2019 Employment Law & Legislative Conference

Keynote Speakers

  • Larry Sabato


    Dr. Larry J. Sabato is a New York Times best-selling author, has won three Emmys, and is recognized as one of the nation’s most respected political analysts.

    He appears multiple times a week on national and international TV, including FOX, CNN, MSNBC, and CNN International.

    A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Sabato is the founder and director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, and has had visiting appointments at Oxford and Cambridge universities in England.

    Dr. Sabato is the author or editor of two dozen books on American politics. He has taught over 20,000 students in his 40-year career, and the University of Virginia has given him its highest honor, The Thomas Jefferson Award.

    Amanda Carpenter


    Amanda Carpenter is a political commentator for CNN and author of GASLIGHTING AMERICA: Why We Love It When Trump Lies To Us.  Prior to CNN she was the Communications Director for Senator Ted Cruz, and previously served as Senior Communications Advisor and Speechwriter to Sen. Jim DeMint.


    For both senators, Carpenter crafted countless op-eds, speeches, talking points, briefing papers, jokes, press releases, tweets, Facebook posts, and other materials on a range of subjects before the United States Senate, including but not limited to economics, campaigns, healthcare, foreign affairs, and constitutional matters. Her work for them has been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and other outlets.


    Richard A. Fowler


    Richard A. Fowler is the nationally syndicated radio host of the The Richard Fowler Show, a Fox News Channel contributor and millennial messaging expert.

    Positioned at the intersection of news, politics and the cultural issues facing everyday Americans, Richard’s fresh style and non-traditional spin on populism have taken audiences by storm. He pushes all ages and demographics to ask more of themselves. As a gay man, Fowler understands this fight more than most, having fought for equality his entire adulthood.

    From his campaign work uncovering the deplorable school conditions in the Detroit Public School system to his effort training and equipping hundreds of millennials to run for office and take charge of their community, Richard brings a sense of realness to everything he does.

    When asked what drives him Richard says, "Talk is cheap. Our country needs real solutions, and they will come from our greatest resource –our people."

    Monday, March 18, 2019 - 10:15am to 11:05am
  • Ari Melber


    Ari Melber is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, writer and attorney. He serves as Chief Legal Correspondent for MSNBC, covering the Justice Department, Supreme Court, FBI, prominent court cases and national legal issues. In 2017, Melber began hosting his own show on MSNBC: The Beat and in 2018 The Beat averaged 1.5 million viewers per night, setting an MSNBC record for the 6 PM time slot in its first year on air.

    Samantha C. Grant

    Samantha C.

    Samantha represents employers in administrative, arbitration and trial proceedings in labor and employment matters, including single-plaintiff, class and collective actions. She has extensive experience litigating discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, breach of contract, fraud, defamation, trade secret, covenants not to compete, and unfair competition cases, among others. She also advises clients on litigation avoidance strategies and local, state and federal compliance matters, as well as conducts management and workforce training. The insight and experience she gained while on a two-year secondment, as in-house employment counsel for a Fortune 50 company, was invaluable in her becoming a particularly pragmatic outside counsel.

    Monday, March 18, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
  • Jessica Herrera-Flanigan


    Jessica Herrera-Flanigan is Executive Vice President of Government and Corporate Affairs for Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America. In this role, she spearheads the Company’s government relations efforts, corporate social responsibility, social impact and empowerment initiatives including Univision Contigo as well as cross-platform diversity and community efforts. Herrera-Flanigan oversees the Univision Washington, D.C. office, which focuses on developing strategies to address the key public policy issues that impact the Company and the U.S. Hispanic community. She leads a first-class team that works to enhance Univision’s presence among policymakers and influencers, as well as extend the Company’s communications with key stakeholders, such as business and trade associations, consumer groups, think tanks and partners.

    Before joining Univision, Herrera-Flanigan served as a partner at Monument Policy Group, where she led the firm’s technology, media and crisis communications practices, as well as advised on such issues as national security, privacy, immigration, and sports. Previously, Herrera-Flanigan served as the Staff Director and General Counsel for the House Committee on Homeland Security, where she was the first Latina to lead a major Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. She has held various other government service positions, including serving as senior counsel in the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division and as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney working on fraud and public corruption cases in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. She started her career as a communications and energy lawyer in private practice.

    Herrera-Flanigan has deep ties to the Hispanic community, having served as president of the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C. and regional vice president for the Hispanic National Bar Association. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently serves on the National Association of Broadcasters Television Board and the U.S. Center for Safe Sport Board of Directors. A sought-after speaker and recognized with multiple industry accolades, Herrera-Flanigan was named to Cablefax Magazine’s 2018 Top Women in Cable and Media, honored as Multichannel News’ Wonder Woman, named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States three times by Hispanic Business Magazine, received the President’s Award from the Hispanic Lobbyists Association in 2015, and has been featured in The Hill’s Top Lobbyists list multiple times.

