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Tyler Finn
Head of Community and Growth at SpotDraft
From FBI Dreams to Big Tech Legal: Alice Bisgrove, VP & Associate General Counsel, Procore
Alice Bisgrove's career in law enforcement and non-profits took a surprising turn towards leading legal teams at tech giants like Cisco and Procore. Find out how eagerness to learn, relationship building, and openness to new challenges have been key to her success.
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Championing Inclusion, Ethics & Compliance with Junna Ro
Join Junna Ro, the UC Office of the President’s Head of Strategic Legal Initiatives, as she shares lessons in corporate compliance and ethics, the roots of her passion for diversity and inclusion in legal, and the importance of speaking up for what you believe in.
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Taking the Helm as an Interim Executive: Vanessa Gage, GC, Cedar
Join Cedar’s General Counsel Vanessa Gage as she offers insights into thriving as an interim executive, expanding into multiple roles, and taking on multi-team leadership.
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Defining Ethical Use & Dealing with Law Enforcement
Join Protégé Search’s Partner and Executive Recruiter Mark Kahn as he discusses questions of ethics and acceptable use at WhatsApp, Twilio, and more.
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Big Risks and Big Rewards: René Paula, GC & SVP of Legal & Business Affairs, Vaxxinity
Join Vaxxinity’s René Paula as he shares lessons from his marathon career in financial transactions at HSBC, counsel at Amazon’s Audible, ventures at Anheuser-Busch, taking start-ups public, and founding then selling his own tech company.
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Privacy, Ad Tech, and AI: Julia Shullman, GC and Chief Privacy Officer, Telly
Join Telly GC and Chief Privacy Officer Julia Shullman as she shares dispatches from nearly two decades at the intersection of ad tech and privacy, and where she sees the two sectors heading in a rapidly changing legal and business landscape.
Listen now
Navigating Public Scrutiny & Adversity as a GC: Mark Marin’s Candid Insights
Join Puffco’s GC Mark Marin, as he shares candid stories about supporting companies through bankruptcies and acquisitions, navigating challenging times in his career, and more.
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Being a Business-Minded Lawyer: Kathy Zhu, Co-founder, CEO & GC, Streamline AI
Join Kathy Zhu, from Streamline AI, as she shares insights into dealing with change, transitioning from in-house law to entrepreneurship, learning important life lessons from scuba diving, and more.
Listen now
Leading Teams in High Growth, High Pressure Environments
Join Seth Weissman as he discusses leading the IPO at Marqeta and SolarCity, working with Elon Musk, building legal teams in high-growth environments, and more.
Listen now
Navigating Ownership Transitions From PE to Public Holdings: Brian Chase, GC, ServiceChannel
Join ServiceChannel’s GC Brian Chase, as he shares an insider look at being the GC at a private-equity run company vs. a subsidiary of a conglomerate, adapting to changing ownership structures, and more.
Listen now
From NASA to HR tech: Evan Ferl, Chief Strategy Officer & GC, Bambee
Join Bambee’s Chief Strategy Officer & GC Evan Ferl as he talks about going from being a GC who does strategy to becoming a strategist who also does legal.
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Bonus: Becoming a True Business Partner as an In-House Lawyer
Join us as we explore what it takes to become a true business partner as an in-house counsel, with insights from GCs and legal leaders at some of the biggest companies today.
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Going Beyond the GC Role: COO Genessa Stout on Organic Growth
Join Tally’s COO & GC Genessa Stout, as she sheds insights into how she grew into leading functions like finance and HR, her consumer-centric approach to lawyering, and more.
Listen now
Navigating IPOs and Acquisitions: GC Gary Spiegel Takes Us Behind the Scenes
Join Gary Spiegel, ex-GC at Anaplan, as he gives us an insider's view into supporting businesses through successful IPOs and acquisitions, navigating challenging times in your own career, and more.
Listen now
Brand Building for Legal Teams: With Lydia Cheuk, GC at Away
Join Away’s GC Lydia Cheuk as she shares insights on being the first legal hire at early-stage companies across different industries, building a brand for Legal within the organization, supporting the business through a pandemic, and more.
Listen now
Navigating the Legal-Security-Privacy Relationship: Celaena Powder’s Experiences at Seismic
Join us as we dive into the incredible journey of Celaena Powder, VP of Legal at Seismic, as she weighs in on topics like forming unbeatable GC-CISO duos, supporting an enterprise sales motion at a company, nurturing meaningful relationships with Sales AEs to drive business impact, and more.
Listen now
Mapping Your Career in Law: Akshay Verma’s Blueprint for Success
Join Akshay Verma, Head of Legal Ops at Coinbase, for a deep dive into career growth for lawyers, aligning values with ambitions, building world-class legal ops teams, and more. We’ll also discuss Akshay’s experience teaching at law school, the top skills companies value in lawyers, and more.
Listen now
Becoming a Customer-Centric GC: Adam Glick’s Mindset
Join Adam Glick, ex-Head of Legal at Intercom, as he shares insights from his journey to becoming a legal leader in the tech industry. We’ll discuss building legal teams from scratch, aligning legal with business values, the importance of cultivating connections, and more.
Listen now
Unlocking Success in In-House Legal Roles
Join ex-DocuSign Deputy GC Doug Luftman as he discusses mentorship, management, and workplace fulfillment. Delve into Doug's journey to executive leadership, thriving in high-pressure, cross-functional settings, and managing career transitions in a tough job market.
Listen now
The Limits, and Limitlessness, of the Legal Function
Join Apollo.io's CLO Megan Niedermeyer and Sr. Legal Ops Manager Brenda Perez as they talk about exploring the expanding roles and limits of legal teams, fostering growth, mastering task delegation, and more.
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Data, Privacy, and Podcasting: Andy Dale, GC & CPO, OpenAP

