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The General Counsel in the Boardroom

May 8, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

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Member Price: $40
Non-Member Price: $60



In recent years since the 2008 financial crisis, the legal environment of corporations has changed significantly, namely with regard to increased regulation, technology advances, globalization and more. Increasingly, General Counsel has a seat at the governance table, to avoid corporate legal mistakes. Determining General Counsel’s level of independence, reporting structure, resources and remuneration are as important to their function as the decisions it makes.

Join NACD Philadelphia as we discuss the benefits, best practices and procedures for including General Counsel in the boardroom.

Location and Time


The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

6:00 - 6:30p.m. Registration and Cocktails

6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Program

7:15 - 8:00 p.m. Cocktails and Networking

Speaker Spotlight


Tara L. Smith

Tara L. Smith is the Deputy Corporate Secretary and Senior Corporate Counsel for Campbell Soup Company. Tara provides legal and strategic advice to Campbell’s board of directors, CEO and senior management team on a wide range of issues relating to corporate governance, securities law, executive compensation, compliance and enterprise risk. She is also responsible for managing the company’s communication efforts and ongoing engagement with certain long-term investors, and manages the company’s enterprise risk management program. Tara serves as Global Co-Chair/Business Advisor for the Women of Campbell network, and was included on the 2016 list of “Women Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal. Prior to joining Campbell, Tara was an Assistant Vice President in the legal department at Toll Brothers, Inc., a publicly-traded luxury homebuilding company based in Horsham, PA. At Toll Brothers, Tara’s responsibilities included: securities law and related regulatory compliance; corporate governance; executive compensation; and ethics and compliance. Tara began her career as an associate in the Philadelphia office of Morgan Lewis, advising large companies in the areas of corporate and securities law. Tara attended Duke University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science. At Duke, Tara was on the Dean’s List, and inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta – the International Sociology Honor Society. She was also a member of the Black Student Alliance. Tara received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a two-time regional semi-finalist in the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition, and a member of the Black Law Students Association, Penn Law Democrats and Entertainment and Sports Law Society. Tara serves on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and on the Board of Trustees of the Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School. She is an active member of the Philadelphia chapter of the Duke Black Alumni Association and has served on a Headmaster’s Advisory Committee at Moorestown Friends School, the high school she attended. Tara previously served on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Valley chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Board of Directors of the AIDS Law Project, and the planning committee for Toll Brothers’ annual fundraising gala for the American Cancer Society. Tara resides Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania with her husband Greg, and their 11-year old son, Nigel.

Jannie K. Lau

Jannie K. Lau is the Chief Legal Officer of InterDigital, Inc., an S&P 400 mobile technology company (NASDAQ: IDCC). Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Lau manages the company’s legal and government affairs functions, including a worldwide team of approximately 50 legal professionals, and advises the Board of Directors on legal, governance and compliance matters. Prior to joining InterDigital, Ms. Lau served as securities and transactional counsel at IKON Office Solutions, Inc., then a Fortune 500 technology company. Before beginning her in-house career, she was a corporate associate at leading global law firms in New York and Boston, where she represented public and pre-IPO companies, primarily in the high technology sector, with respect to securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, financings and corporate governance matters and counseled private equity and venture capital fund managers on capital formations, portfolio investments and general governance issues. Ms. Lau has been honored as one of Pennsylvania’s “Most Powerful & Influential Women” by the National Diversity Council, as a “Best Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, as a “Top Ten 30-Something” by the Association of Corporate Counsel, as one of “40 Under 40” by the Philadelphia Business Journal and as a “Woman of the Year” and a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer, and her team has been honored as a “Legal Department of the Year” by The Legal Intelligencer. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and on the Comcast NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Advisory Council. Ms. Lau is an honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as Executive Editor of Volume 150 of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and as an Arthur Littleton and H. Clayton Louderback Legal Writing Instructor and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. She currently serves as President of the Penn Law Alumni Society. Ms. Lau earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia College of Columbia University. She lives in Villanova, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Todd C. Longsworth, and their two young children.



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