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How the General Counsel Makes Digital Legal Transformation Happen | Corporate Counsel

how the general counsel makes digital legal transformation happen | corporate counsel

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In our roles as general counsel past and current, we have both helped lead the digital transformation of legal departments. We are also involved as educators and advisers in the new Digital Legal Exchange, a nonprofit global institute aiming to accelerate digital transformation in legal by sharing accessible and practical know-how with corporate legal teams.   

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A beginner’s guide to diversity, equity and inclusion

a beginner’s guide to diversity, equity and inclusion

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After Minneapolis police killed George Floyd and the subsequent racial justice uprising, many people in tech shouted from the rooftops that “Black Lives Matter,” despite having subpar representation of Black and Latinx folks at their companies. In some cases, these companies’ proclamations of “Black Lives Matter” felt especially performative in contrast to their respective stances on Trump and selling their technology to law enforcement agencies. 
Still, this has led to an increased focus on diversity, inclusion and equity in the tech industry. If you’re wondering things like, “Where do I find Black and brown talent?” or saying, “I’d invest in Black and Latinx people if I could find them!,” then this is for you. 
Below, you’ll learn about some of the issues at play, some of the key organizations doing work in this space, and access a glossary of frequently used terms in the realm of diversity, equity and inclusion in tech.

The data

Major tech companies are predominantly white and male. Facebook, for example, is just 3.9% Black, 6.3% Latinx and 37% female.
In 2018, female founders brought in just 2.2% of U.S. venture capital dollars.
Less than 10 percent of decision-makers at VC firms in the U.S. are women.

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Even post-pandemic, digital transformation will become more bullish

even post-pandemic, digital transformation will become more bullish

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When companies helped employees adapt to remote work, they helped customers in the same way. 
Gail Evans, chief digital officer of Mercer, turned her attention to customer experience because they’re more like “episodic interactions,” she said, speaking on a panel hosted by MIT Sloan CIO Digital Learning Series Wednesday. Evans expects those snapshot interactions to stick post-pandemic. 
“People have shifted in their orientation toward the ways in which they want to interact with your businesses. They expect things that weren’t expected before,” like contactless interactions, said Renee Gosline, senior lecturer and research scientist at MIT Sloan School of Management, while speaking on the panel. 
The companies that shifted their processes to the 2020 customer and that can maintain those expectations indefinitely, will not only withstand the pandemic, but thrive on the other side of it. 

When people are in distress, it’s human nature to lean on automatic processing; it gives people a sense of control when there is none, a sense of agency, more time, and support, according to Gosline. The pandemic is a pressure test for companies to sustain customer loyalty. Technology is the only way to ensure sustainability. 
AI is an avenue to meet customers where they are — a …

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Opinion: The U.S. unraveling of science insulation from politics

opinion: the u.s. unraveling of science insulation from politics

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With myriad suggestions for addressing the coronavirus pandemic, there is a common refrain: Trust the scientists.But some scientific voice can be found to support nearly any assertion. Each year, nearly 2.5 million new scientific papers are published in about 30,000 journals. We can’t make policy based on single studies or the opinion of a single scientist.
There are legitimate disagreements about whether the virus is spread by droplets or airborne mists. There is evidence that opening schools will either harm or not harm small children. We don’t know for certain if the protection offered by cloth masks is similar to N-95s or how far we need to distance from each other. Knowing whom to trust is challenging.
Until very recently, the United States was the world’s exemplar in making sense from divergent scientific opinions. More than 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln and Congress created the National Academy of Sciences to provide independent, objective advice on science and technology. In the 1940s, engineer Vannevar Bush persuaded President Franklin Roosevelt that science was the ticket to a successful war effort and to a continuing strong economy.
Starting in 1933, U.S. presidents, Republicans and Democrats alike, made extensive use of …

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CookIt Media Influencer Marketing Agency Named to Inc. 5000

cookit media influencer marketing agency named to inc. 5000

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CookIt Media continues to establish itself as a leader in influencer marketing with the honor of being named to the nationally recognized Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America.
Showcasing the company’s commitment to delivering value to brands through influencer marketing campaigns, CookIt ranks No. 1,756. From 2016 to 2018, CookIt’s total revenue has grown by 243%.
“At CookIt Media, we believe that success in this business is built on authentic partnerships that drive awareness and build trust between all parties involved,” said said Laurie Buckle, CEO of CookIt Media. “Brands want to invest in an advertising strategy that truly delivers, and we’re determined to show them that influencer marketing is their solution.”
Recently, CookIt Media began a partnership with influencer marketing platform Tagger Media, to take a data-driven approach to running campaigns, researching well-aligned influencers and reporting meaningful results. CookIt leverages the 9B+ data points available on Tagger to help brands understand their potential for success, quantify the value of their influencer relationships, and prove ROI.
CookIt Media works to address the challenges that make influencer marketing complicated for brands and influencers alike. CookIt promotes the idea that successful partnerships are built on authenticity and respect, and fostered over …

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Diversity pledges alone won’t change corporate workplaces – here’s what will

diversity pledges alone won’t change corporate workplaces – here’s what will

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Dozen of companies, from Apple to Zappos, have reacted to George Floyd’s killing and the protests that followed by pledging to make their workforces more diverse.

