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ESG Symposium: Capital, Climate and Culture in the New World

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Thank you so much for your interest in the “ESG Symposium: Capital, Climate, and Culture in the New World.” As promised, we are providing links to the panel recordings from the Symposium.

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When viewing the panel recordings, if you’d like to receive CLE credit in the State of Texas, please reach out to Leslie Rodriguez for the Course Number to self report. CLE credit will be provided for attendance tracked on September 15 during the first two panels “Blizzard, Winter or Ice Age: How COVID-19 Is Changing the ESG Conversation” and “Navigating the Emerging Challenges of Technology and Labor.”

We hope you enjoy this 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 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.


  • Devika Kornbacher, Partner – Technology Transactions & Intellectual Property, Vinson & Elkins
  • Maggie Peloso, Partner – Environmental & Natural Resources, Vinson & Elkins
  • Tom Wilson, Partner – Labor & Employment, Vinson & Elkins

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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

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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
  • 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

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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

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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

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The presentations were recorded and current as of September 15, 2020. Content viewed after this date may no longer be current.

This information is provided by Vinson & Elkins LLP for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended, nor should it be construed, as legal advice.