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Women Lawyers in Leadership 2017

Speaker(s): Barbara A. Jones, Janine Pollack, Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon, Jennifer C. Wolfe, Joan E. McKown, Joan Stearns Johnsen, Karen Campbell, Kathleen M. Franklin, Pamela Craven, Paula T. Edgar
Recorded on: Jan. 25, 2017
PLI Program #: 187511

Barbara Jones is a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Corporate and Securities practice group and a member of the Global practice group and the Emerging Technologies Team. Barbara maintains a diverse corporate and securities law practice across industry groups, emphasizing complex international and domestic transactions, including private and public financings, IPOs, secondary offerings, PIPEs, alternative exit strategies, dual listings, mergers and acquisitions and licensing transactions. Her work extends to complex regulatory reporting and compliance issues arising in connection with her transactional work and representation of public listed companies. She has regularly served as counsel to leading investment banks, financial institutions and private equity groups, as well as public and private companies in life sciences and biotechnology, information technology, energy (traditional and renewable), mining, defense/security, telecommunications, media, entertainment and sports. Barbara is also active in the representation of Olympic athletes and sports-related organizations.

Barbara practiced U.S. law in London from 1990 through 2003, and headed the international capital markets practice of a major U.S. law firm from 1999-2003 before relocating to Boston, Massachusetts. From 1997-1999, she served as vice president and assistant general counsel and regional counsel for capital markets with J.P. Morgan Securities Ltd. in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Since returning to the U.S., she has continued to actively represent issuers, private equity groups and investment banks in the European, African and greater Asian markets, including China.

Barbara is the immediate past chair of the ABA’s Subcommittee on International Securities Matters. She is a frequent speaker at conferences relating to cross-border securities matters and alternative financing strategies. Barbara has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A (2005) and The Legal 500 for her work in private equity (2007). She was selected as a New England Super Lawyer in 2011.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Immediate Past Chair, Subcommittee on International Securities Matters, Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities, American Bar Association; Chair, 2008-2011
  • Vice-chair, Subcommittee on International Securities Matters, Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities, American Bar Association, 2005-2008
  • Member, Women’s Leadership Initiative Task Force, Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts, 2009 - Present
  • Judge and Mentor, 2011 MassChallenge, Inc.
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, California Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts
  • Member, Sports Lawyers Association
  • Member, Association for Corporate Growth
  • Member, 85 Broads
  • Member, Board of Visitors, Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Member, Board of Directors, Sports Legacy Institute, 2010-Present
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Town of Wellesley, Massachusetts, 2003-2006


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Pepperdine University School of Law
    • Editor-in-chief, Pepperdine Law Review
  • B.A., with honors, Michigan State University

Admitted to Practice

  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon, PhD, is a researcher and expert in the leadership behaviors and organizational practices that contribute to or inhibit inclusion. As Panel Manager, she develops and expands Catalyst’s research panels globally as a part of the effort to extend progress for women and business around the world. As Senior Director of Research, she co-leads Catalyst’s research on Gender, Race, and Ethnicity to ensure that workplaces are inclusive for all women, and works directly with companies to help them identify practices that can drive such inclusion. She also serves as a resource for participant outreach and analytics.

Prior to joining Catalyst, Jennifer worked as a biostatistician at Mount Sinai as well as an instructor of master’s-level statistics at New York University. She has led several research labs of up to 13 researchers in both corporate and academic settings. Additionally, she authored the book How Geek Girls Will Rule the World (2013).

Jennifer received her PhD in social psychology from New York University. She earned a BA in both Psychology, with honors, and Computer Science from Columbia University, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Joan McKown has more than 30 years of experience in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement and financial regulatory matters including investigations, exams, internal investigations, and disputes throughout the United States. She has in-depth knowledge of investigatory issues relating to financial fraud, corporate disclosure, corporate governance, accounting, compliance, private equity, FCPA, broker dealer, investment adviser, investment companies, and insider trading. Joan represents corporations, and financial services firms, and their officers, directors, and employees, counseling them to avoid regulatory scrutiny, and when necessary, resolving matters on the best terms possible.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2010, Joan was the longest serving chief counsel in the Division of Enforcement at the SEC, where she played a key role in establishing enforcement policies and worked closely with Commission and senior SEC staff. Joan literally wrote the book on SEC enforcement when she oversaw creation of the first version of the SEC Enforcement Manual. As chief counsel, she led hundreds of Wells meetings and settlement negotiations. At Jones Day, Joan has extensive experience submitting persuasive Wells submissions, having reviewed thousands of such submissions while on the SEC staff.