While commendable, to me it feels a bit like deja vu. Back in 2014, a host of tech companies made similar commitments to diversify their ranks. Their latest reports – which they release annually – show they’ve made little progress.

Why have their efforts largely failed? Were they just empty promises?

As a gender diversity scholar, I explored these questions in my recent paper published in the Stanford Technology Law Review. The problem is not a lack of commitment but what social scientists call “unconscious bias.”

Big tech, little progress

Today’s efforts to promote diversity are certainly more specific than the tech industry’s vague promises in 2014.

In 2020, sports apparel maker Adidas pledged to fill at least 30% of all open positions with Black or Latino candidates. Cosmetics company Estée Lauder promised to make sure the share of Black people it employs mirrors their percentage of the U.S. population within five years. And Facebook vowed to double its number of Black and Latino employees within three years.

Companies have also committed at least US$1 …

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Digital transformation will be key to ensuring survival of theatre industry during coronavirus, research shows

digital transformation will be key to ensuring survival of theatre industry during coronavirus, research shows

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Digital transformation will be key to ensuring the survival of the theater industry during coronavirus because people are willing to pay to see shows online, new research shows.

Virtual performances can help theaters to keep functioning in lockdown or when outdoor performance is not possible.
Around three quarters of those who responded to a new survey said they would purchase tickets to watch a live Zoom theater production at any time, even when theaters were re-opened.
Audiences said participating in Zoom performances made them feel part of a community and provided them the opportunity to do something with friends and family. They also said it reduced feelings of isolation and loneliness.
The research, by Professor Pascale Aebischer and Dr. Rachael Nicholas, from the University of Exeter, was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of the UKRI COVID-19 Research and Innovation funding.
Experts have analyzed the lessons learned from the successful digital transformation of Oxford’s Creation Theater and its co-production with Big Telly of “The Tempest” on Zoom earlier this year during lockdown. Academics surveyed thirteen administrative and creative staff involved in the production and analyzed 93 responses to an online questionnaire sent …

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Hotel Revenue Hacks with the Women in Hospitality & Travel-Tech – Hospitality Net

hotel revenue hacks with the women in hospitality & travel-tech – hospitality net

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A Crazier Crazy Straw for Cutting-Edge Science

a crazier crazy straw for cutting-edge science

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In this artist’s conception, data from the small angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiment at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) form a colorful backdrop to transparent spheres representing part of a worm-like micelle, a tiny structure often found in soaps. Higher-intensity neutron scattering (red regions) indicates that the micelles are aligning strongly with the direction of flow through the NCNR’s capillary rheoSANS device, lining up like toothpicks in a tube. The micelles are one of many substances whose properties under extreme flow conditions could become better understood with the new research tool. Credit: R. Murphy/NIST
Curlicued research tool propels fast-moving fluids for study by neutrons.
What do the loopy straws that children like to sip drinks through have in common with cutting-edge science? Ask Ryan Murphy and his colleagues at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where the team has thought up a creative way to explore the properties of fluids under extreme conditions.
The team invented a device that can push fluids through a narrow tube at the velocity of a car hurtling down a rural interstate — about 110 km per hour. This might not sound overly fast to a road tripper, but the …

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What’s the good news, ladies? August edition | BenefitsPRO

what’s the good news, ladies? august edition | benefitspro

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Guess what’s next week?! It’s BenefitsPRO Broker Expo time! This is one of my favorite conferences every year and this year we are doing the Fast & Furious Session from the main stage! So if you haven’t already registered, make sure you handle that ASAP! Since it is virtual this year, if you are a broker or agent, you can get in on the fun for no charge and learn what the rest of us already know about this great show!
In July, we kicked off our Wonder Woman Mastermind group, which was the brainchild of this series. We had a wonderful first meeting, where we shared some excellent marketing ideas with each other. If you are looking to be inspired by more women in our industry, please meet Bobbie and Diedre. Both women are breaking down barriers for women in our industry with personal impact and mentorship.

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