Join Andy Dale, GC & CPO of OpenAP and co-host of the long-running Data Protection Breakfast Club podcast, as he shares privacy and data wisdom around ad tech, streaming TV, AI, and much more.

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Building, leading, and scaling legal teams | Bonus episode

How do you build and scale high-performing legal teams? Learn from top in-house legal leaders on mastering leadership, finding and retaining the right talent, allocating resources and advocating for budget, and more.

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Expanding Beyond the GC Role | Bonus Episode

How do you break free of the GC persona to take on C-level roles beyond legal? Learn from leaders who’ve made the transition and owned the mantle of COO, CFO, CEO, and more on this episode of the Abstract.

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GCs in the Boardroom: Lisa Harrington, Board Director, Consultant, and CLO

Join Lisa Harrington, board director, consultant, and CLO, as she draws from her years of experience on public and private committees at organizations like A-Rod’s Slam Corp and Iron Horse Acquisitions to offer the best advice for GCs looking to join or direct a board.

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From FBI Dreams to Big Tech Legal: Alice Bisgrove, VP & Associate General Counsel, Procore

Hear Alice Bisgrove, Procore VP & Associate General Counsel, discuss her unexpected career path from law enforcement and non-profits to leadership in legal teams at tech giants like Cisco.

Play episode
NEW
Championing Inclusion, Ethics & Compliance: Junna Ro, Head of Strategic Legal Initiatives, UC Office of the President

Join Junna Ro, the UC Office of the President’s Head of Strategic Legal Initiatives, as she shares lessons in corporate compliance and ethics, the roots of her passion for diversity and inclusion in legal, and the importance of speaking up for what you believe in.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

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Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Play episode
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Taking the Helm as an Interim Executive: Vanessa Gage, General Counsel, Cedar

Join Cedar General Counsel Vanessa Gage as she shares her experience as a two-time interim executive, leading teams from across the C-suite, leaning in and stepping up.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Text link

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Play episode
NEW
Defining Ethical Use & Dealing with Law Enforcement: Mark Kahn, Partner and Head of Legal/Tech at Protégé Search

Join Protégé Search Partner and Head of Consumer Mark Kahn as he discusses questions of ethics and acceptable use at WhatsApp, Twilio, and more.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Text link

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Play episode
NEW
Big Risks and Big Rewards: René Paula, GC & SVP of Legal & Business Affairs, Vaxxinity

