Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a panel called "Opening the Door: How Women Lawyers are Uniquely Positioned to Further Racial Justice" for the Bar Association of San Francisco. The panel was comprised of Chambord Benton-Hayes of Benton Employment Law Group, Mary McNamara of Swanson McNamara, Peggy Otum of Wilmer Hale, and Erica Costa of Berkeley Williams. Panelists discussed the hurdles, hassles, and heartaches of achieving long-term legal careers for women of color, and recommendations for change.
Angela Lyons-Justus spoke on a panel called "A Conversation with First Generation Attorneys: Advice to My Younger Self" for the Bar Association of San Francisco. The panel was comprised of Joseph Macias of Pinterest, Daniel Maroon of Sheppard Mullin, Phillip Person of Greenberg Traurig, and Ashley Teller of the National Nuclear Security Administration. Panelists discussed specific obstacles facing first-generation attorneys, managing difficult work environments as a first-generation attorney, and building and sustaining professional relationships as a first-generation attorney.
Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a panel entitled "Exploring Intersectionality in 2021: How DEI policies can recruit, retain, and promote intersectional attorneys" for the Bar Association of San Francisco. The panel was comprised of speakers, Kelly Matayoshi of Farella Braun + Martel, Chambord Benton-Hayes of Benton Employment Law Group, Suzette Barnes, Vice President, Wealth Management Litigation of Morgan Stanley, Ernest Hammond of Facebook, and Jay Lee of One Justice. Panelists discussed the concept of intersectionality, how the legal industry addressed the intersectionality issues in the past and how can we better address such issues in the future, why intersectional individuals are in a unique position to raise consciousness surrounding the intersectionality issues in the workplace, and how non-intersectional individuals be better allies so as to encourage more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces.
Teela Smith and Mark Gabel of Workplace Legal, APC presented a panel entitled "Executive Compensation: Important Considerations from the Employer’s and Employee’s Perspectives" for the Bar Association of San Francisco. They discussed some of the many different types of equity compensation plans for high-level employees; how executives’ compensation can be affected by the particular structure of the business; special considerations regarding executives’ pay under California labor law; and important considerations when there is a termination of employment, whether by voluntary or involuntary means. Barristers Solo and Small Firm Section Chain, Emily McGrath of Lawless, Lawless, & McGrath, moderated the panel.
Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a panel entitled "Ethical Obligations in Delegation and Management of Work to Junior Associates, Paralegals, and Staff" for the Bar Association of San Francisco. This panel, comprised of law firm leaders Staci Dresher of Dresher Consulting and Investigations and Terrance Evans of Duane Morris, and ethics attorney and managing partner Thomas D'Amato of D'Amato Law, discussed how to best execute the requisite ethical obligations when making assignments, managing, and supervising the work product of others.
Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a panel discussion for McGriff Insurance called Female Leaders in Tech and VC Community -- Real Solutions and Actions for DEI" with panelists Alexa Binns of Halogen Ventures, Danielle Delancey of Wilmot Ventures, and Marisa Warren of Alivia Ventures. Panelists discussed the current state of venture financing for early stage startups and real world solutions and action items for developing DE&I in the workplace and our communities.
Lindsey S. Mignano and Sophie Alcorn of Alcorn Immigration Law presented a panel entitled "Executing a Flip Transaction: Bringing a Foreign Startup Into the U.S. Investment Market" for Strafford. They discussed how to structure a "flip" transaction, in which shares of a foreign entity (typically a startup) are exchanged with a U.S. entity to enter the U.S. investment market, the pros and cons of flip transactions, upfront tax, IP and contractual concerns, and immigration issues that will need to be resolved for personnel relocating to the U.S.
As early stage startup financing rebounds after a slowdown in 2020 and more early stage startups get funded in 2021, the next question becomes, how to raise money, grow and scale teams. Lindsey S. Mignano, Francesca Puccinelli of Carta, Rebekah Willetts of Sequoia, Robert Ravanshenas of Maven Ventures, and Glenn Gow the CEO "Therapist" hosted an informative panel entitled "Fundraising 101: How to Successfully Raise a Round" for Carta. They discussed topics such as the current state of financing for early stage startups; how to best work with your investors after a raise; what the market salary and equity compensation packages look like for founders and early stage startup employees after a raise; and how a founder/CEO can best manage the radical role changes that occur post-financing.
Lindsey S. Mignano and Australian lawyer, Courtney Bowie of Her Lawyer, discussed various options for fundraising, how to raise a Seed or Series A investment, and current financing trends in the States and Australia in a panel event entitled, "Law & Order: Fundraising Law & Financing Trends" for FemTech Collective.
In the National Venture Capital Association's Q1 2021 Pitchbook Report, the NVCA reported that "[t]he share of female-founded companies as a proportion of total US VC deals, measured by both deal count and dollar volume, continued its downward trajectory," and that the "Q1 deal value proportion shows a sharp decline for all female-founded companies." What can we do to change this? Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a PuzzleHR-sponsored panel entitled "Financing and Scaling Your Startup in 2021: Tips from Women in VC" with female VCs Alexa Binns and Ashley Ramirez of Halogen Ventures, and Danielle Delancey of Wilmot Ventures. The panel was hosted by co-panelist Rich Gettings of PuzzleHR. Panelists discussed the current state of financing for women-led venture funds and early stage startups, how startups can best locate and work with women in the venture and startup ecosystem, as well as how to tackle diversity and inclusion concerns when team building and expanding after a financing event.