Friday, December 10, 2021, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

@Webinar/Virtual : 

Co-Hosted by the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and the Women’s Leadership Initiative at University of Delaware 


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​Veta Richardson achieved tremendous success as in-house counsel at Sunoco, Inc, as an advisor to three U.S. Presidential administrations, and now as the President and CEO of the Association of Corporate Counsel. In her debut book “Take Six: Essential Habits To Own Your Destiny, Overcome Challenges, And Unlock Opportunities,” she offers strategies for people at various stages of their careers to advance their professional goals. In this webinar, Veta Richardson and Professor Wendy Smith, Faculty Director of the Women’s Leadership Initiative at the University of Delaware will explore these strategies and how they can inform our own lives. While the book offers lessons that will resonate with everyone, women and diverse professionals will find it especially relevant.  


Veta Richardson:  Veta Richardson brings more than three decades of experience in the legal, business, and academic realms. She was in-house counsel to Sunoco, Inc. in Philadelphia for +10 years before moving into chief executive roles at two different nonprofit associations focused on serving the in-house counsel community. Veta has been an advisor to three U.S. Presidential administrations (Clinton, Bush, Obama) and countless Fortune 500 executives regarding diversity and inclusion issues. She is a thought leader on governance topics, especially concerning the role of the chief legal officer. Veta is also a fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors, holds its certified director credential and was named four times to the prestigious Directorship 100 list. She serves on the Advisory Boards of both the John L Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance as well as Ethisphere, Inc, a for-profit company dedicated to advancing business integrity, compliance, and ethics as a strategic corporate advantage. As a new author, Veta’s goal is to unpack career advice that will help others to achieve their professional goals and stay true to themselves along the way.

Wendy Smith: Wendy Smith is the Emma Smith Morris Professor of Management at the Lerner School of Business and Economics and the Faculty Director of the Women’s Leadership Initiative at the University of Delaware. Her research explores how we solve our greatest dilemmas –tensions between managing for today and exploring for tomorrow, seeking new opportunities and honoring existing traditions, improving social conditions and addressing financial realities. While we tend to address these competing demands as either/or problems that require us to choose between them, Wendy’s research finds that we gain more creative and sustainable options from adopting both/and approaches that accommodate these paradoxical competing demands simultaneously. She describes these ideas in her TedxTalk “The Power of Paradox”. Wendy has been named as a Highly Cited Research – one of the top 0.1% of cited researchers in the field of business – in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Her upcoming book Both/And Thinking: Embracing Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems, will be published by Harvard Business School Press (August, 2022).

Women’s Leadership Initiative at University of Delaware:  The Women’s Leadership Initiative at the University of Delaware (WLI) seeks a more just and sustainable world by advancing gender equity from the classroom to the boardroom. To do so, WLI provides education, training and research that enable students, faculty, alumni and executives to foster connections and build critical skills that can support women and advance equity and inclusion.

John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance:  The John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance was established in 2000 at the University of Delaware and is part of the Lerner College of Business and Economics.  It is one of the longest-standing corporate governance centers in academia, and the first and only corporate governance center in the State of Delaware, the legal home for a majority of the nation’s public corporations.  The Center’s mission is to provide a forum for business leaders, members of corporate boards, stockholders, the judiciary, the legal community, academics, students, and others interested in corporate governance issues to interact, learn and teach, with the goal of positively impacting and improving the field of corporate governance and the capital markets.  The Center is recognized as a thought leader in the corporate governance field.