Join Vaxxinity’s GC & SVP of Legal & Business Affairs René Paula as he shares lessons from his marathon career in financial transactions at HSBC, counsel at Amazon’s Audible, ventures at Anheuser Busch, taking start-ups public, and founding then selling his own tech company.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Text link

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Play episode
NEW
Privacy, Ad Tech, and AI: Julia Shullman, GC and Chief Privacy Officer, Telly

Join Telly's GC and Chief Privacy Officer Julia Shullman as she shares dispatches from nearly two decades at the intersection of ad tech and privacy, and where she sees the two sectors heading in a rapidly changing legal and business landscape.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Text link

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Play episode
NEW
Navigating Public Scrutiny & Adversity as a GC: Mark Marin’s Candid Insights

Join Puffco’s GC Mark Marin as he shares candid stories about supporting companies through bankruptcies, navigating challenging times in his career, and more.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Text link

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Play episode
NEW
Being a Business-Minded Lawyer: Kathy Zhu, Co-founder, CEO & GC @Streamline AI

Join Kathy Zhu from Streamline AI, as she shares insights into dealing with change, transitioning from in-house law to entrepreneurship, learning important life lessons from scuba diving, and more.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Text link

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Play episode
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Leading Teams in High Growth, High Pressure Environments: Seth Weissman, Executive Coach

Join Seth Weissman as he discusses leading the IPO at Marqueta and SolarCity, working with Elon Musk, building legal teams in high-growth environments, and more.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Text link

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Play episode
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Navigating Ownership Transitions From PE to Public Holdings: Brian Chase, GC, ServiceChannel

Join ServiceChannel’s GC Brian Chase as he shares an insider look at being the GC at a private-equity run company vs. a subsidiary of a conglomerate, adapting to changing ownership structures, and more.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Text link

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Play episode
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From NASA to HR Tech: Evan Ferl, Chief Strategy Officer & GC, Bambee

Join Bambee’s Chief Strategy Officer & GC Evan Ferl as he talks about going from being a GC who does strategy to becoming a strategist who also does legal.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Text link

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Play episode
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Bonus: Becoming a True Business Partner as an In-House Lawyer

Join us as we explore what it takes to become a true business partner as an in-house counsel, with insights from GCs and legal leaders at some of the biggest companies today.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Text link

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Play episode
NEW
Going Beyond the GC Role: COO Genessa Stout on Organic Growth

Join Tally’s COO & GC Genessa Stout, as she sheds insights into how she grew into leading functions like finance and HR, her consumer-centric approach to lawyering, and more.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Text link

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Play episode
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Navigating IPOs and Acquisitions: GC Gary Spiegel Takes Us Behind the Scenes

Join Gary Spiegel, ex-GC at Anaplan, as he gives us an insider's view into supporting businesses through successful IPOs and acquisitions, navigating challenging times in your own career, and more.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Text link

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Play episode
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Brand Building for Legal Teams: With Lydia Cheuk, GC at Away

Join Away’s GC Lydia Cheuk as she shares insights on being the first legal hire at early-stage companies across different industries, building a brand for Legal within the organization, supporting the business through a pandemic, and more.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Text link

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Play episode
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Navigating the Legal-Security-Privacy Relationship: Celaena Powder’s Experiences at Seismic

Join us as we dive into the incredible journey of Celaena Powder, VP of Legal at Seismic, as she weighs in on topics like forming unbeatable GC-CISO duos, supporting an enterprise sales motion at a company, nurturing meaningful relationships with Sales AEs to drive business impact, and more.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Text link

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Play episode
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Riding Tech Booms and Busts as a Lawyer: Perspectives from David Lancelot

Join David Lancelot, ex-VP Global Head of Legal at eBay Classifieds, as he talks about surviving the dot-com crash as a tech lawyer, being promoted to GC as a legal assistant, scaling Legal like a business team, and more.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Text link

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Play episode
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Mapping Your Career in Law: Akshay Verma’s Blueprint for Success

Join Akshay Verma, Head of Legal Ops at Coinbase, for a deep dive into career growth for lawyers, aligning values with ambitions, building world-class legal ops teams, and more. We’ll also discuss Akshay’s experience teaching at law school, the top skills companies value in lawyers, and more.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Text link