    Herrera-Flanigan received her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Yale University.


    Michelle Nettles


    As Chief People & Diversity Officer, Michelle sets the strategy for leadership, diversity and talent development at all levels within Molson Coors with a workforce of 18,000 employees across the globe. Her leadership enables the business to be a stronger, more effective competitor with enhanced commercial capabilities to fuel growth and win in the marketplace.

    Michelle was appointed to the Molson Coors Executive Leadership Team as part of the 2016 acquisition of MillerCoors, where she served as Chief of Human Resources. At MillerCoors, Michelle was responsible for building and sustaining organizational and leadership capability while ensuring the company retained, developed and attracted top talent to deliver strong business results. She also served as senior director of diversity and integrated talent management, leading the strategy for diversity and inclusion, as well as talent resourcing and management for the company.

    Prior to MillerCoors, Michelle served as the executive director for Quest Milwaukee, a youth education program at Marquette University.
    Michelle is not new to the beer business. Prior to joining Quest, she worked for Miller Brewing Company in a number of capacities. She served cross-functional partners on HR strategic projects and supported the legal department as assistant general counsel for areas including sales and distribution, labor and employment and finance. She has led projects with multi-million dollar implications, including the implementation of Miller’s salaried employee benefits program.

    Michelle received a Juris Doctorate from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor of Science in economics from Florida A&M University.
    Michelle is the board chair for Milwaukee Collegiate Academy and serves on the boards of Thurgood Marshall College Fund in Washington, DC. and United Way Denver. She previously served on the boards of Pearls for Teen Girls, YMCA- Greater Chicago, IFF, St. Mary’s-Columbia Hospital and State Fair Board of Wisconsin. Michelle is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Executive Leadership Council, Christ the King Church in Milwaukee and several professional organizations.

    Kevin Harper


    Kevin Harper is a Senior Retail Executive who recently retired from Walmart after more than 37 years of successful experience in Human Resources, Store Operations, Technology Implementation and International Acquisition Integration.  Before retiring, Kevin spent more than 13 years in Human Resources where the last position he held was that of Senior Vice President People Strategy and Operations.  Delivering quality customer focused results through agile, innovative and people led initiatives around the globe is what inspires Kevin.  In retirement, Kevin is enjoying spending his time with family and traveling with his wife Marsha.

    Mohamed Younis


    As editor in chief, Mohamed leads the Gallup News team. For the past 10 years, Mohamed has led some of Gallup's largest global and regional studies on social, political and economic issues. His research at Gallup has focused on geopolitics and the shifting global order, U.S. foreign policy, state stability, youth employment challenges, and relations between Muslim communities and Western societies.

    Mohamed provides briefings to world leaders and institutions on Gallup's research and provides expert insights to television, radio and print media worldwide. Since 2012, Mohamed has led Gallup's initiatives on situational intelligence and open-source monitoring. He leads a team of strategic advisers who monitor and consult on real-time geopolitical shifts around the world. Mohamed is a member of the Virginia State Bar, has studied and worked in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and is fluent in Arabic.


    Ed O'Keefe


    Ed O'Keefe is the CBS News political correspondent based in Washington and reporting for all CBS News
    broadcasts and platforms. He joined the network as an on-air contributor in 2017 and full-time in April
    2018 after nearly 13 years of covering congressional and presidential politics for The Washington Post.
    In his short time at CBS, he has covered the 2018 midterm elections, the confirmation hearing for
    Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the 35-day government shutdown, and the political scandals
    embroiling Virginia's top three elected officials.

    While at The Post, O'Keefe covered or contributed reporting on the presidential campaigns of Jeb Bush,
    Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump, as well as
    dozens of key House and Senate races. On Capitol Hill, he has reported extensively on debates over gun
    control, immigration policy, health-care reform and federal spending. He covered the "fiscal cliff"
    showdown of late 2012; the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch; and dozens of
    contentious congressional hearings, including former FBI Director James Comey's dramatic testimony.
    Previously, O'Keefe covered federal agencies, federal employees and a range of policy issues, from the
    repeal of the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy to the decline of the U.S. Postal Service, the 2013
    government shutdown, and cases of questionable government spending. He also briefly covered the war
    in Iraq.

    O'Keefe is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is a graduate of American
    University and was born and raised in Delmar, N.Y.

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