Diversity, Inclusion, Innovation and Tech: Exploring the Present and Future Workplace




We are delighted to announce details of our upcoming Chambers Diversity & Inclusion seminar in association with Sidley Austin LLP.

Diversity, Inclusion, Innovation and Tech: Exploring the Present and Future Workplace.

When: Thursday, June 6

Where: Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco

Time: 12.30pm – 4.00pm

Please register to attend HERE. This event is only open to general counsel and attendees of the Chambers D&I USA Awards 2019.

Programme details

12:30pm – 1:00pm

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Opening remarks and keynote speech from Dr Vivienne Ming, CEO, Socos Labs

Dr Vivienne Ming, CEO of Socos Labs

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Exploring the Present and Future of Workplace Inclusion

3:00pm – 3:15pm
Interactive audience Q&A

3:15pm – 4:00pm
Closing remarks and networking


The session includes a panel discussion, Exploring the Present and Future of Workplace Inclusion where we will be exploring key themes such as:

– Clients taking charge – what next?
– Inclusive leadership management
– Intersectionality and diversity programs
– Protests from the top: the impact of institutional investors on D&I
– Implementing bias interrupters


Dr Vivienne Ming, CEO, Socos Labs

Photo by Scott R Kline

Frequently featured for her research and inventions in The Financial Times, The Atlantic, Quartz and the New York Times, Dr. Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and author. She co-founded Socos Labs, her fifth company, an independent think tank exploring the future of human potential. Dr. Ming launched Socos Labs to combine her varied work with that of other creative experts and expand their impact on global policy issues, both inside companies and throughout our communities.

Previously, Vivienne was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, pursuing her research in cognitive neuroprosthetics. In her free time, Vivienne has invented AI systems to help treat her diabetic son, predict manic episodes in bipolar sufferers weeks in advance, and reunited orphan refugees with extended family members.

She sits on boards of numerous companies and nonprofits including StartOut, The Palm Center, Cornerstone Capital, Platypus Institute, Shiftgig, Zoic Capital, and SmartStones. Dr. Ming also speaks frequently on her AI-driven research into inclusion and gender in business. For relaxation, she is a wife and mother of two.

Michelle Fang, Chief Legal Officer, Turo

Michelle Fang, Turo

Michelle Fang serves as Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Turo, the global leader in peer-to-peer car sharing, a fast growing trend that is transforming the economics of car ownership and disrupting the traditional car rental industry. She has supported the business’s rapid expansion in the USA, Europe and Canada since joining the company in 2015 and has scaled her team from 0 to 11 during that time. Michelle’s passion for online marketplaces started when she joined eBay in 2006, where she experienced the sense of community and purpose that marketplaces offer.

During her 9-year tenure at eBay, Michelle served in a number of leadership positions, including Head of Global Intellectual Property, Head of North American Litigation, and most recently, General Counsel of StubHub. Earlier this year, The National Diversity Council named Michelle one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology for her leadership on issues of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. She has been named to the Legal 500’s GC Powerlist (USA, 2019) and she has been shortlisted for 2019 GC of the Year by the Association of Corporate Counsel. Prior to her marketplaces career, Michelle worked in-house as a lawyer at NBC Universal and at the Quinn Emanuel law firm in Los Angeles. Michelle is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law and UCLA.

Anson Lau, Senior Counsel, Salesforce

Anson Lau, Salesforce

Anson Lau is a director, senior corporate counsel at salesforce.com, inc., where he supports mergers and acquisitions activity globally. At salesforce, Anson has closed over 20 deals with an aggregate value in excess of $12 billion since joining in February 2016, including salesforce’s $2.8 billion acquisition of Demandware and $6.5 billion acquisition of MuleSoft, the company’s largest deal to date. Prior to joining salesforce, Anson was an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s San Francisco office in its mergers and acquisitions group and, preceding such tenure, an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s New York and Hong Kong offices, specializing in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate matters.  Anson has practiced law for 9 years and has worked on corporate transactions totaling more than $23 billion.


Anna J. Remis, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Anna Remis, Sidley Austin

Anna Remis is a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office and a member of the firm’s Corporate group and its Technology and IP Transactions practice. She concentrates her practice on IP licensing and technology transactions, venture capital investments and intellectual property aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Anna has a particular passion for working with entrepreneurs and start-ups, and advising emerging growth companies and their investors. She has advised companies in industries ranging from digital media and technology to food and wine.


Caren Ulrich Stacey, CEO, Diversity Lab

Caren Ulrich Stacey, Diversity Lab

Caren Ulrich Stacy is a talent and behavioral science expert with more than 20 years of experience as the head of recruitment, development, and diversity for several of the world’s top law firms. After cofounding Lawyer Metrics, a start-up company acquired by the Access Group, that pioneered a “Moneyball” data-driven approach to lawyer recruitment and development, Caren created Diversity Lab to focus exclusively on closing the gender gap and increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal field. The Lab is an incubator for new and creative ideas that boost diversity and inclusion in law through the use of data, science, technology, and design-thinking.



Patricia Svilik – Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property, Product & Commercial, eBay

Patricia Svilik, eBay

Patricia Svilik is Senior Product, Commercial, and IP Counsel at eBay, and chair of eBay Legal’s Diversity & Inclusion Workforce subcommittee.  She served as a mentor and coordinator of eBay’s Legal Diversity Internship Program in 2017 and 2018, respectively.  She leveraged her expertise in running a successful internship program to scale the number of in-house opportunities made available to law students by spearheading the creation of the Law in Technology Diversity Collaborative. This first-of-its-kind cross-company program includes eBay, Facebook, HPE, LendingClub, Symantec, Turo, Uber, and non-profit partner Diversity Lab.  It provides women and underrepresented minority law students with rare and valuable in-house work experience at leading tech companies, as well as at prestigious law firms, with the goal of equipping these students with the skills, the professional network, and the confidence to jump-start their legal careers.

Prior to joining eBay, Patricia was a litigator with Morrison & Foerster for seven years.  Prior to that, she was a clerk for the U.S. District Court.  Patricia earned her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley, and her B.A. with honors from Stanford University.  Patricia is honored to be on this panel.

Dee Sekar, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Chambers and Partners (moderator)

Dee Sekar, Chambers and Partners

Dee Sekar is a UK qualified solicitor. She trained at a leading international law firm and has worked at two other leading international firms as a banking lawyer and also as a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) and Corporate Responsibility Manager. She has worked at Chambers for 5 years leading the company’s D&I external and internal programmes. Dee graduated in Law from Queen Mary, University of London and holds a Legal Practice Course certificate from BPP Law School. She recently completed a Women in Leadership executive programme at Cornell University.

Contact us

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