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Play episode
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Becoming a Customer-Centric GC: Adam Glick’s Mindset

Join Adam Glick, ex-Head of Legal at Intercom, as he shares insights from his journey to becoming a legal leader in the tech industry. We’ll discuss building legal teams from scratch, aligning legal with business values, the importance of cultivating connections, and more.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Text link

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Play episode
NEW
Unlocking Success in In-House Legal Roles: Lessons from Doug Luftman, ex-DGC @DocuSign

Join ex-DocuSign Deputy GC Doug Luftman as he discusses mentorship, management, and workplace fulfillment. Delve into Doug's journey to executive leadership, thriving in high-pressure, cross-functional settings, and managing career transitions in a tough job market.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Text link

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Play episode
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The Limits and Limitlessness of the Legal Function: With Megan Niedermeyer and Brenda Perez

Join Apollo.io's CLO Megan Niedermeyer and Sr. Legal Ops Manager Brenda Perez as they talk about exploring the expanding roles and limits of legal teams, fostering growth, mastering task delegation, and more.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Text link

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Play episode
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Building, leading, and scaling legal teams | Bonus episode

How do you build and scale high-performing legal teams? Learn from top in-house legal leaders on mastering leadership, finding and retaining the right talent, allocating resources and advocating for budget, and more.

Play episode
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Expanding Beyond the GC Role | Bonus Episode

How do you break free of the GC persona to take on C-level roles beyond legal? Learn from leaders who’ve made the transition and owned the mantle of COO, CFO, CEO, and more on this episode of the Abstract.

Play episode
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GCs in the Boardroom: Lisa Harrington, Board Director, Consultant, and CLO

Join Lisa Harrington, board director, consultant, and CLO, as she draws from her years of experience on public and private committees at organizations like A-Rod’s Slam Corp and Iron Horse Acquisitions to offer the best advice for GCs looking to join or direct a board.

Play episode
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From FBI Dreams to Big Tech Legal: Alice Bisgrove, VP & Associate General Counsel, Procore

Hear Alice Bisgrove, Procore VP & Associate General Counsel, discuss her unexpected career path from law enforcement and non-profits to leadership in legal teams at tech giants like Cisco.

Play episode
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Championing Inclusion, Ethics & Compliance: Junna Ro, Head of Strategic Legal Initiatives, UC Office of the President

Join Junna Ro, the UC Office of the President’s Head of Strategic Legal Initiatives, as she shares lessons in corporate compliance and ethics, the roots of her passion for diversity and inclusion in legal, and the importance of speaking up for what you believe in.

Play episode
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Taking the Helm as an Interim Executive: Vanessa Gage, General Counsel, Cedar

Join Cedar General Counsel Vanessa Gage as she shares her experience as a two-time interim executive, leading teams from across the C-suite, leaning in and stepping up.

Play episode
NEW
Defining Ethical Use & Dealing with Law Enforcement: Mark Kahn, Partner and Head of Legal/Tech at Protégé Search

Join Protégé Search Partner and Head of Consumer Mark Kahn as he discusses questions of ethics and acceptable use at WhatsApp, Twilio, and more.

Play episode
NEW
Big Risks and Big Rewards: René Paula, GC & SVP of Legal & Business Affairs, Vaxxinity

Join Vaxxinity’s GC & SVP of Legal & Business Affairs René Paula as he shares lessons from his marathon career in financial transactions at HSBC, counsel at Amazon’s Audible, ventures at Anheuser Busch, taking start-ups public, and founding then selling his own tech company.

Play episode
NEW
Privacy, Ad Tech, and AI: Julia Shullman, GC and Chief Privacy Officer, Telly

Join Telly's GC and Chief Privacy Officer Julia Shullman as she shares dispatches from nearly two decades at the intersection of ad tech and privacy, and where she sees the two sectors heading in a rapidly changing legal and business landscape.

Play episode
NEW
Navigating Public Scrutiny & Adversity as a GC: Mark Marin’s Candid Insights

Join Puffco’s GC Mark Marin as he shares candid stories about supporting companies through bankruptcies, navigating challenging times in his career, and more.