Joan is the chair of the board of trustees of the SEC Historical Society. She also serves as president of the board of trustees of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. She frequently speaks and writes on SEC enforcement related topics.

Joan Stearns Johnsen is a Legal Skills Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law where she teaches arbitration and negotiation. Joan is also a commercial mediator and arbitrator and sits on the panels of the American Arbitration Association, CPR, and FINRA.  Joan is certified by the International Mediation Institute and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Joan began her career as an enforcement attorney with the CFTC in Washington, D.C.  and was corporate counsel for Smith Barney and the Commodity Exchange in New York. 

Joan is a frequent speaker and trainer having presented on various topics for the NASD/FINRA, PLI, ALI/ABA, The ABA, Westlaw, the Union International des Avocats, The New York Academy of Trial Attorneys, and for The Bar of the City of New York. Joan is on the faculty of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Advanced Mediation  and Arbitration Training  Joan has written numerous articles and including a law review article on Deal Mediation in the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues. 

Joan is Budget Officer of the ABA’s Section of Dispute Resolution and a member of its Executive Committee.  Joan also is co-chair of the Mediation Sub-committee of the ADR Committee of the ABA’s  Section of Litigation.

Pamela Craven served as the chief administrative officer and general counsel of Avaya, a global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions with 14,000 employees and operating in more than 90 countries. She also served as the company’s chief compliance officer.  Ms. Craven retired from Avaya in December 2014.   Under her leadership the Chief Administrative Officer organization consisted of approximately 300 employees and hundreds of contractors worldwide and included, in addition to the Law organization: Human Resources; Internal Audit; Government Affairs; Corporate Security; Global Trade; Global Real Estate; Ethics & Compliance; Environmental, Health & Safety; and Philanthropy.  Ms. Craven also served as Avaya’s Corporate Secretary.  Ms. Craven was part of the initial management team of Avaya at the time of its spin-off in 2000 from Lucent Technologies Inc., where she served as vice president of Law and Corporate Secretary for Lucent with more than 50 lawyers under her leadership. She joined Lucent directly from AT&T as part of the 1996 initial public offering and spin-off of its equipment manufacturing business and Bell Laboratories. Ms. Craven joined AT&T in 1992 following AT&T's acquisition of NCR Corporation in Dayton, Ohio, where she was assistant general counsel and assistant secretary.  For a number of years, she was a tax attorney in private practice and at NCR.

Ms. Craven is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Compensation Committee of Amber Road, a NYSE listed provider of software-as-a-service solutions for international trade. During her tenure at Avaya, Ms. Craven also served on the board of directors  and remuneration committee of AGC Networks, Limited (India), a publicly listed Indian corporation involved in the distribution and servicing of enterprise communications solutions in the Indian market.

In addition, she was a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School for a ten-year term 2004-2014 and continues to be actively involved at the Law School where she and her husband co-sponsor the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at Penn, an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the rule of law in 21st century warfare and national security.  Ms. Craven is a member of the board of the New Jersey chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and a member of its Program Committee. She also joined the board of the New Jersey Women Lawyers’ Association in 2014 and co-chairs the in-house counsel committee.  She is a member of the DirectWomen Board Institute, was elected to the American Law Institute in 2015 and is a speaker on issues related to women in legal practice and as board members.

Ms. Craven graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In addition, she earned a Master of Laws with honors from New York University School of Law in Taxation.

Paula T. Edgar, Esq. is an attorney and CEO of PGE Consulting Group LLC, a strategy firm that provides diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and professional development solutions for organizational inclusion initiatives.

Paula is a highly sought after speaker and facilitator across industries. She conducts live and virtual facilitated workshops, delivers keynote speeches, and provides executive coaching. Paula develops customized diversity training on topics including unconscious/implicit bias, anti-racism, inclusive leadership, workplace sexual harassment, and EEO compliance. Paula’s professional development expertise includes mentor/sponsor best practices, personal branding, networking, social media, business development, and career planning strategies.

Paula has written for and been featured in a wide array of publications including the New York Times, Bloomberg Law, Essence Magazine, Business Insider, and US News and World Report.

