Workplace Policy Legal Update

2021 Workplace Policy Conference

The partnership between Legal Counsel and HR professionals plays an integral role in the strategic direction of an organization. Join SHRM, the ACC, and the ABA to hear from legal experts on the current issues and trends your organizations needs to lookout for, how employers are responding to COVID-19, and the possible legal challenges that may surface.
Learn how legal counsels and HR professionals can work together to influence the corporate culture of an organization.

Learning Objectives: 
Participants will:

  1. Gain meaningful insights from legal experts on the current issues and trends impacting the world of work and the possible legal challenges ahead.
  2. Learn how legal counsels and HR professionals can work together to influence the corporate culture of an organization.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 12:00pm to 12:50pm

Veta Richardson


Veta T. Richardson has been president & CEO of ACC since 2011. During her tenure, she has been responsible for working with the ACC Board and Staff on strategies that have substantially grown ACC’s membership, expanded its global footprint, and launched key advocacy efforts like, Seat at the Table which focuses on the position and credibility of the general counsel in the C-Suite, as well as ACC’s investments in research and benchmarking, credentialing and legal operations. Prior to being named ACC CEO, Veta was a nationally recognized thought leader regarding diversity and inclusion in the legal sector, serving as an advisor to three U.S. Presidential Administrations (Clinton, Bush, Obama) and garnering multiple awards for best-in-class programs while she was executive director of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Before becoming a chief executive in the nonprofit sector, Veta was in-house counsel to a Fortune-50 energy company where she went to work right out of law school for one of ACC’s founding general counsel at the Sunoco law department in Philadelphia, where she grew up. She has experience leading multi-billion-dollar M&A transactions, corporate financings, securities disclosure, and investor communications, as well as corporate governance issues.

In addition to serving as chief executive at ACC, Veta sits on the Strategic Advisory Board of Ethisphere, Inc., a for-profit corporation that advances business integrity, compliance, and ethics as a strategic advantage and annually selects The World’s Most Ethical Companies. She has expertise in the area of corporate governance and is a Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors, holds the NACD Certified Directorship Credential, and was named to the prestigious Directorship 100 list four times. Veta is also a board member of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center where she co-teaches the course, In-House Counsel: Law and Practice. She received a B.S. in Business Management and a J.D. from the University of Maryland.

Samantha C. Grant

Samantha C.

Samantha Grant has been representing employers for more than 20 years 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 employers on litigation avoidance strategies and local, state and federal compliance matters, as well as conducts investigations and 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.

Samantha is Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law and Vice-Chair of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Advisory Board. She is also a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a member of the American Employment Law Council and the National Employment Law Council. She frequently speaks and writes on developments related to labor and employment law, alternative dispute resolution, diversity and inclusion, and ethics.

Among other accolades, the Daily Journal named Samantha one of the 2020 “Top 100 Lawyers in California,” the Los Angeles Business Journal recognized her as one of the 2020 “Top Women Attorneys in LA” and Benchmark Litigation named her a 2020 “Labor and Employment Star – California.” She has also been named to the lists of "Thought Leader, Labour & Employment” and “Who’s Who Legal: Labour & Employment” by Who’s Who Legal on multiple occasions.


Sean T. Sullivan, SHRM-SCP

T. Sullivan, SHRM-SCP

Sean Sullivan serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer and is responsible for providing human resources leadership, vision and service delivery for SHRM, the world's largest HR professional society.

Sullivan has over 25 years of experience in human resources strategy and operations. He has built his career across multiple industries, including health care, defense, technology, IT, and manufacturing, applying his expertise to help grow and support diverse business models.

Prior to SHRM, he was Vice President, Human Resources for Tufts Medical Center, an internationally respected academic medical center in downtown Boston. He was responsible for all aspects of human capital practices and labor relations in support of the healthcare, research, and teaching mission of the oldest permanent medical facility in the country. Under his leadership, Tufts Medical Center launched innovative initiatives in workforce development and diversity and inclusion while strengthening strategic partnerships with community-based organizations and enhancing equity in patient access to healthcare.

Sullivan has held senior leadership positions for technology firms in the defense and intelligence industries, including senior vice president for human resources with Leidos, a global IT and technology firm. He led due diligence and integration efforts for international mergers and acquisitions. He helped establish the Leidos Relief Foundation and served as its first president. He played a key role in the re-design of the human resources function for SAIC when it was spun off from Leidos in 2013. Earlier in his career, Sullivan took on roles of increasing responsibility at Northrop Grumman and TRW, including the support of global business units in systems integration and manufacturing.

With a passion for workforce development, he has been a guest speaker at the Close It Summit, the Colloquium on Global Diversity, the Work Rebooted Conference and other forums. He has been a member of Innovate+Educate's Innovative Business Hiring Council and the Healthcare HR Leadership Forum. He holds an MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, from which he also earned his undergraduate degree in political science.

This speaker is a member of the SHRM Speakers Bureau.

Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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