Play episode
NEW
Being a Business-Minded Lawyer: Kathy Zhu, Co-founder, CEO & GC @Streamline AI

Join Kathy Zhu from Streamline AI, as she shares insights into dealing with change, transitioning from in-house law to entrepreneurship, learning important life lessons from scuba diving, and more.

Play episode
NEW
Leading Teams in High Growth, High Pressure Environments: Seth Weissman, Executive Coach

Join Seth Weissman as he discusses leading the IPO at Marqueta and SolarCity, working with Elon Musk, building legal teams in high-growth environments, and more.

Play episode
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Navigating Ownership Transitions From PE to Public Holdings: Brian Chase, GC, ServiceChannel

Join ServiceChannel’s GC Brian Chase as he shares an insider look at being the GC at a private-equity run company vs. a subsidiary of a conglomerate, adapting to changing ownership structures, and more.

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From NASA to HR Tech: Evan Ferl, Chief Strategy Officer & GC, Bambee

Join Bambee’s Chief Strategy Officer & GC Evan Ferl as he talks about going from being a GC who does strategy to becoming a strategist who also does legal.

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Data, Privacy, and Podcasting: Andy Dale, GC & CPO, OpenAP

Join Andy Dale, GC & CPO of OpenAP and co-host of the long-running Data Protection Breakfast Club podcast, as he shares privacy and data wisdom around ad tech, streaming TV, AI, and much more.

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Building, leading, and scaling legal teams | Bonus episode

How do you build and scale high-performing legal teams? Learn from top in-house legal leaders on mastering leadership, finding and retaining the right talent, allocating resources and advocating for budget, and more.

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Expanding Beyond the GC Role | Bonus Episode

How do you break free of the GC persona to take on C-level roles beyond legal? Learn from leaders who’ve made the transition and owned the mantle of COO, CFO, CEO, and more on this episode of the Abstract.

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GCs in the Boardroom: Lisa Harrington, Board Director, Consultant, and CLO

Join Lisa Harrington, board director, consultant, and CLO, as she draws from her years of experience on public and private committees at organizations like A-Rod’s Slam Corp and Iron Horse Acquisitions to offer the best advice for GCs looking to join or direct a board.

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From FBI Dreams to Big Tech Legal: Alice Bisgrove, VP & Associate General Counsel, Procore

Hear Alice Bisgrove, Procore VP & Associate General Counsel, discuss her unexpected career path from law enforcement and non-profits to leadership in legal teams at tech giants like Cisco.

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Championing Inclusion, Ethics & Compliance: Junna Ro, Head of Strategic Legal Initiatives, UC Office of the President

Join Junna Ro, the UC Office of the President’s Head of Strategic Legal Initiatives, as she shares lessons in corporate compliance and ethics, the roots of her passion for diversity and inclusion in legal, and the importance of speaking up for what you believe in.

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Taking the Helm as an Interim Executive: Vanessa Gage, General Counsel, Cedar

Join Cedar General Counsel Vanessa Gage as she shares her experience as a two-time interim executive, leading teams from across the C-suite, leaning in and stepping up.

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Defining Ethical Use & Dealing with Law Enforcement: Mark Kahn, Partner and Head of Legal/Tech at Protégé Search

Join Protégé Search Partner and Head of Consumer Mark Kahn as he discusses questions of ethics and acceptable use at WhatsApp, Twilio, and more.

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Big Risks and Big Rewards: René Paula, GC & SVP of Legal & Business Affairs, Vaxxinity

Join Vaxxinity’s GC & SVP of Legal & Business Affairs René Paula as he shares lessons from his marathon career in financial transactions at HSBC, counsel at Amazon’s Audible, ventures at Anheuser Busch, taking start-ups public, and founding then selling his own tech company.

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Privacy, Ad Tech, and AI: Julia Shullman, GC and Chief Privacy Officer, Telly

Join Telly's GC and Chief Privacy Officer Julia Shullman as she shares dispatches from nearly two decades at the intersection of ad tech and privacy, and where she sees the two sectors heading in a rapidly changing legal and business landscape.