Paula is active in numerous organizations and social justice initiatives, including her current role as Treasurer and past President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA), New York State’s largest Black bar association and serving as President of its charitable arm, Friends of the MBBA, Inc. She is a founding Board Member of The Black Big Law Pipeline, Inc. Additionally Paula is a 2015 Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Fellow and a member of the CUP Alumni Board, a Trustee of the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation, a member of the Executive Committee of the Deerfield Academy Alumni Association, and has been nominated to serve on the New York City Bar Association’s Board beginning in 2021.

Paula’s professional experiences include serving as a founding partner of Inclusion Strategy Solutions LLC, inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at New York Law School, Associate Director of Career Services at Seton Hall University School of Law, and Executive Director of Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc. (PALS). Additionally, Paula practiced employment and workplace discrimination law for the Law Enforcement Division of the New York City Commission on Human Rights. 

Paula received her B.A. in Anthropology from California State University (Fullerton) and her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law.

She has been recognized by The Network Journal Magazine as a “40 Under Forty” Achievement Awardee, a Ms. JD “Woman of Inspiration”, and a “Rising Star'' by A Better Chance.  She has also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Black Law Students Association at CUNY Law School and the Ruth Whitehead Whaley Service Award from the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA).

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Janine Pollack, co-founder of Calcaterra Pollack LLP, has been a class action litigator for 30 years and has prosecuted cases that have secured hundreds of millions of dollars for defrauded investors and consumers over the course of those nearly three decades.  Her focus is on representing clients who seek redress from companies that employ deception in selling their products or services, including through false advertising.  Janine is routinely appointed by courts as lead counsel and to other leadership positions, including in data breach litigation.  As lead trial counsel, she has prosecuted jury and bench trials, and won a jury verdict against R.J. Reynolds for wrongful death in a tobacco case.

Janine currently serves as Co-President of the National Association of Shareholder & Consumer Attorneys (NASCAT), an organization of firms and attorneys which represents consumer and investor rights and supports the opportunity for consumers and investors to bring class action suits. As Co-President, she develops and advocates for national and state policies impacting the class action bar, securities litigation plaintiffs’ bar and consumer protection plaintiffs’ bar.  Janine is also the Chair of the Women’s Initiative at NASCAT, which assists in advancing women as lead litigators and fosters relationships and networking opportunities for its female attorneys.

Janine is the Firm’s Chief Wellness Officer (CWO). As CWO, she provides opportunities and resources on behalf of the Firm for its personnel to enhance their overall well-being and improve their physical and emotional health. The Firm is committed to supporting the wellness of its personnel both inside and outside of the law firm environment, including through work-life balance, positive reinforcement, personal growth, exercise, and nutrition. Janine engages in frequent public speaking on various issues, including time and stress management and wellness.

Janine is currently admitted to practice in the States of New York and New Jersey and in the Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey, in addition to the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the First and Ninth Circuits.

Calcaterra Pollack LLP is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise.


  • University of Pennsylvania School of Law (J.D., 1989, elected to Journal of International Business Law)
  • Rutgers University (B.A., High Honors, English and French, 1986)
  • New York University in France Semester Abroad, Paris (1985)

Ms. Franklin is Global Ethics& Compliance Strategy Leader for Sony Group where she is responsible for promoting a culture of ethics and devising enterprise-wide solutions for critical risk areas.  Her risk leadership includes privacy, anti-corruption, antitrust, anti-money laundering, economic sanctions, social media, proper workplace conduct and anti-fraud risks as well as supply chain risks such as human trafficking and conflict minerals.  She also acts as the chief compliance officer for Sony Corporation of America and its operating subsidiaries.

Prior to joining Sony, Kathleen was a Partner and Co-Chair of the Corporate Governance Group for Boies, Schiller and Flexner, LLP. 

In March, 2007, Kathleen was selected for the inaugural class of the DirectWomen Board Institute.  She served on the DirectWomen Advisory Board from 2014 – 2017.

Kathleen graduated magna cum laude from Siena College, Loudonville, New York, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  She graduated magna cum laude from Albany Law School of Union University and earned an LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

Karen Campbell is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice-chair of the General Liability Practice. Ms. Campbell is a trial attorney with over 25 years of experience. Her practice focuses on the defense of long-term care providers in skilled nursing home and assisted living facility matters, general liability litigation at both the primary and excess levels, defense of toxic tort claims, including lead-based paint exposure and mold, and the representation of defendants in bodily injury claims brought under New York Labor Law Sections, 200, 240 and 241 and related common law construction accident claims, including with respect to indemnity issues and third party actions. Ms. Campbell also handles miscellaneous professional liability matters, including negligence, sexual abuse/misconduct, discrimination and errors in judgment claims, on behalf of social services agencies such as foster care agencies, outpatient mental health, addiction and counseling clinics, senior citizen and day care centers, and medical, beauty and personal care facilities. 

