)

Alicia is the Managing Director and Global Head of Philanthropy for the North American region, and she is the first Black woman to hold this role. She manages JPMorgan Chase’s local philanthropic plans across more than 40 markets in North America. She will also work with senior leaders in corporate responsibility to ensure the firm’s footprint is creating meaningful impact in Canada and the United States.

Previously, Alica was the vice president for economic development and community partnerships for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System where she strengthened and advanced the institutions’ commitment to Baltimore through investments in education, healthcare, and economic and neighborhood development.

In 2021, Wilson was celebrated by Black Enterprise for her work in growing economic and social opportunity in Baltimore, earning her a spot on its 40 Under 40 list.

April 3, 2024

ILE Lunch & Learn Series: Robert Cook

Robert Cook (FINRA)

Robert W. Cook is President and CEO of FINRA, and Chairman of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Cook served as the Director of the Division of Trading and Markets of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Under his direction, the Division’s professionals were responsible for regulatory policy and oversight with respect to broker-dealers, securities exchanges and markets, clearing agencies and FINRA. In addition, the Division reviewed and acted on proposed rule filings from self-regulatory organizations, including the securities exchanges and FINRA, and was responsible for implementing a range of initiatives and studies generated by the Dodd-Frank and JOBS Acts. He also directed the staff’s review of equity market structure.

Immediately prior to joining FINRA, and before his service at the SEC, Mr. Cook was a partner at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, LLP, based in Washington, DC. His practice focused on the regulation of securities markets and market intermediaries, including securities firms, exchanges, alternative trading systems and clearing agencies. During his years of private practice, Mr. Cook worked extensively on broker-dealer regulation, advising large and small firms on a wide range of compliance matters.

Mr. Cook earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1992, a Master of Science in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the London School of Economics in 1989, and an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard College in 1988.