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Navigating Public Scrutiny & Adversity as a GC: Mark Marin’s Candid Insights

Join Puffco’s GC Mark Marin as he shares candid stories about supporting companies through bankruptcies, navigating challenging times in his career, and more.

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Being a Business-Minded Lawyer: Kathy Zhu, Co-founder, CEO & GC @Streamline AI

Join Kathy Zhu from Streamline AI, as she shares insights into dealing with change, transitioning from in-house law to entrepreneurship, learning important life lessons from scuba diving, and more.

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Leading Teams in High Growth, High Pressure Environments: Seth Weissman, Executive Coach

Join Seth Weissman as he discusses leading the IPO at Marqueta and SolarCity, working with Elon Musk, building legal teams in high-growth environments, and more.

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Navigating Ownership Transitions From PE to Public Holdings: Brian Chase, GC, ServiceChannel

Join ServiceChannel’s GC Brian Chase as he shares an insider look at being the GC at a private-equity run company vs. a subsidiary of a conglomerate, adapting to changing ownership structures, and more.

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From NASA to HR Tech: Evan Ferl, Chief Strategy Officer & GC, Bambee

Join Bambee’s Chief Strategy Officer & GC Evan Ferl as he talks about going from being a GC who does strategy to becoming a strategist who also does legal.

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Bonus: Becoming a True Business Partner as an In-House Lawyer

Join us as we explore what it takes to become a true business partner as an in-house counsel, with insights from GCs and legal leaders at some of the biggest companies today.

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Going Beyond the GC Role: COO Genessa Stout on Organic Growth

Join Tally’s COO & GC Genessa Stout, as she sheds insights into how she grew into leading functions like finance and HR, her consumer-centric approach to lawyering, and more.

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Navigating IPOs and Acquisitions: GC Gary Spiegel Takes Us Behind the Scenes

Join Gary Spiegel, ex-GC at Anaplan, as he gives us an insider's view into supporting businesses through successful IPOs and acquisitions, navigating challenging times in your own career, and more.

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Brand Building for Legal Teams: With Lydia Cheuk, GC at Away

Join Away’s GC Lydia Cheuk as she shares insights on being the first legal hire at early-stage companies across different industries, building a brand for Legal within the organization, supporting the business through a pandemic, and more.

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Navigating the Legal-Security-Privacy Relationship: Celaena Powder’s Experiences at Seismic

Join us as we dive into the incredible journey of Celaena Powder, VP of Legal at Seismic, as she weighs in on topics like forming unbeatable GC-CISO duos, supporting an enterprise sales motion at a company, nurturing meaningful relationships with Sales AEs to drive business impact, and more.

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Riding Tech Booms and Busts as a Lawyer: Perspectives from David Lancelot

Join David Lancelot, ex-VP Global Head of Legal at eBay Classifieds, as he talks about surviving the dot-com crash as a tech lawyer, being promoted to GC as a legal assistant, scaling Legal like a business team, and more.

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Mapping Your Career in Law: Akshay Verma’s Blueprint for Success

Join Akshay Verma, Head of Legal Ops at Coinbase, for a deep dive into career growth for lawyers, aligning values with ambitions, building world-class legal ops teams, and more. We’ll also discuss Akshay’s experience teaching at law school, the top skills companies value in lawyers, and more.

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Becoming a Customer-Centric GC: Adam Glick’s Mindset

Join Adam Glick, ex-Head of Legal at Intercom, as he shares insights from his journey to becoming a legal leader in the tech industry. We’ll discuss building legal teams from scratch, aligning legal with business values, the importance of cultivating connections, and more.

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Unlocking Success in In-House Legal Roles: Lessons from Doug Luftman, ex-DGC @DocuSign

Join ex-DocuSign Deputy GC Doug Luftman as he discusses mentorship, management, and workplace fulfillment. Delve into Doug's journey to executive leadership, thriving in high-pressure, cross-functional settings, and managing career transitions in a tough job market.

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The Limits and Limitlessness of the Legal Function: With Megan Niedermeyer and Brenda Perez

Join Apollo.io's CLO Megan Niedermeyer and Sr. Legal Ops Manager Brenda Perez as they talk about exploring the expanding roles and limits of legal teams, fostering growth, mastering task delegation, and more.

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