Join moderator Alex Aferiat, Legal Counsel at the Boston Consulting Group and a member of the Practice & Career Management Committee as he sits down with a different member of the in-house practice and speaks to them about their careers, their aspirations, some of their challenges and their personal passions. We hope this podcast provides our listeners with a great opportunity to hear directly from other members about the issues they're facing at their various stages of their legal career.
Alex Aferiat speaks with Yalonda Howze, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Codiak BioSciences. Yalonda is a legal industry expert in the biotech and life sciences sectors. Yalonda and Alex discuss Yalonda's career and her recent move to in-house during a pandemic.
This episode Alex Aferiat speaks with Gemma Dreher, present ACC-Northeast President and Senior Counsel at TD. Gemma and Alex discuss Gemma's career, priorities and recommendations for in-house counsel.
This episode Alex Aferiat speaks with Craig Hiltz, Senior Principal Privacy Counsel at Nuance Communications. Craig specializing in privacy, corporate information security, and cybersecurity compliance with extensive technology experience in strategy development, international operations and sales. Craig received a BS from University of Connecticut and JD from Suffolk University Law School.
This episode Alex Aferiat speaks with Cole Barry, Director and Managing Legal Counsel and Global Head of Employment and Labor Law at the Boston Consulting Group. Cole is a graduate of Ursinus College and Boston University School of Law.
This episode Alex Aferiat speaks with Maria Buckley, General Counsel, Joslin Diabetes Center. Maria is alumni of Boston University and received her JD from Suffolk Law School. Maria joined Joslin as their GC in September 2012 after a long and successful career at the Boston law firm of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP where she was part of the Healthcare and Life Sciences practice groups. Prior to Nutter, Maria was Senior Counsel at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. She is also the author of several publications on health law and life sciences. She was named the 2015 Leader in the Law from Mass Lawyers Weekly. Alex discusses with Maria her path to GC, how COVID-19 impacted her organization and herself as a GC and her specific passions and causes she supports.
This episode Alex Aferiat speaks with Ruchi Sisodia Shah, Corporate Counsel for Boston Scientific. Ruchi graduated from Trinity College in Hartford and then went on to Emory School of Law in Atlanta, graduating in 2009. She entered the workforce at the height of the great depression. Ruchi quickly found herself in-house working for seven years in the utility industry for National Grid before joining Boston Scientific in 2017. Ruchi is a fellow member of the ACC-Northeast's Practice & Career Management Committee and is very active in the Women's Bar Association of Boston as well as the children's defense charity, KIND.
This episode Alex Aferiat speaks with Jennifer Watson, Corporate Counsel at Liberty Mutual Insurance, where she focuses on litigation. Jen hails from New Jersey and is a graduate of Rutgers University and Seton Hall Law School. She was an associate of three prestigious law firms in New Jersey before heading in-house and joining Liberty Mutual's Boston based team. Jen is also the former National Co-chair of Liberty Employees of African Descent and Allies Group, also known as LEADA.
Alex Aferiat, member of the Practice & Career Management Committee. Alex sits down with Bill Gabovitch, General Counsel for Primark Stores, a multinational fast-fashion retailer based in Europe. Bill is a former associate General Counsel at Staples a former associate at two prestigious boston law firms and a graduate of Indiana University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Bill is also incredibly active in the Boston area as a member of three nonprofit boards and a staunch advocate for social justice, diversity and inclusion.
In today's episode, Bill discusses with Alex his experiences of being a GC and being a team of one. How being a GC of a global company affects how he works and operates. How the pandemic has impacted his role specifically with being a retail company. Bill also speaks to his approach to moving from conversations on diversity to real transformation and what are the things he knows now that he wishes he knew 10-20 years ago.
This week, we’re joined by ACC member (and fellow member of Practice & Career Management committee) Sarah Kmieciak, who is Managing Attorney at American Tower Corporation. Sarah is celebrating her 4th year with American Tower; and prior to that spent three years with a boutique real estate firm in suburban Boston. Sarah graduated from New England Law | Boston in 2013—Alex & Sarah were law school classmates and have remained great friends ever since. So we’re absolutely delighted to welcome her as our first guest!