Prior to entering private practice in 1991, Ms. Campbell was an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorneys office in Brooklyn, New York where she prosecuted and tried violent felony crimes. After leaving the District Attorney’s office in 1991, she became associated with a mid-sized firm specializing in environmental insurance coverage and defense of personal injury actions. In 1996, Ms. Campbell became a member of the firm. In 1998, Ms. Campbell joined the New York office of a large California firm as Special Counsel and served as one of the office’s trial counsel. She handled a variety of general liability cases and also concentrated her practice on the defense of hospitals, physicians and podiatrists in medical malpractice litigation arising from cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, eye, ear and nose, podiatry diseases or disorders. Most recently, in 2002, she joined a regional Massachusetts firm as the Managing Attorney of the New York office. Ms. Campbell served as the principal trial attorney in New York while overseeing the overall growth and development of the office from two attorneys to more than 17 employees. Ms. Campbell has successfully tried more than 55 cases in Kings, New York, Bronx, Suffolk and Westchester counties and in the Southern District of New York. She has obtained defense verdicts, directed verdicts and verdicts awarding minimal damages as well as handling the negotiation of favorable settlements both before and during trial.

Jen Wolfe is the CEO of Dot Brand 360, an agency specializing in board and C-suite- digital strategy for the next generation of the Internet to bolster security, data, and user experiences across digital, legal  and technical operations. She has served as the managing partner of a prominent intellectual-property law firm—Wolfe, Sadler, Breen, Morasch and Colby—recently ranked in the top seventy-five patent-law firms in the country by IP Today. Her team focuses on studying digital patents and other signals to predict future trends.  Just a few of the clients she has served include: Microsoft, Nestlé, Kroger,  Procter & Gamble, Scripps Networks Interactive,  Duke Energy, SAS, and others.

Jen has invested in and served on the boards of technology start-up companies and was the first woman to serve as president of the Greater Cincinnati Venture Capital Association. She is a certified Six Sigma black belt in process improvement, nationally accredited in public relations, and has been a regular contributor to ClickZ and SEO Watch on digital marketing, as well as national legal and technology publications about the future of the Internet, including Executive Counsel, CIO Magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Inside Counsel, IP Frontline, E-Week, the National Law Journal, and more. She has been quoted in and covered in publications like USA Today, NPR, Bloomberg Business Week, Pink Magazine, Mashable, and others.

In 2012, Jen  was appointed to and served on the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and was subsequently named chairwoman of the Independent Review of the GNSO. She has been recognized year after year as one of the top global three hundred intellectual-property strategists by IAM magazine, based in London. She is a graduate of the Direct Women Institute, an elite group of women attorneys being cultivated for public-company board service. She completed the Stanford Law School Director’s College Executive Education Program, Harvard Law School Executive Education in Negotiation and Mediation and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Digital in the Boardroom is her third book and is endorsed by executives from Scripps Networks Interactive, the Motion Picture Association of America, Uber and Corporate Governance Solutions. Her previous books, Domain Names Rewired and Brand Rewired, published by Wiley, were widely recognized as forward-thinking, innovative approaches to brand development by spanning silos within organizations, and recognizing future trends on the Internet. The books featured interviews with senior executives from Harley-Davidson, Scripps Networks, International Paper, General Mills, Yahoo!, Kraft Foods, Kimberly-Clark, Interbrand, J. Walter Thompson, Kodak, Procter & Gamble, Intel, Verizon, Time Warner, and Microsoft. It was also endorsed by senior executives at Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Richemont, and General Electric.

In addition to winning many awards for her leadership and entrepreneurship, Jennifer is also widely recognized for her contributions to her local community. She is a member of the Tocqueville Society of the United Way and has chaired fundraising events for the American Red Cross, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (named Woman of the Year in 2010) and the Film Commission in Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned her Juris Doctorate and Masters Degree in Organizational Communication and Behavior from the University of Cincinnati.